Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

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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01
Jun

An Open Letter to all LYS Regarding Summer Hours

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, new york city

Dear Local Yarn Stores everywhere,

I love you. You always have the softest yarn. You hardly ever carry those icky acrylic fibers and ugly novelty yarns. You are so friendly. You remember my name and you always know what you’re talking about. I think you’re just great. When I grow up, I want to be just like you.

I know that Summer is not really “knitting season”. You can’t bring an afghan to the beach. No one wants a cardigan for 4th of July. Knitters are practically obsolete when the temperature rises above 60. I understand the logic behind your shorter hours during the week, your near-inexistence on the weekends. Heck, I even get it if you want to take Tuesdays off. I’d do the same thing if I could!

But, listen. I have a habit that I need to feed. Yes, maybe I’m a yarnaholic. Fine. I admit it’s a problem. Whatever. But I work nine-to-five! And Jon has a nephew due in three months! I need to adorn this baby with as much love-in-every-stitch, softest-fibered booties/hats/blankets/tiny sweaters as I can! I can’t get to you before you close your doors at 6. I don’t have a sufficient lunch hour for nuzzling my face into your luscious mohairs! Help me out!

I was excited to see that you are open Saturdays from 12 to 4! I postponed brunch for some yarn shopping at your store! Brunch! The holiest meal of the week! But, alas! All of the lights were off and the door was locked. But the sign still read “Saturday 12-4”. I wondered if you were playing some kind of trick on me. Or if you were actually so forgetful as to not update your shop hours. So I waited a week. I tried a different LYS. I arrived during its noted hours. Thwarted again! Could you, too, be so inconsiderate as to not even write a small, handwritten sign informing me of your hours over the holiday weekend?

Here we are, LYS. I am heartbroken. I thought you would always be there for me! Helping me figure out my gauge, suggesting the best length circular needles. I thought we would be together forever! Me ordering beautiful hand-spun yarns and you putting aside that one skein of the dyelot I desperately need because I accidentally bought too little yarn because I wasn’t really reading the pattern thoroughly like I always am, I should really pay attention to these things a little better.

I’m willing to take you back as long as you change your automated voicemail with your updated store hours so I know exactly how early I need to leave work.

Please, LYS, I need you in my life.

Yours forever and ever,
S

photo from Wood and Wool Stool

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14
Mar

Want! Yarn.

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, want

I’ve been a busy bee this week (for more specifics, check out my post on The Burgerlution’s blog!) (oh and it’s only Monday). But I have finally had time to sit down and knit. It feels wonderful. I’ve missed you, beautiful afghan squares.

I’ve also had enough time to read Brooklyn Tweed’s gorgeous blog and reignite my flame for his absolutely yummy and unbelievably gorgeous Shelter yarn. I know I’ve mentioned it before. I was dying to knit my afghan with it but I couldn’t justify the price. (By that I mean I was far too impatient to save enough money for it so I went with something I could afford with my Christmas money.)

(photo from the Brooklyn Tweed blog’s mill tour)

But now I need this yarn. I am salivating over it. I check Ravelry for pictures of other projects knit with it. I wonder about what color would look best on me. I’m basically having a love affair with Jared Flood’s American-made yarn and I think the only cure is making this fantastic cardigan by Nancy Eiseman in either Hayloft or Tent…or Homemade Jam. Or Wool Socks.

I do not have a problem.

I am adding this cardigan to my knitting queue which is growing rapidly. I am going to save up and be a good girl so I can have this amazing cardigan and put my rabid obsession for this yarn to rest. Or so I hope.

I am also going to take my lunch hour at Purl Soho, rubbing my face in the different colors so I can finally choose which one to commit to.

I don’t have a problem.

(featured photo by Tara Landry)

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11
Jan

Yarn Porn

Written by Sarah. Posted in books, knits

I finally found it. It’s the perfect yarn for my afghan! I’m so excited to get started on my afghan. I’ve been searching for this for a month!

I got this beautiful book from my mom. I’ve never tackled an afghan before because they take some commitment and plenty of yarn. It took me a few days to pick out which one to start with and I’m doing the bright star pattern. It really caught my eye because of this gorgeous picture in the book.

Wow.

So my plan was to make it in a more monochromatic, masculine color scheme. I’m really partial to blues so that’s what it will be. My guidelines for the yarn were like this: I wanted a nice quality yarn. I’m definitely a snob but, in reality, I have to make this giant thing and if the yarn doesn’t feel nice between my fingers, I’ll hate the process. It’s a big project so it’s worth spending a few dollars on something nice. It had to be soft (it’s a blanket). And I really wanted something that had some natural fibers. 100% would be best. This book is written for Berroco Comfort yarn which is worsted 50/50 nylon/acrylic. I don’t like the way that feels even though it’s easy to care for.

This is what happened!


I scoured the stores in the city. I hate to say it, but they’re expensive! And despite all of the beautiful luxury yarns they carry, I couldn’t find a navy blue that I really loved.

I had to take a day trip to my parents and I decided to stop by my favorite LYS (or local yarn store) that I used to visit in high school. Of course they had just what I was looking for and for a great price. They are such amazing ladies there! Always really helpful and happy. Even though I only go there once a year now, they still remember where I live and what I’ve been up to.

I bought 18 skeins of Berroco Vintage in dark denim, cream, chambray, sunny, and cracked pepper. I carried my bundle of yarn up to the counter and they knew exactly what I was making. This Vintage yarn is 40% wool so it’s got a nice, soft feel but it’s also machine washable.

I’ve already started the first square. I’ll keep it updated! I’m so excited to be tackling something I’ve never tried before.

I also bought these beautiful buttons. Jon picked them out for something I made him. I’ll tell you about that soon.

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05
Jan

FO: Paul the Turtle

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, knits

I certainly have been baking a lot recently, haven’t I? This is a reminder to myself that this blog is called KNIT York City not Bake-lyn (super cute name though!) so I can’t just be telling everybody about my kitchen adventures. I promise I’ll figure out how to balance my blog out.

So let’s talk knitting for a moment. You remember that frog I was working on. Well, he’s done (pictures soon, I promise). And I finished a slew of other animals in the meantime. And I did it all in one weekend. Not too shabby. Not to toot my own horn but beep beep. Anyway, I’m going to show you one of his buddies.

This pattern is Tavistock Tortoise and it was designed by Amanda Berry. She sells her patterns on Ravelry or Etsy. I think all of her critters are adorable and I’ve bought a few of her patterns. They’re so cute! Just as with the frog, I knit everything in the round because I hate sewing up the seams. And why put yourself through the trouble when you have to?

I think this is my new way of photographing my works in progress. I like them all laid out like this so I can see all of the parts and you can see how they look before they’re an animal. It’s inspired by Things Organized Neatly which inspires me to clean out my purse every time I look at it.

I knit the version of Berry’s tortoise pattern with the long-style legs but I added about 5 rows to the back legs and 3 to the front to make them extra long. I think they’re really adorable. And he reminds me of this scene from Finding Nemo.

He’s knit with some of that tried and true LB Collection Angora Merino in Avocado on size 4 needles. I also used some LB Collection Superwash Merino in Mahogany on the shell. That gave it a different texture that I really like. I think it will be cool for the baby to feel smooth and fluffy next to eachother. It makes me think of those books I read when I was a kid that had a bunny and its tail was made of a piece of cotton that was pasted into the book. And the basketball was made of leather. You know?

I’m really happy with how this little guy came out. I can’t wait for you to see the rest of them. Now, I’ve made so many stuffed animals! I think it’s time to take a break and make some gloves.

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04
Jan

Want!

Written by Sarah. Posted in want

To start making my own beef jerky and dried fruits in this dehydrator.

To have the kitchen in this house!

To bake with this super cute sparkle spatula!

To stop myself from buying this lamé skirt (it’s on sale!)

To find a perfect color combination of these yarns.

To share this amazing video with everyone I can.

Also, that’s a photo of the sugar cookies my little cousin decorated for Christmas. Gingerbread french macarons that I made are so lame in comparison.

And! I have this cool new way to comment via Facebook. Look below and you can ‘like’ this and all of my other posts!

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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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28
Dec

Merry Christmas!

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, gift, holiday

Christmas time has come and gone. I was excited to start blogging up a storm about the adorable Xmas I was planning but my forgetfulness got the better of me and I left my computer charger in Manhattan!

Disappointed as I am, here are some of the homemade presents I made for Christmas. Of course, I’m all about homemade gifts. They’re fun to make, they’re inexpensive, they’re really appreciated, and they usually impress people. This gift was inspired by a lot of time surfing on Etsy and this recipe by Baked Bree.

I started by buying a dozen quart-sized mason jars. This was probably the most exciting part of the gift because I found out that my local hometown hardware store sells them. And at $13 a dozen, I don’t think I’ll be buying them from the chic baking store in Manhattan anymore. (Apparently it’s common knowledge that hardware stores carry mason jars, I was surprised. Maybe I’m out of the loop.)

Anyway, Bree’s recipe is really beautiful. You should check out how her jars came out. They call for:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup Heath Chips

which I layered in order in the jars. The rest of the recipe is on her blog.

I also used a recipe for Butterscotch Chip cookies which starts with a jar layered with this:

1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup rice cereal

On the recipe tag, I wrote out all of the jar’s ingredients along with the wet ingredients which are:

1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Empty the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl and add the wet ingredients.
2. Mix until completely blended.
3. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

That’s a picture of the finished product amid the Christmas mess. I went to the Christmas Tree Shop (which I have to say, is one of my least favorite places to shop) and bought two 10×10″ festive fabric napkins for only a dollar. The napkins were my mom’s idea. She knows how to innovate like no one else. I really like the snowflakes on these because they’re a little more secular and still beautiful (read: red and green plaid didn’t make it).

I cut each napkin into quarters and trimmed the hem off. It left me with a little bit of a rugged edge but I liked the home-made look. I wrote up the recipe cards with festive colors on a plain index card. I would have liked to have done a more decorative card but time kept me using white ones and swiftly-dying markers. After punching a hole in the recipe card and gift tag, I put a rubber band around the fabric to hold it onto the jar and tied everything together with a piece of shiny red yarn (hooray for stash-busting, even if only a few yards).

I made one for everyone in my family. It’s a fun gift because it’s everything you need for a lazy day-after-xmas cookie baking kind of day. I have a feeling it’ll make a great gift for other occasions, too. And I’ve got a bunch of extra mason jars so we’ll see what happens with those!

What adorable gifts did you make? Or bake!

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19
Dec

Want!

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, holiday, knits, new york city, want

It’s been a busy busy week. I’m very excited because I think this will be the most creative Christmas ever. Before I can reveal any of my presents, I’ll just have to write this blog post to Santa. Want!

To make these charming little cupcakes.

To pack everything with this sweet tape!

To be able to afford almost 4,000 yards of Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn for an afghan. (Feel free to donate :p)

To pick up crewel embroidery again.

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