I’m so glad I went with what I thought would be a larger size – M2 is supposed to be a finished bust measurement of 42.75″. However, I ended up with only a slight bit of positive ease, and I have a 37″ bust – this definitely didn’t give me almost 6″ of ease! I also knit it several inches longer – around 16″ from armhole to hem. I was hoping for a bit of an oversized cardigan, but I ended up with a nice (but close) fit.Pin It
Pattern: Kelderhouse Shawl by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: Six and Seven Fiber Sunflower (100% non-SW merino in worsted weight) – 1 skein (220 yds/ea) in colors Penelope, Lucia, Gray Lady, and Hermitage
Needles: US 8s
I’m usually not a big fan of fringe or triangular shaped wraps, but I love it on this shawl! Gorgeous colors, perfect for this textured pattern.Pin It
Each Christmas, one of the requests at the top of my “wishing for” list is an Esther Clark calendar for the upcoming year. Esther’s botanical art is beautiful and delicate – to me, it captures the essence of the plants and flowers she is sketching, and I look forward to the turning of the calendar’s pages to reveal each month’s artwork.
At the end of the year, I can’t bear to recycle such wonderful art, but I don’t want it to just gather dust in a drawer, either, so what to do with it? I decided to create a rustic leather portfolio that keeps the art clean and safe, but allows me to flip through the pages. And, with the leather ties as binding, I can add calendar pages from subsequent years until I have an entire book of botanical art.Pin It
Every once in a while, I love a little colorwork 🙂
Pattern: Owen Hat by Knitterella
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Beauregard DK – one skein each of colors Sockeye, Urban, Powdered Sugar, Grumpy Old Sailor, Dreamy, and Cheeky
Needles: US 5s and 3s (ribbing)
Size: I tried both small and medium adult – I really needed something in between, but I think I’d stick with small adult, because medium is just a little too loose-fitting (or maybe go with size small for the brim ribbing, then increase to size medium for the colorwork)Pin It
This is a wonderful, plush and generous wrap for wintertime! Nicely sized and shaped, it knits up quickly and the texture adds interest and a “squish” factor.
Pattern: Weathervane by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: Plucky Yakpaca (worsted weight 50% yak / 50% alpaca) – 3 skeins (250 yds/ea) in color Pinstripe
Needles: US 9sPin It
I knit this wrap on commission as a Christmas gift, and it also gave me a chance to test knit a beautiful new pattern debuting in By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 8. I made slight modifications to the pattern and colorwork, demonstrating how easy it is to customize this stunning shawl!
Pattern: Elusive Sun Wrap by Hilary Engebretson
Yarns (I found both of these beautiful fingering weight yarns from indie dyers at Starlight Knitting Society):
* Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co. Fer (4-ply fingering, 85% merino / 15% nylon) – one skein (437 yds) each of colors Frolic and Jubilee
* Olann (80% SW merino / 20% nylon) – one skein (425m) in color Darwin
* Changed needle size to US 7s
* Cast on only 83 sts (which resulted in a wrap not quite as wide as provided for in the pattern)
* I used only three colors instead of four as called for in the pattern
As requested by the recipient, I knit the wrap extra long, so that it could be wrapped around your neck several times. It is so soft, silky, and lightweight, and I love the color play between the three yarns!Pin It
Commencement Bay, Tacoma in December
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, Oregon
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