Pom Pom Quarterly: Fika

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I’m just so happy that I can finally announce some HUGE news. My pattern Fika will be featured Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 12. Here is the preview for the spring issue. I was inspired by a classic, athletic sock shape that would prevent nasty blisters on the first hike of spring. These socks are minimalistic and are meant to convey a fresh spring vibe, making them a wardrobe staple.

The socks are knit from the leg down and feature a 1×1 twisted rib cuff and band heel. A bump of stitches in a contrasting color across the toes mimics a seam and is created using a short row.

I am absolutely honored to be able to contribute to such a lovely, esteemed publication. Every time I receive an issue, I read it cover-to-cover and thoroughly enjoy every last page. You can subscribe here.

Stitch Block Cowl & Project Update

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Pattern: Stitch Block Cowl by Purl Soho

Yarn: Mirasol Llama Una (100% baby llama)

You guys, I’m so happy this is finally done. I felt like I was knitting it forever. It may have been all of the knit-one-into-the-row-belows. Anyway, the patterns were a lot of fun to see develop and the yarn is super soft. I’ll be wearing this one a lot.

Other news? Well, my husband and I bought and moved into our first home! I’m trying to be pretty vigilant about cleaning, which means a little less time knitting. We love it so much. It’s a 1920s bungalow that was renovated in the last 10 years with lovely original woodwork and crystal doorknobs. No idea how we got so lucky, but we’re very grateful. We’ve been buying loads of furniture to match the style of the house and are waiting for the delivery of our new couch and bed. Otherwise, I think we’re done buying for a while. I’d really like to knit some intricate cabled pillow covers for the new couch once we get it, maybe out of some O-Wool Balance.

Below is the progress on Hawser. I actually knit the whole body before I started the Stitch Block Cowl, but Hawser and I just needed a break for a while. It’s knit in a slightly larger gauge and I needed an in-between size, so math really helped me out with this one. I just finished the first sleeve last night and would like to finish the other by the end of the week so I can block and seam over the weekend. We’ll see.

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Fisherman’s Sweater

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Pattern: Monte Rosa by Isabell Kraemer

Yarn: Wisconsin Highlands Farms Ltd Wool Worsted

So. guys. I actually finished this sweater October 16th. I didn’t post right away because I’ve been pretty pre-occupied with a whole lot of other things. Mainly, Alex and I have been house hunting, which means paperwork and bank visits and so many things that make me feel old. My husband turns 27 this month, which also makes me feel old (even if I am 18 months younger than him. HA!). I can’t wait to give him all of his presents.

So what inspired me to knit this sweater? Well, a blog I read religiously, Fringe Association, is holding the Amanda knitalong. Fringe Association (Karen) put together this panel of amazing knitters who guest post step-by-step instructions of basically How To Sweater. Also, this is the hashtag you’re supposed to use to tag your WIPs #fringeandfriendsknitalong. They pick a WIP of the week and give out really, really awesome prizes to the winner. IT IS SO COOL!

Why didn’t I participate? Well, I was just so excited about the knitalong that I basically started way early and finished way early. Now I’m reading the posts as they go and am kind of just confirming with myself that I did things correctly (I did, so far). And yes, I do get nervous to read each post because if I did something wrong, I’ll feel super dumb because I’ve been knitting for 10-11 years and should know these things. Also, this sweater is top-down, so I knew some of the posts just wouldn’t mesh up with mine.

Also, I have to mention that the yarn for this sweater is local! I bought it at the Dane County Farmers’ Market this summer. Don’t you think it has glorious stitch definition?

Pattern modifications (none really): I went down a needle size to get gauge. I just used one color.

OK. One more picture. I’ve decided that I just like posting too darn much for this to be a finished objects (FO) blog. So I’m posting the luxurious Quince & Co. Lark I just received in the mail. This is going to be a Hawser.

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Knitting Nook

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OMGyouguys.

I forgot to tell you that since we moved in July, our new place has 4 bedrooms. This means that I now have a room completely dedicated to knitting. I love the space, and luckily for me, it was one of the rooms we didn’t even have to paint. Although, if I had been the one painting, the ceiling would have stayed white.

And also, I don’t knit in here, as we do have a family room with a TV and couch. I do, however, do all my knitting research up here, and keep all my stuff tucked away. Now I’ll be able to flesh out my stash.

PS: You can totally see the monkey mask from outside through the window and it appears to be looking down on the street. Kind of creepy if it catches you off guard!

My first test knit

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Pattern: Polly (to be released soon)

Designer: Elizabeth Brassard

Yarn: Ella Rae Classic Superwash in Deep Red, Vanilla, Light Grey, Deep Navy, Charcoal, Moody Blue

Hey. So I just completed my first test knit ever. Test knitting is when you team up with a designer in an agreement to basically knit their pre-published pattern and thoroughly go through the design for any errors/recommendations/suggestions. You may also be required to determine the amount of yarn you used and other important details, like what needle size you needed to obtain gauge, etc. At least, this is my impression. So far, I’m really into this test knitting thing, so I hope I have the opportunity to find some other designers who will let me test for them.

Polly is a wonderful beginner intarsia scarf, and probably the longest scarf I’ve ever knit. Polly is going to be very cozy come wintertime. I should probably get a new dark navy (or bright red?) winter coat to match, as my brown one is about 7 years old, albeit in great condition.

I had a ton of fun with this knit. It gets addicting, finishing each hexagon and thinking, OKAY, just 1 more tonight. If I happened to still be in school and unmarried, this would probably have kept me up more than a few nights. I’m beginning to think I’m a process knitter.

People who know me are probably wondering about my color choice. Well, let me explain. I’ve been completely enamored with the American Traditional style of tattooing lately. While I didn’t exactly incorporate the traditional colors, I made an effort to use some red-white-and-blue as a tribute. Also – these colors (in addition to some others) were on sale through yarn.com (WEBS), making this scarf a great deal (monetarily) given the amount of yarn it required.

One last thing – bonus pic of Nausicaa, who loves to get in my pictures. Isn’t she just the sweetest girl?

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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!