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Last weekend was pretty epic. We got to host a BBQ for 150 people. It was a blast. I even got the house cleaned by Sunday morning. I was on a pretty serious high. I tried to come off of it strong too. I got up at 5:30 on Monday morning and spent some quality time with my planner, trying to get a picture of what all needs to happen before this baby comes in December. But I crashed. Hard.
Thankfully, I had a pretty good idea this might happen. And I planned for it. I finally decided I wanted to make a blanket for our little one, and big surprise, it would have lots of moss stitch. I’ve been addicted recently. So I ordered a whole bunch of Deluxe Worsted Superwash by Universal Yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool. So on Sunday, when the dishes were clean, and Chuck put on Blue Planet, I pulled it out and cast on.
Pattern: Some mitering wonderfulness from my head
Yarn: Deluxe Worsted Superwash by Universal Yarn, Steel Cut Oats colorway
Needles: Size 7 (4.5mm), Knit Picks Zephyr Acrylics (discontinued, I believe)
I had planned it to be some good comfort knitting, and it has not disappointed. The perfectly predictable incremental decreases combined with the almost, but a bit more interesting, vanilla feel of the moss stitch has made for the most perfect comfort knitting.
What kind of knitting do you use to unwind??
If you’ve been around the knitting blogosphere for any length of time you’ve probably heard about the phenomena of knitting mojo. Some of us have got our mojo on, and some of us have lost it entirely. After almost 5 years of cruising the blogs, I’ve started to see the cycles, both in other knitters and in my own mood. It seems like the entire knitting world surges with ideas, inspiration and excitement right about…..now.
It’s the tail end of August. And as we are finishing our vacations and planning fall schedules, suddenly cold weather doesn’t feel that far away… and neither does Christmas, that joyous season when us knitters love to envelope the ones we love in all the knitwear we can dream up. So we start knitting, and as we start knitting, we start researching patterns, and checking out blogs. And then all the fall magazines come out, twist collective, knitty, etc. And then,….our first finished project for the fall, and suddenly we’re invincible! It’s a fantastic feeling.
And that’s where I am right now.
I’ve been knitting for a fundraiser that happens to be next week, and with every completed item, my invincibility complex seems to grow. After finishing that delightful infinity scarf, I decided I could totally finish a pair of sock before next week, maybe even two! Well I’m not even done with the cuff, so we’ll se how this goes. 🙂
But the fun part is that this thing is over next week, which means that fall is just beginning, and my mojo is at an all time high. Which means…. who knows how much I just might start cranking out!
Know a baby due to arrive this fall?! Seems like there’s been a bit of a baby boom around me, so the shower invitations and planning emails are circling. If you’re planning to knit a little something for this precious package, why not knit a little Sweetling Sweater? Go for it… pick up the pattern on Ravelry, grab some yarn and dive in! AND don’t forget! it’s 50% off until tomorrow night. Enter sweet1week when checking out on Ravelry.
Wait… what yarn? Isn’t that always the question? Sometimes it really is hard to match a pattern with the right yarn, or vise versa. So I decided to do a bit of leg work for you! I’ve poked around and put together a list of yarns that I personally would use to make this sweater for one of my next showers. Some I’ve used in the past, others I’m just drooling over. But ALL of these would make a beautiful sweater.
Knit Picks Stroll – $19 for 12 month size
(This is calculated off of 4 skeins, which only gives you 924 yds. instead of the recommended 940 yds. in the pattern. However I did put a small buffer in the yardage requirements, so you should be fine. Just watch that gauge!!!)
Knit Picks Swish Worsted – $24 for 12 month size
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal – $24 for 12 month size
(Same disclaimer as the regular stroll. This is calculated off of 2 skiens of yarn which only gives you 924 yds. You’ll be fine if you watch your gauge!)
Elegantly Economical Ideas
Classic Elite Liberty Wool – $34 for 12 month size
Purely Elegant Ideas
Expression Fiber Arts Sock Yarn – $44 for 12 month size
Wullenstudio Sock Yarn – $44 for 12 month size
Miss Babs Tarte – $52 for 12 month size
Space Cadet Creations Lucina – $58 for 12 month size (This one has glitter in it!)
UrbanGypz South American Sock Yarn – $60 for $12 month size
I’m thrilled to announce the newly formed Elegant Economy Group on Ravelry.
With over 500 members, this group provides a unique opportunity to connect with other knitters, chat about life, dialog about our latest knitting triumphs and struggles. This is also a fabulous way to interact with me if you’re hitting issues with an Elegant Economy pattern. I monitor the group closely,and really want to know if you are struggling.
Thank you to those who have already joined! I have already been so helped by all the members comments about current and future patterns.
Always sad when the my parents leave… so right after they left yesterday, I dressed the kids up and had a long over due photo shoot of their winter sweaters. The temperature was perfect, the lighting was perfect, and even better…the kids had a blast!
Patterns will be available in a few weeks!
Now that I live in North Carolina, I love every season. I love the long springs and autumns especially, but as a knitter, Winter is my favorite season. This is the time of year that all my cuddly hand knits are most appreciated. It’s also the time when it’s most fun to cuddle up with some hopelessly long project that you don’t ever expect to finish, but the the feeling of cozy hibernation is totally worth it. I call it Epic Knitting. The gift/deadline knitting is done, now it’s time to indulge in some knitterly fantasy.
This year, I’m hoping to start a Fisherman’s sweater for my husband. I’ve done a bit of swatching and I’m really excited. What are your winter project plans?