New Design: Sky Blanket

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My second knit for Baby H is this hexagon crib blanket which I call the Sky Blanket. When I was contemplating making him a blanket I knew I wanted it to be a bit out of the ordinary. After searching a few patterns on Ravelry and seeing some inspiring pins on Pinterest I fell in love with a hexagon style blanket.

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I decided to chose one color palate and have the colors "blend" from dark to light. After the initial sketch and finished blanket I really do love how it came out!

I even like the "wrong side".

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I am so happy to share the blanket love with you all

Sky Blanket

Details:

Yarn: Plymouth Encore, 4 balls (one of each color) – I used Natural, Light Grey Blue, Nautical Blue and Navy.
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Notions: Tapestry Needle
Notes: Each hexagon is knitted seperately and then seamed together. The edges are left "raw".

The pattern is sized for a crib blanket but once you get the hang of making the hexagons the size is up to you!  

Queue it up! or

 

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New Design: The Gate Sweater

 

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Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

 My newest design in the Winter issue of Knitscene – the Gate Sweater.

Sweater Details:
Sizes 30 (35, 40, 45, 50)" bust circumference; shown in size 35"
Yarn Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk; 124 yd [113 m]/50 g):
• camel, 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins
Gauge 20 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st
Tools
• Size 6 (4 mm): 32" circular (cir) needle
• Size G (4 mm) crochet hook
• Markers (m)
• Stitch holders
• Yarn needle 

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Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I was inspired to design this piece from an episode of Downton Abby! I remember during one of the many hours of watching that fabulous show I was taken in by something Lavinia was wearing. It was a blouse that had a lace motif that crawled across the shoulder. I loved how it looked and then began thinking of how that would translate to a knitted piece.

The answer for this piece was by knitting the sweater sideways. Being that the rest of the sweater is in stockinette it turns out to a pretty simple piece.

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Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I finished off the bottom with a little seed stitch border to keep it from rolling. I hope you all enjoy knitting up one this fall! It would go perfect with a dark pair of jeans and boots!

Get your copy of Knitscene today either at your LYS or online!

Hello there!

Oh hi. Miss me?

I miss you guys too! As a way to maybe make you all stick around, I give you a shot of this pie I made today.

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Yea, I can't wait to eat that with a gallon of ice cream, too.

Behind the blog there has been a TON of knitting going on. While mostly for other fabulous designers I do have a few projects for moi that I am looking forward to sharing. Just thought I'd crack that blog ice! 

Hope all is well where you are!

Happy Knitting!

Just Knitting

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Oh HI friends!

I feel like it's one of those mornings in which I have nothing to say. I want to be witty and funny and oh so pretty but honestly I am just trying not to brew a 3rd or 4th cup of coffee.

BUT OH am I knitting! I have been test knitting for a few designers in hopes to have some of their magical design genuis rub off on me. 

I'd be lying if I said it wasn't working. I'm definitely brimming with some design ideas and have casted on a few swatches to see if anything will work in real life. I sometimes get carried away at the thought of a design that in reality will SO not work. (Knitted Mini Skirt, anyone?) Practicality is necessary with knitting, I'd dare say.

Stay tuned, I of course will have a few cowls to show you but really it's my hope to be able to give you guys something a little more substatntial than that!

For now, I leave you with my notions bag. I finally did the ol' turn it upside down, pour that crap out out on the couch clean up. It's amazing the random things in there. Keys, a thumb drive (!?), some lip gloss, cute buttons, a pen, biz cards… oh and mints! Who wants to knit with someone with stinky breath. Not I!

But I also have the things I cannot live with out. My zebra sissors, a bajillion stitch markers and my trusty Susan Bates gauge and needle measuring thingy. (So technical I am) I am pretty sure it's been used on EVERYTHING I have made. 

What's in your notions bag? (try to NOT read that like the viking's in the Capital One commercial.)

Flashback Friday: Fifi

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Made in 2007
Pattern: Fifi by French Girl
Yarn: Rowan Calmer
Original Post 

This was the knit that first introduced me to my SFAM (sister from another mother) Nonnahs! As we began to read each others blogs and view our notebooks and saved projects we found we had the exact same taste! So of course when I saw her Fifi I loved it so much that I immediately casted on one for myself.

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I still have this knit and will throw it on every once in a while. It is a great top down seamless tee. Perfect for that cool Fall day when all you need is a kiss of warmth. 

Learn How to Knit

I realize that 99.9% of my readers are most likely knitters but for that 1% of you who pop by this ol' blog just for the sheer enjoyment of my knittyness I thought I'd at least encourage you to try to pick up some sticks!

Did you know knitting has been shown to help prevent stress, arthritis, heart attacks and dementia! Not to mention it's the perfect ice breaker for anyone who has to move to a new city, across the country, or around the world?

AND, I'd like to think if I was stuck on a deserted island I would be a hot commody with my skill. I know I could fashion a few sticks from some bushes or palm tree and some "yarn" from a leaf to knit from. Move over Professor from Guilligan's Island!

So where to begin? 

Find your Local Yarn Shop!
The easiest thing to do is to search for "yarn shops" near your town OR you can use this nifty little site Knitmap. Most yarn shops offer beginners knitting and you can meet other newbie knitters like yourself and create a whole crew of new and obessed knitters!

My personal favs: (as in I know the owners and they are all FABULOUS! Tell em' Margaux sent ya!)
Hoboken, NJ – Patricia's Yarns
Babylon, NY – The Village Knitter 
Philadelphia, PA – Loop
San Francisco, CA – Atelier Yarns 
Oakland, CA – A Verb for Keeping Warm 

Do an online course!

Craftsy
If you can't get to your LYS or you prefer to learn at home check out Craftsy.com! It's a new site that offers a great number of knitting courses. You can follow along at your own pace and you don't need worry that your fumbling fingers will embarrass you.

I also tell a lot of people I know who want to learn how to knit to use knittinghelp.com. I've even sent this site to my own beginner knit students to help them with their knitting homework.

Get a knitting handbook!
Even if you do a course at a LYS or online having your won knit handbook is a MUST in your knitting library. The one I learned out of (yes yours truly learned from a knitting book!): Stitch N Bitch. Debbie Stoller's personality shines through in this must have book. There are great sketches and no nonsense writing.  

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For a more traditonal route, get Montroe Stanley's Knitter's Handbook. These two books are ones you will come back to again and again!

Find other knitters like yourself!
Once you get your knits and purls down you're going to want to meet other knit enthusists like yourself. Enter: Ravelry.

Ravelry - a knit and crochet community
The "Facebook" for knitters. I pretty much talk about Ravelry at least once a post. I primarily use it to research patterns I want to make or to pair a yarn I have in my stash with a pattern. The benefits are endless in being a member, plus it's FREE.

Knitty.com is also another fabulous place to find patterns and instructions. Techniques with Teresa is my favorite column! I've learned so much from her column.

My other knitters out there – how did you learn how to knit?

Knitter Extraordinaire Spotlight

Since moving to SF I have met so many wonderful knitters. Women and men who are just as obsessed (and dare I say, some more) with this craft as I am (MY PEOPLE!). So when my friend Linda posted her new finished project on Ravelry I just HAD to show off! 

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Made by the brilliant Linda (Rav ID: lindaloveslace) for her daughter. 
Yarn: Northhampton Valley Yarns, Worsted
Needles: US 5, 7, and 3s

Victory Lap X

Dudes, it's her OWN pattern! She calls it Project X: Victory Lap. Don't you worry I am demanding encouraging her to write it up. 

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What's doubly amazing is that her daughter, Lauren, made this mural! It's done with MARKERS people. If you're in SF and walking along the panhandle at Oak and Lyon look for this gorgeous door. It's just incredible.There's no doubt that creativity and talent run in the family. 

Beautiful job, Linda & Lauren!

Fall Knit Inspiration

It's one of those mornings where I am curled up on the couch under my favorite blanket, with a cup of Dunkin Donuts (hooray for K-CUPS), and browsing the internets for some knitspiration.

Glad my favorite stores didn't let me down. 

Hand Knit Gimlet (Boden)

Bodenvest

Chunky Cable-knit Sweater Vest (Banana Republic)

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Vince Metallic Sweater (Neiman Marcus)

Vince Metallic Sweater - Neiman Marcus

Cambridge Cable Turtleneck (J.Crew)

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Circled Vest (Anthropologie)

Circle Vest
Cabled Cocoon Poncho (Anthropologie)

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Tulip Sleeve Cardigan (Anthropolgie)

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xoxo,

M

I got a knitting fever

Green + Grey + Yellow

… and the only thing that's gonna fix it IS MORE KNITTING!

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Dudes, I gotta problem. There is a wonderful ebb and flow to the knit mojo and right now mine is running on all cylinders!!

I've been keeping busy with a good amount of "work knitting", samples being made for upcoming books and projects (eee! and no not my OWN book, maybe one day – a girl can dream!) but I am also trying to keep my knit psyche happy by allowing myself a little "for me" knitting at knit group and on weekends.

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I really love the grey and chartreuse combo and you can't go wrong with garter stitch. The perfect mindless knitting stitch.

Yarn is Madeline Tosh Sock and Alpha B.

How are you all fixing your Knit Fever?

FO: Watercolor Batkus

Watercolor Baktus

Pattern: Batkus
Yarn: Madeline Tosh – Tosh DK, alizarim, two balls
Needles: US 6
Modification: made scarf in moss stitch 
Ravelry Link 

Moss Stitch Baktus

Sometimes with a great yarn all you need is a simple stitch and let it do it's thing.

Moss Stitch Baktus

I am in so love with this colorway -it has hints of oranges, yellows and greens. Plus it looks different in every light. Baktus also happens to be the perfect project to bring to knit night, not much fussiness and a simple repeat – pass the vino or pitcher of beer…