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Baking, crafting, mama-ing and taking photos of it all. When I remember.


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stash diving, again, or: I never learn

Ina cap
All the hats I’ve knit for myself are years old and becoming worn out and droopy. I finally decided to knit this Ina Cap, the pattern for which I’ve had for years. Years, people. On paper. I’ve actually had it so long that I’d completely forgotten where I put it (I hate buying individual patterns on paper, but it was an impulse buy) and had to email them to see if I could get another copy. (They sent me one. So nice!)

Of course, some months after that, after I’d finished the hat even, I found my paper copy. Stored in my yarn storage ottoman, with a bunch of yarn.

In other words, a perfectly logical place.

*ahem*

Anyway! The pattern is for a hat & mitts set and I’d already knit the mitts back in 2010. My intention was to use up the rest of the yarn from those mitts and…I think we can see where this is going:
Ina cap

Yes, I ran out. Because of course I did! So now I have a blueberry-themed hat, thanks to a lovely friend who sent me a skein of matching yarn in a different color. (The yarn is Quince & Co. Chickadee in River and, unexpectedly, Snap Pea.)

See the details of mine on Ravelry.


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willow cowl!

willow cowlThis cowl is amazing – but you’d never know it from the pattern photos. A friend had one she’d made when we went to Asheville last year, and since that time several of us on that trip have knit our own! Since I also used the yarn I bought in Asheville, I like to think of it as my Asheville 2014 commemorative cowl.

willow cowlThe pattern is the Willow Cowl. It is enormous! We all doubled the pattern, casting on twice the number of stitches as called for, but the main thing about its size is the length. I could wear the thing as a skirt! (I mean, assuming I didn’t mind wearing a lacy, see-through knit skirt…) The pattern is easy – just sections of simple lace, alternating with sections of plain stockinette. The only drawback that I remember, especially if you double it, is that it takes forever to knit! I used two skeins of tosh merino light and I almost used every last inch. I think I had maybe a yard or two left after binding off. (Talk about cutting it close!)

willow cowlI love those pointy little picot edges!

See the details of mine on Ravelry.


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cornmeal mittens

cornmeal mittens
The kids have two pairs of mittens – so why can’t I? That way while one is drying, I still have a pair to keep my hands toasty warm. These are my “lightweight” mittens. (Is it a little sad that I have varying degrees of mitten-warmth? Brrr.)

The pattern is the Very Cabley Mittens by my friend Kelly and I’d had them queued for ages. Longer than ages. Forever. They’re an easy, quick knit with cables galore. I used leftover Knit Picks Swish Worsted, in cornmeal, that I’ve had leftover from when I knit E’s Rhinebeck sweater back in 2011. (And apparently, now that I’m looking, the yarn for that sweater was actually left over from a blanket! Ha.)

See the details of my mittens on Ravelry.


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kidlet mittens

purple mittens

Kids and mittens! Mine seem to be startlingly good at not losing theirs but I figured they should have backups, just in case, so I got to knitting with some leftover Quince & Co. Lark that I bought to make E mittens a year or two ago. (Small hands = not much yarn used.) I can’t say enough good things about this great worsted weight yarn. It’s durable, easy to knit, and it is amazingly soft after being washed. Aaaah…

toddler mittens

I used a dead simple, scalable mitten pattern and whipped these babies out in about a day per pair! Yay mittens!

See the details of mine on Ravelry, here and here.


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Dansez pullover

Dansez pullover

This just might be my very favorite sweater I’ve ever knit. (Don’t I say that every time I finish a sweater?) It’s a pullover, which is rather unlike me, and yet just like the last sweater I knit, so I think maybe I just don’t know myself anymore.

Dansez pullover

It’s my very first seamed sweater and I like to think I did a decent job getting those sleeves sewed in. (I lied – it’s not my very first seamed sweater, but it’s my very first adult-sweater-with-actual-curving-shapes-to-fit-together seamed sweater and not a kid sweater made out of different sized rectangles. Ahem.)

Dansez pullover

The lace detail at the waist and cuffs is lovely and the yarn is wonderful – it’s one of the few not-blindingly-bright colors from Fiber Optic that I bought at Rhinebeck in 2013. I finished the sweater back in October – just in time to wear to Rhinebeck 2014!

Dansez pullover

The fit is perfect – those seams really make a difference! The pattern is Dansez from Amy Herzog’s Knit to Flatter book. I did minimal customizing since I had the chance to try on the sample from the book and find out how it fit, so that was lucky!

See the detail of mine on Ravelry.

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