Uncertainty

So that sweater I was showing you last week? Yea…I don’t know if it’s going to work out the way I wanted.

Originally, I wanted an over-sized slightly cropped-ish-high-low-hemp-type thing.  Then I decided that maybe the high-low hem wouldn’t be too flattering on a petite person.  So I decided that I would just make it an over-sized pullover.  Then I didn’t make enough hip increases.IMG_1168

So what do we have?  Over-sized on top, fitted on the bottom, and altogether a hot mess.  This is where you come in!  I need some help deciding which direction to go here.  I’m thinking I need to rip the whole thing out, but I don’t know what to knit with this yarn next!IMG_1169

I know I want a sweater, and I’m leaning toward the Miranda but I don’t usually wear pullovers so now I’m doubting that too!!  So the other top contender is the Aidez cardigan.

What’s a knitter to do?  What would you knit with a sweater’s worth of Malabrigo Worsted?  Tell me in the comments, share links, share your own projects, help help help!

FO Friday: Black Lace Slouch

I told you I’d finished something earlier in the week, and here it is!IMG_1152

This is the second black Lacy Slouch I’ve knit up, but the first was in a wool/mohair blend and the recipient wanted something that was more suited for warmer weather.  IMG_1162

I decided to work with Elsbeth Lavold’s Hempathy yarn and it knit up beautifully on needles that were slightly too large for it – the fabulous-ness of lace: getting even more out of your small amounts of yarn!   It took less than a single ball to knit up this version.IMG_1116

It felt good to finish something that I can actually show you, I came to the realization earlier that that sweater I was working on might not actually work…more to come on that next week, and a vote on what I should do with it!

What are you working on to wrap up this week?

Linking up with Tami as always!

Pints & Purls Edition 14: Blue Paddle Pilsner Lager

This is the fourteenth 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: Blue Paddle Pilsner Lager

Brewer: New Belgium

Malts: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Aromatic

Hops: Saaz, Liberty, TargetIMG_9856

Flavors:  Refreshing, clean, and ever so slightly floral.  This beer is crisp on the inside with a smooth malt playing back up to the herbal hops.  The finish is quick and dry.

Knit Pairings:  Because this beer is so easy to drink, it’s a great afternoon beer.  It’s nothing crazy or out of the box like last week’s HiCu was, and it really just needs a standard yarn and project to go with it – a basic beanie with an inch or so of ribbing at the bottom, stockinette body, standard increases with a wool blend yarn so that you can throw it in the wash without thinking about it.

Notes:

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!

WIP Wednesday

After having finished the hat that I mentioned last time, I’ve been getting back to a personal project. IMG_1123

I haven’t shared too much of it on the blog yet because originally I wanted to write up the pattern and publish it, but I don’t believe I’ll be doing that after all so I can share some more details!IMG_1122

Next time though, today I just have teaser shots for ya 😉IMG_1120

Linking up with Tami!  What are you working on this week?

Recent Project

Knitting content on a knitting blog?  No way!

After I finished fixing the fiasco from former fixations (I have a serious love in my heart for alliteration), I had a request come in for another Lacy Slouch.

This time around, she wanted something that was more fit for warmer weather but had the same nice drape and deep black color.  I chose to work with Elsbeth Lavold’s Hempathy – a hemp, linen and rayon blend that I’ve worked with before on this fun project:

The hat is a super quick knit that I never get tired of whipping up.  I’ve probably made at least 7 or 8 of these hats!IMG_1116

This newest version is all finished and blocked with the final touches already placed, but I’ll share those pictures on Friday!

More knitting to come this week and exciting news to be shared very soon!  Also, in relation to my exciting-news-to-be-shared-very-soon, I’ll be having a destash sale and pattern sale, so stay tuned for more info on that 🙂

Pints & Purls Edition 13: Cucumber Hibiscus Ale

This is the thirteenth 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: Cucumber Hibiscus Ale

Brewer: Magic Hat

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Caramel

Hops: Apollo, ZeusIMG_0992

Flavors:  This beer smells fruity, tastes crisp with a coolness from the cucumber and a flowery bitter from the hibiscus.  No smooth finish here, it kind of tastes like citrus rind but in the delicious way with a slight tang.

Knit Pairings: The first taste of this beer is surprising but it absolutely grows on you by the end.  Flax or linen yarn is very similar, a bit surprising how it starts out a little crisp and rough but after a wash or two it softens right up and becomes your favorite fabric – and both the yarn and the beer are perfect for summer!

Notes:  Magic Hat has some awesome beers, if you’ve never tried them I highly recommend it!  And their website is entertaining as well, check it out!

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!

Doppleganger Patterns!

As you may know, in knitting, nothing is new.  Patterns may look alike whether or not the designer intended for them to do so, and usually there is no foul play involved – great minds think alike!

When Melissa of dandiliongirl contacted me about a pattern that she’d recently written, she had been browsing Ravelry and found my Scholarly Cardigan which looks like the sister of her Homegrown!

I’m so lucky to be working in an industry where we can cooperate rather than compete – Melissa touched base with me prior to releasing her pattern to check if I was ok with her publishing such a similar design.  Both sweater designs can now be found on Ravelry – have you had a chance to make either of them?