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WIP into shape

These last two weeks have been incredibly busy with freelancing and knitting. I’ve had many ideas of what to share, but I’m going to curb some of that to let you all into some of the crazy!


My first Work-in-Progress (WIP), is my Summer KnitAlong with Knitche in Downers Grove.

stitchI’m leading this KAL with the Castle Pullover. It’s a Quince & Co pattern that I’m knitting with Shibui’s Heichi. I was inspired by another image this Spring. It was a gradient tank top with the lightest color held all the way through the gradient. I chose to re-create this effect by holding Shibui Linen in the sidewalk color through the blue and green stripe. You can see this effect more clearly in the image to the left. Below you can see me try it on as I switch to a larger needle for A-line shaping.



I’ve been wanting to knit this cardigan since it came out in Rowan’s magazine 3 years ago!

photo1I had Habu Bamboo in my stash and I always envisioned using it for this cardigan. My other inspiration to finally launch me into this project was the arrival of the Quince & Co yarns at Knitche. Quince’s Sparrow fed my need for summery plant fibers. These two yarns work together very interestingly. The bamboo blooms a bit wider than the Sparrow. However, the Sparrow competes with it’s stiffness and keeps the same height for row gauge and 99% of the stitch gauge while still creating a more open fabric. I’ve so enjoyed powering through this cardigan somewhat obsessively!



While I have many other WIPs laying around, I thought instead I would share

A Glitch from Freelancing

I’m working with a local choir to refresh their branding and help them theme an event to come this Fall. My first attempt at a Save the Date for their Roaring 20’s event was quickly turned down. I went through putting the first stab together on a whim and didn’t think it completely through. Living in the great city of Chicago and being inspired by the Art Deco travel posters of the time, I decided to create a travel poster with Chicago’s iconic Sears Tower (if you’re smart and respectful, you dare not refer to it with it’s “new” name).


The client came back pointing out that while a beautiful image … Sears Tower is a Modern building and doesn’t exactly speak to the theme of the 1920’s. This was one of the moments I smacked my palm to my forehead and thought … duh. Though this didn’t work for them, I took the opportunity to keep the imagery and turn it into something fun which I keep in a new folder I call “Failures Turned Fun”. Enjoy!


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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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