Jen & Jess Do New Girl, The End

It's done! My no-pressure KAL with my virtual friend Jesse was a blast. I loved the idea of knitting something, knowing another person is knitting the exact same thing at the exact same time. Plus, it was extremely helpful to talk through a lot of the changes we made to the pattern, instead of having to think it through by myself, or try to explain it to Jake (sweet, sweet man... he always listens and is extremely supportive, but I can see his eyes glaze over a bit when I start talking about knitting).

I am so, so happy with this skirt. Everything about it is wonderful - the fit, the yarn, the colors, and the style. I never thought I'd be one to go for the high-waisted style, but it seems to flatter my short stature.

I ended up making a few mods - some are obvious, such as leaving the daisy stitch off the pockets, but some aren't as obvious and I feel really make this a more flattering fit on me. The pattern calls for doubling the amount of stitches after the waistband, but Jesse and I both decided to do just half the increases for a more fitted look. I think, on my body, doubling the number of stitches would have just made my hips look huge.

Just like everyone's Ravelry projects warned, pre-elastic, the waist of this thing was enormous. I'm pretty sure I could have fit two of me in it. It was pretty amazing the transformation the skirt took after sewing in the elastic. I sewed the ends of the elastic together about 3 inches smaller than my waist, which I think really helps with the fit.

{More photos on my Ravelry page}

Jesse and I both used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes sport weight. I really enjoyed knitting with it. It's perfectly sheepy, without being really scratchy, not to mention the affordability - the cost of this skirt was less than $20. And, since I cut out half of the increases, I still have over a skein of the main color left, and about half a skein of the contrast color.

The perfect fall skirt, just in time for fall!


Snapshots - Stash Enhancement Edition

I don't know if you guys have noticed, but there seem to have been quite a few online yarn sales as of late. I don't know if it's to get people pumped up for fall & winter, but I've tried to take advantage when I can. My yarn stash is already fairly sizable, but it's filled with a lot of special single skeins, and not a whole lot of sweaters quantities. So when I stumble upon a sale where I can stash away a few sweaters worth of yarn for a fraction of the normal price, I jump on it.

First up, I managed to score these two skeins of Cascade Eco+ for 60% off the normal retail price. I've only used this yarn once, but I really enjoyed knitting with it. I used it for the first Aidez I ever made in 2012. I recently saw the sweater, and the yarn has held up so well, with almost no pilling. The problem is, I can't decide what to knit with this!

The color is so perfect - it screams autumn, and will be a nice bright beam of color during winter. I've had Idlewood in my library for years, and this could be the perfect yarn for it. I would want it to be long sleeved (or at least three quarter sleeved), and I'm afraid I would run out of yarn. I've also been drooling over Lila for a couple of months. I feel like this yarn is destine to become a sweater that's super cozy, and gets basically lived in, which keeps bringing me back to Lila. I'm also thinking about just swatching, and doing a top down raglan to fit my body, but I'm totally open to any other suggestions!

Next up are two sweaters worth of Ella Rae worsted that I grabbed from Webs while they were having a big sale. This yarn is pretty affordable as it is, but I got it for about half price. I'm a little disappointed in the color on the left. It looked a lot more grey on the website, but ended up being very similar in color to the blue.

One of these, not sure which yet, will become an Oshima. Even though the pattern calls for two strands of fingering weight held together, I'm pretty sure I can use a worsted weight and get gauge - a quick glimpse through the projects on Ravelry proved that I wasn't the only one who thought this could be done. The other color may be used to make Phinney, which I've also loved for a few years. I've already got the pattern booklet (same booklet as Vashon!), so it's high on the list of possibilities.

There's something so exciting to me about new yarn - almost like a blank slate! It helps give me some motivation to finish my other projects so I can dive in to these. After I finish my Aidez and my New Girl, I'll likely cast on with the Eco+ - as soon as I can figure out what to make with it! 

Happy Friday!


Car Knitting

I hope you all (here in the US, anyway) enjoyed a nice long weekend and Labor day. We headed up to Virginia to see Jake's family, so I tried to take advantage of the car time to catch up on some knitting.

Thanks to car knitting, I'm now at the point in my New Girl skirt where I'm ready to start the daisy stitch edging. Somehow I misread the pattern, and knitted about an inch too much of the contrasting color, but ultimately decided to leave it. A little extra length never hurt anyone. 

I'm really loving these two colors together. The main color is a great brown/grey combo, and one can never go wrong with a heathered orange. I'm a bit nervous because the waist seems huge, even though most of the projects on Ravelry say not to worry because installing the elastic takes care of that. It's hard not to worry though, but I'm trying to trust the pattern.

I also got to work a bit on my tights. There's not really much to report on them at this moment. They're all ribbing. They're pretty boring. They are, however, going fairly quickly when I have time to work on them, so I have faith that I'll be able to finish them this fall. I'm a bit further along than in this photo - the tights are above my knees now. And even though there's only one showing in this photo, I'm knitting them two at a time.

Isn't car knitting just the best?



A few snapshots of the last few weeks, brought to you by my iPhone, and Instagram.

dark & stormy morning

vegan homemade cinnamon rolls!

the weather has been perfect for mornings on the terrace

making new friends at work

full basket

handmade harry potter pillow, made by my niece! can you tell who the characters are?

kitties in the tub

celebrating my husband, who passed the CFP exam!


participating in the webs yarn #howweknit challenge



An aptly named blog post, because it's just how I feel.

It's been an extremely busy past few weeks. Between work, my niece visiting, vacation, and life in general, it's been non-stop. I won't bore you with too many details, but whew. Things are starting to settle down, which is good because my fall classes start up next week.

Knitting has been happening, a few rows squeezed in here and there, and I did get a chance to cast on for the Summer Sweater KAL happening right now. Say hello to Aidez, number three.

This one's for my mom. I'm about to start shoulder shaping for the left front panel, and I just love it so far. Such a great color she chose! I'll leave catching up on my other projects for another post, and drop some vacation photos on you now. 

We spent a week in Breckenridge, Colorado, and it was wonderful! I wore sweaters and wool socks the whole time and now am itching for Fall like crazy.

 Happy Tuesday!


Jen & Jess Do New Girl

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've started a New Girl skirt with an Instagram/Ravelry friend, Jesse. I'll wait a second while you go add her to your Ravelry friends, and follow her on Instagram

Jesse is one of those people that I really wish lived in the same town as me, because we have so much in common I think we'd be fast friends. I'm so excited to be doing this casual KAL with her!

You'll have to excuse the not-so-great cell phone photos I took this morning, but I was in a hurry.

We're both using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes sport weight, which I think will make this a great fall and winter skirt - and makes it super affordable. I made the decision to only do half of the increases for the body of the skirt, which will make it a lot less full, but will still give me 10 inches of positive ease around my hips, and even more ease around my thighs. 

My main color is bramble heather, which is a great charcoal-brown. In some lights it really looks brown, and in others the grey shines through. I love it. For my contrasting color, I'm using mai tai heather, which I think makes a good contrast to the bramble heather. It was until my husband saw the photos from the pattern page that I realized the colors I chose are very similar to one of the samples made for Holla Knits. Subliminal messaging, I suppose!

You can follow along with our KAL on Instagram with our awesome hashtag #jenandjessdonewgirl!



A few snapshots of the last few weeks, brought to you by my iPhone, and Instagram.

layers and layers of perfect zinnia petals

summer is for enjoying the fire pit

so many dahlia blooms & buds

fruits of our labor - tomatoes & butternut squash

propagating succulents

pearl loves to "help" me knit

monster pink brandywine tomato

Have a happy and relaxing weekend!