Month: February 2017

WIPs & FOs | volume one

      I’ve been really trying to blog more (even if nobody reads it, hah!) and want to start writing about what’s finished, what’s on me needles, and what’s up next!

I’m calling it “WIPs and FOs,” but I’m actually going to start with an FO – because I’m so relieved to have finished my husband’s sweater! *Cries tears of joy*

I started Sawyer on January 1, aiming to have it completed for his birthday on the 29th. Well… January 29th came and went sans sweater. Don’t worry, I got him a gift (side note: have you heard of the Teaze? That’s what I got him & he loves it!) but I definitely let myself down. After a year of cranking out something new each week, it was really hard to focus on one thing. I think I went a whole week without knitting on it; it was exhausting. I’ve enjoyed knitting different types of sweaters, but this one was just a beast. It was my first time using a tubular cast on (which I had to do four times), first set in sleeves, first button band… yeah. I was over it. I just want to knit top-down raglans forever. Hah! Just kidding. I’ll eventually knit another seamed sweater, but… I’m not itching to cast on just yet.


I had a bunch of Cascade 220 on hand for a shawl that never materialized and the color, Japanese Maple, is right up his alley. Yay for not having to buy yarn!

My one big hangup was this: the designer uses a slipped garter selvedge (SGS) instead of a regular stockinette selvedge. Since I haven’t knit that many sweaters, I just went with the pattern. Big mistake. This thing was a total pain to seam! I googled, looked on YouTube, and read through all the projects for the pattern and, yep, there’s no easy way to seam it. I think I ended up using some version of the Bickford Seam and it looks okay, but it could definitely be improved. I learned my lesson and from now on, it’s a stockinette selvedge so I can mattress stitch! (Because mattress stitch is amazing.)


Anyway! I finally finished it on Valentine’s Day! <3 All in all, it took me a month and a half, which isn’t all that bad, and I think he really likes it!

Another recent FO is Kobuk by Caitlin Hunter. I knit this holding a strand of DK (Brooklyn Tweed Arbor) with a strand of laceweight mohair (Lana Grossa Silkhair) as Caitlin suggests. I love the soft halo that this combo lends to the hat! My super talented friend Katy of Katy Sergent Photography took these photos and, I’ll be honest, I want her to take all my FO photos from now on! She’s awesome! yellowhathike-9606 yellowhathike-9601

This was my first time knitting bobbles and they’re so fun! Mine weren’t quite as defined as I would’ve liked and I’m not sure if it was the yarn or my inexperience. I love the twisted rib and seed stitch “mountains” and… well, everything about this hat! The perfectly fluffy pom is from knitcoastshop on Etsy & it’s just as amazing in person! (More photos on my project page!)

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In WIP news… things are slow going on my Winter Honey shawl, which I started in December. It takes me a good hour to get through 4 rows and I’m maybe halfway finished. Cabling without a cable needle makes things go much faster, but progress is still sluggish. With no deadline, this one could take a couple more months!

My semi-long-term goal (is that a thing?) is to finish up (or frog) all my WIPs and get my needles organized again. I swear, I can’t keep track of needles and cables to save my life. Hopefully those projects will be popping up here as FOs this year!

I’d love to hear what you’re working on or recently finished!

Warmest Wishes,



Not only did I get to test Braddock, a new hat pattern from Christina Danaee of Appalachian Knits, but I also got to hike and hang out with my friend Katy of Katy Sergent Photography! She was trying out a new lens and I was lucky enough to be her guinea pig! The photos my husband so graciously takes for me aren’t too shabby, but these are far superior to my normal FO pics! Thanks again for the incredible photos, Katy!

As irritated as I am that it was 70 degrees in February… I’m so glad I got the opportunity to make this hike and take in some killer views at the end!


The photos pretty much speak for themselves (i.e. this hat is awesome!), but here are a few thoughts!


This was my first long-tail tubular cast on in the round and, though mine is not perfect, I think it makes a beautiful edge. It’s definitely worth the extra effort!


Christina’s sample has a nice folded brim. I knit it as written and blocked pretty aggressively, but, for me, I like it better worn unfolded and slightly slouchy. When folded, it was just a bit short for my personal taste! If I were to knit again and wanted a folded brim, I would do one more repeat of the chart before beginning the decreases.

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Oh, I have to mention the yarn! Oh. my gosh. this yarn. swoon. It’s Magpie Fibers Swanky DK in the colorway Harpoon. Not only is it a pleasure to knit with and wear, but the stitch definition is insane. There’s also plenty of yarn left for a nice pom pom, but I opted to not add one this time (I just love it so much without)! Christina picked the perfect yarn for this hat! It will most definitely not be my last skein. PS – I picked it up in my favorite yarn shop ever Black Mountain Yarn Shop <3


Being a girl from the Appalachian region myself, I just love what Christina and her friend Jennifer are doing with this collection. I feel like each design is a nod to the beautiful mountains that we call home. This was a quick knit and I would love to make one (or two, or three…) more for friends! Go grab you a copy… I promise you won’t be disappointed!