Let’s talk sweaters, guys. I’ve got an itch. I want to start a sweater, but I can’t decide which one! Let’s look at options, hey?
I’ve got this beautiful angora/wool/cashmere blend that I bought at Loop in London. DK weight, 1488 yds. At the moment I’m fairly in love with the idea of Sous sous by Norah Gaughin for this yarn.
I would probably omit the hi-lo hem, because with it, I think this will get kind of dated. Without it, this is timeless. A little wide, lending drape to a textured sweater with a lovely center focal piece.
Queensland Collection Kathmandu. Technically DK, but knits up like worsted, 1323 yds. I’m thinking Tinder for this one:
Speaking of Brooklyn Tweed, I’ve had these two colors of Loft for almost 3 years now with the same idea all this time. I want to recreate my favorite j crew breton, in sweater form. Here it is from before it was toooo dead to wear in public:
Boat neck, hip length, three quarter sleeves, gentle drapey a-line. Total Classic. Yup, capital ‘C’. I’d probably knit this flat, in pieces, and seam it together, using the original for measurements. The thing about this one is that I’ve never dealt with any patterns with sleeves like this… I’d have to be ready for a lot of trial and error to get this right, I think.
And finally, this vintage stash of Pingouin Confort made it’s way to me. Wool, acrylic, mohair. It’ll be long lasting. Probably won’t be my favorite to knit with, but it will be fine for wearing. Sport weight, somewhere in the arena of 1300 yards.
This yarn is allll set to recreate one of my very favorites:
Garment House’s Downton Sweater. So classic, so contemporary. I still feel swoony every time I look at this. Hers is a larger gauge, which I might be able to match with the yarn held double. Or I could leave it as is and make a more delicately gauged version of this sweater.
I’ll have the poll open for a week. Sunday, March 15 at midnight, we’ll see who the winner is!
At 60% (12) of the votes, the sea green Sous sous wins the vote! I’m just winding down on another project, so I should be casting on within the week!
Coming up on the anniversary of my trip to Ireland has me thinking about it more than usual. I will say, however, that I think of this trip very very frequently. I had such an excellent and amazing time. I would go back to Ireland tomorrow. I’d go back to Ireland last month. I was ready to go back to Ireland as soon as I’d recovered from jet lag.
This will be a bit of a massive post, kind of like my post on Bristol. There were many things that I don’t need to go as far into detail about, but you might like to know about!
Avoca– a beautiful shop with a cafe on the top floor. Avoca is probably historically most known for their woven wool items, as I believe they started as a mill. Their blankets were incredible, bright and modern but totally classic at the same time. They sell many other things, I coveted all of their womens clothing but even on my tourist budget (much more liberal than usual) it was a stretch. We ate a delicious lunch here and purchased a few small things. This is a chain, I know there are several more locations throughout Ireland.
I’m just going to rip the band-off and start with the bad news, okay? Okay?
If you follow me on any form of social media, you’ll already know that our sweet little Baiza is no longer with us. She hadn’t really been well all winter. And we miss her terribly. She was so sweet and cuddly, excellent company and she always made me laugh.
This is the only place I haven’t specifically mentioned it, and it was starting to weigh on me. Okay. I’m really sorry to have started off with bad news, but here, let me distract you with other things. It’s the same technique I’ve been using for myself.
The crochet blanket: is all seamed together! It is a thing of beauty! It’s stalled again for the moment while I figure out some kind of edging situation. I’m leaning towards something like this, only… I’m not terribly excited about the idea of making over a dozen half-hexagons. Not least because the main tutorial everyone seems to reference has broken photo links, giving me NO visual cues to figure it out from. So I was going to try to modify the crochet edging I linked to flesh out the edges a little? Maybe?
We’ve been doing small bits and pieces of filming! And one of those pieces required super ’70’s glasses! Which, ironically, are very similar to a pair Jake had when he was a teeny tiny kid. I kind of wish I had a picture of that so I could share it with you… He’s probably happier that I don’t. ^_^
I got to see/meet Jason Segel! He was at ALA Midwinter, talking up a book he wrote. We all have those actors/pop stars/etc that we kind of secretly feel we’d be best friends with if only we knew them in real life, right? Well, Jason Segel is one of mine. He has always seemed like a really chill, funny guy, with pockets of nerdiness, and just really comfortable with who he is. So I was quite excited, and a bit nervous to meet him. In the end it was super brief, but I was actually really impressed with how present and invested he seemed with everybody who waited in line to meet him. That’s quite a skill all on it’s own. I think my people skills would dry up after about five people.
Jason Segel did agree to do an ‘update’ shout with me, though! That is visible just below:
Due to filming, and ALA Midwinter, I’ve been traveling all around neighborhoods in Chicago I don’t normally get to, which just fills me with an appreciation for how big and diverse it is, as well as pretty from almost any angle. I love it when the Sears Tower peeks out from behind things, perfectly framed.
I went on a tear of making tacos with ground turkey, which was delicious! Tacos, though… So much chopping! So many dishes to wash.
I’ve had this bamboo sock yarn for years. I loved the bright little polka dots in it, but never really got up a solid enough concept to give me any impetus to knit with it. Until! I decided a little stockinette version of a February Baby Sweater would just about be the cutest thing. Which got me so excited I cast on and finished it within a few days. Now I need to buy buttons and snaps! I’ve made this before, though never with the intended lace. My all time favorite version means that the stockinette version kind of became my default version.
A flower under my care bloomed! And not some leftover from the last time bloom, a full year after I got it! Maybe someday I’ll actually be able to take care of plants for real!
Well, the good news is: I’ve been working on some more blog posts. So you might actually get some regular posts out of me for a little while!
Seasons Hat <– ravelry project page
Pattern: Seasons Hat by Jared Flood
Yarn: A bunch of unknown brown yarns that were gifted to me. 100% alpaca, or majority alpaca blends, mostly sport/dk weight. The darkest brown was heavy lace/light fingering held double.
Needles: I’m not sure… US 4 and 6, I think? (3.5 & 4 mm)
Notes: I pretty much just grabbed the colorwork chart from the seasons hat, and plugged in my own numbers, since the gauge was different. As with last time I knit this pattern, I had to do a bunch of swatches to see what color sequence I wanted. As with last time, I’m very pleased with the final outcome.
I wasn’t sure which color I wanted at the very edge of the brim, so I did a crochet cast-on and knit the body of the hat first, then unraveled the crochet and knit down the brim. Which took forrreeevvvveeerrr. But I knew I wanted a long 1×1 rib, and my cousin Sara was around for some of it, and would work a few rows when I was feeling done with 1×1 ribbing. Knitting down the brim also allowed me to do a sewn tubular bind off, which I *very much* prefer to a tubular cast-on. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, it just feels so much less finicky.
This hat was finished in 2014, and the pictures were taken in the foothills around Ojo Caliente in December. When I look outside right now, there’s something like 35 inches of snow on the ground.
Chunkeanie <– ravelry project page.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun and a bit of leftover Manos del Uruguay
Needles: I’m keeping very poor track of what needles I use recently… That’s not great. Probably US 6 & 8? (4 & 5 mm)
Notes: My friend Craig lost the last hat I made for him, so he was resorting to wearing store bought non wool hats. I think all knitters will understand how that is a PROBLEM. The solution of which is to make him a new hat, of course. I had a bit of yarn left from the last hat I made him, so I paired it with another yarn and made him a striped reversible hat. I’m not sure there’s much more to say on the subject!
Incidentally both of these hats were made for youtubers. So I think maybe we ought to do a little video show and tell?
The seasons hat was made for Rob Scallon, who is a talented musician. His style ranges allll over the place, but here’s a lovely meditative piece that he shot in the same warehouse that we have used as a location in PoPS (Damon’s warehouse, for the curious):
Check out his channel here: Rob Scallon
Craig is Wheezy Waiter on youtube, and his style tends more towards humor, but last September was his 1,000th video, and it’s something a little more special:
Oh, man, I’m such a softie… It makes me misty eyed every time. Craig’s channel is here: Wheezy Water.
thrifted cardigan – inherited gram’s ancient flannel – levi’s black jeans
dolce vita black suede booties
This cardigan confuses me a little. I can never tell if I’m wearing it right, because of the placement of the arms… is it meant to be longer sleeves, with the collar kind of flat, like I’m wearing it here? Or is the collar meant to be folded or bunched with shorter sleeves? Perhaps it’s just meant for me to have the choice, but I kind of wish I knew what the intention was. Not that it matters, I wear it anyways.
This may be the beginning of a vampy lips phase for me. We’ll see. It’s funny the phases one goes through in life. When I was a kid, I’d play in my Mom’s makeup, and I would only wear her wildest, brightest colors. I was only allowed to wear them out of the house for dance recitals. But my lips were fire engine red for the recitals! But when it came time to buy my first lipstick, I chose a really conservative color, just a shade or two closer to berry than my natural lip color, and I’ve ever so slowly been branching out from there. I was a little self-conscious (because, obviously I over think everything) about wearing such a dark color in the day time, but the old flannel and casual sweater made it feel much more day appropriate to me. I am just waiting for an event to pop up so that I can wear it more like this. If nothing appropriate comes up soonish, I might just opt to look extra fancy for dinner with friends.
What are the colors you’re favoring these days? Would you have been scared of them in the past?
Happy New Years, friends!
We celebrated thanksgiving with food and gatherings multiple times, including once with this lovely bunch, and I was filled with love and thankfulness to be surrounded by such wonderful people.
I’ve been really liking this thin sweater layered over a patterned button down. This sweater is shockingly warm, too, so I suspect I’ll keep leaning on this look over the winter. It is making me wish I had more patterned button downs, and not exclusively in blue and white (classic though it may be).
I shared this picture for a throwback Thursday. This is from 10 years ago. My grandmother, aunt (whose wedding this was), my Mom, and me! This is one of my favorite pictures of all time, and I think it’s very possibly the only picture of the four of us, all kind of lined up like this. We look so very very related, don’t we?
This sweater has been done for weeks now and worn several times, but it lacks a photoshoot. Might try to make that happen this week!
You know how I loooooove a Christmas tree! Even though we went out of town for Christmas, we couldn’t not put up a tree! It’s extra tiny this year, which actually works better in the space! And the tree trimming isn’t complete without our annual watching of a Hallmark Christmas movie.
I tried not to get sucked into too much Christmas knitting this year, but I did end up churning out two hats in the week before Christmas to gift away.
We went to New Mexico to be with my Gramps, Aunt Les and cousins for Christmas. A kind of family-Christmas-present was a trip up to Ojo Caliente, a natural hot springs resort in northern New Mexico. It was beautiful and magical, and kind of cold, but the hot springs were hot and delightful, and we took advantage of the sun as much as we could and went hiking about in the surrounding hills.
In said hills were some Posi ruins, which mainly comprised of many many thousands of old ceramic shards strewn about the ground. Various people walking through had collected them in small groupings, and made little (or big) stacks of them, or would lay them on larger flat rocks. So I made my own, channeling Andy Goldsworthy, a kind of mandala, or halo. I easily could’ve spent another hour or two working on it.
New Years Eve we ended up inviting some people over last minute and spent the day cooking and tidying, and the evening eating, playing games (apples to apples & a telephone pictionary hybrid), and counting in the new year. It was lovely and cozy, and this is pretty much the only picture of it: food on the left, dishes from making food on the right, us in the middle looking kinda fancy. How debonair is Jake? (The answer is Very Debonair!)
A new year calls for new running shoes! They are long over due, and my feet are so pleased to be reminded what support feels like!
Whew! So that’s what I’ve been up to the last six weeks or so! Some of my last five FO’s and a new years round up are pending!