Friday, October 2, 2015

FO: Hitofude

I finished up Hitofude and just love it.  The color and lace work are amazing and the yarn feels great against my skin.  

We just got a new puppy so I don't have a lot of opportunity to wear it (or any of my handknits, really) but it is a great addition to my collection.  

The pattern is really ingenious and I love telling people about the construction of the sweater.  It is so different from others that I have knit, or western patterns in general. 

I highly recommend this pattern for people that have some passing experience with lacework and are ready to take it to the next level.  The pattern is very well explained and I didn't lose my place, not even one time.  The fit is flattering and forgiving and I think the styling suits a wide variety of wardrobe preferences.

As always...details on my ravelry page.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

For a Baby...

For the baby-to-be...a sampler from Posie Gets Cozy.  This piece is amazing.  Finished photos soon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A New Bag

Last summer I set out to sew some clothes for myself.  I thought I might also tackle that project again this summer, but time got away from me - there was a lot of travel and just not the right combination of factors to allow the space and time to sew more clothes.

Instead I picked out a new bag pattern and sewed myself this fantastic summer bag with some stash fabric.  I love this bag so much!!  The strap and exterior pockets are dark brown linen, the tree fabric is Amy Butler and the birds are a heavyweight Echino that I picked up from The Sewcial Lounge in early summer.  I picked up both the lining fabric and pattern from Stitcher's Crossing.

The bag came together very easily and is a perfect size for wallet, phone, keys and book.  A nice alternative to the large leather "momma bag" that I had been dragging around for the past year.  With no more kids in diapers I think that it is finally time to downsize.

The pattern is the 241 Tote from a local WI designer, Noodlehead.  She has many other great bags and patterns - and her blog is lovely too - check it out!

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Family of Socks

In mid-June I traveled to Portland, OR to serve as the officiant in the wedding of my childhood best friend and her new husband.  I wasn't sure what exactly to give them as a wedding present, but once I learned they were also expecting a baby the idea of a 'family of socks' came to me pretty quickly.

Each pair is green - the baby socks are knit with the leftover from this other baby project.  Jut a basic rib sock - and a hope that they might just stay on the baby's feet for at least 5 minutes (full well knowing that through four kids I never found socks that actually stayed on).

The next pair are the right-twist cable socks for the new husband.  My husband really likes this pattern and I am very happy with how this pair turned out.

The last pair I had around for a little while - the shamrock socks.  But I finished them up and think that the multicolored stripes will suit my friend very well.

I love how the socks all coordinate without being too matchy.  And I think they are also sandal worthy - from Madison to Portland: we love to wear socks with our sandals!

I wrapped the six socks inside one of the open-wide pouches I made in the early spring - might come in handy as a diaper bag of the like.  Now the question is what cute baby item to knit next for the little one to-be.