The Weekender

A few years ago when participating in Knit and Crochet Blog Week I started a Pinterest mood board. At the time I was feeling very inspired by the color yellow and wanted to knit everything with it. Since then, probably my most re-pinned pin ever is The Weekender Bag by Hilary Hunt.

The Weekender Bag

For some reason, it took off again this week, so many pins. I finally decided to cast it on, but in green intend of the previously proposed yellow. I was actually cleaning up my stash, listing yarn to sell on Ravelry, when I came across a green cotton yarn I thought would be just perfect for this project if held doubled. So off knitting I went:

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It will be a summer bag that my 7-year-old can use for trips to the pool, etc. It’s knitting up quickly, I suspect I’ll have it done later this week. Can’t wait to cross it off my Pinterest list!

XO, ~L

 

2015 FO # 5 & 6: Chevron Baby Blanket and Rikke Hat

As I continue to work through my stash this year, I’ve finished up to TWELVE projects so far. Probably with 12 more in process…

Here are finished projects five and six so far this year. First up is a Chevron Baby Blanket. A coworker’s partner was expecting their first child and I couldn’t resist a quick bulky knit. I took the Chevron Baby Blanket pattern and modified it for a much bulkier yarn. Details around the minor modifications in my linked Ravelry project page.

Chevron Blanket

The sixth project is the Rikke Hat. I felt like I was the only person I knew that had not yet knit one. I decided to use some yarn I had from Yarnbox that did not yet have a dedicated project: Knitting Rose Yarns Swiss Bloom in Driftwood. The hat feels huge on my head, but it does fit and is plenty warm:

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This is actually a project I would consider knitting again and just might to use up some of the single DK weight yarn in my stash.

More projects coming soon. How is your knitting year shaping up?

XO, ~L

ps. for those wondering, I do still have a Yarnbox subscription and still love it! It’s a great community, so even if the yarn is not so me, a trade or sale of it is easy. I highly recommend it for anyone that knits or crochets.

 

Happy Easter!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!

Since my Yarn of the Month from Yarn Ink was very Easter like to me (on the bottom in the pic), I decided to knit up a little spring shawl from it.

YOTM  EasterMessBlocking

 

The pattern is the Lace Mess Shawl, knit in Yarn Ink Superwash Bulky (Martini, yarn of the month color way). Given the gauge, I was able to knit this up in a single day. It is a small version, so it suits one of my littles perfectly.

Easter Mess Detail  Easter MEss

 

It should be 60 degrees here today, so this will be a perfect little accessory to keep her shoulders warm.

Hope you have a great holiday!

XO, ~L

ps. this is finished project #12 for the year so far!!!

Splurging on Yarn

I may have had a delayed birthday celebration yesterday at the spa, and may have stopped by my local LYS (Knitting Temptations) on my way home. I DID go in with a plan…

I knew with 100% certainty that I needed to select a yarn for the Spritz Stripes KAL that Carol will be hosting in April. I decided to go with Madelinetosh Merino Light in Moorland:

Moorland

 

I also had decided recently that I wanted to knit Aisé, so I went with Madelinetosh Dandelion in Thunderstorm. Karen (owner of Temptations) mentioned that this is her current favorite yarn, so I am extra excited to start this project soon.

Thunderstorm

 

However I came across Madelinetosh DK in Firewood and had to have it. This I did not have a plan for. Out came the phone and a quick search on Ravelry for a project. I settled on the Phoenix Shawl in Firewood and Madelinetosh Pashmina Gilded:

Firewood Gilded

 

I may have walked out with a slight addiction to Madelintosh. Birthday money spent, yarn desires fulfilled, now time to get knitting!

XO, ~L

2015 FO #3: Dilih Wrap

Apparently when Ady Bee was closing up shop over at KnittinK I decided to buy ALL the bulky yarn. I found another skein of She Hulk Bulky (in Desire) and it very quickly became the Dilih Wrap.

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While this is something I find I am just a wee bit too curvy to wear, I had a desire to drop stitches (!!!) and this fulfilled it. The wrap will soon be gifted to someone more suited to wear it. However I do love the colors…

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This mix of teal, purple and gray, so very me. Hopefully the suit the receiver as well.

I think I need a project with steeking this year. If I’m going to drop stitches, I may as well take to cutting my knitting as well.

XO, ~L

ps. Happy Birthday to me! 😉

2015 FO #2: Topography Kerchief

While stash diving in January I found a beautiful skein of KnittinK She Hulk that was just screaming for a project. I saw a Topography Kerchief being talked about on Instagram, so I jumped right in.

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What I found most interesting about this pattern is that you select a color to feature. I focused on the gray areas of the yarn. This mean that on the purl rows I actually knit the selected color to produce garter ridges, hence the topography. Very fun knit and I think I may make another.

Topography2  Topography3

As you can see, my 5-year-old stole mine :) Which is actually perfectly fine as it ran a little small, I would definitely knit longer the second time around. Have you tried this knit yet? I would love to see others and what colors in the yarn they chose to feature.

 

XO, ~L

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