Pattern Release: The Forest Cardigan

Happy Friday knitters! Today I’m excited to announce that the Forest Cardigan is available for download on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Etsy and Craftsy!

The Forest Cardigan was inspired by my favorite place – the mountains (I try to be really creative with my pattern names, can you tell?). The colors in my original sample, the woolly texture of the yarn, the stitch patterns are all reminiscent of the rocks and trees that I love so much. My buttons even speak to the inspiration being made of wood!

This sweater is knit from the top down with raglan shaping, then stitches are picked up at the end for the button band and collar – no seams!

Materials:
Worsted weight wool: 300 (350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650)yds in color A & 200 (250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550)yds in Color B
Size 9 (5.5 mm) circular needles (cir) 32-40” depending on size being made and set of double-pointed needles (dpn)
4 Stitch markers
Darning Needle
7 1.5”/3.75 cm buttons

What are the colors of your favorite places?

WIP Wednesday: Just the Yoke

I feel like I’ve finally made some interesting progress on the Cascades pullover! This past weekend I made it to the yoke and joined the sleeves to the body. It looks a little silly still but I feel like I’m finally on the homestretch with this project and I can’t wait to have it finished and in my closet!IMG_3182

My goal is to have it done within the next 2 weeks so I can wear it during a girl’s weekend with my momma and get some good photos of it in action. I think I can make that “deadline” ::knocksonwood::

What are you working on this week?

Purse Knitting

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you guys – your support on my last post means the world to me (as does your support, well, all the time) and I want you to know you’re special.

Now, onto today’s topic:

When one becomes a knitter, at some point in time – whether that be early on or later in the process – one generally wants to bring their projects with them. Always. Wherever they go. For most ladies and some gents, this is called “purse knitting” (or “backpack knitting” “satchel knitting” “whatever-you-carry-your-knitting-in knitting”). Frequently these projects are smaller than an afghan and don’t require constant chart-checking or fiddling. Many knitters like to use socks as their purse knitting, some prefer hats and a large group of folks are obsessed with blanket pieces (hexipuffs, mitred squares, etc).IMG_2379

Me? I take whatever the hell I’m working on in my purse. Luckily/unluckily I have a large purse which means that even big projects (like my Cascades) fit in it. On the one hand, this means that being a monogamous knitter is that much easier. On the other hand, I’m the crazy lady carrying around a sweater-in-progress in her purse and sometimes projects like that get heavy. IMG_2380

I also carry around a toolkit with small scissors, stitch markers, darning needles, scrap yarn, spare dpns, tape measure, stitch holders, needle gauge and small Eucalan samples – you just never know what you’re going to need. I grew up with Boyscout brothers and a Troop Leader Dad, I know how to be prepared. Some might say it’s overkill but if you get stuck in the mountains because of a winter storm you don’t want to need any of those things and NOT have them . Then you just end up doing stupid shit like using a safety pin as a “darning needle” because you’re too excited to wait to sew up the seams of your sleeves and ::cough:: ahem.

You just want to be prepared.

What does your purse knitting look like?

Truthtime

Knitters, I knew this week would be a tough one to blog during – work was scheduled to be busy and things that happen after work were happening all week long. And then yesterday, after my work day, I got laid off.IMG_3147

It’d be easy for me not to mention it and to keep the blog all happy happy joy joy, knitting and pups and mountains yay! But. This year I want to make an effort to be more transparent in my blogging and this is a big thing that quite a few people have had – or will have – to deal with in their lives. At first I was upset, mad, discouraged and angry. I’m still feeling a lot of those things today but I’m trying to look at the bright side:

  • This creates more space for a more fulfilling, inspiring opportunity to fill its place
  • Dealing with tough shit makes you stronger

I’m a Law of Attraction person and am working on envisioning my dream job, what it looks like, feels like, inspires in me and allows me to be able to do. I’m going to go to networking events and talk to people and get past my shyness. I’m going to take care of myself and not get lost in the negative feelings spurred by the change.

What are some of your favorite ways to stay on the sunny side and get shit done? What are you working on this week?

On My To-Knit List

There are so many gorgeous projects out there that I want to tackle right.this.second and have in my closet. I’m not a solely monogamous knitter but I do try to stick to one or two projects to make sure that I actually finish them (as I mentioned the other week) and so I know that if I cast on all the things I wanted to knit, I’d feel guilty for having too many. Yarn brings feels, ya’ll and guilty is not one that I want. Here are some of my favorite projects that I’m holding off on for the time being – are you knitting any of them? Perhaps I can live vicariously through your projects!

  1. From Another Place Crop Top by Leah Coccari-Swift
  2. Lucca by Jared Flood
  3. Peony by Kat Riddell (I even already have the pattern for this one AND the yarn picked out!)

Do you have a waiting list of knits that you’re dying to get to? What are some of your faves?

WIP Wednesday: One Done & Onto the Next

Phew, I was finally able to finish up the first sleeve for the Cascades pullover over the weekend and immediately started the cuff of the second sleeve. I’m making a few mods to the sweater – especially in the sleeve area. I don’t like sleeves to be too tight on my upper arms and in the armpit area so I’m making the second size and will add a few more decreases to the raglan when I join the pieces together to help it fit the first size body piece.IMG_3128

I also added an inch or so of length – I don’t have extra long arms but I do like cozy “sweater paws” as Kat recently put it. Now I just have to wish and hope and wish and hope that I have enough yarn to make the mods (A-line body shaping, larger, longer sleeves) and make the sweater work!

What are you working on this week?

Reflections

The book I’m listening to lately on my commutes keeps emphasizing that your life now – your relationships now, your bank account now, your situation now – doesn’t reflect who you are but instead who you were. This is an awesome reminder for me (and maybe for you?) to keep moving forward and toward your goals.IMG_6523

A lot of my efforts the past few weeks have been focused on creating financial stability and a career I’m in love with. It’s easy to get caught up in “I’m not there yet” or “my emergency account isn’t full” or “eep! taxes!” but the other day I was thinking about where I was this time last year – January of 2015.

By the time 2014 ended, I was so ready for it to be over. It was a tough year. A good year in many ways (bought a house!) but also awfully tough (my dream job ended up not being so dreamy). January of 2015 saw me needing to move (again, after only 3 months) on short notice because my roommate/leaseholder was moving for work. It saw me struggling to make my rent and my mortgage payments because my tenants weren’t paying their rent. I was working 60+ hour weeks to pay the bills at on-your-feet-all-day jobs. I felt like I couldn’t get ahead because dealing with the day-to-day was such a damn struggle.IMG_4913

What a big difference a year has made! This January sees me working with a management company to rent out my house – one less major thing on my plate. I’m rolling over an old 401k into a Roth IRA because it’s better for my future. I was able to purchase a new-to-me car when my old one was no longer reliable – the cost of peace of mind is invaluable. I’m seeking out more writing and editing jobs (freelance and otherwise) because that’s what makes me happy.

It’s such a good thing to remember and keep in the back of your mind –

Where you are doesn’t reflect who you are, it reflects who you were

So where are you going from here? I’m going to keep heading in the direction of my dreams.