Thursday, October 27, 2016

What I'm Knitting Now: Accessories

The big thing I'm working on at the moment is another sample sweater for Brooklyn Tweed and I am on a deadline. Sometimes a sweater can be too big to carry around and I like little projects I can carry with me to knit while I am at my oldest son's soccer practices or I am watching the twins play at the playground together. I have two on the go at the moment.
The first is a pair of socks. I haven't knit myself a pair of socks in forever and I thought it was high time. I also have a ridiculous amount of sock yarn that seems to have accumulated that I need to start working through.
I also started a pair of mittens because I couldn't resist this yarn any longer - and I need a new pair of mittens! This yarn has been in my stash for years. I probably bought it very shortly after I learned how to knit. I love the different colors in the twist of the yarn and how it is knitting up into stripes. This is a departure for me because I usually knit with solid colors. I love how both of these accessories are looking so far!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sample Knit: Spearheads

Brooklyn Tweed has certainly kept me busy lately knitting samples for them. It seems they are quite prolific with their collections and new offerings of yarn so it is no wonder. Spearheads, in the women's version, is the wonderful sample I knit for BT's Fall 16 collection.
This sweater was knit with one of their newer yarns, Quarry, which is chunky weight and spun in a roving style so that it doesn't have a tight twist to it. It is soft, light, and airy. The main color for the sweater used is Hematite, which I absolutely love. It is a mix between black and red with tweedy flecks of blue so that the color reads as a very dark magenta. The contrasting color for the spearheads on the yoke is knit in Gypsum which is a creamy white and a nice compliment to the Hematite.
Because this sweater is worked in a chunky yarn, it really took no time to knit it up. It was a very quick knit so if you want a beautiful sweater in no time flat this is for you. Also it is easy if you are new to color work because there are only 2 colors to work with at the yoke and the chart and pattern are super easy to read. One of the only problems that I came across while knitting this was the tubular cast on and cast off due to the nature of the yarn. Because it is roving style, it did pull apart while doing those special techniques that put a little bit of strain on the yarn. Other than that, this has to be one of my favorite samples I have knit for Brooklyn Tweed.
All of the pictures used in this post are used courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Little Comeback

I started knitting eleven years ago and I instantly fell in love with it. It has become part of my daily life and also a job on the side. Shortly after I started knitting, I had a baby and shortly after I had a baby I started this little blog about my knitting. I used to blog a lot and I really enjoyed it. I often think about my blog because I am still knitting and there are a lot of things I want to show and say about my knitting. It all started to slow down after I had my twins. Having three kids and two of them being twins is a lot of work and completely time consuming. My twins recently turned five years old! I can't believe it! They are still completely time consuming but I am starting to get pockets of time back to myself. What I really want to do is get this little blog up and running again and not only that but revisit the blogs I used to read and start reading new blogs. I love seeing the work of other knitters and getting inspiration from all of the talented people out there. I have so missed being part of a community. I am completely out of the loop. Even if I have to schedule weekly blog posts and blog reading time, I will, because I don't want to be missing this any longer. I would absolutely love it if anyone reading this left me a comment with their blog info so I can check out your knitting too! Thanks and I hope to see you back here soon!