Today's Parisian-flavored style is all about the accessories.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Despite my yearly pledge to not stress myself out by making holiday gifts, every year I end up doing at least a few. I think this will be the last year I make sweaters for all my nieces and nephews. It's already taking forever, and they are only going to get bigger.
Yarn: knottygnome yarns Elf DK, 1 skein
Needles: #6 knitpicks harmony interchangeable circs
Size: 6 mos
Started: November 14 | Finished: November 16
Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo in Sand Bank, 2 skeins
Needles: #6 knitpicks harmony interchangeable circs and addi turbos
Size: 3 yrs
Started: November 16 | Finished: November 22
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I've been hard at work on gifts. I finished these Frost Aster socks by Becky Herrick for a friend. I used one skein of knottygnome faun sock in Marigold and knit the medium size.
I tried out the German Twisted Cast-on for the first time and I love how stretchy it is.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Thursday, December 04, 2014
A few years back I ordered seven skeins of Berkshire Bulky in this lovely gold color. It's been so long that I have no idea what I ordered it for, but I do know that the yardage (756yds) is an odd amount that you can't really do much with. I tried to match it with several patterns and finally settled up on Paloma.
Paloma is a lovely textured oversized cardigan with pockets. I knew that I would run out of yarn if I used the pattern stitch, so I knit mine in plain stockinette and omitted the pockets (sad face--I really like pockets). I ended up with a tiny amount of yarn left after seaming, so I'd say it was a success. It's been so long now that I don't remember my other modifications but I think I shortened the body and sleeves a little bit. I finished the knitting in July and sewed on the buttons in November. I really hate sewing on buttons.
Someday I would like to remake this cardigan using the actual pattern. It's very warm and cozy and I'm sure it'll be worn lots this winter.
Yarn: Berkshire Bulky in Gold, 7 skeins
Needles: US 10.5
Started: July 19, Finished: July 26
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
My newest pattern is for sale on Ravelry. Naughty or Nice is a convertible boot cuff pattern knit in worsted weight yarn. It comes in 5 adult sizes and can be worn with either the lace showing or the twisted rib. The sample is knit in two colors for even more versatility. It makes a great holiday gift and there's plenty of time left to knit a pair or two for your loved ones.
I was inspired to design these thanks to my laziness. I liked the idea of having 2 cuffs in one that I could wear differently depending on my outfit. I happened to have a skein of my naturally dyed yarn in red left over that I paired with an undyed skein. Although the yarn has been discontinued, you could use any worsted weight wool to knit the pattern. I whipped up my cuffs over Thanksgiving break and I'm happy to share the pattern with you.
The pattern is currently 50% off in my Ravelry store--no coupon code necessary. The offer expires tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST.
Friday, November 28, 2014
I knit this cardigan back in July, but didn't sew the buttons on until last weekend. I hate sewing on buttons so much that I've pledged to only knit open front cardigans from here on out to avoid it.
I'm always on the lookout for long necklaces. This is a newer purchase but I've already worn it several times.
I am so in love with these shoes. Cobb Hill is a division of New Balance or something like that and their shoes are so wonderfully comfortable. No affiliation, just a happy customer.