FO: Rosemont Cardigan and #wewearknitbot

Rosemont 2

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!


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.

Singer Stylist - New

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!

Brooklyn Tweed Knits: Levenwick Cardigan

Somehow I have found myself slowly knitting through the Brooklyn Tweed catalog of patterns–specifically their gorgeous Look Books. At least that’s what my Ravelry queue looks like. Hee! Maybe I’ll make that a goal. (Or maybe not.) So far, I’ve knitted the Norby hat (for me), a few Rosebud hats (for me and my niece), and a Nero scarf (for Chris’ mom).

I’m super excited about a project that I finished this week: the Levenwick Cardigan.

Note for the next project: Use the same freaking Instagram filter on all the photos!

Anyway…. This beautiful sweater has an asymmetrical design and a detailed scalloped collar and button band. So unlike anything I’ve found in the store! Check out the details in the collar.

Another fun detail of this cardigan is the darling little pocket that features the same scalloped design as the collar. Too cute for words!

I knitted my Levenwick using Malabrigo worsted in Uva, which is one of Malabrigo’s new colorways for 2011/2012. It’s a subtle purple/brown/red that changes depending on the light. Most of my pictures make it look very purple or almost fuschia.

When I wore it today, it looked almost burgundy. I was so happy that it rained today so I could take my sweater for a test drive! I put the buttons on it last night, and then snapped a quick show-and-tell photo for the Instagram peeps.

Next on my needles is the Brooklyn Tweed Fuse cardigan, which I’m knitting in Malabrigo Burgundy. One thing I’ve discovered is that, with the way I knit, I can always get a spot-on gauge for the Brooklyn Tweed patterns using Malabrigo worsted-weight yarn. Even better, I can purchase Malabrigo locally. I have really sensitive skin, so I’m a little wary about purchasing yarn online when I can’t feel it. (Or hold it up to my neck to see if I break out in hives. True story.) I love Brooklyn Tweed’s colors and the look of their yarn, but I need to get my hands on it before buying any. Really, Malabrigo yarn and knitting have both been a lifesaver to me! I can now have cozy sweaters that don’t make me itch and turn red. Plus, they’ll fit. Win, win, win!

Ready for Autumn: Aidez Cardigan

Last weekend, I finished off this super warm cardigan, the Aidez sweater from designer Cirilia Rose, and left it blocking while I went to Chicago for CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow). And today I put it on and stood in 95-degree heat while Chris snapped a few pics to share with you. Wow. It’ll be fantastic for days when it’s cold, but I just can’t face wearing a coat.

This was my first attempt with cabling–yeah, I’m feeling pretty ambitious. Ha! And the mistakes I made are totally ones that I can live with, so I just let them go. The different tones in the yarn–from bright blue to deep teal–helps conceal the flaws in the pattern. Win!

And here’s a goofy shot of me that Chris took before we admitted defeat on taking the photos indoors….

I just can’t stop messing with my hair!

Aidez Cardigan
Needle size: 10.5
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Azul Profundo
Pattern: Cirilia Rose

Next Up: Strafford Tee by Amy Christoffers.

Sweater, In Progress

My goal is to finish this darling sleeveless sweater by my birthday — May 17. I’m feeling pretty good about my chances!

Image courtesy of Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan. Published by Stewart, Tabori, and Change, 2010.

Here’s my in-progress version, knitted in Cape Cod Silky Merino from Malabrigo Yarns. I love the variations in the color in a single skein, a result of Malabrigo’s kettle dyeing process. Plus, the 50% silk, 50% baby merino wool is super soft, and doesn’t aggravate my allergies at all. Win!