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.
But I don’t write a food blog, I write a knitting blog. So I need to talk about something I finished in May other than cookies.
My first FO is Tin Can Knit’s Beloved bonnet. I knew my new niece needed one as soon as the pattern was released! A skein of Plucky and a few hours later, it was on her sweet little head 🙂 I knit this as part of the Wool, Needles, Hands Year of Hats KAL, which has been such a fun knit-along for this hat (and bonnet!) lover.
This pattern is absolute perfection! I was so excited about finishing it that I just gave it a quick steam (instead of a full wet block) and that worked really well to smooth out the stitches. I made the newborn size for her and I have a feeling she’ll need a bigger one later this year!
Next I finished Lovella by Ambah O’Brien, which I originally started in April and frogged (twice!) before getting the yarn/needle combo just right. It was definitely worth the trial and error because I love this shawl!
I knit it in just 4 days, but the last day was only about 30 minutes or so! I just love the combo of stripes, soothing garter, and simple lace – it’s perfection. It’s also a nice size and looks great wrapped several ways. This was my first of Ambah’s patterns, and I now want to knit several more, especially one of her gorgeous wraps!
For this I used Machete Shoppe Dirty DK and madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK. I also went up a needle size and made a YO on every other RS row, then dropped it to create a more stretch edge (all details on Ravelry)!
My most exciting knit of the month was Tegna by Caitlin Hunter!!!
I’ve been on a mission to knit this since it was released a year ago and I finally got the motivation I needed via Shannon Cook’s Tops, Tanks & Tees KAL hosted on Ravelry. It’s one of my favorite knit-alongs as I gain so much inspiration for summer knits! I knit my Tegna in Miss Babs Tarte, a luscious blend of soft merino, sturdy nylon, and drapey tencel. I just love it! It was also a fairly economic option – it took under 2 skeins for the size Medium! I had enough to add some more length and wish I had in hindsight, but I’m pleased with it overall. I already want to make another!
Lastly, I knit Harlow by Andrea Mowry. I’d seen sneak peeks on her Instagram for awhile and had to snatch it up as soon as it was released! She hosted a 4-day KAL over Memorial Day Weekend, which gave me the push to get my brioche on! I grabbed some Knit Picks Capretta I had on hand. It’s a really soft MCN base that lent a good amount of drape. Pictured below is the WS, which I prefer the crown shaping of, but a good reversible hat is never a bad thing! I should have added some length, but I think I got a bit too excited. I definitely have plans for more of these – a great stashbuster!
My May socks aren’t quite finished yet, but should be any day now. I did manage to start my June socks (below) in yummy Woolberry Fiber Co yarn. This photo was taken a while back; I’m already past the heel!
I’m thankful I had such a productive month… off to bake more cookies! 😉