Top 5 of 2015!

2015 has been an awesome year and I can’t believe it is coming to an end. Here are some of my top 5 moments:

5. Finishing 10 pairs of socks for big and little people. One of my favorite patterns was Business Casual (yellow socks). It was just the right amount of challenging and the yarn was magnificent. I also completed two pairs of Hermione Socks (grey and rainbow socks).

4. Publishing 2 scarf patterns on Ravelry.  For a long time I have wanted to push myself and author my own patterns. Finally that time came. Check out my Lacy Beginnings Scarf  and my Snuggly Loops scarves.

3. Participating in my first craft fair. It was a lot of knitting, but I had such a great time meeting customers and hearing their feedback. IMG_6604

2. Reaching Machu Picchu in one piece! It was a long 4 days on the Inca Trail, but I made it. I have to say this is one of my proudest accomplishments to date.

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  1. Getting Engaged! I am so happy to have found a person who is caring, loving, and most all makes me a better person. I can’t wait for us to get married in 2016!pic 1

Wishing everyone a happy new year. See y’all in 2016 🙂

 

 

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I ❤️ The Purl Bee

Oh  The Purl Bee how I love thee. Let me count the ways…

  • I love your gorgeous fiber choices. Your  designers do an amazing job using great fibers (think alpaca and  merino wool) in amazing colors.
  • I love your simple yet classic looks. There is nothing more appealing to me that a clean line with interesting design aspects.
  • I love your free patterns not only for the designs, but for their diversity. 
  • I love your tutorials, as I am not keen on videos. Your format of pictures and written descriptions is perfect for me.

So why this profession of love? Well I have a big vacation time coming up, and I have decided to make one of Purl Bee’s fabulous designs (if all goes according to plan). Now is the time I need to start planning out my yarn choices so I can order the yarn. Which project would you choose?

*Thank you to Elizabeth Barrett Browning for inspiring this post and for writing one of my favorite sonnets (How Do I Love Thee? Sonnet 43) 

Busy Fingers

Ahhh it is summer break. This year, work has been challenging as well as rewarding .  I made it and it feels so good! Since last week, I have mainly stayed indoors and caught up on some relaxation. During this hibernation, I finished several projects as well as cleaned a closet and made some gluten- free cookies (yum!)

The first project completed was my Yoga socks that I posted the other day. They are so fun I might make another pair.

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I also finally finished and blocked my Summer Lattice Top by Purl Bee Soho.  It came out lovely. Originally, I was wanting to work with a yellow and a teal Pima Cotton. Yet, at the last minute I went to my LYS and bought a light grey instead.  I feel the color combo suits my wardrobe a lot better.

Why did I love making this project?

1)I loved the yarn I was using ( Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton).  It was soft between my fingers and had the right amount of sheen. It also was not a tangly mess when I needed to do some frogging.

2) I loved the construction pattern. I was fun to make something that started at the bottom back edge, went over the shoulders, and down the front. For someone who is not the typical size it made it easier to check if I had the proper fit. It should be noted that there are directions for knitting it in the round if you are not one for seams.

3) This project is the perfect TV/ movie project. Most of it is stockinette stitch so I could look away from my hands a lot more.

The only thing I would change would be the length of lattice work in the front. The open lattice falls below the top of my bra, therefore, I will need to wear a tank top underneath. I probably should have read others comments on Ravelry more closely as it looks like others have adjusted the pattern so that the lattice work does not end so low on the bust line.

In other news, I dusted off my baking pans this weekend and made some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. I love cookies and the craving finally overcame my will power. I am not a baker so creating them from scratch was not my number one choice. However, thank goodness for  Whole Foods. I tried Pamela’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix. What a great choice.  They were delicious and affordable ($5.00 ish)!!! I had a friend try them and both of us didn’t notice the lack of wheat. So if you are gluten-free, I recommend you give Pamela’s Cookie Mixes a try.

 

 

 

Free Pattern- Simple Yoga Socks

Aside from catching up on some movies, I tackled organizing my crafting supplies this weekend. Within the mess, I discovered that I had some leftover wool/ acrylic sock yarn. I decided to put it to use and make some yoga socks I saw on Instagram awhile ago.

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I always have cold feet and these would be perfect for yoga and/or dance classes. I decided to just modify a basic sock pattern by leaving off the heel formation and toe.

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Whit’s Yoga Socks

I have small feet so this pattern will fit a US size 5.
You need: Fine sock yarn, 4 US size 3 double pointed needles, 2.00mm crochet hook
Gauge: 1″ stockinette = 8sts
Cast on 48 sts. Split your stitches evenly among 3 of the needles.
Rows 1-28: In the round, Knit 1, purl 1 in a 1×1 rib pattern. (Total 3″ in length)
Row 29: Knit 22 sts. Cast off the remaining stitches.
Row 30: Use the  cable cast on method and cast on 26 sts. Arrange the stitches evenly among 3 of the needles.
Row 31: Knit in the round for the 3 3/4″ or desired length.
Last 6 rows: Knit 1, purl 1 in 1×1 rib pattern.
Bind off all sts. Use the crochet hook and edge the entire heel opening with a single chain stitch.
Repeat pattern to make two socks.

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Now the socks are done I better start going to yoga class more regularly haha.

*please alert me if there are errors/typos in the above pattern

Shawls and More Shawls

Is it me or are you too feeling like you are being bombarded with shawl patterns? Many sites are featuring quite a number of lacy shawl patterns. I generally don’t pick shawls to make, but some of these patterns are too good not to try. Here are some of my favorites.

Knitty.com– (Regenerate) This shawl is gorgeous in purple, but I think it would be stunning in a cream color as well. Bridal Shower gift maybe?

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Twisted Collective Spring 2014 (Aello) My mind is conjuring a nice summer evening out with a slight breeze? I am thinking Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket or even Newport…? wallpaper2

 

Tin Can Knits (Rosebud)- I like that this shawl is light enough for spring/summer and is featured in a bold color.  Additional benefit: This style (triangle shaped) also can double for a scarf as well.

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New Projects on the horizon…

Ravelry always causes problems for me. Whenever I am creatively stuck I go to the patterns section to gain some inspiration. 30 minutes of perusing and I now have too many projects for one girl to make! Here are some of my favorites so far.

Admiral’s Knot Tank– Perfect for hot summer days (outside of San Francisco haha)

Eyelet Yoke Sweater– I am super petite so the fact that the front is shorter than the back hooked me. Since I work with kids, I am constantly bending down and therefore need to have long tops. Yet, when the top is long in the front too I tend to look a little stumpy.

Bottom of my Heart Baby Bloomers – Made with cotton instead of wool would makes these a great gift for a summer baby.

There are about 2 other projects in my queue that will have to take a back burner. The weather man is predicting it will be a rainy weekend. I better hit up my LYS and get to work!

New stitch!

Barbara Walker continues to rock my world. Whenever I am between major projects, I know I can take her book out and find something great. Here is the latest I am trying. The yarn is some leftover Babe by Knitting Fever Color 204 ( nylon/acrylic mix)

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This is the Horseshoe Pattern from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I think this pattern so dainty and cute. I also love the wavy edge.

I decided I would like to try to make a top down sweater. I have never made one so I will be searching for a good pattern. Any suggestions?