Favorite Knits

The other day someone asked me, “What is your most favorite thing you have ever knit?” I pursed my lips and thought for awhile…”Well it depends…”

This is such a hard question as there are many aspects to a project that could make it your favorite. I mean are you asking about the pattern and technique used? The yarn choice? Or the overall finished object?

If you are talking process then I would say my Cafe Au Lait Tam. This hat incorporated my favorite technique (lace) with a hat style that can fit my hair comfortably.

I also enjoyed making my Neon Nutkins. It was an easy pattern to memorize and the results were superb. If I make them again I will be sure to accept the added challenge of the short row heels. img_8225

How about the best yarn I have ever knit with? Well that’s easy. It is the Anzula Squishy in Chiva. It is just so…squishy! The combo of merino wool and cashmere makes my feet feel like they are wrapped in luxury.

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And my most favorite finished object…My Peach One Way Tee. The pattern, the yarn color, and the fit all came together for one perfect sweater. It also helps that I get the most compliments on this one ;).

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So One-Way Tee

So if you had to choose…What’s your most favorite knit ever? 

Until Next Time

-Whit-

 

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Sunday Knits: A Cheer Up

Well the Niners🏈 lost today…they lost bad. Good thing I had some cute headwear to photograph. 

Koala Hat (Inspired by Koala Hat from Little Red Window) in Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Silver

Color Swap Beanie in Paton Classic Wool Royal Purple and Vanna’s Choice Silver Blue

Trinity in Reverse Headwrap in Vanna’s Choice Mustard

I am really proud of how the Koala Hat came out. Usually I don’t like making hats that have a lot to sew on, but this one was too cute not to make! 

How did your weekend knitting go?

Until Next Time

-Whit-

DIY Pom Poms

Pom Poms are a great way to transform a simple hat design. I mean take this hat…

Add a pom pom…And you have a great color pop addition!Way back when I learned to make pom poms using two pieces of circular cardboard . I find this method is one of the best ways to get a fluffy and symmetrical pom pom. With this method, I rarely have to do much trimming of the finished product. Plus I can create different size discs to make small, medium, or large pom poms.

Pom poms became quite trendy this year and the Internet is afloat with several ways in which to DIY your own.

This method with using your fingers is a quick way to make a pom pom. All the tools you need are yarn and scissors. The one con is that most likely you will have to do more trimming in the end to shape up the pom pom than with the discs.

Here is another method using a fork. The fork it limiting in a sense that the Pom pond can only be so big. I have to say this was my least favorite method. It was a little tough to get a secure tie-off before cutting all of the loops.

Most likely I will stick with my cardboard disc method, but it always good to have several methods in your arsenal.

Until Next Time

-Whit-

 

 

Sunday Knits

American Football season is here, which means my Sundays will be full of food, friends, and of course fiber. Living on the West Coast football games start pretty early in the morning (10:00 AM). No worries though we made the best of it with brunch and mimosas. Even our fruit was representing the red and gold! 

 As many of you know football games are long. Think 3-3.5 hours depending on the number of flags,penalties…etc. This game was no exception. It felt like the 2nd quarter would not end. Thank goodness I had knitting. I was making another hat (surprise surprise) and all that sitting time went to good use.

My hat at 10:00 AM:My hat at 1:00ish PM: (Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Black and Caron Simply Soft in White)

7 inches done! Woot woot! Football might not be so terrible after all. It keeps the hubby occupied while I get to knit away. Talk about a touchdown 😉🏈👍🏾!

Until Next Time

-Whit-

 

 

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday

Works are in progress in the House of Whit 🙂

What is on the needles you ask? Well I am starting a new hat. I decided to make a cable band and then I will pick up stitches to make the body and crown of the hat. I am loving this icy blue. It reminds me of Elsa in the movie Frozen. img_04351

Last night, I finished knitting this Cat Hat. (This post is more of an outline rather than a pattern.) I am really into the design concept as you don’t have to make the ears separately and sew them on. Basically you knit a hat and don’t decrease for the crown. Get ready to use the Kitchener’s Stitch and add a seam and Tah- Dah… a cute cat hat! I still need to get the last seam completed to better define the ears to call this a true FO. img_04341

The hat mania continues and I am loving it. For me hats are a great way to try some new techniques while getting a finished result pretty quickly.

Anyone have a go- to hat pattern they love? 

Until Next Time

-Whit-

New Goodies!

I love a sale, especially a yarn sale. WEBS had an end of summer sale not too long ago and let’s just say I went a little wild. Like I bought 28 skeins of yarn…😳.

Yikes I know, but I have projects in mind for each one! I swear! This beautiful burgundy wooliness is going to be worked into the Rosina Sweater. I love the beautiful lace work on the sleeves, but I am on the fence about the lace work at the bottom. I think I may just do a simple ribbing.

This pretty blue will be crafted into Blueberry Waffle Socks. I have never used this yarn before yet, at less than $4.00 a skein I thought, “Eh why not give it a try?” Hopefully, the socks will be a cozy addition to my  growing handmade collection.

The last project on the to make list is a toss up. I am undecided if I want to make the Chuck Sweater or My Favorite Cardigan. I know I would wear the cardigan quite a bit, but Chuck would look so cute over a button up shirt or dress. In any event I bought 12 skeins of this emerald wool so I am in the clear in terms of yardage.

Looks like this knitter is going to be busy!

What project(s) have you getting excited?

Until Next Time

-Whit-