10.17.2014

Snapshots

Here are a few snapshots from the last couple of weeks, brought to you by my iPhone, and Instagram.


making some progress on my tights


perfect fall dahlias


flowers from the farmer's market





an abundance of fall photos


I got to meet Gail, after being Ravelry/blog friends for years! it was so fun & my first in-person-internet-friend-meetup. now I want to meet you ALL! (I stole this photo from Gail's Instagram!)

Happy Friday!

10.12.2014

Logan

I recently bought some wool roving yarn, and had visions of a warm, chunky infinity cowl for this upcoming winter. I wanted something with texture, and something that was long enough to wrap around my neck twice, and wide enough to be cozy and warm.


From these desires, Logan was born. This simple pattern (consisting of just knits and purls - nothing fancy!), was inspired by a few things, one being natural reflections. The textured shapes remind me so much of mountains reflected in a lake, while also giving off a little bit of a Native American design. It's been a while since I sat down and knitted something start to finish in a day, but this was so quick, it seemed like it was knitting itself.


Due to the nature of the design, the cowl is totally reversible, with both sides being (in my opinion) equally as attractive.




So grab a couple of skeins of bulky yarn, some big needles, Logan (for free, of course!), and in just a matter of hours you'll have a cozy, squishy, infinity cowl to keep you warm.


10.10.2014

Snapshots

Here are a few snapshots from the last couple of weeks, brought to you by my iPhone, and Instagram.


a tiny jade plant turned bonsai that I bought for Jake! 


zinnias still in full bloom


sunrise near the Pisgah Inn off the Blue Ridge Parkway... how lucky we are to live here


making progress on my October Affection!


first fire of the season!


foggy October mornings are my favorite


growing some beautiful kale in the garden this fall


apple picking bounty!


snuggle bugs

Happy Weekend! And Happy Thanksgiving, if you're in Canada!

10.07.2014

Cast On, Rip Out, Start Over

We're almost a week in to our October Affection KAL! I was so excited for the start date that I woke up early just to cast on and get some knitting time in before work.


I was rolling along, loving the color and squishy texture of this yarn from Sweet Fiber. Apparently, I wasn't the only one in the house who felt this way.


I woke up to some strange noises in the night on Thursday evening, only to find Pearl had gotten a hold of my project and had her way with the yarn. It's hard to fault a girl for having a nose for good cashmere and wool, but I was pretty upset for a few hours. Really, I should have known better. She has a reputation. I thought throwing a quilt over the project for the evening would be enough protection, but boy was I wrong - she tunneled underneath the quilt and pulled it out, clawing and chewing the whole time. The yarn isn't totally destroyed, and it's not a huge deal to me to have a knot in the skein, but this did help me decide to rip back and start over from the beginning.


(It's a little hard to tell in this photo, but this is the Cinnamon color, and it's a lot more orange than red.)

I say it "helped" me decide, because I had already been considering starting over. I wasn't very happy with the way the M1 increases were working up - the edge of the shawl was very tight (you can see it puckering a bit in the second photo), and if there's one thing I could change about my first Color Affection, it would be the tight top edge. I know the shawl is supposed to be a crescent shape, and a tighter edge helps with that, but I decided to use KFB for my increases. It's looser, but doesn't sacrifice the shape of the shawl. I'm much happier with how this edging is working up.


And the funny thing is, Pearl hasn't paid one bit of attention to this yarn. Look at her up there in that photo, just sleeping away, mere inches from wooly goodness. I suppose it's the cashmere she's after.

I'm just a few rows away from starting the second section of the shawl, which I will use the Sweet Fiber yarn for. I'll just have to make sure I put the project out of Pearl's reach when I go to bed.

9.28.2014

Aidez, the Third

Some patterns are meant to be knit over and over (and in this case, over).


For me, Aidez is one of those patterns. It's free, fun to make, and knits up quick. Plus, the end result is so incredibly comfy and warm. Of the three I've made, this is my favorite. I made it for my mom, and did a few things similar to the one I knitted for myself, but with a few changes. For starters, I didn't knit the whole things in 3 days. I worked the starting numbers for the XS, but didn't do the decreases, which had me end up and the arm shaping with the numbers for the small. I figured with a sweater that's oversized, waist shaping just wasn't necessary. I really wish I had done that on mine. Omitting those decreases really made it fit well below the waist. I knitted the sleeves as is for the size small, and used mattress stitch throughout for seaming. This one is for my mom, but I knew she wouldn't be interested in me taking a bunch of photos of her, so that's why I'm modeling. She's about the same size as me, except a little taller, and it really fits her perfectly.


This one was made in part of Shannon's annual Summer Sweater KAL, and finished just in time! Really, I finished a couple days after the original deadline, but she granted an extension, so I was able to take my time with the second sleeve, and final seams.

I can't say enough good things about this KAL that Shannon puts on. I don't do a great job of being very active in the forums, but it's a great way to follow along with everyone's sweater progress, and I always know if I run in to a problem with the pattern I'm making, or have any questions, there's an amazing support group just waiting - full of knowledge and wisdom.




I'm really considering knitting another one of these using these same mods for myself. One can never have too many cozy, oversized sweaters!

(ps - just a few days left until we cast on for our October Affection KAL!)

9.26.2014

Snapshots

 Happy Friday! I've totally immersed myself in all things Autumn this week!

Here are a few snapshots from my week, brought to you by my iPhone, and Instagram.


knitting, pumpkin spice chai tea, and my autumnal socks
 a vase full of dahlias from a coworker

 evening light on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 first sleeve of Aidez finished - one to go!

this beer is my new favorite pumpkin beer


beautiful morning light

Enjoy your weekend! 

9.24.2014

October Affection

Since finishing my New Girl and nearing the end of my Aidez (one sleeve to go!), I've started thinking about my next project.  Initially, I wanted to start a sweater with the Eco+ I recently acquired, but decided to stick to something smaller while I still have my tights on the needles. They're growing, slowly, but I have a self-imposed deadline for finishing, and I don't want to get too distracted.

Then, totally randomly, I posted this photo on Instagram:
A photo of my beloved Color Affection shawl I knitted a couple of years ago. This sparked a conversation between Ariane of Falling Stitches (she's just switched over to wordpress, and I love the look of her new site! All her older blog posts can still be found here, until it all gets switched over) and myself, where it was ultimately decided that we were going to do a Color Affection KAL!

This is going to be the perfect project to accompany me while I finish my tights. Relaxing stripes of beautiful garter stitch, which when finished will make a squishy, comfy shawl. I can attest that my current Color Affection gets lots of use (I'm wearing it right now!), and it's so comfortable and warm. I can't wait to have another one! And? We want you to join us!


The details:

No rules here, really! Just have fun, and finish with a beautiful shawl! We are planning a cast on date of October 1, which gives you a few days to get your yarn, needles, and the pattern.

Share your progress on Instagram (my account, and Ariane's account) and social media with the hashtag #octoberaffection. It'll be a fun, easy way to follow along with everyone's progress.

And that's it!

I love these types of KALs because it's like having a virtual knitting group. I don't have many (or any?) real life friends that knit, and haven't gotten the guts to go any of my LYS's knit nights, so these really hit the spot for me.

I spent so much time picking yarn out of my stash for this, and had a really hard time deciding! But with help from Jake, and knowing I wanted something really Autumn colored, I finally decided!


From left to right is: Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Sock in Spanish Coin; Cascade Heritage Sock in Cinnamon; and Cascade again in Wine.

I spent my morning before work staring at my skeins, wishing I could sit on the porch and enjoy the Autumn chill while knitting.


All in good time, my lovely skeins.

So, are you in?? Come knit with us!