Monday, April 27, 2015

Sample Knitting: Rift

Brooklyn Tweed has recently launched their second Men's Collection and I contributed a little bit by knitting the sample for Rift.
Rift is a lovely sweater designed by Jared Flood and knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn. It is a faux raglan. The body is knit in the round with ribbing up the sides for the look of a seam. The ribbing then continues diagonally from the armholes to the neckline for the look of a raglan sleeve even though it is set in.
I really enjoyed knitting this sample. It is always a pleasure to work with Jared and always great to get to knit with Brooklyn Tweed yarn.
I like the entire Men's Collection and I am so glad that he does these. I find it difficult sometimes to find modern, well-designed sweater patterns for men and this fills that void. Some other designs in the collection I really like are:
Denali by Norah Gaughn
Sawyer by Julie Hoover
Albion by Michele Wang
All photos by Jared Flood and are used here with his permission.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Work In Progress: Some Secret Knitting

I have a new project on the needles and it is a secret because it is going to be a gift for someone. It is a bit of a different project than I am used to knitting but so far, so good! Besides, it was getting a little too heavy on the stripes around here. I had to change it up.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

F.O.: Breton

I recently finished the striped sweater that I started knitting last year - just in time for spring, which is nice because it is a lighter weight sweater.
Pattern: Breton by Jared Flood from BT Fall 12 Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in White and Navy Needles: size US 3
This sweater took a little bit of time to knit considering it is made with fingering weight yarn. I absolutely love the Cascade 220 Fingering. It is nice and soft and light and you truly cannot beat the price. It was a fairly easy knit because it was straight stockinette but I wasn't bored knitting it because of the stripes and the also all of the design details like the French seams at the shoulder and the decreasing at the neckline and to finish it with the rolled collar.
The mods I made were minor. I had to add an inch and a half of length to the body and an inch to the sleeves. Other than that I stuck to the pattern. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. It fits like a dream and I love it. My husband thinks it is one of the best things that I have knit yet. This style is something that is so classic, I am so glad to have this addition to my wardrobe. It will definitely get a lot of wear.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

F.O.: Little Mittens

Back in November when the weather started to turn cold, my twins would complain about cold hands when we went out for a walk. I had just come off of an intense month and a half of knitting a sample for Brooklyn Tweed (yet to be revealed) and I was really behind with my hat/mitten knitting. Nolan and Hayden are now 3 but they still have little hands - I could knit them up some mittens in no time!
I found some yarn in my stash and I already had a pattern so I started right away.
Pattern: Mittens by Melinda Goodfellow Yarn: Cascade 220 in Navy and Lamb's Pride Worsted in White Needles: US 5 and US 6
I am pretty lucky because all of my boys love it when I knit something for them. It makes them feel special. The entire time I was knitting these the twins kept asking if I was done yet and wanted to try them on as soon as one came off the needles. I wish I had more time to knit a lot more things for them because they totally appreciate it. I have sweaters planned for all three of them for next fall. I have my fingers crossed that I can get them done - I should start now!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


So after a looong break from this blog, I am back. Last year got a bit crazy and with everything that went down this blog had to take a back seat. After taking such a long hiatus it is a little hard to start back up because it's like, where do I begin? I will just start by telling you about my life changes that led to me ignoring this blog for so long. My husband was offered a new job so we found ourselves having to move from upstate New York to the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. This took many trips back and forth with the family, trying to get acquainted with the area and trying to find a place to live before my husband started his new job and my oldest son had to start school. We also took a trip down to Texas to visit with family for a couple of weeks before our big move. We eventually found a great house in a great neighborhood that we all love. Then came the packing - and let me tell you - this family of five has a lot of stuff. And then came the unpacking and settling in. And then came the holidays, which are a lot of fun with the kids but also a lot of work. Now that the holidays are behind us and the winter is coming to a close, things are at a lull and I wanted to get back on here because I miss sharing about my knitting. And even though I have been super busy with all of these other things I have still been knitting. Today I will share what I am working on at the moment and then I will try to catch up on everything else with later posts and try to keep on going.
This is the cabley goodness that I am knitting up right now. It is a wool sweater so I am hoping to have it finished before the warmer weather gets here.
It feels really good to be back. I will have more to share soon!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Work In Progress: Breton

I started a new sweater and I'm really excited about this one! It's striped so it is right up my alley. It is made out of fingering weight yarn on size 3 needles so I'm thinking that this is going to be my summer project - it's going to take me a while. I am hoping the end result will be worth the effort but it is a Brooklyn Tweed pattern so it should turn out great!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Cable and Lace Shrug

So I am finally getting around to posting about the shrug that I finished. Truth be told, I have finished four sweaters that I haven't posted about. These days I am a little self conscious about my picture being taken. After taking care of three kids all day everyday, I look really tired. I mean, I look like I could use a year long nap. Also, my body is not what it used to be after being pregnant with twins and I have had to face the fact that it is never going to go back. So its kind of hilarious (not really) that I chose a shrug as the knit that that I am posting about.

Pattern: Shrug by Debbie Bliss

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Silk in Aqua

Needles: size US 6

I started knitting this when I was pregnant and it is a "What was I thinking?" knit. I put it down for a long time and then decided recently to pick it up again and at least finish it. I don't love it and I don't think it is really "me". I keep trying to pair it with different outfits but it just isn't working for me. It is disappointing because it took me quite a while to knit it up.
The 100% silk yarn was really nice to work with and it is surprisingly warm. I did like the pattern and the construction of the shrug as well. It kept my interest as I knit. It is just too bad I'm not in love with it.