It’s that time of year again – Labor day. Time to pack the white pants and shoes into a bin to hibernate for the winter. Sure, I could be sad to see Summer go but I’m just too excited about what we have planned for this Fall to care! I’m looking forward to cooler days, more days spent with my knitting, cider, pumpkins, apples, more knitting and yarn – lots of yarn.
Before I get too carried away with my Fall plans, I do want to briefly reflect on my summer because some amazing memories were made and it was one of the best summers I’ve ever had. My kids are growing a break neck speeds and I love it! They’re healthy and we’re all insanely happy so I’m doing everything I can to just soak it all up. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I put together a slideshow of our summer. When the days are cold and rainy or when the snow starts falling I’ll have this to come back replay over and over and daydream of next summer!
“If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart”.
So, what’s coming this fall? A new studio, a bunch of new Nice & Knit patterns (the first of which is going to be released this coming Tuesday, September 8), some trunk shows and some new colorways, too!
We were honored to receive an email from Bliss Yarns, a yarn shop in Brentwood, TN, letting us know that they were hosting a knitalong for our Kate’s Poncho pattern! We were even more eager to join it and we want you to join too!
The poncho is ideal for the cooler temps heading our way in the next few months and is a piece that is comfortably worn in Fall, Winter AND Spring! As one knitter put it recently “…LOVE this. Don’t know how I lived without it.” It also knits up quickly because it uses 3 Nice & Knit Worsted weight yarn (4 if you want to add more length).
The knitalong starts this Friday, August 28 at 10:30am! Join by visiting the shop’s Ravelry Forum or on social media with the hashtag #blissyarnskal
I’ll be casting on using our Nice & Knit Worsted in our color called ‘Sailor’s Sky’. I’m picturing wearing it with jeans and tall brown boots and it’s almost making me wish Fall was here already…almost.
Despite the fact that the thermometer is expected to reach into the 90’s this week, I finished a new sweater that I will be wearing any chance I get. I’m hoping for a least some cool evenings!
The pattern is appropriately named Cooldown by Alicia Plummer.
I really love how Alicia’s patterns are basic knits with a clean and simple style. This makes them some of the most wearable knits, I think. For this pattern in particular, I absolutely love the classic baseball tee style and of course picking the color combinations is extremely fun but left me with a tough choice. I finally landed with Bayside and Starboard. But contemplated High Tide with Seagrass, Driftwood with Anchor, Oyster and Beach, and a few others, too!
I’m so thrilled with this project that only a few hours after completing it, I cast on to make another in a different color combo. I really love it that much! I’m worked the sleeves first and have both done, so I’m onto the main body! I modified it slightly by completely skipping the waist shaping (just a personal preference) and I picked up around the neck in the contrasting sleeve color instead of the main body color. I also worked the neckline in a 1×1 rib instead of an icord edging. My next combo will feature Oyster for the main body and Beach for the sleeves – a perfect “grellow” combination. Hopefully I’ll be sharing that soon, too!
This summer is flying by at breakneck speeds. If I am not racing around like a mad woman with the boys I can be found in my yard picking blackcaps. I have loved every minute of picking these beautiful berries. The quiet hours spent outside have been so enjoyable. My freezer is full of jam and berries for this winter. I have an overabundance of scratches on my arms and poison ivy covered legs, but its been so worth it!
Thankfully, I’ve had some time for knitting as well, Portico by Sara Gresbach has been the perfect summer knit!
The pattern is two panels knit alike and seamed at the top and side seams! So easy and the two row stitch pattern repeat is just right for summer campfire knitting. I highly recommend!
I may have just found the perfect summer knitting project! It’s called Avana and it’s a super simple wrap pattern by Annie Rowden. It’s great for cooler summer mornings or summer evenings. And as much as we try, knitted accessories for summer can be tough to pull off. Scarves, even when made in Fingering or Lace weight yarns can still be too hot or too constricting around your neck. For me, shawls are better than scarves for summer but still too tight around the neck. This wrap doesn’t constrict or make you feel stuffy because it’s knit using sport weight yarn on a size 10.5 needle which makes it easy and breezy. Yesterday was about 70 degrees and cloudy and this was so comfortable, and clearly a lot cuter than throwing on a sweatshirt.
It also pairs really well with a tank top, this is one I’ve sewed 4 of and I have a few more planned! The pattern is called Wiksten tank and can also be made in dress form. Google it, and you’ll find some pretty awesome projects out there. It’s extremely cool and comfortable on hot days too!
Yesterday, Katie showed you her progress for the Tees, Tops & Tanks Knit Along. I have some progress too but it’s of the sewing variety. Nope, the knit along doesn’t include sewing, but I decided I wanted to sew a tank and knit a top to match for the ultimate collision of hobbies. The tank is done – now to cast on for the top!
I’ll be knitting the Avana wrap by Annie Rowden (pictured below). I’m using Nice & Knit Sport in the Beach Colorway — speaking of which, I think this wrap would be perfect for cool evenings on the beach! I’m pretty determined to have this done by next week’s open house! It’s going to be tight but I’ll see if I can make it happen.
The tank is one of 4 of this pattern that I’ve made in the past week. I’m totally hooked on them. They’re extremely easy – beyond comfortable and surprisingly cool in this heat. What’s even better is that it can be sewed in a single naptime! The pattern is the Wiksten Tank and also comes in a dress version that I made as well. I’ll be sharing them all with you soon. They’re a new favorite for sure.
I’ve made great progress on my Top Tanks & Tees Knit along with Shannon Cook. I only cast on this past weekend but I’m cranking right along.
I’m knitting Portico by Sara Gresbach, the pattern is extremely well written and with just a two row repeat, it’s so easy! My current favorite color way is our Sailor’s Sky. So much character of pink, lavender, gray and burgundy, I think Portico is perfect to showcase the gorgeous variation of hues.
Nice & Knit SPORT in Sailor’s Sky color way
We’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather. After this past winter of mountains of snow, I think we have a great appreciation for the birds chirping, sun shining and flowers blooming.
We’re giving it all away! Join us on June 4, 5, or 6 and enter our Nice & Knit Raffle! It’s a big one! Just come and see us at our pop-up shop to enter!
We’re giving away 10 skeins of yarn, a Maritime Cowl Kit (includes two skeins of yarn & pattern), Fisherman’s Dream pattern, Mystic Comfort pattern, Kate’s Poncho Pattern, 2 sets of stitch markers, and a Knitter’s Tote! A value of over $350.00. For all of you that can’t take a plane, train or automobile to our pop-up shop, we are also offering this raffle to you! Just make a online purchase on June 4, 5 or 6th and you’re in! So easy!
Nice & Knitters Weekend will be an open house at 8 Brook Crossing, Ellington CT
I purchased a sewing machine this April with my birthday gift cards from Amazon. I did some quick research and found some happy reviews on the Singer Fashion Mate. It doesn’t disappoint! I admit, I am certainly no expert, and a beginner at best, but I love it. I didn’t think I was capable of sewing a straight line, but I am delighted to report, I can! I follow Fancy Tiger Crafts on Instagram – a really great fabric and yarn shop in Denver CO. I loved their wildly popular Sailor Top the moment I saw it, and ordered the pattern. Quickie shipping and I was cutting out this cute fabric.
A very helpful video is available from Creative Bug (another awesome site for everything crafty). I did purchase the tutorial and i’m so thankful that I did. Its a great help!
Image by Fancy Tiger Crafts
I chose to use a lawn fabric by designer Rashida Coleman-Hale, which I purchased at Quilting by the Yard in Vernon CT. The fabric is so light and airy in this summer weather we’ve had! I have found that quite similar to knitting there are things I would change about the finished product, but I wear it basically everyday. I have sewn a few more since, and my oldest smiling told me yesterday, “I’m so glad you made another one, I don’t have to see the pink one everyday!” Gotta’ love teenagers!