It’s October and I’ve finished the projects on my needles that were taking forever. Now a couple quick Christmas gifts for some of my favorite people. Last year I made two of my nephews quick and simple hats out of bulky yarn. This year I thought I’d make a hat and scarf set for all of my nephews. It’s a basic hat from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. The hat seems like it might be small and it’s certainly dense. I think I’ll try larger needles next time.Read More
They are complete. After all of the futzy work of the Prickly Pear socks, at this point, I’m asking myself, “Self, why do you keep making these lacy socks that take forever to knit? Why not just get self striping yarn and just make those in stockinette?” To which I reply, “Look self, it’s because these socks are so pretty!” And they are.Read More
That’s the name I have given my modified socks: Sorta Peaky. I’m using two patterns for this sock. The foundation is the Beginner Toe Up Socks for Magic Loop. I’ve knit this pattern before (in worsted) and really like the simplicity. The pattern is Peaks ‘n’ Valleys. This is a simple two row repeat. So easy I don’t need any kind of cheater (paper, counter) when I pull it out while on the go.Read More
I knit my first pair of socks* last winter. It was time to learn something new so I purchased an ebook and set off to learn basic sock making. I decided to try toe up first and quickly whipped up a pair of worsted-weight socks in a squishy Malabrigo (which now needs to be darned as I quickly wore holes in the lofted yarn from wearing them too much).Read More
Pattern: Hitchhiker. Love it. Love. It. I haven’t quite memorized it, but I anticipate that I will soon. This is a fun pattern to knit with enough changes in each row to keep it interesting. But simple enough to carry out-and-about in my purse or to knit while watching TV or chatting with friends. Being me, I don’t trust my row counting abilities so I keep a row counter on hand to know exactly when to bind off those stitches. I’m so in love with how this is turning out. This is not a free pattern but I can see why a lot of people have knit this shawl. I can easily see this being a holiday giving favorite.Read More
I recently finished a beautiful, lacy scarf. I blocked it as best as I could with towels and pins, but it just didn’t open as evenly as I hoped it would. I figured it was time: blocking wires.
I had recently received my Knit Picks catalog and while I was adding the wires to my cart, I remembered I needed Soak Wash (have you tried this stuff? It cleans but you don’t have to rinse it out!) and my neighborhood shop didn’t seem to carry it anymore. Of course there are about a hundred yarn and craft stores of all sizes within five minutes of my house, but, well, isn’t online just easier sometimes? And, gosh, if I spend $50 I get free shipping so I PROBABLY should add in some of that beautiful yarn I just saw in the catalog. I’ve heard Knit Picks yarn is really nice to work with so isn’t it my blogging duty to try them out?Read More
I love Malabrigo yarn. It’s soft and squishy and the color is always beautiful. I made my first pair of socks in Malabrigo. They were soft and warm and the beautiful, fluffy loftiness of the yarn found me wearing holes into the bottoms of the socks long before I expected.
After knitting the socks—but before getting the holes—I purchased one skein of worsted Malabrigo in a beautiful purple color. One skein. What could I do with one skein? Because I wasn’t going to make another pair of socks and it might be kinda short for a scarf.Read More
My first pattern was a simple toe-up sock in a worsted Malabrigo (dear, beautiful, soft, Malabrigo). To be super cool, I knit the socks two-at-a-time on Magic Loop from one ball of yarn (which is really easy but makes me look like a magical unicorn knitter when I whip out the project in public).
Having completed a pair of simple socks, I of course decided that was enough practice and could now jump into a patterned sock. I selected the Prickly Pear Sock pattern by Thayer Preece Parker. It looks complicated, but is pretty simple.Read More
I like to keep a simple, easy to transport knitting project with me at all times. Extra points if I can memorize the pattern (spoiler alert: I’m terrible at memorizing). While I won’t hesitate to buy a new skein of yarn when I’m visiting a shop, I like to “shop my own stash” when starting a new project. This past weekend I headed into my plastic bins to pick my next project and finally decided to knit with one of the gems of my stash: Knitwhits Freia Handpainted Ombre.Read More