Hello sweet friends, and welcome to my new website + blog! I'm so excited that you are here to share this space with me. I hope that you enjoy looking around and seeing the fresh new layout I've got, and I honestly hope that it provides a better experience for you as a reader and shopper.
I haven't done an official blog post for my Make 9 progress, but I also deviated far from my original plan with the Covid19 pandemic, having more time for creativity, and my general inability to stick to a plan (haha!).
Feel free to grab a cupa tea, or a glass of wine and hang out with me a bit while we reminisce about what projects I've worked on over the last several months!
Say hello to my sweater of many colours! The first of my "quarantine" makes was the Contrails Cardigan by Sarah Chapman. This cardi was such a quick knit, it was instantly gratifying, and would be an excellent "first sweater" project for a novice knitter. The instructions were simple to follow, easily customizable, and the end result is beautiful! I used Lavender Lune's aran weight wool in the colour way Strange Love for the body of the cardigan, and MacAusland's wool in a pretty bubblegum pink for the hem + sleeve cuffs. I also added a single crochet border at the centre hem to tie it all in. I love this sweater, and have worn it many times. I plan to make another and modify it so that it's a bit more fitted!
Throw Over Sweater
One of my friends challenged me to knit a sweater within the timeline of a season of FRIENDS. Although this didn't happen, it was a lot of fun to make and have the goal in place. I began season 8, because that's where I happened to be in the show at the time I began the project. Throughout the season, I wrote down funny quotes from each episode and tagged them to the sweater to show my progress. It was a fun and unique way to keep progress.
I dove deep into my stash for this sweater! Many of these skeins were saved for a "very special someday" project, only to be looked at on my shelf, and never to be actually knit because they were all just way too pretty. Does anyone else have this issue? I was tidying things up one day and these colours all just jumped out at me and I knew that they needed to become a Throwover Sweater. This pattern by Andrea Mowry was released about a week prior to my cleaning spree, and there is no time like the present to just tackle a new colourwork project! All of these wools are from Island & Canadian companies, which is really cool.
The wool used for this project are as follows:
As I was knitting this up, I realized quickly that I would run out of the main colour, amber. I ordered some more from the ladies at F&H and have received it, but haven't finished the sweater yet - but I CAN'T WAIT to be able to wear this piece. I feel like it will become one of my heirloom garments that gets passed down to future generations. A very special sweater, indeed!
Over Easy Sweater
The Over Easy Sweater is my go-to lounge around the house and be incredibly cozy sweater. It took me approximately 12 hours to complete from start to finish. I used two strands of Caron Latte Cakes held together which I purchased from Michaels pre-quarantine. It uses large 15mm needles and has a boxy construction. I like it because it is perfect for any body shape and size!
I did modify this pattern sligtly. I added 1" length to the body, and I knit the sleeves using 12mm needles instead of 15mm. I also added a row of half double crochets around the hem and the sleeves to finish the edges and create a nice drape.
Earl Grey Wrap
The Earl Grey Wrap is a free pattern from Two Of Wands. I used yarn remains that I had from other commissions. The colours ended up working so well together. This wrap is like wearing a hug. It is so cozy and I found to to be perfect for the in-between season when it's not hot enough for no jacket but it's still too cold for no scarf.
Cozy Classic Raglan
I've wanted to make the Cozy Classic Raglan ever since Jessie Maed released it. It is very customizable. I wanted a tighter fit with less ease, so I am making a size smaller than my measurements. This sweater is still very much in its beginner stages, but I really love the way it is coming together so far.
I am using two strands of yarn held together - Knitpicks Hawthorne in the colour Burlingame + Knitpicks Aloft mohair yarn in the colour Pennyroyal. I think these colours look so pretty together and the mohair gives an incredible halo and texture to the sweater. Stay tuned for the finished project! I'm hoping to have it completed by the fall so I can wear it during sweater season!
Sea Breeze Tank
I whipped this tank up in one day, and I absolutely love it. For The Frills has many wonderful patterns listed on her website, and you can purchase ad free versions of them from her Etsy here as well!
This garment is crochet using a 5mm hook and DK weight yarn. I used 2 strands of fingering weight held together and it worked perfectly. The yarn that I used is Loops & Threads Woollike from Michaels. It's super affordable - I think the top cost me $8 total to make! This top pairs well with with a nice high-waisted short or skirt and is also really great to wear to the beach. Very versatile, very simple construction, and it's a great beginner crochet top if you're ever looking for one!
Pride Yoke Sweater
Oh last but not least - my Pride Yoke sweater baby!!
This is another new pattern released by Janine of Knits n Knots and I knew I needed to cast on immediately. This took me no time to complete, and was even better because I left it as a t-shirt so I could wear it all summer long (plus - I hate knitting sleeves and I always take forever to finish them).
This is by far my favourite knit of the season. It came together so randomly and perfectly. The yarn already existed in my stash, but I had purchased it all during the quarantine months to use for other projects. The Hello Stella Mini Skein Bundles are planned for a shawl - but I used so little from each skein to make the stripes, I couldn't pass it up! The natural sock yarn is from Belfast Mini Mills, and I bought it initially to do some natural avocado dyeing with it. I used 1 and a bit skeins of my collection, so there was still lots left over to dye with (more on that later!).
Whoo! If you made it this far - thanks for sticking around! The last few months have been rough for many reasons, but there is one thing that I have always found solace in, and that is knitting & crochet. All of these pieces have such special places in my heart and I can't wait to show you more in the coming months.