Purple Oatmeal


I’ve been in a sweater knitting mood lately and when I went on a quest to find the perfect quick knit sweater for fall, I was not disappointed when I came across Jane Richmond’s Oatmeal Pullover on Ravelry.

Scrambling through my stash, I found the perfect yarn for the pattern and conveniently already had knitted up a gauge swatch that little did I know already matched the gauge of the pattern perfectly!

The yarn I chose was Paton’s Classic Wool Bulky in the colorway Aster Purple. I love the color- it’s such a nice, rich color for fall.  Purple is not normally a color that I wear but when I do, it’s usually this shade.

Let me tell you a little bit about the yarn itself.  It is 78 yds. to a skein and is 100% new wool.  The pattern calls for a similar weight yarn – Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky – but Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky is primarily acrylic with a little bit of wool.  I used 6 3/4 skeins for my size, or just under 546 yds.

Now on to the fit of the sweater.  Jane points out that the garment is meant to have negative ease which means it will be close fitting.  Now of course, if you prefer to have it looser, you can knit a bigger size, but in my case, I knit for the 36″ size.  Overall, I am very pleased.  I may block it just a tad to give me a little bit more fluidity within the arms and torso areas, but I won’t block it so much so that it changes the overall size.

And that is why I’m glad I used 100% wool – for the blocking aspect of it.

Continuing on my quest for a kick ass fall sweater wardrobe, I just started another Oatmeal Pullover.  This time I am using the yarn that Jane recommends in the pattern and I’m using the exact same color, Wheat.

While I still want summer to hang around for a little while longer, I’m so ready to break out my fall wardrobe and drink apple cider at the pumpkin patch!

Is anyone else on a sweater knitting kick or just ready for fall?


Summer Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater


Back in the beginning of June, I went stash diving for yarn that would be good for Purl Soho’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater which proved to be a bit challenging…at first.

I stumbled upon the 5 skeins of Berroco Maya that I had which is a dk weight and 85% Pima Cotton / 15% Alpaca mix.  The yarn was originally intended for a Rayures cowl that never got made.

When I realized that I likely wouldn’t have enough of the cream color I wanted to use for the base of the sweater, that’s when I devised a plan to put in some simple, thick stripes. I ended up arranging the stripes from light to dark or dark to light (if you view it from top to bottom).

So after about 7 weeks, here is the finished sweater:



For more details on the pattern/yarn, check out my project page for this sweater on Ravelry.

What is a puni? New offerings at iKNITiatives!


iKNITiatives now offers Punis!

What are Punis you ask?  I will give you a very pared down explanation. They are tightly rolled, cigar-like preparations of fiber for you to spin. They are similar to that of Rolags, however, most people find them easier to spin and more portable. Hand carders are used to prepare both punis and rolags.

You can spin these punis to make a nice lofty, woolen type yarn.  Because these punis are smooth (superwash BFL and BFL was used in the creation of these), the yarn produced will not be textured or bumpy.  If woolen isn’t your thing, no worries, you can also spin these worsted as well.

Grab these now in my Etsy shop!


My latest watercolor explorations


Below are some of my latest watercolor explorations. These happened while I was on a much needed vacation.  I’m still on a florals kick and I don’t know if that will be stopping anytime soon!

The first is a floral wreath ‘thank you’ card that we sent to my husband’s uncle.20150622_141059The second is one of my favorite floral bouquets to date.20150621_214829The third is much like the second. I get much of my floral inspiration from Yao Cheng who is amazing with watercolor florals and has an awesome tutorial on Creativebug right now.20150621_214815-1This fourth one is a barn from the sub-division where my in-laws live and one of my favorites as far as landscapes / scenes are concerned. This was done in both ink and watercolor.20150621_202746-1And finally, this last floral was my practice of having more white space incorporated within my florals. My goal was to leave more white showing through in both the leaves and the flowers themselves.20150621_182148Stay tuned for my next knitting related post in which I will show you my latest sweater project on the needles: Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater by Purl Soho.

‘Newt’ 3 ply handspun


Stephanie from Loop Fiber Studios is a color and fiber genius!

Recently, I purchased one of her bullseye bumps in colorway ‘Newt’ and I am always blown away at her color combinations and gradient transitions.

I am so happy to have this off of my spinning wheel…seems like it took me forever.

I have yet to count the yardage, but my guess would be around 250 yds. The yarn varies from maybe sport up to a worsted in some areas.


Watercolor flowers


IMG_20150524_211426I recently painted these small watercolor flowers and added a leafy vine underneath as a nice final touch.

I loved how the white matted frame brings it all together.

My mother in law, who was the recipient, loved it which made me super happy!

Let’s face it…who nose?


I decided to start practicing sketching faces and facial features- noses in particular.

Now, I’m not where I want to be with my sketching but thank God I’m not where I used to be…

I’m proud of the progress I’ve made and truly do believe that consistent practice is worth it and goes a long way – with both sketching/drawing & watercolor painting.

Here are a couple noses, a face, and also my attempt at loose, gestural watercolor flowers.

Have a wonderful day!



Rainbow Sprinkles

Rainbow Sprinkles colorway

A few days ago, I hand-painted this yarn for a custom order. This is my made to order “Rainbow Sprinkles” colorway on my sock base Footsie which is 80% SW Merino and 20% Nylon, 410 yds.

It took everything I had not to keep this yarn and dye up another one for the order… lol.  Needless to say, it will ship out to its lovely owner tomorrow :).

This is probably my most favorite of my hand-dyeds right now.  So much potential in this colorway.  Perfect for socks, small shawls, and anything in between.

I’m envisioning this yarn in Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks  or maybe a Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West.

Hopefully in the near future, I will be making a skein (or 2) for myself.

The custom order listing for this yarn can be found here.

Rainbow Sprinkles colorway