Modeled: Rigmor Tank

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)!

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Ravelry project here!

Work in Progress: Mystic Comfort

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.

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The perfect 12×22 pillow insert can be found on Amazon for this pillow, and for a good price!

I am working on this in Malabrigo Arroyo on size 7 needles. Ravelry project here, Pattern available here.

Happy 30th Birthday Kara!!

Kara is 30 tomorrow!!  Join me in wishing her the best decade of her life.  XO

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WIP Whoopsy Daisy

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.

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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. 192A2492

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.

Cozy Cowl

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.

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This was Betsy’s first time doing colorwork and she did an awesome job! Just look at the backside!

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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.

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Isn’t it lovely?   Thanks so much Betsy, I love it!

DIY: A Dresser for Brooklyn

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.

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After:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Itty Bitty Giraffe

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Kari Blanket made by Aunt Betsy

Wouldn’t this also make really awesome storage for your stash?

Botanic Hat Complete

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.

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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.

Knitting Bag

I recently posted this picture on instagram. It’s the current state of my knitting bag

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Turns out if you let your toddler play with your knitting, it’s likely to turn into a tangled mess, but it left me thinking that I hadn’t shared my newest knitting bag with you and it’s a good one, so I want to pass it along.

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I found the bag at the lovely Erin Lane booth located at Stitches East. I hemmed and hawed over which bag to get but ultimately I’m so happy with my choice. I purchased the Bucket bag which is small but mighty. Due to the square base, this little bag can hold A LOT of stuff. I love it.

 

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She has a lot of cool fabrics to chose from and of course other knitting accessory holders like needle holders and project bags.

Other great options for knitting bags we recommend you can check out come from Sewamelie you can see Katie’s Sewamelie bag here.

This all got me thinking about the random stuff we shove into our knitting bags. Right now, what’s the most random thing sitting in your bag? I thought it’d be a fun game to leave us a comment or share a picture on instagram or twitter with the #inmyknittingbag hashtag telling us the most random thing in your knitting bag!  I wish mine was more exciting but the two most random things in my knitting bag are a single dollar bill and a flesh colored color pencil. #notthatexciting should be my hashtag!

Happy New Year

This post has been on my mind for a few days (weeks?) now and feel pretty lame about that fact that I am only posting it now.  First, I want to say Happy New Year!

I love the beginning of a new year. I am always filled with a renewed passion for various things in my life, both professionally and personally. I have a running list in my head of all of the new things I want either try or finish in that year. Some get written down – after all they’re more likely to happen if they get written down – but some just sort of float around in my head as I’m drifting off to sleep or just day dreaming. I make a lot of resolutions but refuse to actually call them resolutions because I know I won’t stick with most of them. Instead I just say I have a bunch of “goals” for the year. My “goals” cover a wide range too. Almost no corner of my life or house is safe from me wanting to make it better! My husband often hears the phrase “One of my goals for next year is…” He’s very good about not not breaking my spirit.  He just smiles, nods and says “Good!” to every last crazy idea I have. I love him for that.

I am definitely the type of person who likes to look forward and not dwell on the past. It’s just not my thing. I don’t like the “woulda coulda shoulda” that it brings with it. However, this past year was a different one.  I’d say 2013 was one of my best and one of the hardest in all my (almost) 30 years.

So this year, I am going to pause and look back. The hard part came from an overly busy schedule and trying to figure out time management as a new working mom.  The best part is that I became a mom and it’s so much better than I ever expected it to be!  This girl has stolen our hearts!

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I’ve learned a lot this past year and I’m not the same person I was the year before. Which makes me ready to take on 2014 and the lessons I hope to learn and the person I hope to become.

I’m also beyond excited for all of the plans Katie and I have made for Nice & Knit 2014. There will be many creative experiences coming your way. Our family, friends and of course you, our readers, are the best. Happy New Year!

A Hat for Matt

It’s winter here in New England which typically means lots of snow. Since we’re also new home owners my husband “treated” himself to a new snowblower — it sure beats shoveling.  We’ve had just a few snowstorms so far and just about every time he walks out the door to clear the snow he says something like “Aw, man. It sure would be nice if I had a handknit hat to wear right now”.  Just by the tone of his voice I can tell he has a big grin on his face, but it’s time for me to take a hint and knit this man a hat!  After all, he is so supportive of me and my creative endeavors, it’s the least I can do!

I cast Bontanic Hat by Stephen West using two different colors of String Theory Caper Aran (an all-time favorite yarn).  I wasn’t totally satisfied with my color choice at first, although looking at it in pictures it’s quite lovely, I’m just not sure he would wear it that much.

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Luckily, I had another skein in a darker brown that I substituted and I’m much happier with the result!  I’ll be starting the crown decreases now and should be done in no time!  Now, I sit and wait for a snowstorm. I love snow and it’s a little overdue because we’ve only had rain recently! 192A1312 192A1317

This is a really quick knit, and highly recommended!  Ravelry Project here.

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