Episode 40 - New Year Intentions

Happy 2019, friends! It is a new year and that means it is back to semi-regular podcasting. Phew. I feel like it has been forever since I last checked in with a podcast so naturally Episode 40 is a little longer than usual. In this episode, titled New Year Intentions, is jam-packed with finished objects and makings in progress, including sweaters, socks, and daydreaming about sewing. Plus, I introduce a very special new member of our wee little family: Mr. Jessup. Show notes can be found below!

Show Notes for Episode 40: New Year Intentions

Run time: 1 hour and 12 minutes

Finished Objects

Scrappy Boot Socks

I am thrilled about these boot socks! Worked in a self-striping sock yarn held double with a tonal hand dyed fingering weight yarn, these knit up so fast. I used a cuff-down construction with a 2x1 rib and a plain stockinette leg/foot with a classic heel flap and gusset, and a grafted toe. I used 3mm needles for these socks, casting on a mere 42 stitches. Needless to say, they were a super quick knit.

Nurtured by Andrea Mowry

Probably my most loved finished object to date. This cropped sweater is SO wearable. The yarn I used is Lascaux Worsted from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts in the Egyptian Blue colourway. This yarn is amazingly warm and so lovely to work with and I feel like it paired with the textured pattern of Nurtured really well. It was a match made in knitty heaven.

Find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Julgran by Andi Satterlund

This was a long time in the making as I started it back in 2017 and finally finished it in time for Christmas Day in 2018. Julgran is a cropped, form fitting pullover that is knit from the top down with set-in sleeves. The body of the sweater is knit in reverse stockinette and features a super clever pine tree motif, as well as a charming funnel neck folded hem. The yarn I used is not necessarily “Christmassy” but at least this means I can wear the sweater all year round. I used Superwash Merino DK from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts in the Happy Dance colourway and the result is over the top. Gah! So good!

Find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Works in Progress

Doocot by Kate Davies

Boxy cropped sweaters for the win! I cannot stop knitting this style of sweater! I am using DK weight superwash merino from Mineville Wool Project, based in Nova Scotia. The colourway is a really rich jewel-toned magenta and I am in lurrrrve with it. Doocot is a great, classic top-down raglan pattern with slightly dropped sleeves and no shaping with a fair amount of positive ease. This makes it a beautiful layering piece. I am certain that when I finish, this is gonna be a wardrobe staple!

Find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Marshland by Tin Can Knits

I am so excited about this stranded colourwork top-down yoke sweater that I am making for Ryan! It comes from the publication Strange Brew by Tin Can Knits but you can purchase the pattern individually below. I am using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the colours Embers (main colour), Fossil, Plume, Yellowstone, and Flannel.

Find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Scrappy Boot Socks

And it is time for more scrappy boot socks! This time I am using KnitPicks Felici Sock Yarn in a long retired colourway whose name I cannot remember (maybe it had something to do with a lighthouse?). Held double with some random hand dyed tonals, this sock is knit almost entirely in 2x1 rib and includes a heel flap and gusset and a grafted toe.

Sewing Stuff

In a quest to create more handmade things for my wardrobe, I went hunting for fabric at the thrift store and ended up with some gems that were a steal. I found red wool from Goodwill, a patterned 100% cotton curtain panel, and a cotton remnant that is the best polka-dot pattern I have seen in a long long time. The intent is to work up several versions of the following sewing patterns:

York Pinafore by Helen’s Closet

The York Pinafore is super duper cute and wearable! With only three pieces to cut, it uses very little fabric and I anticipate it being a very quick sew. I have plans to use the red wool fabric I found at Goodwill for the main fabric and creating bias tape with the yellow and black polka-dots for that hit of fun, contrast colour.

Find the PDF pattern here.

Maya Top and Dress by Marilla Walker

A few folks have been sewing Maya in the knitting community and I gotta say, they all look AMAZING! This beginner-friendly pattern is boxy and has no shaping, making it a breeze to sew up. Available in both paper and PDF format, the pattern comes with 5 variations including tops and a tunic dress. I have plans to use the raining cats & dogs print from the curtain panel to make a Maya tunic (if there is enough).

Find the PDF pattern here.

Life Stuff

Photo courtesy of Meow Foundation and Regal Cat Cafe.

Photo courtesy of Meow Foundation and Regal Cat Cafe.

The biggest change around these parts is the new addition to our family: Mr. Jessup! He is a 2.5 year old tabby we adopted at the beginning of 2019. We picked him up from the Regal Cat Cafe, a local coffeeshop that partners with a no-kill cat shelter called Meow Foundation. He hasn’t been home with us for that long but already he is giving us great headbutts, gentle nibbles of affection, and sleeps between us. Oh, and Jessup gives us hugs - seriously, he will put his paws on your shoulders and nuzzle your neck. It is ADORABLE and we feel super lucky to have found such a lovely cat.

On the next podcast…

I am working on some new content for my YouTube channel, as well as learning to use this website space a bit more. On the next podcast I intend to have some sewing progress to share, plus some other crafty things like rug hooking and a book review.

Thanks for watching, friends!