malabrigo

Copy Cat Christmas Beanie

This year, I finally did something I have been wanting to do for almost as long as I’ve been knitting: Enter a project into the Minnesota State Fair. In the end, I did not place. But I did show. And I got to show of a piece that I am really, really proud of.

Malabrigo Baby Sweater

I’m of the age where many of my much younger friends are having babies. I like to make them gifts. I make a lot of tiny Veggie Baby Hats but wanted to try a tiny baby sweater for a friend who was pregnant last year. But, the poor planner I am, the baby was born, moved and larger before I finished this. Seriously, it’s not like babies are a surprise as they take almost a full year to gestate, but here I am with a tiny baby sweater to be given to someone else and plans to make a toddler-sized sweater for the not-a-tiny baby.

Today I downloaded: A hat!

 

Okay, full disclosure, I actually downloaded this last week. But “Sometime last week I downloaded a hat and I’m almost done with it” is a really long title for a blog post. This project is more about the story behind it, though.

Tetra 2 Cowl

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?”

UK Boneyard Shawl

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.

198 yds. of Heaven

 

My first foray into chart reading has ended and it ended well. I’m so happy with how this shawl turned out. But more importantly, I’m so proud of myself for tackling something that I have avoided doing for years. …

First time charting

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. …