Category Yarn

knitting update: kage, cowl, hat, beanie, and dress

I’m almost done knitting my kage sweater! Well, I’m done knitting, but working on weaving in ends, seaming the pieces together and finishing edges. The linen is so soft and lovely, I can’t wait to wear this sweater once it’s complete. And you want to know what’s exciting about this knit piece? It can go in the washer and dryer … AND it comes out softer each time! Yay linen yarn! You may be unforgiving but you do have your huge merits.

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And isn’t this the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? A box full of beautiful colors of yarn. Just wait and see what I’m going to do with it all.


Here’s a little hint – I may be opening up my shop again for a good cause. More to come on that later (and these photos make me giggle because I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to take off the whitening strip on my teeth)…


My friends are still having babies! And a good friend is having a little girl, so I crocheted up a familiar little hat and the sweetest dress.

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It may be one of my favorite things I have crocheted. I took some queues from this granny square crochet/fabric dress pattern but sized it down, added a shell stitch edge and changed the straps.

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Pretty excited to wrap this one up and see the mama-to-be open it up! :)


Slade Sweater Progress

While on the craft retreat, I made some progress on Jason’s Slade sweater. It was the weirdest, most involved cast-on I have every used (the 2×2 tubular cast on) but I am impressed by the professional results (shown here with the waste yarn still in place)!


I started my mornings with coffee and knitting on the porch. So serene and calming. I really do think knitting should be prescribed for anxiety.


And I’ve made a bit more progress on the stockinette throughout the weeks since the retreat, trying to steal moments to calm my mind and knit here and there (the photo below is about two skein in). I am really enjoying using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Prussian Heather – the texture it’s creating is really lovely.


East Side Sew Downs

Several weekends ago, I had the opportunity to go to one of my favorite places with some neighbors and friends for a bit of a break and some time to recharge. And, well, also spending some time being crafty.


Can’t you feel the relaxation radiating from the screen?


The whole trip may have been totally worth it just for an appliquéd Cumberbatch. It’s amazing how recognizable he is without a face.


We had a lovely time of yoga on the porch. This was certainly a first but it definitely should not be the last.


And I spent a lot of time knitting and staring at this view.


I really didn’t do much of anything, which was needed but I did complete two projects, one for father’s day and one for a soon to be 5 year old’s birth. Like father, like son. :) I love that the superheroes obsession is beginning.


While I didn’t spend a whole lot of time sewing, I spent a lot of time watching movies, knitting, painting toenails, eating really yummy food (like this orecchiette with spinach and gorgonzola sauce), enjoying the lovely company and sleeping in. Perfect.


I’ve been ready to go back since we left, and thankfully I get to go on another one this August!

knit birthday circlet

Sometimes knitting a less practical item makes me very happy. I pinned an image of a little girl wearing a knit birthday circlet and I just HAD to make Jude one for his upcoming 5th birthday. Because, you know, I’m crazy. Turns out, the circlet was a free pattern! The pattern was quick to learn so in my bits and pieces of stolen time, I worked on it. And finished it! The yarn I used was worsted weight so the crown turned out a bit less dainty than intended, but I think that it works for a little boy.

Totally impractical and I love it just the same. :)


a bit of crochet and plans for knitting

I recently finished up a gift for a coworker that is having a baby boy any day now! She already had all of the supplies for this cute crochet pattern and I gladly took them off her hand to crochet up the Suspenders and Bowtie Diaper Cover Pattern. I think it turned out pretty cute! Can’t wait to see the little one wearing these items. :)

I’m still working on finishing up my Kage Sweater, but I have lined up my next project. Since Jude got a sweater, I have a sweater and one almost done, it’s time for Jason to get a sweater! He picked out the Slade Sweater (Slade, also known as Deathstroke, a DC Comic super villian – quite appropriate if you know our love of comic books). Pretty dapper:

slade sweater

We picked the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Prussian Heather, which is a lovely navy with hints of grey and lovely heathered bits of tan, green and silver.

slade yarn knit picks

I’ve only had the chance to swatch but the yarn is really wonderful to knit with. I’m looking forward to knitting some more with this yarn!

swatching slade sweater

Starboard Sweater

I finished Jude’s Starboard Sweater! Here was the progression of finishing:

Starboard sweater progression

It’s quite big, but hopefully that means he can get a couple years of wear out of it before it is too small! I am wondering if I should pick up some stitches around the neckband and make that a little smaller. I’ll wait until next winter, when hopefully it fits him a little bit better!

Jude in the Starboard Sweater

Handsome boy!

albra alba, starboard & mojave

The Abra Alba Wrist Warmers are a free knitting pattern and you may remember that I knit these awhile back as one of my first knitting projects.  I was a VERY novice knitter and didn’t know how to make simple adjustments to the pattern. I had plenty of the Classic Elite Yarn Liberty Wool  left over and I still love the colors, so I decided to knit it again changing the order of the colors. I made some adjustments this time – I used size 5 needles to adjust for the worsted weight yarn and the magic loop method instead of DPNs. I added extra rows here and there to make the wrist warmers a bit longer. I also added P1,K1 ribbing at the finger side because I think it looks a little more finished.

I was inspired to knit them again because 1) Austin had an ice day (yes you read that right) and the whole stinkin’ city shut down, so what better to do on a day stuck inside than knit! 2) I am going to a women’s retreat in a couple weeks and these are going to be a part of some giveaway packages. They fit perfectly and I hope that whoever wins them at the women’s retreat giveaway enjoys them!

Alba Alba Wristwarmers, take 2

The other project I’m working on right now is the Starboard Sweater for Jude. He had been asking me to knit him a sweater for awhile so after Christmas, we sat down and he picked out the sweater pattern as well as the color and type of yarn he wanted. I am using Knit Picks City Tweed in Basil and it is absolutely lovely to knit with – so very soft! I’m knitting it in a size 6 so that he can wear it for a couple of years, because really, in Texas, you only need a wool sweater 2-5 times a year!

Starboard Sweater knitting progress

Maybe someday I’ll actually finish my Kage Sweater and Mojave cowl although I’ve made a bit of progress on the Mojave:

Mojave Cowl progress

Simple Lace Infinity Scarf and Knitting Colorwork

Wrapped up a quick knit gift for Jude’s great grandma – another foray into the world of knitting lace.


It was the infinitely simple lace infinity scarf and I used Pattons Classic Wool Superwash DK weight in Teal. This was one of those projects that really needs to be blocked to show its true beauty. I love the look of the zigzags.


I’ve also been trying out some colorwork on a Mojave Cowl. Really loving how it’s turning out!


Katniss Inspired Cowl

Hi. My name is Beth and I have an obsessive personality. Most recently I found myself obsessed with the cowl/scarf/vest thing that Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss wears in the opening scenes of Catching Fire. So what does one with an obsessive personality do? Find a Katniss Inspired Cowl to knit (this one by Dahlia in Bloom, she also has the pattern for sale on etsy). And I knit one (I used Lion Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Oatmeal, readily available at Joann’s). Not only did I knit it, I completed it before my birthday on Tuesday. Fangirl confession? I wore it to see Catching Fire, on my birthday.




One of my neighbors happens to be an archery instructor (and he knows the woman who taught Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot – too cool), so you know, I asked to borrow a bow to pose with. Because once you have taken things this far… You have to take it all the way.



Next up, archery training.

(And sorry to my friends that are fangirls like me – I cannot knit one for you. I would have to charge you $300 just to pay myself fairly… But I will give knitting lessons… Just saying. 😉 )