FO: Team Brights Bandana Cowl

The folks over at the Fibre Company put a call out a few weeks ago for yarn ambassadors and I was chosen! What does that mean? On occasion they’ll send me some yummy yarn to try and share my thoughts here. They’re launching new colors in their yarns and they sent me over skeins of their Tundra yarn in two new colors, Sockeye Salmon (left) and Krill (right).
Tundra bandana cowlThis yarn is insanely yummy. Tundra is made up of baby alpaca, merino wool and silk and is so squishy. So what was a girl to make? I had two skeins of each color and decided I wanted a new cowl for fall and pulled out a trusty pattern, Purl Soho’s Bandana Cowl.
Tundra bandana cowl
I decided to use the speckled color Krill for the main body and the edging in the Sockeye Salmon color (since I wear makeup I try to stay away from lighter colors directly on my face so I don’t transfer that on the yarn). My coats always tend to be neutral and this will go beautifully with my new olive colored fall coat. I’m just waiting for colder weather! I whipped this up in just a few short hours on a Saturday afternoon over the long weekend.
Tundra bandana cowl
So the folks at Fibre Co. are going to be showcasing their new colors on social media with the hashtags #TFCNeutrals and #TFCBrights. Clearly I’m on Team Brights so look for more from them on giveaways and info on the new colors.

So have any of you knit with Tundra? They’ve totally made me a fan!


FO: Entwine Cowl

I told you this week was all about the smaller projects I’ve been able to complete in between working on my holiday sweater knitting (which I finished last night and absolutely LOVE).
Entwine cowl
I wanted a nice warm and cozy scarf to add to my winter wardrobe and I had the Entwine scarf from the Within Knits book but I really don’t like fringe or long scarves so I decided to take the same stitch pattern and turn it into the Entwine Cowl instead. I picked up some lovely Madelinetosh ASAP in the same color as the hat I made for my friend Salina in September. It looks completely different on super bulky yarn but is still a beautiful colorway. I thought it would be a nice contrast against my Green Monster hat and I have enough left over that I want to whip up a quick cowl for Salina to match her hat.
Entwine cowl
I made this cowl super long so I can actually wrap it around myself three times for a nice warm and cozy piece around my neck when the wind is whipping.

So now that I’ve finished my Mom’s sweater for Christmas I’ve still got other sweaters I want to work on next. My goal is to whip up a NY Giants colored sweater for my husband before the big game on New Year’s Day – keep your fingers crossed for me. If I start it today I should have enough time to get it going since I’ll have a few days off for the holiday. And speaking of the holiday, all next week I’m sharing my favorite projects of the year so there will still be stuff for you to read when you’re a bit bored. So what holiday knitting have you finished?! Share!

Quick Gifts

I am currently a week into knitting a sweater for one of my sisters and I have one sleeve left to go! Since I know my sisters visit this blog on occasion I’m going to hold off on sharing the project here (or I may share it on Ravelry in a Ravelry only link when I’m finished) but I thought I could share some of the things I made last year for the holidays when I wasn’t blogging in case anyone was looking for quick and easy projects.
Frances fingerless mitts
Last year I only photographed the first pair of Frances Mitts (another Jane Richmond pattern I love) but I actually made SIX pairs! I was knitting these babies non-stop and I loved how quick and easy they were. Picking up stitches on the back was a bit tricky the first time but once you get it (and realize you’re knitting something inside out) they become easy as pie. They take less than one skein of yarn, are worsted weight and I actually liked doing them in a heavy acrylic blend to make them warm and machine washable. Plus my cousin told me they’re great to pop a hand warmer on the inside – she deals with brutal Chicago winters. I need to make a pair of these for myself with some of the leftover worsted weight wool I have in my stash.
A perfect fit and a happy smile. That's why I love making things. Thanks for being a guest speaker this semester @larrybrownjr #dwjknits
Hats are another great quick knit and I adore the Amelia E. trapper hat. This is an interesting top down hat construction! I’ve knit so many of these and even given this pattern as gifts. I love it because it has a great size range so it can accommodate anyone. Last year I made it for my friend Larry in the Valley Yarns Berkshire because he’s a bald guy and I wanted something soft but sturdy on his head. He loved it and told me he drove home hanging his head out the window to test how warm it was LOL. Now that’s when you know someone likes a gift.
Bandana Cowl
Another quick knit is Purl Soho’s Bandana Cowl. I’ve done this in ribbon yarn, bulky weight, doubled up worsted weight…this was one of my first projects where I learned how to do short rows! It’s done on big needles, is a cozy warm cowl and always a hit. Oh and the pattern is FREE!

My knit gift list is small this year, just my sisters and my cousin really. If I have time I may do something new for my mom. Really I want to get some of this out of the way because I want to make a few things still for myself! I’ve been loving wearing my knit sweaters as it gets colder and it just motivates me to want to make myself more!

So what are you knitting for the holidays? Any good quick knits to share?