Riding High on Yarn Fumes

A couple of weeks ago, Sonia and I loaded up our cars with all sorts of fun things from Stash and a huge amount of enthusiasm and headed up to Seattle for Vogue Knitting LIVE. We had such a great time creating a unique booth and showcasing some of our favorite dyers, button-makers, books and magazines.

The Pompom garland was a huge hit! 

It was such a delight to meet designers, yarn dyers, and other knitting celebrities over the course of the weekend. You can read more about our weekend and all the amazing people we met on the Stash Blog.

Of course, no knitting event would be complete without a little stash enhancement! Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo of the whole haul together, but here’s the yarn:

VogueHaul

Clockwise starting at Top Left: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (purchased at the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas booth) in a sweater quantity, Freia Flux Sport (2 skeins, purchased from the StevenBe booth), 2 Skeins of Hazel Knits Entice, and a Gradient Set from Black Trillium

I also bought an amazing new knitting bag from Chicken Boots! It’s this style, but in a super fun raindrop fabric.

Of course, being at VKL has only been making my knitting obsession even stronger. I’ve been whipping out a few baby hats for a close friend, which I’ll post once she receives them, and plugging away on a fingering weight sweater and have finished a couple cowls. I’ll be back later in the week with some pics of the newest FOs!

Happy Crafting, Friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twigs and Willows

My needles have been clicking away and every time I sit down to blog, I’m overwhelmed with all the projects I have yet to share! So…in order to try and get back on the blogging bandwagon, I’m going to start with my newest project and toss in an older project or two!

I just put the finishing touches on this sweater today and took full advantage of the beautiful weather to get some pictures!

Pattern: Twigs and Willows by Alana Dakos from Botanical Knits

Yarn: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport in Tern

Mods: I followed Alana’s directions for shaping, but added a little bit of length to the body of the sweater.

I can’t even describe to you how much I love this sweater. The sweater is knit in pieces from the bottom-up and then seamed. I was really worried as I was knitting it that it was too small, or that the fit wasn’t going to be right. I trusted my gauge swatch and measurements, and it all worked out! Alana’s patterns are expertly written and very easy to follow. If you haven’t checked out Botanical Knits, you should! There’s a good chance I’ll eventually knit all the sweaters in the book.

Since we’re talking about sweaters, I also finished another one back in February:

Pattern: Ease by Alicia Plummer

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Cary’s BFL in Chambord 

Mods: I knit this with slightly less ease than the pattern suggests. Instead of regular 1×1 rib on the hems, I did twisted rib. I need to rip out my neckline and redo it as my bind-off on one side is too tight. I’d also like to tighten up the neckline just a bit.

This is the perfect sweater to kick around the house in on lazy weekend days (or, who am I kidding, weekdays, too!).

My next project is something made for a dear friend who is expecting a baby any day now! I knit the entire thing while we were back east, since I wanted to be able to give it to her in person.

Pattern: OpArt by Melissa Dominguez

Yarn: Baah! Sonoma in Tequilla Lime and Natural 

Mods: None!

OpArt was a really fun knit that has a striking appearance once it’s off the needles.

Hopefully, I won’t let 2 months lapse before I blog again!

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Schoodic, Finally!

Oh, Schoodic Cardigan, why on earth did it take so long to finish you? I’m not the fastest sweater knitter ever, but I’m typically not this slow either! I started this cardigan back in early September as part of a sweater Knit-Along with Stash. I started out strong, but then got tripped up after realizing I messed up the cables when I was 4″ or so into the body. I decided to leave it as-is, but was annoyed with myself which led to the sweater WIP sitting in a corner for a bit while I worked on other things. Determined to finish by the KAL end date, I packed it up to bring with us on our trip back east. Thankfully, I had packed the rest of my yarn since we ended up being here a bit longer than anticipated! It was a great project to work on during those long days at the hospital and before I knew it I had a new sweater!

Pattern: Schoodic Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Yarn: The Fibre Company Acadia (a merino/baby alpaca/silk blend) in Oyster

Mods: I unintentionally changed the cable pattern a bit! Besides making some length changes to the body and sleeves, I knit the pattern exactly as written.

In the short time since I’ve finished this, it has become a staple in my wardrobe. And not just because I only have a small selection of clothes here with me or because I’ve been dealing with the northeast winter weather! Schoodic is a great cardigan to toss over a long sleeve tee and looks equally good with jeans as with yoga pants (another wardrobe staple as of late!).

The yarn was incredible to work with and I love the tweedy look of the silky yarn slubs. It has beautiful drape and just enough wool content to keep it’s shape.

My needles have been clicking away while Seth recovers, so I’ll have more to share soon!

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Hello, 2013.

Yikes. It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! I’ve been wanting to get back to this space for months, but every time I sat down to do a blog post there were so many projects to share I wasn’t sure where to begin. To be honest, I’m still not sure where to begin! Life has been a little crazy for the last month or so. We were back east visiting family at the beginning of December, and Seth took a bad fall rock climbing. To make a very long story short, he’s okay, but has a bad pelvic fracture (along with some other injuries) that has prevented us from returning to Oregon. While it’s really difficult to be away from home (and Sailor…oh, how we miss our Sailor!), we’re so grateful that it happened near family and we’ve been able to have their support through all of this. We’re staying with my parents until we’re able to travel back (hopefully around the first week in February).

All that to say, I’m hoping to start fresh in 2013 with this whole blogging thing! Thought I’d keep this post short, and show you some projects I finished up in late 2012 and early 2013:

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Clockwise Starting at top left: Autumn Bloom in The Fibre Company Road to China Worsted, Either/Or Mittens in Anzula For Better or Worsted, Brooklet in Pigeonroof Studios Siren 2 Sock, Schoodic in The Fibre Company Acadia, and Hendreary in Anzula For Better or Worsted

A few random notes: Anzula yarns rock. They’re a relatively new arrival at Stash, and we’ve all fallen head-over-heels in love with all of their yarns. For Better or Worsted is a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon worsted-weight blend and it is completely scrumptious. Doing a 260+ stitch provisional cast-on (I’m lookin’ at you Brooklet Cowl) and then unpicking it to do a 3-needle bind off is not high on my list of things I’d like to repeat in the near future.

As for the Schoodic Cardigan, the goal is to get pictures tomorrow (my good camera is back in Oregon, but I have a decent point-and-shoot with us that took all day to locate) and dedicate the next blog post to the new sweater!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday season and 2013 is treating you well so far!

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Vodka Lemonade and a Top Secret Mission!

I started this sweater way back at the beginning of June when we were back east visiting family and attending a good friends’ wedding. It ended up being put aside for a while this summer in favor of some smaller (aka not as hot in my lap!) projects. Once I picked it back up towards the end of August, the sleeves practically knit themselves! Now, if only it would get cool enough outside to warrant wearing it!

Pattern: Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman

Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Lively DK in Splish Splash

Modifications: I made my sweater a touch longer than the pattern calls for and did my own waist shaping based on my measurements. I also added 3 button holes in the center of the sweater, but have yet to find the perfect buttons!

The Hazel Knits DK was a dream to work with. It’s a Superwash Merino/Nylon blend, which I think will hold up great. It has amazing stitch definition, too! I have to give a huge shout out to Hazel Knits for their incredibly consistent dyeing. I purchased 3 skeins for the sweater and ended up running out of yarn. The yarn shop I purchased it from had another skein on hand, but I doubt it was dyed at the same time (I purchased it several months later) and it matched my other skeins perfectly. Just in case, I alternated for a few rows when I started the new skein, but it became obvious that it was unnecessary! A shipment of Hazel Knits just arrived at the shop, and I fell in love all over again. Maybe I can justify purchasing some more by using it for holiday gifts!

Now…onto the Top Secret Mission part of the post! Several months ago, the organizers of Fall Festival contacted Stash to see if we would be up to the task of doing a little Yarn Bombing around the festival grounds (one of our local parks). You can read more about it here! I found some ridiculously cute Yarn Bombing fabric on Spoonflower and made some special edition bags for the shop:

And then of course, there was the actual Yarn Bombing. We went to the park the night before the festival and decorated trees, statues, the gazebo, lampposts, etc.

We also had super cool Bomb Squad t-shirts.

Fun, right?! It was loads of fun to decorate the park with knitting and hear people talking about it all weekend!

In other knitting news, I have an embarrassing number of projects on the needles right now! I have a couple of more projects that I’ve recently finished that still haven’t made the blog….but soon, I promise!

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Well, hello there!

It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! I’ve been hard at work over on the Stash Blog doing a sweater knitting tutorial series for our upcoming knit-along. We’ve also had family visiting and Seth ran his first 100-mile race a few weekends ago. Of course, I’ve been knitting lots and have several things to show you! I’d like to get back to this space on a more regular basis now that summer is winding down and we’re more or less back in our normal routine.

Pattern: Fine Fella Hat by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Swans Island Worsted

Modifications: None! This was a sample knit for Stash. Fabulous pattern and amazing yarn!

Pattern: Krummholz by Melissa LaBarre

Yarn: The Fibre Co. Road to China

Modifications: I completely forgot to change to a larger needle for the hat, but it worked out just fine since I love the way it fits!

Pattern: Urban by Veera Valimaki

Yarn: Astral Bath Yarns Nebula in Sagittarius (the lovely Ridgely sent this to me in a swap!)

Modifications: I shameless used another knitter’s amazing modifications to change the neckline/top a bit. I also used my own measurements for waist shaping.

Another shot of Urban…fun buttons on the shoulders

 I have a couple of more projects to share, but I thought I’d save them for another post! It’s good to be back to the blog…

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Go Big or Go Home

By now, you all know that I’ve made a fair number of quilted project bags. My quilted bag making started when I became interested in quilting, but didn’t have the attention span (or enough coordinating fabric!) to make a full quilt. A while back, I ordered a pack of Fat Quarters from David Butler’s “Curious Nature” fabric line and it sat untouched because I felt like I really wanted to use it to make something large. And epic. Then I came across a quilt pattern that called for 12 FQs and some sheets from Ikea. I had 12 Curious Nature FQs, so I decided I’d make the quilt. A queen sized quilt. Dudes. Queen sized quilts are large….in case you didn’t already know that (90″x96″ for those wondering). Anyways…I ended up swapping out a couple of the fabrics to bring a little bit more feminine touch to the quilt and a brighter aqua color to brighten it up.

I spent the better part of today piecing the sashing and putting the quilt top together!

It’s awfully difficult to photograph a quilt top sitting on the lawn when it’s windy out!

Pattern: 12 + 2 = Q

Modifications: I ended up not using IKEA sheets for the sashing on the front of the quilt. When I went to IKEA, they only had 1 color flat sheet and it didn’t really go with my fabrics. I did end up buying a king size sheet set for the back (it was still cheaper to buy the whole sheet set than it would have been to buy fabric to cover the whole back), but went with some Kona Cotton for the sashing. I had to buy a little over 4 yards to piece together the sashing and I went with a darker color to hide the dog dirt that will inevitably make it’s way to the quilt.

Of course, there’s still the quilting and binding that need to be done! We’ll see how long that takes me or if I piece another quilt top before this one is even finished!

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