Posts filed in Knitting

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Thoughts on reading the pattern

Happy Friday! I promised a post that I’m not sure very many of you actually need, but I thought it would be helpful just in case (and since I know how online knit-alongs go, it might prove useful for someone in the future who plans to knit Briar Rose). I’m… read more »

Cardigan twins?

Today the funniest thing occurred, and something rare in the life of a knitter, I think. A new reader to my blog, Miss Margarita, left me a comment this afternoon, and when I went to her blog I discovered an adorable photo of her… wearing a sweater I’ve actually knit… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Knit-along cast on!

Thanks so much everyone for the kind words about our anniversary! ♥ Know what today is? That’s right, those of you who are knit-alongers know: March 1st, our cast on day for the Briar Rose Vintage Knit-Along! Today was the first day since fall that I had to break out… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Resizing the knitting pattern, Part 2

Today is part two of resizing in our knit-along. We’re now going to learn how to resize our vintage knitting pattern to our own size. This is the long post. Don’t worry if you’re not ready to sit down and do this! I know some of you are still swatching… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Resizing the knitting pattern, Part 1

Thanks everyone for the congrats on winning the Colette contest! ♥ I have been so busy this week writing up all the information for resizing our knit-along pattern I haven’t had any time to even contemplate blogging or replying to comments. And when I say writing up the information, I… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Gauge swatches

This week’s knit-along post is about gauge and swatching. Gauge is one of the most crucial elements to successful garment knitting. For newer knitters, or knitters who haven’t spent a lot of time knitting things that eventually make it to a body part of a specific size (think a sweater,… read more »

Finished project: Olivette cardigan

Today I finished a cardigan that I knit entirely to match one blouse. Yes, one blouse. Last fall, I bought a lovely short-sleeved silk blouse at one of our favorite antique malls. There’s one booth that is always filled with clothes that fit both Mel and I. They aren’t always… read more »

My handmade vintage wardrobe challenge 2011

It’s really time I sat down and thought about my wardrobe. I’m not participating in the Colette Spring Palette Challenge, but it’s really had me thinking a great deal about my clothing and accessories and the colors I pick. While I wasn’t able to commit to the challenge in the… read more »

Friday board games

Remember on Friday I said we were going out to play board games? Indeed we did. There’s no photos from Taboo, which mainly involved lots of arms flailing about, but there are a few from Pictionary. (And I did kick some butt!) And my two favorite drawings of mine that… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Initial thoughts on resizing, modifications

I hope you’ve all been thinking about yarn! I made my final decision. I’ll be knitting my sweater in ivory, and ordered KnitPicks Comfy yarn. It’s mostly pima cotton with a bit of acrylic, and should be perfect for Spring and early Summer wear. In this installment, I just want… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Yarn and supplies

It’s Monday and I’m going to talk a little bit about yarn and supplies for our knit-along! Yarn We know that our pattern, Briar Rose, is knit in fingering weight yarn. In the yarn world, this is pretty thin stuff. I like the below picture from KNITFreedom which really gives… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Fit, Estimating Yardage

Today is our first meaty knit-along post for the Briar Rose Vintage Knit-Along! I’m going to try to tackle a couple of issues we’ll have to deal with early on: fit and estimating yardage for yarn. One of the reasons I’m glad we’ll be working Briar Rose is that it’s… read more »

Vintage sweater knit-along: The winner is…

While we prepare here for what the National Weather Service is calling a “dangerous multifaceted and life threatening winter storm” that’s in theory going to dump anywhere from 12-20″ of snow on us (yikes!), I’m ready to announce the winning pattern for our vintage sweater knit-along. Drumroll please…… With about… read more »

Vintage knitting pattern: Topnotcher

Happy Friday! For you vintage knit-alongers, just a little note to say I’m going to let the preliminary post simmer for a few more days to get more opinions, and then next week will reveal the winning pattern so we can start thinking about yarn and supplies. 🙂 Today is… read more »

Vintage sweater knit-along: Preliminary post #1

This is the first of probably a few preliminary posts for our vintage sweater knit-along! (Never mind the fact that I’m having to write this twice, since I accidentally deleted my draft that I’d spent hours working on. Oh no, we won’t talk about that since it might incite rage… read more »

Knitting in a new direction

Sometimes a project just isn’t meant to be that project. Case in point the short-sleeved sweater I started a couple of weeks ago, Fair Isle Yoke from the book A Stitch in Time, a beautiful book of vintage patterns that have been re-worked by the authors. The neat thing about… read more »

Pink elephants on parade

Wow, I’m so excited to see that there is some interest in a vintage sweater knit-along!  I will definitely do this. It sounds like several people could use the motivation of working together that an ‘along’ brings, want to finally dabble their toe in the vintage knitting waters, need a… read more »

Vintage knitting pattern find: Patons Knitting Book No. 294

I need a little break from thinking about my birdies blouse sewing project. (Incidentally it dawned on me when I was cutting out the fabric that the birds are sitting on little bird swings, not in bird cages. Even cuter!) One thing I have a ton of is vintage knitting… read more »

Wisconsin weekend

As I said yesterday, we went to Wisconsin for the weekend. Really just one night, but it’s amazing how rejuvenating even a 24-hour mini-trip can be. Little local weekend adventures are some of my favorite things to do. We went up with two of our friends to the Milwaukee Public… read more »

Happy New Year

I guess you could say it’s been awhile since I’ve felt like blogging. Nothing happened, I just kept putting off posting photos from our Fall trip to Ireland and I turned around and bim, bam, boom! Suddenly it’s 2011. Happy New Year! While the holiday season has only just finished… read more »