soft mitts

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Pattern: Leydon by Alicia Plummer

Yarn: Acadia by The Fibre Company

These mitts were a remarkably quick knit. I started them on Sunday. The tweedy-ness of the Acadia gives them an almost rustic aesthetic, which really will be perfect for the autumn season approaching (even if it is a little much for my recent fling with minimalism). Despite the easy pattern, I still managed to learn 2 different techniques with this project. 1. Fisherman’s Rib. This is a super squishy rib with which I have fallen in love. I definitely will use it on a pattern in the future. 2. Tubular Bind-off – a very slick way to bind off a ribbed pattern when you don’t want to lose flexibility. Yay, progress!

If I were to knit these again, I’d probably use a yarn that had better stitch definition so the pattern stuck out more clearly. Really, though, I have no complaints. The Fibre Company’s Acadia yarn is 60% Merino, 20% Silk, and 20% Alpaca. This combination is super duper soft, light, and warm. I’m sure they’ll be perfect for my chilly computer hands at work.

Also, Tuesdays off are the BEST thing ever! I couldn’t ask for a better day off during the week.

PS: Did I mention I got a tattoo last February while I was in NY? I love it. I can’t wait to get another! I’ve been seriously obsessed with the show Ink Master lately.

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Hovineidon hienommat

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Summer knitting has turned into sock knitting for this lady. Above is a pair that I just finished that are blocking. I apologize for the SHITTY pictures. My nice camera has a scuffed lens and these were taken on my phone. The lens will be repaired when I have more money… haha.

Pattern: Hovineidon hienommat by Tiina Kuu Knitwear

I’m sorry to say that they will be too large for my feet. I am a size 6.5, and this pattern was written in only one size. They are a bit long for me. I should have omitted even more rows, but I didn’t. And I’m on to newer and better works, so I’m not re-doing them.  I guess the lesson is learned and I’ll ship them off as a gift for a friend. The pattern was excellent to work from, however.

I have the BEST idea for a sock pattern and a ton of knitting goals for the fall. So I should be posting more SOON!

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!