Another Young Einstein Baby Cardigan

When I knit my first Young Einstein cardigan back in August, my friend Amy saw the picture on Instagram and asked if she could commission me to make one for her friend’s baby. Not only did I immensely enjoy knitting the first one, but the pattern’s author, Julia Stanfield, had made the Young Einstein pattern…

Halloween Steampunk Mitts

When I ordered a Halloween mini skein set from Indie dyer Jennifer Thomassian–Knitsomniac Designs–I had no idea what I would make with them. In Alabama it typically doesn’t get cold at Halloween, but it can get a bit chilly. After a little research I decided on a pair of Halloween Steampunk Mitts. I had already purchased…

I Joined that KAL on Instagram…Again

It seems like so many–too many–of my knitting projects cut line and disrupt my neat little plans, and almost all of these interrupters arise from Instagram KAL’s. I am a visual person (hence my addiction to Instagram), so the copious numbers of beautiful knitting projects on Instragram often inspire–no, seduce–me into starting more projects than my…

Knit Layette with Cables

If you visit the Purl Soho website eight to ten times a day as I do, then you know what I mean when I say Purl Soho is magical. I want to make all of their crafts! I want to own all of their supplies! For this project I wanted something special for a special friend,…

Perle Cottage Socks

Last month Mara Catherine Bryner released yet another fabulous pattern called Perle Cottage Socks. In fact this summer she has released a whopping total of three sock patterns (and that’s not even counting Rose City Rollers Littles, a children’s edition of her 2015 pattern Rose City Rollers)! Having knit all of Mara’s previous patterns, I was…

Young Einstein Baby Cardigan

If you’re a knitter nerd like me, then you too must find the Young Einstein pattern by Julia Stanfield irresistible. That over-sized collar makes any baby look like a studious little adult, and what’s cuter than that? The pattern is incredibly versatile, with options for edging, sleeve, collar/hood, and the sizes range from newborn to…

Peach Melba Oceana Hat

I knit this Oceana hat for two reasons: Look at that beautiful diamond mesh stitching! The pattern is a winner. The pattern author, Cali (Willoughby Way Designs and @throwstyler on Instagram), is donating all of the pattern proceeds to the organization Oceana, which works to preserve the world’s oceans. Needless to say, whenever a fabulous…

Watermelon Socks

When I saw Havirland’s “Sour Watermelon Sharks” self-striping yarn in her Etsy shop, I pretty much dumped it in my cart and checked out immediately. I love watermelon, but my daughter especially loves watermelon, and the shades in this particular watermelon colorway spoke to me. I HAD to knit a pair of Watermelon socks for my…

Dotted Rays for Days

Typically I like to keep my knitting projects planned and orderly. This project, however, sprang from the sheer impulse to join the Dotted Rays KAL on Instagram. Not wise. But who wants to be wise ALL the time? I started the Dotted Rays shawl (pattern by West Knits) with the naivete that I would use only…

Mom’s Blue Rollers

As a second knit gift for my mom’s birthday I made her these Rose City Rollers in one color with no stripes or funkiness–which is just how she likes it. The yarn is Black Trillium Fibres Lilt Sock in the colorway “Sivia.” It’s a real stunner! This Rose City Rollers pattern is by Mara Catherine…