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?

Mountain Time & Maxwell Falls

IMG_9720The other weekend some friends, the pup and I decided to go for a hike to Maxwell Falls near Evergreen.  It was on the hotter end of a beautiful day but the trees provided some shade and as the trail followed the creek, the temperature was a bit cooler.IMG_9753

This was my first time on this hike and although there are plenty of smaller water tumble spots, the true beauty was at the main falls. We started at the lower trailhead and made sure to include the Cliff Loop.IMG_9737

Next time, I’m definitely taking my shoes and socks off to dip my feet in the water.

What adventures have you been on lately?

Another Non-knitting Project

This past weekend was slotted for “Finishing Projects” and “Cleaning the house” along with the other normal weekend stuff like lazing about and knitting.  IMG_4714

I’d been wanting to make this shelf system since I saw a similar thing on Pinterest a few weeks ago. IMG_4711

I immediate went out and bought the supplies – HomeDepot even cut up the boards and dowels for me so all I had to do was drill some holes with the bit they sold me and hang the thing – easy peasy, right?IMG_4701

Eh, not so much. Turns out the bit they gave me might not have been quite right for the project but with some help from my roommate, we finally got those dang holes drilled on Sunday.  After that, it was easy enough to place the dowels, attach some wire and find the perfect spot to hang it.IMG_4710

The shelf is displayed happily in my kitchen. (these sideways shots are not for artistic perspective, it’s to minimize the fact that some of the holes might not be so “in a straight line” as they should be. whatever.)IMG_4712

Does this count as one of those Pinterest #nailedit things? Oh, and of course my work was supervised, Lisa takes her job very seriously.IMG_4696

Project of the Non-Knitting Variety

One of the more fun things about having a house is that I can make things to put in it and make it even more functional for *me*. One of the things I’ve wanted to add to the place for a little while now is a chalkboard.IMG_4550

I used an old window that already had the character and the chipping paint (and you see those kitty prints in all the dust?), but also the size was perfect for in-home use.IMG_4719

The only things I had to purchase for this were a can of chalkboard spray paint, some wire to hang it with and that little metal ring used to hold the chalk jar to the bottom – all in all, less than $5 spent on materials. Winning? I think so.IMG_4717

What are some of your favorite home DIY projects?

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?

FO Friday: Sweet Autumn Rays

I have an FO to show you!  Can you believe that? Surprising, right?  It’s been ages probably.IMG_0717

The Sweet Autumn Rays shawl was done with the knitting part more than a week ago, but I waited to block it until this past Saturday when I did the Blocking Demonstration that I mentioned earlier this week.IMG_0724

I remembered why I enjoyed designing this shawl the first time around, it’s simple and fun to knit – perfect for TV knitting, car knitting, social knitting with a brew or two – it’s got just enough interest that you won’t get bored, not so much that you have to pay loads of attention, and it’s an FO fairly quickly!IMG_0726

I exchanged this one with the original being hosted at Yarn & Coffee, so I won’t see it much, but it’s in good hands!IMG_0732

Pattern: Sweet Summer Rays

Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk Paint

Mods: None

Linking up with Tami!

What are you knitting this week?

Pattern Release: Mottled Daydream

I’ve been teasing,IMG_8840

and taunting,IMG_9135

and not letting any real details out about this piece…IMG_8838

until now!

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This little shawl is part of the Malabrigo Quickies Program and, let me tell you, the yarn is to. die. for. It’s soft and it’s gorgeous and it’s subtle and it’s absolutely perfect for summer knitting and year-round wear!IMG_9446

The entire shawl uses just shy of 2 skeins of Malabrigo’s Silkpaca, but ends up a generous size that looks great wrapped around your neck bandana-style or draped over the shoulders with a nice evening gown (or at least I imagine it would look nice this way, I don’t have any reason to wear evening gowns…)IMG_9645

I’m especially pleased with the shape this shawl makes,IMG_9444

The center point is deep enough to add extra coverage or warmth, but isn’t as deep as most shawls which can be overwhelming sometimes.  I think it’s good practice to have a variety of neck accessories in one’s wardrobe.IMG_9649

The shawl pattern can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

1 Large Sweet Potato

2 Tbsp Corn Starch

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Seasonings

A potato of the sweet variety

Instructions:

1. Wash the potato and cut into fry-sized pieces

Fry-sized

2. Soak for at least an hour in water, drain

we have the weapon

3. Put the cornstarch and seasonings in a ziplock bag and mix together

having a bath

4. Toss the fries with the corn starch and seasonings until coated

5. Lay out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with oil

snuggling up

6. Mix the fries together so that they are evenly coated with oil

7. Pop in the oven at 450 for 20-25 minutes

things got heated

8. Turn the fries over and let cool

9. Enjoy with your favorite person or people

they surprisingly well with white wine 🙂

Free Pattern Release: The Golden Days Slouch

What better way to end the week than to release a free pattern? I’ve been sitting on this one for a while waiting for the right day to take photos so you can all see the slouch in it’s proper glory and now, it’s yours!  Find it for free *until Monday, June 18*, on Ravelry here.  On Monday the price will go up to only $2.99.

perfect summery slouch

A perfect Spring, Summer and Fall hat, the lacy texture mixed with the alpaca fibers keeps it warm and light.  The pattern is a simple repeat and would be good for a beginner looking for something slightly more adventurous but not intimidating.  The resulting drape and slouch keep it modern and fashionable while also functional and practical.

everything comes together nicely

Finished Measurements: to fit head circumferences 20-23”

Materials

Size US 3 20 inch circular needles

Size US 7 20 inch circular needles and dpns

2 balls Austerman Alpaca Silk (100 ea, 80% alpaca, 20% silk)

1 stitch marker

slightly angled texture

Gauge: 5 sts x 9 rows = 1 inch in k2p1 rib stitch on size 3 needles

Pattern Glossary

CO – cast on

K – knit

P – purl

St(s) – stitch(es)

YO – yarn over

Sl1 – slip 1 stitch as if to knit

Psso – pass the slipped stitch over

K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together

a snug fit to keep it in place

FO Friday: Gotta Keep The Legs Warm

Last weekend my roomie went climbing at Indian Creek and was worried about the cold weather and being able to stay warm.  I told her that I could make up some quick legwarmers for her to take and climb in, it was Wednesday afterall and she wasn’t leaving until Friday.  I had plenty of time.

Except that it was Thursday and not Wednesday.

Had it actually been Wednesday like I was originally thinking when I offered, the warmers would have been done in plenty of time and on her legs whilst crag climbing in the desert.

Regardless, they were completed last weekend and will be traveling to other climbing destinations in the future!Quick, but not quite quick enough

I used some label-less stash yarn in the colors of rocks on size 9 needles in a k2p2 pattern.

Do you have an FO to share or want to read more?  Check out Tami’s blog for the details!