FO: Rosemont Cardigan and #wewearknitbot

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This month, one of my favorite knitwear designers, Hannah Fettig, celebrated the one year anniversary of her amazing book, Home & AwayThis collection of knitwear features sweaters and accessories meant for cozy days at home or adventures out and about. My favorite Simple Hat is from this book! Yay!

In honor of this anniversary, Hannah hosted an Instagram fashion show! This was my entry: my Rosemont cardigan from Home & Away, knit in Quince & Co Lark. I chose my favorite Glacier colorway for this heavyweight springtime cardigan.

Looking back, I probably could have (should have) knit a smaller size (maybe two?). But… I really wanted an oversized shawl cardigan. Yeah, so it’s a bit on the “drowning” side. But it’s so cozy, I only sort of care. Like when I’m having my picture taken. I care much less about the largeness of this sweater when I’m curled up on the couch. Then? Oh, then it’s just right! So, while I chose to go out-and-about with this sweater (to the library!), it’s more of a “Home” than an “Away”.

April Queue Check & Goals

With March done (and DONE!) let’s take a quick peek at the Spring 2016 knitting queue….

Alpinism by Maria Krebs

Finished last weekend! My sister Jen texted me and asked for a sporty headband to keep her ears warm while she trains for an upcoming 5k with her daughter. So this was a last-minute addition to the Spring 2016 queue. Knit up in Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn for extra durability.

Rosemont by Hannah Fettig

Blocking! I had this one in the queue for next fall… but then Hannah announced an Instagram fashion show with lots of awesome giveaways for the anniversary of her Home & Away collection (which I so love). Yeah, this was another one that moved up the queue unexpectedly. More on this project by itself once it finishes blocking. Really hoping to make the 4/10 deadline!

SCHOOL GIRL SOCKS BY CABINFOUR

This is the one thing that was actually in the queue heading into March! This pair of socks fits great inside my Madewell ankle boots, and keeps my feet cozy but not hot. Awesome! I used some leftover yarn from Jen’s Simple Hat to make myself a pair of “Peacock Girl” socks. That makes me smile probably more than it should.

Next up? A pair of Favorite Socks by Voolenvine for Chris and a Bitty Breezy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig for my niece Jordan, both of which I cast on this week.

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In other making news, I got my sewing machine! I’ve been practicing with it and ran through a Tilly & the Buttons Make Friends with a Sewing Machine online workshop to get a handle on things. I’m happy to say that it was mostly a refresher, though I know I’ll be referring back to the troubleshooting and cleaning section in the future.

I’ve purchased some nice fabric (a light chambray and a Brussels Washer woven)  from Fancy Tiger Crafts in Colorado and a Tiny Pocket Tank pattern from Grainline Studio.  I’m planning on making two basic tanks to wear under my knit cardigans for this season and then expanding my skills for Summer.

Making Plans - April 2016

How are your Spring craft goals coming along? Do you prefer to plan things out or wing it? I’m definitely a planner: as long as I have a plan at any moment, I’m good. That plan can change, but I just need to have a plan… any plan. Ha!

Hope you’re all having a great week!

FO: The Snowy Shore Cardigan

It’s another Finished Object (FO) day! Today, we’re taking a look at a Little Shore Cardigan that I knit up for my friend Lisa’s daughter. Lisa you may know from her outstanding sewing and crafts blog Mabey She Made It. That girl is so darn talented! I’m so proud to know her. And I’m thrilled to contribute to her daughter’s handmade wardrobe. Without further ado….

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Let me just say: I adore this cardigan. Everything about it. The color, the high-low hem, the rustic yet soft wool-alpaca blend. Seriously, I’m smitten. This pattern was designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge, the mastermind behind the Annabel Babe Cardigan I knit for Megan’s daughter back in February. Just like the Annabel Babe Cardigan, this top-down sweater features simple construction with clean lines. But, the added detail of the a-line shaping and high-low hem make this design something extra special.

Snowy Shore Cardigan 2

I worked it up in the suggested Quince & Co Owl, and I’m so very glad I did. That recommendation was absolutely the best possible choice (in my mind) for this design. The yarn has a beautiful loft to it and a subtle halo that adds softness and a bit of sheen without taking away from the crispness of each individual stitch. Plus, Owl is a joy to work with on the needles. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I got gauge for this piece on the first try and fell in love when I blocked the swatch.

Snowy Shore Cardigan 3

It was lovely working with a sewist on this particular project! Lisa had all of Saige’s measurements and I was easily able to determine that I should knit a size 6, which would give her 3″ of positive ease. Suggested ease on this pattern is 1-3″ and I like opting for more ease on this design to create a swingy a-line rather than a more fitted look. So much fun! Lisa brilliantly paired the cardigan with brown leggings and riding boots to show off that swingy style.

Check out my project page for the Snowy Shore Cardigan to see more photos of this gorgeous cardigan. And take note of the Collaboration page for my Mabey She Made It knits. I’ll be updating that page with each collaborative garment I create for Lisa.

A special thanks and shout out to Lisa for her stunning photography! {Grins!}

Knitting for Babies and FO: Annabel Cardigan

jacksoki1-annabelFive quick true-to-me facts about knitting for babies….

  1. Awwwww….
  2. Fast, small knits make for fantastic travel companions! These are my go-tos for public/travel knitting. I can tuck one in my carry on and have another in my suitcase, in case I finish the first on the way there and need something to start in the hotel.
  3. Baby garments are great conversation starters. Want to make friends in an airport? Work on a baby sweater. Your neighbors will talk your ear off!
  4. Handmade wardrobes for babies are so much fun! Sure, they’ll grow out of the garments, but the items can easily be passed down or passed along to another child at daycare.
  5. PSA bonus: In our quick-fashion society, this little person has something to wear into which someone put effort, care, and mindfulness. To me, that is worth so very much.

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Case in point: the Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge,  today’s FO (finished object), modeled by the adorable Lauri Grace, Megan Hoeppner’s daughter. I knit up the cardigan in a 6-month size, since I’d heard mention that Lauri’s 3-month clothes were starting to wear a little tight. Plus, who cares if a cardi is a tad over-sized? It’s comfy! And it should get her through the cool, spring days.

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Now, Carrie (aka Madder) is one of my favorite knit designers: her simple garter-stitch baby garments  often feature top-down construction, making them quick to knit up and hard to mess up… even when you’re sitting in the middle seat on a plane from Philly to Phoenix. The Annabel Babe Cardigan is no exception: this sweet little sweater went together about a week, with some distracted knitted. I’m not a monogamous knitter: I have so many projects on the needles! I’m trying to be more focused, and transitioning my blog to more of a knitting space is definitely helping with that! Plus, by knitting for other people, I’m able to self-impose deadlines much more effectively.

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Let’s talk about the yarn…. once again I’ve used Quince & Co Chickadee for its delightful squishiness, cost-effectiveness, high-quality, and gorgeous color. This sweater is 100% American-made from farm to closet! (Totally a thing, right?)

This Valentine pink is their Pomegranate color way, and I used just over two skeins. I purchased three skeins, so I have enough left for a Simple Hat or a small pair of mittens.

PS. All the photos in this post were taken by the super-talented Megan! Thank you so much for joining me today!

The Simple Hat Project: Hoeppner Girls

Hello, hello! I’m back to share a quick look at another participant in the Simple Hat Project! As many of you know, I used to work with the fabulous Megan Hoeppner, and am lucky to count her among my friends. This Christmas, I surprised her and her girls with a trio of Simple Hats! Of course, she was kind enough to immediately take some photos of the girls and give me permission to share them with you. Aren’t they too cute for words? 
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Here, we have two darling hats in child and baby sizes, knit up in shades of pink, perfect for little girls’ adventures in the snow. Coincidentally, Maggie’s beanie matches her snow pants! I know, right?!

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Thanks for stopping by! Learn more about the Simple Hat Project, and find out how you can participate, too. Have a lovely long weekend, if you’re here in the States!

The Simple Hat Project: Introduction

I’ve started a new knitting project: a Simple Hat Project. The idea? Make Simple Hats from Hannah Fettig’s Home & Away collection and give them away as gifts, including sending out One-to-Wear/One-to-Share packages. These hats knit up so very quick and take very little yarn—they’re perfect for this idea! I knit four hats for family members for Christmas, as a proof of concept on how fast I could get these out. Each of the hats in this project will be knit in Quince & Co’s Chickadee, an American, 100% wool, sport-weight yarn. Unlike a lot of sport-weight yarns, Chickadee has some delightful squish to it!

A brief interlude on squish. Pick up a skein of yarn and squeeze it. Does it feel pillowy and bounce back? Is it soft and does it make you smile? Do you want to hug it? You’ve found a squishy yarn! Back to the hats.

Simple Hat - Jen

First up is the hat I knit for my older sister, Jen. Her hat is knit in Peacock, a gorgeous deep teal. One of the things I love about Quince & Co is their colors: vibrant, consistent, and beautiful. I prefer to knit with solid colors rather than variegated yarns. For me, it boils down to the fact that I wouldn’t wear something variegated: it’s just not my style. I’ve knit projects with variegated yarns before (see previous projects) and I’ve avoided wearing the resulting sweaters for that reason. Anyway, Peacock is a great color for my sister’s blue eyes!

Simple Hat - Jordan

I love Hannah Fettig’s patterns. They’re always so beautifully written and easy to follow and the results are something that I would auto-reach for in a store. This particular pattern has a range of sizes: Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult, and Large Adult. Jen’s hat was an Adult size with an extra inch added for slouch. Here, I’ve knit a standard Child hat for my niece Jordan. Not pictured? My niece Cali in her hat. She’s a teen going through a “don’t take my picture” phase. (Sad!) But her hat is also a child size, with an extra inch for slouch. The Simple Hat is insanely versatile!

Simple Hat - Jill

Speaking of sizing, my mom’s hat is an adult large with no extra slouching. This created a nice beanie with plenty of room, which fits my mom’s personal style. Adding extra length to get slouch in a Simple Hat is an easy way to customize the hat for the wearer’s personality!

Each of these hats took between 1-2 skeins of yarn and Chickadee prices out at $7.85 per skein. I’ve been able to get both a child’s hat and a baby hat out of a single skein. Yes, you can have super affordable, high quality, made in the US hats! You just gotta make them yourself. PSA over! Alternatively, you could be a part of the Simple Hat project!

Join the Simple Hat Project

If you would like to be part of the Simple Hat Project (and get a hat!), here’s what you need to do: Leave me a comment through the link to the left (or below depending on how you got here). Tell me who you would like to give a hat to, and why…. Make sure to include your e-mail in your poster profile so I can reach you! If you’re selected, I’ll be in touch. Easy peasy! Caveat: You have to be willing to share photos of you and your “share” in your hats!

The Simple Hat Project will continue throughout 2016, and I’ll be sharing photos and stories of people in their hats. I would love to have hats all over the country! A girl can dream, right? I hope you join me for this fun project!