This Knitted Life http://thisknittedlife.com Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 96206628 It’s All In a Pair of Socks http://thisknittedlife.com/its-all-in-a-pair-of-socks/ http://thisknittedlife.com/its-all-in-a-pair-of-socks/#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:00:31 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2756 Yarn from Long Dog Yarns‘ sock kit in Jawbreaker (main color) and Midnight Affair (trim). This is what I love about knitting: you can endure a few weeks where everything is just far enough askew from normal as to inhibit Regular Knitting and still end up with a pair of socks. You can be too exhausted to work out the math for a new design or learn a new technique and still knit socks. Your child, who is supposed to go to bed at 7:00, can instead go to bed at 8:30 (impeding that rare final hour of reasonable brain function), and you can still progress on a sock for that single precious hour of Adult Time. The yarn you ordered for a new project can be All Wrong, leaving you in an insufferable conundrum as to what-to-do, but you can always fall back to the sock. You can be social–go camping and visit with friends–and still knit a sock, even from the confines of your tent. While I admit, a simple pair of vanilla socks wasn’t my planned knitting outcome* from the past few weeks, I will take them. They are pretty and bright. Plus they make me smile. And […]

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A new pair of socks from Andrea @ This Knitted Life

Yarn from Long Dog Yarns‘ sock kit in Jawbreaker (main color) and Midnight Affair (trim).

This is what I love about knitting: you can endure a few weeks where everything is just far enough askew from normal as to inhibit Regular Knitting and still end up with a pair of socks.

You can be too exhausted to work out the math for a new design or learn a new technique and still knit socks.

Your child, who is supposed to go to bed at 7:00, can instead go to bed at 8:30 (impeding that rare final hour of reasonable brain function), and you can still progress on a sock for that single precious hour of Adult Time.

The yarn you ordered for a new project can be All Wrong, leaving you in an insufferable conundrum as to what-to-do, but you can always fall back to the sock.

You can be social–go camping and visit with friends–and still knit a sock, even from the confines of your tent.

While I admit, a simple pair of vanilla socks wasn’t my planned knitting outcome* from the past few weeks, I will take them. They are pretty and bright. Plus they make me smile.

And no, I did not follow my own advice. (Do I ever?) I did not take these socks on a single walk. I was pretty much horizontal on the sofa for nearly every stitch.

So there, world.

Now, will someone please hand me a brownie?

*Planned knitting outcomes = one shawl, one child’s size poncho, one hat, and basically seventeen sweaters. Perhaps not realistic, but hey, AIM HIGH!

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Yep. Another Fall Bucket List of Must Knits – 2017 http://thisknittedlife.com/yep-another-fall-bucket-list-of-must-knits-2017/ http://thisknittedlife.com/yep-another-fall-bucket-list-of-must-knits-2017/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:04:48 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2725 Oh my goodness! It has been RAINING this week. I seriously did not see THAT coming and was perhaps overconfident that I would be basking in afternoon sun for the rest of the year. Apparently I forgot that I live on the southern edge of what might technically be defined as the Pacific Northwest. You know, that place where it RAINS all the time. Humph. All the same, I have taken it as a sign that I must Pull It Together and release my Fall 2017 bucket list of must knits. My Fall 2016 Bucket List was a big hit, so I hope you like this one, too! Brioche Shawls and Scarfs I still haven’t learned brioche, but this new Sprouting Brioche Shawl by Lavanya Patricella looks pretty amazing! I think it’s that contrasting orange edge that I just can’t stop staring at. I happened upon the Brioche Untangled Scarf  that was just released by Black Crow Knits via Instagram. It honestly might be a more realistic starting place for my future as a brioche-capable knitter, plus it is the coolest scarf design I have seen in a Long Time, although I might have to skip the tassels. Not me. Pullovers and Tees I spent an inappropriate […]

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Oh my goodness! It has been RAINING this week. I seriously did not see THAT coming and was perhaps overconfident that I would be basking in afternoon sun for the rest of the year. Apparently I forgot that I live on the southern edge of what might technically be defined as the Pacific Northwest. You know, that place where it RAINS all the time.

Humph.

All the same, I have taken it as a sign that I must Pull It Together and release my Fall 2017 bucket list of must knits. My Fall 2016 Bucket List was a big hit, so I hope you like this one, too!

Brioche Shawls and Scarfs

I still haven’t learned brioche, but this new Sprouting Brioche Shawl by Lavanya Patricella looks pretty amazing! I think it’s that contrasting orange edge that I just can’t stop staring at.

I happened upon the Brioche Untangled Scarf  that was just released by Black Crow Knits via Instagram. It honestly might be a more realistic starting place for my future as a brioche-capable knitter, plus it is the coolest scarf design I have seen in a Long Time, although I might have to skip the tassels. Not me.

Pullovers and Tees

I spent an inappropriate amount of time the other morning trying to decide which pullover to knit next, after my spectacular success with Lesley. I have it narrowed down to Friday Anew (sport weight) or Holiday (fingering weight). I’m tempted to go with the heavier weight, just so I hypothetically finish sooner. What do you think???

Designer Helga Isager caught my eye on Pinterest last month in a Very Big Way. I love the Ivory Tee she published earlier this year. Very refined. My LYS carried the Isager yarn brand for a hot minute earlier this year (but no longer), and I LOVED the color palette. The Isager yarn choices remind me of the Quince and Co. colorways, which are of course drool-worthy. I even used the Isager Alpaca-Merino blend for my upcoming white shawl release (stay tuned). I picked white (oh, the irony) in the end,  but there were some REALLY AWESOME color choices there. Definitely a high quality brand.

Cowls

I would be remiss if I didn’t include my recently released Bayland Cowl in my bucket list this year because it is a true ode to fall. I mean, look at those colors. ‘Nough said.

Bayland Cowl by Andrea @ This Knitted Life

I admit I am a little sad that summer has slipped away. I had a not-so-secret hope of spending at least one more day knitting by the river, but apparently the uber-thick forest fire smoke followed by an ongoing drizzle have set me on a new path. So I am moving on. Fall, it is.

Photo credits revert back to the designers. I am sharing their images here for positive promotional purposes only. And…If you miss me between posts, keep your eye out for my quips of wisdom on Instagram and Facebook!

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Lesley Pullover is Off the Needles http://thisknittedlife.com/lesley-pullover-off-needles/ http://thisknittedlife.com/lesley-pullover-off-needles/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:29 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2740 This just goes to show that if you keep a pattern in your queue for two years and add it to a zillion and one bucket lists, eventually you might actually knit the darn thing. Furthermore, it MIGHT actually fit. How ’bout that. I am pleased to hereby announced that Lesley by Hannah Fettig is complete. I even survived my little bout with Second Sleeve Syndrome. I look forward to wearing this knit All. Winter. Long. and staying nice and toasty. And pretty, too. I basically knit the pattern as written, only adding a bit of overall length. I think it could use a few more short rows in the front (as is, it’s tricky to tell the front from the back…) and the sleeves could be looser. My friend and I both knit this pattern this summer and agree the sleeves are too restrictive. I used the Shell colorway from Quinco & Co.’s Osprey base on Size 10 (6 mm) needles. It was a quick knit and very fulfilling in the “I’m actually accomplishing something” regard. This pattern is available individually on Ravelry here, but I HIGHLY recommend buying the whole darn book, Home & Away, which is one of […]

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Lesley Pullover by Hannah Fettig. Knit by Andrea @ This Knitted Life.

This just goes to show that if you keep a pattern in your queue for two years and add it to a zillion and one bucket lists, eventually you might actually knit the darn thing.

Furthermore, it MIGHT actually fit.

How ’bout that.

I am pleased to hereby announced that Lesley by Hannah Fettig is complete. I even survived my little bout with Second Sleeve Syndrome. I look forward to wearing this knit All. Winter. Long. and staying nice and toasty. And pretty, too.

I basically knit the pattern as written, only adding a bit of overall length. I think it could use a few more short rows in the front (as is, it’s tricky to tell the front from the back…) and the sleeves could be looser. My friend and I both knit this pattern this summer and agree the sleeves are too restrictive.

I used the Shell colorway from Quinco & Co.’s Osprey base on Size 10 (6 mm) needles. It was a quick knit and very fulfilling in the “I’m actually accomplishing something” regard.

This pattern is available individually on Ravelry here, but I HIGHLY recommend buying the whole darn book, Home & Away, which is one of my favorites. It’s less than $20 USD these days. I also used my copy to knit up a Rosemont cardigan last year, which I wear A LOT.

Now, I wonder what else I set out to do two years ago that I can accomplish next? Possibly washing the windows…

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My Favorite New Knit for Fall: Bayland Cowl http://thisknittedlife.com/favorite-new-knit-fall-bayland-cowl/ http://thisknittedlife.com/favorite-new-knit-fall-bayland-cowl/#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:00:23 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2715 I’ll be honest. I am devastated that summer is coming to end. I truly am. I love the heat. The sun. The swimming. All the light that never seems to end. And then there’s fall. Which has its own positive attributes. Pretty leaves. Pumpkin scented candles. Golden tinted light. My new Bayland Cowl reminds me of fall. It’s not just the seasonal colorway–it’s the thickness from the worsted weight. It’s about preparation for cool mornings. Hikes through the redwood forest.  Walks around the bay at dusk. Layers.It’s been an adjustment moving back to the coast this past year. It’s so, well, coastal. The weather is different. The light is different. Everything just smells different. It’s cold when it should be hot. And there’s water and wind everywhere. And boats. So many boats. Did I mention my house is covered in beach sand? I guess things could be worse. This cowl is all about the bay. That unique ecosystem that bridges the gap between the Pacific and inland rivers. It makes me thinks of mudflats and salt marsh. Oysters and salmon. Egrets everywhere. The Bayland Cowl is knit in the round with worsted weight yarn. Wear it long or loop it […]

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I’ll be honest. I am devastated that summer is coming to end. I truly am. I love the heat. The sun. The swimming. All the light that never seems to end.

And then there’s fall. Which has its own positive attributes. Pretty leaves. Pumpkin scented candles. Golden tinted light.

My new Bayland Cowl reminds me of fall. It’s not just the seasonal colorway–it’s the thickness from the worsted weight. It’s about preparation for cool mornings. Hikes through the redwood forest.  Walks around the bay at dusk. Layers.It’s been an adjustment moving back to the coast this past year. It’s so, well, coastal. The weather is different. The light is different. Everything just smells different. It’s cold when it should be hot.

And there’s water and wind everywhere.

And boats.

So many boats.

Did I mention my house is covered in beach sand?

I guess things could be worse.

This cowl is all about the bay. That unique ecosystem that bridges the gap between the Pacific and inland rivers. It makes me thinks of mudflats and salt marsh. Oysters and salmon. Egrets everywhere.

The Bayland Cowl is knit in the round with worsted weight yarn. Wear it long or loop it for warmth. The stitch pattern is easy–it’s all a balance of knits and purls with some slipped stitches thrown in the mix.

Easy peasy.

I worked up this cowl in Spincycle Independence. It was my first time working with their yarn, and I really loved the handspun look of the their yarn, even though it’s not actually hand spun. Plus, the company has an awesome ethic that I couldn’t’ support more.

The Bayland Cowl is available on Ravelry for $6 USD. As with all my contemporary patterns, the design has been reviewed by a tech editor. It has also been test knit by a remarkable group of volunteers, to whom I am indebted.

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Coming Soon — A Quick Update from Mwah. http://thisknittedlife.com/coming-soon-quick-update-mwah/ http://thisknittedlife.com/coming-soon-quick-update-mwah/#comments Sun, 27 Aug 2017 02:42:04 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2729 I know I’ve been a little in and out this summer, more so than I would prefer. What can I say–LIFE has been happening. Like any mother, woman, maker, human, I always aspire to achieve more than perhaps is realistic given the current State of Things. I sat down today to write my seasonal bucket list for fall, as I so love to do. But I found myself scanning Ravelry endlessly, flipping through patterns I had favorited the past few months, and generally trying to find some cohesive theme that would just feel serendipitous. Nothing clicked. The patterns were all marvelous. It was just me. So. Fall bucket list postponed to next week. Instead I am sharing with you what I have planned for the upcoming quarter over here in my little corner of the Internet. I’ve been busy designing and updating patterns all year and have some marvelous releases planned for the next couple of months. I am trying to pace pattern releases so they launch once a month. Otherwise, I assume it’s hard for knitters to keep up. Here’s your sneak peak! Bayland Cowl Expect this fall number to be released in the next week or so. (Top […]

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I know I’ve been a little in and out this summer, more so than I would prefer. What can I say–LIFE has been happening. Like any mother, woman, maker, human, I always aspire to achieve more than perhaps is realistic given the current State of Things.

I sat down today to write my seasonal bucket list for fall, as I so love to do. But I found myself scanning Ravelry endlessly, flipping through patterns I had favorited the past few months, and generally trying to find some cohesive theme that would just feel serendipitous.

Nothing clicked.

The patterns were all marvelous. It was just me.

So.

Fall bucket list postponed to next week.

Instead I am sharing with you what I have planned for the upcoming quarter over here in my little corner of the Internet. I’ve been busy designing and updating patterns all year and have some marvelous releases planned for the next couple of months. I am trying to pace pattern releases so they launch once a month. Otherwise, I assume it’s hard for knitters to keep up.

Here’s your sneak peak!

Bayland Cowl

Expect this fall number to be released in the next week or so. (Top secret: it’s already actually on Ravelry here, as the test knitters upload their photos…) I actually developed this design at the beginning of the year, but have been saving it because it screamed FALL to me. This one knits up quick in worsted weight. More details soon! If you are feeling that Fall Itch and secretly lighting all those pumpkin spice candles when no one is looking, this one is for you.

Little White Sparkly Shawl

I just sent this pattern off to my tech editor this morning! I love this shawl. It has a sequin strand in the mix for a bit of shimmer (but not over the top). I already know I am wearing this one to the office holiday party this year.

This is my favorite kind of shawl: easy, textured, and crescent shaped. Not too busy, but not boring. I aiming for a late-September release for this one.

Twist Shawl-Finally Updated!

I tried to update my Twist Shawl earlier this summer but still fell flat on adjusting the shaping. I cannot tell you how incredibly pleased I am to announce this second updated version is shaped PERFECTLY. (Do you hear the angels harking? I do.) As soon as this baby is back from the tech editor, everyone who has already purchased the pattern will automatically get an updated version through Ravelry.

Ta da!

The new Twist Shawl is a perfect crescent shape and has that signature twist texture.

I swoon. And I couldn’t be prouder.

Next Up

I have this awkward lull right now between projects and have absolutely nothing of substance on my needles.

I know. It’s shocking.

I’ve been working on a pair of socks and trying not to track my yarn shipment via Fed X every five minutes.

It’s a challenge.

I’ve had a request to drum up a kid’s poncho, so I hope to tackle that next. I also have ambitions to develop some video tutorials for two of my hat patterns to help folks out that are finding the lateral braid tricky. Beyond that, my mind is just one big creative jumble.

And…I have some big plans hatching for a This Knitted Life Facebook group, so do stay tuned for that soon. If only a knitting business was just about, well, knitting.

What do you plan to knit this fall?

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Dispatch: Summer http://thisknittedlife.com/dispatch-summer/ http://thisknittedlife.com/dispatch-summer/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:32 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2709 Given it’s mid-August yet I have spent many a day wearing socks and a sweatshirt, it’s a bit difficult for me to identify with ‘summer’ at the moment. Here on the edge of the Pacific, it’s the season that isn’t (although we have had some PHENOMENALLY GORGEOUS days). I honestly haven’t seen the sun in a week. My neighbors call this Fog-Ust. It hurts. But, in true Me fashion, all is not lost. The sun is always shining. Somewhere. I’ve taken my weekly gallivant into the sun, to simmer in the heat, and knit by the river or similar body of water. Reed and I have gone camping twice now, with a third trip planned later this week. I don’t know if he’ll always remember these adventures from his young years, but I do hope our excursions to the wild side shape his sense of adventure for his life to come. I try to make the most of my free time with Reed. We’ve been blueberry picking, discovered a new love for sushi (as long as we leave off the avocado), practiced our reading and writing, and spent endless hours simply snuggling. Our living room is cluttered with no less […]

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Given it’s mid-August yet I have spent many a day wearing socks and a sweatshirt, it’s a bit difficult for me to identify with ‘summer’ at the moment. Here on the edge of the Pacific, it’s the season that isn’t (although we have had some PHENOMENALLY GORGEOUS days). I honestly haven’t seen the sun in a week. My neighbors call this Fog-Ust.

It hurts.

But, in true Me fashion, all is not lost. The sun is always shining. Somewhere. I’ve taken my weekly gallivant into the sun, to simmer in the heat, and knit by the river or similar body of water. Reed and I have gone camping twice now, with a third trip planned later this week. I don’t know if he’ll always remember these adventures from his young years, but I do hope our excursions to the wild side shape his sense of adventure for his life to come.

I try to make the most of my free time with Reed. We’ve been blueberry picking, discovered a new love for sushi (as long as we leave off the avocado), practiced our reading and writing, and spent endless hours simply snuggling. Our living room is cluttered with no less than thirty library books at the moment, as Reed is the proud owner of his first library card. I let him pick out his own books, so our selection is pretty random. This week, it’s all non-fiction jungle animals. (I never knew lemurs ONLY live on Madagascar!)

As for my new (old) home, I’ve made slow and steady progress. But mostly slow, to be honest. I still have a few boxes to unpack and many pictures to hang. Settling in isn’t easy, and the house has yet to feel like home. Dirt seems to accumulate faster than I can keep up. My filing needs, well, to be filed. The windows are still filthy.

Ah, life.

I have made a wee bit of progress on the garden. I even just planted another batch of peas and lettuce this past weekend. The pumpkins, planted late in mid-July, finally seem to be gaining ground and may even produce a pumpkin or two before the end of October. Even if they are still green, I will be happy. I have found gardening on the coast to be so much easier without the unforgiving heat requiring hours of daily watering. I now remember why I was such an avid gardener when I lived her last: it’s just so much easier. Aside from the daily war with slugs and snails.

My seasonal inspiration to Reflect is often synchronized with wrapping up large projects, and this is no exception. After more than a month of hard knitting, I have two shawls off the needles and my sweater is not far behind. For some reason, my projects seem to start and stop in waves. All at once.

I think I need a better work flow.

I always seem to get a little jumbled up when projects end. I have ideas for new projects. But no yarn.

Time to go shopping ASAP!

I’ve been making these little to-do lists every month. Kind of like a bucket list but more Down to Business. As I look back on my lists from the last few months, they all look pretty similar. So many tasks have been rolled over and over, still incomplete (um, window washing!). There’s just not enough time! I try not to drown in the overwhelming feeling that I am Getting Nowhere, that life is Passing Me By, or that these summer days are not unfolding as I had hoped.

Instead, I’ve come to realize I’ll get there. Eventually. Perhaps not all at once. Or on the path that I had envisioned. Everything doesn’t need to happen all at once. Or maybe even at all.

The important thing is to remember it is summer and, hot or cold, savor the light. The long days. The blooming flowers. My child.

It’s all there.

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All About How I Wash My Knits http://thisknittedlife.com/all-about-how-i-wash-my-knits/ http://thisknittedlife.com/all-about-how-i-wash-my-knits/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:00:59 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2701 Because we are all secretly dying to know how everyone else does their laundry. I’ll be honest. I’m pretty low-tech when it comes to blocking and hand washing my knits. As far as blocking goes, until recently, I’ve just soaked my finished knits in plain ol’ water. Boring. Last winter, when I knit up my poncho, the pattern recommended adding essential oil to the soak. I thought this was brilliant and have being doing this regularly since. (In general, I have become an essential oil devotee of late, having recently purchased this handy diffuser. I have lavender or eucalyptus going At. All. Times. and am looking forward to splurging on new scents soon!) I try to avoid washing my hand knits by simply keeping them clean and un-stinky, to the greatest extent possible. I wear my tops to work, come home, and take them off right away (before Reed gets me all sticky). Sadly this doesn’t always work, and I did have to wash my new Riverton tee last month. I have a tiny bit of Woolite left from a bottle I purchased over a decade ago (shows how often I hand wash my clothing…) and used that. The color […]

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Because we are all secretly dying to know how everyone else does their laundry.

I’ll be honest. I’m pretty low-tech when it comes to blocking and hand washing my knits. As far as blocking goes, until recently, I’ve just soaked my finished knits in plain ol’ water.

Boring.

Last winter, when I knit up my poncho, the pattern recommended adding essential oil to the soak. I thought this was brilliant and have being doing this regularly since. (In general, I have become an essential oil devotee of late, having recently purchased this handy diffuser. I have lavender or eucalyptus going At. All. Times. and am looking forward to splurging on new scents soon!)

I try to avoid washing my hand knits by simply keeping them clean and un-stinky, to the greatest extent possible. I wear my tops to work, come home, and take them off right away (before Reed gets me all sticky). Sadly this doesn’t always work, and I did have to wash my new Riverton tee last month. I have a tiny bit of Woolite left from a bottle I purchased over a decade ago (shows how often I hand wash my clothing…) and used that. The color bled like crazy!

Moving forward into modern times…

Graced by a lovely care package of Eucalan delicate wash, I decided to up my blocking game with my latest shawl design. I received a large bottle of Wrapture (the jasmine scent) and a handful of samples of their other delicious scents.

(Between the jasmine soak and my lavender essential oils, my house smells SO GOOD right now.)

Anyway, welcome to my kitchen…

I almost always soak my knits in the kitchen sink. It’s a good excuse to catch up on dishes and tidy up a bit. I fill up the basin with cold water, add my new wool wash (eep!), and soak away.

Now that I have proper wool wash, I feel like such an adult. I hope that isn’t too pathetic given the fact that I am nearing 40! What can I say. Some of our late bloomers.

I am so excited my sparkly white shawl is finally off the needles! It’s done with its jasmine soak and happily drying in the knitting room.

Wrapture, indeed.

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Must See: Hot New Designs for Knit Tees and Tanks http://thisknittedlife.com/new-knit-tee-designs-and-tanks/ http://thisknittedlife.com/new-knit-tee-designs-and-tanks/#comments Sun, 06 Aug 2017 15:41:17 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2688 August! This is always the time of year when I flip the page on the calendar and my heart skips a few beats. I panic. The “last” month of summer. Then I remember the weather is nice for at least another two months and summer is not at all over. Pull it together, Andrea! I just don’t want it to end. Already, when I get up at six, it’s barely light. Soon it will be dark entirely. Darkness is coming. But not yet! So…there’s still time to knit yourself a summer tee! Great news, right? I love my hand-knit tees, and I find them perfect to wear on coastal summer days. Our afternoons are warm but not too hot, and a hand knit tee is a perfect wardrobe essential. I want all the tees! Building on last year’s list of stand out tees, I have curated another short list of my favorite new tee patterns. These are designs were all released very recently and are worth a look.  This year’s list turned out to be quite international (plus NYC), by happenstance! I love the way knitting unites the entire planet. We are One People, held together by yarn. My New Favorite […]

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August!

This is always the time of year when I flip the page on the calendar and my heart skips a few beats.

I panic.

The “last” month of summer.

Then I remember the weather is nice for at least another two months and summer is not at all over. Pull it together, Andrea!

I just don’t want it to end. Already, when I get up at six, it’s barely light. Soon it will be dark entirely. Darkness is coming.

But not yet!

So…there’s still time to knit yourself a summer tee! Great news, right?

I love my hand-knit tees, and I find them perfect to wear on coastal summer days. Our afternoons are warm but not too hot, and a hand knit tee is a perfect wardrobe essential.

I want all the tees!

Building on last year’s list of stand out tees, I have curated another short list of my favorite new tee patterns. These are designs were all released very recently and are worth a look.  This year’s list turned out to be quite international (plus NYC), by happenstance! I love the way knitting unites the entire planet. We are One People, held together by yarn.

My New Favorite Knit Tee Designs

Violeta Tank by Beatriz P. Martin. Beatriz is based in Spain and has her own yarn shop. Tanks are fun because they always seem to knit up so quickly!

Holiday by Eri, who is based in Japan. This designs comes with options for short or long sleeves. It’s knit top down. I love how simple and elegant it is.

Anker’s Summer Shirt. This design is from Petite Knit and also worked top down. Mette hails from Denmark where she studies medicine, on top of being a mother. (How do people do it?!!?!  Amazing!). As a petite person, I love the Petite Knit concept.

Top + Bottom Top by Purl Soho. Rarely have I met a Purl Soho design I haven’t liked. They are all so simple and versatile, and their new tank fits the bill as well.

Well knitters, cease these summer days, make yourself a cocktail, find a sunny (but not too hot) spot, and knit away.

P.S. Do you already follow me on Instragram? If not, please do. I am here.

P.P.S. Credits for all photos used in this post are attributed to the respective designers and are re-used here for positive promotional purposes.

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Ten Tips for Walking While Knitting That Will Up Your Knitting Game. Guaranteed. http://thisknittedlife.com/ten-tips-walking-knitting-will-knitting-game-guaranteed/ http://thisknittedlife.com/ten-tips-walking-knitting-will-knitting-game-guaranteed/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:00:14 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2680 The comments I receive when I mention knitting while walking are all over the map, ranging from “I could never,” “I’ve been meaning to try that,” to “I also love walking and knitting.” If you are squarely in the “I could never” category, well, I actually bet you could. If you wanted to. As for the rest of you, I’ve prepared my favorite tips to set you forth on the joyous path of walking and knitting AT THE SAME TIME. I mostly walk and knit out of desperation. After a busy work day, I am lucky for a single free hour before I just need to collapse back into bed again before doing it all again the next day. Taking my socks on a walk has helped me avoid the hard choice between using my free hour for minimal exercise or luxurious knitting. I do a bit of both. (I have not tried, nor do I plan to, knitting while jogging. That wouldn’t end well for me. However, I have heard from some of you that knitting on a stationary bike works just fine. Big kudos there. Definitely a hot tip to remember for upcoming inclement winter weather and requisite […]

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The comments I receive when I mention knitting while walking are all over the map, ranging from “I could never,” “I’ve been meaning to try that,” to “I also love walking and knitting.”

If you are squarely in the “I could never” category, well, I actually bet you could. If you wanted to.

As for the rest of you, I’ve prepared my favorite tips to set you forth on the joyous path of walking and knitting AT THE SAME TIME.

I mostly walk and knit out of desperation. After a busy work day, I am lucky for a single free hour before I just need to collapse back into bed again before doing it all again the next day. Taking my socks on a walk has helped me avoid the hard choice between using my free hour for minimal exercise or luxurious knitting.

I do a bit of both.

(I have not tried, nor do I plan to, knitting while jogging. That wouldn’t end well for me. However, I have heard from some of you that knitting on a stationary bike works just fine. Big kudos there. Definitely a hot tip to remember for upcoming inclement winter weather and requisite indoor exercise.)

Honestly, sometimes I bring my knitting with me on walks so I don’t focus on the fact that I am walking By Myself. I love taking walks with friends. Walking is definitely one of my favorite girlfriend catch-up activities, but often Real Life prevails. Sometimes an opportunity for a quick walk presents itself, and I just have to usurp the chance. Even if it’s just me out walking through the world. (Although I think knitting while walking with my knitting girlfriends would be the Absolute Best…adding that to the top of my to-do list Right Now!)

So.

If you find yourself as time crunched as I am, needing to burn a few extra calories now and again and could use some extra motivation to get off that (AMAZINGLY COMFORTABLE) sofa, or you are just interested in trying something new, I have prepared these TEN tips for you. Walking and knitting at the same time is possible.

Just imagine–you could fill up an entire sock drawer JUST from walking and knitting this year if you wanted to, on top of all your “regular” knitting!

Ten Tips for Knitting and Walking at the Same Time

  1. Try it.
  2. Try it again. (Try knitting and walking at the same time at least three time before you quit.)
  3. Only attempt during pleasant weather. This will not work when your hands or cold, and trying this with mittens (even fingerless gloves) is not recommended. Take advantage of warm weather, and make walking while knitting a New Habit in your life.
  4. Make sure you have the right materials to comfortably carry your project: a small pouch with a wrist strap for socks and other small projects or a light weight tote to carry over your shoulder if you have a shawl or something like that.
  5. Plan. Make sure your project is in a good spot for knitting while walking. No big mistakes that need to be resolved. No transitions in stitch patterns. No significant counting. Avoid projects that will require you to stop and look at your pattern all the time.
  6. Keep it simple. Start with stockinette in the round (or garter if working back and forth rows) all the way. I tried walking while knitting ribbing a couple times before I threw in the towel. It made me feel seasick and a snail could have overcome me because I kept stopping to look. I have seen other knitters walk while knitting AND purling, so it’s not impossible. Start simple, all the same.
  7. Pick the right project. To date, I only knit and walk with socks, but my dear knitting friend works on shawls (and even sweater sleeves) All. The. Time. If you are knitting a shawl or other non-sock project, again, stick with those simple, long rows of knit-knit-knit to get started before you throw anything fancy into the mix.
  8. Attempt with light-weight projects only. Pick a project that doesn’t weigh a ton (like that worsted weight sweater you’ve been meaning to finish).
  9. Be proud. There’s no need to feel subconscious or generally fret that other people will see you and think you are weird. Most people who comment on my knitting while I walk have positive things to say. In the end, do what makes you happy and don’t worry about what other people think. Also: make your time triple count! If you are trying this alone, knit, walk, AND use headphones with your phone to catch up on phone calls or podcasts.
  10. Practice. Did Michael Phelps win all those gold medals without blood, sweat, and tears? No! He practiced. All great athletes do. Knitting and walking is your new sport. Practice. Practice. Practice.

P.S. Never hurts to wear sunglasses for eye protection. Just in case you trip. Those needles can be sharp!

P.P.S. If you miss me between posts, keep your eye out for my quips of wisdom on Instagram and Facebook!

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New Weight Loss Secrets for Knitters: How Many Miles are in a Sock? http://thisknittedlife.com/new-weight-loss-secrets-for-knitters-how-many-miles-are-in-a-sock/ http://thisknittedlife.com/new-weight-loss-secrets-for-knitters-how-many-miles-are-in-a-sock/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:08:23 +0000 http://thisknittedlife.com/?p=2671  Or, if you live in the rest of the (saner) world: how many kilometers are in a sock? Good news knitters: you can make progress on your knitting and pursue your physical fitness goals At the Same Time!!! These socks have been through the rounds the past several months. I started them as my “walking socks,” determined to calculate how far I would have to walk to finish the pair. In the end, they were my walking socks and more, as all socks tend to be. They went with me to Oregon, where my grandma took them over, making respectable progress on the first. (I was touched by the outpouring of awesome comments on my Instagram post, perhaps my photo with the highest level of engagement of all time. Ya’all are suckers for old ladies knitting.) And, of course, they went with to the river on more than one occasion. There were also rounds I snuck in during those little blips of waiting that make knitting socks so worthwhile: long waits in road construction, the doctor’s office, and during Bathtime Supervision in the bathroom (Reed has been a wee bit overly splashy lately, apparently in an attempt to convert the […]

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 Or, if you live in the rest of the (saner) world: how many kilometers are in a sock?

Good news knitters: you can make progress on your knitting and pursue your physical fitness goals At the Same Time!!!

These socks have been through the rounds the past several months. I started them as my “walking socks,” determined to calculate how far I would have to walk to finish the pair. In the end, they were my walking socks and more, as all socks tend to be.

They went with me to Oregon, where my grandma took them over, making respectable progress on the first. (I was touched by the outpouring of awesome comments on my Instagram post, perhaps my photo with the highest level of engagement of all time. Ya’all are suckers for old ladies knitting.)

And, of course, they went with to the river on more than one occasion.

There were also rounds I snuck in during those little blips of waiting that make knitting socks so worthwhile: long waits in road construction, the doctor’s office, and during Bathtime Supervision in the bathroom (Reed has been a wee bit overly splashy lately, apparently in an attempt to convert the tub into a floating houseboat.)

Mostly, however, these were my walking socks. I would set out alone, catch up on phone calls or a podcast, walk, and knit. Like all knitting projects, these socks kept me company during some hard walks and gloriously sunny, couldn’t-be-happier strolls.

For some time now, I have used my small Go Knit Pouch and STILL love it. It goes around my wrist and can even hold my car key since my yoga capris are all pocket-less. I used stitch markers to keep track of how much I knit on each walk and the free Map my Run app (there are many similar versions available) to keep track of my distance and time.

When walking, I only worked on the simple stockinette sections of the sock. No heels. No toe decreases. Just around and around and around. (I saved the trickier bits for when I was sitting at the river and am proud to say I CAN participate in a conversation and turn a heal without screwing up too badly.)

On average, I knit one inch per mile (2.54 centimeters per 1.6 kilometers) over the course of a 20-minute mile on even, mostly flat ground. I do walk a bit slower when I knit and walk compared to if I was just cruising, but I covered some good distances all the same.

I usually work my socks eight inches to the heel, and then another five and a half stitches until it’s time to decrease for the toe. (I have small feet). Accounting for the ribbing at the top of the sock, that’s about 12 ½ inches of walkable stockinette knitting (nearly 32 centimeters).

Decreases your gussets while walking if you dare. I did and lived to tell the tale!

If I had ONLY knitted these socks (excluding casting on, ribbing, heels, and toes) while knitting, I would have walked 12.5 miles per sock (24 miles per pair). That’s eight hours of walking for a pair of socks. Walking burns 120 to 140 calories per hour, for the average person at a moderate pace. My sock-walking thus earned me about 1,000 calories, which converts to two or three brownies.

I wish I could say walking and knitting these socks resulted in a slimmer, toner me.

They didn’t.

Apparently I overcompensated on the brownies.

But I KNOW the potential is there.

So, if you are time limited like me and forever faced with that tragic dilemma of choosing between relaxing with your knitting and getting out to move your body—well, you don’t have to make that hard decision after all. Do both.

Your body and mind will thank you.

Even if your pants are still too tight the next morning.

*Yarn for these socks was a random Etsy purchase in support of my commitment to supporting Indie Yarn Dyers this year (and always) from the Iria Yarn Company in their Great Pumpkin Colorway.

P.S. If you miss me between posts, keep your eye out for my quips of wisdom on Instagram and Facebook!

Welcome knitters itching to try walking and knitting socks at the same time. It CAN be done, and YOU can do it. Satisfy your knitting and exercise ambitious AT THE SAME TIME! Read all about it here. I have all the stats ready for you.

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