CHEVRON MASON JAR HUGGER.
One of my favorite things is a mason jar. I can’t really logically explain why I love them so much, except that they have so many uses. They are classic, and they are so darn pretty. Then I found Cuppow and started carrying a mason jar with me everywhere. My sister makes her own fancy lattes in them each morning, and I either take my tea with honey, a smoothie, or water. I even bring mine into coffee shops and ask them to fill it rather than using a disposable cup, to which I always get a great response about the coolness factor.
Anyway, when you are putting hot drinks in there, it’s best to have some protection. So Mason Jar Hugger No. 2 was born shortly after No. 1 as a gift for my sister. I love it so much that I’m going to write up a little free pattern in hopes that it convinces some of you guys to start taking a mason jar to your favorite coffee shop too.
Pattern: Check back soon for the free pattern.
Yarn: by Annie Claire Full Belly Feel Good in both Lichen & Red Cabbage (100% organic wool)
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
[ images by Abbie ]
Things happen and stuff doesn’t get done. I had the best of intentions. I really did. But I ran out of yarn, and the emergency shipment I ordered when I anticipated this had arrived the day after I left Atlanta for the holidays (despite paying for expedited shipping). So I didn’t have it finished when I returned to Atlanta. I wrapped it up still and had the beau open a mostly finished sweater along with a bunch of other birthday gifts. Well, several vacation and work trips happened after that. Another late holiday gift was finished. And I started a pair of socks with yarn I bought on one of those trips. And. Well. Stuff happens!
All said and done it was blocked and delivered two days before Valentine’s Day. He was waiting for it, pulled it on over his t-shirt, and off we went to dinner! He is obsessed with it and talks about it all the time. So it was all worth it!
One tiny problem though: now he is wanting a hat and multiple pairs of socks. Out of handspun yarn. Yep, you heard it correctly. It’s with good reason though, and my next post will explain why.
Recipe: Seamless Hybrid with Shirt Yoke by Elizabeth Zimmermann in Knitting Workshop
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather (100% superwash merino)
Extreme “recipe” details on Ravelry.
I only have two WIPs right now— oh my!
THIS SEASON’S HAT FAV.
I finished this gem a couple of months ago. It’s been keeping my head nice and toasty. Abbie was out shooting some family photos for the Jilka crew so I jumped in quickly and got my hat photo-ed.
I STOLE A GIFT.
I meant for this to be a Christmas gift for someone special. And then I wanted to try it out to make sure it was a good cowl. And then I stole it. So now I need to make another. These things happen.
CLOTH DIAPERS AND WOOL SOAKERS.
I’ve been so busy knitting away at many different projects that I’ve forgotten to update my blog and even take pictures of finished pieces! I’ve been brainstorming, designing, planning, purchasing, and knitting knitting knitting away on so many needles. I’ll get everything up here and on Rav eventually. Here is an old project that was photographed by my sister Abbie a bit ago and posted on her blog. Little Alivia is the perfect model here for the diaper cover I love.
Pattern: Warm Heart Woolies Plain Wrap (free)
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Cadet (less than 1 skein)
I hand sewed Aplix (like Velcro but softer) into the soaker as you can see in the pictures, as well as a nice little homemade tag from Aunt Jo Jo on the butt. I put two circles of Aplix on each inside tab so that when it’s being washed, my sister can close them up and not worry about snagging. If I knit more soakers in the future, I am going to choose merino or BFL wool so that it’s a bit softer, but if budget is a concern this yarn worked great.
On Ravelry (for more pictures too).
GARTER STITCH PURLS AND PIGGY TOES.
Abbie snapped some more adorable photos of the mini legwarmers I knit for Alivia’s miniature legs. She has the cutest piggy toes and tiniest fingers. That’s my favorite part of babies. It’s the best when they start to figure out that they actually belong to them and can make those little things move when they want.
I did not use a pattern for these, but I could write something up if someone wants me to. On Rav.
HOT TEA WITH MY CUPPOW.
I really do love my Cuppow. I tell everyone about it if they haven’t already asked me. I make my chai latte or earl grey tea in it most mornings, and walk off to work with it. As fall approaches, I have quickly realized that I needed some sort of insulation with the hot tea rather than iced. Hence, this little Cuppow cozy. Thanks Miso Crafy Knits for the free pattern. I used a worsted weight farm yarn of byAnnieClaire so I altered the pattern slightly. Check here for the changes. Whipped this thing out in just an hour or two.
HOT PINK GOLF ATTIRE
My sister and I started these golf club covers (free pattern from Purl Soho) for my dad for Father’s Day. Well, things came up, and I never got to finished them. Yesterday was his birthday, and so now they are finished! Happy Birthday Dad!
Hot pink?! Purple!? For a dad? Well… my dad loves to wear obnoxious colors on the golf course just because it gets everyone all up in a tizy-fit. =) Love it!
Annie of byannieclaire.com gave me the chance to test knit a new pattern of hers with new yarn she’s going to be selling. The yarn is 100% cormo wool from a farm near her— such super duper soft wool. And she dyed it with coyote brush organically. How cool is that? The new pattern is called Buddleia and is available now.
Thanks to my friend for modeling. So beautiful!