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Knitting | Dreieicke Hat

August 20, 2014

I can’t wait for fall and winter.

dreicke hat | manos del uruguay  yarn

 

pattern: dreicke hat by shannon cook
yarn: manos del uruguay maxima in spirulina from fancy tiger crafts

 

dreicke hat | manos del uruguay  yarn

I’m not sure if you guys have noticed but I’m really into neons/chartreuse. ::sigh:: Even with fluorescent hair. Nothing can deter me. Anyway, this pattern is great. Super fast and clear instructions. Two thumbs up.

 

Well Hello There!

January 9, 2014

Hiii!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I’ve totally missed my little space here. I’m not going to do a recap or anything, but I do want to say that 2013 was a really great year for me. Possibly the best ever. Not only regarding relationships and business, but 2013 was the year that I found out about the Venture Bros, liquid eyeliner (HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?!?) and Frank Ocean. I also became a redhead. I’m still pumped about that.

bray hat | brooklyn tweed

bray hat | brooklyn tweed

Knitting is one of my favorite hobbies because I can do it on the couch. It makes me feel productive when I’m feeling like a lazy bum. This does not apply to all knitting of course. I started Stonecutter weeks ago, totally screwed up the chart and threw it aside. Then I decided to copy Jen and pre-game with a Bray. My chart-reading skills came back (I’ve made a friggin’ Beatnik and Kaide! I should be able to handle this…) thank goodness and now I have a really cute hat. Stonecutter has since been resumed.

Pattern: Brooklyn Tweed Bray Cap by Jared Flood
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Birdbook | two skeins
Mods: I used a longtail cast-on instead of tubular.

Shelter was interesting to work with. It feels different for some reason – rustic yet springy. It broke a couple of times while I was knitting the ribbing on Stonecutter, but I haven’t had any issues since which is strange considering how tense cables can be.

simple pleasures hat | purl bee

simple pleasures hat | purl bee

I also knit a Purl Bee Simple Pleasures hat. I had the Berroco Ultra Alpaca in my stash then grabbed a matching Shibui Silk Cloud from Fancy Tiger. I’m not usually into purple, but I think this shade is pretty rad. The Silk Cloud is so subtle that I’m not sure it was worth using. I have some in gray that I’ll hold double with Ultra Alpaca fine for a second hat. It’s going to be hard to not knit like ten of these. It’s my favorite style.

Pattern: The Purl Bee Simple Pleasures Hat
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Shibui Silk Cloud | one skein each
Mods: I didn’t knit the ribbing for 6″ like the pattern stated – I only knit 3″ and regret it immensely. See how the reverse stockinette shows?? I really hate that.

snoflinga hat | wiksten

snoflinga hat | wiksten

Snoflinga is one of those patterns that I think is sort of weird, but I’m into it. The bobbles were surprisingly difficult with the yarn that I used. I redid them several times and there were still some gaping issues. I was able to take the excess yarn and loop it around the bobble. BOOM. Problem solved.

Pattern: Snoflinga by Jenny Gordy
Yarn: Austermann Alpaca Silk in white | two skeins
Mods: Used a different yarn than called for.

I have a few more hats in the queue as well. I really do wear one daily because it’s friggin’ cold and I’m outside a lot and – double bonus – I don’t really, technically have to do my hair… Yeah. Sorrs.

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I only have two resolutions this year: wear lipstick more often and read more non-fiction. So far I’m kicking ass at both. My new thing is Revlon Black Cherry (thanks to my SIL for informing me about this little $7 miracle) and I wear it all of the time now. At first I thought I looked like a gothic hooker, but now I think it looks normal. Any other color recommendations? Brands? Tips? ENLIGHTEN ME.

Alrighty. I think that’s it. I’ll see you around soon.

Kaari

November 7, 2013

kaari

I’ve wanted to knit Kaari for years. It started when I saw versions from Wiksten (here and here) and Garment House (here and here). It seemed like the perfect knit – a simple raglan sleeve sweater with so-odd-they’re-cool pockets.

kaari

kaari

shoes: seychelles scoundrel // pants: jcrew pixie pant // earrings: nc solstice

I didn’t do a gauge swatch, which is one of the worst things you can do as a knitter, and ended up with a sweater that could fit my husband. The pieces blocked into huge, drapey sections of fabric that I was not expecting. I ended up laying the sweater on my blocking board and smooshing it into the correct measurements. As it dried, it shrank a bit and the sweater was salvaged. I’m worried about future washings.

The original neckline wasn’t quite what I wanted and, despite picking up more, I was worried about running out of yarn again. I did a simple 2×2 rib then bound off loosely when I thought it looked right. Usually high necklines irritate me, but the yarn is so soft that I hardly notice it.

I’ve been a nervous wreck about sewing on those pockets from the moment I first saw Kaari. How on earth was I supposed to sew a selvedge edge to the completed front?! I referred to my favorite reference book, The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques, for instructions. If you knit at all I would highly recommend that you have this thing laying around. It’s small and spiral bound and perfect. I have to refer to it every time I finish socks because I can NEVER remember the kitchener stitch. Anyhoo, I looked up how to seam the pockets and it was so easy! No big deal.

pattern: Kaari by Norah Gaughan
yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 in colorway 201
mods: changed the neckline

So, I finally have a Kaari and I’m really, really happy with it. It fits well, it’s neutral and it’s soft. YAY!

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In other news, I was just given a huge hide of black cow leather. GIVEN. My poor industrial hasn’t been turned on in months and I desperately need a black bag, so I’m pretty excited about this incredibly gracious gift. Have you seen any awesome bag patterns? I’d like something slouchy and simple, but lined so I can add interior pockets.

The Little Things

October 20, 2013

Eric and I have this thing where we talk about our small wins of the day, the little things that make us grateful or proud or happy. This week I feel like my little things have actually been big things. It’s been a good week at NC, I met the Oatmeal at a book signing (AGAIN!) and a sweater was saved.

I bought this yarn, Karabella Aurora 8, waaaay on sale almost a year ago.  I started knitting Kaari pretty soon after, but set it aside once I had the back finished. It’s stockinette and tedious and I was trying to figure out how to alter the neckline. I thought ten balls would be enough. It’s not. Kaari isn’t Kaari without the front pockets and at the rate I was going there wouldn’t even be enough yarn for the front. It’s been a year. No way will I find that yarn again much less the same dye lot.

kaari

kaari

EXCEPT FOR I DID. The yarn shop that I purchased it from still had some – same color, same dye lot. Apparently I’m the only person in all of Colorado who  wants this yarn and I’m ok with that. I grabbed three more and fingers crossed it’s enough. I’m almost done with the knitting, but I know blocking and seaming will take me a few days.

I’m quite grateful the sweater will be finished. It’s one of my favorite patterns.

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Also, I did some serious organizing and since this is never going to happen again I want it on public record. Look at this shit:

so fresh and so clean!

SPOTLESS.

My First Shawl

May 18, 2013

shawl

shawl

shawl

Pattern: Sweet November Shawl
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Rustic

This is the first time I’ve made a shawl. I once wrote them off as old-fashioned, but now I’m embracing their practicality and utter gorgeousness. They’re the perfect spring and fall accessory.

This one is as easy as it gets, so I’m trying not to be too proud of myself. The pattern consists of simple yarn-overs and decreases, but it’s still a lot to keep track of and a good introduction to lace knitting. I enjoyed the process of knitting this big, holey mess then blocking it into an actual shawl. Aaaand it has fringe. I love me some fringe. I’m from the west – I can’t help it.

The yarn I used, Cascade Rustic, is discontinued, but if you can get your hands on some I highly recommend it! It’s a super soft, wool and linen blend that comes in gorgeous colors. I have been drawn to blues and turquoises lately, but there were also some great neutrals and saturated warm tones available. The color bled slightly during the soaking process, so I rinsed it out a few times. I used less than one skein.

Also, I made a hat.

hat

Hats became necessities last winter as I found myself walking and exposed to the elements much more than I ever have been in the past. I didn’t get to test this one out since I finished it a few weeks ago and now it’s like 80. It will see a lot of use once it cools down again.

It’s another super easy pattern that you can read more about here.

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I’m still slowly working on my bag. I’ll be talking more about it soon but for now here’s a sneak peak!

i love it so much it hurts my heart.

RAGGAWEST @ Fancy Tiger Crafts

April 22, 2013

Last Saturday I saw on Cirilia’s instagram that she was in Denver with Stephen West and Ragga Eiriksdottir. They were offering classes at Fancy Tiger Crafts, so I called immediately. There was room in Sunday’s Shapes and Forms the RaggaWest Way, so I signed up!

As soon as I walked into Fancy Tiger, I was like, “these are my people.” The products they carry are so beautiful. I was able to touch Liberty cottons and gorgeous yarns. I was also excited to see a wide range of patterns available from indie designers like Colette and Wiksten. Not that I need any new hobbies, but if I were to start one it would be weaving. They have affordable looms and classes on how to use them.

The class itself was a blast. Stephen and Ragga are so talented and engaging. I haven’t knit patterns by either of them, but a few shawls are next in my queue. They were kind enough to pose for multiple pictures and listen to me ramble. I was SO EXCITED.

raggawest

favoritesweater

I love the above sweater so, so much. It’s mostly linen with stripes of MOHAIR DIPPED IN LATEX WTF?!!? I don’t remember where he said he found the yarn, but I don’t think it’s available in the US. The shape that he created is exactly what I’m trying to achieve with one of my own projects.

swatchin

I was grateful I was able to keep up despite the somewhat complicated techniques. Stephen walked us through various edge stitches then how to pick up stitches through each of them. Ragga presented the most complicated cast-on I’ve ever done (beating out the hot mess of a cast-on that I had to watch a million times for the Snowy Day Cowl). It’s featured in her Craftsy class.

teaching1

boltane

I observed that quite a few of the class attendees were older ladies, grandmother types with grey hair. They were decked out in beautiful shawls and knits and talked about their blogs and Ravelry queues. I don’t know why I loved that so much, but I wanted to high-five them all.

Stephen was also here filming a class for Craftsy, which I’ll absolutely purchase. He’s really entertaining.

cirilia

I think Cirilia’s site Skrilla Knits was one of the first knitting blogs I found. I’ve followed her for years, even copying some of her FO’s like the Kureyon Pismo. Mine was not nearly as cute and has since disappeared. Anyway, I love her designs and styling, so it was really nice to meet her! You can find her musings and videos at Bricoleur Knits. Like you didn’t already know that.

If you ever get the chance, definitely go visit Fancy Tiger. It’s a great store in a really cool neighborhood. They have an open craft night on Tuesdays, so I think that may become my new hangout.

Also, THIS.

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I updated my Ebay with new shtuff and big lots. I think in the future I’m going to regret this massive purge, but right now I’m overwhelmed. Check it out HERE!.

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