Sunday, March 16, 2014

Green Gable Knits Winner

Hello all!  and sorry for the delayed response for the contest winner.  The family and I jetted off to Florida last week for a little sun, rest, and relaxation!  Feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of this crazy winter (it's gotta end at some point, right?!?).

Our random winner from the contest is:

Rebekah (who wrote):
Love Anne's Sweater!

Rebekah, follow my email link at the top right of this page to get me the address you would like the book sent to you.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Green Gable Knits- Book Review and Giveaway

Growing up in a family of four sisters, certain things were a given.  Dialogue was often accomplished through song, doll clothes were pieced together from random scraps of fabric, and we had (and still do have) a soft spot for period books and movies.

Although we were always suckers for anything with music, Anne of Green Gables always held a special place in ours hearts.  Anne was an easy heroine to love- she came from nothing, was given a chance, and worked hard to accomplish her goals.  And the icing on the cake?  My middle name is Anne with an "e".

When Joanna Johnson (of the Phoebe book fame) first told me her plans of a book of knitting pattern inspired by the Anne of Green Gables series I was just giddy. So when this arrived in the mail, you can be sure I was beside myself:

As always, Joanna's aesthetic is just lovely.  The way the book marries the pictures of the knits and the feel for the Anne books is perfect.  Growing up I always wanted to be friends with Anne, attend her school, and be at those same summer outings.  This book brings back those same familiar feelings.

Green Gables Knits contains 8 different patterns, my favorite being Anne's Sweater.

Oh- there's something about an over sized cardigan.  It's funny how it's perfectly acceptable (at least in my mind) to wear the same slouchy cardigan day after day.  That's what I think of when I see this pattern, it calls to me- it tells me that if I knit it, it would get plenty of use.  Think of all the other knits I could knit whilst in it... I digress. 

To check out the rest of the patterns from the book, head on over to Ravelry.  After you do, share a comment below on what you would knit first if you had the book.  Once you do, you have a chance of winning a signed copy from Joanna herself!

Annnnnnnd go... !

PS- you have until Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 11:59 EST.  A winner will be chose then :-)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Still On the Needles

It's funny how Elise's socks took me all of two days to finish, and after a few weeks I'm not yet finished with one of my own.  The plan was simple:  I would have my first pair of handknit socks by my birthday.  A week after my birthday has come and gone- progress is slow.

I'm about ready to finish up the first, and already dreading the impending "second sock syndrome"- it's bound to happen, right?  When I started this pair, my yarn was already wound into one skein and I thought it would be a little easier for portability to just do one at a time.  Plus, I was kind of making things up as I went, and piecing together a few different toe up sock patterns, so I figured I would take good notes and screw up one instead of two.  

So, when you do knit one sock at a time, how do you push through that second one- any secrets? 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Perfect Purple

Or at least it is according to one three-year-old that I know.

Elise's socks were a quick knit, and I'm starting to understand a little part of the joy of knitting socks.

I decided to knit them toe-up at the same time, and they did seem to fly this way.  My only regret is that I wish I would've seen the comment from Jill C. who wrote:

"I learned toe-down and that is still my preference--probably because I have a lot more practice with it and thus the results are always better. When knitting socks for my 2.5yo and almost 5yo I always knit them top down because their little feet grow so quickly and the socks are still in really good shape when they are out grown. SO, I undo the toe and lengthen them as needed. It seems like I always have just a little ball of the yarn I used still hanging around and this is a good way to use it up."

Of course!  Why didn't I think of that?  That's why I try to keep a few sock knitters in my "circle" ;-)

As for the pattern, I pretty much followed Smelly Socks by Katherine Youngs to a tee.  It happened to be the perfect size for Elise's feet, I could not have asked for a better fit.  

And does Elise like them?  I've caught he taking off her "normal" socks and sneaking in extra wears with her "knitting socks", so I would consider that a success!

As for me- socks are underway.  Moving slowly as I have not found much time for knitting this past week, but hopeful to be able to work a little more this weekend.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Pondering Socks

So all this talk about socks for Elise have me craving a pair for my own feet.  As you know, I have the yarn ready to go.

Now it's time to pic a method/pattern/etc.

A few years back I knit a pair of socks for Joe, and I knit them toe up.  

This is my only experience knitting socks.  So, this is where you more experienced sock knitters come in.  I know you're out there- you knitters who own multiple sock blockers and those special sock needle holders.  Those who always have a pair of socks in progress, even if you occasionally decide to work on a different project- yup, I'm talking to you!

I've been pinning favorite sock patterns on Ravelry but would love some input.  

What's your favorite way to knit a sock- why?  

Should I stick with something basic, or is a patterned sock easy enough?

If there are purl bumps/cables on a sock, do you feel those when you are wearing them?

Also, how do I avoid droopy socks?  I want my socks to be snug and fit nicely, the thought of droopy socks makes me cringe a bit.

What was the first sock pattern you ever knit??

Ok- if you can think of any other tips or hints that might help, throw them out there.  Give me something to work on this weekend!

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Purple and Rellow

Ever since she first started talking, Elise has been very adamant on her two favorite colors being purple and yellow "rellow".

Lately, Elise has been very interested in my knitting.  She takes note when I am wearing a sweater and always asks if I knit it.  The answer always seems to be "no".  She has also taken an interest in what I will be knitting for her, and is going as far as requesting different knit items.

From what I hear, this stage doesn't always last, so I have decided to try to take advantage of her interest while it is still there.  So when Elise asked for a pair of hand knit socks, it was time for a special shopping trip (never mind the fact that my feet have never actually been inside a pair of hand knit socks... maybe soon!).

And I was not surprised in the least when this purple yarn was chosen and came home with us.  It's actually a little darker and a little more grape-like than the picture lets on.  

A true Elise purple.

Of course I tried to sell her on my interpretation of purple, but it didn't work.

Eh, looks like I win since it still came home with us.

So wish my luck- I haven't been much of a sock knitter in the past years.

What's your favorite way to knit a sock?

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Baby A

Wow.  This weekend we celebrated my nieces first birthday, and it reminded me of a post that I never did publish.  As I looked through old posts, to verify this fact, I found this draft sitting in with the rest of my posts.  Funny how one year can go by so fast and so slow all at once.

It's almost hard to see this squishy-faced little newborn in the little girl who independently stuffed her face with cake and ice cream this weekend.

"The days drag on but the years fly by."
This seems especially true when little ones are around, but finding an unpublished post like this reminds me even more.


Hat- made up as I went

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