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.

Pecanpie

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!

Thank goodness for socks

Kandahar

I almost forgot the type of brain melt that goes along with moving. And when I say "forgot" what I really mean is "blacked out". No matter how hard you try to focus and tell yourself "this is going to be OK. I am more organized than I was before" it still is enormously stressful. 

Don't get me wrong, our cross country road trip was amazing. My husband and I took full advantage of seeing as many things as we could. (HELLO, Grand Canyon. You Amaze Me.) We impressed ourselves with both our ability to get along in a car for 10 days and how "easy" it really seemed driving hours on end in a 24 hour period. (I really should stop and thank the people who designed cruise control. I do not know what I would have done without you!)

Of course, we both knew with a cross country move there had to be a snag somewhere. I am ever so thankful that snag wasn't in the form a flat tire in the middle of nowhere USA.

When we finally pulled into our driveway and gave our moving company a call to see where in transit our stuff was you'd imagine our surprise when they said it hadn't left the dock. (insert Snag.) Apparently we were a part of an "unprecedented" surge of people moving out of CA. So much so that our moving company evidently shipped trucks via train to deal with the demand.

Kandahar

So there we were in a house with nothing in it. We half joked about pitching our tent in our backyard but decided that was not how we wanted to introduce ourselves to our neighbors.

We decided to stay with friends. The generosity that was put forth from them was overwhelming. We had no worries but the date of our furinture arrival.

While not having our stuff for a little over two weeks was a little frustrating it truly wasn't the end of the world. But since I am human I did have my freak outs. Dudes, I had so many knitting plans! I was going to finish that sweater I keep talking about finishing. There was a Christmas stocking I promised someone. I wanted to do a stash bust sale! My poor yarn was sitting on a dock in CA!

Thank goodness for socks. A perfect pattern for the over occupied mind.

Kandahar

The pattern is called Kanhahar from the book Socktopus by Alice Yu. There is some errata which she lists on Ravelry so if you decided to do this pair check it out there first. The yarn is from Little Red Bicycle in Sidewalk Chalk. 

As of today we're 99.5% unpacked. And yes, I found all my yarn.

WIP Wednesday: Knitting A Cloud

Designing

I'm working on a few new projects including this new design – an airy top-down pullover. The yarn is Giselle by Classic Elite, a wool/nylon/mohair blend. I hadn't worked with mohair in a long time and almost forgot about it's sticky nature.

It brought me back to memories of knitting Birch and having to cast something like 299 sts. Ripping Cutting twice before I finally got it right.

Despite mohair's nature, I am loving how this is coming out and knitting it with my pointy Addi lace needles is helping with the stickage. Hooray.

Stitches West is this weekend. I am going and making a full weekend of it. Knitting, drinking and hanging with good friends. I CANNOT wait! If you'll be there please say hello! I'll be the one drooling at all the fabulous yarn.

Sutro Wrap

Sutro Wrap

A new knitted love.

Perhaps my favorite part of it (besides it's simplicty) is that it can be worn so many different ways. Tied above, draped below, or wrapped around the body.

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Sutro Wrap

Sutro Wrap

The yarn is Noro Kogarashi, a lovely silk wool blend.

Buy via Ravelry or Craftsy. Wear madly and often.

A pair of sweethearts

Sweetheart Cozies

When I first started drinking coffee I only drank iced. The thought of burning my tounge on a bitter drink was silly and somewhat masochistic. I had what a friend would call "cake in a cup." Iced coffee with milk and sugar.

I eventually transitioned to 2% and then to skim.  Soon I didn't even take milk in my coffee and began to drink a sip of hot cups here and there and all of a sudden I begain drinking more hot than cold! And here I am with a Kuerig machine to boot!

But a hot cup makes for burned hands and not a happy Margaux make. I'd seen coffee cozies before but add a bit of pinterest inspiration and here we have Sweetheart Cozies.

Sweetheart Cozies

Two halves when put together make a whole. Cozies for a pair of partners, lovers, best friends and most of all java lovers. 

Get the pattern here! (eta, decided to make this a freebie for all you lovers out there! Enjoy!)

Happy Valentines Day!

xoxo

Garter Stitch

Source: no6store.com via Margaux on Pinterest

 

When I see something like this on Pinterest I think to myself – this is SO easy and yet so stylish.

(not to mention it's grey!)

Garter Stitch

So of course I feel the need to knit one of my own. A simple garter triangle shawl – yarn is Kogarashi from Noro. A fabulous blend of wool, alpaca and silk. One of the more softer Noro yarns around.

It has already become one of my go to knit night projects as well as the only thing I could work on during the Superbowl. (YAY Giants!) 

Gotta love garter.

Knit Style: Cabled Pullover

Knit Style: Rebecca Cabled Sweater

This flashback knit is an old favorite, the Rebecca Cabled Pullover. It's one of maybe 3 pullovers I've ever knit! Knit in Rowan Cashsoft, it's held up well over the years.

Knit Style: Cabled Pullover

Knit Style: Rebecca Cabled Sweater

Sweater: Cabled Pullover from Rebecca Mag #36
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft Aran
Needles: US 5 & 6
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Knit Style: Rebecca Cabled Sweater

I also must let you know that I am obsessed with my hat. I bought it while touring the city with my good friend Dana and her husband Rob.  The moment I put this on my head I knew I wasn't leaving without it. Is it obvious I am really into grey?

Tutorial: Wrap Bracelets

I'm happy to bring you a tutorial on how to make the "Chan Luu" bracelets with the girl who taught me, Emily!

Emily, the bracelet master!

Bracelet Supplies

Materials: 
Leather cording, your choice in color. We used the 1.5mm thickness. You can also use other cords made of linen or a natural fiber for a vegan option. 
Beading thread, color to match cording 
Beads, size, color and type up to you
Needle, thin enough to pass through your beads (sewing needle works well, too!)
Larger button or bead for the end of bracelet 
Measurements: 
4 wrap bracelet 34-36 inches when cord is doubled 
3 wrap bracelet 20-22 inches when cord is doubled 
Make sure to wrap the leather around your own wrist to check for length and also allow enough cord for a knotted loop at the end to secure around the button. 
Let's Begin!
Take your button and thread it on the leather placing it halfway, folding the leather in half.

Tutorial Button placement

Step 1: Thread your needle and your first bead on to the jewelry thread, sliding it all the way to the opposite end of the thread – leaving yourself a 6" tail. Place the bead and thread OVER the leather cord with the tail of your thread coming from the bottom of the bracelet and working thread on top.

Bracelet Tutorial: Thread Bead

Step 2: Bring your needle behind the bottom cord, through the bead and out under the bottom cord.

tutorial bracelets

Pull Thread through.

Step 3: Bring needle from the bottom over the leather cord through the bead and under the top cord and pull tightly.

Tutorial

Repeat by bring the needle over the top of the leather cord through the bead and under the bottom cord.

bracelet tutorial

Bring needle up through the bead one more time ending with the thread coming out from behind the top leather cord. Pull tightly.

Step 4: Thread another bead and bring it down to the leather cord. 

Thread a new bead

Step 5: Bring needle over the the top cord and under the bottom cord holding bead in place with your fingers.

bracelet tutorial

Step 6: Bring needle over the cord, through the bead and under the top cord. Pull thread through.

bracelet tutorial

Thread another bead on the cord and conintue adding beads as in Step 5 and 6 until desired bracelet length.

Secure your last bead as directed as first by pulling thread through at least 3x. Tie a knot with the cord and thread at edge of bead. Cut thread. Tie 2nd knot allowing a space large enough to fit your button through.

Finished Bracelets

Make a full arm's worth and be the envy of your friends.

Shops on Etsy that sell beads: 
If you're local so SF there are our favorite bead places:  
The Bead Shop, in the Castro
General Bead, downtown 
Successories in the Button Box, Noe Valley 
 
Happy bracelet making!