Sipila: 2019’s Purple Birthday Sweater

My attitude toward colorwork is decidedly ambivalent. I am totally smitten with colorwork motifs, but the process is never one that I enjoy. You may be familiar with my not-so-stranded method for knitting colorwork in which I catch the floats following every stitch. While I have determined that this method works best for me, it…

The Queue Jumping Soldotna Crop

The Soldotna Crop is one of those quick knits that weasels its way between your other projects–or so it did me. My Aussie friend, Karina @tomahawkcreekcreative, calls these sneaky knits “queue jumpers” because that is precisely what they do. A design by Caitlin Hunter / Boyland Knitworks, Soldotna hooked me instantly. Whether it was the…

Rhinebeck, Jill Draper and my Neutral-esque Treysta

After crawling for nearly two hours through the impossibly congested country roads leading away from Rhinebeck, Emily and I finally made it to the Hudson River. We creeped over the bridge and found that traffic was–for the very first time–starting to disperse. Following a full day at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival we…

My Autumn Threipmuir

For some reason I had previously knit only one Ysolda Teague pattern, which was a MKAL shawl a few years back. Yet, when I spied this Threipmuir (don’t ask me how to pronounce it) on Instagram I absolutely had to knit it. It had been a while since I had taken on a colorwork project,…

Purple Starfall

My latest FO is Starfall by Jennifer Steingass of Knit.Love.Wool. The back shot above is not the best angle for showing off my colorwork since the BOR is located at the back of the left shoulder, but from this angle you can soak up the intricate colorwork motifs of the yoke. There were two things…

Jelly Roll Sweater

Congrats to Isabelle Brunette for being the giveaway winner! Thanks to all who took the time to comment below. I will be replying to each of you soon if I haven’t already. One day a few weeks back as I was aimlessly rummaging through my stash, I unearthed a couple of skeins of yarn from…

Underwing Mitts

Few knitting designs have captivated me like Erica Heusser’s Underwing Mitts. All of her stunning accessory patterns feature intriguing colorwork designs, but the underwings spoke to me the loudest. As a little girl one of my favorite activities was to catch insects for my dad’s bug collection. Sometimes I caught them by hand–usually unsuspecting beetles…

A More Fitted Alyeska

The Aleuts are a native American people related to the Eskimos who currently inhabit the Aleutian Islands, western Alaska and small portions of eastern Russia. Their language–the Aleut language–is still spoken today, albeit sparsely, and it is the Aleut word Alyeska, meaning “great land,” from which the name for the state of Alaska is derived….

Nelchina, My First Steeking

Nelchina is yet another masterful design by Caitlin Hunter (Boyland Knitworks) that combines colorwork and texture. The entire yoke is a complex and intriguing pattern of colorwork that I liken to the shadows you might see displayed on a forest floor, and the body and arms are covered in squishy 4-stitch cabled repeats. Below are…

Colorwork Sans Floats

I’ve made it pretty clear to the knitting world that when it comes to colorwork, floats and I are incompatible. We just don’t get along. So what do I do? Omit them, of course! Below is a video demonstrating my method for knitting colorwork sans floats. I hope it helps you or at least entertains…