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! 🙂

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.

thank you.

Today was a weird day. Just weird… now I’m going to opt not to share the details of the first half of my day but it’s what put me in my “weird” mood. So while it improved later in the day it got weird again when the hubs and I ordered dinner… somehow our favorite diner got onion rings out of turkey sandwich…. welp…. yeahhhhhSo once we’re corrected the whole order debacle, managed to get a very tired “but not tired” babe to sleep and poured a VERY large glass of wine (it has been a seriously looong week…) our feet got kicked up and we exhaled a deep sigh of relaxation.And that’s where my thank you comes in.. because I received my second order in that moment just two days of reopening my Etsy shop. Through the exhaustion and frustration of this whole week I sold a total of 3 items in two days… online… on a shop that I want still want to clean house on… where I have had some many say to me my work is worth it- people will be interested- TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITh… and just like that I feel so…so… validated. Now- it’s not much- 3 items sold- but this isn’t suppose to be a race to the top with the most sales success etc… its a feel good thing and if I can make a little income in the process I won’t object!So thank you to all those who in the last two days took a look at my little modest shop: thank you, thank you for believing in this woman enough see what she has to offer… I have many more dreams and big ideas to come…. don’t give up on me yet.XOXO🙏🏻💖💖

Indecisiveness.

So the last few months have been interesting, semi entertaining and most definitely challenging.  As I’m (kinda, sort of, who am I kidding NOT) ok with going back to work I have found a tolerable work- life balance.

What has helped me keep a little of my sanity and a little of my pre mommy self has been my knitting. I have been particularly stressed about my work environment this week and as a result I have been project jumping.

Last weekend was the NY Sheep & Wool Festiva in Rhinebeck and I am completely obsessed with my haul.  One of the yarns I purchased was for the Masala Shawl by Michelle Wang from part of the Spice collection.  I was so annoyed following work one day this week I wound up the first skein and began.

First, I put aside a paying project to do this (and a few long term ones).. not the end of the world but there is a deadline there!

Second- this pattern is amazing and I can’t put it down! There is a beautiful simplicity to the use of only two different stitch patterns and it’s one I can easily get lost in its repetitiveness. The other beautiful thing about this pattern is I gained the knowledge of a new cast on technique.

Learning this is invaluable since I am still learning so so much about knitting, I’m not a beginner any more but there is still so much for me to learn and find comfort in…

Until next time my lovely knitters…

**I began this post a few weeks ago in frustration and even though I am finishing it now it is refreshing to go back and see how my feelings about my current life have been changing and morphing- daily. I feel that it is important for me to still share these posts as maybe, just maybe someone in my similar situation will read and we can connect…

Taking a leap of faith…

I did something spur of the moment this morning that I couldn’t be more excited about….

I reopened my Etsy shop! While it still needs a little work… what doesn’t!…. I am thrilled to offer some new exciting items. This certainly helps me to commit to trying out a new source of income with the flexibility of testing the waters without actually drowning. And I’m excited. So excited.

So while this is only a little post help me out by taking a look at my Etsy shop….

I will be back soon…💖