Summer Sweater 2014 Knit Along!

Lets Knit Together!

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Whispers by Veera Välimäki

Its a beautiful time of year and most of my time is spent outside.  I need some motivation to whip up a great summer sweater.   I know a knit along is just the thing to get me knitting quickly!  We will have 6 weeks to knit so that we can wear our sweaters this summer!

STARTING

June 15

ENDS

July 30 with awesome giveaways!

HOW TO ENTER

Find us under the Nice & Knit Summer Sweater Knit Along Ravelry Group – Let us know what pattern and yarn you chose for your summer sweater!  Once you comment and post your project you will be entered into the group and entered into our knit along giveaways.

STAY TUNED

On Ravelry at Nice & Knit Along Ravelry Group

Here on the blog – we will post our progress and yours!

We will also be posting updates on Instagram @niceandknit – follow along with photos & projects using hashtag #SSKAL.

TO WIN!

And most importantly!  We will be giving away a few $50.  gift cards to our Nice & Knit Yarn Etsy Shop and fabulous Nice & Knit T-shirts!  So get those projects picked and ready to knit!  Let us know what you are thinking and knitting at Nice and Knit Summer Sweater Knit Along Ravelry Group.  

Your project can be in the process now – and it does not have to be totally complete in 6 weeks to win either!  We’re easy!

Tomorrow we will post some of our favorite sweater ideas – what are your favorites?

Giveaway Winner & Get Ready!

Thanks so much for all of your kind words, comments and project inspiration!

Our winner is Nikki who said

“I would love to knit myself a sweater for myself in this color, maybe with charcoal or dark purple stripes! Thank you for the giveaway :)”

Congratulations Nikki, these pretty little pink skeins now belong to you! Send us an email at niceandknit[at]gmail.com with your address info and we’ll get them in the mail to you!

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Get Ready!

Knit Along will be announced Monday! Start searching and adding favorites on Ravelry!

Perfect Pink Giveaway

This week is half over, lets celebrate.  Kara and I dyed this perfect pink a few weeks back.  Although it’s just right, we are not going to repeat this color way since it is so close to our Peony and Brooklyn colors.

We want one of you to have it, knit something great and share some photos with us when you have completed your project.  What do you want to knit with our Nice & Knit Perfect Pink DK weight yarn?  We are giving away three full skeins, so dream away.  Leave a comment to enter – it’s that easy!

 

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Dinner Party

We had a dinner party a few weeks ago.  I wanted to hang some flower arrangements from our basement ceiling (which is black) to add some charm to the decor.  I was not sure how to hang a flower arrangement without water issues ( leaking foam on peoples plates etc ) Instead I  thought of taking hanging flowering baskets and wrapping the plastic containers with gray fabric.  The flowers last all summer this way and can be enjoyed for months to come.


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The flowers last all summer this way and can be enjoyed for months to come.

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We would love to do a summer knit-along with all of you and will be announcing our kickoff soon!  Any ideas on what you would like to knit?

 

 

Garden Tour 2

Katie posted her garden last week so I thought I’d share mine too. This year we’ve put countless hours (and dollars) into making them happen. But they make me verrrryyy happy and have made for a great family project for us to work on together.  The backyard still needs quite a bit of work, but we’ll get to it when we have time. For now here’s a tour of my front yard & new raised garden beds!

 

And my little garden “helper” who absolutely loves to dig in the dirt, play with worms, and make mud pies. Definitely takes after her mama!

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My other helper, my husband, helped me make some pretty sweet raised garden beds. For some reason, in my mind,  having the garden beds raised is going to make weeding and maintaining them easier….we’ll see!  But it was a really inexpensive option and I found this great tutorial on pinterest which I highly recommend. It took us awhile to complete them but not too difficult!  We’re growing tomatoes, onions, peppers (sweet and spicy) brussels sprouts, green beans, fennel, yellow squash, zucchini, and rhubarb! Everything is growing nicely and so far – no weeds. I’m totally going to stay on top of them this year!

I wanna take a quick vote though: Tomato Stakes or Tomato cages? I’ve done both and I’m not sure which is better. Any great tips you want to share? All I know is that I don’t want the tomatoes going sideways on me!

And then, what little I do have in our back yard, are in planters rather than the ground but I do love to grow fresh herbs so I have a row of potted herbs sitting on the patio wall.  We have rosemary, thyme, mint, parsley, dill and basil!

While I’m not gardening, I’m still making time for knitting!  I have 3 projects on the needles and about 3 more I want to and plan to cast on.  It’s very motivating to get some finished objects to share!

First, I’m working on the Purl Soho Golf Club Covers for Matt for Father’s Day. I plan to make all 3 sizes, but ribbing on double pointed needles has to be one of my least favorite things.  Next one I make I am going to add 1 stitch and knit the ribbing flat and them seam it before knitting the head on double pointed needles. I think it’ll go much faster and be much more enjoyable for me to knit.

I also cast on a quick cardi called Mousaillon. If you plan on knitting this, read the comments from other finished objects. I found the directions to be poorly worded, and well — kind of wrong in my opinion but I love how it’s turning out and it IS a very easy pattern if you can figure out what the directions are trying to say. I think I’ll have this one done very quickly.  Nice & Knit Worsted and garter stitch are meant to be together. I’m in love.

Ruth’s Tee in Progress

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I was making such great progress on my Bias Blanket by Purl Soho, and then last night I couldn’t resist casting on another project.  I have an issue with doing that!  I try to stay completely focused and then I get the itch to start something new.  This has become increasingly dangerous with our own line of yarns at our fingertips (literally).

So last night at 9:00 I cast on my Ruth’s Tee by Rachel Ivy Clark in Nice and Knit Sock Yarn – Driftwood color way.  This will be the perfect summer t-shirt.  I realized that it has been awhile since I have knit anything on a size 3 or 4.  I would like to have this completed by the end of June so I need to keep right at it!

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Kara gave me this Knitters Pride magnetic Pattern board for my birthday.  Its fantastic!  I highly recommend it for keeping track of your rows and keeping the pattern neat and orderly.  I cut the graph out of the last page and this works perfect sitting beside me while I knit in my chair.  You can find this locally at Creative Fibers in Windsor, or online here.

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Have an absolutely wonderful weekend!

This Morning.

The sun is shining and that makes everything seem just right with the World,  especially when walking among the beautiful flowers and dewy grass.  My day always goes better when I take a minute to go outside and breathe it all in.  Kevin and I finished planting this weekend, now the weeding begins!  Stroll through my gardens with me!

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I have never planted red flowers in my front yard, and I even almost regretted it.  But now I am in love. I wanted something different this year with a Cape Cod feel.  In the backyard I reverted to my bright pinks and I am equally as happy with that.

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I’m also making good progress on my Bias Blanket – Pattern by Purl Soho   Knit in Nice and Knit DK on size 7 needles.  

The pattern is just right for this time of year.  I’ve been knitting at the dentist and in the car while waiting for my boys at baseball.  A take everywhere knit.

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Harpoon, Cape Cod, and Seagrass

 

WIP and What’s Next

I keep saying “I want to be one of those people, who have a closet full of hand-knit baby blankets just at the ready to give away”. I really admire those people who have put countless hours into baby blankets that just sit, waiting for babies to be born and be given as gifts.  I’m going to admit that I don’t really think I’ll ever manage to be one of those people, but I am going to try! So I am working on a baby blanket, and this is the very first time I have knit something with no intended recipient. It’s quite strange and goes a little bit against my grain for a few reasons. 1. – I am usually so excited with a finished object that I want to find SOMEONE to give it to. 2. – This project has no deadline, which is kind of bad for me if I ever expect to finish something. I’m about to create a self-imposed deadline so that I hurry up and get it done!

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I’ll be writing up the pattern to share with you once this is complete and tested, so stay tuned!

 

In the meantime, I’m having a little bit of, hmmm what’s the word….. knitting lust? I’ve been favoriting all kinds of patterns on Ravelry and I’m wanting to start all of them right now. I might allow myself to two-time and cast another project on before I finish this blanket (and there goes my deadline).  I’m thinking one of the following for either me or for Brooklyn.

Letters From Home

Our great friend Carole has the best crafting blog around.  She is also so supportive of Kara and I and our yarns – we appreciate her so much.  If you ever have a pattern that needs to be tested – she is your lady she finds mistakes no one else does!   Today she posted her little man Jaiden’s newest hand-knit sweater.   It’s the sweetest little sweatshirt hoodie you’ve ever seen (it may have something to do with that little boy who’s wearing it as well).  Knit in Nice and Knit’s Nantucket colorway.  Please run over to Letters from home (which can be found at withlovefromcarole.com) this minute and check out the rest of their mini camping vacation along with the pattern details for Wonderful Wallaby Hoodie by Carole Anderson.

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We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend enjoying all the freedoms of this beautiful country.  It’s good to take a day and truly be thankful for our many blessings as well as to the men and women who have fought to make it all possible.

We planted, knitted, played baseball, swam, and relaxed.  It was great.  Heres a little instagram recap:

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Sometimes I sew.

Sometimes I sew. Not very well, but I sew. Since we moved into our house I have been looking for just the right fabric for some cafe curtains in my kitchen. I made multiple trips to the fabric store and on 3 different occasions I ended up settling on some fabric I didn’t totally love but thought “eh, it’ll be fine.” The fact is, it never was fine and the end result fell very flat. I had an image in my head but couldn’t ever find the right material to make it a reality.

It wasn’t until Katie went to Homegoods and found a tablecloth that she loved and turned it into roman shades (post coming) that I thought maybe I could go that route too and find a tablecloth for the fabric instead. Good old Homegoods never fails me. I found the perfect tablecloth to turn into cafe curtains and they even had matching napkins so I could coordinate a whole table setting. I bought 3 tablecloths two of them were 60×120 and one was 60×80. I really only needed about 1 and 1/2 of them which means that for $35 I could make 5 curtains!

Like I said, I don’t sew very well so I have a few to fix (they’re a little crooked) but I’m thrilled with the results.

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