Pattern: Sólja by Anna Maltz in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 8: Spring 2014

Yarn: Navia Trio

I think this is my most favorite thing I’ve ever knit. I finished and blocked it last week after only about 12 days of knitting and finishing work. My mom is already asking for one, and since this pattern is so much fun, I’m definitely looking forward to knitting another. The yarn is a very wooly blend of Shetland and Faroese wool, which blocks nicely and is super warm, meaning I’ll be wearing this to work once a week.

The pattern is knit in pieces from the bottom up, and then the sleeves are joined to the body at the yoke and is knit in one piece from there. There is minimal seaming under the arms, which was pretty simple as there was mostly stockinette around the seam-area.

I went down two needle sizes in order to obtain gauge. The first swatch I knit only one needle size down. I usually do this because I knit loosely. I met row gauge, but not stitch gauge with that swatch. So I went down another needle size and cast on. This worked out well, however, since now my row gauge was off, I did end up knitting one extra repeat of the lace pattern on the body. Fortunately, that was the only modification I had to make. The rest was perfect, despite the row gauge difference.

Although I knit the size 1, I did only end up using about 6 skeins of the gray instead of 7. I bought 8 because I was planning on possibly knitting a size between 1 and 2. Anyway, now I have some extra yarn to stash. In the natural white, I was concerned at the end that I would run out, but I had just enough to squeak by, with a few yards extra.

I think the most difficult part about the sweater was the 3-color portions. This only ended up being 6 rows, so I managed. The thing that made it hard was remembering when to carry the floats for all three yarns. Initially, I had decided to carry floats if there was more than 4 stitches between colors (so if there were 5 stitches between, I’d carry the float on the 3rd stitch, in the center of the strand –does that make sense?). This meant a lot of float carrying, especially in the 3-color portion of the largest flowers, but I mapped out a plan and did it. And of course I was just way too stubborn to just do 2-color for those rows and then add the yellow with duplicate stitch.

Alright so onto the next projects – more socks! Here is the yarn I’m planning to use.



This last one is the April SGY Club I received this month, and it is SO soft.

Elske means love




Pattern: Elske by Merrian Holland

Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering (Canary, Silver Shimmer, Lakeside Liz)

So happy these are finally done drying because I love these socks. They are just so adorable. I’m happy I went with these colors, too, because they’re great for springtime. Maybe this autumn I’ll make another pair in some deep jewel tones.

You may have noticed that I’ve been on a sock kick, lately. And yeah, I have another pair on the needles from my last post. Soon, SOON, it will be Sólja time and I’m excited!

sweetgeorgia sock club


Yarn: Corriedale Sock by SweetGeorgia

75% superwash corriedale wool

25% nylon

March 2015 Sock Club: Beginner’s Luck

I was planning to post the Elske socks that I finished and blocked this morning around 1AM, but they aren’t dry yet. So I thought I’d drop in anyway and share my next quick project. This yarn is the first month of my 6th month subscription to SweetGeorgia Sock Club. It’s going to be Very Vanilla Socks.

Also, you might enjoy my cat, Nausicaä, who loves to model for the camera.




Fika and Elske


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)






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.


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


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.