Posts Tagged ‘lantern moon’

28
Nov

Gift Guide: Gifts for Knitters

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, gift, holiday, knits, want, yarn

Here we are in the holiday season. Let’s not talk about holiday knitting. You have plenty of time to finish all of these gifts! So let’s not focus on the stress of the holiday season matched with your well-intentioned yet over ambitious insanity. Let’s talk about you. What would you get you for the holidays? You are a devoted, thoughtful, wonderful friend/spouse/parent/child/aunt/uncle/niece/nephew/cousin. You are spending all of December working on gifts for these wonderful people that you love so much.

No, no, it’s okay. I know you were swearing about how you can’t believe you’re making another gift for Aunt Kate even though she never even shows up to Christmas dinner. You didn’t mean that. You’re just a little over worked. I mean, you’re still making cousin Joe’s baby some booties even though they didn’t invite you to the shower. See, you’re a wonderful person!

Here are some gifts that YOU deserve.

1. Kollabora Alpaca Au Naturale Superfine Yarn
2. Purl Soho tote
3. Lantern Moon Sox Stix
4. Soakbox

What do you want for the holidays?

More gift guides coming up!

ps. If you are still looking for patterns for gift knits, Amy Christoffers is offering 20% off her fantastic patterns for accessories! No coupon code necessary! Buy Savory Knitting patterns! You will not regret it!

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28
Feb

FO: Hamburger Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, DIY, knits, new york city, photos, style, sweater

It’s done! I’m a little baffled by the fact that I finished Jon’s hamburger sweater in 21 days. That’s less than a month, people. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since the Blue Sky Techno is pretty chunky and I was working on size 8s and it was all stockinette. But I don’t think I’ve ever knit anything that quickly besides maybe a little hat.

Come on. This is a record, ladies and gents.

Alright, I admit, I didn’t block the sweater before we took these pictures. I’ve since done that and it really loosened things up. I think it looks a little snug in the photos and the neck sits weird and the back ribbing kept flipping up. But after the blocking, it looks fantastic. It fits him really well and it’s big and comfy and so so soft.

 

I hope this sweater has broken my curse with boyfriend sweaters. Now I just have to put that other one back together…

I’m most excited about the fact that he looks like a big hamburger! Couldn’t you just eat him up!?

 

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07
Oct

WIP: Larch Cardigan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, design, DIY, instagram, knits, photos, sweater

I am so bad! I promised myself I’d take lost of pictures and document every step in the Larch cardigan but, of course, I’m already half finished! So let me go back to the beginning…

I was planning on starting the Larch cardigan on my birthday which, of course, was the same day that Hurricane Irene decided to blow into town. Which ruined the big self-indulgent birthday trip I had planned to my LYS. Of course, I’m a terrible person for bemoaning my lack of yarn shopping. Hurricane Irene effected so many people outside of New York City. Which is why I was excited to buy the Larch pattern during Amy Christopher‘s sale for the Vermont NOFA Farmer Emergency Fund! (She raised $2410!)

Anyway, I love the color of Amy’s sweater and I wanted something similar. I finally made it to my LYS by myself which meant about an hour of staring at skeins of MadTosh Pashmina. Can I say for the millionth time that I cannot get over how gorgeous Madeline Tosh yarn is? The colors are so intricate and deep it makes choosing one so difficult! Each shade is like a completely different hue.

I finally ended up with Glazed Pecan which sounds as yummy as it looks. (And got my birthday discount late since they were closed!) Of course, I was so excited to start knitting, I didn’t even take a decent photo of it. Excuse my Instagram.

 

Within a week I was finished with the sleeves. I wanted to start with them before I dive into the more complicated bits. And, taking advice from Little Red in the City, it helps to ensure that my gauge is correct before I screw up the whole sweater. It also helped me ease into some of the more confusing techniques. (I’m actually working it on my gorgeous interchangable ebony Lantern Moon size 5s.) I suppose, best of all, I won’t feel like I’m not making progress on the body and give up with a sleeve-less sweater. (We’ve all been there.)

Also, I’m actually not stranding the yarn. For those of you that don’t work with hand-dyed yarns or have never had an emergency of the run-out-of-yarn-need-to-buy-this-random-skein-of-a-different-dye-lot-because-it’s-the-last-one-on-the-planet variety, knitting two rows from alternating skeins throughout will “blend” the colors and hide the fact that they are slightly different. (This Jimmy Bean’s video is the best I can share with you on stranding. I think it over-complicates the idea…maybe I should write a post about that!) I debated for about thirty minutes before I cast on about whether or not I’d strand the yarn. While MadTosh has NO dye lots, I didn’t think that any of the skeins looked particularly different from the others when I stared at them by a sunny window. As I cast on I thought to myself “You’ll regret cutting this corner!” as I so often do but I think I really lucked out!

I’m actually almost finished with the body. I’m really flying through this.

Aren’t you excited it’s sweater season!?

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03
Aug

FO: Baby Blanket

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, knits, life

I just wanted to share some more of the beautiful photos that Jon took of the blanket that I made for his nephew-to-be. I am so proud of how it turned out!

Like I mentioned before, I don’t do much designing. I do like planning intarsia but I’ve never stressed over stitch counts and gauge as much as I did with this project. I really wanted to make something that was personal and soft and design-savy.

My plan had a lot to do with these ideas: I hate traditional gender colors. Blue was originally for girls, after all. And I really don’t like pastels. I know that Jon’s brother and sister-in-law feel the same way so that was a good start. For babies, I much prefer bold, bright, exciting colors and stimulating patterns. Minimalism is always a must, of course.

I’ve been experimenting with more intarsia to make fun patterned knit fabics. Intarsia is pretty simple but I really like the versatility. Of course, I’m obsessed with these hand-dyed Madeline Tosh yarns! They make it even more interesting.

So this is not the last you’ve seen of my intarsia-patterned, hand-dyed knit fabrics. I’m really excited and I’m just bubbling over with ideas. I can’t wait to tell you about what I have planned.

What do you prefer for babies? Traditional pastels or bold modern patterns? Knitters, how do you feel about intarsia?

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28
Jul

FO teaser

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, gift, knits, life

Good morning, lovelies! I revealed on twitter that I have already gifted the baby blanket that I have been working on. I am pleased to say that Daron and Romney (Jon’s brother and sister-in-law) loved it. I can’t wait for them to meet their son and wrap him in love and soft hand-dyed merino!

I had butterflies in my stomach waiting to hear what they’d think of it! I don’t design many of my own patterns. Up until recently, gauges and swatching really boggled my mind but it’s beginning to click (perhaps thanks to Little Red in the City…more on that soon!) and I can’t wait to do more complicated designs! Hopefully this blog will see many more original knits coming soon! But this really knit up exactly how I pictured it so I was a little scared to see if they liked my idea.

Anyway, I took a ton of photos before I let go of the blanket. I have so many to share, I thought I’d let you see some details today and then more later. I hope you don’t mind sticking with me!

I’m so excited about this knit. Intarsia is no longer scary and I’m ready to tackle some big designs!

Have any knitterly pride in a recent project?

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21
Jun

WIP: Teaser!

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, knits

Hey, there! I hope you didn’t miss me too much but I had to give myself a Monday off. Aren’t Mondays just the worst!? Well, I’ve got some yummy knitting to celebrate the fact that Monday is over. For now.

Here’s a little peek at what I’m working on:

I can’t divulge all of the details because it’s a present. But here’s the basics. It’s made from the gorgeous Madeline Tosh I mentioned last week. I’m working on size 8 Lantern Moon rosewood needles which are like butter! This pattern is all about triangles and intarsia.

I can’t wait to show you more and tell you all about it but I hope you can see how great it is working up! I promise more photos and some wrong side pictures, too. I’m loving the way it’s turning out so far.

Come back soon for more on this WIP! And follow my Instagram feed to see more photos. What are you working on?

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15
Jun

Yarn, Finally.

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, yarn

After all of that kvetching, Jon gets a big “I told you so” for telling me to wait for the perfect yarn. He’s right. I went to three LYSs before I found the one. And it is just absolutely fantastic.

On Thursday I picked up a few skeins of Madeline Tosh merino. It’s amazingly soft and hand dyed so the colors are amazing. It was a little pricey but it’s for a special gift so I wanted to spend a little extra. Worth every penny!

Here are two skeins in Chamomile and Antler. I must admit, goldenrod is my very favorite color right now. Things in that particular shade of yellow just make me feel like sunshine!

I am so excited to get this onto my needles. I didn’t even let them wind it at the store because I wanted to rush home and run my fingers through it. I am very proud of myself, though. With every project I tackle, I like to think that I am becoming a better knitter. Maybe I’ll be a Knitter with a capital K! I took the time to do some swatching and make sure that my pattern was how I wanted it. And a huge thanks to Amy at Threadpanda for reading my crazed email debating faire isle versus intarsia.

Here is the intarsia cast onto the amazing rosewood Lantern Moon needles Jon bought me. They feel like I’m knitting with liquid needles!

It looks like a mess, I know, but I promise it gets better.

I can’t wait to show you what I’m up to. It’s kind of a secret right now…can you guess?!

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