WIP Wednesday: Moving Right Along

I’m still working on the sweater for my Aunteeee but didn’t want to post more pictures of a grey stockinette pile so I decided to get a bit more creative and show you how the pieces are coming together!IMG_6384

Based on this picture, its safe to say I’m approaching the armholes of the back of the sweater although the shaping is going to be a simple dropped shoulder so there won’t be any actual armhole shaping involved.IMG_6381

After the back is finished, I’ll just have two sleeves, blocking and seaming then the neck which will be a cozy cowl-ish type style. Easy peasy…..**nervous cough**

What are you working on this week? Preparing for the holidays?

Pints & Purls Edition 37: Slope Style

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Slope Style Winter IPA

Brewer: Boulder Beer

Malts:

Hops: Horizon

IBU:

ABV: 6.4%IMG_6242

Flavors: Full-bodied with a malty intro and a hoppy outro, this beer combines elements from a good red ale and your IPA needs into one brew.

Knit Pairings:  This beer is perfect for winter drinking after a day at the slopes – cozy and filling.  I suggest pairing it with a good wooly chunky knit with possibly some cables to add some cushy-ness or maybe you’re into stranded colorwork and want to make a classic ski cap with some seasonal motifs!

Notes:

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

A New Venture

In addition to my freelance knitwear design and technical editing, I’ve recently opened a shop specifically for my photography.  Until recently, taking pictures has been something done for my personal pleasure – something to learn more about, something to help me see the special details in the world around me and something to share with you! Now, we’re taking that sharing to a whole other level – we can share wall art.

Two dimensional art is a popular category in my family it seems.  My uncle is a painter, print maker and all-around phenomenal artist.  My little brother is a ridiculously talented film maker, videographer, everything-to-do-with film and photographer. It’s a bit intimidating being surrounded by such skilled folks but with the support that my family and friends provide, I feel privileged to be a part of it.

Photography by Holly P. will focus primarily on my nature photos and I’m looking forward to watching this new side of things grow!

I apologize for the non-knitting content of this post, if you’re here for the yarn – it’ll be right back in my next post!  If you’d like to see more about my photography developments, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to share of that in the future, otherwise I’ll probably just keep this space to knitting ;)

 

FO Friday: Stocking for Leland

The latest stocking project has been finished and shipped off to it’s new home and so I can share it here with you!IMG_6063

This is the third stocking I’ve knit and the first for someone I’m not related to (that last bit put more pressure on me for some reason – family can love the quirks that come with handmade things, but can strangers?).IMG_6055

Knit with a variety of worsted weight yarns – white acrylic, red and green KnitPicks Swish and some tweedy brown – it was a fairly quick knit even though the stocking measures about 20″ long.  The recipient/gift giver requested something classic and clean, she likes deer, trees and wanted the kiddo’s name on it but other than that gave me creative license.IMG_6056

I really like the stripey garter bits at the cuff, heel and toe combined with the crisp white and simple colorwork.  I added the name with duplicate stitch on the way to and from snowboarding on Thanksgiving.IMG_6057

Have you finished anything lately? Are you working on holiday stuff?

WIP Wednesday: Polar Warmth

This week I’m primarily working on the sweater for my Aunteeeee J and happy with the progress!

The front is completed, the back is moving along and over the weekend I coerced my knitting momma to help me start a sleeve.IMG_6035

All that I need to do is finish the back and sleeve, knit another sleeve, block and sew the pieces together then do the cowl collar. That’s not too much to get done in time to ship it for Christmas, is it?

The yarn is Mrs. Crosby Plays Hatbox and, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I’m loving it!  The colors are gorgeous (I’m being careful to alternate skeins every few rows because it is hand-dyed and has it’s quirks) and the yarn is very pleasant to knit with.

What are you working on this week?

My Holiday

I’ve been away from the city, the internet and cellphone service for a few days hanging out with my folks in the mountains of Southern Colorado over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s always amazing how renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated I feel after some time with family in the mountains!IMG_5987

I hope your weekend (holiday in the US, regular November weekend for the rest of the world) was just as renewing as mine.IMG_6037

I know I’ve got another month left in the year but the calendar is already chock-full for December!  I’m going to be teaching some knitting classes beginning on Wednesday (more beginner classes will be scheduled for January!) and I plan on freshening up the shop as well, but most of my plans consist of cleaning out 2014 and preparing for an amazing 2015!IMG_6051

What are you up to for the rest of this year?  Seems like a short one, no?  It just flew right on by!

The above photo was taken at Yarn in Durango, Colorado (I just love visiting that store!)

Pints & Purls Edition 36: Saison Song

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Strawberry Saison Song

Brewer: Horny Goat Brewing Company

Malts:

Hops:

IBU:

ABV: 6.5%IMG_5931

Flavors: If you can imagine having strawberry flavor without the fruity sweetness and combine that with the crisp and mild grassy bit – you can almost imagine what this tastes like.  I haven’t had strawberry mixed with beer yet but I like this one.

Knit Pairings:  Playful, assertive and fun, I recommend knitting some special novelty yarn with this beer.  I know, I know, I don’t recommend novelty yarn ever but if you’re going to have fun with the sippin’, you might as well have fun with the knittin’!  I’m thinking something with a fun texture, maybe some little sparkly bit, something you wouldn’t normally dig into to really bring out the uniqueness of the brew!

Notes: I wasn’t able to find a lot of the information that I usually include with this beer, I’ll update it as I’m able to!

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!