FO: Zinone Top

It is officially summer and I am excited for the much needed vacation time ahead. In preparation for the hot weather, I have been knitting up some cute cotton tops. One pattern that I have had my eye on was the Zinone top by Andi Satterlund. I love love love the lace detail along the back of the top. I will say I think my lace got a little off center. I am choosing to consider it a “design modification” (hahah)

Zinone is a great pattern as it has several options to make the top of your dreams. This top can be made as a crop top or full length. You can also make a partial or full lace back (depending on how ambitious you are feeling). I went with partial lace back and more of the crop length. 

As with most of Andi’s patterns, the top is made from the top down and includes waist shaping. The best part…minimal end weaving as the body is made in the round. Woot woot! 

I tried a new yarn that I found in my LYS. It is called Bio Sesia 5 and it is 100% organic cotton. This yarn was one of the best cotton yarns I have knit with. It is soft on the fingers, pretty tightly wound (for a cotton yarn), and creates a well-defined garment. I have worn the top a couple of times now and I am happy to report no pilling! 

Zinone is another great pattern from Andi! I can’t wait to get some more wear out of it. I tried to wear this top on my trip to Martha’s Vineyard to model for you, however, it started downporing and my lovely new top got soaking wet ☹️. Follow me on Instagram (@knitsbywhitsf) for some dry photos in the coming days. 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Tales From The Road

So our move has begun. We will be road tripping across the USA to Martha’s Vineyard and then we will wiggle down the East Coast to Virginia. The whole trip should take us about 2.5 weeks. As of today we are in Nebraska. It has been so enjoyable watching the changing landscape while barreling east on I-80. 

In the car, we have been listening to an audio book called Desperation by Stephen King. I have to say it is a little creepy to listen to on this particular trip. In the story, a psychopathic cop targets people on road trips as they travel down Highway 50 in Nevada. Thankfully, we didn’t take that route 😬. 

I have also been knitting up a storm. I finished an Etsy order ( Toddler Hat made with Cascade Heritage Paints in Baltimore) and started some socks. I am knitting with Payton’s Kroy Sock yarn in Grey Brown Marl. Not my favorite yarn to knit with. I like a little more sheen and springiness to my sock yarn. I am curious to see if the softness level changes after a soak. I have two skeins to work with so I am making some pretty big socks. 


Well only 1,400 more miles to go! 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

New Beginnings

Hello, lovely readers! I am sorry I have been gone for so long. Life has been super crazy and I have just recently been able to take a deep breath. What has been going on? Well, my husband and I have made the bold choice of uprooting our current lives to move to…CHINA!

4e6304ea1eeb3762da8cd47445657874For a couple of years now, my husband and I have been discussing moving internationally. We both love to travel and explore new cultures and living abroad seemed like a great way to continue to educate ourselves about the world. So earlier this year we began applying for jobs in Asia. After a few interviews, we were both hired as primary school teachers at an international school in southern China. We were happy with the job and benefits and signed a contract for 2 years. Since we got hired, I have been so busy with wrapping up my current job, applying for a visa/work permit, and moving out of my apartment that I have had little mojo to blog. As of yesterday all major work is done so I should be able to return to my regular knitting postings. 

Here is my last shot of the Bay Bridge (which I rode across daily to get to work).  I have mixed feelings about leaving San Francisco and the Bay Area as I have lived in the city for 6 years. However, I am looking forward to what lays ahead. This summer we plan on driving across America to visit with family and friends. So check back for postings from the road.

Until Next Time, 

-Whit-

Sweater Love

It has been pretty warm here in San Francisco so I haven’t been wearing many of my hand knit sweaters. However, today was just cool enough that a sweater was required in the shade. I decided on my Union Station Cardigan. I can’t say it enough… I love this cardigan! It is soft, warm, and the color is oh so cheery.

We headed to Kite Hill for a view of the east side of San Francisco.  There were so many wildflowers blooming along the hill. It made for a beautiful sight.

This little green space is just another reason why I love living in such a diverse city.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

 

 

The Burgandy Shawl

Burgandy is my favorite color to wear. It looks really great against my skin tone in any season so I tend to gravitate toward it. So when I “accidentally” bought too much yarn for my Rosina Pullover I knew I would get to create a couple of great burgundy pieces.

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Here is the latest item off my needles the Burgandy Shawl.

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This shawl is a triangle shawl that can be worn around the neck like a bandana or over the shoulders as a shawl. I used Cascade 220 in Burgundy and the accent stripe is one of my favorites Knitting Fever’s Painted Desert in Brick. I modeled this shawl after the Dovetail Wrap from Purl Soho. I added an eyelet border and also an eyelet row every 12 rows. In addition to the mesh panel, I adorned the edge with gold beads. The beading is not as prominent as I would have liked, but I think it adds a delicate touch. 

For more photos, please visit my Etsy Shop.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

FO: Cool Cowl

This yarn was an impulse buy at my LYS. I just had to have these colors on my needles and the yarn was oh so soft. The price made it a safe gamble. Every if I didn’t like working with the yarn, my financial loss would have been minimal. 


Lucky for me this yarn was a-okay. I really enjoyed how the yarn worked into pretty even stripes. No cool pooling here! Overall, this cowl makes for a great accessory to jazz up any outfit. Plus the chunky yarn make for a quick knit. 

Find more pics of this lovely cowl in my Etsy shop 😊. 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

The Sock Scarf

In 2015/2016 I went on a sock craze. I was making about a pair every month. As a result, I ended up with quite a bit of leftover sock yarn. What to do what to do with this lovely yarn? Well, I started to paw through my stitch dictionary (A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barabara Walker) and go an idea. What if I used some of my sock yarn and created a cowl of swatches? 

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The yellow came from my Business Casual Socks. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Solid in Mustard. The stitch is Roman Rib Stitch.IMG_3430[1].JPG

The blue is from my Warm Up Socks using Anzula Squishy in Chiva. The stitch is Slip-Stitch Honeycomb.

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The green was used in my Green Jaywalker Socks. The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in Seedling Mix. The stitch is Vertical Lace Trellis.

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The red was not used for a pair of socks, but a cowl. It is Knitting Fever’s Painted Desert in Autumn.  The stitch is English Mesh Lace.

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I tried to balance the textured stitch patterns with lacy stitch patterns to give the scarf a little variety. I love how it came out! I love the bold colors combined with the variety of stitches.

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Check out more photos of the scarf in my Etsy Shop. I am also having a Spring Clearance Sale (30% off) using the code: SpringSF17. The sale includes patterns 😊

Until Next Time,

-Whit-