I have a lot (too many) projects on the needles right now. My problem is that not one of them was holding my attention long enough to make any real progress. I kept knitting a few rows of one and then casting on another project and so the number of projects keeps growing and without any FO’s happening!
But it’s looking like the 6th one is the charm because Friday I cast on for Maja – Kiito in our Nice & Knit DK Starboard & Wellfleet colors and I’m totally in love and have made great progress since. It’s officially my project for our Summer Sweaters Nice & Knit Along! #NKKAL
Also on the needles that is getting a fair amount of attention is L’Enveloppe. I cast this on during the shop hop when I got to see it in person — it looked great on anyone who tried it on. I am excited to finish this for Fall.
My Carpino has been a bit neglected of late. I have a good excuse though – friends, family and picnics. We’ve been very busy and its been good.
Now back to our summer sweater knit along. I absolutely love Carpino by Carole Feller.
Now that the sleeves are on holders I can fly right along. I may opt out of the waist shaping, I do this often and the fit is usually the best for me. (and easier to knit ;)
How are your projects coming along?
Last week we took a quick little jaunt up to Portsmouth, NH for some relaxation and a little beach time. It was stunning weather and everything we needed. Brooklyn is a beach baby! She loves the sand and the water so I’m already planning our next beach vacation this summer! Here are some of the highlights. Enjoy!
The past month or so have been super crazy busy at work so I finally took this week off of work to enjoy a little rest and relaxation (a post on that coming soon) and get Nice & Knit prepped for this weekend’s I-91 Shop Hop. Getting prepped meant not only dying the yarn but also twisting, labeling, stickering and sorting, too! Betsy stopped by to catch us in action!
The I-91 Shop Hop started today so we went and got the Nice & Knit Display set up at Creative Fibers in Windsor, CT. Be sure to check it out! And don’t miss out on a Shop Hop Special — The Maritime Cowl Kits are only $44.95! That includes 2 Skeins of Nice & Knit DK and the pattern (that’s a deal)!
Come in on Saturday too, where you can meet Katie & I as well as see an assortment of projects knit in Nice & Knit yarns! We hope we’ll see you there!
I have such a hard time leaving Target without overloading my cart. This weekend we rearranged the boys rooms and moved our office from an upstairs spare bedroom to the first floor. It was a huge undertaking and I am going to spare you the before and during photos. (mostly because I forgot to take any)
I’ve been eyeing some bedding in Garnet Hill for the boys rooms. As I added each sheet set and blanket to the cart the price was skyrocketing. I took a quick trip to Target and an hour later I had a cart and a half full of goodies. I couldn’t wait to rush back home and make up their beds. I took some quick iphone photos, to give you the quick idea. Their rooms still need some decor – which is a topic of contention. They want sports posters…I’m trying to find a way to hide them. They didn’t go for hanging them in the closet.
The sheets came in this bonus drawstring bag….just what I needed another knitting project bag! Bonus! My Summer Sweater knit along project is now tucked away safely. Target saved me so much money – just what I tell Kev :)
Kara and I have been dying yarn every free minute we can. We are gearing up for the local I-91 Shop Hop. This is the fourth annual year that 12 shops located along I-91 from New Haven, CT to Putney, VT have teamed up to bring you fun, prizes, and plenty of fiber!
Nice & Knit will be at Creative Fibers in Windsor with our yarns and Maritime Cowl Kits. The Hop starts June 26th and will continue through Sunday June 29th. Come meet Kara & I on Saturday the 28th! We’d love to meet you!
Stop in your participating LYS and purchase your Shop Hop passport for $5. Along with your passport you’ll receive a tote bag with the map and details about each of the twelve fabulous shops.
Get your Shop Hop passport stamped by visiting the participating shops over the 4-day Shop Hop weekend.
Every time you get your passport stamped you will be entered to win the Daily Door Prize at that shop. A total of 48 door prizes will be given out to participants!
By visiting all 12 shops you will be entered into a drawing for the fabulous Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates for the 12 shops, as well as yarns, needles and other goodies. Here’s your chance to explore new yarn shops and win some great prizes. You can complete the Shop Hop all in one day, or make it a weekend event.
Passports can be purchased at any of these fine shops:
Green Mountain Spinnery Putney, VT)
Metaphor Yarns (Shelburne Falls, MA)
Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
WEBS (Northampton, MA)
Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
Creative Fibers (Windsor, CT)
Yarnover (Avon, CT)
Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)
Yarn Barn (Woodbridge, CT)
The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)
I better get back to dying those skeins! Can’t wait to meet you in person!
So we learned that another blogger (and a great one), Very Shannon used the hashtag #sskal for her summer knit along last year. We do not want to steal anyones original creativity. (we don’t like that feeling either!). So lets do something different so that she can use her own hashtag. How about #nkkal for Nice & Knit Knit Along!
Please update your pics on instagram!
Sooo sorry Shannon!
Our Summer Sweater Knit Along is underway! You still have plenty of time to cast on! I chose to knit Carpino by Carole Feller which is part of Brooklyn Tweeds Wool People Vol. 6. It is a originally a three quarter sleeved sweater knit in fingering weight yarn. I am going to make it a short sleeved sweater knit in Nice and Knits Sock yarn. (Yes! Sock yarn. We will have some available soon and will make an announcement with a shop update in the near future!)
Of course being a Carole Feller pattern – it’s great! I am really enjoying the lace pattern which is so easy to keep track of rows and I immediately know when there is an error which is a real bonus with lace knitting. I have not knit anything on a size 4 needle in a long time, but there is such a rewarding feeling in those tiny beautiful stitches.
I woke up at 2 am and couldn’t sleep last night so I knit for a few hours in the early morning, I was able to make a lot of progress – annnnd I did cheat and cast on a few days early. I know I’m bad.
How are your projects coming? Share your progress on the Summer Sweater Knit Along forum. Hashtag #sskal on instagram to see everyones great photos!
Let’s officially kick off our summer sweaters knit along. CAST ON! Make sure you share your progress with us using the hashtag #sskal and of course #niceandknit, too!
In honor of the knit along I’ll share a summer sweater I finished about a week ago and got around to blocking this weekend. The pattern is called Mousaillon. It was a quick knit, it took me about a week and that was between working full time and chasing a toddler. I’m happy with the result. This will be a good sweater to add to my closet for grab-and-go purposes! I knit this in Nice & Knit Worsted in the Lobster Pot Colorway (one of my favorites).
For the knit along, I’ll be casting on for Whispers. I have a pretty crazy work week so I don’t expect too much progress this week but will keep you posted!