acorns or knit caps

This. Now THIS is what I call a dreamy day.

I used to spend a lot of time baking cookies and trying new recipes.  I don't bake as much as I used to.  However, when I do, I get super excited to pair it with my yarn.  It's all just so delicious.  

 And what could be better than Big Birdie by The Lamb & Kid paired with the most amazing fall cookie.  They are called Acorn cookies but all I see is little knit caps.  Still.  Oh, and I don't make them Gluten free.  I used unbleached white flour.  

WIP:  The Lyon Sweater by Petite Knit in Big Birdie by The Lamb & Kid in Oats color way.  

Rhinebeck 2023

Well, the sea of Antique Flora's was all that and more.  For some reason it is just SO wonderful to twin with other knitters!  Gina did the most amazing job dying the yarn so that all the sweaters looked wonderful together!  It was raining on and off that Saturday... But that didn't stop us!

{Gina, me, Sara, Stephanie, Laura}

I do wish mine fit a little like the others.  Ha.  I guess I should have made the 37" instead of the 34"!
Can you stand the cuteness of these sweeties?!!!
Felted.  I mean!!!

Okay.  SO many yarn experts, dyers, companies!  It truly makes your head spin in the most glorious way.  It is just an entire day of everything that makes my heart sing.  And I know I'm not alone!  
I love, love, love seeing samples and obtaining inspiration from them.  I really love that sweater up there and love being introduced to a new company.  Maybe this will be in my future.  
This was during the CAKEpoloosa event.   That's gorgeous Gina loving the rain wearing a no frills in her yarn. (Ha!)  And that is marvelous Margaret from Boboleros sporting her Saturday Shrug in her yarn.  

I'm wearing the Barbie Bubble Wrap designed by Margaret.  I'll be back to tell you all about that.  

Antique Flora

 I finished it for Rhinebeck!  And wore it along with 4 other friends who wore one also!  All in different color ways.  It was a Sea of Antique Flora's.  More on that soon.

Pattern:  Antique Flora by Wool & Pine Designs

Yarn:  SkeinCocaine (Kits coming soon)

Needle:  US 4 cuffs, US 7 (color work)  US 6 body

my rhinebeck sweater

The Rhinebeck sweater is important.  I learned this during my first trip to Rhinebeck when I failed to wear a knit.  WHAT?!!!  I've learned a lot since then!

9. 28. 23   Boulder, Colorado

This year, when I go, I will be wearing the Antique Flora by Wool & Pine.  The yarn is by Gina from SkeinCocaine and she will be wearing one also!  Along with a few others.  All in different colors with the body of the sweater in the same color.  I am super excited to see them all together.  
9. 29. 23    Grand Lake, Colorado 

We were in Colorado last week (more on that later) and I spent some quality time outside knitting.  
What a joy!  
10. 6. 23     Home

This weekend, I am determined to finish the second sleeve and get it on the blocking mat.  (I actually don't have a mat, just a towel and the floor.)

Happy Weekend!  

corran cardigan

This knit was finished back in June however, I just took photos of it last week! 

Why?  Well, there were several reasons.  First, I couldn't decide on the buttons.  And then, once I decided, I changed my mind and decided I didn't want buttons after all.  So, I sewed the buttonholes closed.  
Then, whenever I tried to wear it, it just wasn't right.  I couldn't find the right outfit.  This came mostly because although it is a mesh fabric, it still was a little too warm for a summer knit.  
And then the weather shifted.  And something magical happened.  The fabric became just right.  Just the right amount of warmth on those crisp days.  

 And now?  Now I think I might want buttons again.  Ha!  But since I have closed up the buttonholes, I may just sew some on for the days I want to wear it closed.  That way, when I want to wear it open I can just easily remove the buttons.  

Jeez.  I never knew I would have so many indecisive thoughts about my Corran Cardigan!  

Pattern:  Corran Cardigan by Creabea
Yarn:  Onling No. 1
Size:  2
Needle Size:  US 6/ US 8
Mods:  The pattern has several options.  You can make a V neck cardigan or a crew neck cardigan.  You can make a short sleeve cardigan or a long sleeve.  I made a v neck cardigan and added 4" to the short sleeve option to make the sleeves longer.  

everyday attitude

This sweater has truly been my end of summer love. I just love a super wearable wardrobe essential! This truly checked all of my boxes.
I had some stash yarn I had in mind right from the start.  Yarn I ordered from Purl Soho last year during one of their summer sales.  Unfortunately, the yarn was being discontinued and was a close out sale.  Ugh.  

I found this yarn to be lovely.  I used it for my Never Ending Story Sweater and it has worn so beautifully.  Not to mention it feels wonderful on my skin.  So, I was pretty bummed upon learning that it would be discontinued.    
The pattern had a few details that I absolutely adored.  That side seam up there is one of them.  Wow!  What a perfect way to bring together the side seam of striping!  Especially since this sweater is knit in garter.  I just love the texture with the lines...
And the chevron shoulder couldn't be more perfect!

Pattern:  Everyday Attitude by Susanne Sommer
Yarn:  Buttercup Cotton by Purl Soho (Discontinued)
Needle:  US 3
Size:  3 but measures a size 2
Mods: Well, since I was changing yarn I had to do a gauge and figure out what size would give me the measurements I wanted the finished object.  My stitch count was 26 st = 4".

Esmeralda Sweater

 Can you feel it?  The chilly mornings, the crispness in the air, the smell of the leaves?  It's coming.  And it is my favorite time of the year.  FALL!  I absolutely adore this time of year.  And the prospect of donning the hand knits once again.

Esmeralda came off of my needles back in June.  It's one of the yummiest sweaters I have ever knit.  Squishy yarn + a simple design is sure to be a sweater I will wear a lot and for a very long time.  Just a true classic.  I can't wait to wear this!  

Pattern:  Esmeralda 
Yarn: Onling No. 10 (silk mohair) held with Onling No. 20 (shetland wool)
Size: 2
Needles:  US 6/ US 8
Mods:  I made the body a little shorter.

knitting with friends

SO, whenever I have a coffee and knitting date at my home I want to make my friends something yummy to go with the yarn and coffee. Actually, I love to have something special most weekends with my coffee! And Sundays are usually that day.

I woke up knowing exactly what I wanted to accompany yesterdays coffee + yarn session!
I have been making these scones since 2010 and they are always consistently good.  My kids especially love them.  
The dough is rather sticky so don't be afraid to flour that surface!  I usually just use the heal of my hand to flatten the dough.  No need to get out the rolling pin!  We like them on the small size... that way you can eat a few!  (Or six!)
The cinnamon chips can be hard to find locally but Amazon usually stocks them.  I know, you have to buy a lot but they freeze well!  
And wouldn't you know it that my sweet friend brought delicious scones that she had baked that morning also.  
I guess knitters think alike!  

I started another Best Friend Butterfly Blanket to accompany my treats.  I promised a friend I would make one for her new baby that welcomed their family 3 months ago.  I really needed to get it started.  
I also started 2 other "summer" projects this weekend.  They are on tiny needles and are using black yarn.  What was I thinking?  Well, for one that I can only knit with black yarn in bright light.  So, no time like the summer!

Scone Recipe:  Here
Mods:  I have started to bake at a lower temperature (350º) because my family likes them a little cakier.  But if you like them a little firmer than continue to bake at 400º.
Cinnamon Chips:  Here

friend to friend

Have you made a Friend to Friend yet?

Honestly one of the most rewarding knits!  Not only to knit but to wear! 
I spent about a week at my sisters house in Orient, New York at the end of June.  While there, I decided she needed a Friend to Friend as it would be perfect for her mediation practice.  She decided she needed two!  
She is going to have to wait for her second one as my list is long.  I have a growing queue of these fun knits!

I have made 8 so far and now have 6 in the queue.  But they are so easy and fast that as soon as I cast off, I cast back on for a new one!  I actually finished one in Belini today (pictured in rear) and will be casting on for one in Magic Hour this evening!   It's one of those knits that can definitely be made in a weekend.  It's affordable and machine washable.  I throw it in the dryer, too!  Perfect for gift knitting!  

Pattern:  Friend to Friend
Needles:  US 11

Happy Weekend friends!  

mini mock neck tank

Okay. So this is one of those knits that will mostly be layered but it definatley can be worn on its own.

I absolutely adore the yarn I used and the color is the most delicious brown I have seen in a while.  I am totally crushing on browns at the moment and this was love at first sight.  

 I used one ball of the Trio yarn and the only reason that worked is because high rise jeans!  Otherwise this would be extremely short!  
The finished garment is meant to be tight... with a negative ease of 4.5"- 6.5"!  That is second skin negative ease!

Size: S
Needles:  US 4/ US 2
Mods:  The only thing I did differently was to add length to the body of the tank.  The pattern calls for 6" from underarm for my size.  I knit an extra 2" for a total of 8" and then added 2" of ribbing.  

Would I make this again?  Absolutely!  Libby is already requesting one!  


I have been wanting to knit a Lento Sweater for quite a while.  And back in the winter/spring the amazing girls Amy and Rebecca were hosting a KAL.  I knew I wanted to jump in, however, i missed the mark by a couple of months!    

That certainly didn't stop me from stash diving and finding, what I believe,  the perfect yarn to use for this pattern.
I bought the yarn back in 2019 on a trip to Barcelona.  I had stumbled upon a darling shop call "All you knit is Love".  In the shop was a Steven West Shawl made out of this combination and I was smitten.  Until I actually started the project and then decided I probably wouldn't wear the shawl as much as I would a sweater so rip went the shawl.  The yarn had been waiting patiently to become something and I must say I think it was happy with the wait!  As this was the perfect marriage.  

I adore the softness of the colors with the delicate details of the knit.  

Pattern:  Lento
Yarn:  All You Knit Is Love Bokeh and MurMur
Needles:  US 6
Size: 2
Mods:  The only modification I made was the eyelet raglan.  All mods on my Ravelry page.  
Notes:  This is an amazing pattern and a pattern that can be created over and over.  I can't wait to make more.  Oh how I would love it in a lovely camel color!  

I talked all about the Lento on episode 38 of my YouTube Channel.  You can find that here.  

stripes and more stripes

I have always had a thing for stripes. And I have wanted to knit with Lamb & Kid yarn for some time.  I waited for the L&K update and set my alarm.  SCORE!  I was able to land a few of my favorite colors! Cultivating my wardrobe for pieces that can last a long time has been my goal for the last couple of years.   And I think these things will fit nicely into my closet.  

Pattern:  Fancy Sweater by Lamb & Kid
Yarn:  Big Birdie by Lamb & Kid in Peanut and 
Needles:  US 11
Size:  S
Mods: The pattern is written in a solid version.  I have notes for how I striped this on my Ravelry page.

Pattern:  Saturday Shrug by Jackie Rose
Yarn:  Big Birdie in Vintage (2 skeins) and Peanut (1 skein)
Needle Size:  US 9
Mods:  None.  All notes on my Ravelry page.  

Pattern:  Saturday Shrug by Jackie Rose
Yarn:  Diamond Lane Birdie held with Tod 
Needle Size: US 9
Mods:  None.  All notes on my Ravelry page.
And there I have it!  Three pieces that I made in the winter/spring that have already had quite a bit of body time!  I have worn both of the Saturday Shrugs quite often... even this summer!

        {me + libby  July 9, 2023}
I talked all about these projects on Episode 36 of my YouTube Channel.  You can find it here.  

Oh my!

 I have some catching up to do!

{Lavender Farm / June 28, 2023 Orient, New York}

My schedule the last few months has been providing a lot of packing and unpacking.  All fun,  but that left little time to get organized enough to visit this space.

I'll be back tomorrow as I have plenty of past things to share as well as current!  


Oh dear! It's March already?! That was fast!

I'm going to do a little catch up here before I dive into what is currently on my needles.  
This sweater has moved to the top slot of my favorites.  It is the perfect combination of yarn + simplicity of pattern that made me fall in love.  
And the color may have something to do with it as well.  
I have my sweet Libby to thank for this as she sent me a picture of the sweater and asked me if I thought she would be able to knit one.  I said, absolutely and purchased enough yarn in order for both of us to make one.  
I can't wait for Libby to finish hers so that we can be twins! 😍

Pattern:  No Frills
Yarn: Onling no. 10 (70% Mohair, 30% Silk) color 115, light blue and Onling no. 11 (90% Superfine Merino, 10% Cashmere), color 36, baby blue.  COMBINATION IS DREAMY
Size: Small
Needles:  US 4 and US 6
Mods:  Twisted rib instead of standard rib.  

****Notes regarding the pattern:  I found the pattern easy enough to follow, however, I have feedback from Libby and my friend Denise.  They have not found it the easiest pattern to follow.  If you are new to reading patterns, you may need some help deciphering some of the directions.  

beatrice mitts class

 Did you ever make your pair of Beatrice Mitts?  I truly adore mine and wear them A LOT!  

If you have ever wanted to cast on for a pair and haven't, nows the time!  I actually filmed a class for the Rebecca Page Summit which started yesterday.  The class is free for a day and will be live on January 27th.  If you would like to watch it anytime from anywhere you have the opportunity to buy the class for $59.99  Sign up here!

a kuffel is born + episode 34

The Kuffel came off my needles and I seriously wasn't sure if I was going to ever wear it.  

My floats were causing a lot of puckering and I thought it was far from being able to block out.  
Jeez am I grateful I didn't throw it into the garbage!  

 The stitches really did settle themselves and decided to lay down nicely.  I still want to use a steamer to sort of blend the stitches.  
You can see why I thought this would never be worn!  It was a puckered mess!
The reason for this is because I was using a 24" cable while knitting.  I thought I was being mindful enough when working each new color but turns out it was not enough.  
Blocking is EVERYTHING!  

Pattern:  Kuffel by Alexis Winslow
Yarn:  Hudson & West in Ash and Aspen
Size:  2
Needles:  US 5 & US 7
Mods:  I made this sweater long sleeve instead of 3/4.  I knit twisted rib instead of standard rib.  I made the neckline a little tighter by picking up the recommended amount of stitches and then on the first round of the rib, I decreased 10 stitches evenly spaced.   

If you want to hear me talk all about this and get the pattern for the two tone twist I pared it with, head over to my latest YouTube.



My first sweater of the year is currently blocking.  

Can't wait to try this one on and see the final fit.  I hope I can block out some of the bumps and bulges caused by my lack of spreading out the stitches on my 24" needle.  

*Note to self... switch to a longer needle when working color work.  

happy 2023

 Just wanted to pop on and wish you all a very happy new year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday full of good food, lots of love and yarn stranded through the moments!

Heres to a new year full of great health and all of the things that make you happy!  And I know yarn and knitting are high on your list.  

Cheers friends!