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.