My new favorite sweater

Usually, I’m pretty happy when I finish a project.  Casting off is such a rush.  Blocking and weaving in the ends–while tedious in the moment–gives such a sense of accomplishment.  And in that initial euphoria, I think I’m always predisposed to (temporarily) overlook a FO’s faults and declare it an unmitigated success.  And usually, the longer a piece has been finished, all sorts of little faults present themselves (which is as it should be — I love learning from projects and figuring out how to improve).  The love cools to a more reasonable like.

But friends, I think Vatsland is going to be different.

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Weekend-ing, and some knitting surgery

It’s hard to believe, but Mr. N and I only have two weekends left until we hit the road, starting our road trip East and, ultimately, our trip across the pond!

So this weekend has been all about recharging our batteries after a very busy first half of July and finalizing details for our trip (and hoping my visa comes through soon and doesn’t through a wrench in our plans!)

And as much as there’s still stuff we want to see and do in LA, it’s been nice to have a slow-paced weekend.  We did venture out yesterday to Gather DTLA … I wanted to see about buttons for my Talmadge Cloche (unfortunately, they were out) and check out the Long Dog Yarn trunk show. She had so many pretties, but I restricted myself to a skein of her Sock yarn in Wild Child and this adorable mini skein of Seaglass:

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Long Dog Yarn Sock 

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Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday!  I have a new batch of favorites to share with you today.

Fiber

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(1) Ronan, Image (C) Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood (2) Veronika, Image (C) K Good Photography (3) Fair Isle Club 3: Lerwick

This week, I’ve been thinking about fall/winter knitting.  And apparently, I’ve got slightly oversized shrugs on the mind — I realized I keep favorite-ing sweaters with a similar shape. It started with Ronan by Andrea Mowry from the most recent Wool People Collection.  And, like the rest of the internet, I fell hard for Veronika when it was released earlier this week (also: apparently it contains instructions for modifying for petite frames! I love these sorts of slouchy sweaters, but they can be a bit tricky for us shorties.)  And, after hearing lots of discussions about Marie Wallin’s Fair Isle Club 3, I finally checked it out for myself … the combination of colorwork with the slightly cropped boxy shape has me swooning.  I don’t think the club is in the cards for me right now, but I was happy to see that Wallin has a similarly shaped sweater in her soon-to-be-released Fair Isle book (you can spot it in the slideshow).

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Larimar and & Galaxie, Images (C) Whitney Hayward

Not ready to think about heavy winter knitting yet?  Quince and Co. released two lovely pullovers this week out of Tern, their scrummy, lightweight wool silk blend.  I love the side detail on Cecily Glowick Macdonald’s Galaxie and the beautiful simplicity of Larimar by Isabell Kraemer.

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House Dressing, Image (C) Chantal Belisle

A new episode of my favorite podcast Fruity Knitting came out this week, and they featured the amazing House Dressing in new releases. How amazing is that?!  Besides being in awe of all that knitting, it’s knit in my favorite shade of yellow.  Maybe one day I’ll tackle my own version …

 

Sustenance 

I know I’ve been thin on the ground on food lately, but I came across some yummy summer recipes this week that I’m excited to try out:

Alright, that about does it — hope you have a great weekend!

xo K