A New Kind of Summer

As mentioned in me post the other day, the weather in Charleston is creating a big impact on what I am choosing to knit & wear. My wardrobe is seriously lacking in warm weather apparel, and most of the fiber in my stash is wool-based. While it does get cold in Charleston during winter, there are about 5 months of high heat and humidity. This makes wearing and using wool quite impractical.

I have limited quantities of cotton & linen yarns in my stash, and I don’t exactly want to go out and spend a lot of money on random skeins. I’ve taken a page from the Fringe Association handbook and creating a thought out plan for knit projects that will truly enhance the items in my closet. I determined that I would need a few sleeveless tops, two tees, one top with longer sleeves, and perhaps a bright layering cowl for AC exposure.

This will be my working list:

Tanks –
– Basic crew neck shell: Klever Knits Design
– Cowl neck tank: Gretel by CocoKnits
– A-line swing tank: Klever Knits Design

Tees –
– White cotton tee: Klever Knits Design
– Simple Tee: Churchmouse Yarns
– Siena Pullover: Erika Knight

Pullovers –
– Simple Tee (longer sleeve version): Churchmouse Yarns
– Capri: Erika Knight

McCallum Cowl

Cowl –
– McCallum Cowl: Lisa R. Myers

Finished Quick Sand

As part of the tops, tanks, and tees knit-a-long hosted by SoVeryShannon, I was determined to finally finish my Quick Sand Cardigan that I had started on my last vacation – Cabo San Lucas in December. As I’ve mentioned before my knitting was heavily stalled with the preparations for the cross-country move, and another project I’ve been working on as well.

Details:
– Pattern: Quicksand by Heidi Kirrmaier
– Yarn: Kestrel by Quince & Co. in Sand
– Needles: Size 9 US to get gauge

The pattern was easy to follow, and quickly became intuitive. The yarn was great to work with, the color is stunning in photographs and in person, and I can’t wait to wear this on hot summer nights in Charleston.

The weather here demands an adjustment in my knitting plans, so even though I love wool and will continue to design with it, I need to step up my game with knit accessories, and knits with non-animal fibers like cotton, linen, and bamboo. I’ve recently been scouring for great summer patterns, and I’m starting to put together a nice knit list. More on that this week!

Setting my Sights on Summer

We are thick in the middle of Spring, and with our recent move fresh in my mind, it has been the best time for cleaning house, both literally and figuratively.  We still have boxes that need unpacking, and furniture that needs building, but slowly the house is coming together piece by piece. The most recent purchase being our dining room table which I love, and was able to use this past weekend.

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This feeling of needing to clean has started to affect my knitting (finally!).  First, focusing on the house has taken away significant amounts of my time, and my energy for that matter, so the amount of knitting I am getting done has decreased as a result.  Since I’m knitting less, I’m being more careful in what I spend my time knitting.  And because I’m being choosier in what I knit, I’m enjoying it more. It’s been awhile since knitting was just something for me. I’ve been so used to posting on instagram all the time, struggling to publish as many patterns as possible.  Without that pressure, I am getting more enjoyments out of just knitting. There are two main projects that I have been working on, both of which happen to be original designs. Once those are completed, I would like to work on the following:

Perkins Cove
Yarn: Sparrow by Quince & Co in Viburnum

Quick Sand
Yarn: Kestrel by Quince & Co in Sand

Atlee Tee
Yarn: Willet by Quince & Co in Windlass

Togue Pond
Yarn: Kestrel by Quince & Co in Urchin

Deschain
Yarn: Kestrel by Quince & Co in Ash

It is not lost on me that these are all Quince designs & colors 😀

4 Days to Home

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We have 4 days left until our house closes, we get the keys, and can start moving in!  This process began back in May of 2016 when Jason was walking around his friend’s neighborhood in North Charleston and came across a new developer community.  Almost 1 year later and we’re moving into that community.

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In my knitting life, I’ve been able to sneak in a few rows here and there on a design I’m hoping to launch by end of March, early April.  Made out of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Snowbound, it will be light, airy, and perfectly warm for those lingering winter days as we head into spring.  At the same time, I’ve started working on my design submission for Knitscene’s Winter Issue, and all I can say is that it is so cozy!  I want to curl into as I’m knitting it 🙂

Hope you all have a great weekend, next time you hear from me I will be a bonafide resident of South Carolina!

 

Forever and a Day

I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve written a post here.  It has been a whirlwind the last month or so, being pulled between designing our new home, packing everything we know into an 8 x 16 foot Pod, and living between homes for 2 1/2 weeks.

Charleston House:

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We are making some great progress here, the close date is supposed to be the 28th.  We finally have most of the kitchen done, the paint is up on the walls, and the design elements are coming together.  Still to be completed is the master bath, sun porch, and exterior paint.

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The fun part has been looking for the furniture that I’d like to put in the new house, though this has had it’s own challenges: a very opinionated husband and a very tight budget.

The Move:

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This took forever!  And countless storage boxes from Target, but I was able to pack up 80% of our house, and the rest we somehow managed to squeeze into this Pod.  The sofa and kitchen table didn’t quite make it, but I’m not so sad about losing those pieces.

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The next few weeks are going to be such a whirlwind.  Since it takes at least 2 weeks for the Pod to travel from Huntington Beach to Charleston, we’ve decided to take advantage of our timeshare and stay one week in Tahoe and one week in Napa – working both weeks, but enjoying those weekends as much as possible!

Saturday & Sunday were pretty tough for me, packing up all of my things and saying good bye to all of my friends and family.  It’s nice having this 2 week buffer to sort of settle into the idea of the cross-country move.

In fun knitting news, I found out that I had a design accepted for the Knitscene Winter 2017 Issue!

Seeing Home

I hope everyone has had a great time with their holidays, and have been able to catch up on some much needed relaxation.  Over our break we drove our Jeep across the country, from California to South Carolina.  It took us a little over 9 days to make the drive, including a fun 3-day stop in Colorado to go snowboarding in Vail and Breckenridge which was, in a word, epic.  I had a new board, new bindings, and new pants and everything just seemed to go perfectly.

Once the fun part was over, we had to then drive through Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and then finally South Carolina.  Most of these we simply just drove through, in the interest of saving time, but we were able to stop for dinner in Nashville which was delicious.

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But being able to see our house in the middle of the building process is something that I can never fully describe.

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On the knitting side of things, I have been working furiously to finish up a commissioned knit for Knit Now Magazine, so I haven’t had much to post about.  But I have put together a few of my goals for 2017 and I hope to post about those a little bit later this week.

Gift Knits

A friend of mine had requested that I make some little hats for her cousins, two boys, one 6 months old, and one 2 years old.

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For the 6 month old I used O-Wool’s Sport Weight in Brook Trout and Cattail on size 3 US needles.  The 2 year old features Quince & Co Lark in their new colorway, Smoke, on size 7 US needles.

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I also decided to make a sweater for Jason’s sister, well, my sister too now!  She requested a sweater that was big and cozy, and matched the color of her surfboard.  I had some stash squirreled away that was the perfect choice – O-Wool’s Chunky Merino in Pearly Mussel.  I can’t wait to post some photos of that one, assuming it fits and she likes it!

Trip Knitting & Back to Work

Our little getaway to Cabo was pure enjoyment.  We sat on the beach, read, slept in, and chatted for 4 days.  Being able to unplug and relax in the warm sun is just so nurturing to the body & soul, and I am so lucky to be able to vacation like this.

In my last post I mentioned that I was taking Jessamin with me, and was going to use Quince & Co Kestrel in Sand. I cast on, and immediately changed my mind about the pattern I wanted to knit.  I love Jessamin, but I really wanted a fuller front, something that would swing just a little bit more.  Luckily, I had another pattern queued, Quick Sand, by Heidi K.  and knew it was exactly what I was after.  Normally, I’m not a huge fan of the way she writes her patterns (I’m just not used to looking up numbers in charts for stitch counts, but her directions are always clear), but I set my judgement aside and cast on anyway.  The design has an intriguing way of shaping the body & sleeves using a circular yoke approach over the more traditional top down raglan shaping.

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Using Kestrel and size 9 needles, this thing worked up quite quickly.  I think if we had 3 more days in Cabo (if only!) I would have been able to finish it.  But coming home also meant getting back to my Christmas knitting and I’ve been making some good progress there.

In the next few weeks though, I’m hoping to start showing you some of my knitting ideas for 2017, a mini pattern collection, better posts, and an updated website.

Oh, and a new house and home state!  Soon I’ll get to talk about road trip knitting in greater detail, so keep an eye out for that.

 

A Big Move & the Final Knits of 2016

A few weeks ago, I had posted about my plans for knitting from my stash in 2017.  But what about the remaining month in 2016?  December is mainly filled with last minute gift-knitting, and a few projects that just need finishing up.  The main project on my needles right now is a second Hop Brook Shawl worked in Elsa Wool Fingering for my previous manager Karen.  I had been wearing mine in the office one day and she requested one for herself, so we ordered up the yarn and I started working on it mid-November.  I’m just about done with it, I just need to sit down and focus on finishing it.

For gifts, I’m working on a few surprise projects for my SIL for Chrismakuh, mainly a couple of hats and a set of fingerless mitts.  To complete these projects I’m dipping into the stash again.  From Left to Right we have (all Quince & Co) Puffin in Maple, Osprey in Audoin, and Chickadee in Caspian.

And I need to complete a scarf for Jason that is over 2 years in the making.  The scarf is worked in garter stitch on the bias with intermittent silver stripes (similar to the Purl Bee’s Diagonal Stitch Scarf).  The light-fingering weight bamboo yarn on size 2 US needles is just taking forever but Jason has been asking for it for so long I feel so guilty that I have yet to finish it.  Maybe this will be the month for that.

But now for some fun news – trip knitting!  One of the things I love the most about trip knitting is the amount of dedicated free time available to knit.  This weekend Jason and I are headed to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate our 4 year dating anniversary for the last time, choosing just to celebrate our wedding anniversary moving forward.  For that trip I’m planning on bringing Jessamin with me, as I have just enough Quince & Co Kestrel in Sand at home.

A second trip in December will be used to drive our car from Southern California to South Carolina.  Charleston to be exact.  Jason and I are up and moving from the West Coast to the East Coast, and will be moving into our new house in February (yikes!).  So, for road trip knitting with hours and hours of driving I’m going to want two projects: one with simple St st for when lighting on the road is poor, and one with a little more interest just so that I don’t crazy with endless amounts of St st.

For the simple project, I’m thinking of Hayward by Julie Hoover.  I have some Loft in my stash in Postcard & Cast Iron, and I’d like to do some cute stripes to add a little something extra to the pullover.  I’ll probably make a few other mods as well, but I just haven’t decided what yet.

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For the project with a little something extra, I’m debating between either the Channel cardigan or a project of my own design, which I’m calling Semilla.

It’s scary to think that we are leaving everything and everyone we know behind and moving across the country so that Jason can take advantage of a really cool opportunity at work.  I’m lucky that my job is on board with this adventure, and letting me work remote from the new home, but that means new challenges for me – making friends without having an office to go to, learning to work successfully from home, etc.  We’ll see how I do!

 

A Quick Little Hat

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I finally had a few moments to take some selfies of my new hat, and I am SO in love with it!  It only took 2 days to make, and it is incredibly soft.  Holding the Maai and Pebble together creates such a great fabric.  Warm, soft, and the perfect amount of texture with the tweed-like nature of the Pebble.

 

I’m already thinking of the other colors that I’d like to make this hat in, like the same white Maai held with a burnt orange Pebble, or Maai in black, and Pebble in a midnight blue.  The options are endless.  If only it were colder where we were I would be living in these little hats.

And just for fun right before the weekend, a clear example of why outtakes are so important:

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