Texting Mitts

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I made these awesome convertible mitts for my brother’s new lady friend, and I love them so much I wish I could keep them for myself!

The pattern I used is Tinsel Mitts by Andrea Mowry. This pattern is really well written and offers three different styles: fingerless mitts, mittens, and convertible mitts. Oh also, I decided it was necessary to add little thumb holes so it makes using a phone easier. Because who wants to take off her whole mitten in order to send a text? No one. I used Araucania Huasco DK in the colorway Turning Leaves (such pretty falls colors)! This yarn is one of my favorites we have at the store; in fact, I just used it for my Sous Sous sweater by Norah Gaughan!

My brother was thrilled with the turnout, and can’t wait to gift them! I’ll definitely be making these again.

 

Keep warm, friends!

Kylen

Cats like to knit too

I’m currently working on a hat design using lots of cables! Originally I used Rowan Purelife Chunky Undyed yarn, and it ended up being a little snug. So I decided to knit another one in a DK weight yarn, Cascade Pure Alpaca (sooo soft). Again, too small. So I got down to business and did some math. Yikes. But I am finally making an adult sized hat with my 24 stitch cable pattern! Below is my cat Thisbe who occasionally likes to pick up the needles herself!IMG_2862IMG_2891

The turquoise hat is the kids hat, and I am getting close to the decreases on the white (adult) hat.IMG_2902

WIP Wednesday: Cystic Fibrosis Auction

I was recently asked to donate two items for an auction fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic here in Pittsburgh. I picked out some beautiful Malabrigo Arroyo yarn and have been working on them for a few days! I’m making a hat and matching fingerless mitts. Here’s the progress I’ve made thus far.

What are you working on?

Kylen

Bikini Bottom

So my friends and I are living in an off-campus house this year, and we’ve named it Bikini Bottom (after Spongebob, in case you didn’t get the reference.)
We have been trying to decorate the house as much as possible, and there were only two of us for the first few days. So we made three trips to Salvation Army, a trip to JoAnn’s, and one trip to Walmart.
I found two of these awesome lamps for $5 each at Salvation Army!! So proud of this find.


Our first home-cooked meal together, as well as some pictures of the five of us hung in the kitchen.


After a lot of elbow grease, stubbed toes, and moments of frustration, my housemate and I are really proud of how the living room turned out.


Our random wall of art; I couldn’t help myself with the little elf picture. It’s too funny.


Our party flags and pom poms are my favorite part of the room. 🙂


The lights in our kitchen!


I put some holiday lights in an old bottle and love how it turned out.

Boats, concerts, and food!

My dad has an awesome boat, and my brothers and I always joke that he likes his boat more than he likes his children. 

But I can see why he loves it so much!! Some of my favorite summer days are ones spent on the lake.

I had my first hibachi experience before the Sara Bareilles concert in Pittsburgh! Our chef’s name was Colin and he was awesome!

And Sara was also awesome of course!
This is the card I made for my dad’s 51st birthday! He loved it. 🙂


And finally, I started learning how to cook. These meals are few and far between, since I am living in a dorm this sumer and have to share the kitchen with the entire building. But this is zucchini, broccoli, and asparagus on top of angel hair pasta! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Now, my Independence Day outfit! I bought the shirt at a thrift store for 25 cents and the headband was free at the same store!
And last but not least, the sushi that I got a few weeks ago. I got it in Erie, PA and it was delicious! This is called a “crunchy roll,” and has shrimp in it! MMM.


I made this hat for someone at school, a diamond colorwork design–very easy and a quick knit.

I had been wanting to use this yarn for almost two years, but never knew what to make out of it. I finally decided to make this Impeccable Knits hat with small cables on the brim, which can be worn as a slouchy hat or a beanie with a folded up cuff.

 
These socks are made from 100% wool. I got the yarn for free from a family friend, and loved the fall colors. This is a really simple bulky sock pattern that I made up based on other patterns I had tried out. And they’re super warm.

 
One of my best friends bought me this yarn for my birthday in November, and I finally had time to make my birthday socks!

 

This is the white mohair infinity scarf that I started a few weeks ago. I got the idea from Erin Kate Archer, who happens to be one of my other best friends. I used size 11 needles, made it really wide, and then folded down the top and did a three-needle bind-off. It turned out lovely!

There are so many things that I have been knitting that I haven’t put up yet due to a lack of time and a large amount of reading for classes.

This is the chunky alpaca twin leaf lace hat that I designed. It’s slightly slouchy, & super warm!

And this is the diamond lace alpaca circle scarf that I designed. I had to block it so it wouldn’t roll up, though I have yet to perfect it.