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bring on the new season! April 16, 2013

 
Here’s the perfect grab-n-go topper for those early Spring days when you still need a little cozy hug…

Chic Knits HEY GIRL is that essential cross-season cardi!

This top-down sweater works up quickly in DK weight yarn and features a built-in button band and other details for quick finishing.

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muse motivation April 10, 2013

Since the weather has been a bit misty and rainy the past few days, my energies have turned from the garden back to the needle, back to the cozy indoors…

Pulled along by TOP OF THE LAKE I’ve made quite a bit-O progress on my HEY GIRL cardi…

Nothing like a little suspense from down under to put the pedal to the metal – I actually think I knit faster watching thrillers! – and this one has some r.e.a.l. interesting moments (whatabboud the head tattoo? find me a picture of Jay Ryan’s bird-head and I’ll send you a free patttern)…

I fantasize now about getting a nice cozy container and parking it near the Pacific somewhere…

Starry-eyed, the knit goes on

Chic Knits Hey Girl knitting pattern

And, but of course, this is now at the point wherein I bribe myself with some buttons.

The collection is pretty big right now, but really tips on the black and white side with a lot of brown tortoise-y colors thrown in.

This oatmeal yarn could do with one of those, but its light freshness seems to want to be matched in tone a little bit better.

Chic Knits Hey Girl knitting pattern

I’m especially enamored of some light-slivery buttons – they are the most fashion-forward of the bunch, but maybe a bit too flashy? The light tortoise ones have the standard Mr. Rogers appeal and the monotone taupe-colored ones (with the little middle bump) seem just a tad bland.

Hmm.

Mod vs Traditional. Have to think about that.


off-roading April 4, 2013

For many, many years, I drove a little white Jeep.

It was not only a great city car (parallel parking was a Breeze!) but it was great off-road as well. There was always the confidence that if I just HAD to drive across that field (or over that dry riverbed), No Problem! I knew the car could handle it and I just might have some fun trying something new.

I feel the same way about knitting.

Call it mod off-roading – making changes, No Problem!

My current project is ready to jump the path right about now…

Chic Knits Brynna

Here’s my curry-colored BRYNNA up on the mannie for a measuring session.

Although I’ve been measuring this periodically to make sure I’m on track with gauge and dimensions, the end of a pattern section is always a great time to make sure the garment is correct before going forward.

Probably 50% of the fit problems people write to me about are due to the fact a knitter did not Measure-As-You-Go.

BETTER to do a general well-being check every few inches and every section to avoid those nasty surprises.

This gives you CONFIDENCE that the end result is going to be what you desire.

This lovely is at that point where it’s almost 2/3′s of the way done and now what’s left is quite routine.

So, what about going off-road?!

I have extra yarn. How aboutmaking this Brynna longer and with 3/4 length sleeves?

First, we’ll need to pick up stitches along the bottom and make the hem…

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