In My Knitting Basket This Month
I recently walked into a lovely knitting store while in Jackson Hole WY and got totally carried away as I so often do among piles of beautiful fibers. The crisp temperatures in Jackson had me gravitating towards the chunkier yarns and cozy fall patterns. I also happen to love projects that knit up quick and can be done in one rogue afternoon while binging my new favorite show. With my time spread so thin these days I’m in need of quick and easy craft projects and these patterns were exactly what I was looking for. So with out further ado, here is what’s in my knitting basket this month.
The first project is this chunky and chic Azel Pullover I’m doing for Naleigh in a bright tomato red. I’d also love this in cream, or camel but I thought the red would be so beautiful against Naleigh’s gorgeous complexion and dark hair. I chose Encore Mega yarn and am doing it on size 15 needles instead of the 13’s the pattern calls for. I knit pretty tight…surprise surprise, so the 15’s are working out great for me.
Next is this incredible Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West that I’m doing for my mother for Christmas. Mom, if you’re reading this…well, Merry Christmas! I chose this Baby Alpaca Grande Hues yarn in creamy winter white and a cream and camel mix. In his pattern Stephen says this shawl can be knit on pretty much any yarn with any size needle and I’m taking his word on that! My version will be a heavier chunkier shawl perfect for those chilly winter days in the mountains.
When I need a break from the shawl (which will take longer than a few hours I’m afraid, but won’t be too bad I hope) I’ll pop out one of these adorable Vermonter winter hats. I plan to do one for all of the kids, even little man, in Manos del Uruguay Franca yarn. It’s a bit pricey but the hat only requires one skein which makes it a pretty affordable project. I absolutely love all the Franca colors so it was kinda hard to choose, but I did and truth be told, no matter what I would have chosen I couldn’t go wrong.
For my sixteen year old niece Maddie, I’m knitting up this super funky Drop Stitch Cowl in the Baby Alpaca Grande Hues. I chose a variegated wine color that I know she’ll love for it’s warmth, softness and sophisticated tones. She’s not much of a pink girl and really gravitates towards richer fall hues.
Last but not least is this incredibly easy quick knit children’s sweater that I managed to complete in one 4 hour sitting during the drive from Jackson back home. I bought three different colors of the Encore Mega with plans to do two for Joshua Jr, and one for Adalaide. I especially love the tweed looking yarns for little man. There’s just something about dressing a baby boy up like a little Harvard professor that truly tickles me. I amended the pattern a bit as I mention in the Vlog just to make it more my own, but will probably stick to the original for the next one. I used Purl Soho’s pattern for their color tipped scarf as the basis for my tiny baby button on one.