forever and a day.

May 9, 2011

oh my god, i fail at blogging. really, i do. its been exactly 41 days since i posted last. and i completely left out everything about Mal March (i was clearly too busy knitting, but i digress). thankfully, now that APs are over I should be a bit more dilligent with my updates. I’ve decided not to try to post an update on everything I’ve knit since march 1st, so we’re just going to start from today. If you want to check out everything else I’ve knit check out my notebook on ravelry, but i’ll give you an overview since the beginning of march.
Since March 1 I’ve made:
2 full adult cardigans
1 baby blanket
1 baby sweater
3 hats
3 toys
1 leg warmer (yes, only one)
1.5 ankle socks (haven’t quite finished those yet)
1 set of thrummed slippers (my first thrums!)
and my very first lace shawl. (i’m already knee deep in my second too!)

here are the slippers. I based them off this tutorial.
Yarn: Ironstone Harmony, Blue Faced Leicester Unspun Roving
Needle: US 11
They are sooo warm and cozy, and were my first attempt at thrumming. I used the fair isle method. I had to frog these 4 times, but I finished them in one day (besides two of the froggings). Awesome project!



meet the ‘stache crew.

March 28, 2011

gah! i haven’t posted in forever! (well, only a month, but what feels like forever). between malabrigo march, preparing my first pattern for submission, assistant teaching needle arts, college visits, spring break, exams and school traditions i haven’t had much time to update Ravelry or the blog!

but today (yes, it took vast amounts of procrastination) i decided to turn my knitting skills into something that aided an inside joke.

Me and 4 of my close friends always draw mustaches on our fingers. It started at a required program one friday and it just kinda stuck. After searching on Ravelry for Incognito, an adorable cowl with a mustache design, i found a great little pattern for mustache finger warmers.

Meet the ‘stache crew!

each of us has a different design. the yarns are either madelinetosh dk or mal worsted, in various colorways. the black is WOTA from knitpicks.

god, i love my friends. only us.

next time i’ll include all of my mal madness projects!

February 23, 2011

to all the girls who fell down today:


“may the road rise up to meet you

may the wind always be at your back

may the sun shine warm upon your face

and the rain fall soft upon your fields.

and until we meet again my friend,

may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

– an Irish blessing


i love you girls, even if we weren’t close. stay true.

a three-fer

February 13, 2011

some lovely, lovely yarn, two FOs and a family yarn find!

after some fascinating anecdotes from every family member of mine, I have concluded that my family does nothing without yarn. and i mean nothing.

My great aunt Mims or Gam, as we would call her, was no exception. Much like my family high school legacy, ours is one of knitting as well (ironically with the same people.)

For Cheesy Sweater Day this Spirit Week I happened upon this in my mother’s closet. A Princess Di sheep sweater! not to mention, I won for that day. Mims made this sweater for my mom years ago. Each sheep is individually colorworked and it is knit on teeny-tiny needles, perhaps 0s or 1s. Its gorgeous!

FO #1: Wonderland Cowl (pattern: honey cowl; yarn: madelinetosh dk in Mansfield Garden Party)

i haven’t taken it off since i finished it. its wonderful, and it goes perfectly with my effortless cardigan!

FO #2: Willow Cowl (pattern: Willow Cowl; yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Cote d’Azure)

soft, frothy and warm

now for the yarn:

just got my free skein of Dream in Color Smooshy from Eat.Sleep.Knit.’s yarn lotto! I chose Lunar Zazzle. Its a beautiful seaglass blue, green, purple-y varigated.

Malabrigo Rios in Indiecita for Baby B’s blanket and sweater

Sublime baby cashmerino silk dk in a Navy/French Blue color for the center of Baby B’s blanket

Malabrigo Worsted in Azul Bolita for an Abalone (?)

it’s hard to capture the deep saturated color of this yarn, its gorgeous, and its really hard to believe i like it so much, i normally knit with neutrals only!

Malabrigo Sock in Velvet Grapes

yay whim-yarn!

phew, that was a lot! can’t wait to get knitting…

hi, i’m Keelin, and I am a yarnaholic

*hi Keelin*

check what came in the mail today! i officially love (as if i didn’t love it before) Eat.Sleep.Knit.

two skeins of madelinetosh dk in Mansfield Garden Party (swoon!) for a(nother) honey cowl.

two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Marine for legwarmers of my own design for S, G, J and my dance piece in april.

two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Simply Taupe for F’s honey cowl or possibly a 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf if the honey comb patterning gets too boring for me…

and the teeniest tiniest skein EVER of Malabrigo Lace in Mariposa, which i may add is the single most gorgeous colorway of Mal, for a Swallowtail Shawl or something. The teals in the Mariposa match the Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton for my Que Sera perfectly. Slight warmth in the spring, yippee!

For now, I’m plugging along on my Willow Cowl and waiting for my scratch off lotto tickets from ESK (oh yeah, did I mention I won a free skein of Dream in Color Smooshy and $5 of credit) to get there and for my free loot to come back!

hope you got some yarny goodness in the middle of all this snow and ice!

oh, willow.

February 3, 2011

after dorcas weekend (people bought my hats!) and this crazy, work-filled week of ridiculousness, i finished my new design (sorry, no pictures, lee says i should submit it to knitty or knitscene so no can do!) and started something i didn’t have to write myself.

the Willow Cowl.

(yarn is Malabrigo Sock in Cote d’Azure)

I was so fed up with the Navy Lace Ribbon Scarf ( I had already frogged it twice and i was never EVER going to finish it and the yarn was just toooo beautiful to let sit in the WIP pile) that i frogged it finally and chose something new to use it for, something I knew I would always wear. Knowing my love (and possible addiction to) cowls, that when i found this pattern i knew it would be perfect. Has just enough interest to keep me interested and just simple enough to show off the gorgeous, gorgeous colorway that i had originally fell in love with in Knitwits.

check back tommorow, i have two, yes count ’em, two boxes from Eat.Sleep.Knit. sitting in the PO Box! To make it sweeter, I hit the 1 mile mark in the Yarn Marathon! I promise some pictures and some details as well as plans for projects!

alpaca love.

January 28, 2011

newest design sneak peek!

stay tuned for the details, FO and pattern!

toast and honey

January 28, 2011

meet my newest dorcas project/pattern.

for favoring, each junior chooses a senior to give a small $5 gift for. Maddie is one of my favorite seniors, a friend/fellow benchwarmer from field hockey, and i wanted to make her something. I had two skeins of KnitPicks Swish Worsted in Avocado leftover from my Guacamole Pullover, so the gift didn’t actually cost me anything, and it barely took any time. I knew I wanted to do gloves, so i decided on fingerless driving ones. I had seen Toast/Toasty on Rav as a very popular pattern for fingerless mitts so i knew they would be perfect, but I didn’t want anything too simple, so i had to jazz them up. I decided on the honeycomb pattern, one of my favorites from my Honey Cowl. I really like the result:

Meet Toast and Honey, a hybrid of the two patterns:

pm me on rav if you want the details, since i don’t think i can write up the pattern, as much as i would like to!


missing and misti

January 26, 2011

wow. my last post was on the 18th! too long to not post, but too much going on too post. so here we go. after this whirlwind of a weekend, or i guess somewhere in the middle of it all, i found myself in Washington Depot, CT eating lunch at the Pantry. (wonderful restaurant/ gourmet food store/ cooking store. i mean awesome) I went there for Career day last year and just couldn’t get over how good it was. and how much butter they used, but lets not get OT. But the best part about Washington Depot is that it is home to the nearest LYS.

Enter, The Village Sheep.

a charming and beautifully decorated yarn store run by, guess what, a young knitter! i officially know a young, obsessive knitter like myself. a miracle, i know. if you live in the area you should definitely stop by. Although she does not carry Madelinetosh or Malabrigo, (she said the was sorry 😦 ) she does carry a wonderful array of Rowan, Misti Alpaca, Blue Sky Alpacas, Cascade, Spud and Chloe and bunches of other brands. They have a charming sitting area and sell adorable notions and i think I even spotted some KnitPicks needles (now that they’re on wholesale!)

Anywho, although i arrived hoping to take home three skeins of Malabrigo Twist in Sunset for a Cedar Leaf Shawlette, I was not disappointed.

I left with something even better. these adorable little gift tags (mother insisted on them, i just laughed.)

Three skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky in an Olive colorway

and a brewing design idea. Check back for knitty updates on that soon!

i am officially a knitwear designer!

I’ve published my first pattern on Ravelry. Its free, and you can find it


Its called the Belgian Waffles Hat

I know its not much, but its been a really important step for me in my knitting life. I hope you all like it!