Fika and Elske

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Pattern: Fika by Maribeth White (me)

Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock

MC: Nightshade

CC: Jade

So my year was already made when my pattern, Fika, was published in Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 12, but I’m so, so flattered at the number of socks that have been completed in the last two months. I wanted to share Pom Pom’s recent blog post Fika Fan Club, where they feature some of the first socks completed. Above, you’ll see the 2nd pair I knit for myself.

Also, I absolutely LOVE the other sock pattern in Issue 12, Elske, by Merrian Holland so I started some for myself yesterday. Here’s the progress. (Apology for the cell phone pic)

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Hawser…Bowser?

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Pattern: Hawser by Jared Flood.

BT Fall 2014

Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark (Camel)

Hi all! I finished my most recent sweater two weekends ago.  I actually posted the yarn for it here. So I started it in November and knit it on and off – which is why it took me so long! Also, It had been knit for a long time, and I was very afraid to seam it for at least a month. One day, a week day I had off work, I decided to buckle down and do it. And it turned out wonderfully, except the sleeves were about 4″ too long. Why? Well. I knew the shoulders were dropped, but I didn’t know HOW dropped they would end up. That day, I ended up doing some surgery and cutting the few inches off and frogging back. I then re-knit the cuffs and bound off. However, everything turned out and now I have a new sweater. Also, Quince & Co. Lark is an excellent yarn to work with. I highly recommend it.

I also finished some socks two weekends ago, but I haven’t taken pictures, yet. And of course I wore them already so now I have to wash them again before I can do that. This weekend it will be done.

Lastly, I’m super excited because I just got some yarn in the mail today. It made it all the way from the Faroe Islands. I absolutely love it. It’s going to be Sólja by Anna Maltz. I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO KNIT IT.

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PS: I also got a 6 month subscription to sweetgeorgia sock yarn for Valentines day from Alex. So anticipate a lot more socks in the future.

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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