Pretty Camilla

It’s been a really busy summer, and I’ve been a little quieter here than I had hoped to be, sorry about that! It seems like that’s how all of my goals for summer have gone — unattained. But I am not complaining because it’s been a really awesome summer.

One to-do I managed to check off my list was to complete a sweater for the Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit Along! I’m so glad I started (and finished) this project because I think it’s a new favorite.  I say that about every finished projects, don’t I? Whoops!

The Details

The pattern is very clearly written and an very enjoyable knit.  The pattern name is Camilla and it’s written by Carrie Bostick Hoge.  There are also child and infant versions available that I think Brooklyn and Baby Stanley might need their own versions of this because it was so enjoyable that I would definitely make it again without hesitation! The really cool part is that it only took me 11 days to complete — that’s less than 2 weeks for a full sweater and I definitely didn’t get a chance to work on it everyday.  The pattern calls for a size US 10.5 needle which I didn’t have on hand so I opted for just a size 10. It also called for Aran weight yarn and we here at Nice & Knit haven’t found the perfect Aran weight to hand-dye so I opted for our very own Worsted instead. I knit the size xsmall knowing that I knit loose and anytime I make a small I end up hating the fit.  I also knew that the garter stitch would stretch when blocking which would allow me to manipulate this to just the right size for me. Another thing I love about the garter stitch is that it is super squishy and stretchy which is going to mean I can wear this for awhile even as my belly gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger. :)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: DIY Mirror Update

I have been a working mom for the past 8-ish years.  Recently I made the decision to quit my design job and stay at home.  I have so much more time for the things I have dreamed of doing in my “spare time”.  I still have my husbands business to keep me busy and our beloved yarn business.  The boys have been in school for two days and I am really enjoying the time I could never find previously.

I recently purchased some Annie Sloan Chalk paint at Grace, a beautiful little shop in Niantic CT.  I bought two colors, French Linen and Aubusson Blue.   The gray is for my bedroom furniture that I would like to paint (soon) and the blue for a buffet table.  I had a brain storm this morning because I needed to try it out immediately and painted  the mirror on my mantle.  I’ve had this mirror for about 10 years and I think it was a bit dark and blended right in with the brick.  The mirror was painted before 8:30 am and dry enough to put back up within a couple hours.  A quick and easy DIY. 

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I love how there is no priming needed with chalk paint.  Just go go!  Annie Sloan also makes a wax preservative in color or clear coat.  I chose not to use this for the mirror and let the original finish shine through with light sanding.  When I begin the furniture I plan on using the clear wax for a finish.

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BEFORE:

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After:

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Once the paint dries it has a chalky flat finish that is soft and beautiful.  anniesloan5

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Hello Winter Progress

This past week has been a whirlwind of cramming.  We played in the sand as much as possible, enjoyed the sunshine, ate way too many s’mores, fished, swam, played ball, went crabbing, ate ice-cream and enjoyed every last minute of summer vacation.

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 Hello Winter by yellowcosmo has been a favorite to knit so far!  I rarely do bottom up construction and it is keeping me motivated to knit the sleeves!  

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Kara and I are working very hard on some new colors and our web store !  We will have our new colors to share in a couple weeks – so be patient ;)

 

 

WIP Hello Winter

So summer vacation is coming to a close and I have the knitting addiction again –  I love when this happens.  I feel so into my projects that I wake up and feel like jumping out of bed so I can get knitting.  In the summer I am a lazy knitter, but as soon I feel like fall is nearing I get knitting energy.

I have two aran sweaters that both of my grandmas knit many years ago.  I want to knit one for myself that I will wear all the time.  I have knit Aidez by Cirilla Rose twice and I never wear either…the fit is just not right!  Sleeves are too tight and that makes it very uncomfortable.  Ive been researching a pattern and found Hello Winter by yellowcosmo.  I wanted raglan style with all over cables.  The charts are very well written and I don’t want to put my knitting down, its a bit obsessive.  I am knitting with our new fall color way Oyster and I am in love.

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We will be sharing our new color ways soon – so stay tuned!  We have a lot of new and exciting things in the works at Nice & Knit!  We are transitioning our Etsy shop to a shop that will be part of our website.  This will be easier for you to pick your weights and color ways!  We need a few more hours attached to everyday to reach all of our goals.

I also wanted to share this incredible sweater!  It is so exciting to see all of the beautiful projects knit in Nice and Knit Yarns.

Knit by StitchMimi Wenlock by Tincanknits on Ravlery  and in Nice & Knit Harpoon

 

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Thank you so much for sharing this on instagram & on Ravelry – its stunning!

Summer Sweater Knit along projects & Winners!

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Pattern: Carpino done in Nice & Knit Cashmerino Sock (coming soon)

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Pattern: Maja – Klito done in Nice & Knit DK

You’re ALL winners!

We have 2 First place winners who will each receive a $50 giftcard to our Nice & Knit Etsy Store, 2 runners up who will receive a $10 giftcard and a Nice & Knit T-Shirt, and all who participated will also get a $10 giftcard to the Nice & Knit Etsy Store. Send an email to niceandknit[at]gmail.com to claim your giftcard!!

First Place Winners

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Saco Stripes beautifully crafted by jordynelizabeth

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Cookies and Cream handknit by horsebike29

Runners Up

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Talk about stunning, right? This beautiful Cecilia was knit by Ladyknitz

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And this original pattern was created and knit by Crafty-Effie

To claim your prizes, email niceandknit[at]gmail.com

Check out these other stunning projects created during our Nice & Knit Summer Sweaters Knit Along. THANK YOU to all who participated and don’t forget you use your $10 giftcard. Email us for info! If you’re interested to know more about the knitter extraordinaire or pattern used in the one of the projects below head on over to the Nice & Knit Ravelry Forum where you can find details!

Could she be any cuter? You are a beauty Miss Joelle!

Have a wonderful weekend!

R&R Hoodie in Progress

After finishing Maja I immediately cast  on a project for Brooklyn. I needed a toddler knit that would move really quickly and give me some instant satisfaction. I’ve had my eye on the R&R Hoodie by Tanis Lavallee for a little while now and with cooler nights right around the corner, I thought this might be a good time to give it a try. I’ve knit a few of Tanis’s patterns and always really enjoy them. They’re always well written and interesting and this hoodie pattern is no different. I am so excited with this knit that I really don’t want to put it down to sleep or work or clean the house. I’m using any excuse I can to get a few minutes to knit it. I’m thrilled with my progress and color choice. I am working with Nice & Knit Worsted in Vineyard and Peony colorways.

Time to knit the sleeves!

 

Knit along Extension!

Sooo, by popular demand we are extending our summer sweater knit along deadline to Friday!  Some of you indicated that you need a little more time (myself included) to block up those beautiful summer sweaters.  So lets get them done and those photos submitted so we can show off our FO’s!

Darren brought this little beauty to me a few minutes ago and I couldn’t resist a quick photo.

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Knit Along Progress & Time is almost UP!

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Time is almost up!!  I have one more day to finish this up!  Carpino has been a joy to knit.  Upload your final photos to the Ravelry Forum or shoot us an email with your pics!  OR you can tag your photos on instagram #NKKAL – We will pick our winners on Monday and announce the prizes!

I need to get flying on the hem and sleeves!  Do you think I can do it?!!

My boys have been keeping me so busy, but its been really good.  We enjoyed a week at the Cape again, a highlight of every summer!

 

Nice & Tasty: Sweet and Tangy Fruit Dip

An unexpected pairing of brown sugar and sour cream make for this deliciously sweet treat you don’t need to feel too guilty about! My sister Colleen made this for my last birthday and it’s become a new go-to snack for me these days. On these hot summer days it’s pretty cool and refreshing too. It couldn’t be any more simple or any more quick to make. All you need to do is take 1 cup of sour cream and add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Mix and let it sit in the refrigerator for a bit – or if you’re too impatient like me –  then just dig in!

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If you want to cut some calories you can always opt for low-fat sour cream too! It goes great with any fresh fruit but my fruit of choice these days are Pink Lady apples. They’re crisp and tart which is a great balance to the sweet dip.

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Bonus tip: If you don’t want your apples to turn brown soak them in a little pineapple juice!  Yes, lemon juice works too, but I find that it changes the flavor of the apples too much and makes them too sour. Soak them in a little pineapple juice and they’ll stay bright and fresh for hours!

Enjoy!

Another WIP

One more I’ve been working on these days! ;)

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