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Is anyone else knitting along with Wendy Johnson’s Summer Mystery Shawlette? I started mine late, so there’s not much to share (4.5 rows), but it’s already feeling scrumptious in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in Turquoise Mix. I’ve had this stashed for so long, earmarked for a project it became apparent I was never going to knit. So this KAL popped up with perfect timing. Check out the original post here and the Rav discussion thread here if you haven’t already!

ALSO: Is anyone else partaking in The Knit Girllls‘ “Stash Dash 5k”? It sounds really cool and exactly what my stash needs: you count every yard of yarn used from 5/27 to 8/15 to try to get to 5K (5,468 yards) of yarn! It seems daunting, but I love the idea. And lucky for me, WIP’s finished after the start date count! :) Check out the discussion page here.


This is one awesome pattern. I’m making these as Christmas gifts for somebody (they’ll go in the box so I’ll have them when I need them.) They’re knitting up so fast, and they look more intricate than they really are. Kind of an English-equestrian vibe, I think (maybe it’s the Hermes-ish colorway).

Pattern: Woven Fingerless Gloves from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Butternut

Needle: Size 2

(Edit: They’re so easy to knit, one of them is done already! I really can’t recommend this pattern enough for gift knitting!)

Consider this a preview. It’s going to be my first-ever pattern, and I like how it’s coming along. We’ll see how it goes, so stay tuned!!

Here’s a pretty little cotton shrug I’m working on. I hope it’s finished before my friends’ wedding in Virginia next weekend. It would be the perfect weight and style for their country farm setting. It’s going pretty quickly…I’ll update you as it progresses!

Pattern: Something Lacy Shrug
Yarn: Rowan RYC Cotton Jeans in Cheesecloth
Needle: Size 6 & 7 (Addi Lace)

Okay, call me old-fashioned, but this is weird, isn’t it? Aromatherapy never really felt at odds with knitting to me. I mean, who was the genius who said to the Lily design team, “You know what the biggest problem facing knitters today is? Smelly yarn! I mean, who likes the smell of cotton? And god knows it’s impossible to light a candle while you knit! So let’s put chemical fragrances in the yarn! How has no one thought of that before?!”

Lily Sugar’n Cream Scents worsted-weight cotton yarn, $2.19 at in Aloe Vera, Lavender, Fleur de Lavande (somehow different), Powder (yech!), Vanilla Bouquet, Camomile (sic), and Rose Petal.

Am I wrong? Is this a brilliant idea and I just don’t get it?

This one’s been hanging around for a while, so I thought I’d put it up here.

It’s from a Purl Soho pattern called the Rochefort Chapeau, knit in Eggshell and Burgundy Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, on size 5 needles. Silky Wool is a really nice yarn–it’s not as soft, really, as the name would suggest, but kind of nubbly in an organic and matte and homey way–and yet not scratchy or stiff. The colors go along with the muted, homey feel.

I like the hat a lot, as does my sister, for whom I made it. It’s fresh and stylish but also old-fashioned-y, like something you found in a bin from your mom’s childhood that, shockingly, is back in style. It’s very unique, too–though modern and voguish, I’ve haven’t seen another soul wearing anything similar on the streets of NYC. It’s also light and loose enough to be a good transition hat–perfect for those slightly chilly, rainy spring days when a thick wool hat just seems depressing.

Here’s the finished pic of that hat I was blocking the other day–the Dogwood Hat for my cousin. I knit it, as you may recall, in the fabulous Cascade Yarns Cloud 9 (Sunflower) on Addi Turbo Lace needles (size 7). I tried it on just to take a photo for you guys, and I’ll try to get another pic of her wearing it to post.

And here it is all wrapped up in some lovely Snow & Graham wrapping paper I got from Papel in my Brooklyn neighborhood:


Clever name, no? I kind of love this hat. It’s sort of Scottish Highlands-meets-Sesame Street. It was going to be slouchier (as per the pattern, the super-easy and quick Sock Yarn Slouch Hat), but I cut it short by a few rows to create a slightly snugger hat. See a tutorial for the pompom here!

It’s knit up in Knit Picks Gloss Fingering (a wool-silk blend) in the Kenai and Scarlet colorways, which was really a joy to work with. It feels soft but warm and durable, and the colors are very vibrant. I used my size 1 Addi Turbo Lace circulars to magic loop it, and I’ll tell you more about why that was a wonderful experience in at a later post.

These are pictures of my beautiful sister modeling for me. Thanks, Nicole!

Here it is: the first Finished Object of the blog. I tend to work on so many projects at once (and have such a short attention span) that FO’s are few and far between…until Christmas, when they all get made at the 11th hour. But here is something I just made for me, because I felt like it. It’s the one that got frogged back to nothing and I almost gave up on it then, but I somehow persevered. And I’m glad I did. Introducing…

The Colonnade Shawl! (Excuse the crummy pics and wrinkliness–I blocked it out so nice and pretty, and then wore it for a few weeks before finally remembering to take a few pictures.)

It’s a Stephen West pattern found here, and meant to be knit in two colors. I wanted something simple and warm and grey, though, so the whole thing is out of Berocco Ultra Alpaca in the Gneiss colorway. It’s lovely and warm and wraps around my shoulders comfortably on the cool spring days we’ve been having.

Also, it looks kind of like a manta ray. Which is cool.

Here’s my other project. It’s a super-fast knit; I started it last night, and I’ll probably finish by tonight (edit: finished it already!) It’s the Dogwood Hat, and I’m knitting it for my cousin’s birthday out of Cascade Yarns Cloud 9 in the Sunflower colorway (so soft and squishy!!). It’s a nice bridge piece–warm enough for the cool spring days we’ve been having, but bright enough not to feel like another winter hat–and the eyelet pattern makes it feel a little lighter, too.

Edit: The only complaint I have is that I should have done another repeat of the chevron pattern. It’s a little short as is, more of a beanie than a useful hat. So I’m in the process of blocking it pretty aggressively now to get some extra length out of it (in a kind of ghetto way–by pulling it over an old juice bottle. What? It works!) Will fill you in on how that goes!