Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hitchhiker Shawl

I recently finished my Hitchhiker Shawl and I'm really pleased with it. I had found some really fabulous black and white yarn during a visit to Little Owl Knits in Camp Hill and I went searching for a pattern that would go well with a variegated yarn.

I happened upon the Hitchhiker pattern. It keeps variegated yarns from pooling by switching up the stitch count of every row. Genius. 

Pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Zebra

Monday, April 28, 2014

Painted Desert Socks

They're finally finished! For anyone who may remember, these socks are made from the very first yarn I purchased from my LYS, Stitch Your Art Out, when we moved to State College last year. 

Check out that blog post

Anyway, here they are: 

Pattern: "How I Make My Socks" by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn: Painted Desert superwash sock yarn

Needles: Size 1 dpns, bamboo

I really enjoy that one is slightly more purple than the other so they don't quite match!  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Socks

I'm trying out some new-to-me sock yarn today.

This is Opal's Feen & Elfen sock yarn. 

I'm doing my usual stockinette socks, but I think I might try out the Fish Lips Kiss Heel that has been so popular on Ravelry lately. Have you tried it? I'm curious about the fit. 

Anyway, I'm thinking of going out for a little walk...but it's SO windy! Such a pretty day, though. I don't want to miss it! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014


I've really gotten into watching Molly on her Homespun House podcast and she has been making a Cozy Memories Blanket out of leftover balls of sock yarn. I thought the idea was really cute and who doesn't have a million tiny balls of sock yarn stashed away that are too small to make an entire project but too gorgeous to just throw away?!

So I cast on for my Cozy Memories Blanket and I've been hooked ever since. My socks in progress are being very neglected right now. But can you blame me? Look at these colors!

It's really neat to be able to look at these squares and remember each project I made with a particular yarn. Even the hubby thought it was kind of cool - he even picked out which squares were made with yarn I had used for his socks. 

I started with the purple square at the bottom of the picture and then each square is knitted onto another square by picking up stitches and casting on as needed. It's really a neat idea and so easy because you don't have to do any seaming this way. 

Here's what the back looks like: 

The pattern is the Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis. It's a free pattern on Ravelry and is very easy to follow.

Check out my project page for a list of the yarns that I've used so far. 

I hope everyone has a lovely Easter holiday! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tiny Sweater

There's a new little one in our family! My sister-in-law and her husband welcomed little Emerson Adele into their family a few weeks ago. She's so tiny and cute! I always feel the need to knit something to welcome babies and I know a lot of other people feel the same way. It's nice to have something handknit to give to them.  

Emerson is an Arizona baby, which means she's not going to be needing to many wool sweaters. But I just love to make little baby sweaters, so I hunted down some soft yarn that was a nylon blend and washable, which is a nice perk for her mom! 

Pattern: Chloe by Alana Dakos of NeverNotKnitting
Yarn: Berroco Comfort in "Vintagy Light Green," "Chalk" and "Purple" 
Buttons: Little duck buttons from JoAnn Fabrics
Size: 3 months

Here's the back. Love that ruffle! 

This should give you a better look at the buttons. Aren't they sweet? 

My sister-in-law, Julie, was kind enough to try to get some pictures of Emerson in her sweater and send them to me. Apparently she's a little wiggle worm! But you definitely get the idea. It's a little big, but she's not quite a month old yet so she'll grow into it. 

That's all for now! I'm working away on another pair of socks - just plain ones for me. I have a new ball of self-patterning sock yarn that I'm dying to try out, but I'm trying to finish this pair first.