Thoroughbred

Recently I have been doing quite a bit of test knitting and one of those patterns just got released on ravelry yesterday.  That pattern is called  thoroughbred by Alicia Plummer.

The pattern is such a beautiful, fun, and simple design, with an added bonus of knitting up really quickly. I absolutely loved working on it and the yarn, well it was delicious, and I will totally work with it again! Here’s my project page.

The yarn is from Swans Island and the colorway is called verdigris. The special thing about this yarn is  that it is an ecowash wool, but not the ecowash we all know, it’s different. It is so much softer and more luxurious to work with and the colors are gorgeous. Swans Island uses this new process that coats the fiber with an organic compound instead of stripping the scales off of the fiber with harsh chemicals. The yarn is also made in the US which in my opinion is an added bonus.

 

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I didn’t modify anything the only thing I did do was add an extra repeat in the body to make them a little longer because I like my fingerless gloves to go more down my arm, by adding the extra length I basically used up all the yarn there was only a little ball left over that isn’t enough to do anything with.

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23

Well this past Thursday  the 19th I turned 23, I don’t really feel like I’m 23, but to be honest I really don’t know how old I feel.  Anyways enough about my age, so for my Birthday this year I made the decision to make my birthday cake. I know most of you are thinking why would she do that, well my mom had been really busy that week and I really wanted to make a strawberry cake. As you may recall earlier this summer I wrote about making strawberry cupcakes so I decided to just turn that recipe into a cake recipe and well it worked. It tasted so good and everyone really enjoyed.

I ended up breaking the cake making up into two days because making it takes so long so I made the batter and part of the icing the night before my party and made finished it up the day of the party which worked out a lot better than trying to make it all in one day.

The batter.

The batter.

The icing in the process of becoming icing.

The icing in the process of becoming icing.

My cake :)

My cake 🙂

And me blowing out the candles.

And me blowing out the candles.

If you would like to make the cake here is the blog I got the recipe from and if you want to read about my adventures with the cupcakes you can click here.

Well besides all of the cake making excitement I got some great gifts like these knitpicks double points that I am incredibly excited for and can’t wait to get some socks started on them.

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Sorry about the glare.

I also got a few new shirts, jamberry nails, and I decided to get myself a gift because well, my family isn’t really keen to using etsy and I figured they would have difficulty finding it so yeah.

I got myself this awesome notions case and stitch markers.

I got myself this awesome notions case and stitch markers. From this etsy shop.

Here's a close up of the stitch markers, they were appropriately named confetti.

Here’s a close up of the stitch markers, they were appropriately named confetti.

Also this past weekend I went to the Harvest Moon Festival in Parkersburg, WV and got a new yarn bowl, a ring holder, adorable ceramic buttons, and a pendant. I am super excited about all of the my finds and all of it was make locally which makes it even better! Plus very reasonably priced, like the ring holder was 4 dollars, the bowl 24, the pendant 16, and the most shocking price was the buttons. I got all of those buttons for 5.50, now talk about a steal.

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I just love craft festivals, I’m hoping to go to another one in a few weeks.

Well all in all it was a great Birthday/weekend!

Palate cleanse

Well as you saw in my last post I just finished a orange/copper wrap and as you have seen from work in progress pictures I have been working on a lot of things in browns and dark oranges, so though I may need another on going work in progress as much as a I need a hole in the foot I decided to start the Westknits mystery shawl KAL called color craving. For this project I am using a grey which is a neutral but I’m also using a vibrant blue and a vibrant green.

The blue is trekking XXL and the green is springtime tonal and the grey is thunderhead tonal from Knitpicks.

The blue is trekking XXL and the green is springtime tonal and the grey is thunderhead tonal from Knitpicks.

Along with the KAL I still have my ease, pontos, chocolate stout, and a test knit for Alicia plummer going on. Here is a picture of all of my projects that I’m working on.

This picture also shows a hat, the hat just recently got finished and was a test knit that I will post about later.

This picture also shows a hat, the hat just recently got finished and was a test knit that I will post about later.

As you can see a lot of brown and orange and if you remember besides finishing my orange Bradbury I also finished my grey grace, so basically a lot of neutrals. Doesn’t the blue and green stick out? I am still confused by the pattern so it is a good mystery, but the color change does make for a nice palate cleanser.

Do you ever find that you get in a color slump? What colors do you knit most? Are you hooked on neutrals?

Bradbury

Yay for stash busting!  This is another stash busting project. It’s my Bradbury size small from Melissa Schaschwary using Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool-Silk. It was a very well written and beautiful pattern. This was my first time using Jagger Spun yarn and I am not disappointed. To make gauge I doubled the yarn and it was perfect. The yarn is just so soft and airy, but only problem is I haven’t worn, made, or own a wrap so I’m still trying to figure out how to wear it, I mean I know how to wear it, but how I would prefer to wear it. So without further ado here is my finished wrap modeled by one of the little girls I watch.

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How do you like to wear wraps?

Hermione Socks

I have a lot of things flying off of my needles recently and my Hermione socks are one of those things. I had been wanting to knit them for a while now and a KAL seemed to be just the thing to get me to start them. The Hermione sock KAL was hosted by knityorkcity on Kollabora.

With the socks I used some leftover sock yarn from another pair of socks I had made the yarn is poems by wisdom yarns. I really like the yarn, but my skein seemed to have a few yarn breaks where the yarn was tied together and it was a thick and thin yarn, and well the jury is still out on how I feel about thick and thin yarn. I had to modify the pattern because I decided to knit needle size US 2 and the first time I started them they were to big so instead of casting on 64 I cast on 56. I was much happier with the size of the socks after that. Working with the 56 stitches wasn’t bad I just had the split even between the two needles and when it came to working the heel I just subtracted 4 from whatever the original total was, so all in all my modifications didn’t cause me too much grief and made me a perfect pair of socks. Here my ravelry project page.

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Grace

I don’t know about you, but when I find a project (especially a knitting project) that I fall in love with I start dreaming up what I’m going to wear with it, what materials I’m going to use, and all the other things that go into the project. Well the Grace from Jane Richmond was one of those projects. From the moment I saw it in Jane’s Island book I knew I needed to make one, and not just make one but use top quality materials for it.

So first I went on the quest for yarn and as you saw in earlier posts I had found the madelintosh tosh sock in charcoal at a lys I like to frequent. But by the time I found the perfect yarn and finished up my current WIP’s it was spring time so I decided to wait and knit it in the luvinthemommyhood summer kal because what would be better than knitting up the cardigan of your dreams with the perfect yarn in a wonderful group of encouraging and friendly knitters. While waiting for the kal to begin I ended up finding the perfect buttons from AddVintage, which made everything seem so perfect or so I thought.

So with all of that hype I mean I was wanting/expecting it to come out perfect, but much to my dismay the cardigan wouldn’t stay buttoned. I was very disappointed so then I started looking into reinforced button bands which require a whole bunch of sewing mainly by hand, so I discussed it with my mom and she came up with this idea that I will show you below. It worked and it was a lot faster than sewing it, now I still have some kinks I need to work out, like making sure the ribbon is perfectly line up behind the button hole so the hole in the ribbon can be perfectly centered and making sure that both sides of the cardigan are even. But here is what I did, it was my first time and I don’t swear by it, but I will probably do it again and figured I would share so you all could decide on your own what method to use.

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So I got some heat and bond and and hem tape that were the same size as each other and the button band.

I measured out the heat and bond and the hem tape to be the exact same size as the button band.

I measured out the heat and bond and the hem tape to be the exact same size as the button band.

Then I pinned the buttons bands together evenly with the wrong sides facing away from each other.

Then I pinned the buttons bands together evenly with the wrong sides facing away from each other.

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Then I followed the directions of the heat and bond using my iron and after I had the one side of the adhesive adhered to the button band I put the ribbon down and bonded it to the cardigan. After both sides were completed I took an exacto knife and made holes through the ribbon so the buttons could go through and resewed the buttons onto the cardigan.

The wrong side of the cardigans button band, the side with buttons sewn in.

The wrong side of the cardigans button band, the side with buttons sewn in.

The side with the button hole cut it.

The side with the button hole cut it.

So here is my Grace.

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I love the madelintosh yarn it is fabulous and I love the buttons. I will have more about this cardigan and what I did with the button band in a later post.

Well I love my grace now, and it fits perfectly. The madelintosh was a dream to work with, that was the first time I had ever worked with it and it is definitely is not going to be my last considering I have some in my stash waiting to be used. You can see my project page on ravelry here.

*I just thought about this while responding to Michelle comment. When it comes to ironing the heat and bond and also when it comes to adding the hem ribbon to the button band. Sit the iron down, let it set for a few seconds, pick the iron up and move on to the next piece. DON’T push the iron or it will cause it to stretch out and the band will be longer and you may have two different size button bands.

Back to School

So the kids are back to school which means that I’m only watching them after school, but I’m also back to school. This semester is going to be a tough one so I’m going ahead and guessing that there will be even more absences when it comes to the blog, which I hate, but that’s life. To give you an idea of the work load here is a picture of my books for my 3 classes.

 

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It’s a tad bit blurry, but what I’m holding next to the books is an 8 in double pointed needle to give you an idea of how high the stack of books is.

    In other news that is way more fun and interesting than my schooling I finished my grace.

I love the madelintosh yarn it is fabulous and I love the buttons. I will have more about this cardigan and what I did with the button band in a later post.

I love the madelintosh yarn it is fabulous and I love the buttons. I will have more about this cardigan and what I did with the button band in a later post.

Also I just finished a test knit for Alicia Plummer that I will talk more about on a later post.

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And yes it may be an addiction, but I got more yarn, all of it has plans and you will see what the plans are for the various yarns over the next couple months, some of them are secrets, some of them are for test knits, some of them are Christmas presents, and some of them are just for me.

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I’m hoping that by breaking down all of my individual finished projects into posts I will be able to keep up with the blog more easily, but I have lots of test knits, project plans, and gifts to knit and even more homework to go along with it.