FO Friday: Possessed Printer Mitts

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Needless to say, these are a quick knit and you could easily get a pair done in a weekend if you don’t have other things going on (or wrist pain).IMG_3503

I really love the way this yarn played out with the chevron-y arrows and the stockinette portion is visually interesting too!IMG_3504

They’re a great length and I think that if they were too much longer, I’d add some short rows at the beginning to keep the curl from being too obvious when worn.IMG_3495

They look awfully goofy not on hands!

What have you finished lately?

Pints & Purls Edition 33: Abbey

This is the thirty-third 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!


Brew: Abbey

Brewer: New Belgium

Malts: Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-80, Munich

Hops: Willamette, Target, Liberty

IBU: 20

ABV: 7%IMG_3451

Flavors: Sweet and malty, this beer is well-rounded from the beginning and leaves you with a slightly warming feel at the finish.

Knit Pairings: This beer is one of those that can stand alone but would also be great paired with something rich for dessert.  It’d pair well with a smooshy worsted merino beanie or a chunky, simple to knit cowl.



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: Back to the Cardigan

Earlier this week I “finished” the body of the cardigan and lightly blocked the thing so I could see it’s real size. It was looking all kinds of cropped and awkward beforehand!IMG_3473

I put that word in quotes because I’m not actually done with it, I think it’s going to be too short when it’s actually on my body and I’m going to tink back (very carefully, this lacey business and silk/wool blend don’t really like to be tinked and drop stitches any chance they get) to the underarms and add 2 or 3 more chart repeats and then try again.IMG_3472

You can see that my “fronts” also aren’t really fronts, they’re so small!  They’ll block out to about an inch I think after I add the sleeves and front band – this lace is super surprisingly stretchy. I don’t want to rip back the entire sweater and add more so I’m just going to make do with what I’ve got here and I know everything is going to work out just fine.IMG_3475

What are you working on this week?

2014: The Year of Learning – Checking In

Remember when I declared 2014 The Year of Learning? I said I was going to keep a journal of the little lessons I learn every day.IMG_3413

This would be an easier task if I did actually remember to write things down as they are learned (or if I took the journal with me when I stayed the night somewhere other than my own apartment) but that’s not how life works. I do have an entry for every day so far this year although some of those have had to be “remembered lessons” a day or three after the actual date.IMG_3420

I’m pretty ok with this, it’s a self-imposed challenge and why would I give myself any any extra stress? Although I’m sure it lets some good lessons be forgotten.IMG_3421

Some of the things I’ve learned so far this year (in no particular order):

  • Take the laser pointer to the dog park more often.
  • You breath a measurable amount of Argon molecules that have also been breathed by Joan of Arc, Ghandi, Muhammed, etc.
  • A full tank of gas makes me feel more wealthy than any amount of money in the bank.


  • Sometimes instead of letting the water roll off it’s back, the duck needs to punch the person holding the bucket in the face (figuratively)
  • There are different types of gas for different seasons.

What have you learned so far this year?


What does a knitting blogger blog about when she doesn’t have any knitting to share?

That almost sounds like it should be a tongue twister, like the woodchuck who could chuck wood one. Unfortunately, I’m not clever enough to come up with a working combination of words.IMG_2580

The sad truth is, I don’t have much to talk about right now that would relate well to the blog – I’ve been knitting those mitts but the acrylic yarn has hurt my left wrist and I can’t knit (or really do anything that requires my left hand) right now and, naturally, that’s all I want to do!IMG_2735

I want to cast on all of the things and have WIPs and FOs galore! I want to add cardigans to my closet and accessories to my shop. I want to experiment with different stitch patterns and techniques, textures and colors. If I felt like I were coming down with a cold (which I do not) I’d want to cuddle up and knit until the cold (that is non-existent) were gone.IMG_2918

Did I mention I’m not getting sick? Because I’m not. Definitely not. I think I did mention it…but I don’t think the little germies in my head got the memo. Hopefully I can nip it in the bud before it fully blossoms into loads of kleenex and awful feelings.

WIP Wednesday: Mitts

Another of the smaller projects that I’m knitting on the side of the orange sweater, is this pair of fingerless mitts.IMG_3365

I’ve been in love with the Possessed Printer Mitts pattern since the first time I saw them and even though I don’t have any of that crazy neon rainbow yarn in my stash, I knew I could find *something* worthy of the project.IMG_3368

This yarn popped into the picture because a) it’s been in my stash for…oh….4+ years? and b) I always knew I wanted it to be a pair of hand accessories, I just didn’t know what kind.IMG_3366

The pattern is a fun one to knit and, true to accessory-form, they’re pretty quick to make! Yes, even though there are two of them (no second-mitt syndrome here folks).

What are you making this week?

WIP Wednesday: Old and New

Now that the purple sweater is done, I’ve gone back to working on the orange cardigan.IMG_3342

I’m working the lace chart a few extra times to make up the difference in length called for.  I’m not too concerned about running out of yarn,  I’m going to finish the body then work the ribbing around the body front before I work the sleeves.  The sleeves don’t need to be full length and they’d be easier to customize than the band would be.IMG_3343

It’s a complicated enough project that I don’t want to take it anywhere so I’ve got other small projects on the go as well, unfortunately, I’ve finished all the ones I’ve started and need to go stash diving for more (wait, that isn’t unfortunate…that’s a good thing!)

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: Bailiwick Pullover

It’s done! This sweater seemed to take me *forever* to knit and by the end of it, I really just wanted to move onto the next thing but I was definitely excited to have this finished and wearable.IMG_2451

It fits just the way I wanted it to, not close fitting (except in the sleeves) and not too baggy (so I don’t look like a huge grape).  I think it hits my hips at the best point and the texture on top provides awesome visual (and knitting) interest but the stockinette on the bottom keeps it from being overwhelming.IMG_2444

All in all, I loved knitting this, despite all my lazy mistakes that I had to continually rip back and fix, the yarn is superb and the finished sweater is fantastic!IMG_2447

Pattern: Bailiwick Pullover

Designer: Courtney Spainhower

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Serena

Mods: noneIMG_2450

Have you finished anything new lately?IMG_2442

(hair is gettin’ long ya’ll)

Pints & Purls Edition 32: Mission IPA

This is the thirty-second 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!


Brew: IPA

Brewer: Mission Brewery


Hops: Cascade, Centennial

IBU: 66

ABV: 6.8%IMG_3340

Flavors: Complex, bitter and crisp with just enough malt to keep the beer balanced and easy to drink.

Knit Pairings:  This beer is kind of like lace that is only worked on one side of the project and you’ve got a wrong-side row or even-knit round to chill out, let your shoulders retreat from your earlobes (is that just me?) and come back around to being able to handle another row of focus-worthy lace.



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 Few Quick Weekend FOs

After wrapping up a long-term project (that I’ll talk about more on Friday!) I wanted to knit up some quick, mindless, instant-gratification projects.  Saturday afternoon I cast on for a new hat at Knitting Brew Crew and managed to finish it before we left the brewery!IMG_20140301_143125

Sunday I started and finished this chunky lace cowl:IMG_3241

(it’s really hard to get an accurate photo of this yarn, it’s a beautiful, complex blue with pink fibers and other bright colors throughout)

Huge needles (huge in comparison to the little ones used for the other project) and chunky yarn were definitely some welcome features to have this weekend.

Both projects have been blocked and will be added to the Etsy shop.  I can’t design anymore, given my current position at work, but I can continue to knit things and sell those!

When you finish time-consuming projects do you like to offset them with quick knits too?