on the needles {beach edition}

It was such a beautiful day today that I decided on the spur of the moment to walk to the beach and knit the afternoon away. Care to join me?

Gorgeous sunny blue skies plus a little chill in the air made for perfect sweater weather.

Stopover in action

In the knitting bag:

More socks! No sock yarn WIP/UFO is safe from my current sock obsession. This is the same SpunRightRound yarn as pictured on my blog header. I ended up frogging the slip stitch shawl in order to knit this pattern instead. Working on the second sock of the pair.

Also knitting another pair of vanilla socks, this time using West Yorkshire Spinners - Country Birds range in the peacock colorway. I recently saw this yarn on the attic24 blog and instantly fell in love with the fresh bright blue & green stripes.

And lastly, there's my Doodler revisited. Excited to be knitting on this again. The yarn that I am using for clue 3 is by Duck Duck Wool. I so enjoyed watching the jewel toned colors sparkling in the afternoon sunlight.

I hope that your Wednesday was just as lovely! Have a wonderful rest of the week!


reverse dipped hermione's everyday socks

I tried really really hard to knit something besides socks with this beautiful ombré yarn. But as I was searching through shawl & cowl patterns on Ravelry, I couldn't get the idea of simple gradient socks out of my head. So I started to knit a test swatch in order to get a feel for the yarn. Ok, so the swatch happened to be 64 stitches divided evenly onto 3 dpn's. After one inch of ribbing, I decided to switch to a simple stitch pattern in order to see how the yarn behaved. Hmmm, but stockinette was too boring. There had to be just enough texture to keep things interesting. Then I remembered seeing a gorgeous pair of Hermione's Everyday Socks knitted by the beautiful & talented Nikki on IG. The stitch pattern was exactly what I had in mind! And that's how I ended up with a pair of quirky mismatched but fun gradient socks. The yarn is Tibetan Dream by Bijou Basin Ranch in the gorgeous Pink Ombré Flow colorway. It is a fingering weight yarn consisting of 85% pure yak with 15% nylon added in for strength and durability. This was my first experience knitting with yak fiber and I honestly didn't know what to expect. First impressions: luxuriously soft, non-irritating, beautiful drape, strong. It would be a wonderful yarn option for those with wool allergies. I can attest that my feet are feeling well and truly pampered right about now!


dance moves (summer night fever)

the side view

the front view

the tippy toes

the too cool for school

the gosh darn it I'm going to show off my handknitted socks even if I have to wear highwaters

Can you tell that I'm having way too much fun wearing my new Arne & Carlos Summer Night socks? I am now a total convert to the joyful & calming benefits of knitting vanilla socks. Especially with fun self-patterning yarns like this one. The pattern is my own cuff-down vanilla sock recipe that I'm in the process of fine-tuning. Still doing research on how to get the best fitting socks for my feet, especially when it comes to the heels and toes. There are so many varieties of both out there to try, but that's half the fun! The weather is simply gorgeous today, so a long tea break accompanied by the latest episode of the Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons video podcast as well as some knitting under the cherry blossoms sounds like a perfectly good way to spend the rest of the afternoon :)


early spring color mood

All of the beautiful sunshiny weather that we have been experiencing lately has inevitably found its way into my knitting. I adore nature's color palette for early spring: earthy browns, all the shades of green, pale to deep rose flower blossoms, blue skies mixed with white grey rain clouds. I especially love keeping a daily visual record of the cherry trees in our backyard. Yesterday there were merely buds on the branches...

which turned into gorgeous blossoms overnight. So beautifully fleeting.

This pink gradient perfectly reflects my current color mood. What's yours?

Hermione's Everyday Socks


lowbrow cowl

Lowbrow Cowl

Happy Sunday! It's been a lovely quiet one so far. Planning on catching up with my blog reading sprinkled with some cozy sock knitting and comfort food eating :) With Easter just one week away, I figured it was past time to finish the last of the Christmas 2015 knits, so I spent the morning doing just that. I love how this turned out and it was a fun project once I dedicated some time to it. My only regret (well, besides that it's several months overdue) is that I had to use a 100% acrylic yarn since the recipient is allergic to wool. Although knitpicks Brava is quite nice to knit with and is very soft & cozy. Plus you can't beat the ease of care. The cowl is a versatile size but I think it looks best worn as a single loop in order to show off the pretty leaves.

Wrapping up this project has me looking ahead to this year's Christmas Knitting. Every year I tell myself to get an early start but it never happens. When do you usually start your holiday knitting? A 100% handmade Christmas has always been a dream of mine since I started knitting again after college. Maybe one day!