Mark Twain once said “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” It wasn’t long ago I mentioned we didn’t have much snow on the ground, but today we have an abundance (a few feet) and more on its way today. I know there are those who have had more than enough snow, but I still enjoy a good snow storm. This past weekend, we had a storm that lasted all day Saturday. It was the kind of storm I just love because it wasn’t too cold to not go out and enjoy it, so all three of us got some good use out of our hand knit hats!
Since Saturday I knit another new hat for myself, that I’ll be sharing it soon. That’s a another good thing about snowstorms — it creates a lot of quality knitting time!
Happy Valentines Day!To show just how much we love you, we’re giving away this beautiful skein of Madelinetosh DK in the ‘fragrant’ colorway. To enter to win, follow us and don’t just “like” this photo on instagram, (www.instagram.com/niceandknit)! Regram it and tag Nice & Knit in the photo for an extra chance to win! We’ll pick a winner on Monday!
Brooklyn says “Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat your heart out.”
Several months back I completed a tanktop called Rigmor for Brooklyn. When I finished the tank, I thought it was super cute, but then I put it on Brooklyn and it’s beyond super cute. There are no words.
I think she likes it, and she’s a show off (and I love it)!
We have some friends who recently moved into a beautiful new home. We’re so happy for them, so I wanted to knit them a house warming gift. Yes, an afghan would be quite lovely but I have to be honest and tell you that I just didn’t think I had the time. So a store-bought afghan will be given along with this handknit Mystic Comfort Pillow….just as soon as I finish it! For now the front is done and every time I knit this pattern I fall in love with it. Katie did such a good job on it.
The perfect 12×22 pillow insert can be found on Amazon for this pillow, and for a good price!
I’ve been working on a really enjoyable (and free) pattern from Berroco called the Lace and Cables Capelet. I’m going to go out on a limb and recommend the pattern before I even finish it.
It’s a really quick knit because of the size yarn and needles, however it might be a bit before I’m done, because I just had to rip out several rows. Whoops! That’s what happens when you set it down and pick it back up amidst chaos.
The hard part was coming to terms with ripping it out, now that its done I’m ready to get finish this baby!
I adjusted the needle and yarn from the original pattern just to match what I had on hand and wanted to work with. I’m working on this on size 10 needles and String Theory Caper Aran. I think I may also extend the body by an additional pattern repeat as well, but I’m still undecided on that.
It’s no secret that as the youngest in my family, I am spoiled. And as I approach another birthday, this year has been no exception. Friday night my sisters held a little birthday bash in my honor and my sister Betsy made a two hand knit gifts that I just have to share with you. I’m going to share one at a time because they are so awesome that each deserves its own post.
The first is a beautifully soft and feminine cowl that features colorwork.
This was Betsy’s first time doing colorwork and she did an awesome job! Just look at the backside!
The cowl pattern was modified slightly by Betsy, but it is called Academic Cowl and Betsy knit it up in Madelinetosh Vintage in the Antique Lace and Nectar colorways.
Isn’t it lovely? Thanks so much Betsy, I love it!
I can’t believe it’s coming up on a year since we moved into our new house. While the house we bought was relatively new, it needed new paint, new carpet, new tile, refinishing of the floors and a lot of cleaning. Some of it we tackled ourselves and some we left to the experts but at the end of the day, it was a lot of work and I still have a lot of projects I want to complete.
One of the projects I only recently finished was Brooklyn’s bedroom. The painting and carpet were done before we moved in, but I never really finished the furniture. One day this past fall we drove past an estate sale and I found a few treasures, one of which was this dresser that I thought would be just perfect for Brooklyn’s room. Since I went with a light blue paint on the walls in her room, I wanted a statement piece to be pink to make it girlie. I took a piece of her bedding with me to the Benjamin Moore store and found a pink paint that matched just perfectly.
I thought I had some ‘before’ pictures but I can’t seem to find them, so here’s the dresser during and after!
I used Benjamin Moore Fresh Start as a primer and Benjamin Moore Advanced for the pink color and did a few coats of each.
I lined the drawers with some really awesome high quality wrapping paper I found at Homegoods. I haven’t actually sealed the wrapping paper but I am thinking I may go back and do that — or I may leave it and occasionally change out the paper to update the look!
At first I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the knobs, I thought about buying new ones, painting them another shade of pink, covering them with fabric but while I was working on it, I decided to just spray paint them gold and I really love how this came out. It really brightened up her room and accents the accessories I have in there as well.
To finish the room off, I ordered this really awesome bookshelf from Wayfair.com. It took a few hours of sweat equity but I think it was worth it! There are even a few knitted items on display.
Wouldn’t this also make really awesome storage for your stash?
I hit a small slump once my Christmas knitting was done. The only projects on my needles were stale projects that I wasn’t overly motivated to finish. That was until last week, and then in the past week I have cast on for 4 new projects. I’m really excited to work on each of them. The slump is over and I am having trouble putting my knitting down. I am working on one piece for me, two for Brooklyn, and the last one is a house warming gift. I have a few more projects I’m dying to cast on but won’t let myself!
A few weeks back I shared my Botanic Hat for Matt in progress. Since I finally finished the hat, we’ve had no snow (figures). My male model wasn’t really cooperating so pictures are limited.
The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to make the hat a little longer than recommended since my husband has a large noggin. Ravelry project here.