We built our home in 2002. We were newly married, and I had a baby on the way. At 22 years old I didn’t have all the home decor answers that I may have thought I did. Nor did we have the funds for my grand ideas. So each year we add a little here and there to our house. It is always always dangerous for me to look through a Better Homes and Garden magazine, I always find inspiration – like this photo. Two years later I still love this entire home, particularly the mantle. Once I saw it I started to beg.It is a bit hard to see in this photo, but you get the idea. So did Kevin, and he started to build away. And I cheered and encouraged with every bang of the nail gun. Because everybody needs a cheerleader.
Our old mantle is pictured here: (this is a very old christmas photo of the easel Kevin bought me – I still love the easel, but not the mantle.)Two years later, I still love the mantle, and Kevin.Last Christmas I tried to buy Kev a new tool belt – because clearly he needs one. I found out that tool belts are not like purses! He loves this old old thing and it is just right – all worn in. He does not want a shiny new one. Go figure. I’m looking forward to snuggling up with some knitting during the snow storm tomorrow. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Good morning! Kara and I have been knitting every free second we have. It’s not too many free minutes in reality, but enough to keep us happy and creative. I started knitting this Golden Wheat Cardigan by Veera Välimäki in String Theory Aran weight yarn. It has taken me only one week to knit then entire body! The size 10 needles are a dream with this aran weight. The reverse stockinette is stunning. Now to keep up this momentum and complete the sleeves. ( I’ll have to ignore the other 5 projects on my needles) I can’t wait to wear it for Christmas.
I opted to omit the body shaping. I think the yarn will have great drape and shape itself. My only hard decision is if I love the stockinette side even better than the reverse stockinette? What do you think?I am looking forward to finding the perfect buttons to finish this off.
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house. The wood stove is keeping us cozy and warm. I love this cozy time of year – it’s knitting season.My mantle is one of my favorite projects Kevin and I have completed together. I say together loosely. I am the cheering squad while he fulfills my dreams. He is patient and talented. Its a wonderful combination.
Tomorrow on the blog: The Mantle Process.
Since having Brooklyn I have become increasingly scatter-brained. It seems the older she gets, the more busy things are and the more I am forgetful. I’m sure all of you moms out there know what it is I’m talking about — good old baby brain! Luckily, I married a really great guy who doesn’t suffer from this ailment! Saturday afternoon he reminded me that Sunday I was to attend a baby shower for a co-worker of his. It had totally slipped my mind! My response was, “Well, then I guess I had better get knitting!”
Saturday evening I cast on Baby Sophisticate using some String Theory Caper Aran (an all-time favorite) on a size 9 needle since the pattern tends to run a little small. I didn’t have a minute to spare but I finished it and made it to the shower with a precious little sweater for what I am sure is going to be a very sweet little girl. Since I was totally out of time, I was only able to grab one picture but one I still wanted to share!
Baby Sophisticate is a free, simple baby cardigan. This is my second time making this sweater and I’d recommend it for a super quick knit! Ravelry Project here.
More Christmas hats complete to share later this week!
Are you sick of seeing my hat projects yet? Too bad, I have a bunch more to show you :) I’ll double them up though. Today’s hat highlights are from a pattern called 2 Glasses of Pink Zin from Baby Cocktails. The pattern includes two really awesome hat patterns. I would make either of these again without hesitating! I used Madelinetosh DK in the Calligraphy color. So happy with how these turned out, hope the recipients enjoy them too! Ravelry project here and here.
This hat is called Temperate. It was recently released by Sweet Fiber. I have been drooling over the rest of their patterns and would love to try some of their yarn too. This was a super simple hat and one that I had a hard time putting down, it was a little addictive to knit! I love how the cables stand out against the reverse stockinette.
This hat will get a matching pair of fingerless mitts, also a really great pattern.
I used Malabrigo Rios. I hadn’t seen this colorway before but really love the results! It’s going to be hard to give this set away, but the recipient deserves it and much more!
Remember my crazy list of items I want to knit before Christmas? Well, I’ve made some great progress and I’m feeling pretty optimistic about making it happen. I have nearly 4 of the hats complete and a pair of fingerless mitts almost done. So far I’m loving all of the patterns. I’ll highlight each one separately and then friends and family can try to guess which one is for them :)
First up is Greyhaven, a slouchy, comfy hat. I highly recommend this as a quick knit. I was able to complete it in a day. I’ve discovered a new love for hat knitting. Instant gratification!
Ravelry ProjectYarn: Madelinetosh Vintage
Needles: Size US 7
There has been lots of knitting happening lately and we can’t wait to share it all with you. Before we do that, we have to recap our Fall Sweaters Knitalong! It is long overdue and we’re sorry it took such a long time to post it. The knit along produced some really great gems and personally 2 new sweaters that I’m thoroughly enjoying wearing – but this isn’t about me – it’s about you, and the awesome work you did during the knitalong!
And then there was this. Knitter Extraordinaire: nmujillybean
She set out to make a sweater for her husband, modeling it after something she had seen on eBay and simply made it up as she went along. Impressive, right?! The craftsmanship of the sweater is outstanding!
Watch her Ravelry page, she mentioned turning this into a published pattern. For your efforts Jill, we’re happy to present you with a $25 Starbucks card! Congrats. Send us your address and we’ll get this into the mail.
Thanks for joining.
Interested in another knitalong? What should we do? Hats, Mittens or Scarves? Vote!
I took a few minutes to write down all the Christmas gifts I wanted to make this year. It totaled to be:
5 pair of fingerless Mitts
2 pair of leg warmers
Yeah, it’s Nov. 5th and I don’t think 1/2 of that will be happening. So, it’s time to check the list twice and find some alternatives. Some of the patterns I am considering are:
Did You Know?
Stitches East is this weekend at the Hartford, CT Convention center. I plan to stock up on the yarn I’ll need (and some yarn I don’t need, but will buy anyway). Can’t wait!
Good morning! There is a real chill in the air these days. The crisp mornings always kick start my knitting.
Sweet Fiber Yarns recently released some beautiful – actually stunning patterns. The minute Kara showed me this Temperate hat pattern I had to raid my stash and cast on. I had some Madelinetosh in Nebula just waiting for me.
This is a super fast, easy to memorize and extremely well written pattern.
Check out these patterns by Melissa Thomson on Ravelry. I think there are great holiday knitting ideas!