Sometimes you knit things and say to yourself, “Hey, I did a pretty good job! Nice work, Me!” Other times you finish a project and say to yourself, “Well, that’s… something.” But every once in a while, you knit something, look at it and say to yourself, “How on Earth did I ever live without you, you gorgeous piece of awesomeness?”
Last fall, my husband and I traveled to the UK. It was an amazing trip, without kids. Of course, first on my mind—well, aside from the amazing sights, food and international travel with my sweetie—was what knitting project I would bring with me. For the flight, I bought cheap bamboo needles (BLECH) and planned to knit socks*. But I also packed a project in my checked baggage on my beloved Knit Picks options (because who takes just one project on an international trip?). Something a little larger that would be an easy pick up/put down project. Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl was my choice for this trip.
My mom loved to buy knitting patterns. I have a binder full of patterns she purchased that I don’t think she ever knit. One book that I really love, however, is one that she had for a long time, The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey (1971). In fact, when I decided I wanted to learn to knit, my mom gave me this book to see if it would help (at that point, it did not).
Like any knitting book, this one has information on how to knit (cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, cables, shaping and so one). Printed on heavy paper with only black and white images the front half of the book is nothing unusual. But the last half…it’s a gift from above. This book is full of over 200 stitch patterns. Wondering how to make the Pineapple Lace Stitch? How about the Twinberry Stripe? Maybe you want to try the Modified Schiaparelli or the Lazy Daisy. Yeah, it’s here. I’ve been itching to try out a pattern stitch on my basic sock template. It seemed like it was time. Let me introduce you to the Diagonal Rib.Read More
Last year, I hit 15 yarn shops in the area. I know what you’re thinking, but I was willing to take one for the team. You’re welcome. Most of the purchases were because they were simply beautiful and would be great for some unknown project in the future. But one yarn shop had a color yarn that I instantly knew I needed to be something for my mother-in-law. While I didn’t knit the pattern provided by Unwind Yarn Shop, I knew what would be a better choice: The Hitchhiker.Read More
This fall, my closest work friend found a new job. It was a great move for her, but it’s hard to go from seeing someone every week and talking all the time to not seeing them very often at all. I wanted to make her a going-away gift that would—hopefully—remind her of me while being squishy soft. Kelsey is a very cool dresser and I hope that the Clapo-Ktus in this beautiful red was a welcome addition to her wardrobe.Read More
October was a big month at the Fidgety household. School kicked into gear. Work ramped up. Oh, and Fidgety Husband and I took a long-awaited trip overseas, just the two of us*. My sweetie and I spent 10 days visiting Wales, England and Iceland and it was wonderful. We haven’t traveled alone for more than a weekend since the kids were born and it was weird to have all this time to ourselves. But is was an amazing trip where we got to see and eat new things. (I posted a lot of photos of our trip over on my Instagram account if you’d like to take a look).Read More
Okay, so you’ve made a beautiful gift for someone you love. Maybe a shawl or a scarf. This lacy beauty isn’t made from some cheap acrylic yarn you got from the local all-purpose craft store, oh no. It’s made from one of those amazing skeins you purchased at a fair for that special future project you knew would have its day in the sun. Maybe it’s cashmere, silk, baby alpaca or even possibly angel hair. This baby is hand wash only.Read More
When you have a group of friends who fall within a certain age, sometimes they all manage to have babies within a couple of months of each other. And sometimes—despite having almost six months to make a baby object before these women who don’t live nearby have arranged to be in town for a baby shower that you are hosting—you neglect to make any of the adorable baby sweaters or fancy hats you have purchased patterns and books for. When that happens, a quick search on Ravelry will show you the most adorable and QUICK hats possible: Veggies!Read More