Month: March 2018

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!