New Project

I have been busy on my first sweater.  A lovely, caramel-colored cardigan.  Truthfully,  it has been underway for a while.

It is the Martina Cardigan from We Are Knitters  My aesthetic is clean, simple lines and a mix of classic and modern.  This cardigan fits the bill.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.  The pattern is not difficult and all of the pieces are knit separately and then seamed together.

I purchased the kit.  The yarn is their Petite Wool and I chose the beige colorway.  The kit came with everything you need to complete the project.

I absolutely love this yarn.  It is soft and it knits like a dream.  The yarn is 100% Peruvian wool.  As I have been knitting my cardigan,  I have been thinking of other projects I would like to make with this yarn.

I have completed the back and both front panels.  Now, I am working on the first sleeve.  Here is a sneak peek.

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The Wisconsin weather is starting to turn cold and I can’t wait wrap myself in it.

In the meantime,  I will keep my needles clicking along.

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Warmth

In the matter of one more hour, I had my beautiful Nantucket Throw completed. I am so pleased with how it turned out. It is so warm and it will be terrific for snuggling up on the couch during another cold, Wisconsin winter.

What I love about this super chunky yarn is it draws your attention to the architecture of the final knitted fabric. The stitch definition lets you see the beauty of each knit and purl. Sometimes there is so much beauty in simplicity.

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Hello Again!

After a long absence, I am back in the saddle again.  This year has been a bit of a rebirth for me.  After losing my father at the end last year, I have spent much of my time finding my way back to me.

I read an article on grieving and it referred to this time as thr “Year of Firsts.”  In this age of “putting yourself out there” through social media, I decided to take a little break and be present in my Year of Firsts.  It has been a beautiful journey that has left me so filled with gratitude.

It has also been a time of reorganization, completion of projects that have been long overdue and a rededication to my professional life and all the things that I have loved doing.  Of course, knitting was at the top of the list!

Even though I haven’t been blogging, I have been knitting.  Along the way I have taken photos and I will be posting them in the future.

The other day a box arrived.  It was my Big Loop Merino from Loopy Mango.

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I have wanted to make the Nantucket Throw ever since I saw it pinned on Pinterest.  The pattern is available for free on the Loopy Mango website or through Ravelry.

One of my favorite bloggers, GG Made It , would agree that you can’t beat that instant gratification of a few hours work and…poof!…a finished object. (Make sure you check out Gaye’s blog.  It is terrific!)

This skein was so big!  If you don’t believe me check out this photo.  (Sorry there is a shadow…it was midnight and I couldn’t sleep.)

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After about an hour and a half of knitting…

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This is what’s left of that monster skein.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  It’s time to get my needles clicking again.

Baby

It has been really busy in my professional life.   A good thing because it pays for all of the yarn to feed my fiber obsession.  The only downside is that I don’t have as much time to knit and post.

Even so, I have been making progress on my WIP.  We had the baby shower for my co-worker, Monica, on Friday.   She received many beautiful gifts.  I am happy to say that three of us gave her handknitted gifts.  Connie made her an adorable hat and sweater set and Kaye made her a baby blanket.  I am going to ask them both if they have photos so I can share their beautiful projects.

My project was the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘N Bitch: A Knitter’s Handbook.  I love this hat because it is an easy,  quick knit.  It’s simplicity makes it adorable.  I try to find a luxurious, soft yarn to knit with.  I chose Blue Sky Alpacas’ Worsted Cotton in the honeydew colorway.

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The best part of this project was there was enough yarn to make a scarf too.  The scarf is a go-to pattern I love.   On the right-side, you knit and on the wrong-side, you K1 P1.  It produces two lovely patterns and makes the scarf reversible.

I also started a pair of socks for the baby.  The pattern is from Debbie Bliss Simply Baby, Two Tone Socks.  The pattern is designed to accommodate three sizes (3-6 months,  6-12 months and 12-18 months).  I have been working on my first pair of socks so I thought I would try another pair.  The pattern was well-written and easy to follow.  I loved the way the pattern did the decreases in the heel flap.  You K2tog tbl, that is, knit two together through back of loops.  It rendered a beautiful seam.

I am using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, a blend of merino wool and cashmere.   Since Monica is having a girl, I chose the Baby Pink and Ecru colorways.  The first sock is completed and the second one is underway.

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I also wanted to mention that Knitting Sarah is doing a Summer Sock KAL (Ravelry link).  The socks are all going to be shorties.  I am going to participate and can’t wait to see what patterns Sarah selects for us.   If you are interested,  check out her blog (link above) or her Ravelry page.

Happy Knitting!

Projects, Projects and More Projects

I think I have knitting ADD. My love and need of new projects is a bit out of control. I am not sure I should admit this, but I have 7 projects cast on and started. Is this wrong for a fiber lover?

The truth is I am so happy about it. I have projects on my needles for people I love and care about and several for me (insert a very big smile here).

As all of us who knit know, projects for us somehow end up being someone else’s. My beautiful alpaca scarf became my sister’s. She loved it so I gave it to her. It happens all the time. I figure, eh, I can knit another one for myself. Yet, I never seem to get to making mine.

Instead, my ADD kicks in and I am on to another project or determined to find the perfect project for another amazing skein of yarn.

The two projects I am working on today are the socks for my guy and a hat for a soon-to-be Mom that I work with.

I have really been enjoying knitting my first pair of socks. The Malabrigo Sock in the Persia colorway is so terrific. My guy loves the color and how it feels. Last week, he was saying how he needed some new dress socks. Little does he know he will be getting his wish. Don’t you just love surprises?

I am getting close to starting the heel flap; only about an inch to go!

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The Mom-to-be is going to be the lucky recipient of several knitted gifts. Two lovely ladies we work with have been busy making her beautiful baby things too.

I am making my go-to baby hat. The Umbilical Cord Hat (link to the pattern on Ravelry). The pattern is great for someone learning to knit in the round. I love its simplicity and the rolled edge makes the hat adjustable. A great thing considering how quickly kids grow.

The yarn is Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton. It is unbelievably soft and 100% organic. Perfect for a baby. The colorway is Honeydew.

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I am about to start the decrease and move to double-pointed needles to finish up. I think there might even be enough yarn for a matching scarf.

Today, I stopped at one of my favorite yarn shops, Cream City Yarn to pick up a few balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. This deliciously soft yarn will become socks for the baby. As always, the ladies at Cream City Yarn took good care of me. They are so wonderful!

As for the other projects, I have two summer sweaters, a jacket and a hat in the works. I will have more to share in my next posts.

Happy knitting!

Serendipity

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Thanks to Knitting Sarah (blog link) and the Dyeabolical Yarn (blog link) giveaway I am now the proud owner of this amazing skein of ID Squishy Sport Single in the Sebastian colorway.

I couldn’t be happier!   It is soft and beautiful.   I will have to find the perfect project for this special yarn.

If you adore yarn as much as I do, you can feed your addiction at the Dyeabolical Yarn Website.  They have gorgeous colorways and custom dye it on your choice of yarn base.  What makes it even better is you get to support an artisan.

Don’t forget to check out both of their blogs using the links provided above.

I will keep you posted as to what this pretty skein will become.

Happy knitting!

Hello and welcome!

This year marks the beginning of many changes for me.  I have always wanted to connect with other knitters and people who love to embroider and sew.  Since I joined WordPress, I have found many wonderful bloggers and I have enjoyed their posts.  They have provided me with inspiration, encouragement and support as I have spread my wings to try new patterns and techniques. I hope that my blog will do the same for you.

As I post, I will share the blogs I have enjoyed.  Plus any new dyers and spinners I come across and my adventures at the local yarn or fabric store.

Currently, I am learning to knit socks.  I have my first one cast on.  These will be a gift for my guy.  I hope he will like them.  The pattern I am using is from Churchmouse Yarns. It is their Basic Sock in two gauges.  The thing I like about the pattern is it is very flexible; it allows you to design your sock.  You can choose whether to do it in stockinette or in a ribbed pattern.  I have chosen to do the first 1.5″ of the cuff in K1/P1 with the remainder of the cuff and instep in K2/P2.  The other great thing about the pattern is that it really explains the anatomy of a sock.

I am knitting them on US size 1.5 dpn needles.  I hope to eventually graduate to knitting socks on two circular needles.  The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in the Persia colorway.  This is a gorgeous superwash merino.  It is soft and I love the variation in the color.  I am a sucker for kettle-dyed or hand-dyed yarn.  If you follow the link, you can see all of the beautiful colors.

Malabrigo Sock Persia Colorway

I have to thank the very helpful ladies at Cream City Yarn.  The helped me pick out the right pattern and showed me all of my yarn options.  If you are in the Milwaukee area, you should definitely check them out.

Also, I need to give a thank you to Knitting Sarah. Her blog posts have inspired me to start knitting socks and I am grateful for her encouragement and support.

Here is my progress so far…

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