Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Another So Faded Sweater

This might be the first time I have ever knit a sweater for myself twice, but I wear the first So Faded Sweater that I made so much, I decided to knit another one!

This time, instead of destashing a hodgepodge of fingering weight yarns, I purchased a set of skeins specifically for this purpose from an indie dyer I discovered at last year's YarnCon, Black Cat Fibers.

My color palette is Vamp, Dirt Nap, Alchemy and Quarry, dyed on the Nomad Sock base, which is a 4-ply fingering superwash merino/nylon blend (75/25). Each skein has a generous 463 yards, so I have a nice bit of yarn left over in each color, and as you can see, this sweater ended up being tunic length! 
Hooray for handknit sweaters!!
Just like the first one, it fits great and I love wearing it (can you tell?!). The yarn feels nice and soft against my skin, but I think it will wear well over time. I can't believe it took me eight months to knit this thing....even for me, that's slow! However, it was usually the first project to go to the backburner once a deadline popped up. I'm just glad I finished it in time to wear on Christmas day! 

Project: Fade Away
Pattern: So Faded by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: Nomad Sock from Black Cat Fibers

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Review: Appalachian Baby Tally Ho Cap Knitting Kit

Last year, I reviewed some delightful organic cotton yarn from Appalachian Baby Designs (click here if you missed it). So when they offered me a chance to review a project kit from one of their 2 new pattern collections, naturally I said yes!

I had a choice of patterns from the Tally Ho and Boho Collections, and picked the Tally Ho Cap in Blue and Indigo, which retails at $19 (I was sent this kit for free in exchange for my honest review). I was hoping for a fun, instant-gratification knit, and that is exactly what I got! Each kit includes a printed pattern and enough yarn to knit the project pictured. I found the pattern easy to follow and well written, there was just one tiny bit of errata I discovered (the Main and Contrast colors got flipped - it happens!), but I alerted the folks at Appalachian Baby so that they can note this in the Ravelry listing and update future printed copies of the pattern.

I knit the hat in about four days' time, and could have finished it sooner if I were a monogamous knitter. It's knit flat and then seamed, which allows you to perfectly match up the stripes without any "jumps" which you would get when knitting in the round.
Unseamed Hat
This fun and simple hat is perfect for a last-minute baby gift, or you can go all-out and knit the matching Pullover and Blanket to make an adorable (and organic!) layette to welcome baby...and did I mention that the yarn is machine washable AND dryable, too? Here is my finished hat after machine washing and drying:
Finished Hat
This project kit is the perfect quick knit for a last-minute baby gift, or if you have more time, you can knit the matching sweater from the Tally Ho collection -  click here to visit the Appalachian Baby Designs website to shop yarn, kits, and patterns.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 Ravelry Challenge / 2019 Make Nine

I didn't make resolutions for 2018, but when Ravelry added the Challenge feature to to the Notebook section back in the spring, I randomly picked a number of projects I'd try to complete before the end of the year. At the time, 50 FO's didn't seem like it would be that difficult, but I suppose it was a lofty goal, especially since I've been focusing more on bigger projects such as sweaters. I fell short of the goal, but came closer than I thought I would with 40 finished projects as of midnight on December 31, although it looks like my 11th hour finish, a test knitting project, didn't get logged in the final count:

I assume that the Challenge feature will be a yearly occurrence, in which case I think I'll shoot for quality over quantity. There are a lot of inspirational #2019makenine posts on Instagram and I think that type of challenge might be more my speed, and also in line with my current goal of wardrobe building.

Besides knitting more sweaters, what would really challenge me in 2019 is to step outside of my comfort zone. For example, I'd like to get better at sewing so I can replace some of the basic tops in my closet that have gotten holes over the years, but I can't bear to toss because I can't find suitable replacements in stores. And while it's not part of my wardrobe-building agenda, I would also like to weave a few projects for the house since I've spent the last 2 years primarily weaving scarves. It's time to explore some new territory with my loom!

So with all of that in mind, here is my 2019 Make Nine:

1. Linden Sweatshirt (sewing)
2. Lark Tee (sewing)
3. Weave a Bath Mat
4. Hitofotude Cardigan
5. Snow Thank You Pullover
6. Undone Sweater
7. Weave a Towel
8. From Another Place Sweater
9. Sweetness Pullover

Of course, I'm pretty sure I'll make more than just 9 things in 2019 (but definitely less than 50!). Maybe 30 or 40 FOs in 2019 would be more realistic...I can always bump it up if I need to!

What are your crafting plans for 2019?