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See what I did there? ūüėČ

Today I want to chat about some of my favorite hats that have been released this year! Some of them I’ve knit already, but most I haven’t – and really want to. This post comes at a good time, as the 2nd annual Any Hat KAL starts September 1! I’m hosting it over on¬†Instagram¬†and have lots of great prizes lined up!

First is Ryg¬†by Woolfolk Design Team, which was released just a few days ago. I’ve never tried Woolfolk yarn, but I have pet it at length and desperately want to knit with it! Ryg uses their newest DK base, Flette, which looks like a literal cloud. I love how simple and understated the pattern is so that the yarn can be the star. It looks so insanely cozy!

Next up is Harlow by Andrea Mowry. I have already knit this one and really love the endless color combinations for the simple 2-color brioche design. It just takes 300 or so yards of fingering (about 150 yds of each color), so this pattern would make a great stash-buster!

I’ve had my eye on¬†Lucerne¬†by Jared Flood since I first saw it. I mostly love that there are options for 2, 3, and 4 colors! This could be another great stashbuster! It is written for Brooklyn Tweed’s new (fingering weight) Peerie yarn, which has a phenomenal color palette. I have really had to hold myself back from buying some! I may just have to knit this hat with some stash yarn to satiate my appetite for new yarn!

One of my favorite new knit is¬†Beloved¬†by Tin Can Knits. I scooped up this sweet little bonnet pattern the day it was released and knit one for my niece right away! Who can resist a good baby knit?! Okay, if you can resist or don’t have a baby to knit for, this pattern is written from newborn all the way up to adult! The shaping was so fun and interesting. I knit it up with less than half a skein of DK weight yarn and gave it a quick steam block. Perfection!

Justyna Lorkowska’s¬†Sea Glass Stories¬†is the perfect pattern for those speckled skeins of DK! I love how she created a pattern to showcase both cables and speckles. This pattern seems to have just the right amount of slouch, which is hard to do!

Speaking of slouch, how gorgeous is Mystic Slouchy¬†by Heidi May?! Mohair is having a moment and I am here for it! I love the look of a strand of bouncy merino held with a strand of fluffy mohair. The effect is just so good! The moment I saw this, I wanted to knit it. Unfortunately I’m on a bit of a self-imposed yarn diet and don’t have mohair in stash. But if I fall off the wagon, it will probably be for this hat! It also has 4 size options, which is always a bonus.

Lastly I want to mention this pair of hats:¬†Ogee & Gosh¬†by Kiyomi Burgin. I haven’t talked to my sister about this… but I have designs on making these and doing a photoshoot with her. (Sorry Jamie, hope you’re game!) I love how they’re the same, but different – just like my sister and I! And you can make them both with 2 skeins of yarn (DK again… I’m just loving it right now). I don’t know if I’ll be able to knit them for the KAL, but I’m hoping by the end of the year!

I added these to my¬†bundle¬†on Ravelry, along with many other favorite hats! Check it out for more inspiration! I hope you’ll join in the Any Hat KAL! It was so much fun last year! If you’re planning to knit along, leave a comment letting me know what you’re going to knit! I’m always looking for great new hat patterns! ūüôā

feet flirtin’ | sock journal no. 2

It’s hard to believe that it’s June. It’s also hard to believe that I’m still knitting socks!

At the time that I published sock journal no. 1, I had only knit two socks. Not two pairs, just two, not matching, socks. I have since knit five (!!!) pairs and am halfway through my sixth, keeping me on track for the¬†Box O Sox 2018 KAL! I’ve tried new techniques and explored different yarns and I’m still excited to delve deeper into sock knitting!

You might remember my January¬†Shot Room Socks¬†knit with a yummy hank of Candy Skein I got in San Diego. I’m so pleased that I ditched the textured pattern and went with plain ol’ vanilla for this gorgeous yarn!

I’ve also discovered that a Fish Lips Kiss Heel is just my favorite. It is my preference to knit but it also fits really well on my feet. I ended up getting three socks out of one skein and still have quite a bit left! I’ll probably frog the textured sock and incorporate it into something scrappy.

I’ve already shared my Hippity Hop Socks, but here’s another link and photo. I did an afterthought heel on these and am not a fan of the fit, so I probably won’t be doing that regularly.

March’s socks were the¬†Old Fashioned Sugar Frost Socks. This dreamy skein was a gift from my friend Christine and I absolutely love these socks!

Pattern: Sugar Frost Socks by¬†Marianne Heikkinen; Mods: C/O 60 sts, 2√ó2 rib for 15 rounds. 7″ leg.
Yarn: The Fox and The Fawn’s Doe in Old Fashioned
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss
Toe: Rounded toe, decrease to 24 sts, k2tog around, (k1, k2tog) around, then kitchener the 8 remaining stitches.
Special Techniques: N/A
Thoughts: I did a 60-stitch sock on size 1 needles, but have since learned that 64 stitches fit me better on that size needle, so these are a little snug. This yarn is so luxurious! These are my favorites so far.

April socks: Peach Waffle Socks

Pattern:¬† Bluberry Waffle Socks¬†by Sandy Turner; Mods: C/O 60 sts, 2×2 rib for 20 rounds. 5″ leg
Yarn: Fiber for the People Gilded in Peach Pit
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss
Toe: Same as above
Special Techniques: N/A
Thoughts: 60 stitches wasn’t as snug because the leg is shorter. I enjoy this length, but like 7″ a bit better. I’ve definitely found the way I like to knit socks – cuff down, 2×2 rib, FLK heel, rounded toe – so I’m not branching out as much as I’d hoped. On the other hand, I’m glad to have found my vanilla sock ūüėČ This was my first yarn with gold stellina and I really enjoy it!

Finally, my May socks… the fun and interesting¬†IfThen¬†socks! I was intrigued by this pattern the first time I saw it. The idea is to use a self-striping yarn and¬†if the color changes,¬†then you do a certain stitch pattern; thus, IfThen! I think it’s a super interesting concept and I really, really love how these turned out!

Pattern:  IfThen by Shanel Wu
Yarn: KnitPicks Felici in Spaceman; madelinetosh 80/10/10 in Shadowplay for contrast heel/toe/cuff
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss
Toe: Same as above
Special Techniques:¬†Toe-up!! Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off
Thoughts: I finally tried toe-up socks and I must say, I really enjoyed it! Between that and the stripes, these flew off the needles (well, at least the first one did… hah). The bind-off turned out a little wavy, but I don’t mind 1×1 rib as much with toe-up because the bind off is stretchier than most cast-ons. I love the fit of the toe-up and think I’ll definitely knit more in the future! Also, Felici is sooo soft!

Don’t you think taking pictures of your own feet is so awkward?! I always feel like I’m “feet fliriting” with the camera! ūüėČ

new pattern | holston shawl

I’m so excited to announce an exciting collaboration with Brim Collections! Brim Collections is the brainchild of¬†Alyssa Latuchie and Amor Esperanza Valdez, two knitter-friends. I have followed Alyssa on¬†Instagram¬†for a long time and adore everything she knits! So when she and Amor launched Brim Collections, I just knew I would love it… and I was right! Their first¬†pattern¬†collection coincided with the launch of their beautiful¬†yarn, called Breakfast (which totally gives me waffles/Parks & Rec/Galentine’s Day vibes)!

I am completely honored to be part of their second collection with my shawl, Holston. The Holston River flows from my home of East Tennessee to Knoxville, where its confluence with the French Broad River marks the beginning of the Tennessee River. I grew up visiting the river’s dams and reservoirs, among them Boone Lake and Fort Patrick Henry Lake, where the sample photos were taken.

Holston evokes strength, peace, and comfort. The shawl comprises alternating sections of squishy garter, stockinette, and a textured diagonal stitch pattern. Contrasting crochet detail and luscious fringe add a casual and carefree vibe to the shawl ‚Äď just like a day on the river!

¬†I’m so thrilled and grateful that Brim and I teamed up to design this piece!

Oh, let’s talk about that yarn! Using Brim Collections’¬†Breakfast Sport weight, I chose the Earl Grey colorway, which turned out to be the perfect dove grey that I envisioned. It was also important to me to not waste yarn, so this shawl uses nearly exactly two skeins. The fringe and crochet detail were added using the Creme Fraiche colorway. I just love the pop of contrast and drama it adds to the shawl! The 100% Merino wool is bouncy and has great stitch definition. It was truly a dream to work with and I’d love to try more from the line!

Thank you to Alyssa and Amor, who were an absolute pleasure through this process! And a big thanks to my friend Katy Sergent for taking these photos for me last fall!

I hope you all love Holston¬†as much as I do! It is the piece I’m most proud of. Keep an eye out for the rest of Brim Collection’s new patterns, which will be releasing over the next couple of months!

To purchase the pattern, check it out on Ravelry here.
You can find kits in some incredible color combos here! That Sun Baked colorway is calling my name!

Also look out for a pattern giveaway coming soon over on my Instagram page!

xoxo,

Andrea

the one with the best chocolate chip cookies (oh, and some knitting) | may roundup

One very important thing happened in May. I found the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Ever.¬†Honestly, it’s not like I’ve tried many. And I have nothing against the one on the back of the chocolate chip bag. But I was really jonesing for some cookies and came across this recipe on my¬†Pinterest board. An hour later, I had seriously perfect chocolate chip cookies. I don’t think I’ll ever even flip that yellow bag over again, these are¬†that good.
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the one where I finished something other than socks | april roundup

I did it! I finished something that isn’t a sock (or a baby knit)! This is¬†Skinner¬†by Melissa LaBarre, knit with madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering in Shadowplay.


Photo courtesy of Katy Sergent

I’m really pleased with this FO, though I wish it was a little longer. It doesn’t quite go over my ears while maintaining that slouchy look. Another repeat would’ve done the trick, but I still really like it!¬†Blocking it on a foam head allowed the lace to open up and also made it big enough to fit around my head (it was a bit small straight off the needles). I knit this as part of the Wool, Needles, Hands Year of Hats KAL.

I also managed to finish two pairs of socks (January & April for Box’o’Sox KAL), so I’m officially caught up for May!

Shot Room Socks


Peach Waffle Socks

I also faded into the 4th of 5 colors on my¬†Find Your Fade! I’m actually quite a bit past this now – on the lace section, but it’s on the backburner while I work on my TTTKAL project!

If you’ve never participated in Shannon Cook’s Tees, Tops & Tanks KAL, you’re missing out! (Pre-KAL chat is live here). It’s basically the most supportive group of knitters, cheering each other on and knitting any garment without full-length sleeves. So fun! I cast on¬†Tegna¬†over the weekend with Miss Babs Tarte, which is a lovely wool/nylon/tencel blend! I gave myself a little head start because this will be my first fingering weight garment!

Lastly, I started my¬†May socks! I’m already past the heel and am really enjoying toe-up! It may be my new favorite!

Other than casting on, frogging, waiting for yarn, starting over, and frogging again (I’m talking about you,¬†Lovella…) that does it for April!

Oh, and my sister had her baby… my adorable¬†niece!! It was so exciting to find out that she’s a girl, and we got to meet her 5 days early! It was a great month!


Here she is in her¬†Garter Ear Flap Hat!! ūüôā

What did you start, finish, or frog in April?? I’d love to know!