My sister in law Heather is expecting, and I’ve been working behind the scenes on something for my new little nephew to snuggle in when he arrives:
A bright and warm blankie for someone who is sure to be a bright and warm little boy.
I’ve collected quite a few of these glass jars over the years, thinking they were too useful to just toss into the recycle bin. I use them for drinking glasses, loose change catch-alls, bud vases and of course, storage for my double pointed knitting needles. I decided to snazz these up a bit with a little leftover yarn. It’s super quick and easy- I just taped the beginning of the yarn towards the top of the jar and then used small dot of super glue to secure at the bottom end. Hooray for reusing instead of tossing and hooray for sprucing things up with wool!
When I designed this shawl, I was inspired by the colors of wood, stone, straw, & bone- colors that are a reminder of nature’s perpetual beauty and of our own transient presence on this earth.
The Wood, Stone, Straw & Bone shawl is worked flat from the top center out, increasing each right side row to gradually form a triangular shape. The finished size can be easily adjusted by working more or less rows of the main color sections.
Sport weight wool yarn – approximately 453 yards/414 meters total (328 yards/300 meters of the main color and 25 yards/23 meters of each of the five stripe colors)
Sample shown in Cascade 220 Sport (100% Peruvian Highland wool; 164 yards/150 meters/50 g) in the following colors:
• Main Color (MC): 8010 Natural
• Stripe Color 1 (SC1): 4002 Jet
• Stripe Color 2 (SC2): 8400 Charcoal Grey
• Stripe Color 3 (SC3): 4010 Straw
• Stripe Color 4 (SC4): 8012 Doeskin Heather
• Stripe Color 5 (SC5): 9408 Cordovan
US 6/4.0 mm 32”/80 cm (or longer) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Tapestry needle for weaving ends
Crochet hook size G/6/4-4.25 mm for attaching fringe to the shawl
19 sts by 35 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch
Gauge is not crucial but will affect finished measurements and yardage
40”/101.5 cm wide along top edge and 20”/51 cm long from the top to the center point, not including fringe
This April, Joey and I were up to our usual escapades and getting out to enjoy the pretty spring weather a little more. I bought some pretty yarn for a new knitting project, enjoyed some wine on a Friday afternoon at work, and spent some good times with good friends at our favorite bar. We spent a weekend at the Ranch and met my parents’ sweet new cow dog, Camo, and had a fabulously fun time at a Louisiana-style crawfish boil with the band. My friend Felicia and I did a woodsy photoshoot for my new knitting pattern and we came across a snake while trying to get a good shot. I started up my new knitting project while sitting at Redwood Studios and listening to some really great violin being recorded for one of Joey’s new projects. We have had plenty of new bunny sightings in our back yard and one time Henry even sat next to me, the two of us spying on them together. Joey invented a delicious new apple flavored New York Whiskey cocktail for the bar that I named The Big Apple Sour, and I got to listen to a sneak preview of the new Midlake album that is coming out later this year. I marveled at the prettiness of brown speckled eggs in my new egg tray, and had an epic fail when I attempted to bake my own pizza dough. Joey bought me a pretty gardenia plant to cheer me up after the pizza incident, and we spent many an afternoon on the tennis courts having a blast and enjoying each other’s company. And as always, love was all around us.
I am working on a sort-of secret knitting project right now; a gift for someone I love. I realized yesterday that my deadline for finishing this gift is closer than I thought, so I’ve taken to working on it anywhere and everywhere. Last night I even worked on it at the bar during happy hour. A classic cocktail in one hand and my knitting in the other- it wasn’t a bad way to spend the evening!
I’ve always found a sense of peace when spending time in nature– a walk in the woods reminds me to slow down and helps me become re-centered. I designed a shawl that was inspired by the natural colors I often come across on these walks– the colors of wood, stone, straw & bone. The lightweight yet wooly shawl is perfect for keeping the chill away when you are walking through the woods.
My lovely friend Felicia was kind enough to model the shawl for the photos and I am finishing up the pattern and having it tech edited. Stay tuned for the pattern’s release!
I wanted to share a few patterns I’ve been ogling on Ravelry lately:
Sperry by Amy Miller is a classic fitted raglan sweater with trendy stripes and a pretty shirttail hem. I think the choice of a springy, robin’s-egg blue is perfect for this time of year (as are those great 3/4 length sleeves).
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig is another robin’s-egg blue, 3/4 lenth sleeved sweater I’m in love with right now. This one is lightweight and would be perfect to wear over a spring or summer dress in an overly air-conditioned office during the summer.
Boxy by Joji Locatelli caught my eye with its oversized slouch factor paired with slim fitting dolman sleeves. I’ve been seeing this shape in lots of tops lately and I love this relaxed and breezy look for spring and summer.
Relax by Ririko has a similar shape as Boxy and also has the dolman style sleeves that quickly narrow to a fitted 3/4 length. This looks like it would be perfect for wearing with brightly colored ballet flats to go to a lazy saturday brunch.
Can you tell I’ve been itching to cast on for a springy sweater lately? I have a few other things in the works that have to be finished before I’ll let myself start yet another new project, but these are definitely on my to-knit list.
A perfect accessory for Spring, the Zip-N-Zag Bag is a zippery, zig-zaggy, tassely pouch perfect for stashing your makeup or a small knitting project on the go.
300 yards/275 meters of worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors (150 yards/137 meters of each color)
• Sample shown in Berroco Vintage Worsted (50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% Nylon, 217 yards/198 meters/100g) in #5145-Cast Iron (Color A) and #5102-Butter Cream (Color B)
Needle A: Size US 8/5.0 mm 16”/40 cm circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Needle B: Size US 5/3.75 mm 16”/40 cm circular needle (or 3 sizes smaller than above)
Tapestry needle for weaving ends
9”/23 cm plastic zipper
Fabric for lining, cut to 9.5”/24.5 cm wide x 12.5”/32 cm long
Sturdy thread for sewing zipper and lining
22 stitches and 25 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stranded colorwork pattern, worked in the round on larger needles
Approximately 9.25”/23.5 cm wide and 6.25”/16 cm tall
Provisional cast on, knitting stranded color work in the round, basic bind off, three needle bind off (instructions included), sewing in a zipper, sewing in a fabric lining, making a tassel
March was a busy and music-filled month. We kicked things off with the 35 Denton music festival, where Redwood Studios played host to tons of bands over the course of three days, and the next weekend we went to the SXSW music festival in Austin, where Joey played a showcase with Israel Nash. We were introduced to Laura and Israel’s brand new baby and spent a couple of great nights around a giant fire pit while the guys made some great new music. I went to a fabulous ladies’ champagne and tea party, and knitted a new wooly hat while I was sick in bed with bronchitis for a couple of days. We also saw the first signs of spring with budding trees, blue skies and an Easter celebration, where I tested out my crafty cooking skills by dyeing Easter eggs and baking bread. Next up: I’m looking forward to April’s nice weather, Joey’s birthday and getting back into some knitting!
I baked a loaf of artisan bread this weekend using the no-knead bread recipe by Jim Lahey, via NY Times and my new enameled cast iron dutch oven that was a gift from my sister and mom. It smelled amazing while baking and it turned out pretty good, but not perfect. The recipe calls for the dough be left to rise on a flour-coated cotton towel for the last two hours before baking, and then you overturn the loaf into the dutch oven, freeing it from the towel. When I did this move, the loaf was still a little sticky and suck to my towel, mis-shaping it a little and creating a big mess out of my kitchen towel. I think maybe I needed a little more flour in that step, but I’ll certainly look forward to trying this recipe again next weekend.