I recently finished a few knitting projects and as I thought about what I should cast on next, I realized I have so much yarn in my stash. Leftover yarn, skeins I bought with no project in mind, stray projects I abandoned--I have enough to fill up a couple of cubbies in my IKEA cabinet. Instead of buying new yarn for new projects, I thought I would challenge myself to at least make a dent in the stash I have now. I've been knitting quite a few hats this winter (for me and for gifts). Many one skein projects are for hats or baby gifts or dishcloths. I tried to find some that looked fun and interesting and didn't all fit under the traditional categories.
It will be nice to try a few of these quick projects. What's your go-to project to use up leftover yarn? Read More
What happened to all those posts I promised in December? I had grand plans to edit photos, write patterns and have some posts queued up for January. Unfortunately, I brought back an unwanted souvenir from my trip to Costa Rica and spent the first three weeks of January fighting off a parasite. Daily life was hard enough, so I definitely didn't have the energy to create blog posts.
The good news is that the parasite is gone! Now that I have the energy, I'll start tackling my queue of projects to share here. Starting with this baby blanket I made back in November. Read More
I have some fun knitting projects to share soon, but haven't had time to download the pictures off my camera and post about them. During my upcoming two week vacation, I plan to get the projects ready to share (in between a trip to Costa Rica and days on the ski slopes in Colorado). Stay tuned for a Denver Broncos hat pattern (and more generally a tutorial on how to knit words) and a new baby blanket pattern. Read More
It may come as a surprise that though I enjoy knitting baby items (blankets, hats, sweaters, etc.), I really dislike baby showers. Usually I don't attend the shower and just send my gift. The cheesy games, the "oohing" and "ahhing" over every present opened, the passing of gifts around a circle... it's just not my thing.
Every now and then I attend a baby shower and am reminded why I said "no" to the last 5 invitations. This weekend was one of those rare times I found myself at a baby shower. As far as baby showers go, this one wasn't terrible, but after a while I thought I might roll my eyes if I heard, "that's SO cute" one more time.
I bought a Denver Broncos onesie as a gift for these friends, but gave it to them on the opening day of the football season instead of waiting for the baby shower. For the shower, I decided to make something quick and easy. Read More
This Spring I started designing two new baby blanket designs. I should know better than to buy yarn and start two projects at once. I was making great progress on the first blanket until the yarn came for the second one. At that point the new yarn distracted me and I couldn't resist starting the second blanket.
It didn't help that both babies were due in the same month. Which one should I prioritize? Turns out it didn't matter since I didn't finish either before the babies came. But it's summer. So we'll call these 'winter' blankets and not 'protect-you-from-too-much-air-conditioning' blankets.
Starting a new job, working on two side projects, biking a century and various other day-to-day life excitement left me with notes scribbled on papers with hash marks that I was finally able to translate into a readable pattern.
I present to you (blanket #2) the English Rose Tweed Baby Blanket. Read More
Each time we get to a new season in Colorado I think about how even though the season we're coming out of is great, the season we're going into is really my favorite. Winter and snow and skiing is amazing, but it's really great to bike and ski during spring. Spring with all the variety in weather has been exciting, but I'm really excited to sit by the pool and relax. Summer has been fun, but cooler Fall temperatures will be such a relief. And the cycle continues... Read More
Sometimes the best way for me to finish a project is to buy the supplies for the next one. I leave the new yarn in a place where I can admire it and touch it and get excited about using it. Then, I force myself to finish what I'm currently working on before I allow myself to use the new yarn.
I used this technique to finally finish the never ending cowl. I also wanted to finish it in time to actually use it before spring turns to summer. Read More
As an experienced knitter, sometimes I think I can't find new challenges or new techniques to learn. There was a time when anything besides a knit or purl stitch was intimidating. Now I've tried and mastered stranded color knitting, lace patterns, knitting in the round, even entrelac. That's why I was so excited to find the stitch block cowl from Purl Bee.
Three new stitch patterns I've never tried before! A new cast on method! I started knitting the cowl in early February and it's been fun trying out some new techniques. Like most new techniques, they aren't really that hard once you try them. (And it helps that Purl Bee has really helpful pictures that illustrate the stitches.) Read More
The last month has felt like a complete blur. The end of December was full of holiday activities, year-end parties, skiing and time with family. All that in addition to planning and packing for my trip to Patagonia made for a hectic few weeks. My two week trip to Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) was incredible. It felt much longer than two weeks since we didn't spend more than two consecutive nights in any one place. We crammed a lot of travel, activities and hiking (70+ miles!) into our time and explored some amazing places. Read More