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Knitting on the Front Porch

It’s my favorite time of knitting season again, Spring.


The weather [finally] warming up and choosing the right light-weight garment to knit can help to coax the warm temperatures.

This Spring, I was lucky to take on a test knit for a knitwear designer I’ve admired for awhile, Sara Gresbach of Front Porch Knitting (see her  ravelry  profile). In March, Sara posted a call for Portico, a t-shirt she designed.  Sara asked that we use the yarn the pattern called for, Luna Grey‘s Aspen Sport. This 100% superwash merino wool was hand-dyed the day after I ordered it and I received it within the week.


I chose to work this t-shirt by working both sides at the same time. Probably doesn’t really speed up the process, but when you’re done, you’re done – no going back to the beginning!


I was very happy with the final garment! For more info and notes, see my Portico project page ravelry

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Alpha Ball

Being a Graphic Designer who adores typography, I was drawn to the book Knitted Letters by Catherine Hirst and Erssie Major.

As it was time to do another project for my nieces, The Alphabet Blocks seemed like the perfect choice. Since I had used Spud & Chloe Fine (one of my favorite kid-proof yarns) for their Elephants last year, I decided to keep it in the family. This project is also nice because I could build a set for them over time – one block at a time!

I personally favor typefaces that feature a “thick-thin” quality, so I opted for the Stencil charts in the back of the book. This was my first colorwork project, so bear with me!

1_A  2_D

As I blocked each square (they came out to about 4.5″) and started to assemble the block, I noticed that the regular stuffing wasn’t achieving the block shape. I took pause and consulted my local yarn community at Knitche. While the traditional block look was what I had wanted, the ball quality was fun and oh so cuddly! I chose to stick with the regular fill, but could have switched to a foam that would give it the rigid, cube shape. My Alpha Balls ended up being about 5.5″ in diameter.

6_One  5_Two

For these blocks, I did the girls’ initials, the number of the month each was born, and a picture. Because the book doesn’t include numbers, I referenced a similar typeface and charted the numbers myself. For the pictures, I designed an elephant for one block and an Aspen leaf for my niece’s namesake.

7_Elephant  8_AspenLeaf

For more pictures, see my Ravelry Post.

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Brioche Blankets for Babes

I love knitting –shock– because there are always new things to learn. I’ve been knitting for almost 7 years and I learn new stitches, techniques, and tricks constantly. I find it keeps my skills fresh and even helps me understand or improve on the basics.

One of my favorite advanced stitches is Brioche. The first time I tried Brioche was for my niece’s baby blanket. Brioche is a fascinating stitch as you pull two yarns through each row separately – it’s hard to explain without getting technical. What this does is create two very different sides to the finished product. It comes out as ribbing, but (depending on what stitch and how many colors) the knits and purls comes out as different colors and the two different sides emphasize a different color.

20130213_Cousins_elizaThis is Eliza, my sister’s daughter. For this blanket, I used Blue Sky Alpaca’s Hand-Dyed Worsted (a wool / alpaca blend). While this came out beautifully … I wish I had gone with something more washable! For this blanket, we’re looking at the side that emphasizes the green knit stitch and receding orange purl stitch. The other side is the opposite – an orange knit dominates the green purl.

For my second adventure into Brioche, I made another baby blanket (though delivered a little late, it was more of a toddler blanket) for my other niece.

20130213_Cousins_aspenThis is Aspen, my brother’s daughter, giving her auntie a kiss from across the country. For Aspen’s blanket, I played with stripes on one side and a solid color for the other side. You can see the two very different sides depicted much better above. For Aspen’s blanket, I used Spud & Chloe’s Sweater yarn – a superwash which can with stand a washing machine, though I wouldn’t recommend the machine.

A great and wealthy source for learning Brioche Knitting is briochestitch.com.

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