Make Your Gauge Swatch Work For You

You can get a lot more out of your gauge swatch than just your stitch and row count. Knitting a gauge swatch can be an annoying part of knitting. I get it, you get it. You just want to knit the project — and often, we’re not knitting something where the size has to be…

MD Sheep and Wool

It was a questionable for a while there, but it is definitely and finally Spring in Baltimore. And Spring means the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I really do enjoy looking through all the animal barns and seeing the different sheep, goat, and rabbit breeds. Which, considering there’s no way I’d ever actually live on…

Spring!

Now that three straight days of rain have passed, I think it may actually be Spring in Baltimore. I’ve finished a lot of projects the last couple of weeks and the great weather meant they could be photographed. I finished a spring cardigan in white superwash wool for mom. It took about 8 months of…

Welcoming

Two friends recently welcomed new babies into the world. My favorite way to welcome babies is with knitting so I made each of the babies a cardigan. First up, a navy blue cabled cardigan with little elephant buttons. The elephant buttons are absurdly cute. We  found them at Jo-Anns. I was going for some basic buttons,…

Color Therapy

  Anyone else feel like they’ve been hibernating? I feel like I’ve been hibernating. It’s been unusually cold and snowy in Baltimore so there’s been lots of staying around the house, keeping warm, snuggling the Molly-dog, and knitting things.  And enjoying these locally made Mouth Party Sea Salt caramels; I can’t forget to mention the caramels. I…

Pattern Reboot: Roosevelt Park (formerly Ravens Pre-Season Hat)

Since I finished up the bin of acrylic, I turned to the other stash of leftovers and odd balls that I wanted to make into hats: the bin of worsted weight wool. Some of the wool is from sweaters and scarves,  others is from my felting-is-the-best-thing-ever phase.  There aren’t actually any whole skeins in the…

Introducing Camden

Back in August, I posted a teaser pic of this pretty little diamond patterned scarf and the pattern is (finally) finished. After spending a lot of time playing with various diamond patterns from stitch dictionaries (some were too big, some too small, others uneven so the pattern made large and small diamonds), I ended up…

Hat No. 5 Revisited

A little over a year ago, I posted a hat recipe titled “Hat No. 5“. It was a hat for the 500 Hats Project and at the time I was just numbering the hats chronologically — this was the 5th hat made. I still don’t have a better name for it, so this hat pattern…

Solar Dyeing Experiment, Part Two

The solar dyeing experiment was not exactly an unmitigated success but  won’t get filed into the utter failure category either. The yarn continued to color over the course of the 8 days it sat on the porch. I could tell the yarn with the marigold’s were changing much more than the onion skin yarn. On…