High Fashion Knitting

I’ve got another hat to share today.  I’ll admit, it’s not terribly creative.  I didn’t create a mood board, sketch it out or make a single swatch.  NO, I just stole it.  And that’s not really cool.  So let me at least share my inspiration and give credit to the amazing folks who’s brilliant design work brought me to this place.

I’m making all these hats in preparation for the fall and holiday craft fair season.  I’m hoping to find customers who appreciate quality hand crafted goods and are willing to pay for it.  As such, I’m looking for inspiration in high end places, like Barney’s.  You know, the luxury department store out of New York City.  Much of Barney’s knitwear is hand knit and they love luxury fibers like cashmere just as much as I do.  Me & Barney’s, we’re a match made in heaven.  I think you’ll agree.

Without further ado, my Barney’s inspiration…


I hope you weren’t drinking anything just now, I feel bad if you’re now cleaning your screen :)  But really, this is actually something you can buy, right now, today.  It’s only $1700.   You might think I misplaced a decimal point but no, I’ve checked several times.  It’s not $17.00, it really is $1700.  Clearly, you see why I’d want to knock this off.  (by which I mean stop it, Barney’s, you’re adding fuel to the crazy knitter lady with no taste fire.)

But still, in actual crazy knitter lady style, I knit this…

I figure I should be able to get $300-$350 for it?!?!!  Although, I should probably give myself a little bit of credit…I was smart enough keep the back flat.  No weird pom-pom bulge on the back of my hat.  $1700 for a sweater that’s uncomfortable to sit down in??

I’m keeping my price so low for a couple reasons, the stolen design is one of them but I didn’t even make my own pom poms.  They’re set right into the yarn — Ella Rae Pompe.  It doesn’t get easier than that!

And now, I need to cleanse my palate a bit.  I’m thinking cables?  I don’t have any cabled hats in my stock pile yet!  I’d love to hear your thoughts & craft fair experiences.   I have plenty of thoughts & ideas of my own, but they aren’t based in reality…(yet!)

WIP Wednesday — A Rhinebeck Sweater

I didn’t expect to have a Rhinebeck Sweater this year because I didn’t expect to go to Rhinebeck again but…img_0007

I’ve already got a sweater on the needles, so might as well dub it a Rhinebeck Sweater and head east!  :)  No, actually, I just found a deal on airfare I couldn’t pass up…$317, non-stop, round trip on Virgin!  I haven’t flown coast to coast that cheap in years!  It was just too good to pass up, so Rhinebeck…here I come!

As for the sweater, I’m making progress on the raglan increases!  The pattern is Sabine from CoCoKnits.  A repeat of this sweater I made last year…


It’s got all sort of details I like…top down raglan with YO increases (we can pretend they’re decorative but mostly, I’m lazy when it comes to M1R & M1L), half sleeves, light as a feather.   And I was happy with the mods I made, the original has a bell sleeve that I eliminated.  Also left out some eyelet detailing on the back.

It should be an easy knit!  I’m not usually one for repeating things but this is just the perfect little sweater!  It was a natural match when I saw the yarn (Lace Lux from Lana Grossa).   So now, just keep knitting, which is never a problem for me!

More New Hats!

Time marches on, so does my knitting!  One long weekend = two new hats!

First a simple striped beanie with a fun twist…I randomly placed YOs and then embroidered them with a contrast color.   If that’s really embroidery.  Whatever you call it, it was a fun idea and I even like the outcome but I hated doing it.  Many ends to weave and the sewing was a complete pain in the butt.  I have no idea what makes the repetition of knitting pleasant to me but the repetition of other tasks a chore.  This falls easily into the chore category.

So to cleanse my palate, a no brainer.

A square baby hat, with a roll brim, no shaping, just finished off with a three needle bind off and a couple of knotted i-cords.  Easy Peasy!  And now, I’m going to work on one of my languishing WIPs.  Maybe :)

Muh-Muhs FO Re-Do

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The Muh-Muhs Shawl is getting another FO post!  It’s off the blocking board so the photos improved and I forgot to tell you the most exciting part on Friday!

Here’s the details:

My Ravelry Page

The Pattern:  Muh-Muhs by Isabell Kraemer

The Yarn:  Taria Tweed by Plymouth, a soft tweed blend of merino, silk and llama, sadly discontinued.

The Mods:  Yes, there were mods!  I don’t know how I forgot about my modification, I was so pleased with it at the time!  As written, the bind off was not in a contrast color and the specific type of bind off wasn’t specified.  I didn’t have enough white yarn left though.  I did have a bit of the green left and if I was going for a contrast bind off, I thought the Icelandic Bind Off would highlight the color change without looking like an after thought!

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It’s not just decorative though!  It’s also a functional choice…the Icelandic Bind Off is slightly stretchy, perfect for a shawl edge.  It’s not Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, which I’ve been finding to be a bit too stretchy lately.  It’s on par with a K2Tog tbl Bind Off, each stitch is worked twice, resulting is a little bit of extra give.  AND, if that’s not enough, the front & back are symmetric, perfect for garter stitch, which is what I had on my final couple rows!  This was the perfect storm of right idea at the right time!

Tomorrow…it’s back to hats!  Consider yourself warned!  Winter really is coming!


FO Friday – Muh Muhs Shawl

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My Muh-Muhs Shawl has made it to the blocking board!  I’m really happy with the outcome, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a bulky weight shawl!  The pattern was designed for bulky yarn so perhaps that helps.  Scaling up a fingering weight pattern isn’t quite the same.  There’s a lot to be lost in translation.

I followed the pattern as designed – no mods.  I would change the actual pattern if I was the designer though.  The lace is not charted.  That makes me a little crazy.  I feel bad for the staunch chart haters.  It’s so helpful to see how stitches stack from one row to the next.  I love charts.  I wish this pattern had included a chart.  Oh well.  I managed to survive.

The remarkable part of this project is the yarn.  Taria Tweed, a 40% merino, 30% silk, 30% llama.  It’s lovely.  I really enjoyed it.  Sadly, that means it’s been discontinued.  D’oh!  That’s what I get for letting it linger in the stash so long before using it.  I have no idea how THAT happened…


This is the 2016 Stash Flash from January.  I blacked out what I’ve used so far this year.  I’ve still got some work to do.  :)

Knit ALL the Things

My Stash exploded yesterday!  There was no use fighting it.  I’m considering Starburst, the latest from Stephen West.  I haven’t figured it out yet though.  I did some swatching.


There’s some good parts but nothing I can commit to yet.  I’m gonna sleep on it for a few days.  I was still in a cast on mood though.  A less than successful swatch does not even begin to scratch the cast on itch.


SO…I started my next sweater!  I swatched a month ago and I’ve been threatening to start it ever since.  Once it got on the needles though, I was promptly ready to ignore it.   So I started a new hat too!  Why not?  It’s nearly done already!  If that wasn’t justification enough…I finished my Muh-Muh shawl!  More on that tomorrow :)

In the meantime, I’m gonna cast on a few more things…gotta be ready for the impending 3-day weekend, after all!