Wednesday, November 6, 2013


The Simple Collection is a learn-to-knit series of *free* patterns by Tin Can Knits. Made up of 8 patterns utilizing garter, rib and stockinette stitches, these patterns are simple and beautiful, wide-ranging and fun to knit for beginners and not-so-beginners (like me). 
This is the "Barley" hat from the collection.
I knit it to be less slouchy as I'm finding I prefer my hats to be.
garter, stockinette, 1x1 rib. 
Yarn: Plymouth DK merino superwash. Squish!
Also from the Simple Collection, this good-lookin' pullover: 
Flax pullovers for the whole family!
(photo from the tincanknits website)
I'm finally knitting D a sweater! It's only taken me ten years to cast on! ha!
I love the garter panels on the sleeves and the simple shape. Just right for D.
It's also the perfect project to knit for the Big Bang Theory KAL,
going on right now in the luvinthemommyhood group on Ravelry. 
here's my "WIP Wednesday" progress shot. 
The Knitter and the Dr. Scientist. I love our little nerdy family.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


JOURNEY, the latest collaboration between the Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, was released for pre-order HERE. It is an inspiring collection of classic but modern pieces and I can't wait to delve into it!
I was privileged to be a part of the test-knitting process. I knit the "Onward" shawl.
It's the largest shawl I've knit and for me is as useful as a cardigan. I chose a blue that has turned out to be fairly neutral and works with many colors. 
I like to wear it (giant) kerchief style.
The shawl is reversible and patterned throughout, which makes for an engaging and fun knit.
I knit the shawl using 3 skeins of Spud & Chloe "Sweater" yarn. 
It gave great stitch definition and was easy on the hands for a wool-cotton blend. 
No pilling issues and I've been wearing the heck out of it!
All in all it was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this "journey". 
Best of luck to shannon and jane!