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!

 

FO Friday: The Minetta Cardigan

It’s finished!  According to Ravelry, it took me exactly three months to knit this sweater although to this knitter, it felt like a lot longer.IMG_9940

I found some cute buttons to go with it – I wanted something that would keep this cardigan a neutral (no bright colors) but would also keep it from being too boring. These classy little metal ones look perfect I think.IMG_9815

The sweater fits a little weird in places but it’s all things that I can live with and just take note of for the next cardigan.IMG_9906

1. I wish I’d added either waist shaping or hip increases (both might’ve been too much, but one or the other would be ok)

2. The sleeves are big in the underarms and a bit snug around the forearm – fine for layering with short sleeves or tanks. I don’t like underarms that are too tight or touch my skin anywaysIMG_9901

This is my second sweater out of Manos del Uruguay Serena (the first was my Bailiwick) and I know I’ll make more (actually, one is in the works right now with my fabulous sample knitter). This yarn is soft and drapey but shows off texture well.  It certainly keeps tops warm – so not for the dog days of summer – but lightweight (again, that layering thing I keep talking about).IMG_9913

All in all, I’d make this sweater again, I’d just make some changes to it along the way.

Have you finished anything cool?

WIP Wednesday: Aaaalllmost

We’re getting there, folks. I start this sweater back in March, according to Ravelry, and it’s taken me quite a bit longer than anticipated. I’m a few inches from finishing the second sleeve and from there, it’s a quick neckband, buttons and a good block away from finished.IMG_9685

(clearly, Lisa felt the need to supervise) The raglan line does look (and feel, based on try-ons during the knitting process) a bit long but I think that’ll work in my favor for layering this sweater with other tops and dresses. The sleeves get quite tight at the cuff and I may end up ripping those out later to loosen them up a bit but I want to wear it a few times first to find out for sure how much looser I want it.IMG_9686

What projects are you making headway on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Milestone Reached

As many a knitter knows, flying time can be excellent knitting time. Although I can’t currently knit as often as I used to, and only for short periods of time, having many hours on planes did (finally) allow me to reach that silly sleeve divide.IMG_0931

Behold. An underarm.

A beautiful thing, ain’t it?IMG_8477

It always seems like those last rows before the sleeve divide are never-ending. What with all those stitches you’re still increasing, all the shaping and growing of the sweater. That divide is still like magic and I love it everytime. IMG_8476

Now, I’ve still got a long ways to go on this cardigan, my momma is whizzing along on hers, at this rate, I’ll catch up sometime next year haha!

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Dropped That Ball

I was absolutely a bit over-confident about my assumption that I’d be at the sleeve divide within the week. I knit too much over that weekend and hurt my wrists so I had to take an entire week off knitting!  Sad days my friends, sad days.IMG_7808

(Dog butt because she likes to be everywhere I am) Back in the saddle and a wee bit of progress has been made on both the sweater and the shawl. Not to mention I cranked out a hat while teaching an Intermediate Knitting class (more details on that hopefully Friday!).IMG_7812

What are you knitting this week pretties?

WIP Wednesday: Old Stuff, New Stuff, Grey Stuff, Blue Stuff

I’m basically a poet, didn’t you know? it? eh?

I’ll stick to knitting, how’s that?

This week I’m here to show you the shawl project I mentioned last week along with another new WIP!IMG_7432

The new project is a Minetta that I’m working on as a KAL with my momma!  I’m using some Serena by Manos del Uruguay from my stash in the Seal colorway.IMG_7428

We’re both using a heavier gauge yarn (sport vs fingering) and going up to a US 5 needle.  We’re both knitting the 36 size as well.  I’m hoping that this will be a great experiment for us and other Minetta knitters!IMG_7414

The shawl is moving along, not too fast since the rows are getting so so long and I really only have time to work on it during my walks to and from work, but progress is progress, right?

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: Bailiwick Pullover

It’s done! This sweater seemed to take me *forever* to knit and by the end of it, I really just wanted to move onto the next thing but I was definitely excited to have this finished and wearable.IMG_2451

It fits just the way I wanted it to, not close fitting (except in the sleeves) and not too baggy (so I don’t look like a huge grape).  I think it hits my hips at the best point and the texture on top provides awesome visual (and knitting) interest but the stockinette on the bottom keeps it from being overwhelming.IMG_2444

All in all, I loved knitting this, despite all my lazy mistakes that I had to continually rip back and fix, the yarn is superb and the finished sweater is fantastic!IMG_2447

Pattern: Bailiwick Pullover

Designer: Courtney Spainhower

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Serena

Mods: noneIMG_2450

Have you finished anything new lately?IMG_2442

(hair is gettin’ long ya’ll)

WIP Wednesday: More Purple

So over the past week I’ve made some fun progress on the purple top that has finally been put on Ravelry and that means I can link to it too!IMG_2791

It’s going to be the Bailiwick Pullover by Courtney Spainhower in the Spring issue of Interweave Knits.

I’ve finished the front and am starting to work on the back, then they’ll be joined to work in the round for the body. IMG_2794

The orange sweater may be taking a backseat to this one…..but we won’t tell her that.  The Bailiwick is just a tad easier to follow when I’m doing other things like Skyping with distant friends or watching TV so it sees more action.  But never fear! I still love the orange yarn and the pattern and hope to have the sweater done by spring (which seems a long way off with below 0 degree F temps and all the snow we’ve gotten this week).

What are you working on lately?

WIP Wednesday: Two Tops

Happy Wednesday!  I don’t know about the rest of you folks, but the 3-day weekend that Martin Luther King Jr Day provided was much needed on my part and I feel much better this week than last week – energetic and rejuvenated!IMG_2602

I had to put my personal knitting on hold for a few days last week while I finished up some work projects that you guys can’t see yet, but now that they’re done I can get back to selfish projects!IMG_2600

I’m still working on that orange cardigan and the lacy bits are coming along nicely.IMG_2596

I also started another top for myself that I will share more about in a future post but let’s just say that this yarn – Serena by Manos del Uruguay – is Fan.Tas.Tic. It’s so soft and pleasurable to work with and the color (Boysenberry) is a great choice to match the 2014 Color of The Year: Radiant Orchid.IMG_2593

What are you working on this week?  Got any personal projects in the queue?