Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Babies Don't Come 'til the Knittin's all Done!



At least that's what has been true in the past.
And although I'm not completely finished with baby #3's coming home outfit, I'm confident that I would be able to finish things up post delivery. So (little wee one): just in case you were waiting for this- it might be in your best interest to know- we're ready for you!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Pattern Release- Ore Creek Hat and Cowl Pattern


Since we now seem to be in a holding pattern in our home; waiting on the late arrival of baby number three, I decided there was no better time to release my new hat and cowl pattern.


Many of you have been asking about the baby blanket pattern that I was knitting for our new little one, and although it's not written as a pattern (yet), it utilizes the same stitch pattern seen here in the Ore Creek Hat and Cowl.

I fell in love with the texture of this simple repeating cable pattern, and it has kind of taken over my knitting in the past few months.  

A couple months ago I wrote to Sarah (aka The Plucky Knitter) to ask about her new yarn base, Scholar.  I told her I was looking for a rustic orange/brown color and she sent a few skeins of  of the Sticky Toffee colorway.  I could not have been more pleased (with the yarn, the color, the feel)- amazing!

Now I know you may not see a ton of hat and cowl patterns released in the beginning of summer, and although I considered waiting to release these patterns closer to autumn, I ultimately decided that there's still a need for small hand knit accessories in summer- no?!

Sometimes in summer we still need a bit of warmth.  Early morning tent camping- s'mores are just a memory, the bonfire from last night is now just warm ashes, and there's a layer of chilly dew on all your belongings (not to mention what said dew does to your 'do).  


Plus, if you want to get ahead of the game, a small project is easy to bring along in the summer heat.  So, without further ado, I give you the Ore Creek Hat and Cowl Pattern!

You can find it (along with more info) on Ravelry here.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bring On the Baby Knits!

With one week (one week?!?) until my due date, I figure it's time to start thinking about the "important stuff".  That's right: what is baby number three going to wear home from the hospital?






  

Both had special hand knits waiting for them, I think it only fitting that our third child should expect the same.

About a year ago, I purchased some amazing Merino/Alpaca Swan's Island Yarn.  It's been sitting and tempting me,  but I wanted to save it for just the perfect project- and I think this may just be it.


I've never knit a baby blanket for a baby.  That's right: never.  Working on this has made me realize I should always have a baby blanket on the needles.  It's great to have a project to pick up and knit a few rows here or there without having to think too much about it or dig through my knitting bag to get a pattern out.  

I recently came across and fell in love with this book and plan on knitting the bonnet that's on the cover.


Now comes the challenge.  I have more of the Swan's Island Yarn and would love to do a matching cardigan/hat/booties set for coming home from the hospital, but I'm feeling a bit uninspired.  The yarn is worsted weight, and usually I prefer the lighter weights for newborns- but this yarn is too soft and magnificent to not use.

So, does anybody know of any great worsted weight baby layette sets?  Or maybe just a pattern that you've adapted  for worsted weight yarn (maybe it was originally done in fingering /dk/sport weight?).


Links, pictures, anything- put them in the comments.  I'd love to see any suggestions!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TNNA MMXIV

Another year of TNNA has come and gone and I've been itching to share the experience with you.  Unfortunately, as soon as the workload form the day job slowed down, a storm came through and knocked the internet out for a full week.  I never realized just how addicted I am to the internet until I had to live without it for a week without warning.

First up, my little space of the big TNNA showroom.  I'm so glad I decided to do a booth this year.  It's a great way to meet and talk to many others in the industry- designers, yarn companies, editors, etc.  



Jess and I comparing our pregnant bellies- they kind of fit together like puzzle pieces, no?!



With the Ralph Lauren Olympic sweater- how cool is that?








Hilary and I showing some love to the Pom Pom Mag knits. 




And hey- the Pom Pom Girls showing our designs some love, too!

I'm not quite sure how Jill and I shared a booth/car ride/hotel room and didn't manage to get a single picture together, but so is the way it goes.  You can find her TNNA post here


And I'll leave you with this- a peek at my newest design:  the Ore Creek Hat & Cowl set.  The pattern was available for yarn shops to order at TNNA,  and I'll be getting it up online  (hopefully) within the next week... as long as baby stays put!



Ok, scratch that- I'm leaving you with a giant felted dinosaur instead.  Because... why not?!?

Friday, May 2, 2014

About That Sock...

So remember those socks I was knitting a while back??




Although I have some progress (as in the first sock is off the needles), I have a confession about my relationship with socks in the past few months. 

You see, what this picture is hiding is an 8-month pregnant belly. That's right, baby number three is expected at the end of this month,  proving it difficult once again to get socks on and off. 

So... That's my excuse. Not the fact that I have second sock syndrome and I just can't finish (oh no, not me!).

And my guess is that this is the point where I need to start looking for something spectacular to knit for the new wee one... Time's a'tickin!

Heading down to Indianapolis today for TNNA, excited to be inspired by new fibers, patterns, and people. Check the Instagram steam for updates, and have a great weekend. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Process

Friday, 5:30 pm:


Friday, 8:30 pm (kids in bed, time to *really* knit):

Friday 10:30 pm
With stitch pattern memorized, this pattern really started to take shape and I was able to block the main body (lace panel) before going to bed:

Saturday, 8:30 am
Back on the needles and ready for ribbing:

Saturday, 1:30pm
First try on, still lacking ribbing around edging:

Easter Sunday:

Even Sam is in awe:

Raveled: here



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Because Sometimes I Need a Challenge

Hello again.  I know it's been a bit of time since you've heard from me (once again), but I assure you knitting has been happening.  And not even just knitting- focused knitting.  Knitting so focused that there's a pattern about to be released.  Hard to believe, huh?!

And while I've been so caught up in said pattern, I need a little something new to work on so I don't just sit stagnant with no knitting in my life.  I need to pull the trigger on a new project, give myself a deadline, and get started.

Enter: Easter outfits.




I have this lovely little number for Elise to wear on Easter, and although the weather looks like it might be quite nice, I've decided a little shrug may be needed to complete the look. And so on the way home, I stopped by the yarn shop to pick up some lovely Blue Sky Alpaca Silk (which happens to be the same yarn I used for Elise's coming home outfit 3 1/2 years ago *sigh*).

The plan:  I'll cast on tomorrow after work.  I was thinking of starting tonight, but I'm too dang tired.  Sometimes, after we get the kids to bed, all I can think about is hitting the pillow myself.  Tonight is one of those nights.  I've chosen a pattern that looks quite simple and pretty- Seedling Shrug by Monika Sirna.  

To be totally honest, Elise chose the pattern.  I had her sit next to me and look at patterns on Ravelry.  She pointed out her favorite one and we went from there.  Of course she's a little bummed that the yarn is plain white, but I've assured her that she'll get plenty of use out of it this way :-).

So... wish me luck, and watch my progress via Instagram
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