Category Archives: NYC

New Finds

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on this blog, but the building I live in used to be a factory building that housed at least two knitwear manufacturers.  Right now there is construction on one of the lower floors to convert old factory space into loft apartments.  The other day I walked past a bin filled with construction debris from one of these floors- and something caught my eye:

An old Brother Knitting Machine!  And I also discovered:

A Singer Model 604 sewing machine, which I think was manufactured in the 1960s.

Both machines are missing parts- the sewing machine is missing its power cord, which would be fairly easy to replace, but it may have other issues.  The knitting machine is missing the piece that sits on top and passes back and forth, running the yarn over the hooks.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with these- they might even end up back in the construction bin if it seems like too big of a task to get them working again…. but for now its fun having them around to look at and think about all the knitting that used to go on in this building!

And speaking of knitting within these walls… Back when I was knitting the decreases for the v-neck on my cardigan while also doing the raglan shoulder decreases, I was worried that I was decreasing all of my stitches on the front sides of the sweater away, so I decided to eliminate the last four v-neck decreases.  This left about six stitches on each of the fronts.  Now that I’ve gotten the button/neck band knitted on, I see my error– those extra stitches ruin the smooth v-neck to back collar transition.  See what I mean?

I realize it’s not terrible, and that’s why I kept knitting when I first realized the mistake- because I thought it was something I could live with.  But now that I’m only inches away from being done I know I need to go back because it will bother me too much.  So I’m about to start ripping back- ripping back the button band and the top few inches of the sweater.  I’m not upset about it though– I wasn’t ready to be finished knitting this cardigan anyways!

Life As of Late

Fall is in the air in NYC today- crisp weather that just begs for a hand-knit cardigan.  Unfortunately, my cardigan has been languishing around looking like this for over two weeks now:

I knew that my needles weren’t long enough to pick up stitches all the way up one side, across the back neckline, and back down the other side.  So I put it aside and considered my options.  I considered buying the little metal connector piece that KnitPicks sells to combine two cables and create a long cable, but then I didn’t want to pay shipping for something that only costs $1.99.  Of course, I could always buy some more yarn…. but I am really trying to not buy yarn unless I have a specific project in mind.  I considered dropping by a couple of yarn shops to pick up a long circular needle, but again, talked myself out of buying another pair of needles that I don’t really need.  So I started picking up stitches one night just to see how crowded it would get.  Well, you can see where I stopped.  The cardigan has since lay dormant while I await my KnitPicks order (yes, I finally decided that the connector was still the least expensive way to go.)

In the mean time, this fall weather still has me itching to knit things.  I made another Ripley hat, this time in black for Joey:

And speaking of Joey, he’s been out on tour since the end of August, playing guitar for Midlake.  He’s having a wonderful time and playing some beautiful music.  They played in NYC last week and I was so proud of my talented husband.

Joey, in center, standing

In other fun husband-music-related news, his primary project, The Fieros just recently signed a deal with a Japanese record label and their album is now being sold in stores in Japan and on Amazon Japan.

He still has a lot more touring to do- they’re in North Carolina now, heading down through Tennessee and will play the Austin City Limits festival next weekend.  He’ll be back in NYC for a week (which happens to be our anniversary week!) and then he’ll head out again for another three weeks in the UK.  He’s going to get to go to some amazing places that I can’t even imagine getting to see- London, Paris, Dublin, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Turkey… its just completely unimaginable.

Back to the knitting….  I’ve also started a Wurstwarmer for Henry.  I’m having to size this one up since Henry isn’t a tiny dachshund, but I think this one will come out pretty cute.  I’m using a heathered charcoal color of Peace Fleece.  I think it will be classy and sophisticated.  Cause we all know Henry is one sophisticated hound.

How Things Are Shaping Up

I’m almost finished with the waist decreases and will soon start the bust increases.

I’ve been knitting this cardigan as part of a sweater knitalong with my sister in law Heather and her friend Sharon. They’re making such speedy progress that its keeping me inspired to work on this round the clock.  I worked on it while grilling burgers on our rooftop today:

And now I’m going to spend the rest of my Sunday evening figuring out how to turn this thing into a v-neck.

FO: Baby Hipster

When we moved to NYC two years ago, we met a lot of new people. Meeting people is always fun and exciting, but eventually you start to figure out who your real friends are; those people who are genuine, who would do anything for you cause they are really, truly, good people. Our friend Chris is one of those genuinely good-hearted friends. And when I found out he and his lovely new wife Maricar were expecting a baby boy, I knew I had to kit something for this special baby.

Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Heflin
I’m calling it the Baby Hipster, cause this baby will be growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Yarn: Tahki Yarns Tweedy Alpaca, 3 skeins
Needles: US 10 1/2 circs and dpns

I think it turned out really great. The pattern was straight-forward and simple and the yarn is nice and soft and tweedy!

Better Put Some Wool On

The snow we were promised last week finally arrived.  We were forecasted to receive around 8-10″ of snow today, and I think we’ve already gotten that much.  My work let us go two hours early and I’ve made it home, safe and warm, which means I can get in two extra hours on the swallowtail shawl tonight.  I have four more repeats of the budding lace pattern before I can switch to the lily of the valley border.  Time to throw some cookies in the oven, snuggle up with my sweet puppy, and get some knitting going!

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Our heat is out again, though it should be fixed by this evening. We have a little space heater to take the edge off the chill, but Henry’s been hogging it:
I think I’ll cozy up in a wool blanket and do some knitting. Hope you’re all staying warm out there!

Snow Day!

Well, not really cause I did go to work…. but it started snowing right around lunchtime and I had to get out and see it.

(I had to take these pics with my cell phone and they didn’t really capture the falling snow- but I thought I’d share anyway so you can see pics of the area I work in.)

Taken from my office while waiting for the elevator

Taken from my office while waiting for the elevator

On my way back from the bank

On my way back from the bank

It was falling in big fluffy groups of smaller flakes.

It was falling in big fluffy groups of smaller flakes.

Pretty Church at 21st and Park Avenue South

Pretty Church at 21st and Park Avenue South

It’s so funny how a little bit of snow just lightens my mood and makes me so incredibly happy. Probably because I grew up in the south where we maybe only saw snow once a year and it was usually just icy rain. The snow was so pretty, and it was still falling when I left for work and headed uptown to do a little shopping. I stopped near the Empire State Building and looked up and saw the lights at the top of the building were masked by the snow, creating this cloudy halo that was so pretty.


Now I’m home and I’m gonna cuddle up with Henry and try to finish off my Shredded Wheat Scarf so I can wear it tomorrow. Hope you’re all warm and safe tonight.



Although it was only two small projects, I’m proud to say that I’ve finished my Christmas Knitting!




Henry even helped!


I had to put my Shredded Wheat Scarf on hold while I knitted the Christmas gifts, but as soon as I was done, I felt a strong desire to start something new.  Something that’s been floating around in my brain since it first started getting cold around here…


Uh oh.