Monthly Archives: June 2012

Blog Week in Review: 6/16-6/24


Wow, do I have a lot of posts to show you guys this week. You would think that, with the summer heat encroaching, FO’s would slow down. Oh no, it’s totally the opposite. Over the week I have favorited ten (10!) posts to share with you. You all better get excited!

First, we have the hats. Knitting Love’s Beret is really cool. I love the lacey rib stitch pattern, and it seems to fit perfectly. There’s not so much flop that the hat seems to explode out from your head, but it’s not so small that you feel like you are just wearing a large hat. Very awesome.

The other hat is the Bored Knitter’s Wild Apple. It is an explosion of colorwork and skill that I know I will never be able to achieve. The stitch pattern just looks so intricate and I really love all of the colors she picked. And, of course, the most important thing is that she loves it so much that she’s willing to overlook her mistakes and flaws- perfect!

We just have one finished pair of socks today- Dona Knits’s Embossed Leaves. I think that most of us would probably agree when we say that this pattern is a classic, and her knitting skills and yarn choice don’t let it down. Simply put, this pair is the reason this pattern became so popular- the crisp stitch definition, the leaf motif, and the wonderful color options!

I really like Don’t Drool on the Wool’s improvised tea pocket. At first I was all “doesn’t tea already come in pockets,” but then I gave it a thought. You can put a couple of different options into one pocket and then just keep it in your purse (or backpack, if you are me), and that way you don’t have to dig around, only to find decaf when you want caf, or lipton when you want herbal, etc. It really is a good idea, and I might have to whip one out today.

Dropping Stitches Serenity Blanket is nothing short of spectacular. I love the combination of the cables and the lace, and the garter border in a contrasting color is such a nice touch. There will definitely be one lucky baby out there!

Of course, you can’t have a Blog Week in Review without a huge section on shawls and scarves. I love Sezza Knits’ Oaklet. It’s a perfect little shawlette for that in-between weather! The bright pink is adorable, and I’m sure it creates a great pop of color for any outfit.

Next, there’s Smoking Hot Needles’s Cameo Shawl. The fact that it is make with her handspun is so impressive- I never would have guessed it. Plus, the pattern is just so freaking cool. I’m really starting to like these non-traditional shawls, and I’ll probably have to find some yarn with much longer color repeats to try one out!

Moving on to garments, I’ve got 2 to show you. First, there’s the Pretty Little Fiber Co.’s Georgia Vest. It’s so simple and stylish that I kind of want to go over there and steal it!

And, to close, there’s Nook’s Driftwood. This was a test knit and I really, really love it. Off of the top of my head, I would say that a worsted weight pullover would probably be way too warm for me to wear very often. But still, I love this pattern so much that it would probably be very, very hard to resist. It’s a free one, too, so there really isn’t anything stopping me from picking out some yarn…Uh oh.

So that’s it for my Blog Week in Review. I hope you enjoyed it! If you are joining me in sharing your inspiration from the last week, please leave me a comment- I am feeling just a little bit too lazy to put up a Mr. Linky, but I’m not too lazy to check out your blog 🙂

WIP Wed: Zest Part 3


Progress on the Zest Cardigan has been slow, but actually pretty steady. I’ve already finished the cable pattern on the back and have moved up a couple of lace repeats past it. Unfortunately, MY cable motif does not actually look like the one in the pattern, or what I wanted it to look like.

To tell the truth, it’s probably my fault. I decided to take this project with me on vacation because I was so excited about working on it, and that might have been my downfall. I printed out the pattern in black and white because that’s all my printer does, and I was not willing to go through all of the hassle of printing the pattern off somewhere else just to have pretty pictures. That would probably have been fine if I had gone ahead and taken a look at the cable pattern (I hadn’t started it then)…but I didn’t

While the chart is a rectangle, the part of the pattern that is repeted and the part that just shows the edging isn’t (did that make any sense?). Jennifer marked that border in bright red, which hardly showed up at all in my black and white copy. I was half-way through a coast to coast plane ride before I realized my mistake. At that point in time I just made the executive decision to go with it. I was not about to rip over an inch of a cable and lace sweater made with black fingering weight wool in the middle of a plane.

It didn’t come out looking like anything artistic, and I may kind of hate it, but, as of now, I’m just going with it. Right now life is kind of hectic and I JUST NEED SOMETHING TO KNIT ON. Plus, the cable pannel goes on the back, so the only time I’m going to be able to see it is when I crane my neck in the mirror. And that’s assuming I can figure out what is going on with all of that dark wool 🙂

Either way, I’m enjoying the process of knitting it. The lace pattern is definitely addictive (although I kind of hate the purl side lace row- too many p2togtbl’s) and it’s zooming off the needles. Pretty soon I’m going to have to ditch the body for the sleeves- we’ll see how that works out.

Sorry for the miserable lack of pictures. Right now I can’t seem to summon up the energy! But next time, I promise you’ll get to see it with your own eyes. For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

Post Possible?


I had a post planned. I swear, I did. But then I went to work, and we had a TON to do. I’m a teaching intern a Breakthrough Collaborative, and it is honestly the best job in the world (maybe this is why I want to be a teacher?). Breakthrough is a summer academic program for high-achieving middle school students throughout the country. Best of all, it is completely free, so all students, regardless of economic status, can get the push they need to put them on track for college. It’s a great opportunity for students, and it’s also a great opportunity for the teachers, all of whom are around college age. We’ve just finished up with our week of teacher training and the students come tomorrow. We’ve decorated the halls, organized our summer theme, and planned our lessons. Now all we need is students…and some sleep  before they come 🙂 I promise to have a SPECTACULAR WIP post for you this Wed., but in the mean time, that’s all she wrote.

Blog Week in Review: 6/10-6/16


Welcome, once again, to this week’s blog highlights. I’ve got some great things to point out, so let’s jump in!

First off, Peacefully Knitting’s Double Leaf Saroyan is really beautiful. Of course, it probably doesn’t hurt that purple and green are my favorite colors ever, and they are both included in her yarn. But really, the pattern highlights the variation in the yarn so well, and it looks like such a snuggly project.

Next up, we have a blogger that I have just started following. Still All Knit and No Sheep’s Brolly Skirt really is very cool. Like most of us, I’m not usually a knitted skirt person. In fact, I don’t think that her post has completely swayed me to the knitted skirt camp, but her’s certainly looks pretty, and I am completely jealous of her photography location, wherever it is!

I also love Stitched Together’s Hap Shawl. She modded a whole bunch of extra repeats to her square shawl, and I’m pretty sure that the intended recipient (and the baby) will probably be able to share it as a blanket. It’s such a huge undertaking, and she pulled it off flawlessly.

For my two fav sock FO’s of the week, there’s Caffeine Girl’s Almondines in a delightful shade of light green and Dona Knits’s Gentleman’s Fancy Socks in a more manly grey. Between the two, they sort of have me itching to cast on a pair. I’m going to try to hold off on the urge, but once the candy skein gets here I may not be able to control myself 🙂

OK, so I know that I’m not such a huge admirer of knitted things for around the house, but after seeing Life on Laffer’s Mystic Comfort Pillow, I might just have to change my mind. There’s something about luscious cables on a pillow that I’m attracted to- there’s no need to stare! Maybe, maybe, maybe something like this may be in the works. We’ll see.

So that’s it for my list of inspiring posts of the week. I highly encourage you to also highlight some of the more inspirational posts that you’ve seen out in the blog-o-sphere this past week and do your own Blog Week in Review. If so, let me know in the comments- I’d love to see it!

Yarn Haul


As you may remember, I ALSO won a contest over at Learner’s Per-Knit. Thanks so much for such an awesome haul! Today, I just wanted to do a quick post to show off all of my swag, and maybe talk about ideas for the yarn. There’s a lot of it- so be prepared for a long, picture-heavy post!

Spud and Chloe Sweater

First up we have a skein of Spud and Chloe Sweater (55% Wool, 45% Organic Cotton- 100g), a worsted weight yarn in the Turtle colorway. It’s not quite as pastel as the picture suggests- slightly darker and deeper. Right now, I’m thinking that it would make a good hat. Maybe a new design? I feel like it would fluff up beautifully with some texture. Maybe garter ridges? Hmm…I shall think on the matter.

Wool of the Andes

Next, there’s a single skein of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (100% Wool- 50g) Worsted in Aurora Heather. Interestingly, I have a skein of fingering weight in the same color. I don’t know if there’s anything I can do with that. Or maybe I’ll just keep it handy for a last minute present. It is a guy shade. Maybe something for my dad for Hanukah? Well, that’s pretty far in the future. I have plenty of time to figure it out!

Malabrigo Lace

Next, there is a skein of (gasp!) Malabrigo Lace (100% Baby Merino Wool- 50g)! The colorway is called Verde Esperanza, but for those of us who are color-challenged, it is definitely teal. I’m not too sure what I’m going to do with 50g of lace-weight yarn, but this would be a pleasure to just keep in my stash and pull out to stroke when I’m feeling sad. I’m not joking- it’s that soft.

Plymouth Mushishi

Next, there’s a giant skein of Plymouth Mushishi (95% Wool, 5% Silk- 250g). I have no idea what I’m going to do with it at the moment, but I love the tweedy flecks and how it switches between blues and greens. It’s pretty soft, so maybe it would make a good infinity cowl? Something thick and luscious to get me through those few days were it gets really, really cold.

Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk

Next, there are two skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (50% Alpaca, 50% Silk- 50g each). I think the color is just a bit more rusty and less bright than the picture shows. Also, they are two different dye lots, but I can’t really tell the difference at all. They are somewhere around a DK weight, so I could probably find a fantastic lace pattern for them. Looking at it now, I can tell that they will have just a slight halo- and that’s exactly what you want for lace!

Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering

Second to last is a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering (80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon- 100g). I have been coveting this yarn forever! I know that this is supposed to be a sock yarn, and I know that the label SAYS that it’s superwash and even has nylon, but there is no way that you can feel it in the skein. Add that to the fact that this skein might just contain all of my favorite colors (purple, green, rust, oh my!) and I have no idea if I will EVER be able to part with it. I can already tell that it will be some special project!


Finally, there’s some blue/green/yellow mystery yarn. It’s probably about 50g of worsted or chunky weight wool- it definitely feels like a rough wool- that’s been spun into a single ply. Does anyone have any ideas about what this is? I have no idea what I will do with it…

And she also added in a personalized needle converter magnet! I’m really excited about this- I’m always losing my converters, and I can just keep this one on the fridge so I’ll always know where it is!

To close, I cannot say how unbelievably grateful I am for this entire package. I love each and every skein, and cannot say how much it makes me happy that there are other people out there who want to share their love of knitting so much. Thanks again!

Feeling Lucky?


Guys, I don’t know what they’re putting in the water over here, but I have been winning blog contests left and right! First, I won the blogiversary contest over on Learner’s Per-Knit, then I won Tami’s anniversary contest for Candy Skein, and now a copy of California Revival Knits from Knitting to Stay Sane. I honestly have no idea what to do with myself (except knit!).

What with all of the traveling and starting my internship this week, I really don’t have much time for blogging. I feel like I should warn you guys that, honestly, there probably won’t be that many posts in the coming weeks. I’m thinking of moving to a once or twice a week schedule, instead of the three or four times a week that I normally do. I hope that’s OK with you guys!

California Revival Knits

But, in the mean time, I thought I would do my review of California Revival Knits. To be honest, I’ve been stalking this book as it has made it’s way around the blog-o-sphere, hoping that I would win a copy. And then I did! The book starts with an introduction to the California Revival style and some information on Stephanie Tallent’s design process, which I am very excited to read…eventually. And then, oh then, it moves onto the patterns.

Wrought Iron Cardi. Sniped from the ravelry page, link below

Right now, I’m keeping my eye on two favorites that I really must knit: the Wrought Iron Cardi and the Peacock Stole. The stole is a rectangular lace piece made out of DK weight that would probably make a very nice holiday gift. The Cardigan is part of a line of wrought iron pieces that have some beautifully featured delicate cables. As you might know, I have really been digging the cables recently, and am so excited to work on some more!

Peacock Stole. Sniped from the ravelry page, link above.

I also have a couple of other pieces that I really like, and will probably work on some time in the future. There’s the three others in the wrought iron series, a pair of fingerless mitts, socks, and a beret, plus the lacey Undersea Garden Cowl and the slightly beaded Tiles, a v-neck pullover. Most of the other pieces use some sort of colorwork, which is not really my thing, but they are completely beautiful, and may be how I learn 🙂 All in all, I am so thankful to Stephanie Tallent, the designer, Cooperative Press, the publisher, and Glenna C. over on the Crazy Knitting Lady for my copy of this wonderful book. It was such an AWESOME gift!

Blog Week in Review: 6/2- 6/10


Drumroll, please- it’s time for the Blog Week in Review! Yeah! We have a lot to talk about, so let’s get started.

To start off, we have Knit the Hell Out’s Lolita. It’s such a stylish knit, and the lace detail (dropped stitches, right?) really add an extra dimension to the knit. It looks like something that would work up really quickly and then work with a bunch of different outfits.

I really like My Sometimes Crafty Life’s simplest sweater. It’s a plain pullover with a little bit of lace detailing around the neck, but the best part is how obviously ecstatic she is about the FO, even though she won’t be able to wear it for a couple of months. The fit seems perfect and exactly what she wanted. And we all know that is not such an easy thing to achieve.

Autumngeisha’s Nanook is divine. I love the detailing around the collar- the stitch pattern creates such a great effect. And it looks all roomy and cozy- perfect for snuggling under during a cold winter.

And for the last of the sweaters, look no further than Kiwiyarns’s Snuggly. It look’s perfect for the southern hemisphere’s coming winter!

Nook’s new Honey Cowl looks amazing. I swear, I’ve seen a dozen different variations of the pattern, and they’ve all come out fantastic, no matter what yarn was used.

Remily Knit’s Rodekool de Kool is just…so cool! I just love how the brioche lace looks…I may have to try my hand at that technique sometime soon 😉

As always, if you’re interested in doing a Blog Week in Review, please click the Mr. Linky right above here to show it off! I know that I would love to see it, and I’m sure the rest of the blog-o-sphere would love to see  what inspires you, too.

FO Friday: Chrolla


I finally got the chance to finish up my sample for my newest design, the Chrolla Hat. To be honest, it wasn’t until I actually started the knitting that I fell in love with this hat. While I was working on that interminable ribbing on the US 2’s, it felt like it would take FOREVER. But then I jumped up to the 4’s for the cable and lace patterns, and I just fell in love.


To me, at least, the stitch patterns become very intuitive and rhythmic without being boring- all of those passing 1 stitch over the next 2 stopped driving me crazy after I finally got the hang of it. At first, I had problems working with the Chroma Fingering, a single ply, but eventually I just realized that I had to take my time and pay attention on to the yarn. And the extra cable every six rounds just added a little spice of flavor to end the monotony! If I may say so myself, those two stitches really ended up being a perfect combination.

Side view! Cables and lace.

Can I tell you a little bit about my FO shots? My wonderful model is my roommate. Unfortunately, we are spending the summer apart. She got hired by our school for some office work, and they gave her FREE housing, so how could she turn that down? On the other hand, I’m living at home as that is FREE and near where my internship is. So, anyway, after spending a year together I was going through separation anxiety, and I managed to drive up and spend last weekend together. It was completely and utterly awesome, and, of course, I brought up some design samples to get some modeled shots 😉

From the back. It looks just a little flower-y, right?

My school is actually right across the street from Colonial Williamsburg, which, in case you don’t know, is a restored colonial city, complete with people walking around in colonial clothes and horse poop on the road and everything. CW is nice enough to give students free access to everything, which we greatly appreciate. Ok, so the reason most students go down there is the Cider Mugs. They’re your standard promotional mug, and you get free refills throughout CW on basically anything. I usually get cider, either cold or hot depending on the weather, but we heard rumors of a magical summer-only place where they have ICE CREAM and ROOT BEER (and a combination of the two). These shots were taken in the garden next to the shack where you can get that magic. Trust me, it was as glorious as it sounds 😉

and now we move into the awkward poses stage of this evening’s entertainment

Anyway, I’m still looking for people to test the Chrolla Hat. If you are at all interested, please check out the page in the Ravelry Free Pattern Testers Forum. I’d love to have you!


For more FO Fridays, check out Tami’s!

WIP Wed: Zest Cardigan part 2


In the past couple of days, I’ve gotten a couple of chances to work on my Zest Cardigan. It’s gone from this:

The last time I talked about this was almost a week ago, and it has grown so much!

to this: (in just about a week)

forgive the horrible pictures…I’m on vacation and I don’t really have anywhere else to take it. Plus, it is so hard to take pictures of black yarn!

For those of you just tuning in, the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, so I’m using Knit Picks Palette (100% Wool) and US 6 needles (up a size to accommodate for a pretty tight swatch). I actually won a copy of this pattern in one of Jennifer’s blog contests way back in January, and I bought the yarn right after that. It’s been sitting in my stash all this time, and now that it’s summer I want my light and airy summer sweater to wear, thank you very much! (You know, I think that I’ve finished almost all of my big projects a season behind this year. Oh well. Next year I’m going to have some delicious sweaters to wear!)

I don’t even know if you can tell, but this is a close up of the stitch pattern.

I think that I may have accidently skipped a lace row somewhere along the way; there are 2 lace rows per pattern repeat, and I’m somehow counting an odd number even when I know that I’ve finished the pattern, which is a problem because this part is worked flat, and the lace rows are worked on two different sides of the knitting. Long run-on sentence made short: I’m not too worried. The lace should stretch out considerably when blocking, and I was going to mod the sweater to be shorter to fit my more petite frame anyway.

For the most part, it’s a pretty zen knit. The repeats are fairly simple, and the rows are long enough to really get into the rhythm of the work. Still, I was a little concerned about the fact that the whole bottom half of the sweater is worked in one piece without seaming. Ok, to be honest, this post from Sally Melville (knitting legend/god/everything that I want to be in the world) was what really had me concerned. But then I really got thinking, and my 100% wool is pretty darn hardy. And if I’m going to stretch and pull lace, at least I don’t have to worry too much about seams not lining up or a strange dense bit in the middle of a light and airy sweater. It’s going to be good. I know it.

Chrolla Hat

Oh, and if you are at all interested in test knitting my Chrolla Hat, click on over to the Free Pattern Testers forum on Ravelry and take a look. I really, really liked how this turned out, and I’ll have some more great FO pix to show you on Friday!

For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s!



I’ve done so little knitting in the past couple of days that it is almost laughable. Instead, my gift to you is pictures of Mocha, my parents’ new chocolate lab puppy. Enjoy the adorableness!

Looking out pensively into the distance…ok, so she was actually distracted by my mom making animal noises. But the first one sounded so much better!

Eating mulch (one of her favorite things to naw on, besides us). Yum!

Why do you keep trying to get me to look at you? I just want to destroy this bush!


Gimme that stick!


I’m done now. Lets take a nap.


It’s my stick! Don’t try to take it! It’s all mine (cue evil laughter).