New Pattern: Clover Blossom Top

The ideas behind this top percolated in my head for quite some time before I was able to figure out exactly what I wanted out of it and I’m so glad I didn’t rush the process! Let me introduce you to my latest pattern: the Clover Blossom Top!img_4809

The construction of this top is unique – you cast on at the lower back and knit up and over the front. Then you block it to dimensions, seam a little bit and pick up stitches around the bottom hem.img_4797

I love the stitch pattern for this top too – simple and easy to follow (both charted and written instructions) but the impact is a bit boho and a bit graphic. To be honest, sometimes I wear this ponchette as a cowl! Gotta love multipurpose knits, amirite?

I want to say a huge thanks to my sample knitter Linda and my test knitters Kristen & Juliet!

Pattern Release: Maple Slouch

I’m proud to announce that this Wednesday instead of listening to me talk, yet again, about unfinished projects, you’re going to get to listen to me talk about a new pattern!IMG_2831

I knit the first version of the Maple Slouch in September and now that my testers have all finished theirs, I’ve released the pattern into the wild. It’s a super quick knit and there are 2 versions to choose from. IMG_2825

One of them (the one I originally knit) has lace and garter stripes all over the hat and the second one has a single lace panel surrounded by a body of garter stitch. Instructions for both versions and their crown shaping are charted.IMG_2829

Using just a bit of dk or worsted weight yarn (the sample was made out of Madelinetosh Tosh DK), this is a great stashbusting hat and did I mention how quick it is? Because it’s quick. You know what else is quick? How soon the holidays will be on us and the cold and snow (in the northern hemisphere at least).

This hat can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy for only $5!

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?

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!

FFFO* Friday: We’ve Been Waiting For This Day

I decided today needed a longer title than your typical “Finished Object Friday” and the longer acronym for today stands for “Finally F$%^#*& Finished Object Friday”.IMG_3262

That orange sweater, folks, is finally off my needles for good!IMG_3276

After all that heartbreak and hassle (and fire), this sweater is finished and its beautiful.  I think the open front is going to take a little getting used to because all of my other cardigans (store-bought and hand-made) close in the front but I do love the way this one looks.IMG_3272

I love the color (I don’t know if I told you) and I love the lacy pattern and the solid rib edgings provide a good foundation for the rest of the pretty thing.IMG_3277

I did make quite a few mods:

  • made the size M with extra stitches that I had hoped would give me more front coverage – that didn’t quite work, I think my gauge swatch lied or something
  • I worked the front band ribbing before the sleeves because I was worried I’d run out of yarn (that didn’t even come close to happening, I have tons of yarn left)
  • I added more pattern repeats to the back to make sure it was long enough since it looked a tad short after my first attempt.

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Have you finished anything lately?  Epic projects?  Quick knits? doesn’t it feel good to have things finished?!IMG_3281

 

WIP Wednesday: Moving Along

I haven’t had quite as much knitting time as I wanted lately (it’s awfully hard to knit lace by the light of a headlamp when hiking) but I am making a bit of progress on this last sleeve of that never ending sweater.IMG_4665

It’s moving along rather quickly because a) it’s a sleeve and b) I don’t have other projects going right now for which to put this one down.

I’m hoping to have it done sooner rather than later!

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: The Complicated Sweater

This one took a little while to figure out at the beginning (and the middle….and the end) but it’s done and I’m happy! (Granted…it didn’t take quite as long as that orange sweater that we’re not talking about…cough)IMG_3133

I used Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool for this top even though the original design was knit in a chunkier weight.  I did this for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted to have a lighter weight summer-y sweater, not something too heavy
  2. I wanted it to have lots of movement and drape
  3. I had plenty of the Silky Wool on handIMG_4538

I did not match the color of this sweater to my other most-recently-finished sweater on purpose, that was an accident but I believe it shows that I’m consistent in some things.IMG_3134

This sweater was a test knit for Bo Balder (Boknits on Ravelry) and although it was complicated and there were many questions, Bo was a total champ at quickly and clearly answering them.  I really like ALL of the sample knits I’ve seen of this top!IMG_4542

One of the things that make this sweater so special (and challenging) is how many different and awesome textures are going on at the same time.IMG_3137

My “mods”:

  • I did 6 short-rows at the bottom to ensure the back was longer than the front (it already was, because of the construction, but I wanted just a touch more length)
  • I worked the rib on the sleeves immediately after picking them back up with no rows of the big hole lace, I wanted shorter cap sleeves

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What have you been knitting lately?  Have you tried any of Bo’s patterns?

 

WIP Wednesday: Progress on an Oldie but a Goodie

At Knitting Brew Crew last night I got to work on a project that has been waiting patiently for me to return to it for a while.IMG_4553

I finished up the first sleeve and sewed it in to the armhole, tried it on and immediately began the other sleeve. Obviously, this sleeve has not been blocked yet like the rest of the cardigan, I wanted to sew it on before I lost momentum on it AND I wanted to see how it fit into the armhole before I spent all the time and energy knitting the other one so that I would know what mods to make, if any.IMG_4555

I can’t wait to finally have this thing finished! I’m not working on anymore deadline projects until this one is completely done – hold me to that, folks. I hope to have it done by the end of June, it’s only one more sleeve, what could POSSIBLY happen? Amirite? (Or maybe I shouldn’t jinx it)

What are you working on this week? Long-overdue projects?  Quick stuff?  New and exciting things?

WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): It’s Comin’ Along

I meant to post this on Wednesday but things have been so busy that, obviously, that didn’t happen.

The first sleeve of the orange sweater is underway and is moving right along.IMG_3971

The sleeves have become my home-knitting because they’re on dpns and I have to follow a chart and blah blah blah.  They haven’t been worked on a whole ton, sadly, but it’s still progress!IMG_3973

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Old and New

This week we’re back to the orange sweater!  The first attempt at a sleeve was turning out way too big so I’ve ripped and re-cast on for it and it’s moving along, albeit slowly.  I’m finding myself less and less attracted to the idea of knitting with dpns right now but I really want this sweater to be finished!  Anyone wanna knit ’em for me?  Just two little ol’ sleeves?IMG_3933

So that’s the main project I’m working on these days….and…maybe…another new cast on project….IMG_3833

But it wasn’t my fault!  My momma came to visit over the weekend and wanted to make this super cute bag pattern and I liked it too and we just so happened to “accidentally” pick up the yarn and the thing pretty much cast on itself.IMG_3834

What are you working on this week?