Happy Monday to you! I’ve been wanting to share this project with you all, but the timing never worked out right or I had too many other things to blog about. BUT it is a lovely project. This is called Sonnensegel and it is a shawl, or scarf? It’s a big triangle basically, alternating stripes of garter stitch (done in Noro) and stockinette (using Rowan Kidsilk Haze).

You start with just a few stitches and increase as you go. It’s really easy to memorize, and gets to be pretty mindless, so it’s wonderful social or movie-watching knitting. I think it would be gorgeous in some handspun and a nice laceweight yarn. I have to say while I love the colors in the Noro, it was really annoying how the Noro and Kidsilk loved to grip onto each other…tangly mess! But the colors are beautiful. My LYS owner picked out these colors – this will be a shop sample for her.

This project is finished. It just needs a healthy blocking, and I’ll take some FO photos shortly after!

An update on my Exploration Station. The brioche KICKED MY BUTT. I totally messed it up and had to frog the section. I’m hoping I will be up to the challenge for round two… I guess I’ve been put in my place! I’m not used to getting stumped by my knitting… it’s ON!!

I think I’ll leave you with some “good things” today to start your week right. :)

+ Susan B. Anderson has a new shawl pattern based on one of my absolute FAVORITE childhood books. I’m gonna have to knit it.

+ I’ve got my eye on plenty of yarns from this shop.

+ I finally finished reading this book. It’s cozy and wonderful and makes you hungry!!

+ This easy top pattern looks so comfy. This new trend of shirt that are longer in the back than the front is the greatest invention ever…

+ This painting and the artist. I dream of having one of her works hanging in my home.

Enjoy your week!

April Knits

Happy April! I do love this month. Though the warmer temps mean my handknits are being tucked away for the season, I can’t be anything but joyful in this season.

I’m settling into my new job much more now, and it brings me so much fulfillment. It’s the first time in my life I’ve had a job where I don’t dread going to work each day, and I know the work I’m doing matters. For the most part, the workday flies by and every day is different.

So onto the knitting! As you can see above, I’ve been working on my Mitered Crosses Blanket. I love these squares. Worsted weight on size 6 needles may be my favorite knitting ever. It’s fun to pick the colors. I knocked out a few more squares this week. I go on little kicks with these squares, a few at once and then I put it away for awhile. It’s so enjoyable every time I pick it up again.

I finished my husband’s socks ages ago. Toe-up and fish lips heel, using Dragonfly Fibers and they never, ever disappoint. This is the Golden Pear colorway, though it really is kind of neon!

He loves them. Lucky guy too because I don’t make size 0 needled socks for just anyone!

I started a sock for myself to have a quick, small project in my bag that is portable. I’m using some handspun from five years ago, back when I started spinning. It’s kinda bumpy and uneven but I love it. It brings me back to that time when I first got my wheel and all the excitement that came with it. I’m hoping to rekindle my passion for spinning this year but I’m just not in that place yet – hopefully soon!!

I hope you’ve all had a peaceful Easter and are enjoying the ease into spring!

Springtime Exploration

After a slight creative slump, I’m feeling like my old self. I’m going to attribute it to this: my Exploration Station, a Stephen West pattern. His patterns always stand out, don’t they?

I can tell you this is a totally enjoyable knit, and using the fun, wild colors just makes it better. It’s a Stephen West so you might as well go all out! Plus these bright and happy colors make think of Spring! I’m using 1) Gnomeacres in Mint Chocolate Chip 2) Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love (pink) 3) Colinette Jitterbug in Paintbox (the white with speckles) and 4) Ella Rae Lace Merino in 126 (gray). I’ve just finished the short row section and will be moving onto the Brioche next… not sure how that is going to go but I’ll let you know! I’ve never knit brioche before.

All the little yarn cakes fit perfectly in my SockSack. This is the medium size. It’s doing a good job of keeping everything untangled.

So you see the pink and mint in my shawl? Pink and mint is my new obsession. It has spilled into my fabric purchases as well. I bought fabric last week and I cannot WAIT to start sewing it into my Noodlehead Cargo Duffle.

I picked two prints from the Tokyo Train Ride collection produced by Cotton + Steel, who as a newbie to sewing can I saw WOW. Cotton + Steel fabrics are so up my alley. Very much my aesthetic. The white is from the Maker series by Art Gallery Fabrics, which I’m quickly finding is another favorite. The train print is 100% the loveliest fabric I’ve ever seen. I’ve never been so infatuated with a print. Hopefully I do it justice when I go to sew the bag – fingers crossed!

Gosh, so much to share… I also finished my Fluid. It is so cute in the Nomadic Yarns Glitterbomb. It doesn’t look the best on me (my hair is at a weird length right now for hats) but by the time I need it again it should be fine. Fluid was such a fun and rhythmic knit, I want to make many more.

I have some other projects to share, but I think that is enough for today!

Hopefully it’s starting to look and feel like Spring by you! The bradford pears have exploded overnight, and we’ve traded snow for rain showers and warm breezes. It’s lovely.

New Girl

Hello everyone! Just wanted to check in with you all here as we hit mid-week. I’m feeling chatty today…

I started my new job this week. It’s going… well? I have to admit, I *hate* this part of working, being the new person. Blah! Everyone has been super welcoming and helpful, but I was so comfy at my old job and knew the answers to pretty much any question anyone could throw my way. Not here! My husband is telling me to chill out, and I know I need to, but meanwhile I’m going to be working HARD to be the girl with all the answers again.

The weather has been snowy and cold here, and I was inspired to go ahead and start a new cross stitch project, as you can see! I’m making the Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I’m about 75% done with the border, the hardest part! I can’t wait to start stitching the adorable squares. I’m using a pretty sparkly linen… took me awhile to get used to stitching on it though! The glittery threads played tricks on my eyes.

Last week was exciting – the owner of my LYS texted me and asked me about knitting shop samples, trading for store credit! I headed over and received the materials for my first project, and I’m well into knitting it because it’s an addictive project. I’m making Sonnensegel, which is a freebie. I think this pattern is so versatile, you could use lace, all fingering weight, handspun, anything! And there’s no counting of stitches, just rows, so it’s super simple to keep track of. I’ll try to take a photo this week to share with you guys, it’s so pretty.

Also, I’ve found my dream yarn.

I saw this yarn from Nomadic Yarns on Etsy and gasped loudly and wouldn’t shut up about it. I normally don’t bore my husband with too many details about my knitting life but this I had to show him right away. I added it to my favorites and kept on for days about how gorgeous it was until my husband was like Just buy it already! I’m so glad I did. I immediately knew this skein (superwash DK in the Glitterbomb colorway) would be a hat, and even more specifically, a Fluid. I’ve already cast on, pics of that soon! (I was a lazy photographer this week, can you tell?) :D

And lastly…

+ I’m laying out my plans to sew the Cargo Duffle by Noodlehead. I said I wanted to sew more this year, and this is going to be my first project back at my sewing machine. I’ve already picked out my materials, can’t wait!!
+ I’m super, super sad this goooorgeous yarn bowl is not readily available.
+ I keep listening to Washed Out because it makes me feel like it’s summer in the middle of this winter funk.
+ If you haven’t already, you should check out the Yarn in my Coffee podcast. It’s wonderful.

Happy mid week!

Slow Pace

Deep into February and we’ve finally gotten some snow around here. My children were excited to miss some school, and I was home sick as well so we were able to enjoy some quality time together at a slow pace.

The pace of life can really get me down sometimes, it always feels like a rush, wake up earlier than your body wants to, rush around, rush kids to school, rush to work…work all day…hurry home to start dinner, make sure kiddos have done their reading, sign school papers and folders, hurry into the shower kiddos!, bedtime routine, early to bed so that early morning wake up call isn’t such a rude awakening, and I’m staying up as late as possible to squeeze in knitting and blog reading and whatever-the-heck I want to do, only to start all over the next day.

Needless to say, when the pace slows, I’m at my happiest. I live for summer break! That string of days filled with couch snuggles and naps and reading comics with the kids and building Legos filled my heart to the brim.

I know my crafting pace is super slow these days. Some evenings I may only knit two rows. But they are two super joyful rows. I follow the pace of what I’m feeling in that moment, and if it’s only a row, that’s ok.

I’m starting a new job in March. I’m beyond thrilled – this job will not only be a promotion for me, but it will cut my work day down from 9 hours to 7. I think it is going to help with the pace of things. I’m really looking forward to this next season of life.

What do you do when the pace of life feels too fast? Any tips that help you unwind?

Now some randomness…

+ I’m obsessed with orange juice. I can’t drink enough of it all of the sudden.
+ I think the blog needs a face lift. Haven’t even started to think of how though…
+ Sewing! I haven’t unpacked my sewing machine yet, but I can’t wait to set up a little dedicated space for that. I would really like to build on my sewing skills this year.
+ I’m thinking a new cross stitch project needs to begin – maybe in early spring. I’ve got floss, patterns, and linen for multiple projects ready to go, I just need to decide which first and get started.
+ I have INTERNET at home now!! Whee!
+ Coffee – after years of taking it with cream and sugar, I woke up one morning and it tasted horrible to me. I drink it black only now. Does that make me an official grown-up?

And last but certainly not least, my super handy husband built me a yarn/craft cabinet! I have all my yarn on display now and it’s making me so happy! I’m still shuffling the shelves around and trying to get it just the way I want, but it’s so pretty to look at.

Here’s to a happy, and slow, weekend!