wing it

Ha.  Well, I don't know what to call this since I just sort of winged it. Maybe "wing it" would be a perfect name!   I wanted a sweater that was more like a sweatshirt, and since I had just enough Woolfolk Luft, I thought I would give it a try.  
I did a swatch, measured one of my sweatshirts, and started to knit.  I am pretty pleased with the results.  
It's a very wearable sweater.  And super cozy.  
I couldn't decide what to do for the ribbing.  After giving a 2x2 rib a try, I decided it might look a little more feminine with a garter rib.  
After trying multiple necklines, I settled for a simple neckline picking up stitches, knitting one row and binding off.  I quite like it.

The Woolfolk Luft yarn is so dreamy.  And I'm not sure this color shows in photos very well.  Sometimes it looks brown and sometimes it looks like a deep dark eggplant.  Or a raisin.  But the true color is Aubergine, L9.

I may consider writing this pattern up.  However, I will probably have to knit another one as my notes aren't that great.  😜 They are full of numbers that I wrote, crossed off, erased, etc.  Which was fine with me because I have always been a numbers person!

i got you bag

Well, the daffodils are here!  I get so excited to cut daffodils and bring them in the house.  I feel very grateful because we have a lot.  They even grow wild in the woods next to the house.  Bonus.

I finished my I got you bag while in Florida last week.  I LOVE this bag.  It's going to be my Farmers Market bag this summer.  It's strong and durable so I think it will be perfect.

It was a super quick knit - an easy repeat pattern.   The yarn is their newest addition and is called New Wave Yarn.  This color is Duck Egg Blue.  It is made from recycled plastic bottles.  Yep.  47% recycled plastic and 53% cotton.  Each ball contains enough plastic from 3 plastic bottles.  Wool and the Gang is on a mission to save our seas.  Well done, Wool and the Gang!

all you knit is love

4.21.19 All you knit is Love, Barcelona, Spain.  

Well, hello there!  Hello new month!  Hello new projects!  Hello new yarn!

I can't believe it's been about a month since I've been here.  I don't know where the time goes, however, if I look at my calendar, I can see clearly where it went.

We left on March 19th for Spain.  Barcelona to be exact.  Wow did I love it there!  And how happy do you think I was when we left the Picasso Museum and my husband spotted this sign.  Looking for a local yarn shop when I travel is one of my most very favorite things to do.  And this one found US!  I didn't even have to go looking.  It was pure dreamy, too.  An entire wall of local yarns.  You betcha I bought some.  (More on that later.)
On March 22nd we headed to Mallorca.  A gorgeous Balearic Island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.  We spent 4 lovely nights at the Cap Racot Hotel where we felt like we were in a different world.  Truly a remarkable experience.  Then back to Barcelona for our final two nights.  We came home just in time to attend a special wedding.  Then on April 2 I flew to Florida for a week to spend time with my sweet mother.  From there I flew to Atlanta, rented a car, and drove to Alexander City to see my baby, Andrew at his college.  I returned last Thursday.
Yep.  That pretty much sums up where the last month went.
On the go.  With knitting constantly by my side.

two tone twist

Hey friends!  I've been working on getting this simple yet luxurious pattern written up for sometime, and finally found the time.  Yippee! 
It uses just two skeins of Woolfolk Far.  If you've never felt this yarn, it's a true dream.  It is so soft.  Soft like cashmere.  
It's one of those knits that you don't have to pay attention to while knitting it.  Even better.  It does require knowledge with the provisional cast on and the Kitchener stitch.  But heck, if you don't know how to do either of those, YouTube does!  And learning a new skill is what it is all about.  
The piece is reversible so you can show just one color.  The simple twist lets both colors show.  
I intended for it to be made with tonal colors.  However, since knitting is all about being creative, you can use any colors your little heart (BIG HEART) desires.  
I honestly wish I had this in every color combo.  It adds that perfect amount of warmth on chilly (cold!) days.  
Enjoy!

march knitcrate

Awe. March has a lovely knitcrate. I am so loving this subtle sparkle in this super wash Merino.
Can you see it?  You may have to zoom in as it is ever so soft.  That's what makes me really love it.
The theme is Whisper.  The time when we approach a change of season, from chilly Winter to the early promise of Spring.  Or, in other parts of the world, where we change forth heat of Summer to the hope of a gentler Autumn.  Transition time.
Sock crate.
Yarn ::  Vidalana Shimmer Sock.  70% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 10% Stellina.
Pattern ::  Treeometry   You can see the resemblance of trees on the socks!
Membership Crate.
Yarn ::  Knitologie Sheen  75% Merino Wool, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere
Pattern ::  As always there are two patterns.  One for the knitters and one for those who love to crochet.  The knit pattern:  birdseed.  A simple beanie.  The yarn knits up like little seeds across the body of the hat.  The crochet pattern:  solennelle.  A pretty little shawl that works up fast and is the perfect lightweight accessory to add a little flair to an otherwise basic outfit.
Bonus :: A zippered pouch for your project.  With just the perfect words of wisdom displayed on the front.

As always, your first crate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout.

glorious green

Happy St. Patricks Day sweet friends!
Have  you seen SkeinCocaine's new line of fibre goodness?  I had to get myself a skein of the Camo colorway.  I'm going to knit a pair of socks.  Can't wait to see how this yarn knits up.
After my last post, sweet Susan asked for my green smoothie bowl recipe, so I thought I would share in case anyone else was interested.  I am not a measurer when I cook.  I just usually throw things together.  I love how you can do that when you cook.  (Baking, not so much!)  However, I know the importance of measuring and how much easier it is to share recipes!  So, I made one today and made sure to measure as I went.  😊

Glorious Green Smoothie Bowl ::

1 frozen banana
1/2 pear (or apple)
1 date
1 cup packed spinach (or 3 kale leaves discarding center stem)
1 TBLS water

Blend in Vitamix until smooth, making sure not to blend for too long, as you want it to remain cold.

I like to add granola to the bottom of the bowl before the smoothie.  Top with granola or fruit or seeds or nuts, or anything your little heart desires.  I mean your big heart!  Top with whatever your giant, beautiful heart desires.  I like to add granola, (thank you for this delicious granola sweet Suzanne!) bee pollen, and sometimes fresh sliced banana.

Enjoy!

winners

My favorite new bowls:
Frozen banana, pear, dates, kale.  Blend in Vitamix.  Top with granola and bee pollen.  😍

Thanks so much friends for entering the fun readers.com contest.  As always, I wish everyone could win a new pair of readers.  Wouldn't it be so nice to be like Ellen and just be able to give a pair to everyone who entered?!  I would just LOVE that!  I also love that we are all in this boat together.

The random number generator chose 3 numbers/names.
Number 55 :: Jill
Number 54 :: Coffeelover
Number 44 :: Stella

Congrats!  Please email me (lesliemfriend at gmail dot com)  and we will make sure you are seeing your stitches in no time!