Monday, January 28, 2013


As a mom, there are definitely days where you feel a little "blah". We'll leave it at that.
Enter the Regina hat. 
Guaranteed to take away the blahs leaving you with a little "swoosh" in your step.
The perfect hat for pining away in a castle tower, waiting for Prince Charming. 
There were so many awesome hats popping up in the Downton Abbey KAL thread and my shawlette is slow-going, so I cast on!
This was such a quick knit, but the clever construction and design details make this so fun to make and wear. I knit it using Vintage Chunky in charcoal and DK Merino Style by Knitpicks in teal. 
Both were in my stash...woot woot!
the fan detail is stitched on after blocking. I love the Art Deco feel of this element.
The pattern is a *free!* pattern by Carina Spencer and can be found here.
close-up of the fan.
The best thing about this pattern's construction is that you can truly use any yarn, which is awesome for stash-busting.  My head is swimming with all the possible combinations! 
Can't wait to knit another one!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Finished Object - Boneyard Shawl

This is the Boneyard Shawl
Pattern by Stephen West, knit in Patons Classic Wool 
Colorway: grey marl
This pattern was written originally for DK weight yarn but can really be knit in any weight. I chose worsted wool because I wanted to to try making a more substantial feeling shawl. Knit on 10.5 needles, this shawl has plenty of drape but is super, super warm and perfect for this transitional weather.
The pattern is simple but has enough extras to hold a knitter's interest. 
The stockinette body is broken up by garter ridges, which are reminiscent of "ribs". How cool is that?
It is a classic triangular shawl shape, which is not my favorite. 
If I knit it again I think I will add increases on the WS as well to make it more scarf-like.
I thought moving to L.A. meant I had to give up my cozy knits, but I didn't realize it would be downright freezing at times! I love this scarf and I highly recommend knitting it. 
It's my favorite kind of pattern, one that is simple but makes an impact.
Happy Weekend Everyone! 

Monday, January 14, 2013


Why am I super happy today? Oh, well it may be because I had this super cute hat pattern named after ME! How awesome is that? 
Head over to luvinthemommyhood for the deets!

I also finally decided on my project for the Downton Abbey KAL hosted by luvinthemommyhood.
Little Colonnade Shawl by Stephen West
Happy Monday everyone!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Finally, Aidez

I cast on this sweater as part of the Aidez KAL hosted by celticcaston, 
but I just got majorly distracted by, well, life I guess. 
I'm glad my mojo finally decided to grace me with its presence again because it's finally done.

I knit mine in Malabrigo Worsted, colorway Vaa.
It's difficult to capture the color properly, but I like to think of it as a sea monster colorway. 
My seaming was quite wonkified, esp. in the neck area. 
But hey, no one is coming at me with a magnifying glass or anything.
Super helpful Helpful seaming tutorial by Kelly of celticcaston
Pretty front panel. 
I'm such a dork but i love how the ktbl (knit through the back loop) stitches really set off the cables.
The sweater was knit with zero ease for me and as you can see the sleeves are a bit long. However, this adds yet another cozy element to the sweater.
I never want to take it off.
If I had a fireplace, this would be the sweater to curl up in, read my book, and drink the mommy juice. ha.
Check out all the lovely Aidez that were knit up as part of the KAL here. And thank you Kelly for hosting, even though I'm months late in saying so!