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Pure Awesomeness.

Before I show you this piece of awesomeness, let me tell you a little story. My dear friend Aimee learned to knit about 2 years ago, and has a serious penchant for bright, fun colors. Earlier this summer I had the PERFECT idea for her birthday. Unfortunately, my initial idea fell through. But fear not, friends….Sock Summit was a mere 2 weeks before Aimee’s birthday and I knew I could find something fabulous for her. While I was checking out the Three Irish Girls booth, this bundle of rainbow yarn practically leapt off the table and screamed, “AIMEE!!!”.

Photo shamelessly stolen from Aimee, because I apparently forgot to take a photo before I sent them to her!

I was so ridiculously excited about the mini-skeins that I wanted to send them right away, but I was able to refrain until closer to Aimee’s birthday.

The other day while I was on ravelry, I noticed that she had already knit a whole shawl out of the mini-skeins!!! And it is pure awesomeness. Check it out:

Again, photo shameless stolen from Aimee. ūüėČ

Pattern: Faraway, So Close by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Bamboo/Cotton Worsted dyed by Three Irish Girls in “For Better or Worsted”

I love¬†the way she placed the colors and how bright and cheerful it is! And can you believe she’s only been knitting for 2 years?!

Awesomeness, I tell you.

I happened to finish a project today, too!

Kindly disregard the crazy hair and bathroom pic (it was far too hot today to wear a hat outside!)

Pattern: Courtyard by Melissa Thomson

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Eiffel Tower (grey) and The Plucky Knitter Primo in Can Can

Modifications: None, surprisingly! I used leftovers from 2 other projects and still have enough yarn left for a pair of fingerless mittens if I use the grey as the main color and pink as a contrast color!

This knit up really quickly, and I partly attribute that to doing the 1×1 cables without a cable needle.¬†

I love the way the decreases on the top look! 

I’ve also been meaning to share some sewing that I neglected to take pictures of before I sent it off! I’ve had some inquiries about ipad cases, but since I don’t own an ipad I wanted someone else to test one out before I sewed any up for the shop. Well, I sewed one up for Nicole, a friend from my camp days, and sent it off to her! She gave me some excellent feedback (and took some photos for me!) and I think some ipad cases will definitely be making their way into the shop soon-ish.

Hmm, the photos are coming up really small…but you get the point. I’m guessing I’ll have some for the shop sometime in October after I finish all the bags for Stash!

Phew. I think that’s all for now!

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Photography Class: Day 3

Are you all sick of seeing pics from my photography class yet? This is the last day, I promise!

For our third day of the class, we met in the afternoon…so we took my Mom back into Bryce National Park in the morning so she could see it when it wasn’t completely covered in fog!

Gorgeous, right?!

After walking around the park for a while, my Dad and I headed about an hour away from Bryce to Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area. There was a 3-mile hike out to the waterfall, but it was relatively flat and gorgeous, of course! At the end of the trail, you come across this:

For anyone wondering how to get a waterfall photo like this, it was relatively easy. We used a tripod and cable release for all of our photos regardless of where we were shooting. We shot in aperture priority the entire time at f22, for the largest depth of field. I had a circular polarizer on my lens, which in this case helped knock down the shutter speed a bit for the smooth water look. The other thing that helped is that the waterfall is shaded. One suggestion we were given is to use the dark portion of the graduated density filters over the whole lens if your shutter speed still isn’t slow enough.

I think my most favorite photos from the class came from day 3!

I do actually have some knitting to show off. Or rather, one piece of knitting.

Pattern: Kiva Hattu by Courtney Kelley

Yarn: The Fibre Company Organik (Wool/Alpaca/Silk)

Modifications: None! I followed the pattern exactly, and love the finished product. It was a bit slow going due to the cabling every other row, but it was well worth the extra time it took. The yarn was fabulous¬†to knit with. I think the high wool content will help the hat keep it’s shape, the alpaca makes it super soft, and the silk gives it a wonderful shine. So far, I’ve been really impressed with The Fibre Company yarns.

I’m still plugging away on my Estelle Cardigan, but still nothing really to show for it!


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Two Finished HandKnits!

A small disclaimer to start: Self portraits are not my forte. My photographer/husband is headed to China tomorrow and hasn’t packed, so I made a feeble attempt at photographing myself in the backyard so he wouldn’t have to do it when he gets home from work.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s bring on the handknits!

Pattern: Sarai by Vanessa Smith 

Yarn: String Theory Caper Sock Yarn in colorway Tavikki, purchased from the lovely Purl Diva

Modifications: Not too many, I swear! First of all, I find that Caper Sock yarn is closer to a sport-weight than a true fingering-weight yarn, so that shawl turned out slightly larger than the pattern measurements. The pattern called for a bit more yarn than I had, so I was well aware I’d probably have to cut a few rows out towards the end. I think I ended up cutting out about 4 rows at the end, but the size is actually perfect. The pattern was well-written and gave 3 options for edging, which I thought was a nice touch.

This was my second time knitting a shawl with Caper Sock (a merino/cashmere/nylon blend), and it knits up so beautifully and is amazingly soft right out of the skein. And, it only gets softer after washing. It has beautiful drape knit up at a looser gauge, but handles the lace pattern really well.

Next up: A hat! Very appropriate for this spring time weather, no? You’re right…not really, but I have a small obsession wtih handknit hats. I decided to tackle fair isle knitting again after learning almost a year ago. Last summer I took a Stranded Colorwork class with the very talented Jared Flood. I’ve been reluctant to do another fair isle project since the first one took so long, but I knit up this hat in a day and the fair isle went much¬†better this time!

Pattern: Meritursas by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Yarn: The Fibre Company Canopy Worsted in Quetzal and Wild Ginger

Baby Alpaca, Merino, Viscose Bamboo (50/30/20)

Modifications: I knit the ribbed brim on size 4 needles instead of size 5 needles. I’ve found that the brims of my hats quickly stretch out (especially the beret styles), and the high alpaca content was only going to make the brim more stretchy. I blocked the hat over a 10″ dinner plate as the pattern suggested, but found that it was much too large. I tossed the hat in the dryer when it was almost dry and it shrunk back up to the perfect size (about 8.5-9″ across when blocking).

This was my first time working with any yarn from The Fibre Comany, and it certainly won’t be the last. And not just because my mom brought me enough to make 6 hats when we met up in Vegas! I’m such a sucker for alpaca fibers, and the Canopy was a great blend. The bamboo gives it a nice sheen, and the alpaca and merino make it amazingly soft.

And just for good measure, how about a picture of the pup:

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Oh yarn and fiber, how I’ve missed you!

I didn’t knit a single stitch while we were on vacation, but I think I’ve more than made up for it over the last few days! I’ve finished a shawl, started and finished knitting a hat, and spun up a skein of yarn. Um, and started another hat….but I only have a half a dozen rows or so done on that one!

Wanna see a little bit? I don’t have good photos of shawl and hat yet, but I do have a little sneak peek of both of them:

More details to come when I have better pictures….but the yarn is String Theory Caper Sock (Merino/Cashmere/Nylon).¬†

Oh, how I love this hat. I decided to give stranded colorwork another shot, and Wow! I’m glad I did. This only took me a day to knit up.¬†

And now for the yarn….which is currently soaking in it’s bath and will hopefully be dry tomorrow so I can use it immediately.

Fiber: Superwash Merino dyed by Two if by Hand in colorway “Whiz Bangs”

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this color. Or colors, I suppose. It’s destined to be socks. At least that’s the plan for now!

And now a project that’s been done for quite some time, but that I forgot to take pictures of before it was sent off to it’s new home.

Pattern: Accidental Girly Mitts by craftyLis

Yarn: Jojoland Cashmere (4-ply)

Modifiacations: I used sport-weight yarn with size 4 needles instead of the dk-weight yarn the pattern called for. I made these for my Mom for her Birthday and finally took some pictures while we were on vacation. The pattern was easy and quick to knit and the result is lovely.

The Jojoland Cashmere has a lovely halo and is unbelievably soft.

I think that’s it for now! Hopefully I’ll have modeled pictures of the shawl and hat tomorrow!


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Auction Sweaters

Phew. I really went right down to the wire on these baby knits for the auction for Mighty Oaks. But they’re done, and I think they were well worth the extra effort that went into them (more on that later…).

A couple of months ago when I decided I was going to knit baby sweaters for the auction I started looking around at patterns and trying to decide what yarn to use. I happen to pop onto the Wool Candy etsy site and find this adorable kit for sale:

And it turned into this:

Pattern: Saltwater Taffy Baby Sweater by Adrienne Hicks

Yarn: Wool Candy Fondant DK

Modifications: None, followed the pattern exactly as written.

The Wool Candy yarn was a dream to knit with. It’s gorgeously soft, has great stitch definition and makes a wonderfully cushy fabric. The pattern was well written and easy to follow.

Buttons are from Tessa Ann. I ordered them on a whim and they just arrived today and are perfect!

I decided to make a matching headband to accompany the sweater. For the headband part, I just knit in garter stitch for approximately 13 inches. The flower was knit from this pattern and sewn on.

The boy sweater for the auction didn’t go quite as smoothly as the Saltwater Taffy Sweater. I had decided on a pattern quite some time ago and ordered adorable buttons. After purchasing the pattern and knitting the entire body and an inch or two of the first sleeve I realized the sweater was HUGE despite my gauge matching the pattern’s gauge. After consulting a sizing chart, I discovered that instead of a 12-18 month size, it was more like a 3T size. Except that I had been following the length directions for the 12-18 month size, so the sweater was very wide and very short. UGH. Disaster. In a fit of annoyance, I ripped out the entire thing and searched for a new pattern. I’m happy to report that the second attempt went much better than the first attempt!

Pattern: Andalusia by Teresa Cole

Yarn: Wool Candy Fondant DK

Modifications: My gauge was a little off since the pattern calls for a true worsted weight yarn, so I followed the directions for the 12 month size in order to get a 9-12 month size. Two skeins of Fondant DK were just enough for a sweater and matching hat. I used every last yard of the yarn, though I suppose the hat could have done without the pom pom if necessary!

Dinosaur Buttons are from Lil’ Red Button Boutique¬†, aren’t they adorable?!

I didn’t use a pattern for the hat, I just used the stitch counts from a couple of toddler hat patterns I had and knit a basic ribbed brim hat. I made the pom pom with the yarn that was leftover after binding off the hat.

The Andalusia pattern is definitely one I’ll be using again in the future. It was a straight-forward, well-written pattern that showcases hand-dyed yarn beautifully. The texture of the stitch patterns keeps the knitting interesting and looks fabulous.¬†

I wound up some handspun today to start a new project for myself! I think I’m going to knit some slippers with it, since my last pair of handknit slippers have several holes worn in them! I’ll be using this skein of handspun:

La-Di-Dum dyed by Two if by Hand as part of the Spring Spin-A-Long shipment.

Well, I think that’s it for now! I’m off to knit!

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