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WE ARE KNITTERS CLASSIC SWEATER + HANKI SNOOD

November 3, 2016

@weareknitters #classicsweater

@weareknitters #classicsweater

I made the Classic Sweater and Hanki Snood about six months apart hence the hair change. I used WAK Petite Wool in natural for both projects. Here’s the good:

  • Classic design. Both of these will be worn until they fall apart.
  • Quality yarn. It’s sooo soft. It’s a single ply, so I’ll keep you posted on longevity, but so far so good! No pilling.
  • Quantity of yarn! I had enough leftover from each project to make a hat or two!

hanki snood

hanki snood

Now for the bad:

  • Just instructions. That’s it. For the cowl they suggested ‘zig zagging’ the ends together. Luckily I’m aware that the kitchener stitch exists, but those instructions are unfortunate for beginners who are going to end up with a messy back seam. They also have some questionable suggestions if you’re off gauge.
  • Oh wait, and the needles. I may be bias because I cannot knit with straights, but they seemed awkward and extra pointy. I used my own circulars.

All in all, highly recommend. I have a friend who hasn’t been stoked on their cotton projects, but I’m giving two thumbs up to the wool ones. Just keep a knitting reference book handy.

Knitting | bough knit hat

October 3, 2014

bough

pattern: Bough by Brooklyn Tweed

yarn: two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Nest

bough

bough

necklace: native clutter | cardigan: seamly.co

I can’t stop knitting hats. This isn’t a problem since I lose them at about the same rate that I make them. And Colorado is chilly.

Sewing stuff should be up next…

Knitting | easy baby alpaca hat

September 29, 2014

I love marled yarn and wanted a quick project, so behold: the super easy baby alpaca hat. This stuff has been in my stash for like two years.

WIP

Materials: one skein of Misti Alpaca Chunky

Instructions: Find some needles. I used US size 9 16″ circulars. Cast-on 64 stitches. K2 P2 until you’re over it. I wanted to do a brim, but would’ve run out of yarn hence the strange ribbing measurement of 3.5″. Knit some more. When the hat measures 8″ then start decreasing. I separated the hat into four sections of 16 stitches with stitch markers. Decrease every row as follows: pm, ssk, knit to two stitches before marker, k2tog. When you have, like, eight stitches left, finish the hat. Weave in ends. Boom.

fin!

boom.

I just cast-on Bough, so that’s coming up next.

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.

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