Sorry for delaying this from last week! I didn't forget 🙂
Winner of the Great Little Gifts to Knit is
Congratulations, Anne Marie! I hope you make lots of SOCKS!
Hope everyone else has casted on or are we all in this together on Dec. 24th?
One of the greatest pleasures of being a knitter is the ability to create gifts for the ones we love. Whether it's a hat or a shawl or even a small bootie, using our hands to create things always adds that extra special touch.
Jean Moss of Sweet Shawlettes does it again with her newest pattern book, Great Little Gifts to Knit. She has designed 30 wonderful patterns that are sure to please everyone on your gift list.
As we get into October I am reminded that there are only 85 days left to knit Christmas gifts and even less for those Hanukkah gifts! It's the perfect time to whip a book like this out and cast on.
The book is split into 4 sections: Baby, Hers, His and Home. OF course with a little guy now in my life I was really interested in the Baby section. My favorite of the patterns is the Whoopla bean bags! James loves to play with all things soft and what's better than these?
It's the perfect project for trying out intarsia for the first time as the small squares are truly forgiving!
In the Hers section, you know I love me some leg warmers! And with two balls of Rowan Big Wool these are your Dec. 24th, 11:30pm, almost forgot to make my sis something (or sis in law for me) kind of project!
In the His section I was all about the gutiar strap! I love that it doubles as a belt just incase you want to switch it up. It's a great piece for your favorite rocker. Which reminds me, I told my husband that we SO have to get James some guitar lessons once his fingers are up for it. Seven months, too soon?
Lastly, in the Home section I was all about the placemats! I often think about how nice it would be to have some knitted placemats and how truly easy they are to make! I'm glad she included them here. It really is the perfect thing for stash busting and everyone could use them.
All the patterns are clearly written and easy to follow and with an appendix handy for those 'what does that SSK' mean again moments.
I am so happy to have been the final stop on the EPIC Jean Moss Great Gifts to Knit blog tour! I hope you all enjoyed visiting each blog and if you haven't here they are:
Mon 2 Sep Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Sep WEBS Kathy Elkins
Fri 6 Sep Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nicholas
Mon 9 Sep Stolen Stitches Carol Feller
Tues 10 Sep Knittedbliss Julie crawford
Wed 11 Sep Black Bunny Fibers Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 sep Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Frid 13 Sep Tiny Owls Knits Stephanie Dosen
Mon 16 Sep Just Call me Ruby Susan Crawford
Tues 17 Sep Zeneedle Margene Smith
Wed 18 Sep Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep Craft Sanity Jennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep Connieleneknits Connie Lene
Tues 24 Sep Knitsofacto Annie Cholewa
Wed 25 Sep Ulla Bella Anita Tormoen
Thur 26 Sep A Really Good Yarn Julie Schilthuis
Fri 27 Sep Urban Yarns Alexa Ludeman
Sat 28 Sep Linda Marveng Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep Yarnings Jen
Tues 1 Oct Tentenknits Margaux Hufnagel (WOOT! haha)
And of course what's a Grand Finale without a giveaway! Leave me a comment about what you're looking forward to knitting as a gift this holiday season and I'll pick a winner on Thursday Oct. 3rd!
Remember you can grab a copy of Great Little Gifts to Knit for you or your favorite knitter on Amazon!
Taking a part of Soul Mama's Moment – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Things are progressing smoothly with my color block sweater which I now refer to as Kendi. When last I left you I was waiting for my colors to arrive, now I am just about to cast on for the 2nd sleeve.
I decided to make this sweater in pieces. I know the craze these days is to make sweaters that are all-in-one piece and sometimes that is pretty glorious BUT there are good reasons to make sweaters in pieces and my girl, Amy, has pretty much summed them up beautifuly. (She's a redic designer so, like, pay attention 😉 ahem, her new book is coming out soon, too!)
And taking the mother of all knitters (EZ's) advice I started with a sleeve. Sleeves work well as a very large gauge swatch. You can double check your gauge without committing too much to the project. Good thing too because I was about a quarter of the way into the sleeve before I decided to rip back and make it a tad smaller and the increases a tad quicker.
As for the front, I really enjoy how the neutral tones down the bright colors. Before I started that section I really wondered if it was going to look too obnoxious. The top really balances it all out.
What are you working on?
Remember when Juliet was huge?
It was a time just before Ravelry where you would see it pop up on knit blogs and become it's own form of viral. At the time the designers went by Zephyr Gals and this to be sure was a huge hit for them.
Made in 2007
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon
Pattern: Juliet by Sarah Moore
I remember the knitting being pretty easy but the ribbon for the buttons was a pain in the toosh! I wasn't confident on how to attach the ribbon and really just stitched it where I could. It held for this photo but wasn't all that awesome when I wore it IRL. I always had to adjust it to make sure it wasn't going to show.
This sweater is pretty classic and from the looks of it on Ravelry, this pattern is still going strong.
Not to digress but, this shot was taken at one of my old Hoboken apartments. A real crap hole, I remember having mice and roaches… yuck! BUT it was one block away from the yarn shop and across the street from Boston Market (which is now a 7-11!) So while I was slumming it for sure, it's location couldn't be beat. Not to mention, my husband proposed to me in that apartment!
As I'm getting back to the swing of things it's time I brought back Friday posts, too! Remember my Flashback Fridays?? I love digging out old sweaters/projects for you guys to see. Gives them a little time in the sun again, so as I line a few of those up I thought in the mean time a Friday Links post would do!
I've been thinking a lot about my photography lately. Really on how to make my shots better but also how to make it easier to get the shot from the camera to the blog. I don't have oodles of time anymore and I need to fine the easiest way to get them uploaded and processed. I've even contemplated getting the new Nokia Lumia 1020 (14 megapixals! It's more than my SLR right now!) but I don't have AT&T. My cameraphone isn't a slouch but still it's not all that great either (see above).
It is a talent to get the right shot. So much goes into a photograph. Where should I stand? Where should I put the subject in my frame? How much light do I need? How can I get a blurred background? What equipment should I buy? Well below are a few places that haven given me some insight into all that… and honestly the big take away: Just experiement!
Of course a Pinterest search of Photography will give you all sorts of good ideas and tips!
Get out and shoot! xo
PS. If you recoginze the above sweater then you'll be happy to know it's revision is almost done!
My dear friends in Hoboken suprised me with this beautiful blanket when I brought Baby James on his first trip to NJ. Knitted with Acadia from the Fibre Co. it's not only stunning but luxurious. Nothing less for my little man.
It is in heavy rotation with his other blankets. Kid is so hooked up! I'm kinda jealous of him. But knowing me, I'll probably steal a little snuggle with it every once in a while.
I love the texture of each stitch pattern and I think he likes how soft it is on his skin.
Thank you my wonderful knitting friends! To Patricia of Patricia's Yarns for organizing and for those fab gals at Kelbourne Woolens for distributing such beautiful yarns. I am so grateful for you all.
As for life with James, it has been amazing so far. I'm trying not to blink.
I love to blog, knit and design but a lot of the time things I design/knit cannot be discussed openly on the blog. Which makes for a very quiet blog and not too fun for anyone involved. Since I'm coming off of a baby hiatus I'd give anything to talk about knitting! (really I'd talk about anything but ya'll not here to hear me rant about Miley Cyrus are you?)
I've been designing and knitting all "behind the scenes" and while that is *FUN* I wanted to have a project that could be all On Scene! A little inside my head process minus all the bizzaro thoughts I have on a day to day basis. (self driving cars, anyone?)
I've been thinking a lot about designing a comfy pullover sweater that's pretty easy in terms of construction and stitch pattern. Right now I'm in love with the idea of a simple drop shoulder sweater. Two big square pieces sew 'em up, add some sleeves, whola a sweater! For this semi-exhausted new mom it seems like the perfect recipe. Not too much thinking involved.
My inspiration is this picture from the blog Kendi Everyday. And I'll use the word inspiration here loosely as I really would like to pretty much make that sweater – a color block, textured, drop shoulder sweater.
A flip through my go-to stitch pattern book landed me on a pattern called Granite Stitch. Using some Malabrigo Worsted I had in the stash, I made a small gauge swatch on US 8s.
So purdy! Now, what colors to chose!?
Enter Design Seeds – a fountain of color inspiration! It didn't take long for me to fall in love with this color combo. I think I saw it on the 2nd page I looked at. (I waste no time!)
I've decided to use the top green, the dark blue, the rosey pink and the darker neutral as my guide. With the order in, all there's left to do is wait!
Are you working on a new sweater for the fall?
While hanging out a few days in LBI this past July, I got to hang out with a pretty cool girl named Jane.
Jane makes these pretty awesome bracelets. In my day (yes I think of my pre-teens as "my day"), I was a fiend for friendship bracelets. So when Jane whipped out her Rainbow Loom and asked if I wanted her to make me one you can imagine how thrilled I was.
First, I was to pick a color combo from her stash of rubber bands.
Then she assembled the bands on her loom and with a crochet hook began to wrap each band around another.
When she was done wrapping she pulled the bracelet off the loom and WHOLA! The bracelet was done! It maybe took no more than 5 minutes. She could even go back and make it bigger or smaller depending on how it fit.
Jane ended up making all of us (even my husband!) a bracelet that afternoon. We still proudly wear them and get compliments when we do!
While it's obvious that I am late to the Rainbow Loom party, I can see why it's become so popular! It's pure genius! Quick to make bracelets that both boys and girls enjoy. If you haven't read the story of how it all started – do so now. It will warm your heart. (thanks for the link, Cara!)
Part of me wonders if it is appropirate to purchase one for myself. I got kid-cred, even though he can't quite stand or talk or knit yet. Right? Right.
Thanks Jane for sharing the obsession!!
I know it's pretty obvious as to what has kept me from the blog as of late. It is about 15 and a half pounds, likes to eat, sleep and poo and has a heart melting smile. And while I do love him dearly I truly miss my knitting life. For those of you who have stuck around, thank you!
Let's just jump right in, shall we? In no particular order this is what has been going on in my mind as of late.
– I am working on publishing a few patterns for the fall. All self-published. I think I can. I think I can.
– I'm obsessed with watching True Blood and now that it's over it's time to finish up Orange is the New Black on Netflix.
– I am hoping to get back to the barre really soon. It kinda helps that a Bar Method is opening in my town!
– I have been using my How to Cook Everything cookbook to make from scratch brownies.
– I am knitting a new shawl called pendulum.
– I have been connecting with other new mothers at this fabulous place called Isis Parenting. Their class called Great Beginnings is like therapy for new moms. #youredoingitright
Now that we're up to speed what have you guys been up to?
I also sadly lost ALL my blogs when Google Reader died. I completely missed the window of backing up the feeds and adding them to Feedly. SO please feel free to leave your blog here so I can reconnect it!