I’m not too sure where September went, and I can hardly believe we’re well into October. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun – or when you have 2 little ones who keep you busy – but that can still be considered fun!
We’ve had a few days in the past month or two where the temperatures have dipped to where we need to pull out our hand knits and wear them. For now it’s still a novelty, when we hit January and February and all we have are those chilly days I might feel differently. For now, each time it’s cool enough to wear them, I get a little excited and usually a little hung up on which one to wear since I kind of want to wear them ALL! This one though, Cracked Pepper, by Alicia Plummer is one of the most wearable ones – you can throw it on over just about anything and it looks great paired with jeans, leggings, a skirt, boots, flats pretty much anything! I knit this up using our Nice & Knit DK in our ‘Jetty’ colorway. Ravelry Project
Another Favorite has been Tanis Lavallee’s R&R Hoodie. I made this for each of the kids and it’s another knit that can be thrown on over just about anything. It’s super comfortable for them to still play and move and crawl all around and the hoodie is great since I haven’t knit either of them hats for this upcoming Fall/Winter it’s totally saving me right now. I will knit many, many more of these are they continue to grow. I love how everything about this pattern just makes sense — the seamless transition from the shoulders to the hood, the way the hood is constructed…it’s all just genius. I knit this one last year but never got pictures of it but the timing is right because the fit is perfect this year. I knit one for Emmett while I was pregnant and his fits perfectly now too! Ravelry Project here & here
I have a bunch more projects to share as we prepare for the 2015 New England Fiber Festival on November 7 (9am-5pm) and November 8 9am – 3pm. This is a really great wool & fiber festival held at the Big E fairgrounds. We’ll have a double booth stuffed full of every Nice & Knit colorway in each of our 4 weights (fingering, sport, DK and worsted). We’ll have a ton of samples for you to see and maybe a surprise or two. And if that wasn’t enough to keep us insanely busy, we’ll be moving into our new studio next week. It’s a dream come true and we can’t wait to share it with you. It is the promise of a ton of new things to come!
You’ve met our talented sister Betsy Jo Hany, she’s a photographer, knitter, and all around nice and knit super-fan. Today we are excited to introduce her as a pattern designer of this sweet creation Roger Bear.
He’s sweet and cuddly and has the kindest little face. He’s soft and squishy and makes the best baby softie. Roger Bear is the perfect solution to the last minute realization that you need a gift for that baby shower, tomorrow. Knit up in Nice & Knit’s softest Super wash Merino DK, this sweet plush toy is a fun, fast and easy knit. The blankie is fully reversible, and ready for daily use. Created for those sweet babies who toddle around with a favorite little lovey in their chubby hands, this little guy will be cherished for years to come.
Roger has a very best friend named Tillie, who wears a sweet little bow tucked next to her ear. Directions for both bears are included in the pattern.
Roger & Tillie are available for purchase here.
Thank you Betsy for a beautiful, sweet pattern.
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.