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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pepper Pockets!

Check out the cute pockets that I knitted for my grandma's favorite cardigan.  We call them Pepper Pockets.

Pretty cute, huh?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

FO: Sugar Maple Shawl

I wanted to make something special for my Grandma for her 100th birthday and I thought a shawl would be lovely, but I sort of waited until the last minute to get started, so I had to choose my pattern carefully.  I used Ravelry's awesome pattern browsing feature to look for shawls knit with bulky yarn on big needles and I found this lovely pattern, the Sugar Maple Shawl.  At first I wanted to stashbust, but I didn't have enough of the right yarn, so I ordered this yarn from Knit Picks and paid for expedited shipping... that was a first for me!  But I wanted to get started quickly.

You'll have to forgive me, I wasn't so great at getting pictures of this FO, but.....

Here is a closeup of the lace pattern:

And here is the shawl on the blocking board:

And here is the shawl on my Grandma at her birthday party!

yarn details
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in Mineral Heather
dye lot 156256
bulky weight 
100% wool (superwash)
machine wash & tumble dry low
137 yds / 100 g @ $7.39 per skein

project details 
pattern: "Sugar Maple Shawl" by Suzanne Stewart, available for purchase on Ravelry for $6
needles: size 11 nickle-plated circs
gauge: I didn't check, sorry
yarn used: 4.02 skeins (551 yards)
finished size: forgot to take final measurements before giving it to Grandma
duration: November 2 - December 6, 2014

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Pi Day!

Today is a very special Pi day because it's 3/14/15.  Very cool!  To commemorate this special day, I crocheted a key lime pie.

yarn details
Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Honey Dew
sport weight
75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic

Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Cream
worsted weight
100% Acrylic

Green Oak Acrylic in White
worsted weight
100% Acrylic

polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: followed the crochet pumpkin pie tutorial from Ice Pandora, here:
finished size: 2'' long and about 1'' tall to top of pie crust (not including pompom whipped cream)
hook: E & G
gauge: ??
yarn used: ??
duration: March 14, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Happy International Women's Day!  Today, we are asked to give our younger selves some advice using the hashtag #DearMe.  My advice for young women everywhere is to to take better care of yourself.  That whole self-sacrificing thing is so over.  Take time to do something you love every day, even if it means you sometimes neglect something that seems important.  The other stuff can wait.  Honestly, most things have a way of taking care of themselves, so you should too.  Just relax and knit.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Lesson on Gauge

I have been practicing my continental knitting on a scarf which I started in December of 2013 and I finally finished it yesterday.  Yay!  As I pulled the scarf off the needles and held the two ends together, I was a little shocked...  look at the difference in my gauge between the part I knit last year and my gauge now!

The left side of the picture is my cast on edge which I did 14 months ago and the right side is the part I just recently finished.  Pretty crazy, huh?  I think the big difference is that (a) I changed the way I hold the yarn and (b) I got much faster.

I actually prefer the gauge on first half of the scarf - I think it looks much neater.  As I was speeding up near the end, my gauge got a little uneven and is much looser than I like.  I think I need to experiment more with finding the right hold that will give me enough tension to knit tighter stitches, but hopefully enough give to knit quickly.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FO: Koolhaas II

Stashbusting alert!  I had a spare skein of Silk 'n Wool left over from my Back to School Vest.  I used to see this yarn every time I went through my stash and think, "This yarn is cool.  I should make a hat with it..."  Also, every time I would wear my Koolhaas hat I would think, "This hat is cool, I should make another one..."  And one day I finally put the two thoughts together and this hat was born.

yarn details
Moda Dea Silk 'n Wool Blend in Pewter
85% wool, 15% silk
worsted weight
hand wash cold and dry flat
cost: 80 g / 154 yds @ $4.19

project details
pattern: "Koolhaas" by Jared Flood, Interweave Knit Gifts 2007, pdf version available for purchase on Ravelry or on the Brooklyn Tweed website for $7 or on the Interweave Online Store for $4.50 (that is where I got mine many years ago)
needles: size 5 and size 7 nickle-plated circulars
gauge: gauge is so hard to measure here- but my best guess is 24 stitches and 32 rows over 4” in lattice pattern on size 7 needles (FYI: pattern gauge called for 26 st and 30 rows, but I didn't swatch.  I'm a rebel.)
yarn used: 1 skein
finished size: 7” tall and apprx 16” in circumference at brim
duration: Dec 31, 2014 - January 3, 2015

  • This hat really needs at least one more pattern repeat to make it tall enough to cover your ears so it will be warmer for a winter hat - but, I was barely able to finish it as written with only one skein of this yarn, so I didn't have that luxury.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FO: Frosty the Tiny Snowman

Considering all the snow we have had in Boston lately, Stacey could not have picked a more appropriate little cutie to go in our freshstitches Kit Club shipment this winter!  I even crocheted him on a day when I was snowed in and couldn't go into work.  The kit included the white and orange yarn and all the safety eyes used as the "coal pieces" to decorate the snowman.  I knitted the little hat with some scraps in my stash.  Stacey loves rainbows, so the colors were sort of an ode to her.

I am proud of this little guy because I crocheted him while holding the yarn in my left hand, which is a much more sensible way to crochet than holding it in the right hand, which I typically do.  It was weird to try something new, but after a while it started feeling more natural.  I'm going to force myself to crochet this way from now on!

And here is Roxy, displeased by all the attention this little guy is getting.

yarn details
white and orange worsted weight yarn
100 % wool
(from freshstitches kit club January 2015)

polyfill stuffing
two 12mm black craft eyes
two 8mm black craft eyes
five 6mm black craft eyes

project details
pattern: "Frosty the Tiny Snowman" by Stacey Trock (kit club exclusive pattern)
finished size: 4.5'' tall (without hat)
hook: G (4.25mm)
gauge: slightly tighter than 5 rounds = 2.25'' in diameter
yarn used: had several yards left over from what was in the kit
duration: February 2-3, 2015


  • I was going to be all clever and write down instructions for how I knitted the hat, but I waited too long to write this blog post and have totally forgotten what I did.  Sorry!