Snowed In

New England has been a land of white beauty for weeks.  The snow is piling up and more forecasted for this weekend.  There are many positives, life is slower (because we have no other choice) and sitting fireside with a skein of yarn feels just right.  However, the boys are super stir crazy and they can drive me there as well – quickly!   During a recent storm I grabbed a couple props for a quick photo shoot of my Gray Lace Cowl {free pattern by Lion Brand Yarn}.  I had Kevin snap the photos and he absolutely thought I was looney.



This cowl is knit in Nice & Knit Worsted {Lobster Pot} on size 8 needles.  The pattern is quick, but the lace pattern keeps the project interesting and fun.  I highly recommend this pattern!

Enjoy the weekend, bundle up and knit knit knit!  Let’s hope for school on Monday, and if not for patience to be the Mom of the year.

Our weekly Bundle Up Knit Along winner is Raveler senfnase!  Her awesome VulcanSpy Hat and mittens knit are in Nice & Knit DK yarn. {canal, driftwood & cape cod color ways}

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Hand-Knit Gift: Camilla Blanket

You’ve heard me mention the Camilla pullovers I’ve made for myself, a friend’s daughter, and just finished one for Brooklyn last week so you know I love the pattern. I fell even more in love with the motif it features when I was recipient of a Camilla Blanket for Emmett!  My mom made a beautiful version using Nice & Knit Worsted in our Anchor colorway which is a perfect match for his bedding set I bought. He is thoroughly enjoying being wrapped in this blanket to keep him warm on these cold and snowy February days. Once again, highly recommending this pattern!  I’ve been staying pretty busy but next on my list is to get a few pictures with him all cuddled into this blanket!



Welcome to the World, Our Sweet Boy!

Friday evening at 7:04pm we welcomed our dearest Emmett Patrick Stanley to the world.  We are so beyond thrilled with our newest addition to our family and we’re settling in really well.


Brooklyn’s first meeting with her brother was everything I had ever hoped it would be and it ranks near the top of the list for one of the very best moments of my life. She’s still as excited every time she sees him, she sits on the couch asking “hold you?” while pumping her little fists like “gimme gimme” and she’s walking around the house saying “Baby! Aweesomme!”  Does it get any better than that??


Our  Nice & Knit life shouldn’t be interrupted too much thanks to Katie for holding down the fort for a bit (and for capturing that amazing video for me).

We’re Halfway There!

We’re almost halfway through our knit along, but there’s still plenty of time to join and finish a winter bundle up item before the knitalong ends Feb. 28th!  We’ve really been enjoying following everyone’s progress on our Ravelry forum and on social media. Keep sharing those photos — because you might be the next giveaway winner! Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #niceandknit and #nkkal so that we see them!

My latest bundle up item are these Adiri Mittens and I’m loving the final result.  Surprisingly, I’ve never made myself a full pair of mittens. I’ve always just made the fingerless kind but I don’t think these will be my last. They feel so great on your hands.  While they look a little long, they’re not at all. They fit like a glove – oops, I mean Mitten! :)  A new favorite knit!

Pattern: Adiri Mittens
Yarn: Nice & Knit Worsted in ‘Oceanspray’
Needles: Size US6

Little Woolens Winter Hoodie

I’ve had quite a few projects flying off my needles lately.  I’m in my last week of pregnancy and the past few weeks I have been pretty lazy. I only wanted to sit and knit which was been great for my knit collection.

Today though, I am sharing a project I finished back around Thanksgiving time but it was a test knit so I really couldn’t share it with you then.  It was a lovely project to work on and one I’d highly recommend. The directions were very clear and well written. It has a lot going on but that doesn’t mean it’s hard. It actually helped to keep my interest with the pocket, the colorwork, the hood, etc!

The pattern was released this week so head on over to Ravelry and download it! It’s the Little Woolens Winter Hoodie by Annie Rowden.

Now, I just wish I had a darling little model to wear this on…soon enough!

Sanni Vest

One of the gifts I knit for Christmas was called the Sanni Vest and I made it for this adorable little sweetheart of a boy. He came to visit me earlier this week rocking his vest so I just had to snap a few pictures because he just looked so sharp.

I’m really happy with how this project turned out. I searched high and low on Ravelry for just the right vest and this was it.  It’s knit in pieces and will take some concentration so maybe not the very best if you’re a very new beginner knitter but the instructions were great so I’d recommend it for anyone with a little experience!

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And since it’s Friday – time to reveal our Project of the Week for our #NKKAL  The lucky winner is Ingrid Lynch who is working on this really awesome version of the Schwimmen hat in our Nice & Knit Worsted Yarn!  Congrats!

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Happy Friday everyone! Hope the weekend brings you some quiet and productive knitting time!

Knit Along Progress

I am really enjoying knitting along with all of you!  Our forum is so fun to check every few hours and so motivating!  We’ve added the lure of weekly prizes as well – so join us, there’s still time!


I am enjoying my new color-work design and hope to finish in the next few days.  These colorways are really working well together.

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Anchor, Seagrass, Starboard, Driftwood & High Tide – WORSTED


It is a bit of a challenge (as all colorwork can be) to keep the twisting yarns from really slowing me down.  I try to tell myself to just have patience and enjoy the whole experience!

Remember to share your photos on:

You will be entered to win a $25.oo gift card to Nice & Knit!  Winners will be chosen weekly – starting tomorrow.

Knitalong Giveaways!

We promised to do giveaways during our Bundle Up Knit-along and we hope you join us because if you do you’ll have a chance to win a $25 Nice & Knit Giftcard! Starting next week and ending the week of March 1 we’ll be giving away a $25 Nice & Knit Giftcard to a knitalong participant.  All you have to do is share your project progress on any one of our channels and each week we’ll pick a Project of the Week. Make sure that you tag your photo with #nkkal so that we see it!

Here’s where to share (your choice of where):

Winners will be selected on the following Fridays
January 16
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13
February 20
February 27
and March 6*

*Grand prize winner, more details to come!

Puerperium Cardigan for Lincoln


Our little nephew Lincoln was born 2 weeks ago and I whipped up this newborn Puerperium Cardigan for the little sweetheart.  Started on Monday and finished on Wednesday – gotta love newborn knits.  Kara made this little beanie to match and I think Lincoln couldn’t look any cuter in it!

I knit Puerperium Nantucket DK on size 6 needles.

This pattern is fabulous and very well written! (and free never hurts!)

Join Us!

Winter Bundle Up Knit-Along!

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Photo & expert knitting by Betsyjo

As we announced Friday, we will begin our knit-along!  Hats or mittens its up to you!

You can join us a few different ways

  1. Our Ravelry Forum
  2. Instagram – tag us with @niceandknit or #niceandknit or #nkkal (or all 3)
  3. Facebook – share your progress on our page or using the hashtag #nkkal

Betsyjo’s Two Needle Cable Mittens by Patons are so amazing and just the perfect project for this knit along!


Knit in DK Kelp colorway

My boys are off school again so the agenda of uninterrupted knitting has been cancelled.  I hope you can cast on and start sharing your progress!  We will be handing out prizes and perks – stay tuned!


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