yarn: harrisville nightshades.

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Calling the hive mind! Tons of folks are obsessing over Harrisville Designs new line, Night Shades, and I am indeed one of them. I recently scored 5 skeins (a sweaters quantity, approximately) in the static color way, which has little flecks of white in the dark tones. I’m in love.

But now, what to make with it? I keep going back and forth but I’m looking for a sweater pattern that calls for DK weight yarn and isn’t tunic style (I don’t have enough for that!). Any ideas?

I thought about a pattern from the Night Shades collection by Whitney Hayward–the sable pullover in particular–but I just don’t know.

Help.

yarn | o-wool.

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I’m really excited about this bundle of O-Wool O-wash organic merino wool in the brown bear color way, which looks slightly black and slightly brown and slightly forest green. It’s downright gorgeous.

This will be my first time knowing with O-Wool; it will likely become a Flax sweater for my partner, Sean. This will be the first sweater I knit for him.

Stay tuned.

stash | quaere fibre.

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Grabbed this beauty from Quaere Fibre out of my stash to make some socks for the doc, who has a birthday coming up and much appreciates the hand knits.

Quaere self-striping sock yarns are hand dyed just down the road from me in Rhode Island. This is the snips and snails colorway, which so far, is knitting up some gorgeous–the socks I’m knitting have an after thought heel, a technique that always looks amazing with self-striping sock yarns.

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I wonder how many stash busting projects I’ve completed in the last year?

flex | linen.

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I decided I wanted to take another stab at a linen yarn project. A couple years back, I made the Saco Stripes tank top out of Quince and Co. Sparrow, and despite knitting the smallest size, it was way too big on me. So I gifted it off to my sister (with sadness–I really wanted it to fit).

This time around, I’m knitting with Quince and Co.’s Kestrel yarn, and absolutely loving the way it looks and feels. Talk about knitting up quick, too. This will eventually be a tshirt called Flex by Heidi Kirrmaier. I love the interesting construction and thought the long lengths of stockinette would be easy knitting when my mind is distracted.

Eventually, I want to knit the Hamlin Peak sweater by Pam Allen in a lighter colorway of kestrel, too. I will wait to see how the finishing product on this tshirt looks on me, and what happens to the yarn after blocking.

Are you into knitting with linen? What projects?

speckled.

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I splurged and got some of those incredible Madelinetosh speckled skeins, in the tosh vintage. This is from left to right “Filtered Light” and “Holi Festival”.

I know the knitting community is abuzz about these colorways, but I have seen few finished products on ravelry in the vintage version–but definitely plenty in the tosh lite. The color at right is going to be a hat and maybe some mittens, too, for my sister in law for Christmas. The Filtered Light very well might be a basic crew neck sweater for me–if it swatches nicely.

 

tweed horses.

This is the first wool purchase I have made in a year. The reason I decided to stop buying yarn was because my stash was really large and I had this really lofty goal of saving money and purchasing a home in 2015.

And guess what? I didn’t purchase yarn, and I bought my first house.

So, in honor of sticking to a really important and personal goal, I marked the one year non-yarn-buying-versary by purchasing the specified amount to knit a really adorable dahlia horse hat called Karusellen by Erica-Knits and featured in this month’s Pom Pom Quarterly. It’s three skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter–nest for the main color, tallow (a new BT edition) for the color work.

It’s such a quick knit; in one day, I finished the ribbing and color work portion and I’m not onto shaping the crown.

Details, soon.

owl bounty.

My mum is an amazing person. She recently took me on a trip to Portland to visit Knit Wit, a yarn shop I’ve been dying to patron. And on top of that, she bought me 10 skeins of delicious Owl yarn by Quince and Co (a  Maine-based yarn company whose flagship in shop sales location happens to be this store) for a pattern I’ve been wanting to knit from Hannah Fettig’s Knitbit Yoked collection.

This is tyto for the main color and canyon for the detail to make the Willard Fair Isle pullover.

Eventually, I’d like to knit every sweater in the collection. They are all gorgeous, as are any of Hannah Fettig’s patterns.

What do you plan on knitting this winter?

tweed.

This is a dream pile of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in cast iron colorway for the main color and some fossil for the colorwork on the yoke of a sweater I’m soon to cast on for myself.

I’ve made Chevrons before for my mum. And now it’s time to make this amazing sweater for myself. There’s nothing better than a pile of yarn delivered to your door–especially yarn for a project you’ve envisioned for yourself for ages.

Here’s my other version of Chevrons. You should knit this sweater. It’s so easy and quick and comfortable.

As in previous winters, I really feel like Brooklyn Tweed yarns are my favorite winter yarns to use.