Reunited

You may have gleaned from my last post that I am no longer in Arizona. The snow was probably a give away. Last month I got a job in Utah, and moved back to Salt Lake City in a hurry. I am working as an SEO Content Writer which I am really enjoying. I can make grammar jokes at work and people laugh which is mind blowing. It’s also helping me get my comma splicing habits under control. It’s good being in the company of fellow nerds.

 A couple of my excellent friends let Piña and I stay with them for a while. Piña mostly terrorized their dog while we were there. If you can imagine the scene in The Princess Bride where Wesley takes down Andre the Giant with quick moves and mosquito-like persistence, it looked an awful lot like that every day. 

Poor Odin was ready to have his lazy lifestyle back, so we found a house to live in. We tricked our good friend Emma (who I’m pretty sure reads this blog yaaaasssss kween) into living with us again. With our combined addictions, this duplex could turn into a craft studio in a hurry. Which I am obviously pumped about. 

Maybe the most exciting part of renting a new house is that there is more room for all the yarn. Piña and I took a road trip to CO to pick up our things at my man friend’s folks’ place and we’ve been reunited with our treasures. But the light here is terrible, sorry for the picture quality. 

Collection of hand knit sweaters
My sweater collection
Hand embroidered pillow from Guatemala
A hand embroidered pillow I bought in Guatemala
Cute dog
Piña thinking this rug is for her. It’s not.
Handwoven rug from Chiapas, Mexico
A naturally dyed hand woven rug I bought in Chiapas, Mexico
Beekeeper's Quilt
The start of my Beekeeper’s Quilt.
Yarn stash
So. Much. Yarn.

Turns out you can quash the impulse to buy more yarn when you’re reunited with your stash and everything seems new again. If you need me, I’ll be knitting hexipuffs until my fingers fall off. 

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Bristleyew 

I lucked out and got to test the beautiful Bristleyew headband from Buckaloo View. It’s knit out of worsted weight yarn, and it took just about 35 grams of yarn. It would be a great gift knit, you  could churn them out pretty quickly and make 3 or so from a single 100 gram skein. It might also be a nice way to use a single skein of yarn you’ve been coveting. 

I used the leftovers from my Amberle Shawl and they worked beautifully. The yarn is Julie Asselin’s Nurtured in the colorway Irma which I loved knitting with the first time around and I love even more now. It’s squishy and rustic and cables beautifully. She dyes it in the wool and then has it spun at Green Mt Spinnery which is just a hop skip and a jump away from here. The colors are subtle and heathered which I think might just be my favorite type of coloring. 

The pattern would work equally well with a smooth worsted spun yarn, it might be really pretty to use a yarn with some sheen (or some of Liesel’s naturally dyed yarn). The pattern is well written, easy to follow and includes charts and written directions. This is one of those patterns that is well worth buying to me, I’ve only knit one headband but I’ve already got requests for about 4 more. I can see myself knitting it many more times. 

I like the size of it as written, but it would be really easy to adapt to be bigger or smaller. Using fingering weight and small needles could make a nice summer weight headband. Oh the possibilities!!

We also had a pretty fun evening getting pictures of this. We ran into my favortite neighbor while we were getting dinner, and after a gin and tonic or two everyone wanted to model the headband in his new ’68 vw Bug Convertible. 

No adult beverages for this middle schooler

My sister even took a sneaky video of me pretending to drive it that you can see on instagram

All in all, Bristleyew was a great knit and a great photo shoot as well. Go get yourself a copy of the pattern!

Farmhouse Shawl

I finished the Farmhouse Shawl by cabinfour last spring but didn’t get pictures of it until last week. I think it is currently my favorite knitted item. It is the perfect mix of rustic, trendy and classic. Even before I started knitting, shawls and scarves were always a big piece of my wardrobe. I tend to dress in simple shapes and don’t wear too many patterns. I like color but I generally don’t get too wild in the basics of what I wear but I have always loved putting a scarf or shawl (and funky earrings) on top of fairly simple silhouettes. The farmhouse shawl fits in with pretty much everything I own and I have been wearing it nonstop since I finished it. I knew I would like it when I knitted it but I didn’t expect it to be as versatile as it is.

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It is knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the wood smoke colorway. I originally bought two skeins to make a hat.  The hat was a disaster. So I ripped it out and it became the farmhouse shawl. I bought two more skeins which totaled four to make the shawl–including the fringe. I am fairly sure I bought the same color but it’s possible I didn’t. In any case, the second two skeins are noticeably darker than the first two. I was disappointed when I was making it but I actually ended up really liking the color blocking effect it has.

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The pattern calls for six skeins, but I am cheap and small so I decided to make a smaller version. I omitted one of the middle pattern repeats and it ended up the perfect size. I can wrap it kerchief style and it doesn’t overwhelm my tiny noggin. I used a size 9 to get gauge.

It got lots of wear this past summer in Stanley. What’s better than two-steppin’ at the saloon with a pair of boots and a fringed shawl? Not much.