my favorite hat…ever – week 1 | #52weeksofknits

Things don’t always go as planned. and that’s okay.

I bought a gorgeous skein of cream-colored yarn at a little shop. My pattern was purchased and downloaded. I readied my needles and cast on. About a fourth of the way through the pattern, I hit a snag. A literal snag. My yarn was tangled beyond help. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a particularly patient person. I just couldn’t find it within myself to untangle it. I logged onto Amazon, ordered a yarn swift & winder, and set my project aside.

Needless to say, I was desperate for a project for the week. Most of my yarn was in skeins that needed to be wound into cakes.

Thankfully, I had my trusty Lion Brand Thick & Quick on hand. I grabbed a skein of Hudson Bay, a beautiful yellow, red & blue stripe with a cream base, and a skein of Fisherman, a solid cream.

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photo courtesy of amazon.com

I’ve been experimenting with some Fair Isle technique lately, and thought I’d give this a shot. This hat was knit in a 6-12 month size with the intention of giving it to my future nephew who’s due in June! But when I finished it, I knew I had to keep it for myself (sorry, Emily!). There’s something about this little beanie that makes it my favorite hat I’ve ever knit. Someday I hope to give it to my child. Does that make me sound crazy? Probably…

Anyway.

There really isn’t enough contrast in the solid cream & the striped cream to make the Fair Isle show up, but I still like the way it turned out! I would love to learn more about the technique in the future. I hope you enjoy my first knit of the year!

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P.S. Don’t worry, my nephew will have no shortage of hats! 😉

What did you knit this week?? I’d love to read about it in the comments or see it on Instagram!
Just use #52weeksofknits

Warmest Wishes!

new year, new knits | #52weeksofknits

Happy 2016!

That’s weird to say, isn’t it? 2015 was a good year. I started my Etsy shop, moved, got a puppy, started my blog, moved again, and had huge success at my first craft show. As I reflect on last year, I realize that I spent a lot of time focusing on my shop. I am so grateful for the orders I had throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.

That said, I’ve recently felt that there is a void. I go to yarn shops and gawk at the selection, not entirely sure what makes each one different or what projects to use them for. I find (and purchase) patterns that I desperately want to try, only to set them aside in favor of housework. I’ve decided that enough is enough. I want to learn more about fibers and try new techniques. I yearn to knit different styles and find what suits me. I’d love to write a pattern that isn’t scribbled on a napkin.

That’s where my “new year’s resolution” comes in.

I’ll be the first to say I’m not big on resolutions. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever made one. But here I am, typing on my phone’s tiny screen. I’m that determined.

I will knit one new thing each week in 2016. I may use patterns I’ve purchased, free patterns, or make up my own. I might try luxurious fibers or use acrylic yarn from Michael’s (I’m not a yarn snob). Each week will bring a new challenge, whether I knit tiny sock earrings – I can’t wait for that week – or an intricate afghan (I don’t see that happening). Big or small, I want to learn more about my favorite craft.

I invite any and all knitters (and crocheters, I actually want to learn that this year as well) to join me. Beginner or expert, it doesn’t matter! Let’s challenge ourselves to become better.

If you’d like to join in, please use the Instagram hashtag #52weeksofknits so I can see what you create! I have my first week’s project in the works already and can’t wait to share it! I hope to share photos along the way, mainly on Instagram, and also to blog each project.

Happy 2016 & Happy Knitting!

theknitpicky | fall collection 2015


Today I added 3 brand new hats to the shop!
There are also 2 limited edition fall shades: Butterscotch & Taupe.
I’m in love with these colors!

I can’t choose a favorite between Laurel & Woodland, but they will all get tons of use this fall.

Check them out below & click “Shop” above to purchase!

Which one is your favorite??

 

the knit list | fall edition


the knit list (n): a list of items singled out as targets to be knit just for me

cool, crisp air. jeans, boots & flannel shirts. my birthday… Yeah, fall is easily my favorite time of year. With the season fast approaching, these gorgeous pieces are on my knit list.

 I just purchased yarn for the Marley shawl – I can’t wait to give brioche a go.

I’ve been drooling over this cozy nook throw, which uses one of my favorite yarns.


These cottage socks will keep my toes toasty on chilly fall nights.

A simple pattern showcases gorgeous yarn in this luxe cowl.

If I have time to try my hand at cables, the Bray cap seems like a good jumping off point.

I better get started – stay tuned for posts on my progress!

What’s on your fall knit list?