Posts Tagged ‘lion brand’

14
Dec

Gift Guide: Gifts to Knit

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, gift, gloves, holiday, knits, life, socks, tie, want

I bet you thought there was only going to be one gift guide here. Well, surprise! Here is another.

I’m sure you need no reminder that Christmas is around the corner. (Chanukah is already here and I am somehow prepared for my upcoming gift exchange! Chanukah is all about miracles, though.)  I keep finding adorable little things that I’d love to make as gifts but I won’t have time to make them all before the holidays are over. (By the way, have you been following my current crazy holiday WIP on instagram? I’M INSANE.)

In case you just realized you forgot to make something for Kevin or you just pulled your boss’s name in the office Secret Santa and you’d love to make them something that would make them forget all of those times they caught you searching for cardigan patterns on Ravelry instead of doing your job (not that that’s ever happened to me, I’m speaking hypothetically here), this gift guide is for you.

1. Purl Soho Homespun Boot Socks
2. Red is Best glitten pattern by Jane Richmond
3. Cowl a la Americaine by Amy Christoffers (There’s a sale on this pattern ebook! Do it!)
4. Lion Brand Houndstooth Check Tie
5. Stjarna by Karolina Eckerdal

I take gift knitting pretty seriously and I suggest that we all do. It’s very easy to get carried away, picking out knits for all of the people in your life. If you’ve received something hand made from me, you are very special to me. Even if it’s something ugly, even if it doesn’t fit. (True story: when I was fifteen, I knit a gigantic mushroom-shaped hat for my friend that had a big fro and it was awful and I think I used Red Heart acrylic so I can’t believe I just acknowledged its existence. It was horrifying. If you are reading this and you saw it in real life, please don’t leave a comment making fun of me. If you have photographic evidence, please destroy it.) (Second story: I knit a sweater for Jon and it was gigantic so ripped out the seams and promised to fix it but I never did and he is still pretty pissed that it is in four pieces in a box. I’m thinking about steeking it so it will be the proper size but that isn’t going to happen for a while. Sorry, hun!) If you haven’t received something hand made from me, keep hanging in there (maybe you’ll get a gigantic acrylic hat – it’s worth the wait). Take pity on us. It is a heavy burden being a Christmas knitter!

DON’T FORGET, TEACHING SOMEONE HOW TO KNIT MIGHT BE THE BEST PRESENT OF ALL. I’m sure everyone would love a pair of socks this holiday season. But as they say: “If you give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day. If you teach a man to knit, I hope he’s not hungry because he’s going to spend all of his money on yarn.”

Who are you knitting for this holiday season? What are you making? What’s the biggest Christmas knit you’ve successfully tackled?

ps. Happy birthday, Ashley!

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24
Oct

FO: Wedding Tie

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, style, tie

My favorite part of Katie’s wedding (besides the romance and wine!) was seeing all of my friends together, all grown up. We are a big group and we are unbelievably close. We are all successful and adult-like and therefore we have all moved around the east coast to follow our dreams. Of course, when we get together, it’s like we never spent months apart which is fantastic.

As everyone was getting ready for the ceremony after a morning of splashing around in the hotel pool and causing a ruckus in the biggest Target I’ve ever seen (all par for the course for us), I started to get all misty seeing everyone in their grown-up suits and dresses, getting ready for our first friend wedding. Here we all were, we had changed in age but we hadn’t really changed over the years.

The moment really came to a head for me when Jon was putting on his tie. It had become a group effort because I knit the tie, mostly in the car on the ride down. But, of course, I had run out of yarn and my efforts to block it an hour before the wedding using the hotel iron had been for naught. So we enlisted my friend slash haberdasher Lam to help us squeeze every inch out of the tie so that Jon could wear it. The other boys scrambled around offering their own spare ties and sunglasses and style tips. And my ladies love him, too! Staying uncomfortably close to my favorite girlfriends, making fun of Jodie for her steady diet of Lunchables and string cheese, and gossiping with the bridesmaids about high school drama.

Seeing my long-time bros help my man get ready really made me verklempt! So much love!

The pattern for the tie is from the Purl Bee. It’s super simple if not unbearably repetatitve. The yarn I ran out of is Lion Brand’s LB Collection Baby Alpaca. After wearing it to the wedding, I picked up and knit straight black for another 4-5″ to make a more complete tie so he could wear it to another wedding! Love is in the air, am I right? It looked a bit more comfortable.

Jon looking dapper, me looking like it’s time to take off these heels!

The knit tie is totally awesome. I think knitting should be part of every aspect of my life so knitted accessories are a MUST

Tie 2.0 at Jess and Matt’s wedding. Note the pinwheel.

Ok, actually, my favorite part of the wedding was when we did the hora to “Take Me Home” but that’s story for another post…

Ever knit a tie? Tedious or terrific?

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27
Jan

First FO of 2012

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, holiday, instagram, knits, life, new york city, photos, socks, style, want

Okay, I’m getting behind so I’d better show you my first FO of the year! Of course, I haven’t even posted all of my FOs from 2011 but that will have to wait if I want to stay up-to-date in the new year! If you follow me on instagram, you’ll already have seen these little socks being worked up.

I haven’t written about it much here since the first post but I really am obsessed with knitting socks. They’re just great to have around! I could always use more socks and they’re small so I can work on them on the train and they’re simple so I can work on them while watching a movie without worrying about reading a pattern. They are kind of like little swatches so it’s the perfect place to play around with colorwork and cables.They are just the best thing to keep on the needles. And while I agree with Allyson of Sweatshop of Love that socks are not easily shown off to friends, co-workers, strangers on the C train or in line at the grocery store, it is really impressive to turn a heel like it ain’t no thang while carrying on a full conversation. I knit about five pairs over the last six months of 2011 and I’m pleased with every one of them.

Just before Christmas and the big move, I cast on this pair. I had high hopes for them but I think they got lost in the shuffle of packing and unpacking and the holidays.  I carried them around too much and I put them down for a while. My big plan was to make these little beauties for Jon. I worked out a toe-up pattern with a quick gauge swatch I knitted up and I got to working and everything was fine. I guess I was dizzy with overwhelming thoughts of sugar plums that were going to forget to buy wrapping paper on Christmas Eve so somewhere around the heel I cut things short. At least I think that’s what happened. It could be that my gauge was too tight, as it tends to be with colorwork. Anyway, when I finally bothered to force it onto Jon’s foot, it didn’t fit.

So these socks are mine now. A little big in the heel for me but you can’t tell when I’m wearing shoes.

Obviously, these socks are inspired by the gorgeous Pia Wallen Crux Blanket. I, like so many others, am drooling over those gorgeous symmetrical crosses. So simple and beautiful. Recently, I’ve been using heavy inspiration in my knits. Socks are a great canvas for that, aren’t they?

You can really see the saggy heel here. Oh well!

Let’s see. These were knit on size 1 needles with Lion Brand LB Collection Baby Alpaca in black and natural. I’m sure I’ve said it before but I love LB Collection yarns because they’re soft and the colors are super classy and I like them especially because they’re inexpensive.

 

How do you feel about colorwork socks? Pay attention to your tension!

Thanks, Jon, for taking these beautiful photos of my socks with a real camera while I stood in the windowsill like a crazy knitter! I owe you a pair of socks…that actually fit!

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07
Dec

Throwback FO: Fisherman Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, style, sweater

It’s getting cold outside! Slowly but surely, fall is descending on New York City! Which means it’s time to pull out some hand knit sweaters! I got this one out of the closet and I just had to share it. Please forgive my nostalgia but I’m quite attached to this thing.

I love big comfy chunky fisherman sweaters. This is made from the Lion Brand Comfy Inishturk sweater pattern in their Fishermen’s Wool in the color oatmeal. Nothing warms you up like wearing a color called oatmeal. I bought the yarn and kind of decided to tackle this ambitious knit just before starting my junior year of college on a visit from my mom and aunt. I’d recently moved into my first apartment in Williamsburg. I was pretty much unstoppable. I’d knit a sweater and an intarsia vest before this so I was confident I could pull it off. I got all of the yarn on sale and immediately went home and cast on.

Straight needles!? I never use them anymore! How did I fit that in my bag?

 

I’m just as proud now as I was when I finished it. The cables look incredibly complicated and they’re definitely screwed up in a few spots especially right in the front where I wouldn’t want them to be but I couldn’t rip out once I’d realized. I wonder if I would go back and fix it now?

Back when I finished. I had pink walls. And orange nail polish.

 

I’ve been knitting since I was 14 but this sweater is kind of a turning point in my career as a knitter. I knit a lot of things before this sweater but most of them were of little consequence and made with little care. I can’t recall many of those things besides a few hats and badly-designed scarves. That other sweater and the vest I knit before this I never wear. They don’t fit right and the yarn I chose isn’t comfortable against the skin.

I’ve learned a lot since I bound off and put those gigantic sleeves onto the even more titanic body. (Don’t get me wrong, I love how big it is…and it is a size small…but it’s a little bigger than a “comfy sweater” should be. Who knows what size it should be. I didn’t knit gauge swatches back then!) Putting the fishermen’s sweater on now, I can see that I clearly had not ever heard of the mattress stitch. I laugh and think about how far I’ve come with my technique in only a few years. It’s exciting to think that I have such a thorough understanding now but, of course, I have a lot to learn still. Who knows what I’ll be making in another two years or so.

I still love this sweater.

Long story short, I’m still in love with this oversized lump of a sweater. It really turned me into a full-time knitter. And, even though I’m critical, no one notices the messy seams or misshaped cables. I’d love to see what I’d make if I re-knit this pattern but I don’t think I want to go back. I like my imperfections and I have too long a queue to start back tracking anyway!

Have you ever re-knit a pattern you knit before? How do you feel about your old FOs? Do you love how silly they are or do you hide them in the bottom of your stash?

ps. Please forgive the Photobooth pictures. I guess I didn’t have a real camera back then. It’s a fun contrast, though, isn’t it!

pps. Happy birthday to my Dad who turned 60 last week!

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28
Jan

FO Friday: Bunny

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, knits, toys

So I knew I said I’d give the toys a rest but, well, I guess I can’t resist. You must be wondering what happened with the afghan! And I’ll tell you, it’s turning out beautifully. There will definitely be an update on it soon. But look at this little critter! What a cutie!

He is Amanda Berry‘s Carnaby Rabbit pattern. He’s knit in Lion Brand’s LB Collection Baby Alpaca in Fawn Heather. What a great name for this color! I’m still sticking by the fact that the LB Collection yarns are the best and most affordable yarns for knit toys.

Here are some WIP pictures:

As you can see, I also knit this guy in the round. I just think it’s a big time-saver when working on toys. Sewing up seams doesn’t make sense to me when you can do it all at once.

I also didn’t use the little felt pads on the feet that the pattern calls for. They’re so adorable but I didn’t have anything suitable. I’m a pretty low-maintenance knitter when it comes to things like that. I think his feet turned out fine, though!

This was another quick knit and I think he has the most adorable face ever.

Follow Amanda Berry’s blog here.

Buy her patterns here. So many cute critters!

And I think this picture is cute. Sorry, hun!

Also, I gave the blog a little bit of an overhaul yesterday. I’m so excited to put a lot of energy into it and it seems to be paying off. I hope you are all enjoying it! Let me know what you want to see more of. I hate to feel like I’m posting just to hear the sound of my own keyboard typing, so to speak.

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30
Dec

Angora Yarn

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits

I took a little trip to Lion Brand Studio (wow I really can’t stay away from the place) to stock up on some baby toy supplies. Of course, that meant buying some more angora merino yarn. Since I’ve been knitting with this yarn so much recently, I wanted to post this video I found about sheering angora rabbits for spinning. My mom is a spinner and she’s always wanted angora rabbits. Maybe someday her dream will come true!

ps. At the Lion Brand Studio, one of the women told me that the angora merino is hard to rip out. She heard that if you put it in the freezer, it makes it easier to do so. Has anyone else heard of or tried this method? I wonder who thought it up…

Rabbit photo by Angoria.

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29
Dec

WIP: Froggie!

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, knits

I spent the weekend working up this frog for a baby shower present. I’m using an Oliver Boliver pattern and mine is certainly interesting! He’s made of Lion Brand’s LB Collection Angora Merino which, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, is my favorite yarn for baby toys right now. It’s so soft and fluffy. The color is Avocado which is such a yummy name for a yarn color.

I adjusted the pattern and knit each piece in the round on size 7 double pointed needles. I like the way it looks because my seams always look crappy. Overall, I like how he’s turning out. I’ve only made toys using patterns by Ysolda which I really enjoy because you don’t have to sew any of the arms or legs, etc onto each other. This was a leap of faith but I really like how it’s going.

He just needs eyes and a little smile and it’ll be time for another blog update!

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07
Dec

winter means CHUNKY

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits

Winter is all about big comfy warm knits. I made this scarf for my friend Amy who instructed I make her the biggest scarf ever. She took this picture which I absolutely love.

What’s your favorite chunky knit? Any favorite yarns?

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05
Dec

FO: Dog Sweater!

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, knits

I promised to have photos of my finished faire isle present. Well, here they are!

When it’s time for gift giving, there’s a present for everyone and every occasion. This year I decided to knit for the dogs in Jon’s family. It was pretty exciting since I’ve never done that before.  But it turned out well! I love used this DROPS design pattern. I’ll be honest, the pattern was a little hard to follow, but I got through it and it paid off.

Those Charlie Brown colors are Lion Brand’s LB Collection Superwash Merino in Dijon and Mahogany. I have to say, I’ve been using LB Collection yarns a lot recently. They’re soft and the colors are beautiful and, most of all, they’re incredibly affordable. I like to keep handmade knits inexpensive but these yarns don’t skimp on quality.

Look at how happy Jah is in his sweater! 🙂

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30
Nov

Holidays mean Faire Isle!

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits

I’m knitting like crazy for the holidays and right now it’s all about Faire Isle! I’m working on a dog sweater…pictures of the finished product are coming soon!

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