Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday!

When I was doing all my counting for my anniversary post, I realized that — quelle horreur! — there hasn’t been a single Friday Favorite to be had this month!

So let’s¬†sneak one in right under the¬†wire (just fiber today – I’ve been traveling too much to try new recipes!)

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Clockwise from top left: [1] Let’s Get Crackin’ (c) Helene Zechner [2] Knitting Circle¬†Zippered Pouch by Anna Wright, Image from Ysolda.com [3] Its a Gansey! (c) Amy Miller [4] Kim Dyes Yarn¬†Winter Walk Kit, Image from KimDyesYarn.com
  • I love this new cardigan by Laura Chau — the texture is so fun, and I really like the higher v-neck — not something you see every day!
  • Also,¬†have you see this new shawl? ¬†It has bobbles! There should be more bobbles in life, I think.
  • And because¬†texture is clearly on my mind, how about these sweet little gansey socks!
  • You’ve probably heard about Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point MKAL. ¬†I’m trying hard to resist — I have too many projects¬†and don’t think I¬†have enough solid sock yarn in the stash to join in with yarn I have — but man, indie dyers are making it hard! I’ve loved/been tortured by all the pictures of yarn sets popping up on Instagram. I’m a particular fan of¬†the two color sets¬†dreamed up by Kim Dyes Yarn.
  • And let’s round things out with a¬†couple of cute knitterly things: look at this adorable sheep pouch, with a design by Anna Wright, available from Ysolda, and I love, love, this sweater print from Tilly Flop Designs.

Past Friday Favorites can be found here!

What’s caught your eye this week?

 

Spring Cleaning, Part II: (Some of) the Unfinished Objects

Spring Cleaning, Part II: (Some of) the Unfinished Objects

Over the weekend, one of the #yarnlovechallengeapril prompts was hibernating. ¬†For it, I took a deep breath and pulled out (most of) my hibernating sweaters. ¬†Nine in total. ¬†There are other unfinished objects lurking in my stash … even a few more sweaters … but these are the biggies. ¬†And since I’d already been planning a UFO installment in my spring cleaning posts, now seemed a good time to get on with it!

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Once Upon a Sock: April Edition

Once Upon a Sock: April Edition

Wow, it’s that time again …¬†first Thursday of the month,¬†the time that a little group of us — including Paula at Spin a Yarn, Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons, and Kat at Felinity Knits — blog about our sock knitting!

As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, my Viola socks are languishing a bit. I’ve been¬†trying to¬†figure out why that is. ¬†I¬†couldn’t wait to cast them on, I love the pattern, I love the yarn … but I’ve just completely stalled out on the gusset! ¬†I think part¬†of it I’ve been distracted by other things, like nearly finishing my Arrosa shawl and starting Southwell.

But I also think part of me needs to change things up. I’ve knit a fair few pair of plain jane socks (my Droving Socks excepted!) over the past six months,¬†and I think maybe it’s time for a little change of pace.

So instead of showing you yet another picture of my Viola socks in the same place (basically they’ve barely grown since this post), wanna help me with planning my next pair?

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Spring Cleaning, Part 1: The Stash

Spring Cleaning, Part 1: The Stash

Hi friends — happy second day of spring for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere!

I’ve mentioned in passing here a few times that I’m¬†trying to get my knitting life a bit more organized. ¬†In the spirit of spring cleaning, here’s the first post in what I imagine will be a multi-part series¬†thining about how we handle stash, longstanding¬†unfinished objects, and finished¬†knits we don’t use.

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#mostworn: Part One

#mostworn: Part One

Back in November, my lovely friend Kate of Rosalind Craft Supplies had an idea. ¬†A really good idea. ¬†Let’s document, reflect on, and celebrate the knits we wear the most. ¬†I’ll let her tell you more about it:

… the vast majority of¬†knits we see on Instagram and Ravelry are new creations, fresh off the needles. What do those lovely knits look like after they‚Äôve been worn for a while? Did the garter stitch section droop? Did that merino yarn pill? Did that dye fade? More so, I thought it was about time we cherished clothes that are looking a little worn in. With all this in mind, I‚Äôm introducing: the #mostworn blogalong.It‚Äôs a simple concept. I‚Äôm going to write about the knitwear I‚Äôve worn the most in the past couple of years in three categories (torso, neck and feet) and take photos of their current appearance. Then I‚Äôm going to nominate two friends to do the same. And hopefully they‚Äôll do the same. And their friends will do the same. And so on and so forth. We‚Äôll fill the blogosphere with photos of well-worn, well-loved handknits.

(You can read Kate’s full post here, which I highly recommend!) Continue reading “#mostworn: Part One”

Rose Lane Farm

Rose Lane Farm

Hi friends! ¬†How’s your weekend going? ¬†We’ve been spending loads of time out on the back deck, relaxing and¬†crafting … a perfect Labor Day weekend, if you ask me!

And it’s been even more perfect than usual because we had a very exciting start to the weekend. ¬†Remember Thursday when I mentioned I had an upcoming adventure that I was really excited to share? ¬†Well, here it is! ¬† On Friday afternoon, my mom and I hopped in her little Fiat and tootled out to gorgeous Rose Lane Farm in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

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Rose Hill Farm in Rocky Mount, Virginia

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