episode 20

I'm getting super fancy and bought myself a ring light.  
I sat here and filmed my favorite topic; knitting.  I also explain why I am lisping.  ☺️

If you care to find out you can head over and watch episode 20 of a friend to knit with podcast.

Happy Knitting, friends!  xx

knitting for a cause

There are so many lovely knitters out there making loving pieces for charities. Are you one of them? If so, I think you are the bomb.  I really need to do some knitting for others in the upcoming year.  I'm definitely going to look into that. 

 Well, Yarn Canada has taken a particular interest in these special people and along with their big hearts put together a giveaway for people who knit for good causes.  How awesome is that!  Whether you are with a group or donate your work individually you have a chance to win some Bernat and Patons Yarn.  

As a group you have a chance to win $1000.00 for the group.  One group in Canada is eligible and one group in America is eligible.  And then, they are giving away TEN $200.00 gift certificates to individuals. 

You can enter here.  

This just makes my heart happy.  

new WIPS

It's 4:30am and we are headed to the airport in about 30 minutes, but I just had to pop on and organize my WIPS.  If you know me, you know I am a monogamous knitter and having too many things on my needles makes me a bit uneasy.  HA! 
Yesterday, I cast on for two projects.
I have two lovely shades of Linen Quill in my stash that I thought I would use for another Half + Half Triangles Wrap,  but decided a sweater would get more use.  I loved the Daily Pullover the minute I saw it in my email from Purl Soho.  Its just SO wearable!  I think it truly will become a Daily Sweater.  

 My second cast on was the Loop it Up Cardi which is part of Knit Collage's KAL.  DREAMY!  On 17 needles this thing will practically knit itself!  How's yours going, Denise?☺️

I have the Daily Pullover packed and hope to make some progress on our journey.

Happy weekend!

creeping fig boxy pullover

First off... I can't believe that today is Libby's 24th Birthday!  TWENTY FOUR?!!!!  How can that be?  Wasn't she just four?!!!  And wasn't I just 24?!!!

And, I know, I know, this isn't much of a boxy sweater as the name suggests. And, I absolutely fell in love with this sweater because of its boxiness and that is the beauty of the Creeping Fig BOXY Pullover.  However, while I was knitting it, I decided my wardrobe had a lot of boxy already.

It didn't really dawn on me until I was envisioning wearing this and the look I wanted to achieve and that is when I decided to take out the "box".  I suppose that is how ideas come to life.  

This truly was a joy to knit with the squishiest yarn.  There was a lot of "play" in the fibers so the actual fit wasn't achieved until I blocked this sweater.    

I absolutely adore the cable detail along the raglan.  Just enough detail to make it extra special.  
And this yarn feels dreamy on my skin.  No scratch at all!  
I can only imagine that this will now be on continuous rotation in my closet. 
Always up near the top of the pile!

BTW... I had the pleasure of meeting Beth MacDonald Stone at Rhinebeck.  More on that soon!  

Needle:  US size 7 and 8
Size:  S

Thoughts and Modifications:

I bought this as a kit and joined a knitalong hosted by the girls at Knitting Posse. (Love them!)

It was such a fun knit with a combination of the sweater I like to knit; a little bit of detail to keep things interesting with some cruise control knitting thrown in.

I did make some modifications while I was knitting and pondering what I wanted to add to my wardrobe.  

After reading other reviews, I decided to go up a needle size for the neck.  So, I used a size 7 needles for all of the ribbing (AND DID A TWISTED RIB) and a size 8 needle for the sleeves and body.

I cast on 76 stitches (instead of 64) to make a slightly bigger neck and after the completion of the ribbing, decreased 12 stitches around on last row.  Then I followed the size 1 directions until the split at the underarms.

Instead of the increases to make the sweater boxy, I decided to make a more fitted sweater.  I bound off at raglan by k2tog, Bind off, K2tog, BInd off (6X)  178 stitches remainded and I joined to work in the round.  

For the sleeves, I decreased 10 stitches.  (40 st) and knit straight until 5 inches before the total length I wanted, then knit in twisted rib for 5".