Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Pattern: Sledge

Sledge is a cozy, double-layer cowl. One side is plain stockinette, but inside (or outside!) is clean ribbing in a contrasting color.

Sledge is knit in the round and seamed to finish and it requires 220yds/201m each of Main Color and Contrast Color.

Sledge is available on Ravelry now and is 20% off all week!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Making Progress

This was a pretty good weekend, knitting-wise. I'm almost finished with the waist decreases on my striped sweater, and I got the button band and first sleeve done on Fullerton. Considering I didn't get any knitting done on Saturday, I'm pretty darn pleased with how things are going. 

I had a couple of hours to kill on Saturday morning after dropping the dogs at the groomers and before meeting Matt for brunch, so I brought my laptop along and set up shop at one of my favorite coffee shops in the city. I had intended to just get the written instructions for the charts on two upcoming patterns done, but I ended up getting one whole pattern written (for a hat I haven't shown you yet). 

Yesterday I had hyperglycemia and was feeling quite ill, so just before noon I went to my mum's house and we watched the first season of Rosemary and Thyme. I ended up staying for dinner, and we roasted carrots and parsnips and asparagus, which were just what I needed after a long day of waiting for my blood sugar to come down! 

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Sweater Time

I've mentioned having a Fullerton Cardigan on the needles, but I haven't actually shared it here yet. This photo is from a couple of days ago, but it so perfectly encapsulates my happy place: in my armchair, legs crossed, with my knitting in my lap.

I started Fullerton right before NCFF last month so I'd have something mindless to work on while sitting at the information desk. I have the body finished now, and the button band is half picked up. I'm hoping to get that finished and get through a good chunk of the first sleeve over the weekend so I can start wearing this and be able to focus my knitting time on my KAL projects.

Does anybody have fun plans this weekend? I'm bringing the dogs up to the city for their grooming and meeting my friend Matt for brunch tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


I'm so glad I had a four-day weekend, because I really needed it. Saturday and Sunday were both crazy busy days, so I basically ended up spending half of Monday still in bed. My brother had the lead in the high school play, and he did a great job. The university homecoming parade was on Saturday morning, and it was a lot of fun, as usual (and I got to pet SO MANY DOGS!).

Despite feeling like I was constantly running around, I actually managed to get quite a bit done! I assembled my quilt top and got my quilt sandwich all layered and ready to go and then realized that the sheet I'd been planning on using as backing fabric is two inches too narrow! I'm going to go get a bigger sheet later this week to use instead; I'm not thrilled with the delay, but I'd rather have a quilt that I'm pleased with. Plus, I have a smaller vintage quilt top I got from the church bazaar a few years ago, and this sheet should be the perfect size to use as backing for that.

I also managed to finish my Finn! It's blocking now, and I'm hoping I'll be able to wear it yet this week. It's pretty chilly out now, so things are taking longer to dry after blocking, but another day or two should do it. I still don't have buttons for Finn yet, but that's never stopped me before. As you can see above, I made a lot of progress on this sweater sample. I'm starting two KALs this month (Great Northern starts today and Media Peruana starts on the 22nd), and I definitely want this pattern out by the end of the month, so I'm going to have to clock some major knitting hours!

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Long Weekends and New Things

If you think that looks an awful lot like a new sweater, you're right. No, Finn is not done yet (it is ALMOST done, it needs just TWO MORE INCHES of sleeve), and yes, I cast on something new anyway. This is a new sample that I already have the pattern written for, and I just need to power through and knit it. Hopefully it should be a quicker knit, but, of course, we never know what might happen.

I have a four-day weekend this week, and I'm definitely looking forward to it. I'm dogsitting for one of my friends, which is always super fun, and it's homecoming on campus. Oh, and it's the high school play. Tomorrow after the homecoming parade I'm planning to hang out at the house with my mum and work on my new quilt. My plan is to get all the fabric blocks traced and cut out so I can spend the rest of  the weekend sewing. I don't know if I'll actually manage to finish it, but I definitely hope to get awful darn close. I've never made a quilt before, and I'm almost certainly biting off more than I can chew, trying to make one in four days, but I am nothing if not ambitious.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Old Sleeves and New Books

I've finally reached the halfway point on the second sleeve of Finn, and I'm hoping it's all smooth knitting from here on out. I have choir tonight and dance tomorrow, but I'm still hoping to have this off the needles by the weekend. This sweater has been dragging on for much longer than I intended, but I'm still looking forward to wearing it.

Yesterday I started panicking because I have my community book club this week (once a month my library and the public library team up, and everyone gets a few minutes to talk about whatever book they've been reading lately), and I haven't really read anything new. I'm still reading the nonfiction book I talked about last month, so I grabbed Frankenstein in Baghdad and checked it out. I'm really enjoying it so far—after my lunch break yesterday I'm already almost a quarter of the way through, so I should be able to finish by Friday afternoon without too much trouble.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Making a Trilobite

Well, a slow weekend was exactly what I needed. I went to the laundromat, baked bread, cleaned my apartment, and sat and did a lot of knitting and watched a lot of Netflix. I'm on a bit of a hat design kick right now, and in between sessions on Cormac and Finn I decided to cast on a non-design hat.

Trilobite was one of the first patterns I fell in love with way back when I first started knitting. Being a paleontologist was one of my earliest dreams, and I still love fossils and read paleontology journals today. Over the summer one of my friends sent me a bunch of yarn when she destashed, including this label-less skein of worsted weight (we think it is Mal Rios), and after finishing a hat sample at the end of last week, I decided to finally knit myself a trilobite hat.

I knit most of this while at the laundromat, and I got a few more rounds done before switching back to Finn yesterday. I'm torn- I want to finish this quickly so I can wear it everywhere, but I'm having so much fun knitting it that I never want it to end!

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Sweaters and Slow Progress

It has been quite a week, and I am more than ready to have a couple days to just hide and recharge. The progress on Finn is still slow, and it looks largely the same, so no photo today. Instead, here's my Cormac, which I started almost two and a half years ago and recently pulled out of hibernation. Finn is more than a little unwieldy to carry around and work on from my purse right now, but Cormac is perfect.

September ended up being a bit of a weird month for me. In between NCFF and waiting for my story and poem to come out, I didn't get very much pattern writing done, so now I'm a bit behind. I'd love to catch up this weekend- I have three samples currently ready, and one of the patterns has been written for weeks and I just haven't sent it to my tech editor yet!

This week I've been working through AHS: Freak Show, which has been a great season so far. I've got four more episodes left, so hopefully I'll be able to make some real progress on Finn's second sleeve while I finish it up. It's finally starting to feel like fall here, and I've been craving homemade bread like crazy, so hopefully I'll manage to fit some baking in this weekend as well.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Back to Sleeves and Some Exciting News

And it is Monday, again. I hope you all had a good, refreshing weekend. I managed to finish my legwarmers, and I can't wait to be able to wear them. I'm hoping to get the pattern written up this week, and then send it and another pattern I have waiting to my TE this weekend. Since the legwarmers are done now, I decided to turn my attention back to Finn. I managed to finish the first sleeve and the second sleeve cap while at NCFF, but it's been sitting in a bag since then, and I really want to get it finished since sweater weather is finally arriving.

In non-knitting news, I've finally had some writing published! My story, "The Lady In the Lake," is included in Subatomic and other stories by and about bisexuals, which is a free ebook available in kobo, mobi, and epub formats. I'm very proud of this story, and it's so exciting to be included in this collection.

I also have a poem in the new issue of Liminality! I wrote Athenadora earlier this year, and I'm so glad it found a home here. Liminality #17 is full of great poems, so I definitely encourage reading the whole issue!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Plodding Along

I am slowly plodding along on my second legwarmer. My hope is to have a nice marathon knitting session this weekend and get most of it done, but I have a few other design projects cooking right now, so we'll see how much I'll get to.

My second tap dance class was last night, and I'm enjoying being in dance so far. I always wanted dance lessons, but I made do for years with the dancing I had to learn for musicals. It's great to be able to really dig in and learn more, and it's great to not have my tap shoes languishing in my closet, waiting for the next musical with a tap number!

I hope you all have a good weekend! I have some exciting non-knitting news that I'll be able to share on Monday, so I'll see you all then!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Legwarming 2: Electric Boogaloo

Despite all the knitting time I had at NCFF, I pretty much only knit on a new sweater I started last Wednesday. (I did also manage to finish the first sleeve and second sleeve cap on Finn, but sleeves are dumb and shiny new sweaters are not.) I brought my legwarmers with the intention of working on them, but they stayed resolutely tucked away in my knitting bag until after I got home.

I've finally finished the first legwarmer, and I'm very pleased with it. I really can't wait for it to cool down and be legwarmer season again, and this yellow is such a mood-lifter. I'm hoping the second one doesn't take me two weeks to knit, but I think I might be coming down with a case of startitis, so we'll have to see how the rest of the week goes.

Monday, September 17, 2018

NCFF 2018

Fiber Fair was SO MUCH FUN. I love seeing all my friends there—my fiber fair friends are some of my favorite people, and we only see each other once a year, and it's always like no time has passed at all. Alas, I did not win the spinning wheel raffle this year (next year will be MY YEAR though!), but I got some new yarn from Heather for a new sweater design and a couple of hat patterns that I'm excited to start working on.

This year there were four alpacas and three goats in the barn (there were lambs for a little while, for shearing demonstrations, but I missed them). The alpacas wanted nothing to do with me, but this brown goat was a little cuddle bug and wanted tons of head scritches, which I happily provided.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

NCFF Planning

This weekend is NCFF, so I'm trying to plan what knitting to bring. I'll be working at the Info Desk for most of the weekend, and the fiber circle stays open until late every night, which means I'll have tons of knitting time and will definitely need a variety of projects.

As far as WIPs go, I'm definitely bringing Finn, my legwarmers, and Mottled Daydream. For new projects, I definitely want to bring Suloinen, Breony, and Olympic Boulevard. It's very tempting to bring along yarn for a new sweater project as well. Six projects is probably enough for three days, but I definitely don't want to get caught without something to work on, so I'll probably bring the new sweater yarn and leave it in the car, just in case.

Or, instead of a new sweater, I could dig out my Henri and my Guernsey Wrap from the WIP closet and work on those as well. They've both been languishing for a while, and it'd be good to get them finished.

Ack! See! Choosing projects to bring along is so hard! I just want to bring EVERYTHING, but I don't want to carry around fifty pounds of WIPs all weekend!

Monday, September 10, 2018


Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a great day. I made a carrot cake, my mum made me enchiladas, we rewatched one of my favorite episodes of Midsomer Murders, and Mystic got to snuggle on my lap for almost six hours. It was a good day.

I didn't get much knitting done this weekend. The first of my yellow legwarmers is still a few inches from being finished, and I have about five or so inches left on the first sleeve of Finn. I'm starting to think I may not get it finished by the end of the KAL, but hopefully I can find some knitting mojo and power through it the next few nights.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Half a Legwarmer and Birthday Planning

I am very distracted today because my BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEKEND, and it is the absolute BEST day of the year and I am VERY EXCITED.

On the knitting front, I'm about at the halfway point on the first of my new legwarmers. I'm totally charmed by these, and I already can't wait to wear them with my chambray dresses. Hopefully I can keep this momentum going. On the sweater front, last night I managed to wind the last skein I'll need for Finn, and the first sleeve has just one more decrease and a few inches left. In a perfect world, I'll get it all banged out tonight.

No real big plans for the weekend, aside from enjoying my birthday on Sunday. I might make my birthday cake tomorrow, then on Sunday I'll just have to make frosting and help my mum make my Birthday Enchiladas, but nothing's really written in stone. It's my birthday weekend, I can make it up as I go along.

Remember that my Birthday Sale is going on through September 14th! Use code HB28 to get 28% off all my patterns and collections on Ravelry!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Something Gold

I'm making pretty good progress on my Finn - I'm halfway through the first sleeve, and while I have to wind some more yarn, which I wasn't expecting, I definitely think I can handle knitting a sleeve and a half in the ten days left in the Summer Sweater KAL. Finn's been sitting by my "knitting chair," and I've been taking time to work on it every evening, but it's definitely gotten a bit unwieldy to carry around everywhere.

I've been putting off casting on new things, in an effort to finish some of my older WIPs, but last night I had a craving for leg warmers, and before I knew it, I'd done a little bit of math and cast on. I've loved wearing legwarmers since I was a kid, and I got tons of use out of McKee at the tail end of last winter and well into spring, but I want something bright and cheerful as well, and this yellow seemed perfect.

Remember that my Birthday Sale is still going on! Use code HB28 to get 28% off all my patterns and collections on Ravelry through Friday, September 14th!

Monday, September 3, 2018

New Pattern: Old Harry

Old Harry is worked seamlessly from the top down. The upper back is knit first, then placed on hold while stitches are picked up at the shoulders to knit the front. The body is joined at the underarms and knit in the round with waist shaping. Sleeve stitches are picked up from the body and sleeve caps are shaped using short rows.

Featuring a slightly cropped body and bracelet-length sleeves, Old Harry has a ribbed yoke and sleeve caps to provide textural interest and an opportunity for color blocking, and the pullover is finished with an i-cord collar.

ALSO, it's time for my annual Birthday Sale, so all my patterns and collections are 28% off with code HB28 through Friday, September 14th!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sweaters and New Things

I managed to get totally caught up on pattern writing over the weekend, and I'm almost finished with the body of my orange Finn! I just started the garter stitch hem last night, but after knitting almost four inches earlier in the day I was just too pooped to keep going. I'm hoping to finish it today, and to pick up the first button band, but we'll see what I have time for. I have to move some things around in my apartment tonight so my friends can help get get my piano moved in from my parent's house on Tuesday, but that shouldn't take too long.

This weekend I also managed to try some new things! I made tuna onigiri for the first time, and I also cooked a spaghetti squash on my own for the first time! I was expecting the onigiri to be more difficult than it was, since I don't have a mold for it, but it turns out keeping your hands wet makes everything go smoothly. I almost cut myself a couple times while cutting the spaghetti squash, but fortunately I made it through the experience unscathed.

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Friday, August 24, 2018


Happy Friday! I'm definitely ready for the weekend. I have two patterns that I'm hoping to finish writing and send off to my tech editor, so I've already set aside Saturday as pattern-writing day. Sunday afternoon one of my friends is getting ordained, so that's a big chunk of that day set aside as well. In between all that, I'm hoping to get some nice quiet sitting and knitting time fit in.

My Finn is coming along nicely. I have a few more rows left on the body, and then I'll need to find a smaller needle to do the hem, collar, and button bands. The sleeves felt like they took forever when I knit the sample, and I'm hoping they'll go a lot more quickly this time around. The Summer Sweater KAL has three more weeks in it, though, so I should be able to finish in plenty of time.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

And Now for Something Orange

Over the weekend I managed to finish BOTH my green sweater and my green cowl, so I'm finally able to get back to work on my Finn. I started this back in the spring, and despite enjoying knitting it and really wanting the finished sweater in my wardrobe, I let it fall aside. The Summer Sweater KAL is the perfect excuse for me to pull this back out and finish it up in time for fall.

Last night I had a great visit with my mum. We made BLTs, had some wine, knit, and watched some British mysteries on Netflix. We used to spend most evenings together when I was living at home, and I miss that sometimes, so it was great to have a night in with her (and the dogs!).

Pretty much all the students are back in town now, and campus has definitely gotten busy. Choir rehearsals start up again tonight, and I'm looking forward to hanging out with my fellow singers again. It's nice to have summer off, but I definitely miss singing regularly, and my choir is such a great group of people, and I miss hanging out with them twice a week.

Monday, August 20, 2018

New Pattern: Overfar

Overfar is a cozy reversible shawl that will follow along with you wherever you want to go.

This aran-weight shawl is worked in soothing garter stitch with a reversible cable along the top edge. Simple shaping, with just one pattern row in each six-row repeat, makes Overfar a relaxing knit that works up quickly so you can get on with your next adventure.

Overfar is now available on Ravelry, and is 20% off through Saturday, August 25th!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

More Green

This weekend is move-in for the college, which means town is very full and very busy. I'm planning on holing up in my apartment and not leaving unless I absolutely have to. My best friend just sent me the codes for the digital copies of movies she recently bought that I haven't seen yet, so I'm looking forward to a movie marathon and some serious knit time.

My green sweater hasn't been a good lunchtime project this week, since it's getting so large and I needed to check the sleeve math a couple of times, so I've been keeping a new sample in my purse. My friend sent me this yarn during a destash, and it's perfect for a double-layered cowl I've had floating around my head for a few months. Right now it's just endless knitting in the round, but once I reach the halfway point I'll be able to start the fun stuff.

What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sweatering Along

I made some decent progress on this sweater over the weekend. I'm on the first sleeve now, and I should be able to get the second sleeve started before the weekend. I also finished all the math for the pattern, so I'm hoping to actually start writing the pattern this week.

Today is the first day of Shannon's Summer Sweater KAL, and I'm hoping to finish this sweater as well as the orange Finn I started back in the spring. I'm not worried about finishing this one, since it's been going so quickly so far, but Finn has just over half a body and full-length sleeves, so I'm not sure if I'll get that one finished by the end of the KAL. Either way, it's always a fun group to knit along with, and even if I don't get both sweaters finished, I'll be well on my way to having some new knits ready before it gets too cold out.

Monday, August 13, 2018

OAL 2018 Finished Photos!

The OAL has been over for almost two weeks, and I only JUST got FO pics! I had such a blast this year, and I'm beyond thrilled to have finally finished both projects within the time frame. I love my sweater and my dress, and I'm definitely going to be wearing them both a lot.

Up first, the dress. This is New Look 6392, view A, in an astronaut-print quilting cotton I found at the thrift store this spring. I used bias tape instead of the neck and armhole binding in the pattern because after trying out the written binding on the neckline I didn't love it.

Part of that might be due to the fact that the neckline is too wide on me- the upper chest and upper back are a smidge too big, and I didn't fix it before hand. I have an idea to try out some pleats along the neckline  to bring it in some so it fits a little better, but it's really only noticeable to me and my sewist friends.

I also modified the dress to have a side zip. The pattern calls for a back zip, but I am single and not flexible enough to do a back zip on my own, so, it had to move. I'm pleased with how the zipper looks, given that I had no clue what I was doing and I pretty much just made it up as I go along (am I supposed to use a special foot for a zipper? I feel like I probably am.).

My sweater is Hetty, which was my sweater for last year's OAL as well, but this year I kept the length as written. After finishing my hip-length Hetty last year, I knew right away that this pattern was a winner for me and that I needed a cropped version too.

I also did some fooling around with gauge to knit this out of a lighter weight yarn than the pattern called for, and I'm really pleased with how the finished cardigan came out. It still doesn't have buttons, but that's not keeping me from wearing it. I'll be going through the city next month on my way to NCFF, and I'm planning on stopping to look for buttons then.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Body Grows

The body of this sweater is moving along quickly now, and I'll be able to start the sleeves this weekend. I've just completed the fourth set of hip increases out of six, and there's just about five more inches left on the body.

Generally, I like to start writing my sweater patterns once the body is finished and the first sleeve cap is shaped. Before that I work off of a spreadsheet, but once I know I'm not going to be making any significant changes to the design, I feel free to start putting all my spreadsheet information into an actual written pattern.

What I'm really struggling with now is that I have NO CLUE what to name this sweater. Usually by now if I don't have a name, I at least have some idea of a direction to go while looking for one. Right now, I have nothing, so I'm probably going to spend the next few days trying to think of something.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Making Up

I am almost caught up to where I was before I had to rip back on this sweater, and it feels good to be seeing it take shape. This week I've been dogsitting for my parents, so I've been knitting on this quite a bit instead of bringing a bunch of projects to their house, and the monogamous knitting time is paying off. 

It's been interesting, being back in my parents' house for an extended period again. I love my apartment, but it's been so great to go out back and see butterflies in their garden and hear the squirrels chattering in the walnut trees. It's a bit late in the season for this year, but next year I plan to get a planter to go by my back door and a bird feeder to go in front of the living room so I can see more wildlife around my apartment.