i needed to break up

Yesterday it became clear to me what needed to happen.  I had been thinking about this for a while.  Some things just don't feel right.  Like the fact that I knit you on the wrong side.  See, things just haven't been good for a while.  And then the hole.  After I washed you.  I thought it was me.  That I did something wrong like dropped a stitch.  But, then I realized that it was a break in the yarn.  And then your neck.  It just didn't feel right.  I tried.  Honestly.  I tried to make you the right sweater for me.  
But things just couldn't go on any longer like this.  I'm sorry.  I'm going to need to break up with you weekender.  But please know.  It's not you beautiful Weekender pattern.  It's me.  It's all me.

i knit a sock

As I mentioned, I spent 10 days out west.  As usual, I packed several knitting projects.   Before I even pack my clothes, I pack my knitting projects.  

Yarn :: ✔️
Pattern :: ✔️
Needles ::✔️
Notions ::✔️

I was packed and ready to go.  Only two projects (a pair of socks and a pair of mitts)  and feeling pretty nervous about not having enough.  But this trip was different.  I barely knit.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe just too busy?  Now that sounds ridiculous.  But maybe.  Just maybe. However, I did manage to finally complete a pair of socks.  Now, don't go thinking I knit the entire pair while away.  I've been working on this pair all summer.  In truth, I knit half of a sock.  😊
And I was pretty darn happy with that.
The pattern really is super darling.  It's from one of my Knitcrates.  May's knitcrate to be exact.
That little butterfly pattern was so much fun to knit.  And I'm happy to say, that I am wearing them right now.  Cool temps this morning ya know.  Or maybe it's the air conditioner!

Happy Friday the 13th!  

fall ready

I'm ready for fall.  I am.  I truly am.  I thought I would be so sad to see summer end.  But you know, I am feeling pretty giddy about fall.  Warm days, cool nights.  I'm IN.
We just came home from 10 days in Lake Tahoe and the last weekend was a gift.  My sisters and husbands traveled out so that we could all be together.  
Time in the Sierra Nevada's.  With my man, my sisters and my Hipster Shawl totally put me in the mood.  I LOVE hand knits!
Lake Tahoe, September 10, 2019
And my family.  ❤️

july/august knitcrate

Well, hello.  I can't believe I forgot to show you July Knitcrate.  And it was a good one!  And by good one, I mean I seriously couldn't stop touching the yarn. Must be the silk.  Or the Merino.  Or maybe the Baby Alpaca.  It is just so yummy and soft and the pattern is right up my alley.  
Membership Crate:
Yarn:  Knitologie Glowing Worsted. 40% Superwash Merino, 30% Silk, and 30% Baby Alpaca  Available in 3 colors.  This is the color way Flying Trapeze.
Pattern:
    Knitting: Ringleader.  A super cute fingerless mitt pattern.  I'm all over it.  Actually winding my balls of yarn today!
    Crochet:  Risley Cowl.
And this is the August Knitcrate.  (Can you believe it is almost September!)
     Extras:  Well, I forgot to take a photo but the crate included a cute little elephant progress keeper.  I was already using it on my Weekender!
Membership Crate:
Yarn:  Knitologie Worsted Merino.  100% Superwash Merino Wool  Available in 3 colors.  This is the color way Kestrel.
Patterns:
     Knitting:  Eklutna Lakeside Shawl.  The perfect knit in preperation for fall.  Created for the late summer scene in mind.
     Crochet:  Alpine Leg warmers.
The extra:  just a couple of darling stitches.  I immediately put them in my knitting journal.  Cause you know, I love stickers and pens and all the paper things.

As always your first knitcrate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout!

melted mirage

While in Barcelona in the Spring we happily stumbled upon a cute little yarn shop.  (I wrote about it here.)  Inside, the walls were filled with colorful skeins of yarn and shop samples.  Simply stunning.  As I do in all yarn shops I visit,while in another country, I asked if they had any local yarn.  I was thrilled to see an entire wall filled with all things local.  
I'm not one for purchasing yarn without a pattern.  (Unless it is a skein of worsted that I know I can use to make a pair of Toast. ) So, I checked the sample wall in the shop and fell in love with her version of the Melted Mirage.  I tried on the drapey shawl and just loved the way it felt.  Lightweight yet warm. It just so happened that the owner knit it out of this same yarn.  
I tried all sorts of color combinations but in the end settled on these two beauties.  Just two colors and the brioche stitch.  This time I am inserting a lifeline every so often.  Cause I haven't come close to mastering how to repair brioche mistakes!

Happy weekend, friends!

flock ack

Last month I had the honor and complete pleasure of being invited to Nantucket. Wow. What a magical place that is! Honestly, If you've never been, grab your flock and get yourself there!
Hahaha.  I crack myself up!  You see,  fLoCk just happens to be the name of the most awesome yarn shop in Nantucket!
That's me up there.  In front of fLoCk, sporting one of the shops samples that I fell in love with.  
Well, the sweet/cool/creative owner, made the pattern using 2 skeins of knit collage yarn.  I agree, it's not an everyday hat.  Or maybe for some it is.  It's just one that I wouldn't wear everyday.  It's more of a statement hat, don't ya think?  (Whatever that means.)
Of course, I bought the yarn to make one.  I just had to!

I"m waiting on the pattern.  The owner just sort of winged it and she needs to write it down.  And she really needs to find the time to do that.  I totally get that, as time is scarce and lives are busy.  I'm good waiting.  Cause the yarn is great to look at all on its own.
By the way... fLoCk sells homemade sourdough bread made fresh daily.  How awesome is that?!  I never wanted to leave.

my weekender

So, I'm in Chesterton, Indiana with my Andrew for a golf tournament and for some reason I was reminded of my Weekender sweater.  You see, I have had some issues with it.
For those of you not familiar with the Weekender sweater, this is what it should look like.  The slipped stitch seam down the center of the front and the back is what is particularly appealing to most.  And, quite honestly, what makes this sweater special.
The sweater is worn on the purl side, but is knit on the knit side.  Andrea did this because most of us prefer the knit stitch over the purl stitch.  (Yes, definitely me!) So, when you are finished knitting, you just flip it purl side out.  However, when I was knitting mine, I alternated the balls of yarn to prevent pooling.  (Turns out that was unnecessary as there wasn't any pooling.)  And I ran my yarn inside (on the purl side) and that was the RIGHT side of the sweater.  🤦‍♀️ I didn't realize this until I was separating for the sleeves.  I decided to just leave it and wear this one so that the knit stitch would be the right side of the sweater.  (Confused yet?)
So here it is before I blocked it. (Knit side out.) I was pretty happy at this point.  I tried it on, it fit nicely.  I decided it would be one of those sweaters I can wear a lot.  I have been wanting a navy sweater so the color is pretty much perfect.
Last week while visiting my sweet mom, I had some time to block it.  I thought drying it in the Florida sunshine would be nice.  Well, Malibrigo Rios is superwash.  And superwash yarn grows.  So, from the washing machine to the dryer it went.  It was reverted to the original size and all was well.  However, it wasn't.  Because, a hole was found in the front of the sweater where the yarn broke somewhere in the process. 😫 I have never had this happen before.   It's currently sitting in time out until I decide what to do. (Chances are I will probably see if I can mend the hole.But I may consider ripping it out. )
In the meantime... I"ll work on a pair of socks.  ☺️