New Collection: From Mama, With Love

Introducing a new 5 designer, 15 pattern collection, From Mama, With Love.

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I am so thrilled to be a part of an all-star design team: Tanis Gray, Connie Chang Chinchio, Kate Gagnon Osborn and Melissa LaBarre! We are all moms who wanted to make knits for our children to share with you.

I have 3 patterns in the collection: The above Ferris Vest (which yes is named after Ferris Bueler – an omage to the coolest teen from the 80s), the Debonair Hat and the Snuggly Boppy Cover.

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Sunggly Boppy Cover

Did you know that there's actually no boppy cover pattern in Ravelry or on the interwebs?? I've looked! I've been using my boppy religiously since James was born. Even now as a playroom pillow. I thought, how great would it be to have a knitted cover?? The shape was a bit of a challenge but add in a few short rows it turned out to be pretty simple.

I am so thankful to be able to make these pieces for my son and hope you all will check out the collection and start knitting asap!

Check out the rest of the collection in Ravelry!

Happy Knitting

xo

m

Quince & Co: Anita

 

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Another day, another scarf!

The Anita cowl, named for my mother, is knit in Quince & Co's Puffin yarn. Using a 10.5 needle, it's a super quick knit!

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Not only is this model my style with the curly hair but the yarn color is named Merlot. Wine & curls? Yah, that suits me fine 😉

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The cowl is a super long loop that can be worn up to three times around the neck. Perfect for these Polar Vortex mornings! I am so thankfully that I got to be a part of this collection for Quince & Co.! 

I hope you'll all check out the full collection!

Happy Knitting!
M

New Pattern: Kendi

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So as you know, it's taken me a while to sit down and finally blog again. Getting my apologies post out first I thought I'd follow it with a new pattern! My color block drop should sweater, Kendi! 

From inspiration, to color choices, and finally knitting, I truly enjoyed each piece of this sweater. And who knew we'd have one of the snowiest winters in New England so she's gotten lots of wear. Thrown over a t-shirt and jeans and it's the perfect go-to for these blizzardy days.

I actually had this sweater done in time to wear it at Rheinbeck, which is evidenced here

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I must thank my friend, Thea for helping me with my photoshoot! When you put us together, you never know what kind of hilarity ensues. We had fun taking some glamour shots of which you can find more on her blog

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The Goods:

Finished Measurements - 32, (36, 40, 44, 48, 50)”

Yarn - Malabrigo Worsted, (100% merino wool, 210 yds, 100g) Color A, 1 skein, Color B, Marine 62, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins, Color C – Holly Hock 148, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins, Color D – Pearl 36, 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins.

Needles - US 8 (4 mm) Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions - Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge: 22st and 28 rows = 4” Granite Rib Stitch after blocking.

Get the rest of the details for Kendi and buy your self a copy in my Ravelry Store!

Judging by the way this winter is going, you'll have plenty of time to whip this up and wear it a few times before spring. ;-) 

Happy Knitting!
M

Catching up!

My mother called me the other day and asked if I've updated my blog in a while. Yikes, I told her, I had not. Not to mention every time I would think about posting I would cringe. The idea of putting words together to make coherent sentences seemed daunting. And HAH! to try to be even a hint of entertaining – ya gotta be crazy! So I let it go, and go, and go… 

Well, friends, this is me once again dusting my shoulders off and trying to get back into a groove. This parenting business is no joke and while I am loving every minute of it I am trying to learn how to manage my free time and sleep as best I can.

Getting that whining out of the way, let's talk KNITTING!

I was thrilled to see my cowl featured on the front page of Ravelry!! The Luxe Cowl was one of the first patterns I published on the blog. I'm so happy that it's still so popular! Hurray cowls!

I'm also getting a post together to finally show you my Kendi sweater! The "for me so that I can blog about it" sweater! With some help from Thea of Baby Cocktails with the photos and a quick send off for the pattern to be reviewed it's "put a fork in it" done. 

I have a few other sweaters that have been collecting dust around the house that I'm finally getting around to publishing. One is from 2010! Remember this gem? To think I knit that in 5 DAYS… and it's nearly taking me 5 years to get it published. I'd say it's "just in time for spring" but seriously with this snow!? 

Thank as always, for sticking around!! 

xo,
M

The Cowl Reigns!

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I actually had written this post way before I saw (and others pointed out to me) that my Luxe Cowl is Hot Right Now on Ravelry! I couldn't be more excited! It's a super simple yet lovely pattern. Perfect for the last minute knitted gift. 

I love me some cowls, too. As  I got a fever and the only remedy is more COWL.

"You get at COWL! You get a COWL! You get a COWL!" (Oh Oprah, who wanted a Car anyway!?)

**cough** ok, now that's out of my system…  

The original (and fantastic I might add) 5th Avenue Infinity Cowl! I may add, I think it was one of the first cowls to be published (Humble I am not today!?)

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The cozy and bulky, Snow Cowl.

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Made from gorgeous and soft Fibre Co. Canopy, The Felicity Cowl.

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The Bulky and cozy version 5th Ave Short & Chunky Cowl

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The newest cowl in my collection, The Hudson Cowl.

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 Enjoy your cowl-bad self! 

xo
M

What I’m Loving Right Now: Marled

I am having a little crush on marled sweaters right now. 

During my wonderful Rheinbeck weekend I shared a house with the fabulous Amy Christoffers who wore her Moxie pullover during our knit downtime. I love how stylish and simple it is and the marl! I love the marl! Amy even helps a sister out and shares some of her fav color combinations.

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Then there's Ysolda's new book, The Rheinbeck Sweater. While there are MANY I love (Ahem, Thea's Beekman Tavern), my eye caught Melissa Wehrle's Mulberry Street.

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A beautiful and simple raglan with some spice in the back!

And to combine my love of all things Marled, Colorblock, and J.Crew, it was as if this sweater was made for me.

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Although where most people would think the opposite, I think: Why buy, when I can knit!

Is there a trend that has caught your eye this fall?

Happy Ten Ten Thirteen!

I was talking to another mom the other day and we were commenting on how quickly the days are passing. I honestly feel that the months are moving so quickly that they are being construed as a day of the week!  Like, See you Next August! Or Happy Hump September! and T.G.I.July!

It's FLYING.

So I am desperately trying to savor October. It is my favorite month for many reasons.

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The leaves are changing and the temperature (typically) signals the uncovering of all the knits that are hidden around my house. I can breathe new life into cardigans that have been collecting dust underneath beds and snuggle up with some blankets that have been neglected.

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It's the month for Rhinebeck (which was "born" the same year I was)! Not only am I going this year but I am making a full weekend of it! I rented a house with some really amazing knitters and I plan on strolling casually through the stalls instead of the mad dash it usually feels like when I only have mere hours.

And now here's the obvious, it's my birthday!! Happy Ten Ten! WOO! Last year I was all pregnant and to be honest I can't even remember what I did. (Mommy brain I lothe you). But this year, I get to spend it with my son and wonderful husband. No amount of chocolate cake can take the place of the gifts I get everyday from those two men. (but I mean, I will eat my chocolate cake, anyway!)

It's been an amazing year, one that I won't soon forget as the results of this year has managed to drool all over me everyday since. I'm starting to get my knitting grove back which makes me look forward to the year ahead! 

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And because I love you all I thought I would give one reader a special treat. Three skeins of this gorgeous Madeline Tosh Pashmina and an interchangeable needle case from Della Q!

You know the drill, leave a comment and I'll pick a lucky ten-ten'er to share the birthday love! Comments close on Saturday 10-12 🙂 (extended love!)

As always, thank you for popping over my blog and enjoying my knit rants – and sticking with me through my baby hiatus! You guys rock.

xo

m

ETA: Sorry for leaving you guys hanging for a WEEK! Yikes! I did pick a winner though!

ANYA! Congrats to you and I hope you enjoy the yarn! From the looks of it, I may have to do this type of giveaway every 10th of the month! xoxo

A skein of a different color

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Ha ha ha, ho ho ho and a couple of la di da's, that's how you knit the day away in the merry old land of OZ Chez Tenten!!

You hear it all the time when it comes to knitting projects, "Make sure you buy more than enough yarn!" and most of the time I am So good at that task. Just ask my husband. Yarn is everywhere. But this time around I thought with all the color blocking going on I would only need 2 skeins max of each color.

Well after I was finished with the front and one sleeve I realized I would need a 3rd skein of the neutral color. I was pretty calm, cool and collected. I figured I would just go back and snag up another skein via the site that I bought it from. Like no one else buys that yarn… Well DUH, they did not have it in stock. (que sad Price's Right music here.)

A quick email to the owner and I found out that they were getting more in stock that very day. But in the meantime because I cannot wait for the life of me, I did a quick search on the internets and found a skein at another site and promptly ordered it. 

My impatience was distracted with a fun weekend away, but when I got home I ripped open the package only to see right away that it was not a match. The dyelot was much more grey toned than the pinkish toned skeins I had. I then decided to re-order from the original vendor in the hope I would have better dyelot luck.

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Well, this skein (the top), while not as off as the first (below), is still not perfect but it have to do. As you maybe know, I am accustomed to making it work with skeins that are not matching and will try to work some magic. Am I kinda sad/po'd that I didn't order enough at first? Yes. Is it a "I wouldn't have noticed it until you pointed it out" kind of situation? I don't think so. But thankfully I just have a few more rows on the back to finish and then neckband. Maybe I can claim it was a "design feature".

Anyway, I won't let my dyelot woes interfere with my pure excitement of finishing this sweater! I can't wait to show it off. And yes, I've decided to write it up – including needing an extra skein! No one shall suffer my mistake! You're very welcome.

So what's on deck? I have more sweaters that are half done than I'd care to admit which means the next thing is going to be finishing one of those. After that maybe a cowl… 

All I know is that my needles are going to be busy right on through the new year. Click, click, click, Toto!

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