6.21.17

We spent the Summer Solstice binging on Gilmore Girls.  
My sweet Libby had her wisdom teeth taken out.  It's a pretty easy surgery, but definitely requires some work afterwards.  Ice on for 20 minutes.  Ice off for 20 minutes.  On.  Off.  On.  Off.  I decided to help her out so she didn't have to hold the ice.  
I had her wrapped up tight in one of my scarves in order to hold the ice packs in place.  A friend of hers did this.  Genius.  And if she was working on a knitting project, she would be able to be hands free to do so!  (She didn't knit a stitch.)
Libby did use a Chalk Lots to tell me things and ask me questions so she wouldn't use her mouth too much.
It was the perfect, longest day.

Happy Summer!

june knitcrate

So, the last day of school came and went.  (A week ago.) And I didn't get Andrew to jump.  So sad.
However, I do have both college kids home for the summer and I couldn't be happier.  I need to make them all jump again.  Definitely. 
Also making me happy?  June's Knitcrate.  Just the box alone was enough to make me giddy.  Colored corrugated.  Oh ya.
But then the box was opened and all of this yumminess was inside!
The yarn ::  Manos Del Uruguay, Serena.  60% Baby Alpaca; 40% Pima cotton.  What a wonderful blend.
The pattern ::  A cowl.  One for beginners and one for Intermediate/advanced.  Such a great option.
The Extras ::  This adorable silver plated keyring.  It just happened to immediately join my keys.
And this Alpaca Needle Gauge.  Come on.  Can this be any cuter!
Also included in the Knitcrate are coupon codes for discounts on all of these items.  Bonus!

Remember to use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first crate.

Happy Weekend Friends!

crazy feelings sweater

An oversized cotton sweater that feels more like a sweatshirt than a sweater.  
The sleeves are full.  And long.  When I cast on for them (two at at time), my initial instinct was to modify them.  Make them into a more "fitted" sleeve.  I resisted the urge, and am so happy I did so.    I feel as if it's a more updated look and just matches the look of the sweater.  I love the little "notches".  This sweater can be worn with the "notches" in the front or the back.  Fully reversible.
Dropped shoulders make it easy to fit many body types.  So does the fuller fit of the sweater.
It truly is like an oversized sweatshirt.  As Libby was taking these photos, she asked me if she could have this or I could make her one.  That pretty much seals the deal for a cool sweater in my book.  I told her we could share over the summer.  And she could keep it in her closet.  :)

I am truly a huge Wool and the Gang lover.  Receiving everything in one personalized box just makes me giddy.  And makes the entire project that much easier.  Yarn, pattern, needles... even the darning needle, all in one box.  I just love that.

amsterdam

Oh my goodness! I don't know where the end of May went and can't believe we are already about a week into June!  CRAZY!
I've been doing a little traveling and just have to mention how I fell in love with AMSTERDAM!
Pure and utter L O V E.
My sister and I took Andrew to Amsterdam for his 16th Birthday present.  (Andrew is 17.5 😊... better late than never.)
From the beautiful and interesting architecture, to the art, to the amount of bikes, to the kind people.  Amsterdam just had this incredible vibe that made me want to stay.  Or at least make sure I travel back!
We searched for a yarn shop, of course.  We finally found it, bought some yarn and a tote.  When I posted the pic on Instagram, Lee Ann mentioned it was owned by Stephen West.  I had no idea.  Well, actually it was yarntripping Jennifer who mentioned it.  But, Lee Ann made a trip there as well!  Put it on your list for places to go when visiting Amsterdam!   
Toast travels well just about anywhere.  Never leave home without them.  (Either in the knitting form or the knitted form!)

Just finished making a batch of Snickerdoodle brownies.  Perfect for a cool, June day.  I'm off to seam together Crazy Feeling Sweater.  Can't wait to try it on!

this was today

11:35am
11:58am

This was exactly the day I had been craving.

I'll be back to tell you about the city I fell in L O V E with.  xx

happy mother's day!

I thought it would make total sense to have a little Mother's Day Sale on sweet Barbie Lou.  Since, in fact, it is my mother's pattern, and it is for a baby, and babies make women Mom's! 😍

Enter code : mybarbielou at checkout to receive 50% off of the pattern.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!

to go

I'm leaving tomorrow for a special, quick trip with my Andrew and my sister.  I had two projects packed that required a little bit of counting.  My sister reminded me that the 100x simple cowl is a complete no brainer.  Great for sight seeing or drinking wine.  All aboard!  (Ha! We aren't taking a boat!)

may knitcrate

Oh boy.  This yummy box arrived at my doorstep this week.  How about those colors!  Deep tones of greens, vivid violets and peacocks blues from Tanis Fiber Arts' Organic Merino.  It came with two patterns; the honeycomb cap and the sawtooth shawlette.  I am always equally excited about the little extras included.  This months DPN holder marks my first one ever!  Pretty excited to finally have one.  These boxes are truly a wonderful value.  (This crate is valued at $64.00)

Remember to use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first Crate!

the goods

This was pretty much all I left Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival with.  Well, this and a full stomach due to mouth watering Ribbon Chips.
Two skeins of Mountain Mohair, a worsted wool from Green Mountain Spinnery.  A pattern to make the boot toppers from my previous post.  And, a darling project bag from Madder Root, along with a new tattoo.  Ya.  It's a press on tattoo.  But, if ever I get a tattoo, you better believe it is going to look EXACTLY like that one.

maryland sheep and wool 2017

Hey friends!  So much fun to read your thoughts and preferences concerning the Magic Loop Method.  I really appreciate it.  I definitely am going to continue to do my best on the two at a time.  If things don't go well, I'll try Magic Loop one at a time.  And, if I decide to throw in the towel on my Magic journey, I'll be sure to share that with you! ;)
Last Sunday morning, I loaded the car and hit the road for Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I met my husband there as he was in D.C. for business.  What a treat to share my love of sheep and wool with my man.  AND,  to see his interest in something he knows little about.
This is the hippie sheep I was photographing while Steve was photographing me on Instagram.  What a beauty!  I just love the dreads.  You better believe I was wearing my Hanne Falkenberg.
We wove our way through most of the exhibits.  Filled with incredible sheep and all things related to our love of this craft.   It's a bit overwhelming to tell you the truth.  Wool everywhere.  We purchased two skeins of yarn.  Yep, only two.  It's hard to believe, but I didn't really have a plan and my head was spinning.
Leaving the fairgrounds, I couldn't help but smile at this shuttle.  To be surrounded by so many like minded people.  It really just makes my heart happy.

two at a time

I have never tried magic loop, two at a time, socks.  Never.  Ever.
I was all thumbs getting started.  Made a mess, actually.
However, now that I've gotten a few rows in, it seems to be a little easier.
I wonder how many people consider this one of their favorite techniques for knitting socks.

feeling crazy

Our weather is showing signs of summer.  SO fun!  
I certainly don't mind knitting with wool in the summer.  The feeling on my legs is perfectly fine with me.  However, a cotton is pretty cool, too.  And, in denim?  Oh yea.  
This week, I started the Crazy Feeling Sweater.  I made the Pop Life Cardigan last year and absolutely love it.  With the Pop Life I used dirty denim but decided to make this one out of the raw denim.  On size 10.5 needles it's a dream.  All kits include needles, but this time decided to use my own circulars.  
(There are four in there.  I think they just have to get used to the crazy camera.)
And because I went all crazy, I rented chickens!  Not really crazy.  Brilliant in my eyes.  We get the whole chicken experience with eggs as a bonus.  And... they come and pick the sweet girls up in the fall.  Unless of course we decide to adopt them.  That option is available.  I think this concept is absolutely wonderful.

windswept beetles

This bag.  My new everything bag. Small knick-knacks.  Sunscreen for in the summer.  Makeup for traveling.  Kids treasures.  Electronic cords.  Knitting essentials.  SO many uses.  
But lately it has been my Windswept Shawl bag.
Windswept fits perfectly in this cute little bag.  Amazing, but true.
And it makes me ridiculously happy whenever I see it.  (It's available in 5 shades!)

Btw:  Those are beetles.  Good Luck beetles.  Symbols of strength and luck.  Perfect for my small, interesting projects.  😊

a gift

I went to a baby shower and almost all of the gifts given were little boy baby items with skulls.  Who knew there was quite a selection out there.  I gave her a little black and white striped sleeper but decided to knit her something when the baby was born.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this pattern while perusing Ravelry.   I decided to opt out of the striped sleeves and the hood.  Easy enough.  Instead of picking up the stitches for the hood, I picked up the same amount of stitches and knit for 6 rows.

Pattern:  Baby Goth Knits Hooded Jacket
Yarn:  Uptown Worsted
Needles:  US 5 & 6

Happy Weekend friends!

april knitcrate

Okay.  I could not be more in love with these colors from April's KNITCRATE.  It truly takes everything I can to not cast on for this project.
The yarn is Vocabulary Yarn in Hawaiin Ice and Cara Cara Orange. 100% Superwash Merino Wool.   Soft lavender, pale aqua, cool mint and beachy blues combined with neon orchid and fiery orange.  Neon-sherbet at it's finest!
Two hat patterns, one for beginners and one for intermediate and advanced.
And a lovely sheep milk soap from Maple Hll Farm.

These mail days make my month!

Remember to use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first Crate!

post break

Spring break... one of my favorite times of the year.  I tried the natural dying process of my eggs.  I didn't really love the effect until afterwards.  Turned out to be just want I wanted.  A bowl of natural dyed eggs.  😊
We traveled to Florida, yet again, for the break.  I'm down to just one child to take.  WHAAAAA!
Those years went way too fast.
Three knitting projects made it in the suitcase.  You know, you always need the right project for the right time.  And, the 100x simple cowl is one project that works perfectly at the beach.  Light.  Airy.  Mindless.  Absolutely perfect.  

barbie lou

Hey Friends!

Barbie Lou is finally written up.  I  apologize for those who were waiting and for it taking me so long.  I had a lovely knitter test it, and I think it's all correct.  Thank you, Sarah!  (Sarah was really fast, it was I who was slow!)

This is the pattern my sweet mom wrote. (We call my mom Barbie Lou.)  All of my children, my sisters children and friends children have worn a Barbie Lou.  This has always been our go to baby sweater.  Great for both sweet baby boys and baby girls.  It is written in two sizes, 3-6 months and 6-12 months.

The pattern for Barbie Lou is available here.

Happy Friday!

skulls and crossbones

Ha ha!  I'm giggling how the straight needles (I never use straight... but all of my size 6 circulars are holding projects.) look like crossbones.  Well, sort of.  Get it?  Skulls and crossbones!

This is actually a baby sweater for a friend who recently had a baby and is all about skulls.  The pattern is darling.  But, be warned.  There are no guage or measurement details written in the pattern.  So, I'm flying solo.  I'll be sure to give my measurements when I am finished.  I've swapped out the striped sleeves for solid black.  And, I am leaning towards not adding a hood.

sunday adventure series.2

As my husband and I were headed out the door yesterday, I realized that it was the second Sunday in a row that I was going somewhere, in my city, for the first time. That made me feel pretty giddy. :) We decided to try to do something new and different on Sundays. Act like a tourist in our own city or if we are traveling, try something new on our travels.  I particularly love it, not only for the new experience, but because I can always, always, pack my knitting.
I've lived in Pittsburgh for quite a while.  I grew up here, moving to Kentucky when I was 13 and returning after my second child, Libby was born.  Not once had I been to Troy Hill.  And, it literally is about 15 minutes from where we live.  
 We shared a delicious tuna salad sandwich at Pear and Pickle and then headed to St. Anthony's Chapel where the second largest collection of Christian relics is held.  Second only to the Vatican!  WHAT?!  People from all over the world travel to visit St. Anthony's.  And, there it is, only 15 minutes from us.
 A brewery for an ice cold, Sunday, afternoon beer.
Ending the day with a little sunshine on our faces, yarn in my hands and leftovers for dinner.
Perfection.

i, too, am a knitter

Last weekend, Pittsburgh held a yarn and crochet festival. Although, it has been going on since 2005,  I have never attended and was really looking forward to it.  I hadn't been to a yarn festival since Rhinebeck in 2008!  My friend Denise and I grabbed a coffee and headed there on Sunday morning.
There were some really amazing booths.  We met some charming people and they told us about their incredible farms.  (All yarn named after their adorable sheep!)  I ended up walking away with some really gorgeous yarn from a couple of other booths.   Hello new poncho. Hello new mitts.
I remember being at Rhinebeck, back in 2008, and noticing how every single person was wearing something they made.  That's the time my sister wore her only knit and was getting tons of attention.  That's the time I didn't wear a thing that I made.  That's the time, I was wishing I wore something really great to say...hey!  I knit, too!  I almost forced my sister to give me her sweater to wear.  As I headed out the door to Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet on Sunday morning, I pulled out one of my Hanne Falkenberg Ballerina's.  And, that sweet knit did not disappoint.  Finally.  Finally.  The fellow knitters at the show knew that I, too, was a knitter. 😍

tea and toast

Meet Judy.
Judy is my tea drinking friend (no coffee!)  and is wearing toast.  It's pretty much the perfect combo.  (My grandmother had tea and toast every morning for breakfast.  One of my favorite memories of her.)  However, I prefer coffee and toast.  
I haven't knit with mohair in a very long time.  It's been years.  Like, many years!  But, when I saw Wool and the Gang had a mohair out, I just had to try it.  L O V E.  Especially for a small project.  It took one ball to make Toast.   I cast on 4 stitches less for the pattern only because I was getting a different gauge.  That is the only change I made to the pattern.  These will definitely take me through those cool spring days and make me happy.

And by the way... I just received the email that Wool and The Gang is having a sale!  The take care mohair is on sale through midnight March 27th.

dreaming + winner

I've been meaning to share these amazing wallpaper murals with you guys for some time.  Can you stand it?  I am totally in love.  There isn't a room in the home I am living in right now where I feel like I could accomplish this.  But, I definitely want a room like this in my future!  Aren't they awesome?
There are so many beautiful, textured wallpapers on this site, but, of course, the knit walls give such a cozy feeling.  My only problem would be deciding which one I love most.  (In the UK.)
Those are some big stitches!

The winner of Knit Noro Accessory 2 book is number 7, Cami Paul.   Cami, please email me with your address and I will make sure Knit Noro book lands in your mailbox.