FO: More Lace on the Wall

This was a super quick and fun little project that I started and finished on a Saturday morning.

The frames for these guys were picked up in a massive yarn adoption from a thrift store years and years ago. I’m not really sure what they’re normally used for, but they’re about 15″ diameter metal rings and they are perfect as frames for these projects.

Pattern: Adaptation of Circular Tunic by Mari Chiba in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014

Yarn: Malabrigo Rastita in Sabiduria

Needles: US 8 (5mm)

What have you knit up lately?

FO Friday: Another Lacy Slouch

This version of the Lacy Slouch was very different than my previous versions for quite a few reasons.  I was using a lighter weight yarn and therefor went down a few needle sizes for the brim, then up a bit for the body and I had to increase the number of stitches cast on and the number of pattern repeats accordingly.IMG_2101

I love how this came out – the color of the Malabrigo Arroyo is gorgeous and this hat blocked out so well which I’m sure is because of the 100% superwash merino content.  The hat is so soft and lightweight!IMG_2099

Linking up with Tami again!  Did you finish anything this week?  Do you have any fun weekend plans?

WIP Wednesday: I Lied.

Remember last week I showed you that I was going to start on a hat for myself out of that yarn I bought as a gift to me?

I lied, I’m not knitting that anymore.

Instead I’m working on a hat for my fabulous Aunteeeeeeee J out of some equally fabulous Malabrigo Arroyo in a stunning colorway.IMG_1983

I’m knitting my Lacy Slouch pattern again with a few mods.  Because this yarn is a lighter weight than the others, I’ve gone down a few needles sizes to a US 4 (3.5mm) for the brim and casted on 102 stitches.  So far it’s knitting up beautifully and I’m excited to see how the colors play with the texture I’m going to be starting soon.IMG_2054

Linking up with Tami as always!  What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Life and a Sweater

Where I am this week versus last week is so different, and not just with the sweater!IMG_1840

Saturday I moved back to Colorado, this time heading a little farther north than my previous home near Denver to the cute little town of Loveland to start the next chapter of my life!  My first few days at my new job have been fantastic, my coworkers are all making me feel welcome and seriously, I get to talk about knitting all day long with people who share my obsession  passion with it.IMG_1829

Because I get to talk about it all day, I’m always very motivated to get to work on my own projects when I get home and the sweater is moving right along!  I’ve finished the pocket and body and started  a sleeve.  IMG_1844

Fixing the cable mis-hap was totally worth it and I think they look so much better now than they did.IMG_1850

I’m still working on the seekrit project so the sweater isn’t quite as far as it could be, but I don’t really mind.  IMG_1824

Linking up with Tami as usual!  What are you working on this week?  Any fun adventures in your life?

WIP Wednesday: The Sweater

My WIP in progress this week is the Miranda Sweater!

I decided to turn the disappointment from last week into this pullover vs the Aidez cardigan mostly because of gauge conflicts.  I’ll knit that Aidez someday, but right now I just don’t have the yarn for it.IMG_1357

I’m knitting the 35” size and am hoping that the ever so slightly tighter gauge that I got will even out with the ever so slightly larger size.  I still want the sweater to be able to layer over t-shirts and the like but not so baggy that it’s unflattering.  I’m also hoping that the US 8 (5mm) needles will help keep the single ply Malabrigo Worsted from pilling too quickly, but that’s something we’ll just have to wait and see I guess! IMG_1363

So far I haven’t made any mods, I’m past the short row back shaping and moving right along the shoulders hoping to divide for the sleeves very soon!

Linking up with Tami as usual!  What are you knitting this week?

Uncertainty

So that sweater I was showing you last week? Yea…I don’t know if it’s going to work out the way I wanted.

Originally, I wanted an over-sized slightly cropped-ish-high-low-hemp-type thing.  Then I decided that maybe the high-low hem wouldn’t be too flattering on a petite person.  So I decided that I would just make it an over-sized pullover.  Then I didn’t make enough hip increases.IMG_1168

So what do we have?  Over-sized on top, fitted on the bottom, and altogether a hot mess.  This is where you come in!  I need some help deciding which direction to go here.  I’m thinking I need to rip the whole thing out, but I don’t know what to knit with this yarn next!IMG_1169

I know I want a sweater, and I’m leaning toward the Miranda but I don’t usually wear pullovers so now I’m doubting that too!!  So the other top contender is the Aidez cardigan.

What’s a knitter to do?  What would you knit with a sweater’s worth of Malabrigo Worsted?  Tell me in the comments, share links, share your own projects, help help help!

The Vagabond’s Closet – A New Collection

Remember all those little bits and pieces of designs that were so sooper seekrit that I couldn’t talk about them for months? And months…and months….IMG_0026

All I could do was share tiny, teasing glimpses into the yarns, colors or textures but never tell the whole story? (or even half the story?)IMG_0085

Now I can talk about them!

The Vagabond’s Closet is a 5 piece collection that features knit articles and accessories that, whether worn together or separately, are sure to complement your nomadic lifestyle. (Click through on the links or pictures to learn more about the design and see more pretty pictures!)The Vagabond's Closet

Showing off a variety of Malabrigo’s absolutely gorgeous yarns, the assortment ranges in yarn weights, colors used, techniques explored and difficulty levels.  Among the items you’ll find the Wayfaring Vest:The Wayfaring Vest

A circle vest that starts from the center of the back and is worked out with a stranded colorwork star motif and a combination of simple colorwork and textural interest.

The Transient Tunic:The Transient Tunic

The tunic is modifiable in length and the fabric has a generous amount of give so any of the 4 sizes should fit most adult women!  The geometric detail in the waistband is where it’s all started, with stitches picked up for the top and skirt later.

The Tattered So Chic Mitts:The Tattered So Chic Mitts

A simple shape and texture with visually interesting dropped stitch details – each mitt has a different make-up so even though it seems like you’re knitting plain stockinette the end results are stunning!  The length allows the mitts to run all the way from your knuckles to your upper arms, but they look just as chic slouched down below your elbows.

The Nomadic Nights Slouch:The Nomadic Nights Slouch

With chunky yarn, this slouch is a super quick knit.  The colorwork and textural interest make it fun to work on and the interesting construction and shape make it totally unique!

and the Wrapping Up The Journey Skirt:The Wrapping Up The Journey Skirt

A one-size fits most, wrap-style skirt, this one is elevated with the gorgeous color combinations found only in Malabrigo’s yarns.  Make it longer by knitting the panels longer, adding more panels or colors; wear it over jeans, leggings or bare legs – it’s perfect for all seasons!

The collection can be purchased as an ebook for a discounted price or as individual patterns.20130717-IMG_5901-2

Where do your knitting and traveling dreams take you?  Mine take me around the world, visiting every place I haven’t yet seen and meeting all the new people along the way (sadly, these dreams are not supported by my bank account…).

 

**I just want to quickly shoutout to the awesome photographer, Travis Dodd!*

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.

WIP Wednesday: The Skies Aren’t Grey, But The Yarn Is

Definitely springtime here in New Mexico – the winds haven’t stopped in weeks.  We don’t get the “April Showers” that other states get (nor do we get flowers) but we do get lots of sunshine.  This week I’m working on another seekrit design in shades of grey.IMG_8287

I love this yarn, the colors are so spring-stormy with their tonal greys and a hint of purple.  Graphic textural changes and simple lace patterns will bring out the best in this yarn I think and I can’t wait to show you how this design turns out!  Although, you’ll have to wait till later this fall 😉IMG_8290

Linking up with Tami!  What are you working on this week?  Do you get rainstorms where you live or is spring something else entirely?

Pattern Release: Sunny Grey Skies

I told you I had a surprise for you today!  I’m releasing my Sunny Grey Skies Shawlette Pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy – so pick your favorite venue and scope it out 🙂

a perfect light layer

Details:

A perfect layer for when the sun and the clouds are battling it out and you want something soft around your neck and shoulders, this shawl is sure to become a fast favorite.  The lace border is knit first then stitches are picked up and worked inward to the center.  Momentum is gained rather than lost as the number of stitches per row decreases the farther in you get.

Easily sized up or down depending in gauge

Finished Measurements: 49 inches (124.5 cm) across x 18 inches (46 cm) deep after blocking

 Materials

36” US 6 (4.00mm) Circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

500 yards of sock or fingering weight yarn in Color B

300 yards of sock or fingering weight yarn in Color A

4 Stitch markers

Gauge: 6 sts x 7.5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch