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Larch Sweater

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Meet Larch.  This is my newest sweater from the Plain and Simple book by Pam Allen.  I am so in love with this one! 


Before the Olympics started, I knew that I wanted to have a project on my needles that allowed my to sit and relax while soaking in all the primetime goodness in PyeongChang.  When I saw all the designs in the Plain and Simple book, I knew, just knew that Larch would be the perfect sweater.  


It's basically a tube with sleeves and then another tube for the neck.  Pockets were brand new to me, which I made a little deeper because come on...a girl's gotta have useful pockets.  


This sweater is knit using the suggested yarn, Quince and Co. Owl in colorway Albertine.  It's half wool and half alpaca so the drape is fantastic.  Cozy, simple, and extremely wearable....LOVE!  I did have to go up 2 needle sizes to get closer to gauge, and honestly could have gone up one more but decided to stick with the 9s and know the sweater would be a tad smaller than the size I was making.  Also, for the cowl neck, I picked up every stitch, which was a little different than pattern.  I really wanted the neck to hang down and be a true cowl, not a turtleneck.  :)


Now that my Larch is done, I started working on the Oxbow Cardigan from Tolt Yarn and Wool's A Sense of Place.  Looking forward to sharing that one soon!!  



Valley of the Moon Shawl

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Meet my newest shawl from the Valley of the Moon collection by Tolt Yarn and Wool.  


The collection is designed by the talented Shannon Cook, who has designed some of my most favorite knitted items.  Not only are her designs gorgeous, they're the ones that keep me intrigued and excited.  The ones that have me saying to my family members, "Just one more row....".  


This shawl is knit in Woolfolk Tynd, in color way no. 18.  It's this gorgeous mauve/blush/purple/pink color that is absolutely beautiful.  The color changes on me all the time and it's one of the things I love most about it.  Sometimes it looks pink, sometimes it looks purple and every time is looks perfect.  You'll see from the photos that it will look purple in one and blush in another.  I have to admit, I was a little hesitant ordering it because of this reason. I saw some sites that had it as blush and others that showed it more purple....well let me assure's both!   One of my favorite colors EVER!


Shawl knitting is so fun and relaxing, which is why I knit.  Let's be honest, I knit to relax.  I knit in the evenings to unwind and find peace from the chaos of the day.  So, when I have something like this on my needles, it brings me so much joy to pick up every night!


As soon as you've knit about 20 rows of this shawl, you've got it.  You're on to where you can sit and glance at the pattern every once in a while, and take off with it.  I seriously think everyone should knit one of these and if you're a beginner and want a lot of 'WOW' to a project....cast this baby on!  

Like almost every single project I've knit, I've learned a new technique.  This time, it was the i-cord edge and i-cord bind.   Both...super easy, yet adds this element to the shawl that is pure perfection.  There's just something about these subtle details that I'm falling in love with.  

Now, I just need to order my yarn for the mitts and hat too!!  Muah!!  


New Year, New Projects

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Here we are.  Another year down, another fresh start.  The holidays provided so much love for us and yes, some stress.  'Tis the season around here where we crave some quietness in our every day lives, yet find it so hard to find. Nearly impossible.  December is a blur and I always feel like I need to take some time after the Holidays to unwind.  Sit and just "be".  Unplug.  Have the much needed peace that was just not there for weeks and weeks.  

It has been such a beautiful week to find that connection that seemed to be missing.  Started a 30 day yoga challenge, turned my eating back to whole foods again, and of course, cast on a couple projects.  Yes, a couple.  ;)  Nothing says relaxation like a warm cup of tea, a quiet house, and the feel of yarn running through my fingers after a nice yoga session in front of the fireplace.  

Here are some photos of my new gorgeous yarn from Purl Soho.  It's their new base, Understory, in the color way Silver Berry and I couldn't be happier or more thrilled to knit with it!  Isn't it beautiful??  Understory is 50% alpaca, 25% baby  yak, and 25% silk.  I'm looking forward to the drape this yarn should create in the fabric that will emerge by my hands this month.  

What projects are you looking forward to?  Any exciting plans? Something that sparks your creativity? 




Heathrow Sweater

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Say hello to my newest sweater, the Heathrow Sweater by Olive Knits (aka, Marie Greene). 



When Marie asked me if I'd be interested in test knitting, my first thought was 'Wow! She wants me to test knit?' and my second thought was, 'Oh no!  She wants me to test knit!'.  So, I kindly thanked her and informed her that I was a newbie knitter still and asked if she thought it was something I could do.  Marie said definitely, sent me the information, and the rest is history.


Heathrow is the perfect fit to my growing handmade wardrobe, which is growing at a pace I never expected would happen just a short year ago. The yarn totally spoke to me when I saw that it was from Ireland since my husband and I were just there a year ago.  Driving by thousands and thousands of sheep, I wish I would have been a knitter back then.  The appreciation I have for these amazing animals is so much greater I see another Irish vacation added to the list again?  I think so.  Anyways, back to Heathrow and yarn.


The Fibre Co. sent my yarn out the next day and a little happy dance may have happened when it arrived in my mailbox.  I chose the colorway Glenveagh Castle in their newest base, Arranmore Light.  The blend is 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, and 10% silk...pure perfection.  


Heathrow was truly a joy to knit...after I started the 2nd time.  Yes, the 2nd time.  I knit to the first sleeve opening and realized that I had cast on 20 more stitches than I should have.  Thankfully, I'm a very patient person (har har) and I started over with the correct stitch count.  From that point until the end of the body, it was smooth sailing.  There was a slight learning experience with picking up the side stitches for ribbing but after some private messages back and forth, it all came together in this perfect, fall accessory I'll treasure for such a long time.


Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!



New Sweater

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I've fallen into the knitting world and really haven't looked back since.  Thought I'd post some of my favorite projects here.

This sweater is my newest project and I LOVE it!  Made with Magpie Fibers yarn, in her Swanky DK weight.  Color is Castaway and is really the loveliest of beiges/taupes.  Patter is the Ellison Sweater, which I found HERE on Ravelry.