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!
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
7 1.5”/3.75 cm buttons
The 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.
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.
Next time, I’m definitely taking my shoes and socks off to dip my feet in the water.
This past weekend was slotted for “Finishing Projects” and “Cleaning the house” along with the other normal weekend stuff like lazing about and knitting.
I’d been wanting to make this shelf system since I saw a similar thing on Pinterest a few weeks ago.
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?
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.
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.)
Does this count as one of those Pinterest #nailedit things? Oh, and of course my work was supervised, Lisa takes her job very seriously.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sunday I started and finished this chunky lace cowl:
(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?
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!
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!
and not letting any real details out about this piece…
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!
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…)
I’m especially pleased with the shape this shawl makes,
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.
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.
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.
Finished Measurements: to fit head circumferences 20-23”
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!
I used some label-less stash yarn in the colors of rocks on size 9 needles in a k2p2 pattern.
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