WIP Wednesday: Adding a Little Color

Within the past two weeks I’ve started two new projects and crunched numbers for a new sweater design. I wanted more color in my knits and the Boboli Lace from my FibreShare package jumped out at me from the beginning so, naturally, I picked it up and got to knitting!IMG_1956

This is a new cowl design and I’m loving the way the colors are working up in this yarn. I’ll be needing some test knitters for the pattern soon too, so keep your ears open for that call!IMG_2715

I’m also working on a white Lacy Slouch to be followed up with a black version and sent off to a new owner.

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: Olive Garden Beaded Shawl

The shawl has been finished, blocked and ooh-ed and ahh-ed over and I’m very happy with the finished project.IMG_2729

I am so happy with how the yellow beads pop against the blue background. This was, of course, my original intention but while working the border I found myself concerned that maybe it would be too much. IMG_2745

Now that it’s been blocked and out for it’s first photoshoot with my photogenic friend Amelia, I can see that my original goal has been accomplished. IMG_2752

So even though knitting with beads was a goal for 2014, I’m glad to have finally finished this project – more than a year in the making but looking great! What are you working on this week?

FibreShare Package

I received my FibreShare package over the weekend and I am over the moon with love for it! My partner Whitney is so thoughtful and everything in the package makes me smile. I wanted to take today to share all my awesome gifties with you! IMG_1836

Honestly, I haven’t even put the yarn and things away because I want to keep looking at them since they make me so happy!IMG_2709 IMG_2715 IMG_2712 IMG_2720 IMG_2718IMG_2711

All of the colors are so up my ally – yellows and oranges and warm happy hues not to mention that grey/blue speckle is so gorgeous. IMG_2726

The little plastic pouch was filled with tons of necessities – little scissors (which I’ve needed and wanted for a long long time) and beads, Eucalan samples, stitch markers and a cute sock keychain.

I can only hope that my recipient feels the same about my package (which she will be getting soon!) but this is definitely a hard act to follow.

WIP Wednesday: How to Add Beads to Knitting

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that I made it to the lace edging on my Olive Garden Shawl – which means beads!IMG_2035

I’ve never done beads before but it was one of my goals for last year. I know, sometimes I arrive late to the party but hey, at least I got here! The bead rows definitely slow down the speed quite a bit but I think the end result is totally worth it. IMG_2036

Here’s how I’ve been doing it: Work the stitch to be beaded and place the bead on the world’s tiniest crochet hook.IMG_2037

Remove the stitch from the right hand needle with the hook and slide the bead onto the stitch.IMG_2038

Return the stitch to the right hand needle.IMG_2039

Pretty simple! Have you ever knit with beads before? Share your projects with me in the comments!

New Pattern: Midnight Stroll Cardigan

At long last, another pattern for you guys! And this one, my friends, is seriously one of my favorites. This is my Midnight Stroll Cardigan, my contribution to the Cozy Fall Light ebook collaboratively produced with Teresa Gregorio and Kirsten Singer.IMG_1595

Midnight Stroll is a wrap-ish cardigan knit out of Manos del Uruguay Serena and Lion Brand LB Collection Silk Mohair. It’s knit from side to side and the sleeves are picked up and worked in the round from the top down with short-row shaped caps. Stitches are picked up along the side and bottom edges and worked with mitres while stitches are picked up and worked straight along the collar.IMG_1596

Personally, I love the drape created when worn open but I also like being able to wrap myself in it and the architectural look that creates in itself.IMG_1609

This pattern is available individually or as part of the ebook (you get a discount on all patterns if you choose the ebook!). IMG_1626

I hope you all love this sweater as much as I do, and special thanks Linda for working up the sample for me! If you live in or are visiting New Jersey anytime soon, you should absolutely go on one of her Photo Tours!

 

Cozy Fall Light: A Collaborative Ebook

Earlier this year Teresa Gregorio, Kirsten Singer and myself decided to work on an ebook together. Cozy Fall Light is the culmination of those efforts and in it you’ll find 3 fun, sophisticated and cozy sweaters. There are two cardigans and a cropped pullover in this collection.

Kat is Teresa’s sweater and I think it is equal parts young and sophisticated. I love how she’s styled it in these photos!

Kirsten worked up Carlee. The details really make this sweater, in my opinion. The cables on the cuffs and collar as well as the ribbing on the side are a great pairing.

My contribution is Midnight Stroll. It’ll get it’s own post with details about my inspiration but let’s just say that this has become a fast favorite in my closet rotation!

Check out each of our blogs this week to learn more about our individual designs and the processes behind them!

FO Friday: Another Viking Helmet

I finally finished this puppy. Once I put my nose to the grindstone, it didn’t take too long to complete but it certainly took longer for me than the past few I’ve made. I wanted to use mostly stash yarns for this one and I accomplished the feat of not having to purchase more yarn! Woo! Stash busting!

This was made for a long-time friend of mine who travels between Antarctica and Alaska primarily but makes a few trips to Denver a year and we always make the time to see each other when we can. I’m excited to see the pictures of this helmet on it’s many adventures!IMG_1791 (1)

I released the Bearded Viking Helmet in 2012 and thought that it was finally time to revamp the pattern! I’m re-releasing it this month and if you use the code viking4life you can get it for 20% now through the end of the month (that’s a good headstart on your Halloween costume)!

What are you working on? Have you finished anything lately?