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…

It’s been awhile…

Hi there…

It’s been a long time since I’ve put my thoughts out in the world and have been thinking its better late than never….It’s been quite a year and a half since I last wrote and I couldn’t even begin to say where I should begin!

My knitting has been coming along nicely and while I haven’t fully tackled a new technique or particularly difficult project I am pleased with what knits i have been adding to my life and wardrobe.  There were few new pairs of socks (which I wrote about earlier this year) and a fine (but incredibly warm) linen weight scarf, along with a basic sweater!

My project list has a new subject to focus on however and one that I am more than excited about… a baby!  My husband and I welcomed home a beautiful little baby girl earlier this year and we cannot be more thrilled!  She has been such a joy to watch these first few months and I am still in awe of becoming a mom.

While I will sadly be going back to work very shortly it has gotten me to begin to try to think of ways that I would be able to stay home with my girl while still contributing to our household income.  I have always known that I would enjoy staying at home and my maternity leave have truly shown me just how much I love it.  However, it is the difficult part of our living in NYC as the cost of living is outrageously high which is what is taking me back to the office.  That being said, becoming a stay at home mom has become a bit of a dare for me in seeing if I could make it work.  I am by no means saying I am up and quitting my current job today ( I’m not that crazy!, if you’re reading my beautiful supivisor I truly promise to give you fair warning!) but I have been thinking about how a transition from one environment to another could work.

I am pleased to say that I feel my knitting could be a part of this budding plan and one that I plan to explore.  If I remember to look back at my archived posts later I believe I had plans to write and publish one of my own patterns.  That has been one of my first thoughts of trying to stay at home… come up with and write my own patterns to sell- as I would not be committing all my time to making each piece which would take away time from being mommy… What a great way too to test drive a venture like this as well…

So I raise you readers…. have any of you ventured into self employment?… what were your best decisions in the planning stages that would help another young entrepreneur?  And knitters!- what have you found most helpful when it comes to writing, purchasing, or reading patterns?…

Followup to thoughts on socks…

So following my last blog post, I finished my Goomy 50 socks!  And let me say its love at first sight I mean, wear.  I found that as tedious as it was to knit on size 0 needles, I am more than pleased with the outcome and have already started on my next pair!  Cannot wait to see how those turn out.

 

So please enjoy the below photos of the delicious, cozy goodness….

Until next time….❤️

 


Continued…. Finally!- a knit all for me…

I’ts done!- finished, finito! Oh I’m so thrilled with the result!  The first of many knits I already have planned for myself was finished about a week and a half ago…

Now, I still have to block but you can believe that I wore this beauty as soon as it was finished.  In my defense as well, blocking has not yet been completed because lace blocking wires were recommended to get the proper shape and I did not have any!

So while I’m waiting for these blocking wires to arrive this scarf is mine to wear!


Few notes on how this project came into being:

Project: Ludlow Scarf by Julie Hoover (for Brooklyn Tweed)

Yarn: Shelter, 100% American Wool (again from Brooklyn Tweed)

**note that pattern is actually designed for Loft, I substituted and used Shelter instead.

Length of time to complete: about a month, I had another project on my needles at the same time, so maybe only 3 weeks if it had been the only piece I had been working on…

Project Notes: Because I substituted yarns, I actually ended up with more yarn than I needed.  Now while my math (worked out with a very helpful employee at Purl Soho) was correctly calculated, out of the 8 skeins purchased, I only needed 6!  I would have more than likely used 6 1/2 skeins however when I was 1/3 of the way through the project I realized I was shorting my moss stitch sections by 4 rows (oops!- really, I CAN count though….).  This worked to my advantage as I was able to adjust the remaining pattern to accommodate the mistake (which you would never have know about until now….) The remaining yarn is being used up as a little stockinette/ jersey roll beanie (more to come on this!) which is something else I have wanted to make for myself so really this was a win/win.

So, how did I do?

Til next time….

 

Continued…a smack from reality

So I spent a little time last night with my very special squish… That ever growing over-sized pile of yarn that will soon be The Beast #4…

And what I came up with was a very interesting little swatch… Im on the fence about both the brown and lime green fingering that I’ve used to get the Madeline Tosh DK up to weight but I figure I’ll stare at the swatch for a few days to feel it out…

I also spend a few minutes working out a little paper size version of this Beast to start planning out my colorwork and ridge work.  Let me just say that trying to get an approximate ratio was difficult, clearly I’ve forgotten some old Junior High/ High School math.  And considering I did not even want to google it, I ended up with a pretty good mini blanket….

 

 I’m in no particular rush to complete this blanket, just very excited to work out all the kinks (properly!) and get this on my needles.  Speaking of which, I need to make sure that I have long enough circulars..hmmm…..

For the love of squish.

After finally finishing all of my holiday knit projects, the next thing up on my agenda was a baby blanket for some friends of ours.  While her due date is just a few weeks away, I thought (right after Christmas that is…) I had a week or so to my own self & projects before I had to dive in.  Well, that wasn’t the case as the shower invite showed up right before New Years and the shower date set for about 3 weeks later!

I panicked for about a minute, then realized that I had a week off then two working weeks before the shower.  So the next day I purchased the yarn and went to work.

**worry free first night with cast on

It was only a few days later when I went to go RSVP that there was no way I would be able to even MAKE it to the shower….uuugggghhhhhh (out of town, hubs working, and train unable to make it to and from the town within a reasonable time to attend…plus the added cost of the ticket..)  So well, I was pretty disappointed.  But since I already had my gift and the blanket well into work, I decided to ship my gift to be received in time for the big day…

**early progress

…meaning that I lost 3-4 DAYS to finish in time- and I would be back to work….

*two nights prior to my deadline

Can we say TIME CRUNCH! So now as I sit here typing up this post, I have until midnight (its 5:30 pm currently) to finish about 8” worth of blanket along with wrapping EVERYTHING (my gift is more than a blanket!), commute home (about 40-so minutes) and somehow squeeze cooking and eating a dinner…

 

**UPDATE (following the night before deadline crunch-time!)

I FINISHED!! The last stitch slipped OFF the needles at midnight (ooommmppphhh) and it felt wonderful! About another 40 minutes and all was wrapped and happily packed up to be packaged and shipped Wednesday morning.

I hurried off to Fedex and I will now be thoroughly enjoying a deadline free couple of months.

 

I couldn’t be happier….


Welcome baby. ❤️