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.

October 19, 2014 8:38 pm

smolderingwickdesigns:

stitcherywitchery:

Waiting for Spring, a free knitting pattern by Susan Dempster.

this is definitely going in my queue

October 1, 2014 8:47 pm
iamanangryknitter:

hereistheplaceiloveyou:

Finished this sweet cabled baby blanket a few days ago! I love the way it turned out

A SUPER SWEET CABLED BLANKET. TOTALLY BEAST AND SO ARE YOU.

iamanangryknitter:

hereistheplaceiloveyou:

Finished this sweet cabled baby blanket a few days ago! I love the way it turned out

A SUPER SWEET CABLED BLANKET. TOTALLY BEAST AND SO ARE YOU.

September 26, 2014 10:53 pm September 23, 2014 7:18 am

lightsharpnesssong:

"How the fuck do you wear these adorable hooded things" I hear many of you ask (I may be paraphrasing). Well, I’m here to break it down for you: there are basically two main practical ways to wear the hoods. With a coat, or in place of a coat. The first way, as shown in the first image, works best with lightweight, short capelets or hooded cowls, and should be familiar to anyone who has ever worn a cowl. Just put the hood up and wrap it around your neck. BOOM: cuter than a scarf. Because you’re using it in place of a cowl or scarf, this is a good opportunity to play with color or texture. When you’re indoors and warm enough to stop wearing a coat, the capelet can stay on and fall down around your shoulders in a very fetching manner.

The second way works best with capes that fall somewhere between the hip and mid-thigh, and requires either a lot of volume or arm slits to actually be functional. As for what to wear under them, proportion matters a lot. They look great with leggings or tights, but if you’re going to wear a skirt, it works best to have one that falls no more than three or four inches past the hem of the cape and has a narrow silhouette. Finish it off with heels if you’re going for something more feminine or chunky boots if you want to balance out the tendency of capes to look too cutesy.You will notice a complete lack of shoulder bags in these pictures, because they look really weird with capes.

Did that help, everyone? And if so, can we talk about having a knitalong? I know you all want the hoods as much as I do, and now that we know what the fuck to do with them there is no reason left why we can’t have the things we want.

Sources are, as always, in the captions.

7:16 am

sickallsummer:

lightsharpnesssong:

Knitting Inspiration: hoods. Like, fairy tale hoods. I read somewhere that “capes are in” this year and, while I don’t give a flying fuck about that sort of thing, it does mean that suddenly all these fetching hooded capelet/shawl things are sprouting like mushrooms. (Get it? Mushrooms? Fairy rings….fairy tales? You’re right, that was a bit of a stretch.)

I’m particularly drawn to ones that are heavily textured or almost insubstantial. There was a thing with hooded scarves a few years back that I never really committed to; having seen these more voluminous alternatives, I suddenly understand why I waited. Unlike hoodies, which are ubiquitously casual to the point where I refuse to wear them, and hooded scarves, which make me think of kids who can’t be trusted to not lose individual cold weather items and are thus given a combination mittens/hood/scarf thing, these are poised somewhere between little kid make-believe and massive sophistication. I also suspect that they won’t cause hat hair, although I might have to line them to prevent unfortunate bobby pin accidents.

Sources are, as always, in the captions and below.

Through the Woods 
Jo’s Pride Hooded Shawl 
Boundless 
Northanger Abbey Hood 
Be Still My Beating Heart 
Scarlet Capelet 
Winterberry Hood 
Sage Woodland Hood 
Peaks Island Hood

~UPDATE~

There is now a follow-up to this alarmingly popular post that answers the question of how the fuck to wear the hoods.

please tell me where I can get these

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September 21, 2014 8:03 pm
Two out of 14 repeats done! So far, all is well. This yarn is a bit more muted irl, but it is holding the stitches nicely either way.

Two out of 14 repeats done! So far, all is well. This yarn is a bit more muted irl, but it is holding the stitches nicely either way.

September 20, 2014 9:55 pm

Casting on!

Got this pattern and yarn as a set a few months ago and it’s starting to get cold enough to warrant more smooshy, warm knits.

Okay, it’s always cold enough for me no matter what the season. But anyways.

Only problem I’m having so far is a problem I never thought I would have and that is:

No charts. Everything is written out.

Me from six months ago would have loved that. Me right now is less than enthused. I suppose that’s a sign of improving as a knitter? I do love the pattern and the yarn, just wish that I had the option of charted directions as well. 

unrelated sidenote: this yarn (Manos del Uraguay Maxima) is like the comfiest yarn and I just want to bury my face in it forever. 

9:11 pm

stitcherywitchery:

Stitch Surfer, a free pattern for knit socks from Louise Robert.

Maybe these will be my next socks!

9:36 am
knitsybitsyspiders:

knittingproblems:

thecranewife:

how to bind off without any yarn.
holy shit.

For when the yarn runs out too early

This is a life skill.

knitsybitsyspiders:

knittingproblems:

thecranewife:

how to bind off without any yarn.

holy shit.

For when the yarn runs out too early

This is a life skill.

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September 16, 2014 9:42 pm
Holy crap my knitting blog turned two! That’s adorable!! 

Holy crap my knitting blog turned two! That’s adorable!! 

7:41 am
purple-rose-emporium:

turtlegirl76:

My sock drawer is finally upgraded from a Rubbermaid organizer to an actual dresser drawer. It overfloweth still. 12 pairs went to retirement. That first row? All Socks That Rock #operationsockdrawer #socks #knitting #socksthatrock #bmfa

That’s a LOT of knitted socks!!

purple-rose-emporium:

turtlegirl76:

My sock drawer is finally upgraded from a Rubbermaid organizer to an actual dresser drawer. It overfloweth still. 12 pairs went to retirement. That first row? All Socks That Rock #operationsockdrawer #socks #knitting #socksthatrock #bmfa

That’s a LOT of knitted socks!!

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September 14, 2014 7:59 pm August 29, 2014 7:32 pm
maireaknits:

I’ve been working on revising a couple of older patterns, and Tiptoe Slippers are now at the point where I a re-test the pattern. Besides a general layout update, I have added one smaller size. If interested, I’m looking for test knitters here:http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-testing-pool/3005053/1-25

The deadline is September 8th, and all testers will receive a finished copy of the pattern and one other pattern from my Ravelry store!

If I had made more than two socks in my life, I would love to be a test knitter. However, I will be more than content with making these once the pattern is available! Especially since my mom always called me ‘Tips’ when I was little (I was and still am a toe-walker).

maireaknits:

I’ve been working on revising a couple of older patterns, and Tiptoe Slippers are now at the point where I a re-test the pattern. Besides a general layout update, I have added one smaller size. If interested, I’m looking for test knitters here:
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-testing-pool/3005053/1-25

The deadline is September 8th, and all testers will receive a finished copy of the pattern and one other pattern from my Ravelry store!

If I had made more than two socks in my life, I would love to be a test knitter. However, I will be more than content with making these once the pattern is available! Especially since my mom always called me ‘Tips’ when I was little (I was and still am a toe-walker).

(via theknittingpirate)

August 24, 2014 1:39 pm

KNITTING BOOK IDEAS:

theymightbeclippy:

* Quick Knits That Make It Look Like You Give A Sh*t -
20 simple projects that knit up quickly for that person who will b*tch forever if you don’t give them a knitted gift, but will absolutely never wear or use the
item.

*Knitting Before Payday-
Tips and tricks to help you stretch your stash, and encourage you to finish up those UFO’s. Includes links to coupons.

* Knits Without Looking-

Lovely patterns with easy-to-memorize stitch patterns. Knit along with your favorite shows, without missing a single trope!

* Knitting With The Doctor-

Level 1:
Apply lotion to your hands every few minutes while demanding: “Moisturize Me!” to no one in particular.

Level 2:
Knitting projects comprised of simple squares. Cast on, turn on the telly, knit.

Beautiful Knits With Yarn That’s Under $100/Skein
Lux looks without mortally wounding your retirement fund.

August 17, 2014 1:09 pm

kisforkarol:

sergendry:

chippper:

for-redheads:

Ginger Animal of the Week

Caracal / Desert Lynx (Caracal caracal)

Photos  |   [1] Caracal by Sandra Metzbauer  |  [2] by Annafur  |  [3]  Tiny little kitten by Andreas Jansrud

screeches

The progression here is amazing

  1. MAJESTIC
  2. MAJESTIC
  3. TINY POOFY CUPCAKE

poofy cupcake. That is now the official name of caracal kits in my dictionary.

(via itslarsyouguys)