Happy New Year!

I may be a day late but wanted to wish you all a wonderful new year!

2012 was filled with many events including two HUGE ones: moving back east and being pregnant with our first child! 

Professionally I've been so proud to have been published in both Interweave Knits and Knitscene! And although there wasn't much to show for it on the blog perse, I did a great deal of sample knitting for some of my favorite designers.

I am SO excited for 2013. As you can imagine I am beyond excited/nervous/saywah! about becoming a parent. It truly is going to be epic. I can't wait to introduce him to you all in a few months!

Until then I'm going to try to start off my new year with blogging more. I've done a ton of knitting the past few months and have many projects to share! 

Fablewip
I'll start off with my first WIP of 2013. The Fable Cardigan by Kate Gagnon Osborn of the Fibre Company. The yarn is Terra, the color Butternut. It's a simple grandpa style cardigan perfect for the growing bump and post pregnancy outfits.

Here's to lots of knitting in 2013!!!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful year.

xo,
m

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A new year gives me that squeeky clean feeling, like starting a new quarter in school, cracking open a fresh notebook promising this time to keep your notes all organized.

In a way I almost feel like Mike Holmes from Holmes on Homes. Finding old knits, ripping them apart and starting them over to make it right. 

It is with that in mind that I am re-starting my arrowhead vest. Made in April 2010 and had all intentions of getting the pattern out there but I didn't. Now, I am re-working the pattern in Fibre Co. Acadia, a gorgeous light yarn. It's part of my new goal of 2012 – get things done!

Here are a few other things that I want to Get Done in 2012:

– Stash bust! It's time I give some of my yarn a new home. 

– Submissions! There's a deadline coming up and I need to focus and get some designs going.

– Balance between work knitting and knitting for pleasure.

– Keep up the blogging!

– Publish a pattern every other month. (I am not going to say monthly because that's a bit cray cray – BUT if I manage to do it, it will be a BONUS! hah!)

Thank you always for coming by and reading! I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2012!

M

Flashback Friday: Rusted Root

Rusted Root

Made in October 2006
Pattern: Rusted Root
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece 

After posting last Friday the "FO's around blogland" I decided to dig out my Rusted Root sweater from the archives. It turns out it was the 2nd sweater I ever made. It is a great beginner sweater because it is knit in the round from the top and has one panel of "tough stitches". You can even try it on as you go to make sure you're getting just the right fit. I highly recommend it!

As a side note: My first sweater which has no model shots was the Nothin' But a T-shirt which I HAD to make exactly like the former My Fashionable Life and now Needle & Hook, Anna.

Also, Please notice the MESSY bedroom in the background. This was the first apartment I ever had and obviously let it go to crap while I got my knit on. A girls got only so many minutes in the day 😉

Knit Love

Wallaby

I'm off to TNNA tomorrow with Patricia from Patricia's Yarns in Hoboken, NJ. I cannot wait to see some familiar faces as well as meet some new! I'll be walking the floor with Trish and will have my nametag and "tentenknits" Ravelry button prominant. Please stop me because I will SO be stopping you! 😉

Will share all the knitting fun when I return!

xoxo,

PS. How much do you love the Striped Wallaby! A perfect pattern with a bit of an upgrade. Thanks for inspiring me, Erin (Blondie!).

FO: Belfast Hoodie

Belfast Hoodie

From the first moment I saw this sweater I knew it had to be mine.It's a wonder what they put in those photos over at Quince & Co. because they truly have me with every single one!

Belfast Hoodie

Pattern: Belfast Hoodie By Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark, Chantrelle, 12 balls
Needles: US 9 & US 8 needles 
Raveled 

Not much I can say about this other than I Love It. Carrie truly has a great eye for design. I made no modifications to the pattern – not even when it came to picking up for the pockets. I like em' as I see 'em! Plus, as you would expect, the pattern was well written. Clear directions and a great sweater schematic!

Belfast Hoodie

As for the yarn, it's soft, squshy and blossmed just a bit after blocking. My rule of thumb with any sweater I make is that I like to be a wee bit tighter on my gauge – maybe about a 1/4 stitch. The stitches will grow.

Belfast Hoodie

All in all – LOVE.

I wonder what sweater will captivate me next!

What's tickling your fancy these days?

Camilla Pullover

It's been a very long time since I've knitted a pullover for myself. According to my Ravelry notebook it was 2008 and the sweater was called "Cableicious". Since then I've opted to make cardigans, vests and a whole lot of accessories.

Camilla

I'm not quite sure what it was that made me want to cast on Camilla. I think the fact that I had yarn in my stash just collecting dust was probably what did it. The yarn was purchased for a Phildar Sweater (which I still love and hope to make someday). Many of the balls hadn't been used. However, I stated in my last post, I impatentienly used the already knitted yarn and thankfully it did block out!  So knitters out there – should ye be as impatient as me, all will be alright! However, I pre-blocked the rest of the yarn before using. While I know now that it worked out, I don't think I would put myself through that type of stress again!

I heart Garter stitch

Pattern: Camilla Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn: Karbella Aurora 8, 8 balls used
Needles: US 10 circulars
Size Made: 37

Modifcations: In using the yarn that I did I had to go down a needle size.  I was also getting about 8 sts to the inch before blocking and therefore decided to go up a pattern size to compensate for that change. (I typically make things that are 32-34) It  did block out a bit after washing. When I first took it out of it's Soak bath I became a little scared because it was stretching way beyond it's dimensions. But a little smoosh here and a little tuck there and it's just about perfect. Garter stitch really grows so I wasn't shy about a few rows shorter than necessary. 

Camilla

I love the front panel motif. It was easy to memorize and thus provided me the opportunity to knit it anywhere without having to check the pattern every few rows. It was knit in a rediculous amount of time. In an effort of full disclosure, I began this on Sunday and am wearing it out to Patricia's today. Granted, I know I am nuts when it comes to knitting and therefore need to pay some bills and kiss my husband.

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for you coming here and reading about my little knitty life.  Holiday knitting, here we come!!