My Next KAL Knit – Nutkin Socks


I started on my next project Friday, and took it with me to Maine over the weekend. I love the pattern! It’s so easy and quick, and it really looks like a cable. I already have about half a leg done.

The yarn is hand dyed sock yarn form my friend Ali, who gave me a bunch of her hand dyed stash before she moved. I really love the color. It’s like pumpkin, or fire. The photo just barely captures how bright it is!


While in Portland, we smoked chicken wings and ate homemade bacon. We also checked out the Pirates exhibit at the Portland Science Center – definitely worth the $20 admission to see real pirate treasure! There’s even a part where you can touch some of the pieces of eight they recovered from a wrecked pirate ship.


We also got oysters from a stand. They were delicious! I don’t really like oysters, so I only had two of the half dozen. They were from 45 minutes away. I love street food, and Portland is getting some really good street vendors!


Anyway, that’s all the progress I have to report. I knit my arms off this weekend and my hands are a little sore, so will probably not do too much this week.

Almost Finished with My Antler Cardigan!


I’m not going to say that it’s finished until it’s packed up and mailed to it’s intended owner, but my Antler Cardigan has no more crafting to do! I sewed the buttons on and wove in the ends while watching Orange is the New Black last night.


This is my submission to Dee’s Fall KAL. You can find the rules here. Make sure to check out the FO’s that are going here, too!


Pattern: Antler Cardigan by tincan knits
Yarn: Berroco Vintage, 113 g (a little over 1 skein)


10 Year Anniversary Pattern Sale!

This makes me feel kind of old, BUT… I started blogging ten years ago, in September 2007!

To celebrate, I’m offering my 3 for sale patterns for $1 each! That’s 60% off.

To get it, just go to my ravelry store enter this code when you check out:


That’s it! This promotion will run for the entire month of September. So, if you want to knit a cute hedgehoga friendly owl… or some easy, quirky socks – now’s you’re chance.

Also, my posts will be pretty much “whohooo 10 years” all month. I’m pretty proud of this! Things will be back to normal next month, so if you’re annoyed by retrospectives and reminiscing, come back then 😉 I’m sure there will be some updates on the baby sweater nightmare, and Dee’s Fall KAL that I’ll be joining!

Free Pattern: Knit Korok (from Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

We got a Nintendo Switch for the wedding from some of Dan’s friends in Seattle. Then, we also got Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Needless to say, a lot of my free time has gone into playing. While working on his socks, Dan joked that the yarn would make for a good Korok, so I decided my next project would be a teeny tiny Korok to hide in places and then find again.

I’m seriously excited to put this in Dan’s sock drawer and shout “YAHAHA!” when he pulls it out and asks me “What’s this?”


Anyway, it was really quick to make, so I figured I’d share. Continue reading “Free Pattern: Knit Korok (from Zelda: Breath of the Wild)”

On The Needles

It’s been a while since I blogged about knitting. Here’s my big project right now:


It’s the Beatnik Sweater, which I’ve wanted to make since I was a freshman in college. That’s eight years that this yarn has been sitting in my stash! 8 entire years!

I’m making a small, which fits my measurements but I’m still paranoid it won’t fit. I keep telling myself it needs to stretch to show off the cables…

I’m also working on some boring socks for Dan. When those are done, I’m making a new stuffed toy! 🙂 They live in the car, so I have no nice pictures of them. Sorry.

A Project Diversion


Sometimes you get pulled into knitting things for people. Usually I can resist, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the folks at my knitting circle. They are so nice, and mean so well… and well they’re really persistent.
Here’s how the conversation went:
Her: “Oh I’d like to knit my new great grand-daughter a baby blanket. Do you have a pattern for that?”
Me: “Sure! Here’s a really easy one!”
Her: “Oh lovely! Here are the needles and yarn! Can you start it for me?”
Me: “Ok! It’s a really easy pattern.”
Next week
“Oh, this is so tough, my hands just aren’t the way they were when I was younger. Can you show me again?”
Next week
“Hey, I noticed you haven’t really worked on your baby blanket. Everything ok?”
“Oh, it’s just your work looks so much better than mine! Can you work on it today?”
Next week
“Again? Listen, is it ok if I take this home and work on it?”
And now I have this pretty thing.  Made with Red Heart! Hopefully the new owner likes it.

WIP Wednesday Week 16

Lots of progress! I’m almost finished with my Matchstick Socks! Like, 2 rows and a bind off is all that separates Dan from his socks!
And, I already have a next project. I’m going to keep it a secret though, because it’s an original design and I’m really proud of it! Here’s a sneak peek:
On the blanket front, I’ve almost finished the quarter I’m on! That means that I’m going to soon be 75% complete 🙂
So, I’m feeling pretty good this week! A little progress, but it feels like a lot.
Check out the other posts at Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life.

Stitch Along Wednesday – Week 14

I worked from home today because I’m getting a cold and want to rest up before my VACATION in Virginia Beach next week. I’m lucky that today was slow, and I got to sleep in, work on stuff that I normally don’t have the bandwidth to do when I’m in the office (with people coming through and interrupting me) and catch up on reports. (Ok, I don’t like to catch up on reports, but you really have to do it… so it’s nice to do it in pajama pants with my cat on my lap)
Anyway, it also meant I had daylight to photograph my WIPs in! So here I am, participating in Gracey’s Stitch Along Wednesday 🙂
My Hue Shift Afghan is coming along square by square. I work on it in the car on the way to and from work, when Dan drives. 
Dan’s Matchstick Socks are flying off my needles! I’m so happy with how this pattern is. I think I’ll be making these again 🙂
I’m having trouble picking my next project after I finish Dan’s socks. I have one that I really want to do (it’s a design, so I wouldn’t blog about it) but I’m wondering how to make it fit in my 16in2016 Challenge criteria…
Well, those are my knits. Join up your blog here!

Stitch Along Wednesday – 2016 Week 5

Oops, I skipped week 4 because I was just SO DONE with everything. I had really bad carb flu, and was just miserable. But now I feel great! Yay, Whole30!

Anyway, here are my updates:
1.) Most of my Bunny Mittens work has been technical – writing the notes down, adjusting the charts. I’m going to try and get some people to test knit it on the Ravelry forums when I think I have all my ducks in a row (and when I think that I have the second sample done!) I did make a cute little fork pom pom for it though!


2.) Another square on the blanket! I’m almost at the point where I’ve caught up all the work I had to tear back.

3.) My Marlene sock’s heel is turned and I’m decreasing the gusset. I’m really surprised that I can knit this while reading! Well, until my hands get tired and I just read.


4.) Yeah – I have a fourth project (kind of) – my next 16in2016 is going to be Purple Baby Hats!



I really liked making these last year, and my friend gave me some very fun purple hand dyed yarn, so I figured “easy come easy go” and that I should get some karma back by donating it to CLICK. I found out that you can send in hats any month of the year, so I can work on one at a time. (The improvised pattern I do is really easy, and takes about 2 hours to make a hat)

There’s my update! Make sure you check out the other updates here!

Stitch Along Wednesday – 2016 Week 3

3 Weeks into the Year! Whoa. Here’s the status of my projects.

1. I finished my first 16in2016 project! I’m going to post about it later this week.

2. My little design is coming along well… Bunny mittens! (In the same vein as Kitten Mittens, hehe)

3. Added a square to the blanket! If I knit a square a week, I will some day finish. That’s the level of project management on this baby right now. I just work on it when I can in the car.

4. My first sock is growing! Hoping to turn the heel this week.