knitting it up in a big way

choose your own adventure! featherweight edition

you know what hasn’t been done in a while? well, me blogging in general is one potential answer to that. but, what i’m more specifically thinking of is:

a choose your own adventure!

i have long admired the featherweight cardigan for it’s simple and beautiful shape, it looks like an incredibly versatile cardigan to have in ones wardrobe. this is also a great knit to show off a more spectacular yarn! or to de-stash!

now i happen to have a few options of laceweight yarn that could all probably make a quite lovely featherweight, and an inability to choose which i think could be the loveliest option! but that’s where you come in! let’s look at the options, shall we?

option the first:

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2 skeins of malabrigo laceweight, hand dyed by me to a slightly muted royal blue. 940 yards.

option the second:

1 skein shenanigans laceweight in colorway gunsmoke. 1000 yards.

option the third:

1 skein strandavarious laceweight in this hand dyed purple variegated color. 1000 yards. if i did this one, i might try to make the featherweight reversible, as i suspect i’d like the reverse stockinette side of this a bit better.

tell me what you think! the poll will be up for a week! how have your summers been?

The votes are in! At 44% with 11 votes, my purple strandavarious wins! Gonna start skeining that up tonight!

lately

Rose vs hexagon

i decided that the hexagon blanket needed another pale color, which i honestly don’t have any of, so i had to go out and buy this lovely ballerina pink koigu. i think i’m done crocheting hexagons, and i have commenced crocheting all of the hexagons together in chunks. i’m just the teensiest but worried that i’ll want one more column in the end, so i’m crocheting together portions around the area i would most likely add another column.

Decisions, decisions...

the third from the left is the one i took home, the second from the right is the color i might go back for. if you look back at where i was before i added the pink, you can see that the warm pinky tones are the spectrum least represented. thoughts?

Hell yes dinner al fresco!

i’ve been trying to take advantage of the absolutely beautiful weather we’ve been having, and while we were dog sitting, we also took advantage of the lovely backyard and ate outside. the potatoes in the middle of the table, by the way, were from this ridiculously simple and ridiculously delicious recipe.

Good morning!

and because reading at coffee shops (or in this case bakery with good coffee) is one of my very favorite things to do, i inevitably have to document it. i’m currently on the third book in this YA fantasy series about a female assassin (why yes, that does have my name written all over it).

Went for a prairie walk this morning. Had a few thinks, replaced worry and doubt with the buzz of bugs in the flowers and wind in the grass.

another attempt to take full advantage of the weather, i went for an extremely fantastic walk in a prairie preserve, and filled my head with the feeling of the sun on my skin, the wind in the grass, butterflies flittering about, the buzz of bugs going about their lives. it was lovely in the extreme.

ah, this picture also exemplifies my (quite mild) obsession with photo editing apps, most recently, the double exposure feature of afterlight. i could do a whole blog post about photo editing apps, but i have no idea if any of you would find that helpful or interesting at all?

what have you been doing to take advantage of the season?

on the bridge

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jake and i were on our way to dinner, and we knew that afterwards it would be too dark to take outfit pictures. i couldn’t think of where to take the pictures, though, so on an impulse, we turned into a residential neighborhood we’d never ventured into before. peeking down the blocks, i saw the hint of a park at the end of a road, so we headed there, which brought us to this rather charming little willow cloaked bridge, whose existence we’d been unaware of a mere 5 minutes prior!

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i’ll leave you with my most recent favorite picture of jake:

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we were liars

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gift hat – thrift tank – talbots hand me down skirt – old navy sandals

this skirt was my grandma’s. i have inherited a chunk of her wardrobe (you may have noticed if you’ve been reading my outfit descriptors), and let me tell you, the lady had good taste. i now possess a much higher percentage of talbots than i did before. although the actual amount of space i have for my wardrobe has been pushed to its limits. and now i’m rethinking what i own versus what i wear. what needs work or mending versus what i’m likely to actually do. these are tough topics of thought for someone as materialistically sentimental as i am. but i really dislike the pile that has no home on my bedroom floor.

on a completely different topic, do you need a summer book?

Halfway through this and I'm SO TEMPTED to flip to the end for some answers. Instead I'll try to speed read through it...

we were liars by e. lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an old-money family, headed by a patriarch who owns a private island off of Cape Cod. Each summer, the extended family gathers at the various houses on the island, and Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat (the four “Liars”), have been inseparable since age eight. During their fifteenth summer however, Cadence suffers a mysterious accident. She spends the next two years—and the course of the book—in a haze of amnesia, debilitating migraines, and painkillers, trying to piece together just what happened. from school library journal

that’s the synopsis i like best. if you are looking for a quick, engrossing read for the beach, may i recommend this? it is twisty and turny and pull-at-your-heartstrings-y. i read it twice in one day. when i finished, i had to go back to the beginning to revisit many of the scenes again. this is also one of those books where it is probably best if you go in knowing less rather than more. so thusly ends my extremely brief review.

beg/borrow/steal

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confession: this hat is my cousins. but every time she wears it around me, i borrow it.

thrifted blouse, jeans – borrowed hat – target shoes

another confession: i am way behind on blogging.

i took a break from my hexagon blanket and finished most of a hat, worked on my ridiculous bubblegum pink socks:

This yarn is ridiculous and I love it.

but then i missed my hexagons, so now i’m back to working on that!

Back to making little hexagons! I'm excited to be back to working on this project!

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i’m currently at about 165 hexagons, out of a projected 230 total. but now at least it would be big enough to cover baby. it was a little disheartening when it felt like i’d put in a ton of work, and it was the size of a glorified hankerchief. which is what led to the break. and somehow, feeling so enthusiastic about this project again has me daydreaming about more things to cast on for!

like this stash busting version of boxy:

Daydreaming about casting on for the boxy sweater, stash busting with some sport weight yarn...

i’m not entirely sure how manos del uruguay serena, which is alpaca & cotton blend (510 yds), would work with the 100% wool of the sage-y green (900 yds) and the grey (246 yds). i’ll have to do a swatch. and lots of math to figure out the correct proportions of the stripes to correspond with the varying yardages… but not yet! more crochet hexagons for now!

back to basics

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can you tell that jake and i are both total suckers for light flares? we always go out of our way to line some up if the sun/angles are willing to accomodate us. but i mean… can you blame us? sun flares are sooo pretty!

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target white tee, blazer- thrifted jeans – old navy sandals

you don’t get much more basic of an outfit than jeans and a white t-shirt. it almost feels like cheating, it’s so easy. but i still just love it.

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being around this many beautiful flowers made me want to gather up a bunch and bring them home with me! but i have two plants at home i am desperately trying to keep alive. by which i mean i occasionally remember to water them. what do you mean you don’t have high hopes for their survival? i’m shocked! this nursery has a small fruit stand attached to it, and that’s what we were there for.

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i feel like everytime we take outfit pictures, my hand veins are going super crazy. sheesh, calm down guys.

navy and black look lovely together!

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target black cardigan – rummaged/thrifed tank, j crew pants – my gram’s closet vintage coach purse

can i say how glad i am that the fashion rule that navy and black aren’t supposed to both be worn together is defunct? i love dark neutrals. they are my wheelhouse, they are my jam!

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did any of you americans do anything fun for the fourth of july? any of you canadians get up to any hijinks for canada day? the rest of you northern hemishpere peeps enjoying midsummer? i don’t know how many southern hemisphere readers i have, but are you bundling up in cardigans and drinking hot cups of tea?


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