finally fading + #knitlifesurvey

finally fading!

Guys! I think I’m the last knitter in the world to start a Find Your Fade, but I’ve finally done it! I bought the pattern way back when it was released in December 2016, but I had a hard time finding my perfect fade. During madelinetosh’s annual sale in January, I spotted the Lamplighter Fade set on Tosh Merino Light and snatched it up! It’s only 5 colors, so I’m modifying the pattern a bit to accommodate this and also make it a bit smaller. It’s not turning out as “fade-y” as I was hoping, but I still really like it so far! Here’s what I’ve completed!


The colorways don’t have names as far as I can tell, so I can’t list them. Here are the next 3 color I’ll be melting into:

I’m finding this knit to be very meditative, which I’ve needed lately. I have a laundry list of things I want to make, but for some reason I wasn’t feeling anything but this. So I put needles to yarn and I’m really happy I did! You can see my notes and follow my progress on my project page!


I’m not into watching all the podcasts like a lot of knitters seem to be. Nothing against them, I just get a bit overloaded with content. But I do watch a few, and wool needles hands is one of them! I just love Tayler’s laid back style, the amazing info she gives, and the gorgeous yarn she dyes! Tayler recently did a Knit Life Survey vlog, which I loved, and I really wanted to fill one out myself! So here goes!

  1. What sparked your interest in knitting? My Nana knit beautiful afghans for her 3 grandchildren when we were babies. I used to watch her knit and became fascinated!
  2. How and when did you learn to knit? I was somewhere in the range of 7 to 9 years old when my Nana first handed me a set of (huge, awkward, metal) needles and some acrylic yarn. I knit a few lumpy, hole-riddled squares before putting it down until sometime in college (8 or so years ago), when I picked it back up… the rest is history!
  3. What is your favorite cast on method? Long-tail!
  4. What is your favorite type of knitting design element? Is garter stitch a design element? 😉 Brioche for sure!
  5. What is your favorite project you have ever knit? The sweater I knit my husband because I am so proud of it!
  6. How many projects are in your Ravelry queue? 63, but I try to keep it under 50.
  7. What is your favorite weight of yarn to work with? Worsted!
  8. What was your first knitting project? Some type of scarf, but I don’t remember exactly which one. 
  9. What is the longest time you have had a half-finished project in hibernation? What is it and when did you cast on? Do you still want to finish it? My longest project in hibernation is a tie for my husband. I cast it on in April 2016 and yes, I actually do want to finish it! Maybe for our anniversary in May! Fingers crossed 🙂
  10. What is the largest project you have ever knit? The sweater mentioned above.
  11. What is the worst and just overall bad, didn’t work out thing you ever knit? I don’t finish things that are that bad, but there were some iffy hats back when I started knitting hats (there is no longer evidence! haha)
  12. What is your favorite kind of project to make (socks, sweaters, shawls… etc)? Hats for sure!
  13. What is your favorite type of fiber to work with? Wool. I love BFL and merino most!
  14. Are you a self proclaimed yarn snob? Nope, I don’t mind a little acrylic mixed in. And I’m very conscious that not everyone can afford quality yarns and that’s okay. Knit what you like!
  15. What is your dream knitting retreat or fiber festival to attend? Edin Yarn Fest!
  16. What is the oldest yarn in your stash? Some Noro I bought probably 7-8 years ago.
  17. Are you a gifty knitter or a selfish knitter? Mostly selfish but I love knitting gifts if I want to!
  18. What do you like to watch or listen to while you knit? True crime or knitting podcasts or binge Netflix (Grey’s, Friends, The Office…)
  19. 0Do you prefer wood or metal needles? Metal for socks, wood for everything else!
  20. Is there a pattern or project that you have knit more than one time?  Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho 🙂
  21. Do you have any other hobbies? Yes! Weaving, sewing, cooking, hiking, and I just love making in general.
  22. What is your favorite snack? Chocolate or anything sweet!
  23. What is your favorite color? Grey
  24. Do you have pets? If so tell us about them… Two sweet pups – Molly & Louise! They’re both mutts from the shelter. Yin and Yang. We love them!
  25. Last but not least……coffee or tea? Both! I love a good latte or a cup of English breakfast tea with lots of milk & sugar. Also sweet tea, cause I’m from the South 😉 

the one with all the baby things | february roundup

I don’t know about y’all, but February flew by for me! Of course it’s the shortest month of the year, but this particular one felt like the shortest month of my life. Between planning a baby shower for my sister, sewing some valances, and being in a general rut, I didn’t get a whole lot of knitting accomplished last month.

But, now that I’ve gifted my sister the baby things, I can finally share them! First I want to share a few photos from the shower – I hope you don’t mind! I don’t share much personal stuff here, but this shower came together so nicely and I really want to show you! She’s not finding out whether it’s a boy or girl, so we really had fun with a green, gold, black & white/jungle theme!


Okay now for the knits 😉

I’m hoping to get a better photo of the blanket in use, but for now, here is the Colorblock Bias Blanket by Purl Soho. I knit this with Caron Cakes in the colorway Jellyroll. I can’t know for sure (because, you know, I haven’t had a baby), but I think this yarn will hold up well with use. It’s supposed to be square, but, as you can see, my tension must have been a bit different when increasing vs. decreasing. I used almost 2 full skeins and actually came very close to running out of yarn. I ended up ripping back a few rows at the end and decreasing more frequently so as not to run out. In the end, I think it turned out really cute and very squishy! Most importantly, I think my sister loves it. I highly recommend the pattern, though the color changes bother me to the point that I’m not sure I’d use this yarn again for it.


The next thing I knit for little bun (as I affectionately call my niece/nephew) is the Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk! I’d had this skein of madelinetosh Tosh DK in stash for a long time and this was the perfect project for it! The Sliverleaf colorway made the cutest gender-neutral garment for a little one. The photo isn’t great, but I can’t wait to see it on the baby! Mods (which can be found here) include joining in the round after the underarm to make a pullover, a split him, and short sleeves. This was such a fun, quick little knit! I hate adding buttons, so I don’t know that I’d ever do the cardigan, but I think a pullover may be more practical for a newborn anyway.

I also gifted her the Garter Earflap Hat I showed in my January round up (project page) using some Toil and Trouble yarn she got me in 2016 during a trip to Salem!

 Another Garter Earflap Hat went off to my Canadian friend Christine (christine.knits on Instagram) for her little boy due soon! I just love it knit up in the Flock Fibre Studio that Christine sent me – so sweet!

As for non-baby knits, I managed to finish my Bean by Plucky Knitter Designs! I thought it was really cute, but ultimately decided not to keep it. I still have plenty of the yarn left to make myself something else 🙂 You can see details here.


The only other thing of note was starting The Easy Bulky One by Joji Locatelli… my first Joji pattern! I’m really excited for an oversized, bulky pullover. A month in, I’m only about 8 inches into the body, but could finish it super fast if I put my mind to it! Maybe that will be my weekend project… I’d love to get this off the needles before the weather warms up too much to wear it. Here’s my progress from awhile ago:

I’m using KnitPicks Simply Wool Bulky, which is similar to Cascade Eco Wool; I really enjoy knitting with it! Oh, and my bag is from the fabulous Kristina Birch Grove… I just love her bags and this one holds my WIP and entire sweater’s quantity of bulky wool!

It doesn’t seem like much progress because, frankly, it’s not. I’ve lost a bit of my knitting mojo, and all I want to knit are socks! But I’m hoping to make progress on my sweater and finish up a few more baby things (two babies due between March and April!)… I better get knitting!

bitten by the sock bug | sock journal no. 1

I can’t believe I’m typing this… I’ve been bitten by the sock bug! If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, this should surprise you. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not happy with how I look in garments right now (ugh), the fact that I have too many hats (if that’s even a thing), or because I have a bunch of sock yarn… but I totally want to knit all. the. socks. this year! Even more, I want to learn all different techniques – heels, toes, two-at-a-time, toe-up, 9 inch circulars… I could go on. But I won’t for your sake. You’re welcome 🙂

I always keep notes of what I’m doing on Ravelry, but I’ll be journaling more detailed notes here.

I recently wrote about frogging a sock and I’ve already knit a vanilla sock using that Candy Skein yarn! Here are all the details:
Pattern: N/A.. “Vanilla Sock” – C/O 60 sts using twisted German cast-on on size 1 needles. 2×2 rib for 20 rounds. Stockinette til leg is 7″.
Yarn: Candy Skein Tempting Sock (discontinued) in Blue Shave Ice
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
Toe: Rounded toe from Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. Decreased to 24, then k2tog around, then k1, k2tog around. Kitchener the remaining 8 stitches closed.
Thoughts: I really enjoy 2×2 rib more than 1×1 for socks. 60 stitches seems to be the perfect number for my feet. I liked the FLK heel a lot! I need to work on tightening up the last stitch, but it fits very well. I also ripped out the toe and reknit to add more length. I’m learning that it’s better to rip back and be happy with what you knit! I measured my foot and it is 8.5″ (size US 5), so knitting the foot to 6.75″ from back of heel and doing the rounded toe described above makes the perfect length sock! I learned so much with this one and I think it will make knitting future socks so much easier.

I just love those speckles! I’ll make the second sock soon, but I got a serious case of castonitis and started completely different one! #sorrynotsorry

This time I decided to follow the Smooth Operator Socks pattern.
Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks. Mods: C/O 60 sts, 2×2 rib for 20 rounds. Stockinette til leg is 7″.
Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Hippity Hop; Contrast heel/toe/cuff: Plucky Knitter Feet in Before You Go Go
Heel: Smooth Operator (afterthought) heel – 20 stitches before kitchener
Toe: Rounded toe from pattern, except I forgot the last 2 rounds of decreases, so I decreased to 6 stitches before kitchenering them.
Special Techniques: Contrasting heel/toe/cuff
Thoughts: This isn’t my first afterthought heel and I’m never a big fan of the fit. This one is no exception, unfortunately. I’m going to try something different on the second sock to try to fix the fit. Any tips?! I wasn’t happy with the toe either, but I think forgetting those decreases is the problem – I will remember them next time! Loved doing the contrast heel/toe/cuff! The colorway is out of my comfort zone, but the socks are so fun!

The second sock is already cast on and I anticipate it will go even faster than the first! The skein above is my newest acquisition – Peach Pit on Gilded from Fiber for the People. Isn’t it dreamy?! I’m trying to pick a pattern, as I want it to be my next pair of socks. What pattern would you knit with this gorgeous skein?!

This will be my first year participating in the #boxosoxkal and I’m really excited! Socks have become by companion while waiting at the allergist and they seem to fly off my needles! The thought of 12 hand-knit pairs of socks is so appealing to me right now. Now if only I can avoid second sock syndrome!

finish or frog | round one

I posted at the beginning of the year about my goals for the year and one of them was to get all my WIPs under control by either completing them, or ripping them out – I’m calling this finish or frog!

One project I’ve decided to both finish and frog. Last March, I cast on a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks with a gorgeous cake of Candy Skein Tempting Sock (now discontinued) that I got in San Diego in 2016. I finished the sock, but was never really happy with it… it’s actually a bit too small, which is my fault, but I also don’t care for the pattern/colorway combination.

So I’ve decided to start a plain vanilla sock in the same yarn. I cast on 60 stitches, did 2×2 rib (which I usually don’t prefer, but I think it works well for socks) for 20 rounds, then just stockinette for 7 inches or so. I’m also going to try the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for the first time, which I’m excited about! I want to try different ways of knitting socks and am hoping this heel will be a good fit for my foot. And, as a bonus, this will also take care of my “Find out if I can be a sock knitter” resolution! It’s yet to be determined, but I have enjoyed having something mindless to knit while waiting before/after I get my allergy shots. Here’s a not-so-great photo of the beginning of my “shot room sock”!

I’m a little sad about this next project that I’m going to frog, my Yoga Shawl by Andrea Mowry. Andrea is one of my favorite designers and the pattern is wonderful! So this is nothing against her. The thing is, I bought this pattern back in September 2016 before I realized that I really don’t enjoy knitting stockinette flat – that is, I despise long purl rows! It took me starting another, very similarly constructed shawl (see below) to realize why I’m not motivated to knit them! I’m really proud of the progress I made, but after languishing for a year and a half, I think it’s time to frog this one and repurpose the beautiful madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering (also discontinued). It will be hard to let go of all the work, but I think it will be worth it in the end. I have mulled over the idea of knitting this in the round and steeking someday, but for now… it’s time to say goodbye to this WIP!

The last thing I’m frogging right now is 2nd Avenue by Amy Miller. This is another shawl that I really love in theory, but I hate knitting those long purl rows! It’s the one mentioned above that now makes me think before I buy a pattern. Now, I always look at the construction – if it’s tons of purling, it’s not for me! The yarn I’m using, Plucky Feet is too nice to not knit with. Surprisingly, I’m actually considering making some socks with it once I rip it out!

So far, I haven’t finished any of my WIPs from last year, but frogging the ones I don’t love really helps me clear my head!

What have you finished or frogged lately?!

the one with the weaving & the knitting | january roundup

One of my New Year goals is to blog more! I thought it might be fun to write up a monthly roundup of what I’ve started and finished!

Honestly, there’s a lot I can’t share yet – tiny knits for new little ones are consuming my knitting life at the moment. But I’ve still managed to finish a few things between baby things!

First up is Boho Style Mosaic Shawl by Irene Lin. Have you all tried mosaic knitting? I swear it’s like magic. I tried some flat stranded colorwork last year and it’s just not for me. But mosaic knitting doesn’t involve any purling (when knitted flat) or holding two strands of yarn at a time – it’s amazing. So after a laid-back stockinette section with garter ridges, you work three fun mosaic charts, then bind off and add tassels! I enjoyed it so much, I knit it in under a month! Irene’s new cardigan design is also at the top of my knit list! I knit this for the Self Indulgent Knit Along hosted by the Yarniacs on Ravelry, which is such a fun and encouraging group! The trusty Cascade 220 made this project both beautiful and affordable.

Also this month I knit several Garter Ear Flap Hats by Purl Soho. In fact, I think I knit a total of five and had a request for a sixth! I don’t often knit the same thing more than once, let alone six times (I knit my first one last year), so I clearly love this little pattern! I haven’t tried any size except newborn, but as evidenced from a recipient, they seem to fit well! Yarn info can be found in my Ravelry projects!


Of the things I can share, that’s all I finished this month! It doesn’t seem like much, but hopefully I’ll make up for it in March when I can spill the beans on all the baby things!

In the meantime, I cast on a selfish hat with gorgeous Plucky yarns! The pattern is called Bean, a freebie from Plucky Knitter Design! It uses one strand of sport weight and one strand of fingering weight held together to knit the brim (shown here). Then you alternate the yarns, creating a stripe effect that can be subtle, like mine, or high-contrast and bold! I ordered a mystery kit and they sent a skein of Nifty (yummy merino/cashmere/nettle fingering) and Primo Sport (a nice, bouncy MCN blend). They rarely disappoint me with their mysteries, and these turquoise blues are no exception!

The other thing I started this month is a woven scarf using these beautiful skeins from Martin’s Lab! I’ve wanted to try this brand for awhile, and finally broke down and ordered 2 skeins of Bouncy Merino and a skein of Silky Mohair, both in the colorway Bilberry Stains. How gorgeous are these?! I love Martin’s story, too, so if you haven’t heard of the brand, you should check it out! The prices are reasonable, even including shipping from the UK, though it did take several weeks to arrive. I’m using my 10″ Cricket loom and can’t wait to finish it up!

By the way… do you weave? Or are you interested in posts about weaving? 

What projects have you been working on? After the holidays, does your crafting pick up, slow down, or stay the same? I’d love to hear! Happy knitting!