Lightweight Pullover, Socks, Stash Busting

Lightweight Pullover, Socks, Stash Busting

The weather has turned. Easter was full of sun and gentle breezes all week. Now, it’s all blustery and chilly out. Challenge accepted! I actually love infrequent, transitional weather. It perpetuates my belief that I need at least one of *every* knitted wardrobe staple, and accessories. For now, I’m still on the basics, but I’m in love; my first cowl neck sweater!

This is Hannah Fetting’s Lightweight Pullover. Isn’t this in every knitter’s queue? The yarn is Mimi in their discontinued mink Lotus lace weight. I bought the tobacco colorway about five years ago with the hopes of making the delicate Juliet cardigan. About a year later I impulsively bought the Kiwi and Teal colorways for fingerless gloves (which still might happen depending on what’s leftover). I have mixed feelings about not being any closer to a lovely lace Juliet cardigan, but I am thrilled to be making a desperately needed spring staple.

I’ve also cast on for socks. Another original design and my first time doing top down socks since I first learned to knit! I’m very pleased with how the first sock has turned out and I’m itching to cast on another pair as soon as these are done. “Socks are also a wardrobe staple” is the mantra for all those W.I.Ps.

Both of these projects are entirely stash busting. It feels a little amazing to have enough yarn hidden away for a sweater and socks…working at a yarn store has long reaching consequences. I’m pretty positive this sock yarn and Mimi tobacco need to be together forever. Mayhaps fingerless gloves? Or a headband?

I bought this sock yarn before I even worked at the yarn shop. Pagewood Farms Chugiak (Teal). I believe it was one of my first purchases after I became a regular at the shop. I even remember where it’s home was in the shop, discreetly tucked away by an anonymous college student. I love the high twist to the ply of the yarn and the super saturated, hand painted colors.

I’m pausing on my sweater for the week with the hopes of getting these socks cast off, I’m not sure if I’ll finish in time to wear my snazzy pullover in 50 degree weather, but at least my feet will be warm!
I can’t wait to share another design with you soon!

Knit on ❤

The Mountains Are Calling

The Mountains Are Calling

Picture heavy post! Knitting photos near the bottom!

Last week Jonathan and I went on our one year anniversary trip! We decided to take advantage of our anniversary’s proximity to Labor Day and delay our trip until September. Thursday night, after work, we jumped in the car and drove west as long as we could (three hours!) That made the remaining six hours to Boulder, Colorado much more enjoyable. We’d heard a lot of people mention how boring the drive from KC to Boulder was; I’m not sure what they were talking about though.



I find windmills facinating

We loved the entire drive! It was amazing to see all of the farm land, cattle, and windmills going on and on for miles. The most delightful part of the drive was undoubtedly the sunflowers. Kansas is the sunflower state, after all. We had to take advantage of the fields of flowers along the interstate.


Is it illegal to stop on the interstate like this? 


Of course, the interstate sunflowers had nothing on the flowers alongside the “Welcome to Colorado” sign. This was one of the most breathtaking views of our entire trip, and we’d only just arrived!


While we were driving, I pulled out my unfinished NaKniSweMo from last year. I figured that the mountains in fall would be a great opportunity to wear the sweater for the first time! I managed to finish steeking the sweater before hitting the road, and the entire drive up was spent weaving in ends, knitting on a border, and sewing on buttons. Phew.


On the second day of our trip, we decided to do a day hike up the FlatIrons to the Royal Arch. What was supposed to be a two hour morning hike turned into a four hour, five and a half mile, strenuous hike at extreme elevation (my sweet husband didn’t check the map). It was the most physically challenging thing I’ve ever done before, but Jon and I stuck it out together! We took hundreds of photos and drank two liters of water while going up, up, up. Near the end, I started to wonder if the view at the top could possibly be worth the pain, but we pushed on anyways!


So close to the top!


Top of the arch, I’m sitting inside of it. Yes, those are knitting needles in my hand. 

Sadly, by the time we made it to the top of the mountain, storm clouds were rolling in, we were starving, and the sun was setting. We had no time for photos so we rushed down (which was surprisingly more emotionally trying than going up) and finished off our night with a fancy dinner and lots of drinks.

The next day, we decided to drive back up the trail and do some laid back sightseeing. I was pretty exhausted, but the pictures were so so worth it. I present my Oranje sweater!


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This was my first ever fair isle project. I go big, right? This yummy sweater is knit on a US6 with sport weight yarn. I used Debbie Bliss’ Fine Donegal which is technically a fingering weight yarn. However, the single ply wool is rather heavy and I managed to hit the same gauge on the sweater as if I’d used a true sport weight. img_2537

I’ll be upfront, this sweater has some of flaws to it. The armpits have little give to them, so when I lift my arms, the whole sweater comes with me. And seeing as this was my first time working fair isle, the yoke is a tad snug. I’m re-blocking the sweater and am going to re-seam the armpits again in hopes of having a bit more give. I think this will ultimately be a success. I have faith since the first time I blocked the sweater (before steeking which I highly recommend) it went from frumpy to fabulous. The collar could also probably stand to be blocked a little higher as well. img_2536


I really love the brown button border of this sweater, but honestly, it’s a little finicky. It takes a day and a half for me to button this up proper, and the mass of buttons leads to gapping (though this could possibly be remedied with blocking). The fair isle often doesn’t line up if my buttons are askew-as you can see in the photo above. A part of me wishes I’d been patient and waited to get home to put in a zipper, but I wanted this to be done so so badly! And I love the brown highlights too much to not have them.


Tucking my floats

Overall, I adore this sweater. The flaws in it are small fish compared to the amount of effort and time I put into this. I learned a lot while knitting this, like how to “tuck my floats” on the yoke so that there’s not a mass of loose strands inside the sweater waiting to be snagged. I did my first steek (you can check out the video here on my instagram) and I learned how to do a proper steek column so that you aren’t terrified while cutting!!! After hiking up a mountain, I feel safe in saying that this is an epic sweater that is worthy of the Dutch knitting traditions Ann Weaver based the design on. I would totes heard sheep while wearing this sweater, up a mountain even.

I’m so glad that I decided at the last minute to finish it on the car ride to Boulder. This will be a wardrobe stable for my first winter in KC. For me, this represents a new benchmark in my knitting. I learned so much while making this. I was so careful to get gauge and make size adjustments as needed so my effort wouldn’t be wasted. This makes my old work feel like child’s play, and I think I’ve finally kicked down the door to “a knitted wardrobe” instead of just lacey accessories, sorry Darling Emma. I’m ready to take my knitting to the next level. I still have a painful amount to learn (like seriously how to get more ease into these armpits). But I’m happy to learn from my mistakes and enjoy the journey, but right now, I’m just gonna wear my sweater and feel baller.


Yes, It IS your grandmother’s knitting.

Cloud Escape

I decided to really get into winter knitting this year. I usually only manage one or two sweaters every winter, and I don’t have a chance to enjoy them for more than a few weeks before it’s time to pack them away. This is due to me being so dead set on doing Christmas presents for *everyone* and their mom. Like, actually. It’s always so stressful and I’ve done it four times in a row now. I think this year I’m going to take a break. I’ve decided to do no more than four presents. There shall be store bought scarves and coupons all around this year! And Walgreen’s Christmas cards, soooo many cards. This year, I deserve Escape.

IMG_2322.JPGIn the beginning of August, I cast on for this beauty. An oversized, split side, bi-color sweater. The yarn was a total impulse buy. I walked into my LYS in Arkansas and the yarn was nestled together on the shelf *screaming at me* to take it home. Before I even knew what was happening, I was handing over my credit card and signing my name in blood.

IMG_2323The yarn is, of course, more Dream in Color. I think they should sponsor me. This time I’m using the Jilly Cashmere. I love the halo that the yarn has while also holding sharp stitch definition. The blue, ‘Forget Me’, is to die for. Actually impossible to forget (see what I did there?)I love how it has splashes of brown and green in it. I only have one skein of the ‘Brownie’ brown, so I’m a little nervous about having enough to do full sleeves, I hope that them being tight, clingy sleeves will mean I can make a little yarn go a long way. If not,some stripe work might be in order. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m officially ready for Fall to touch down.

IMG_2325Also, Jon and I have welcomed a new member into our family. A little ball of fluffy kitten that relentlessly plays and mews at us all day. Kora. I’m totally in love. I mean, look at these paws

Look at that tail

Look at that FACE

A deep and insatiable affection has been stirred up in me, and I can’t get over this kitten. She loves to crawl all over me, and cuddle, and play, and basically all the things Luna is too cool for. Don’t worry, Luna is happy, and adjusting well to the newcomer. I think she appreciates that I no longer harass her for photos. And I think she likes keeping Kora in place with head bops and swats.

 Expect to see much more of this little kitten, and if you (like me) can’t get enough of her, follow my Instagram for endless pictures!

Until next time, daydream on my lovelies!

(Just one more picture)

Orchids and Waterlilies

Orchids and Waterlilies

Spring has finally sprung here in Kansas City. No more forty degree nights and 70 degree days. Its just breezy, perfectly tepid days. Yes. I never noticed Spring much back in Arkansas, though we definitely had it. I was so busy in school or working my first forty hour a week job to go outside and watch the seasons change. It was either cold or hot and it didn’t really matter either way at midnight while typing up a final paper or at 6am when I was being called in to work over time *shudders* but those days are behind me. And now my bedroom has a balcony on it! Outside our window we’re surrounded by lush greenery and all of the windows have been open since mid-March to let the sounds of chirping birds in.



The first time I caught whiff of a warm breeze, I cast on for the Waterlily. I sweet little knit with a lace yoke and short sleeves to welcome warmer weather. I finished it up in about two or so weeks and I’ve worn in about five times already.

The Yarn

I used two skeins of Ella Rae Lace Merino in the colorway 125 (which I have deemed Raspberry Swirl). I’m grateful for Ella Rae’s generous yardage, I had just enough of the second skein left over to seam everything up and make repairs in the future. I love when that happens. It’s such a pain when you have half a skein left over or when you only need 20yds of another skein. So awkward. Ella Rae does it right.


This yarn can be notorious for its skein to skein color variation. Even with yarns from the same dye lot. I had four of these skeins and you can certainly see a change in overall color hue from skein to skein. They’re all beautiful, but I had the luxury of picking the two skeins that were closest together in color. I decided against striping, but if you’re feeling a little unsure about any Ella Rae that you have, I would highly recommend striping it. The hue differences can be very drastic (as witnessed by several of my knitter friends who have frogged rather extensive stockinette works before…) Other than some naughty color consistency every once in a while, Ella Rae is one of my hands-down-favorite yarns to knit with. It has sheen, drape, and yardage for days. Probably the only merino yarn I would use for spring and summer knits.

The Pattern

So, I’m a little up in the air on this pattern. There are complaints on Ravelry about it being a bit confusing and I had to read it over a few times to understand. A lot of people were unclear about the divide for the sleeves. I think it was pretty self explanatory, but I can understand how the instructions were difficult to visualize. One thing I struggled with was the divide for the neck. While in hindsight, this seems obvious, the pattern doesn’t state that as you work the lace back and forth, decreasing along the edge for your v-neck, that each lace row will begin in different spots along the row to account for missing stitches and to keep all the lace in order. Depending on the row you begin on and your size, these spots will always be different. It was a bit of a challenge sometimes to correctly figure which stitch on the chart to start on. I wish the pattern had noted this so I could have had a heads up. Also, after I cast on my sleeves, I had the correct amount of stitches for my size, but a mysterious extra five stitches that were never knit into the lace. I won’t say its a pattern error (as this was mostly knit late at night)  but it’s something to watch out for.  Overall, the pattern is pretty straight forward, I just wish a few more notes were included along the way.


The Knit


  • I knit this for finished size 36″ so I had two inches of positive ease.
  • I knit the body 15″ in length instead of the recommended 11.5. I have a fairly long torso and almost always make my tunics and shirts longer. Otherwise I’d be rocking belly shirts all the time.
  • I added some waist shaping for this. I have a fear of oversized box shaped things, I’m always nervous my shape will be consumed by all the excess fabric and it’ll look like I’m wearing a sack. A few decreases and increases make magic. I borrowed my shaping knitthehellout’s formula  “Around 6.5 inches begin decreasing 4 sts every 6 rows, 4 total times. Increase at the same rate at about 9.25 inches. Knit until piece measured 15.5 inches from the bottom until the armpit.”
  • I wanted a deeper v-neck. I began my v-neck after about 1.5″ of lace.
  • Saw many complaints of a sagging back neckline, so I followed the advice of several other knitters and decreased with p3tog across the entire back.

I had a lot of…issues while I was knitting this. It was just a rough two weeks (we all have ’em right?) I consistently derped up the lace section and had to rip back so many times. Instead of taking a break, I would just get angry and try again…at 1am, then make the same mistake…like I said, a bad two weeks. I think if I hadn’t been such a nut this would have been a much smoother knit. Either way, it only took two weeks, and all of the Ravelry forums and notes make this pattern and knit super easy to get through. A wardrobe staple for sure!


Have you started your Spring knits yet or are you still finishing up cold weather knits? Have you jumped straight into summer knits? Let me know in the comments below!





Sigh…yarn lust is a terrible beast. It keeps me up at night. When it gets really bad I dream about the yarn I want. When I visit the yarn shop, I touch the same yarn over and over, with puppy dog eyes. Its really tragic.

Jon and I agreed that my stash of yarn has become insane, and that I need to severely cut back on my yarn buying and get my stash busting life together. I’ve been incredibly good, diligently knitting away at my stash. But the beast must be fed, and I can only be good for so long.

Enter Herriot Heathers DK. Peruvian Baby Alpaca. Green. *drool*

I’ve been staring at this yarn on the shelf for well over a year, and I’d like to believe it was waiting for me. While other knitters pillaged our Herriot section (we have lace now!)  not one seemed interested in the beautiful pile of green at the bottom of the stack. Then my LYS needed someone to work some last minute hours and they’d pay in yarn. Guess what I brought home?

#willworkforyarn is real. Helped out at the shop and gladly accepted some Juniper Moon Herriot #lovelocal

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I’ve been wanting a casual pullover for a while now. I only have two, a plush white mohair one and a Teeney Park entrelac sweater . I love them, but they aren’t something you just throw on and run out the house with. Norah Gaughn’s Yaw is exactly what I wanted. I love the oversized fit and long sleeves, the lace detail over the shoulders, the way the boat neck rests right on the edge of the shoulders. *Dreamy eyes*. The alpaca has the perfect amount of drape for this sweater and the heather green gives the lace a very nice texture.


I was so excited to knit this sweater that I knocked it out in about two weeks. I even brought it on a hiking trip to Devil’s Den. This Herriot is a dream to knit with, and I look forward to getting more…sorry Jon.


Pattern Notes:
I think this pattern had a few technical errors for my size; I noticed the numbers would be consistently off by a few stitches and the center panel was skewed. I go over that on my ravelry page here . They’re minor errors and easily fixed with a few ktogs and m1s. The biggest problem people seemed to have while making this was that it was too tight and did not drape. I’m not really sure why that was an issue though, the pattern calls for 6″ of positive ease. I knit my size on gauge had had no issues.


I’m very happy to finally have a casual pullover and I foresee this being worn a lot this season.

 NaBloPoMo November 2015
It’s November which means NaKniSweMo and NaBloPoMo have begun! I have a lot of knitting plans this month and am excited to try and blog about it daily. I don’t have many expectations about what I’ll get done, though. I just want to enjoy the ride. Today I cast on for the Orangje cardigan out of Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal. So far I’m in love, wonder if I can keep up the momentum?

Cast on for#nakniswemo and #nablopomo2015 Orangje fair isle cardigan by Amy Weaver!

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Is anyone else attempting NaKniSweMo or NaBloPoMo or any other variation? What sweater are you trying to crank out?

July What? Anthea Top

July What? Anthea Top

What day is it? The 5th, right? This post is totally happening in a timely manner and this tank top was knit two months ago last week. I’m great at blogging. Shush.

This July I felt especially festive and was determined to cook and dress for the occasion. Italian herb bread, bacon and asparagus quiche, cornmeal and plantain pancakes…but this is a knitting blog; who cares about cooking from scratch and pretty loaves of bread I forgot to take pictures of? I was much more successful at recording my July 4th get up.


That’s right. Somewhere between four hours of cooking and beer and fireworks, I managed to rock some serious red, white, and blue. Many thanks to Despina Tsiara‘s Anthea tank top. I know everyone got quite the chuckle over how festive I looked, but I wore my knit with pride and fearlessly walked through a farm in snow white shoes and fluttery red shorts without bug spray on. I love my country.


The Knit:
Does life get much better than tank tops, DK weight yarn, and a US 8? I think not. Wait, it does get better. This lovely little thing took only two skeins of Madeline Tosh DK (Bloomsbury color way). That’s right, just two. Bow down to the magic of DK weight. I made the smallest size which would fit a 32″-34″ and called for exactly 400yds. Tosh Dk has a generous 225yds on it. My LYS doesn’t currently sell any Madeline Tosh but we have one little cubby full of lonely freebies from bulk yarn orders and the Left Behinds from yarn orders many moons ago. I had my eye on these two robin’s egg blue skeins for a while and kept wondering what I’d do with only a little over 400yds of DK weight. You can’t really make much of anything out of that clothing wise, at least not in one color. Oh, so I thought. After weeks of prowling through Ravelry, I found this design. It’s a perfect stash buster!

The Pattern:


I have very little to say about this pattern, which in my book is always a good thing. It’s well written, easy to understand, and very straight forward. The lace is so easy there isn’t even a chart for it, mm, knitting junk food. This is knit in the round and bottom up. I recommend a cable cast on so the shaping at the bottom really pops. I promise the shirt doesn’t roll up like that on its own, I was fiddling with it. It hugs the hips very nicely and the lace gives the bottom a sweet rolling hills look at the bottom. The lace pattern can be done as many times as desired. I went with the pattern picture and completed four full repeats.


I’ll admit to being a little doubtful about how the bust would turn out. When the lace detailing is done you switch to US4 and knit an applied I-cord all the way around. Then you knit with the most basic of short row shaping until the bust is as large as you like. That’s really it. All of the shaping happens once you thread your ribbon through the series of yos you made while shaping and pull it taught. I’d finished the tank and had a rectangle, a beautiful rectangle, but only a rectangle. I didn’t believe it would look good or that a ribbon would perform bust shaping magic. Lets go ahead and add that to the list of the many things I’m wrong about. 20140709-130609-47169612.jpg

Gosh, I like being wrong. Though, I usually make an effort to have my ribbon tied much more nicely so it’s straight and you can’t see the knot. I dunno, when the cameras on of course I would retie it without paying any attention, then ask for a close up. That’s just who I am. Still cute though. Right?



This top is finished off with an applied I-cord cast off and then you knit up some 6st I-cord straps. You can sew them on however you’d like but I found that putting them directly in front of my armpits gave the bust a little extra pop in shaping and added stability. My only real notes of caution for this knit?

1. Please try on as you go through the bust. Don’t play the guessing game. I tried this on several times and I pulled yarn through different areas on the bust and tied it around my neck to see how it would look. The bust and straps are not independent of each other! Combined, they give you all of your shaping, so if you have to try this top on 7 times and put temporary straps on over and over again, do it. You’ll be so grateful that you did.

2. Think about the yarn you pick. Several people on Ravelry complained that the shirt stretched out a significant amount before they even had a chance to wear it. Bamboo is a no no. The lace and spaghetti straps make this top plenty breathable. Your shoulders, back, and bits of tummy are out (because undershirts are stupid). Don’t be afraid of wool just because it’s a summer top.

3. Don’t rely on the lace to stretch. Though the lace pattern gives the bottom of the shirt a lot of give, this a form fitting, hip hugging tank. Go ahead and knit as many repeats as you need until the lace rests on those hips; I don’t think it’d be nice to have this top constantly rolling up on you. I really like that I can run and jump around in this without constantly having to pull it down. I recommend at least four repeats  and don’t be stingy with your bust. Just take the time to make it right the first time, and you’ll never look back.

Oh, and tie your ribbon with care. Or else you’ll look like a derp.

Derp to the max.

Derp to the max.


I’d say this 4th was an all around success. I dressed for the holiday, cooked lots of yummies, and even got some great shots of fireworks. Summer is just getting started, and there are so many more tops to make. Until then, I leave you with fireworks and all those lovely bug bites on your legs.

Happy knitting 🙂




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Friday Field Work: Darling Emma…on Fire

Oh, she got both feet on the ground, and she’s burning it down. Oh, she got her head in the clouds, and she’s not backing down. This girl is on fire…


So, I have a confession to make. I’ve never read Jane Austen *cue disgusted gasps*. I have Emma sitting around somewhere at my house, but I don’t even think I’ve picked it up. However, if this cardigan is anything like the character of Emma Woodhouse then she must have been a girl on fire. This thing makes me feel fierce! Rawr!


Hah, notice the leopard print duct tape I used to repair the heel of that flat.

Darling Emma is another perfect design by Joji Locatelli. I love all of her work. All of her designs manage to be elegant, interesting, sturdy, and most importantly, functional. Specifically, the woman knows how to design a cardigan and I love me some cardigans.


This knit originally calls for fingering weight yarn (Madeline Tosh Merino Light seems to be the most popular) and is knit on US4 and US2. However, because I am a glutton for punishment, I decided to knit this in a lace weight on a size US3. Thats right, all 1,600 yards of this thing. Surprised my fingers didn’t fall off. I used 3 skeins of Prism Euroflax lace weight color way Ember.


I’m pleased to say that I didn’t find any errata in the pattern. The instructions are clear, well written and any issues I had were simply due to me either a.knitting too late at night, b.reading the pattern zoomed in on my iPad and skipping sections (derp), or c.having brain farts in which I forgot how to knit entirely.



1. I knit the entire cardigan on US3 with a lace weight yarn. It’s important to note that linen has a different feel and shape than other lace weight yarns. If you want a lace weight cardi, consider that linen will not be soft and fluffy and the entire garment will be heavier and have more hang on it than say, merino or alpaca/silk (click the links to see examples of cardi knit out of these fibers) However, linen will soften up as you knit and pull the yarn through your fingers as well as with wear and cleaning. Linen also isn’t as warm. I live in Arkansas, so for Oct-Nov I really wont need any heavy duty coverage. Don’t get me wrong, this knit and a nice shawl keep me comfortable in chilly morning weather, but I doubt I’d be able to wear this out in December without a heavy overcoat. Knitting this cardigan in fingering weight merino would be a much cozier and warmer knit. Or you could knit it in a sport weight for a coat! Go check out the projects section for this knit, a lot of ladies have made this cardi a lot of different ways. Go be inspired!


Bought my shawl pin from HandHeld Knitting 🙂

2. I originally tried to knit my sleeves as instructed by the pattern, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The garter stitch cuff in  linen was not flattering at all. I ripped my sleeves back (which was painful) and instead knit them until they fell, without stretching, to the top knuckle of my thumb. Then I purled three rows and bound off very loosely.

IMG_26473. No ties at the back. Partially because after finally finishing, I honestly couldn’t bring myself to knit on this anymore, partially because my boss recommended that I not add them. It’s perfect the way it is. There’s about a 50:50 ratio of ladies on Ravelry who added ties or not.  I think it looks good either way, just go with what you feel!

IMG_26384. Finishing. I did not wet block this. Instead, I gave it a very thorough once over with a steamer. I hung the cardigan up and went over the lace very carefully to get it to open up. Also, I steamed the sleeves heavily so that I could get just a few more centimeters of length on them. As a result, the sleeves hang a little past my second set of knuckles, which I love.

A note about gauge: I am a very loose knitter. This has it’s pros and cons, but for this knit I think it was mostly a pro. This cardigan is long. I’m 5’8” and it hangs  past my knees. I attribute that to a combination of the weight of the yarn,my loose gauge, and heavy steaming. My gauge on this is about an inch per 8 rows.


Overall, the only suggestion I have is that you carefully consider your yarn and what kind of cardigan you want before casting on and to check out all the different projects on Ravelry. Do you want a decorative layer? Do you want warmth and coziness? Do you want something down to your knees or your hips?

Thats it! If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a message on Ravelry or email Joji Locatelli, she is very nice (can you tell I make a habit of emailing designers?) Also, one of my friends took these photos of me (Thank you, Morgan!) and lets just say not all of them were as elegant as the ones in the post. Start your weekend off with a giggle…


IMG_2651Happy knitting! 🙂