chunky knit beanie, 2018 edition

January 2009
If you would have told me that I would have been trying to recreate this photo in 2018, I would have thought that would be FOREVER in the future.  Yet, looking at this photo, I think it seems like only yesterday we went outside to take it.  Nine years ago and I remember the day perfectly.  My sweet girl was only eleven!
January 2018
We tried to recreate it this weekend.  We were cold.  And rushed. And I am sure I will remember this day just as clearly.  (I sure hope so!)
January 2009
January 2018

I used the yarn from my December Knitcrate.  1 skein makes 1 hat.  A sweet friend over on instagram pointed me in a great direction as to where to order faux pompoms.  This is the 11 mm size.

Pattern:  Chunky Knit Beanie
Yarn:  La Brebis 100% Peruvian Highland Wool by Knitcrate
Needles:  US size 15
Pompom:   Baby Violets Beanies Faux Raccoon 11 cm.

january knitcrate

A new year, new knitting goals.
It's funny, the January Knitcrates must have been reading my mind.
I don't knit many shawls.  Voila.  A new shawl pattern and yarn arrived at my door.
This months knitcrate theme did not disappoint.  Nature.  
"This box calls to mind that feeling of closeness to nature, the simplicity and celebration of misty breaths in cold air, sparkling sunshine on drifts of snow or windy plains, and the wild, untamable world we live within." LOVE that!
Knitcrate memberships are $24.99 and valued at $63.00.  All crates include FREE shipping anywhere. And, you can cancel your subscription at any time.   
The yarn:  Audine Wools fingering weight yarn in Breathless.  80% superwash wool, 20% nylon
The patterns
Knitting:  Sunset 
Crochet:  Chasmanthe Shawl
The sock crate
The yarn: Ryberry Yarns fingering weight yarn in red fox. 85% super wash merino and 15% nylon
The pattern: Hairpin Socks

It's just so much fun to receive these surprises packages in the mail.  SUCH a good mail day!

Remember to use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off of your first crate.  (That code works for any crate!)

my humulus sweater

So, color work mistakes are some of the worst.  I mean, I usually just want to throw my knitting across the room when I notice the mistake.  Especially when the mistake isn't visible for a while.
I noticed the mistake in the yolk of my Humulus sweater, (you make not even notice it, my sweet sister didn't) and actually did consider forging ahead.  However, took it off the needles, ripped it back and put it back on the needles.
I knit last night and am back where I began.  (See the diamond pattern repeat now?)
I wish I lived closer to my mom. (For many reasons.)  She loves detangling yarn and could help me with this beautiful mess.

Happy weekend, friends!

the hotline sweater

I was beyond thrilled when Libby text me from school and asked me to make her the Hotline Sweater from Wool And The Gang.
I tried to get it finished for Christmas... however, did not quite make it.  The knitting was finished but I still had to seam it together.  A day late was worth the wait for Libby.  She absolutely LOVES it.
If you have never worked with Mohair, it can be a little fussy.  Nothing where I would feel the need to discourage anyone from knitting with it.   It's just a little different than working with wool or cotton or any other yarn with a smooth finish.  Since it's a little fuzzy it just seems to stick a little.
The finished project is well worth it.  I think this would be the perfect project for a beginner sweater knitter.  And it certainly is a fun project for every knitter.

Pattern:  The Hotline Sweater
Yarn:  Take Care Mohair in misty mauve
Needle size:  size 11
Size: 1

If you are experiencing these amazing cold temperatures as we are, I hope you have your knitting and a cozy blanket to keep you warm.  I truly just want to knit all day!

happy 2018 friends

Dear 2017,
You have been quite an interesting year.  You have provided many pockets of growth and for that I am extremely grateful.  Your challenges have been gifts and my heart is full.
My wish for all my friends to knit with and for all people everywhere is a new year filled with health, love and so. much. happiness!
Happy 2018!
xx, leslie