Squish!!! Don’t you love squishy things?! I think that’s the main reason I started knitting – so I could have squishy things to wear. Earlier this year at a sewing retreat (at Stitch Supply Co.) I got all excited when I spotted this Malabrigo yarn. I knew it had to come home with me so that Natalie could make a Marian Cowl. It’s a super beginner-friendly quick knit that I immediately scooped it up and bought it. Natalie was excited, too! We had a bit of a set back when she unwrapped the whole skein and I had a minor meltdown when I thought she had cut the yarn into several pieces. Turns out she just tangled it up and I just had to sit down and wind it back into a ball. I had waited months before I even looked at it. Seriously, it seems so silly now.
Anyway, once it was in a ball we were set! Natalie cast on all the stitches which took us several times because I kept underestimating how much yarn to leave for the long tail cast-on. With yarn that chunky I really had no idea, maybe there’s some trick I’m missing. So once she got it started, I did a few rows to get things going. I figured because the beginning can feel tricky it was best to get a couple of rows in. She’s great at the knit stitch, but purling is a bit trickier for her to learn (and me to teach). So we tried a few times, but I think the thickness of the yarn made it a little difficult to figure out, especially with needles that big and her small hands. I wish I would have tried for a few more minutes, but I think we’ll try again with another yarn and project. She actually learns it so quickly!
So I ended up finishing the cowl. I really loved doing it. The yarn and color are so great and it knit up so quick! Plus after making one already (remember this one I made my mom?) and having more knitting experience under my belt, it flew off the needles. I even had visions of making more for gifts this year, we’ll see!
Pattern: Marian Cowl by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta (I think it’s the Porrinho coloway) that I purchased at Stitch Supply Co.
p.s. she learned this face from me
Yesss! Mittens! And just in time for fall and winter. I can hardly believe it!!! How did I plan this so well you say? Well, I didn’t. I actually started these mittens back in February. So there you have it.
I made these for my daughter Natalie after I realized that the blue is just the most beautiful with her eyes. I was gifted the yarn by my friend Amanda and I’m so glad to have a finished project! Natalie is super excited to have her mittens finally.
I didn’t spend any time on them over the summer, except for one weekend, but it was nice to know that the project was there are ready for when I was. This fall and winter I’m hoping to start a new knitting project or two and try to keep something going instead of taking a big break and forgetting things. Next up is an arm knit pillow that I bought yarn for last year and then hopefully a shawl.
I’m very thankful to be able to knit. It’s something that I never thought I could do. For me it’s a nice break from sewing and an opportunity to learn new things all the time. Well, I still do in sewing, but for knitting it feels a little different.
Pattern: Woodstack Mittens (size M) from Within
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Co.
This knitting project (Snoflinga Hat) has been on my needles for way longer than it should have been! What else is new?! I did finally commit to finishing it the other day on a road trip for Easter. I had stumbled in getting it started because my interchangeable needle set didn’t have a cord for a 16″ circular. Bummer. So I ordered some in the sizes I needed and it was super slick. I had tried starting on dpns, but then I just gave up and went for the circulars.
I did go down a needle size for the hat. I think I knit fairly loose in the round, and was too lazy to do a swatch. Plus my head is small. 🙁 So I also ended up adjusting the height of each segment of the design, thankfully that was easy enough to do.
This is made with Loft and I really liked using it after I got in a few rounds. I love the natural feel of it and the subtle variations of color. I had purchased this pattern so long ago and was so kindly reminded of it when I taught at Nido last spring. They had a gorgeous green sample knit up! Actually the whole Nido shop was pretty darn inspiring, it’s great to see and touch knit projects in real life. I simultaneously had a deer in the headlights kind of look, too. So many great things to make!
It’s been a crazy spring here if you can call it that, we’re due for snow today and chilly stuff all weekend. I’ll be wearing my new hat to the girls’ soccer games for sure!
ps. I also learned how to crochet a chain for this hat! It’s weird that I never have tried crochet yet, my mom claims she made a lot of crochet blankets back in the day.
Pattern: Snoflinga Hat by Wiksten (Jenny Gordy)
Yarn: Loft by Brooklyn Tweed, purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts
I almost forgot to mention that I added black leather handles to my shop! I’ll be adding more and restocking the other colors this weekend, so if you don’t find what you need be sure to check back soon. Thank you!