Her life, in a nutshell

Just a good ol' fashioned knitting blog! Some of items you'll see are things I've made, some are things I would like to make, and some are just pretty! If you would like to order something, just ask.

March 21, 2014 1:57 pm
letslovelauren:

This is so perfect

letslovelauren:

This is so perfect

(Source: fuks, via tittyana-maslany)

1:51 pm

knittingandhooking:

Very Pink Knits - Purl One Below (p1b)

(via stitch-please)

March 8, 2014 8:17 am

Going to the sip’ n knit again this week! Trying to get a bit done before I leave so it doesn’t look like I just started this project yesterday (which I totally did but sshhh).

I started this hat the first time almost a year ago with some Cascade Sierra Quatro, but the yarn was a little too thin to hold the pattern (particularly those baby cables). So back into the abyss of my projects it went until I stumbled upon it yesterday while frantically trying to find a pattern I could cast on for my meeting today. Ironically, I bought the yarn I’m using this time on that same trip and ended up not using it for its intended project.

Irl, the color is much darker (think blue-violet crayon with a little more purple). In the light it almost has pink overtones,which I love. Can’t remember the colorway name for the life of me, but it’s really pretty!

The pattern is called “Jen’s New Sweetie Pie Hat” and is a free pattern found on ravelry/the purl bee’s website. It’s knitting up super fast (always a plus!) and the “baby cables” are a simple technique that adds just the right touch of interest to make this more than a stockinette beanie with a 1x1 ribbed brim. The pattern says to begin on 16” circulars, but I’m having no trouble working on a set of 4 8” DPNs. It’s been a while since I whipped those out- thankfully I still remember how to use them!!

February 28, 2014 10:04 am

Five repeats! Thinking of reducing the total number to 22 (11 increase and 11 decrease), which would put me at almost 1/4 of the way done!!

Tomorrow I’m going to my first knitting group meeting- I’m nervous but I think it’ll be fun. Plus I have a gorgeous project to work on. I love being able to download my patterns onto my phone so I can work on the go.

Time for breakfast and more knitting! Thinking I can get another two or three repeats done before work today.

6:32 am

paintchipsfromthewall:

A little snow day knitting to cheer my up. It’s still snowing in Vancouver which is so weird for me in February but at least I’m having kinda a snow day today.

Just cast on the brambles beret out of my Christmas yarn, it’s so easy i’ll be done before you know it. It’s a 29 repeat so not very long.

Can’t wait to wear this.

(via isittimetoknit)

February 26, 2014 9:38 am
stitcherywitchery:

Pam Allen’s free pattern for the knit Alpaca Sox Legwarmers.

stitcherywitchery:

Pam Allen’s free pattern for the knit Alpaca Sox Legwarmers.

9:23 am February 20, 2014 11:37 am

I can’t seem to properly capture the color, but I guess this is close? Irl it’s closer to a light turquoise. I’m almost done skein 3 of 5. Its so squishtastic and I can’t wait to cast off already!! Thinking about cutting it down to 6” of double seed stitch instead of 6.5” to make sure I have enough yarn. For the last one I used almost an entire 420 yards, and I only have (roughly) 413 yards of this yarn. Which is really lovely and I’m glad I treated myself to it.

February 19, 2014 8:32 am
mad-knitting-goddess:

lalalala—lee:

penelopeteapot:

perfect

this is my kind of party. who’s in?

mad-knitting-goddess:

lalalala—lee:

penelopeteapot:

perfect

this is my kind of party. who’s in?

(Source: lauryngreen, via knittingandcrochet)

February 13, 2014 10:01 am
stitcherywitchery:

As I mentioned last Friday, in honor of Stitchery Witchery’s first full year on tumblr, I’m holding a yarn giveaway for followers of this blog. :). (I’m also destashing, but that’s a minor detail…)
The yarn pictured here ranges from lace weight to bulky; from quite nice, to only meh; and is about half of what I’m planning to give away. I’d have hauled the rest out but the cats were getting too interested in the proceedings. ;).
Would you like to take some yarn I will never use off my hands? If so the rules are simple:
1. Like and/or reblog this post between now and February 19 (doing both enters you twice, but multiple reblogs don’t give you any extra entries);
2. Because this is a follower appreciation thing, you must be following this blog to be eligible; and
3. On February 19, the first anniversary of this blog, I’ll pick one winner at random from every 50 notes this post gets.  (ETA:  Given how much yarn I have, the total number of possible winners will be capped at ten.)  The winners can tell me the kind of yarn they’d prefer but I can’t guarantee that I can get that kind to them (especially if there are lots of winners).
Thank you all so much for following. This blog has been a blast to run and I appreciate each and every one of you!

stitcherywitchery:

As I mentioned last Friday, in honor of Stitchery Witchery’s first full year on tumblr, I’m holding a yarn giveaway for followers of this blog. :). (I’m also destashing, but that’s a minor detail…)

The yarn pictured here ranges from lace weight to bulky; from quite nice, to only meh; and is about half of what I’m planning to give away. I’d have hauled the rest out but the cats were getting too interested in the proceedings. ;).

Would you like to take some yarn I will never use off my hands? If so the rules are simple:

1. Like and/or reblog this post between now and February 19 (doing both enters you twice, but multiple reblogs don’t give you any extra entries);

2. Because this is a follower appreciation thing, you must be following this blog to be eligible; and

3. On February 19, the first anniversary of this blog, I’ll pick one winner at random from every 50 notes this post gets.  (ETA:  Given how much yarn I have, the total number of possible winners will be capped at ten.)  The winners can tell me the kind of yarn they’d prefer but I can’t guarantee that I can get that kind to them (especially if there are lots of winners).

Thank you all so much for following. This blog has been a blast to run and I appreciate each and every one of you!

(via itslarsyouguys)

February 10, 2014 11:12 am February 7, 2014 12:47 pm

hobbybird:

The shawl for my Mother-in-Law is done! While I technically started it in June, the only part of it I saved was the bottom edging. The rest was knit up in the past month. Just in time for Christmas!

The lesson learned from this? Charts are your friend. Also, will most likely invest in the knitCompanion app in the new year. Reading charts on the iPad is a bit of a hassle, but will never be more of a hassle than attempting the written instructions and frogging the lace section five times. Ugh.

The pattern is Andrea’s Shawl, by Kirsten Kapur, in Quince & Co.

(via stitch-please)

12:36 pm

lightsharpnesssong:

Knitting Inspiration - New Year, New Skills Part 5 - Mosaic Knitting.

This appears to be a form of colorwork very similar to stranding, but with the use of slipped stitches. That makes sense to me to an extent, but my brain totally stalls out when confronted with those crazy traveling lines on a striped background. Nope, no clue. Seems like it’s probably a good time to do some research.

The technique of two-color slip-stitch knitting is really quite simple: If you can knit simple stripes and slip a stitch, you have all the skills you need. Mosaic knitting simply involves slipping the stitches in a row that should be the “other” color. If you are knitting the dark color, you slip the light; if you are knitting the light color, you slip the dark.

Aside from the allure of color patterning using just one yarn at a time, slip-stitching has other advantages over other multicolor techniques: Mosaic knitting works well either flat or in the round which gives it more flexibility than intarsia or Fair Isle techniques. It also doesn’t leave as many floats as Fair Isle knitting, so the fabric is not as heavy and not as much yarn is used.

There are a few limitations to the technique. Because stitches are slipped, there’s a limit to how many stitches of the “wrong” color you can work consecutively — two or three, depending on who you talk to. This tends to give the patterns created a geometric look, which may have reminded Barbara Walker of tile mosaics. Also, the slipped stitches make the fabric a little less than smooth, but blocking will usually take care of this. For this reason, yarns with a little more “give” tend to work better, though the toddler sweater above is knit in pure cotton. If you knit very tightly, you may want to go up a needle size so that your stitches can be slipped two rows without puckering.

Thanks, Knitty! That…er….still doesn’t help me understand those crazy traveling lines, but I did learn some useful things (it can be worked flat! I totally don’t understand how!)

The internet is surprisingly lacking in information about cables incorporated into mosaic knitting, so I suppose this is one of those “just follow the pattern and it will work out” situations. 

Sources are, as always, in the captions. For those of you who employ some sort of wizardry to view this on a mobile device, they are also below.

Courtyard

Elowen

Cairn

Paintboxes Cowl

Hashtag Snowflake

Ludwig

Hexagone

Catkin

Diamondback Mitts

(via lesbiansandknitting)

February 6, 2014 7:38 pm
acalmstrength2013:

This chunky Carmella Cowl looks so cozy, and like it would be a quick, easy knit.

acalmstrength2013:

This chunky Carmella Cowl looks so cozy, and like it would be a quick, easy knit.

(via theknittingpirate)

February 2, 2014 7:57 pm