WEEKLY ROUNDUP; episode 2

HELLO!!!

I think I am going to truly enjoy writing up these little recaps every week… already it feels as if these recaps are challenging me to come up with a little something new and exciting, along with finishing the “old” and to start-up on something new.

This week my intent had been to make progress on both my test knitting project and my Masala shawl.  Ideally, by the time this roundup is posted I would have finished the body on my test knitting and have moved on to the sleeves.  So here we go!

Over the weekend following my last post I have gained about 2 rows on my Masala; it doesn’t sound like a whole lot but when a row has 500+ stitches and every 2 seconds you’re chasing an almost toddler- 2 rows is a great accomplishment.  At last count I have 19 rows left in this growing beast before beginning the final stretch and border.  Since then I haven’t gotten much farther (see below…) which is OK as I am farther along than I was this time last week.

Last time I spoke about learning to enjoy the idea of slow knitting with this project and I truly have.  However, there are moments when I crave to be done with this section.  As beautiful as slow knitting can be there are times in which it seems to go on forever without end in sight!  Out of all my current projects this one is resigned to be my after work, baby is asleep, I’m done for the night knitting.  So the progress I make on this piece is also dependent on these time restraints.

Project/ Designer:Masala Shawl/ Michele Wang for Quince & CO

Yarn:Owool O-Wash Fingering in color Pearly Mussel

One the flip side, my test knitting project is my travel project.  Easy straightforward stitching and its compactness make it an easy pick for a subway knitting project.  It has been; what- maybe two weeks since I’ve started and I have finished the body up to the armhole!  The sleeves will seem like nothing next considering I have plans to knit them simultaneously- no suffering from “second sock syndrome” here!  Unfortunately I have hit a temporary wall as I do not have a long enough circular needle to do the sleeves two at a time.  So until I can purchase the necessary needle, I am putting this project on hold…

Pattern/ Designer: UNDER WRAPS

Yarn:Madelinetosh TOSH SOCK in color Astrid Grey (link to main website, will have to check stockists for where to buy)

All that being said, I made another impulsive decision and am going to move forward with the Penguono by Steven West (see linked post for last discussion)!  I purchased the pattern earlier this week, pulled out every leftover yarn that I could find and started to figure out what would work together and what wasn’t meant for this project.  (My little girl also managed to get her hands into one of my yarn baskets earlier this week while Daddy wasn’t looking and made a little bit of a mess of a skein; so another good reason to start this sweater and downsize my yarn stash!)

Project/ Designer:Penguono by Steven West

Yarn:  Purl Soho Flax Down in Kettle Black + various remnants (details to be added later as I get to them…)

**FUN FACT; when you drape a blanket over said yarn basket; its like instant camouflage to baby….

Until next week…

XO

Christine

~~All photos are my own unless otherwise listed~~

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stitching itching

Its been a bit of a slow time for me at my full-time job, and while I embrace the 1-2 weeks where my work load is practically non-existent I tend to get very impatient for something to do.  Naturally right now my thoughts turn to knitting and all the things I wish to have on my needles.

And the knitting I’m craving right now is to start a Penguono.  Have you seen this?!- I have been dreaming of knitting one of these for some time now and right now all I want to do is cast this baby on!  This of course is a Steven West beauty and his creativity is just, so through the roof- it’s truly incredible.

The knitting itself on this has not held me back from making it; it has actually been my yarn stash!  What I find so genius about this sweater (one thing; once I actually fully read through the pattern and start knitting I’m SURE I’ll have more “genius” comments to make…) is the pattern note that states there is no guide to striping/ color blocking and it is all to knitters preference.  And because of this little detail I have refrained from casting on as I have never had a stash that I felt is compatible with each other (that’s the fashion-colorist day job bleeding into my knitting).  But now I really need to stash bust and this seems like a good way for me to do so and in a worsted wt at that.

So here’s to checking out that yarn stash basket of mine (maybe tonight?!) and plotting out using all that extra yarn…..

XO.

P.S- as I do not have any personal photos or the rights to post any existing photos of the piece discussed above, no photos are included in this post.

WEEKLY ROUNDUP; episode 1

Every Friday I will end the week with a roundup of all that I have been working on.  You can enjoy pictures of yummy squishy goodness and I will be able to hold myself accountable for making these postings a little more regular.  In addition, this will hopefully motivate me to be more productive on those knits I just cannot seem to finish!

First up this week!…

There are 3 WIP’s I am actively working on at this moment.  They include a simple hat for my hubby; a sweet little test knit for a fellow Insta-knitter, and my own indulgence the Masala Shawl by Michelle Wang for Quince & Co.

As I was working on this post throughout the week I have had to make regular updates here regarding my first WIP.  It’s now finished!  It is the “Hat to Match” pattern from Purl Soho which I modified to use Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter.  I have actually made a few of these for myself as it is a quick knit (in Shelter that is…) for a nice handknit staple.  The original pattern/ yarn written in Purl’s pattern I have also made which is one of my absolute favorites as well.

Unfortunately I unknowingly was playing Yarn Chicken and ended up about 1 yard short; with 3-4 rows left in the whole hat!  Thankfully I got a lovely assist from another color in my stash and I now know that 1 skein of Brooklyn Tweed is just a little short on yardage for a slouchy “man” hat.

Project/ Designer:Hat to Match (modified)/ Purl Soho

Yarn:Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in color Pumpernickel with an assist from Cast Iron

My second WIP I am actually going to keep most details under wraps as I am  testing this pattern.  BUT so far it is a very enjoyable knit.  The end product is a baby sweater with fairisle/ colorwork detail and it is one I am very excited about finishing.  When the opportunity came up for test knitters I jumped on board as this piece is getting me to test my skills as a knitter.  I have only ever made 1 sweater which was an extend shoulder and made in 2 pieces- needless to say there is a reason you will probably never see photos!- and the only baby sweater that I have ever made was a little vest- conveniently avoiding all those pesky fit issues.  I have wanted to start sweater knitting for a while but have always lacked a bit of the courage I felt I needed to begin.  Having the opportunity to test knit this pattern has forced me to step outside my comfort zone and take the plunge!  Colorwork has also been on my “to-do” list so this is accomplishing many of the techniques I have been wanting to learn; all while conveniently not committing to an adult size garment.  That and who doesn’t love a baby knit… and then I get to let my baby girl wear next fall so it truly is a 360 win!

Pattern/ Designer: UNDER WRAPS

Yarn:Madelinetosh TOSH SOCK in color Astrid Grey (link to main website, will have to check stockists for where to buy)

Finally for this first weekly round-up… the Masala Shawl….. Oh…Emmmm….Geeeeeeee- I LOVE this pattern, head over heals love it.  This pattern came to me via a Quince & Co email promoting the Spice collect a few months ago and it was one of those moments where you knew it was fate, I was destined to knit and add this shawl to my ever-growing collection!  So pattern purchased and yarn located at Rhinebeck this past October.

I’m currently about 2/3 of the way done with this shawl but I have finally hit a point where it has grown so big it feels like forever before I get through a row or two.  This was a great subway knit project but will have to be left at home as it is now too much to comfortably carry and knit on the train.  It has also lovingly become a project I associate with the new book Slow Knitting by Hannah Thiessen.  I remind myself to slow down and enjoy the journey of creating this shawl for my wardrobe.  ( And as an aside….If my memory is correct I even met the designer at her store in Brooklyn; Gauge & Tension, before it closed its doors a while back…)

Project/ Designer: Masala Shawl/ Michele Wang for Quince & CO

Yarn: Owool O-Wash Fingering in color Pearly Mussel

That is all for this week!- hope to see you again next Friday…

 

XO

Christine.

 

PS: The link to Slow Knitting will take you to a big box store; if and when you can I would encourage to shop small and local!  I’ve noticed most LYS do carry or could certainly order so ask around if you do not want to order direct from link! 🙂

hi again!

With the recent additions of my Etsy shop and new Instagram account I figured I should probably reintroduce myself to those of you following!

Hi! Welcome, and thank you for coming to visit!  My name is Christine and I am the owner and creative behind Ruby & Ana in Stitches.  I started this blog a few years ago during a time where I felt the need to express my feelings and had the urge to begin sharing some of my work and the activities that keep me sane.  I am currently a full time working professional in the fashion industry, a knitter (hello long subway rides!) but most importantly a (newish!) momma to a beautiful and happy little girl.  Here are a few things you may not know about me…

  1. I love yarn.. (duh..)
  2. I am an old child (cue stubbornness!)
  3. Introvert!- I am most content curled up on my couch with a glass of wine, movie and current project.  it is more healing than a day spent with loved ones (sorry friends)
  4. I LOVE to run!  Its one of those few things that if I’m truly pissed off that can calm me down.
  5. Secretly wish I was a mermaid… hey we can all dream

I recently made the small (ish; wait not really…) decision to reopen my Etsy shop with more of a focus on handknits and patterns.  While it is a work in progress it is the step towards a direction I have dreamed of going for a very long time… (more on that later…)

So, I am so glad you stopped by and hope to see you all again soon!

XO; Christine

to give a helping hand.

I recently had the opportunity to help out a fellow knitter by offering to test out one of her patterns, and I am in LOOOVEEE with it already.  This knit is a bit of a challenge for me as well as I am stretching my wings and attempting some fairisle/ 2 color knitting AND a proper sweater.  The end result you will probably see on my little one in a few months…

The pattern calls for sock weight/ fingering yarn and before I went out to buy a new skein) I found an unused skein of yarn hiding in the bottom of my yarn basket (what a shame, I know!)! So this sweet little knit is being created in a lovely skein of Madelinetosh TOSH SOCK in color Astrid Grey. {Insert heart eyed emoji here…..}

The knitting is simple but beautiful (I love simple knits that become wardrobe staples) and I’m looking forward the the challenge of colorwork! But until then I’ll be found on the trains as your neighborhood subway knitter plugging away on this little beauty…

cleaning house.

I’ve been recently thinking on some of the best ways to get my knitting, writing and Etsy shop more traffic and one of the first things that came to mind was changing my Instagram account back to a public account.  While I used to have it set up as public I recently decided I needed a private place for me.  That being said I was finally able to set up an Instagram account solely dedicated to just to knitting, Etsy, etc!

Please feel free to find me on Instagran @rubyandanainstitches…

Until next time….

Labor of Love.

On this chilly Monday morning I took the next step in growing my Etsy shop…. I’ve posted my very first self written pattern! It truly was made out of a labor of love… I welcome you all to check it out; if your like me and are a knitter in need of a fun little project for a little girl the Chasing Windmills pattern is available for purchase! But if not you can always check out my listing for a custom order…

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RubyandAna

You did what?!

Oh hi again! After debuting my New Years resolutions yesterday I decided to actually spend some time last night working on my Etsy shop and I actually was able to clean up some of my listings! And it feels GOOD; like really good to know that my products are a little easier to browse. Will that help to make more sales?- hopefully, but for now I will continue to add more product and occasionally reevaluate how my listings look and read to make sure it is easy for my customers to make a purchase they are interested in and feel good about. And you dear reader; take a look! Maybe you’ll see something you like for your little one or a friend…

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RubyandAna

Happy Thursday world.

Thoughts on New Years Resolutions.

Happy New Year! While many pronounce their resolutions on the last day of the old year or the first day of new; I decided to sit on my ideas for a bit. Typically I do not make resolutions and when I do my tendencies are to keep them broad. This isn’t because I don’t think I’ll keep them but more because I want to be realistic. For example you won’t find me saying that I want to start and stick with a weekly gym routine for weight loss… instead I’ll say I want to work on being healthier; more mindful eating, work out when I know I’ll have the time because it’ll feel good- not because I resolved to HAVE to.

This year though I have some goals I want to try and push myself to achieve because I haven’t been feeling my best in some aspects of my life. Making them public is a little scary but I feel it will make me more mindful of actually achieving these goals. So here we go, my resolutions for 2018!

For Myself

-Be more mindful; of myself and my feelings and what I need to do when everything around me is too much. Which brings me to…

-More fitness! Since having our daughter it has been much more difficult to squeeze in a little yoga or a run on my own. Both of these things help ground me so much and release a tremendous amount of stress… even once a week I need to give this time to me so I can be more present for hubby and our little one.

For My Work

-grow my Etsy business. Right now I have very few listings and I feel they are a little rough around the edges…. so I want to clean them up with more specific info where needs and better photos.. I believe so much in my work right now and want to share it with the world! This would also mean working on my knitting…

– FINISH MORE PATTERN WRITING! Would you believe I have several patterns started but they still need finishing touches?- smh, enough of this half finished procrastination!- finish up some existing WIP’s. Now this one is a bit trickier as I have some big projects on my needles (2 bigs ones, one fine gauge sock project and one what seems like never ending twisted rib). If I could finish two before the end of the year I would consider this a completed resolution- and at the very least I need to make progress on all 4 projects. Something is better than nothing right?!And finally, blog a tiny bit more! This is by no means a source of income and is more therapeutic but it would be nice to give myself a little consistency…For My FamilyThe resolutions I have with my family are ones that I will not share; mainly to maintain our privacy but like in other aspects of my life I want to strive to strengthen and maintain those relationships that matter most.To those lovely souls who take their time to read my thoughts, THANK YOU and the Happiest of a New Years to you and your loved ones. Cheers to 2018!

holiday fun.

After such a wonderful weekend with my little and hubs, I was saddened to hear of the events this morning in Manhattan.  While myself and all I know who commute in are well I couldn’t not mention this sad way to start our work week.  Thankfully New Yorkers are tough and I am sure we will take this event in stride.

Now as for this fun weekend….

First, someone slept through the night Friday!  While this isn’t the first time this has happened, it had been a very rough week on all aspects of our lives- work, baby, extracurricular activities…. we have been EXHAUSTED.  So this one night of uninterrupted sleep was like getting an early Christmas present.

Saturaday was filled with all sorts of fun.  Baby girl experienced her first snowfall (this mom experienced a stroller in snowfall- interesting but survivable…) and we got her first real high chair delivered on Saturday!  Someone enjoyed a couple of fun hours playing with all the packaging while I somehow managed to get the dang thing put together…

Sunday was just as exciting…. someone met Santa for the first time!  While the first few photos went well…well….. the last few… ha there’s a first for everyone…  it was a fun day with the hubs out and about, craft fairs, coffee and donuts….

This is certainly the condensed version of my weekend but it felt like pure happiness which in all honesty has been a bit lacking in recent weeks.  While baby girl brings so much joy into my life, other areas haven’t felt so generous.  And this, this weekend was perfect.  There may have even been a littel time for knitting; but of course I had to have a helper… one day she will learn that all that pulling and shaking wasn’t the best of ideas while someone is knitting on the other end but hey… for now I will enjoy every little smile it brings to her face.

Happy Holidays world.

XO

Christine. ❤