Commencement Bay, Tacoma in DecemberPin It
Commencement Bay, Tacoma in DecemberPin It
It’s funny how a lot of the time, my favorite and most-worn knits are also the simplest patterns with the best yarns. This pattern couldn’t be simpler, but it’s the combination (color and feel) of the Plucky yarns that makes it so special!
Pattern: The Vite Hat by Julie Hoover
Yarn: A partial skein each of The Plucky Knitter Groovy, Baby (fingering weight, 100% cashmere) in color Livery and Plucky Spiffy Sportweight (60% cashmere / 40% silk) in color Yodel
Needles: US 9s and US 7s (ribbing)
The hat is designed to be worn with reverse stockinette facing out, and it really looks good either way, but I prefer the smoother stockinette stitch on the outside.
Fall 2018 along the Clackamas River
Aspens along the Poudre la Cache River Canyon in Fort Collins, Colorado
Late fall at Clackamette Cove, OregonPin It
There was no way I could resist knitting something squishy and cozy to go around my neck when the yarn fibers include alpaca and angora rabbit!
Pattern: Among the Shadows Shawl
Yarn: Echoview Fiber Mill BunnyPaca DK (50% merino / 30% angora / 20% alpaca) – 3 skeins (150 yds/ea) in color Cedar
Needles: US 8s
I didn’t have enough yarn to complete the pattern as written, but close enough to make the perfect size wrap to keep my neck warm 🙂
I sewed both of these backpacks at a great class I took at Klum House last weekend. The pattern is Slabtown Rolltop Backpack, designed in-house by Ellie Lum, who is both an amazing bag designer and a gifted teacher. Both bags are sewn from Pendleton fabrics and waxed canvas, and I love all of the details – zippered front pouch, magnetic snaps, the rolltop closure and the top hook that gives you another way to carry it. Even the straps are leather sewn onto cotton webbing. Each of the details contributes to the bag’s overall practicality, usefulness, and professional appearance.
Peppermint Mocha Cookies, from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Christmas Cookie Sparkles, also from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Christmas Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing – again, Sally’s Baking Addiction 🙂
And finally, my daughter Bella baked and frosted these incredible cupcakes! Snowflake Cupcakes from Glorious Treats.
I made this cardigan for a fellow artist, in barter for some of her beautiful weaving work. Unfortunately, that means I’m stuck with bad mannequin photos, since I don’t have a live model who fits the sweater!
Yarn: Quince & Co Owl (10 skeins in color Bog)
Needles: US 7s
Pattern: Hand / Wrist Warmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter, less than one skein each of Spiffy Lace (63% cashmere / 37% silk) in color Study Hall and Traveler DK (65% merino / 20% silk / 15% yak) in color Blueberry Sour, held doubled
Needles: US 5s dpns
So quick to knit, a nice snug fit, and oh so soft!
Trying to get a 13-year-old to be serious during a photoshoot is a fruitless task . . .
I knit this sweater for me, but hated how it looked on – I should have guessed, since bat-wing cropped is not my best look 🙂 I think it’s adorable on her, though.
Pattern: Turtle Dove
Yar: Illimani Amelie (56% mulberry silk / 40% baby alpaca / 4% merino) – 5 skeins (164 yds/ea) in color Hunter
Needles: US 10s and 9s (ribbing)
Size: M (54.25″)
It’s too bad, because this yarn is so incredibly soft, I’d love to wear it next to my skin! I bought a SQ’s worth at The Mariner’s Daughter in Nova Scotia, and then really struggled to come up with a pattern that was a good match to the yarn – I think this one is, it just isn’t my style.
This one goes in the “fail” category – I substituted yarn and I thought I got gauge, but it must not have been the case as this came out WAY too small. I don’t like several of the design elements, as well – too much waist shaping for me, the sleeves don’t fit well at the shoulders (makes me look like a linebacker), and I don’t like how the collar turned out (I like the idea of folding the collar over to make it double-thick, but when I knit the button bands up to the sides of the collar, one side tweaked out really badly and I couldn’t fix it, even with blocking).
Pattern: White Pepper Cardigan by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Hinterland Range (50% alpaca / 50% wool) – four skeins in Maple, with partial skeins in Honey and Snow for the sleeve striping
Needles: US 8s (I tried going up a size to get bigger gauge, but it made the fabric too open and floppy)
I didn’t use a pattern for either of these – just made them up as I went along.
Yarn: Hue Loco Mohair Lace (70% kid mohair / 30% silk one-ply lace weight) – 1 skein (458 yds) in color Dark Amber
Needles: 16″ US 7s
Pattern: Cast on 120 sts, join in the round, knit to 13″ (I wish that I’d knit it a little tighter – I’d probably cast on only 100 sts if I was to do it again, I like cowls that don’t sag, but fit closer around my neck).
Yarn: Handspun (99g of merino/tencel) from Knotty By Nature in Victoria, B.C.
I don’t even remember what size needles I used for this one – I just knit stockinette flat, with a garter stitch ridge every couple of inches, until I ran out of yarn, then seamed the ends together.Pin It
Morning light on Camden Harbor and Curtis Island
Lincolnville General Store
Wild Maine blueberries at the Camden Farmer’s Market
Afternoon sail out of Camden
Curtis Island Light
Owl’s Head Lighthouse
Mitchell Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde
Sunrise over Camden Harbor
Traveling through Nova Scotia in September is truly one of the most spectacular trips I’ve ever taken 🙂
The view from the deck of our cottage on the cliffs of Cape Breton Island
Looking back at the Cabot Trail roadway, Cape Brenton Island Highlands, and the Northumberland Strait from the end of the Skyline Trail
The view from the kitchen sink in our cottage – it looks like a painting hung on the wall 🙂
Along Nova Scotia’s South Shore
Blue Rocks sunset
A sunny, early fall afternoon with a light breeze is the perfect time to photograph mohair 🙂
The yarn is Sweet Georgia Silk Fog (76% silk / 24% fine kid mohair (266 yds) and Cashsilk Lace (55% silk, 45% cashmere) (400 yds), both in color Sapphire.
I used only ½ skein/each and knit on US 5s – just a long rectangle, on the bias, in each of the two yarns, then I machine-sewed them together lengthwise, so the resulting neck wrap shows off the subtle differences between the Silk Fog and the Cashsilk Lace.
Just a pop of sapphire blue to wrap around your neck on a cool summer evening . . .
I recently finished knitting one of Brooklyn Tweed’s new patterns; I liked the focus on texture and the unique shaping of this piece. It took a while – the stitch pattern calls for a K1 P1 rib every other row – but the FO is beautiful and wearable. My only hesitation is that the fabric produced by this yarn, while very soft and lovely to wear, feels somewhat fragile, as if it may stretch under the weight of the garment (even though it’s got a little nylon in the fiber). I was very careful when wet blocking it, because it could have easily stretched way out of shape, and I even tossed it in the dryer for 20 minutes at the end to tighten everything up a little. The sweater is already a little on the long side, so I’d prefer that it not stretch any further!
I went with the second smallest size – not my usual size range, but even though this garment calls for a lot of positive ease, anything larger seemed just gigantic. I’m glad I chose the size I did, as this piece is already pretty oversized all over – any bigger and it would have felt like draping on an overcoat.
Pattern: Dunes Dolman Cardigan
Yarn: Magpie Fibers Swanky DK (80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 5 skeins (250 yds/ea) in Pretty in Pink
Needles: US 6s and US 4s (for ribbing)
I love this yarn, and knitting it double-stranded results in a perfect weight and feel.
Pattern: Sayer by Julie Hoover for Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Cattail Silk (100% silk) – 3 skeins (618 yds/ea) in color Deep Indigo, knit double-stranded
Needles: US 5s and US 6s
Size: 43 1/2″ (fits chest size 38-40″)
I thought that the fit was spot-on, and the resulting fabric feels perfect for summertime 🙂
This is a mash-up of stitch patterns and yarns, for a unique and incredibly soft effect. The natural white yarn is handspun by Ryan of Knotty By Nature Fibre Arts, a single 125g skein I snagged while up in Victoria. It’s 30% silk and 70% merino, with a wonderful thick/thin texture. I cast on 17 stitches, slipped the first stitch of each row, then knit two selvedge stitches every row, and knit the following lace pattern in between the selvedge stitches:
R1 – K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
R2 – Purl all sts
R3 – K2, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k2
R4 – Purl all sts
R5 – K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1
R6 – Purl all sts
R7 – k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, ssk
R8 – Purl all sts
For the second half of the cowl, I used a partial leftover skein of Long Dog Yarn Single in color Hydrangea. I double-stranded the Hydrangea yarn, and then knit both strands with a third strand of Lakes Yarn & Fiber Silk Single (color Delphinium). For the pattern, I cast on 21 stitches, slipped the first stitch of every row, and knit in broken rib.
Both pieces are knit on US 11s, then bound off and seamed together. The total length is approximately 40″ post-blocking.