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March 2016

Spring Bucket List of Must Knits

Don’t miss out. There is still time to win a skein of Quince Sparrow. See details here Awesome ideas for spring knitting. The only list you will ever need.

I am SO incredibly glad it is finally spring. We’ve been treated with a handful of sunny, warm days. Reed and I will hover on the front deck for lunchtime snacks after our morning walk to the river. He’ll ride his tricycle  around the patio furniture or play for an hour in a giant cardboard box while I sneak in a few rows here and there before we both tire and wander down to the garden for a bit of weeding (me) and dirt flinging (him). We just in bask in the sun like turtles all. day. long.

And then it rains.

Aw, spring time.

Spring is such a lovely time for knitting. My fingers finally start to defrost and quite possibly knit a bit faster.

What am I going to knit this spring? Here’s my bucket list.

This Scarf.

My own design. It’s still on my needles. Light and lacy. And pink. Perfect for spring. It’s knit horizontally. Ooh la la. Awesome ideas for spring knitting. The only list you will ever need.

Rosemont

My 2016 Bucket List included knitting all the patterns in Home & Away. I have started with Rosemont as part of my office knit-a-long. I’m ready to divide for the sleeves.  I think finishing by summer solstice is realistic. This leaves just one question: which pattern from the book should I knit next?Casting on Hannah Fettig's Rosemont Cardigan from Home & Away

Architexture

I am still plugging away on my Architexture Scarf*.  The pattern is sectioned with letters (A through H, or something like that). I have been knitting one lettered section each week, to pace myself with other projects. This week is letter C. (C for champagne, right?) Stay tuned later this week for a chance to win your very own Architexture Scarf kit, yarn and all. Maybe you’ll finish yours before mine! Architexture scarf kit from Craftsy

Simple Ribbed Socks

I have been consistently keeping a pair of socks in my small Go Knit pouch. Now that the man socks are done, I just cast on another pair of simple ribbed socks that just might be ready in time for Mother’s Day. We’ll see. I know it’s boring to knit ribbed (or stockinette) socks, but they are a perfect project for knitting while chatting or supervising playgroup children. I sneak in a few rounds here and there…and before I know it, I have a sock! A true knitting miracle.

I will be one happy knitter and awfully proud of myself for finishing these projects before the end of the season. I think it’s doable.

Now: is it too early too plan the reward celebration?!?! Or, is that bad luck?

Joining Ginny and reading Fates and Furies. I just started reading last night and didn’t get too far before nodding off.

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The Man Socks Are Done!

Don’t miss out. Win a skein of Quince Sparrow. See details here

Knitting socks for men can be tricky. But doable. Get some tips here.
The Man Socks are done. Off the needles. Gifted. Slightly big for the recipient, I think. But all is well. They are done.

Now I know.

All future socks knit for ambiguous foot sizes, regardless of gender, will be knit using a simple ribbed pattern. Much more forgiving. Ribbing will squeeze when knit too large and stretch when knit too small.

Less stress. Man socks! Hermione's Every Day socks. Free pattern on Ravelry. Show in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Plaid Blanket colorway.

These were knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Plaid Blanket. This would be lesson Numere Uno in the hazards of buying random colorways online. Sometimes you don’t know what you are going to get.

For example, this colorway strikes me as a bit on the pukey end of the color spectrum.

Suitable for socks? Yes.

Looks more appealing when not in zoom view? Definitely?

Neutral and wearable? Yes.

But pukey.Man socks. Hermione's Every Day sock pattern. Free on Ravelry. Knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Plaid Blanket colorway.Off I go to cast on the next pair. They are blue. And not so pukey. Because they are for a woman, who, by and large (but not exclusively), enjoy knitting socks in prettier colors.

Pink. Blue. Pretty.

Man socks! Hermione's Every Day socks. Free pattern on Ravelry. Show in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Plaid Blanket colorway.

FO: Waterlily Tee + A Giveaway For YOU!!!

Waterlily is a lovely lacey tee. Pattern by Meghan Fernandes (Pom Pom). I knit mine in Quince Sparrow (linen). Here's all the details you will ever need!
Pattern: Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes. Originally published in Pom Pom Quartlerly, Issue: 8 (Spring 2014)

Yarn: Quince Sparrow (linen) in Banyon

Skeins/yards: I regret to say I didn’t keep track of how many skeins I used. But I bought enough yarn because I have an entire skein left over, and it just might be yours! See details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win!

Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes knit in Quince Sparrow

Time on the needles: Eight months! I cast on in July, and I wrapped up in late February.

Mistakes: Two notable episodes of malcontent: here and here.

Construction approach: The pattern is knit bottom-up in the round. No increases. No decreases. Just miles and miles of stockinette. The front and back are divided above the arms, marked by a Latvian Braid!!! (which I actually didn’t screw up….small miracle), and then it’s ALL LACE, baby.

Modifications: The body is knit in twisted stockinette. This is mostly due to the fact that I am a complete dork and messed up on the get-go by twisting stitches accidentally…I was too lazy to start over once I had the good sense to notice my folly. So I just went with it. Otherwise, the only other modification I made was the length. The pattern called for 113/4 ” before dividing for the arms, but that seemed WAY too short for me (and I am always quite short), so I knit an extra while….Perhaps a bit too long, as I ended more with a tee that is a bit more of a tunic length. At least this way, I get to cross another thing off my bucket list for the year.Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes knit in Quince Sparrow.Pattern notes: The pattern worked well. My only (minor) complaint is that, as written, there is no way to join the lacey bits on the front half of lacy bits to the back half of lacy bits without breaking the pattern. I have one set of lace leaves that is partially knit on the front that oddly joins with the a second set of lacy leaves on the back half in a disjointed, muddles yarn mess. Thankfully it doesn’t look too weird. With foresight beyond what is described in the pattern, I think the front lace and back lace can be more properly merged with a seamless pattern. The neckline instructions at the very end seemed scary and confusing to the bitter end, but they did work out with some trial and error on my part.

Blocking notes: I did some online research and had some helpful back and forth banter with blog commenters before I had the guts to throw the entire tee into the washing machine on the delicate cycle. I had a moment of panic where I almost went back to rescue it, but I just took a deep breath and walked away. I also threw it in the dryer on low, took it out while still damp and arranged it flat to dry completely. This is definitely a huge plus of working with linen.

Overall: I love it! It fits well enough, which is miraculous considering there wasn’t any waste shaping. I wasn’t the biggest fan of knitting with linen, but I am eager to see how this wears through time. It just might become a wardrobe staple!

The Giveaway!

I finished this project with a leftover skein of Sparrow in the Banyon colorway (168 yards/155 meters). It’s all caked up and ready to go. I will be shipping this baby out to one lucky reader. To enter, simply subscribe to This Knitted Life for a chance to win. Already a subscriber? No problem! You will automatically be entered into the raffle. To subscribe, check the upper right hand corner of the side bar for the right spot. All you have to do is enter your email. I promise to never share your email, and I won’t clutter your inbox. In addition to receiving regular blog posts in your inbox, I have lots of plans for free and discounted patterns to offer subscribers…plus some knitting resources I am developing. You have until Saturday, April 2nd to enter (midnight PST).

Good luck!

Bunny Drama

I tried to knit my child a toy. It was fun. But more challenging than I hoped. In case you need a good laugh...

I am never knitting anything that requires a face again.

Seriously.

I just used the large majority of a brand new skein of brown embroidery floss (8.7 yards/meters) miserably making two pathetic beady eyes and some whiskers that insist on pointing in all the wrong directions.

I wish I could say that was where my bunny drama started.

But no.

Meet Spearmint the Bunny. Free pattern.

Spearmint the Bunny (free pattern!) and I met a couple Easters back when my beloved knitting friend brought a couple adorable versions to work to share. I considered making Spearmint last Easter but passed, as I was absorbed in finishing my Twist Cowl. Instead, I filled the Easter basket with stuff from the store. You know, like normal people do. Wise woman (sometimes rarely).

This year I figured what the hek. Surely this TEENY TINY bunny will only take 20 minutes.

Night one:

Cast on with the scrap from my Woolfolk dream cowl (pattern still unnamed…) Knit legs, body, and ears. This required only one minor ripping when I realized I made a slight goof. Three hours of knitting.

Night two.

Sew on ears. Knit arms. Sew sweater body. Put teeny tiny sweater on bunny to realize bunny body is wwwwaaaayyyy too short. Sweater is like a bunny dress. Could work. If I attach the arms next to the legs and smoosh the pom pom tail in the same general vicinity.  Three (maybe four!) more hours of knitting in, I go to bed thinking scerw it. Bunny dress it is.

Next year I am going to Target for Easter. You know, like NORMAL people.

Meet Spearmint the Bunny. Free pattern.

Night three:

Hours of deliberation.  Decide bunny dress simply won’t due.

Time for bunny surgery.

Cut off bunny ears. Rip back. Add in the 20 rows I clearly missed in the instructions. This is where I swear my wine consumption on the night the error occurred was limited to one single glass. Apparently that’s all it takes with me these days.

I try on bunny sweater a second time, with new and improved bunny body of increased length.  NO WINE HAS BEEN CONSUMED. NOT ONE DROP. (I think.)

F%#%@!^#%@&$!^&$@^***347837q!!!

Bunny body is TOO long. More like white/grey bunny carrot/missile. This is God getting back at me for being a heathen, heretic, and all kinds of other blasphemous nouns…He knows I am no saint and only like Easter for all the chocolate I have been secretly shoveling into my mouth at breakneck speed all. week. long.

Even prayer can’t help me now.

Three more hours of knitting in.

Good enough. Bunny carrot/missile it is. Go to bed. Surely Reed will never know the difference.

Meet Spearmint the Bunny. Free pattern.Day four:

Go to work. Show coworker bunny carrot/missile. She is clearly not impressed (bless her heart). Decide bunny carrot/missile won’t do.

Consider cutting off ears (again) and ripping (again) to shorten bunny body to proper length.

No way.

Consider cutting mid-drift of bunny body to shorten…then graft.

Uh uh.

Decide to give bunny tummy tuck (fold knitted fabric over itself and tack). Hide “scar” under bunny sweater.

Easy enough fix.

Complete tummy tuck. Finish arms for sweater. Make pom pom tail (not pictured, but awfully cute…I must say).

Now I need a face.

I will say this: I tried my best. I really did.

Three more hours of knitting in.

Here I am, nine (or more!) hours into this dratted little Spearmint. I calculate this at a value of no less than $300 in labor alone.

I could have knit a shawl. Or a something.  Other than this goofy little bunny that I really hope Reed will like, although I can already picture the poor little thing (Spearmint, not Reed) being dragged through mud puddles, hooked with fishing tackle, and crammed into the bottom of one unmentionable hoarder-style Paw Patrol back pack along with bits of string and crumpled bandaids.

Spearmint certainly did not take 20 minutes. Although nothing ever does. Not even the “quick” hat.

However, if you are inspired to knit your own Easter something or other, be sure to check out my obsessively curated collection of project ideas on my Pinterest Easter Board.  There’s still time!

Joining Ginny and reading After You  by Jo Jo Meyers.

Casting On Rosemont

True to form, I am behind in the office Rosemont knit-a-long.

Of course.

I imagine my better half will bring the finished work to the office today, while I am only freshly cast-on myself and a mere one skein deep. (I can’t wait to see hers! I bet it will be super fab!)

I will say this: thank goodness for worsted weight. It knits up redeemingly fast. Casting on Hannah Fettig's Rosemont Cardigan from Home & Away

The pattern is from Hannah Fettig’s  Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures, which I am obsessed with and adore. I already have brownie smears on my section (it helps me tell which page I am on…). The pattern can also be found individually on Ravelry here, although I truly can’t recommend the book enough.  I want to knit All The Patterns. Seriously. They are all so timeless and wearable and include instructions for both seamed and seamless versions. I am sticking with seamless on this baby. Seaming really isn’t my thing. Casting on Hannah Fettig's Rosemont Cardigan from Home & Away

I have so many great projects in the works right now. I am not sure how Rosemont will fall into the mix. My goal is to finish by December (no pressure!), but perhaps I will get this puppy off the needles in a couple of months. If I don’t screw up.

Or run out of yarn.Casting on Hannah Fettig's Rosemont Cardigan from Home & Away

So, if you want to join in, there’s time.

Rosemont or bust.

Simultaneous brownie and wine consumption required. Just to be fair.

Learn Colorwork The No-Stress, No-Fuss, Easy Way

Hey knitters! Read to the end of this post for a special 50% off Craftsy offer just for you! 

The affordable, no-futz, no-stress, no-tears way to learn colorwork knitting techniques.

Throughout my long and uneventful storied knitting lifespan, I have, with the exception of a single man-hat that incorporated very simple stripes in the most boring way possible (with color jogs at the joins, no less), never knit a project that required more than colorway. I just haven’t. It hasn’t been my way.

I have always picked one single yarn in one single color and knit my project. It’s worked for me. I’ve never been bored, I’ve liked how (most) of my projects have turned out, and it hasn’t stressed me out.

More and more often, I come upon a pattern that catches my eye and (gasp!) requires more than one colorway. Sometimes it’s socks. Sometime’s it’s a toddler sweater that I really want to knit for Reed. Sometimes it’s a project that grabs me on Pinterest, where I confess to spend an inordinate amount of time these days.

Lucky for me, this one time, the Universe aligned and everything fell into place. This may never happen again in my lifetime.

I will sum it up in one word: Craftsy.

I feel Pretty Darn Good about formally and officially announcing (trumpets! confetti! kazoos!) my new affiliation with Craftsy. I am not interested in putting my scarce energy into something I don’t fully and completely feel good about supporting. Life is too fleeting to goof around. I will admit, until recently I have been a 100% Ravelry girl. There’s no shame in that, and Ravelry will always be core to my knit-universe. More and more, I see there are so many additional resources available online for knitters, Craftsy among them.

As a new Craftsy affiliate*, I wanted to try out one of their online courses (oodles to choose from). Staying true to my mission for the year, I opted for Colorwork Made Easy with Melissa Leapman (although I almost took one taught by Anne Berk instead).

Learn colorwork the easy way. No stress. No futz.

This was the first time I took an online course of any sort (unless you count the online driving school they make you take after getting a speeding ticket, but we won’t talk about that…).

First, the course was SUBSTANTIAL with nearly two hours of instruction. For less than $20. I thought that was a pretty good deal. Because I live in a rural area and cannot yet stream videos online without a significant expense, I waited to take my class until I was in Civilization where online streaming was possible.

Learn colorwork the easy way. No stress. No futz.

Here’s what I liked about my class:

  • Melissa Leapman’s voice. They world would be a much better if Apple would replace Siri’s voice with Melissa’s. Seriously.
  • It felt pretty fun to be taking a class for the first time in ages. I regretted that I didn’t have a sparkly new notebook and fancy gel pens. And sticky notes.
  • I would say it is more appropriate to say taking a Craftsy class is like taking a course, composed of independent lessons linked through a theme. The course menu (think: syllabus) is organized so you can watch your lessons in order, or, like me, go back and re-watch the ones that convey techniques you most want to master.

Before taking my class (course), I went rooting around my scrap piles and found a bunch of Sublime yarn bits that I knit with quite a bit back in the day when it was well stocked in my LYS. The scraps seemed like they might work together and I hoped (fingers cross) there’s enough to manifest that toddler scarf for Reed that he requested.

I ended up watching the whole class (course) through in one sitting, even though I didn’t mean to. I kind of just got hooked. At first, I just figured I would watch a lesson or two one night…work on my specified swatch. (There’s actually course materials you can download and print…Pretty schwanky, if you ask me!) Then go back and watch another one the following week and work on a different swatch. You can actually download the whole course at once (handy for those of us with spotty video stream options), or you can rewatch specific segments whenever you want. Once you buy the course, it’s yours to watch again and again and again. In case your Netflix queue gets sparse.

I started off with the first lesson…simple striping, although I found the bits on how to carry colors up without have to cut and weave in ends very valuable. But I made the fatal and novice error of working stockinette, so my edges curled. I hate curling edges.

I unraveled and continued onto the second lesson. Slipped stitch colorwork, wising up with a ribbed edge on each side of the scarf. Plus my stripes looked a bit jazzier with the slipped stitch action going on. I was foiled again, and the scarf just curled on the inside edge of the ribbing. This perhaps would have been resolved with blocking, but I didn’t want to risk it.

On my third try, I went with the linen stitch colorwork option, which I was particularly interested in. I love the linen stitch, in part because it predictably does not roll or curl or do anything it is not supposed to do.

Learn colorwork the easy way. No stress. No futz.

I’m liking Reed’s scrappy linen stitch toddler scarf so far. I showed it to him, and he seemed quite pleased. Although he demonstrates an equal level of satisfaction when presented with a box of raisins, so who knows.

This whole experience has helped me realize there are really two aspects of colorwor knitting. One: technique, which the class (course!) I took emphasizes. And, two: good taste. There is definitely an art to selecting colors that will work well together. It’s like getting dressed in the morning, but more complicated (especially if you are like me and frequently go with black on black….very slimming.)

Learn colorwork the easy way. No stress. No futz.

 

I truly got a lot out of my colorwork class, and I would sincerely recommend it to anyone interested in pushing themselves out of their comfort zone, even if I wasn’t an affiliate. I plan on circling back to the stranded colorwork lesson in particular when I clear some space on the knitting agenda to try some new multi-color projects.

All in good time.

Until then, I am so excited to be able to offer you a special limited-time opportunity to take this class at 50% off the standard rate. Just click here for 50% off Colorwork Made Easy. This offer is only good through March 21, 2016, so don’t miss out.

*This means that if you, Dear Reader, are kind enough to make a purchase of one of Crafty’s fabulous classes, kits, or supplies via a link I promote from my site, I will receive a small amount of dinero. Thank you for being you! Knit on!

Joining the Yarn Along with Ginny!

Sneak Peak: Softest Cowl Ever Knit

Good morning from knitting nirvana. It’s all blissful wool fumes and roses over here (okay, tulips and irises…but roses soon enough!). My cowl is off the needles and blocked. Now all it needs is a fitting name for this super duper soft pattern and a proper photo shoot with my super hot knitwear model and beyond talented artist girlfriend @annasofie.  Details.

Super soft cowl knit with Woolfolk Sno with a simple, easy to follow pattern.

I can’t say enough good things about the Woolfolk Sno yarn I used, although I feel pretty confident this pattern will ultimately suit any fingering weight yarn. I have a wee ball leftover that I aspire to use for a knitted Easter bunny for Reed. I have my eye on this little guy. His name is Spearmint. (Awwww…) Easter is coming up quick, so I guess I better get on that!

Super soft cowl knit with Woolfolk Sno with a simple, easy to follow pattern.

This pattern combines a couple of different stitch patterns. It’s a metamorphosis of sorts. Kind of like spring. Rain turns to sun. Leaves bloom. Flowers blossom. Stagnation and sameness never work, especially in knitting (although I do love stockinette).

Super soft cowl knit with Woolfolk Sno with a simple, easy to follow pattern.

I hope to release this pattern soon, so stay tuned. I will be offering a special discount to subscribers (as well as a free gift!). If you aren’t already a subscriber, now is a good time to sign up. Check the upper right hand corner of the side bar for the right spot. All you have to do is enter your email. I promise to never share your email, and I won’t clutter your inbox. In addition to receiving regular blog posts in your inbox, I have lots of plans for free and discounted patterns to offer subscribers…plus some knitting resources I am developing. Progress is slow, but steady.

Dream big. Knit big. Cast on ever and always.

That’s my (new) motto.

Super soft cowl knit with Woolfolk Sno with a simple, easy to follow pattern.

Off I go to sniff more wool fumes. Don’t mind me…

On the Precipice of Something

Have you ever come to a place in your life where you pause and realize you are on a precipice? All you have to do is leap, although where you will land is unknown. Uncharted. Maybe it will be greatness.  Perhaps it will be an utter and total flop. There is no choice but to jump and see what comes.

Or, if you don’t launch up into the air, you will never find out.

That is how I have been feeling lately, at least in terms of the knitting in my life. It’s been simmering on the side now for so many years. Don’t get me wrong, it will continue to proceed at a snails pace for quite some time into the future, as far as I can tell. I am doubly certain my knitting foibles will continue–the pattern designs that don’t always manifest on the first (or third) attempt, the dropped stitches that unravel faster than the stock market, the finished objects that take four months to knit and still don’t quite fit right.

It’s all part of it.

My knitting atmosphere just feels so super charged right now. Little ionic particles of wool (and perhaps alpaca blends) sparking and shimmering all about. I am so excited about the cowl design I have been working on. I was tempted to stay up to all hours last night to finish the final rounds, but I knew I would regret the sleeplessness in the morning.

I have also recently discovered Craftsy, which makes me super excited in a way not dissimilar from being provided with a plump slice of moist chocolate cake. There’s is whole new realm of online knitting resources and choices beyond my dearest Ravelry, I have been discovering. I loved Craftsy so much that I became an affiliate*, but more on that soon. (I will be sure to make a Big Announcement in the near future with all the deats.) In the meantime, I am itching to cast on my new Architexture Scarf Kit*. I ended up with the lavender heather colorway, which feels absolutely perfect for a spring knit.

Architexture scarf kit from Craftsy

At the same time, I aspire to make progress on my Bucket List by finally and formally taking an online colorwork class, which is a step above and beyond my typical method of stabbing-and-poking at random You Tube videos. I can’t decide between two colorwork classes: one offered with Melissa Leapman* or another one taught by Anne Berk*. Argh. Decisions. Decisions. Have you taken one of those classes? Advise me!

When it comes to knitting, I have always leaned toward the determined end of the spectrum, especially since Reed was born. I felt a responsibility to make it work, and I have (mostly) enjoyed the weight that has brought to my life (in a non-caloric kind of way). But lately, that I feel Even More Determined. Maybe it’s fleeting. Maybe I will regret it someday. All the energy I put into something that was just a phase in my life and an immeasurable blip in the cosmic realm of the ever-expanding (shrinking?) universe. Time petered away on a mere hobby out of control that could have been applied elsewhere with more successful results.

Who knows. I don’t. And I try not to doubt.

In the meantime, here I am. On my precipice. Ready to jump. I can only hope there is a big pile of fluffy wool at the bottom to cushion the landing, should the fall be a long one.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and reading All the Bright Places.

 

On A Mission

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I am a knitter on a mission. Focused. Driven. Determined. To finish this cowl. It’s all I want to do, knitting-wise. I love how the pattern is shaping up, and I can’t wait to share it with you. (Even though BOTH times I cast on my 300 stitches, I accidentally twisted before joining…so now it’s a true infinity loop. Yarn destiny, I suppose.)

And this yarn! Oh! It’s Woolfolk Sno. Soft as a new lamb. So soft it doesn’t even feel like wool. As my cowoker says: It glows.

It really does glow.

I have set aside all my other 501 knitting projects and 301 blog-related tasks. None of that sounds good now. They must wait, but their time will come soon enough. I promise I have a lot of exciting projects in the queue, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I am over hear. Wishing I didn’t need sleep.

 

 

Essential Knitting Accessories

Essential knitting accessories that will truly improve your Knitting Quality of Life (KQL).

Oh knitters.

Yesterday on the way to preschool, Reed and I were listening to a children’s story podcast about a little girl having an adventure in the forest. The little girl just happened to be wearing a scarf. When the story was over, Reed asked:  Mama, will you knit me a scarf?

My heart pretty much cracked wide open.

Yes, my dear. I will knit you a scarf.

Like many of you, I reserve the large majority of my meager knitting budget for yarn. It just can’t be helped, and I won’t deliberate the matter further. I know you understand.

That said, now and again I come upon a knitting accessory that I covet but continually pass up. Because $XX for a (swift, ball winder, cute stitch markers, blocking mats, blocking wires, FILL IN THE BLANK HERE) could be allocated toward nice yarn. I can’t wear blocking mats, but I can wear socks.

Right?

Right.

I knew things had to change a few weeks ago when I caught myself stuffing a my cowl-in-progress in a paper grocery sack on the way out the door. A paper sack can serve many purposes, but it was a clear sign of desperation on my part.

We all hit rock bottom sometimes.

Lately I have made a few exceptions to my Knitting Budget is For Yarn Only Policy, and they have been game changers. Worth every penny. I am forwarding my discoveries on to you here, in case you also might enjoy the little knitting delights I have stumbled upon of late. (Note anything with an * is an affiliate link, which I wouldn’t include if I didn’t swear by the product and the competitive price whole-heartedly. Thank you for being you!)

Essential knitting accessories to truly improve your Knitting Quality of Life (KQL).

Knitting Pouches

I spontaneously bought my new favorite travel pouch from this Etsy shop  after seeing it on another blog. I had browsed Etsy before for such an item but quickly drowned in the zillion billion gatrillion options. I LOVE this pouch. It is beautiful, it is lined, and it will fit a mid-sized project. Probably not a full size sweater. Maybe a nicely rolled tee without the extra yarn. Definitely a shawl. I no longer need a paper sock for my knitting projects.

I also just invested in this small Go Knit pouch (mine is red!) for my sock projects. I aspire to learn to knit and walk. So far, I have only tried it once. It went okay, but it was in the early morning and my fingers basically froze off. I hope to have more luck with this in the summer when I am less likely to lose a digit to frostbite. That said, this pouch is perfect for play group when I can be quickly be up and down and have my sock in hand (or rather, on wrist) while simultaneously semi-supervising my child. It also lets me keep my knitting on my wrist and off the ground/table/bench without fear of a child impaling themselves on my size 2 needles if I were to unwisely leave my knitting in the wrong spot.

Needles

I have a very random assortment of needles. I hope to someday soon by a set, but I honestly can’t decide on which set to buy. I started swatching my Woolfolk with an older pair of bamboo size 3 (size 3.25 mm)needles. I knew right away it was going to take FOREVER an upgrade was required, so I picked up a new pair of Addi Turbo Lace needles. Typically when I need to buy new needles, this is my go-to brand, as I have found them to make a big difference. I estimate I at least doubled my speed. Seriously. Go get some.

More Accessories

I haven’t bought my swift yet (soon!), but I have my eye on this one. The price is competitive (lower than WEBS), and the reviews seem mostly positive. And as soon as I buy my swift, I want to invest in some stitch dictionaries. I have seen some positive comments floating on the web lately about this Japanese one, which I think is fascinating (although EXPENSIVE).

What knitting accessories have you stumbled upon lately that made a big difference for you? Please share!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and STILL reading The Japanese Lover.

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