I am having a little crush on marled sweaters right now.
During my wonderful Rheinbeck weekend I shared a house with the fabulous Amy Christoffers who wore her Moxie pullover during our knit downtime. I love how stylish and simple it is and the marl! I love the marl! Amy even helps a sister out and shares some of her fav color combinations.
A beautiful and simple raglan with some spice in the back!
And to combine my love of all things Marled, Colorblock, and J.Crew, it was as if this sweater was made for me.
Is there a trend that has caught your eye this fall?
I was talking to another mom the other day and we were commenting on how quickly the days are passing. I honestly feel that the months are moving so quickly that they are being construed as a day of the week! Like, See you Next August! Or Happy Hump September! and T.G.I.July!
So I am desperately trying to savor October. It is my favorite month for many reasons.
The leaves are changing and the temperature (typically) signals the uncovering of all the knits that are hidden around my house. I can breathe new life into cardigans that have been collecting dust underneath beds and snuggle up with some blankets that have been neglected.
It's the month for Rhinebeck (which was "born" the same year I was)! Not only am I going this year but I am making a full weekend of it! I rented a house with some really amazing knitters and I plan on strolling casually through the stalls instead of the mad dash it usually feels like when I only have mere hours.
And now here's the obvious, it's my birthday!! Happy Ten Ten! WOO! Last year I was all pregnant and to be honest I can't even remember what I did. (Mommy brain I lothe you). But this year, I get to spend it with my son and wonderful husband. No amount of chocolate cake can take the place of the gifts I get everyday from those two men. (but I mean, I will eat my chocolate cake, anyway!)
It's been an amazing year, one that I won't soon forget as the results of this year has managed to drool all over me everyday since. I'm starting to get my knitting grove back which makes me look forward to the year ahead!
You know the drill, leave a comment and I'll pick a lucky ten-ten'er to share the birthday love! Comments close on Saturday 10-12 :-) (extended love!)
As always, thank you for popping over my blog and enjoying my knit rants - and sticking with me through my baby hiatus! You guys rock.
ETA: Sorry for leaving you guys hanging for a WEEK! Yikes! I did pick a winner though!
ANYA! Congrats to you and I hope you enjoy the yarn! From the looks of it, I may have to do this type of giveaway every 10th of the month! xoxo
You hear it all the time when it comes to knitting projects, "Make sure you buy more than enough yarn!" and most of the time I am So good at that task. Just ask my husband. Yarn is everywhere. But this time around I thought with all the color blocking going on I would only need 2 skeins max of each color.
Well after I was finished with the front and one sleeve I realized I would need a 3rd skein of the neutral color. I was pretty calm, cool and collected. I figured I would just go back and snag up another skein via the site that I bought it from. Like no one else buys that yarn... Well DUH, they did not have it in stock. (que sad Price's Right music here.)
A quick email to the owner and I found out that they were getting more in stock that very day. But in the meantime because I cannot wait for the life of me, I did a quick search on the internets and found a skein at another site and promptly ordered it.
My impatience was distracted with a fun weekend away, but when I got home I ripped open the package only to see right away that it was not a match. The dyelot was much more grey toned than the pinkish toned skeins I had. I then decided to re-order from the original vendor in the hope I would have better dyelot luck.
Well, this skein (the top), while not as off as the first (below), is still not perfect but it have to do. As you maybe know, I am accustomed to making it work with skeins that are not matching and will try to work some magic. Am I kinda sad/po'd that I didn't order enough at first? Yes. Is it a "I wouldn't have noticed it until you pointed it out" kind of situation? I don't think so. But thankfully I just have a few more rows on the back to finish and then neckband. Maybe I can claim it was a "design feature".
Anyway, I won't let my dyelot woes interfere with my pure excitement of finishing this sweater! I can't wait to show it off. And yes, I've decided to write it up - including needing an extra skein! No one shall suffer my mistake! You're very welcome.
So what's on deck? I have more sweaters that are half done than I'd care to admit which means the next thing is going to be finishing one of those. After that maybe a cowl...
All I know is that my needles are going to be busy right on through the new year. Click, click, click, Toto!
One of the greatest pleasures of being a knitter is the ability to create gifts for the ones we love. Whether it's a hat or a shawl or even a small bootie, using our hands to create things always adds that extra special touch.
Jean Moss of Sweet Shawlettes does it again with her newest pattern book, Great Little Gifts to Knit. She has designed 30 wonderful patterns that are sure to please everyone on your gift list.
As we get into October I am reminded that there are only 85 days left to knit Christmas gifts and even less for those Hanukkah gifts! It's the perfect time to whip a book like this out and cast on.
The book is split into 4 sections: Baby, Hers, His and Home. OF course with a little guy now in my life I was really interested in the Baby section. My favorite of the patterns is the Whoopla bean bags! James loves to play with all things soft and what's better than these?
It's the perfect project for trying out intarsia for the first time as the small squares are truly forgiving!
In the Hers section, you know I love me some leg warmers! And with two balls of Rowan Big Wool these are your Dec. 24th, 11:30pm, almost forgot to make my sis something (or sis in law for me) kind of project!
In the His section I was all about the gutiar strap! I love that it doubles as a belt just incase you want to switch it up. It's a great piece for your favorite rocker. Which reminds me, I told my husband that we SO have to get James some guitar lessons once his fingers are up for it. Seven months, too soon?
Lastly, in the Home section I was all about the placemats! I often think about how nice it would be to have some knitted placemats and how truly easy they are to make! I'm glad she included them here. It really is the perfect thing for stash busting and everyone could use them.
All the patterns are clearly written and easy to follow and with an appendix handy for those 'what does that SSK' mean again moments.
I am so happy to have been the final stop on the EPIC Jean Moss Great Gifts to Knit blog tour! I hope you all enjoyed visiting each blog and if you haven't here they are:
Mon 2 Sep Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Sep WEBS Kathy Elkins
Fri 6 Sep Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nicholas
Mon 9 Sep Stolen Stitches Carol Feller
Tues 10 Sep Knittedbliss Julie crawford
Wed 11 Sep Black Bunny Fibers Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 sep Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Frid 13 Sep Tiny Owls Knits Stephanie Dosen
Mon 16 Sep Just Call me Ruby Susan Crawford
Tues 17 Sep Zeneedle Margene Smith
Wed 18 Sep Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep Craft Sanity Jennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep Connieleneknits Connie Lene
Tues 24 Sep Knitsofacto Annie Cholewa
Wed 25 Sep Ulla Bella Anita Tormoen
Thur 26 Sep A Really Good Yarn Julie Schilthuis
Fri 27 Sep Urban Yarns Alexa Ludeman
Sat 28 Sep Linda Marveng Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep Yarnings Jen
Tues 1 Oct Tentenknits Margaux Hufnagel (WOOT! haha)
And of course what's a Grand Finale without a giveaway! Leave me a comment about what you're looking forward to knitting as a gift this holiday season and I'll pick a winner on Thursday Oct. 3rd!
Remember you can grab a copy of Great Little Gifts to Knit for you or your favorite knitter on Amazon!
Things are progressing smoothly with my color block sweater which I now refer to as Kendi. When last I left you I was waiting for my colors to arrive, now I am just about to cast on for the 2nd sleeve.
I decided to make this sweater in pieces. I know the craze these days is to make sweaters that are all-in-one piece and sometimes that is pretty glorious BUT there are good reasons to make sweaters in pieces and my girl, Amy, has pretty much summed them up beautifuly. (She's a redic designer so, like, pay attention ;-) ahem, her new book is coming out soon, too!)
And taking the mother of all knitters (EZ's) advice I started with a sleeve. Sleeves work well as a very large gauge swatch. You can double check your gauge without committing too much to the project. Good thing too because I was about a quarter of the way into the sleeve before I decided to rip back and make it a tad smaller and the increases a tad quicker.
As for the front, I really enjoy how the neutral tones down the bright colors. Before I started that section I really wondered if it was going to look too obnoxious. The top really balances it all out.
What are you working on?
Remember when Juliet was huge?
It was a time just before Ravelry where you would see it pop up on knit blogs and become it's own form of viral. At the time the designers went by Zephyr Gals and this to be sure was a huge hit for them.
Made in 2007
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon
Pattern: Juliet by Sarah Moore
I remember the knitting being pretty easy but the ribbon for the buttons was a pain in the toosh! I wasn't confident on how to attach the ribbon and really just stitched it where I could. It held for this photo but wasn't all that awesome when I wore it IRL. I always had to adjust it to make sure it wasn't going to show.
This sweater is pretty classic and from the looks of it on Ravelry, this pattern is still going strong.
Not to digress but, this shot was taken at one of my old Hoboken apartments. A real crap hole, I remember having mice and roaches... yuck! BUT it was one block away from the yarn shop and across the street from Boston Market (which is now a 7-11!) So while I was slumming it for sure, it's location couldn't be beat. Not to mention, my husband proposed to me in that apartment!