Climb NYC

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Pattern: Climb by Jane Richmond

I absolutely love these socks. They are so vintage and simple. These socks are knit toe-up, starting with the Turkish cast on method. The yarn is basically three different colors of Koigu KPM (red and white) and KPPPM (gray/blue). I obtained it at Purl Soho while I was in New York this past February. Lovely shop. I frequent it every time I’m in New York.

Wouldn’t they be cuter photographed on a wood floor? I think so, too. My husband and I have been apartment shopping, and it seems every place we like either gets snatched up before we can see it or does not allow cats. Grr.

Bermuda II: Blackcat

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Yeah. I actually knit a pattern twice. I haven’t done that since I knit about 14 Knitted Babes (pattern by Clare Garland, warning: very addicting) when I was 18.  This one does look quite different from the first, though. I loved all the color changes in the yarn. I would get especially excited when I came upon the yellow/orange.

Anyway, this was made for and is modeled by my best friend. We’ve known each other for QUITE some time – 21 years –  and you may remember her from a previous post, when I knit hats for all of my bridesmaids! I planned to visit her at the end of February, and did, but had 4 more LONG rows to go when we met. So I promised it would be done and I would ship it to her in a week. Welp. I finished it on the way home, blocked, and mailed it. Alas, we couldn’t take ‘together’ pictures. We were able to get tattoos together during the trip, though. My first tattoo. No, they aren’t matching, haha. And we also ate at the most hipster restaurant I have ever happened upon. It was a very fun time.

Pattern: Bermuda Scarf by Ilga Leja

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn

PS: Isn’t that lipstick perfect and fierce? GAH!

Short rows and Stout

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Yay – another post. I’ve been powering through this scarf pattern. It really is quite the lovely pattern. Why? Well, although it does it bigger and bigger as you go, the long rows are broken up by short rows! Right when you think you can’t possibly go on, you have several short rows that make you feel like you’ve made progress. It’s very hard to put down.

The yarn incorporates all of the colors of my cat, Melvin! It really does kind of look like him. I enjoy Noro’s colorways, and I just ordered two more skeins to make another one in more vibrant colors. This is a big deal for me because I hardly ever knit a pattern twice. To those who haven’t used Noro before, however, I did find a couple breaks in the yarn in each skein, and a few splinters, too.

Pattern: Bermuda Scarf by Ilga Leja

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock

Modifications: (As per recommendations from my LYS)

CO 45 stitches, and knit the first 3 rows (Foundation Row, Row 1, Row 2) as written, but omitting the increases. Then start at knitting at Second Short Row Section. This omits the point at the bottom.

Great pattern, odd name

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Alright. I’m sorry for posting so infrequently. Work has me very busy, and while I’ve still been knitting (at least a little), the last couple projects were gifts. I unfortunately didn’t get pictures before giving them away. I also kind of hate my hair, so I’ve been avoiding the camera.

So this project is from a pattern by StevenBe called Eyelet Ponchini. Available on Ravelry.

It’s a wonderfully easy pattern that is quickly memorize-able. So it’s great for car rides and tv knitting. Personally, the word ponchini does not appeal to me. Adding -ini to anything makes it less appealing to me. So much so, that if I’d known the name before seeing the finished object, I wouldn’t have pursued it. Lucky for me, it was on display at a LYS when I decided to knit it. And, I LOVE IT. Very glad I knit it. Can’t wait to wear it all over town once the temperature warms up. Right now, we’re confined to the indoors… (it’s -12F here and declining… BURRR).

Yarn: Madelinetosh tosh merino light + Rowan Kidsilk Haze (held together)

old, new, borrowed, blue

It’s been a month since our nuptials, yay! While we don’t have our professional pictures back, yet, I thought it appropriate to post some of my favorite pictures of the wedding that guests captured. Also, I was a crying mess at the ceremony. I couldn’t help myself. I was just sooooo overwhelmed with happiness! Although we had to move the ceremony inside due to rainy weather, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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My assemblage.

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Dress picture.

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Before I lost it.

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After I lost it.

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Finally, Husband and Wife!

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And my mom’s surprise speech in which she sang The Song of Purple Summer from the musical Spring Awakening, while many others with beautiful voices joined in to harmonize throughout the song. Oh. My. God. It was SO beautiful. Definitely a highlight of the day.

Hope you enjoy the sneak peak! Photobooth pictures to come soon!

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Since weddings are basically all I can think about right now, I decided to post a couple of our engagement photos from last winter.  I realize this is primarily a knitting blog, but I can’t think much about knitting when I’m getting married in 2 weeks.  Sue me.  I’ll post some of the outdoor session tomorrow if you ask nicely!

Photo credit (Yes, we have permission and own all the images): Blue Dandelion Photography

Readying for fall

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Wee!  Fall is almost here.  I can smell it.  Well, actually I can’t.  Anyway, as you can see, I finished another sweater (remarkably quickly, for my usual pace).

Pattern: Eeek by ANKESTRICK

Yarn: Bleating Heart Haven Shetland Wool (local)

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This sweater is super-duper itchy.  I’ll always have to wear a long sleeved tee underneath it.  Luckily, I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of those in store, soon.  And personally, I don’t mind layering, and this is sure to keep me warm.  Last photo is a potential casual outfit for fall!  I kinda like it, but I think it’s missing a light, patterned, woven scarf.

This fall brings new beginnings for me.  Alex and I are getting married in less than a month and we’re so excited.  I guess that’s all that’s new. haha.  Now I’m working on a smaller project that I promised someone a while back.  After that, it’s about time for Christmas knitting!

Now it’s time to practice a work presentation.

Sincerely yours,

MB