Friday, October 23, 2015

FO Friday: Weekend!

As I've mentioned before, my friend Jen Geigley recently released an awesome book of patterns called WEEKEND: Simple, Modern Knits. You can read more about it here on my official review - and guess what? I'm reopening the giveaway, because the person whose name I drew never claimed their prize! So click here to find out how you can win a copy of this awesome book, plus a Knitter's Pride Nova Platina chunky interchangeable needle set.
Last weekend, Jen was actually here in Chicago for a trunk show and book signing at Nina! I was so glad I could stop by to say hello to Jen, as well as many of my other knitting friends who also happened to be there, too. After the trunk show, I grabbed a drink at Bangers and Lace with Jen and Heidi from Hands Occupied - guess whose beer is at the dark end of that spectrum!
Since there is a KAL happening all month long for WEEKEND, I figured I should probably start another project from the book to work on while I was out and about - so I grabbed some handspun yarn and cast on for the Little Earthquakes cowl on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday morning, I had a finished cowl - talk about instant gratification!
This particular handspun yarn was something I made using all of the leftover singles I'd accrued, mixed with a deep purple-black base single. It was one of those experiments I figured wouldn't work, which then turned out to be pretty stunning (shows what I know!). The simple design was perfect for this kind of variegated/tweedy yarn, and the resulting cowl is so incredibly squishy, I kind of want to keep it (alas, I am putting it in the holiday gift bin).
In fact, at the start of the month, I knit another Sliver hat for the KAL using - you guessed it! - still more handspun yarn from my stash.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that most of the things i knit are on fingering, sport or worsted yarn. Big, chunky knits are not well-trod territory for me, but I am totally a fan of how fast and fun each project from WEEKEND has been. In fact, I am currently hatching a crazy scheme to spin enough chunky weight yarn to knit the Undone sweater out of Swalesdale top from Louet. It might have to be one of my 2016 craft resolutions!


  1. Love it! Thanks for the second chance to win! The weekend is on my wish list!

  2. What a great Second Chance draw! Thank you for the opportunity.

  3. Undone is the One for me! Sorry for the second post. The Keyboard froze and I have no idea why. Probably the iPad was wishing for a cozy Weekend knit of its own!

  4. do we do a new post here, or do we need to re-post to the prior blog post?