A Sweater for My Man

This little beauty marks the end of my Christmas knitting and I couldn’t be happier. Remember my Saturday deadline for the sweater? I met it and JB was able to wear this on Sunday. When he put it on for the first time I couldn’t stop giggling. Not sure why but I like to believe that it’s because I was just so giddy to have finally finished it. It might also be the fact that he just looks so darn good in it. Am I right?

The yarn is Valley Yarns Buckland. It’s a chain plied worsted weight yarn. A wool, silk, and nylon blend. When it came in the mail I was a little disappointed and when I swatched I was even more disappointed. Let me tell you though, I am glad I stuck with it because after blocking this yarn is a beauty! So soft, substantial and sturdy. It really took to the cables well an the chain plying adds a bit of texture to the stockinette. JB says it has a texture much like tree bark. Whatever it feels like, it does feel delightful. It’s going to be hard to keep my hands off this guy when he wears the sweater.

I forgot to get a closeup of the finished sweater but I was able to find some brass sailboat buttons (JB’s request). After searching online for several months, I took a trip to the garment district resigned to find some plain wood buttons at Lulu’s Button Shop (a great little gem). I jokingly asked if the owner had any sailboat buttons and to my surprise he had about four different styles! The perfect addition to a sweater fit for a sailing instructor. If I ever have to move from NYC I will definitely miss the plethora of fine crafting supplies at my disposal. For now, I will just be happy.

I also have to say that the pattern (Bespoken) is simply wonderful! It’s Knitthehellout’s first men’s sweater pattern and I won it in a giveaway. Thanks Cassi! It’s well written, easy to follow and seriously beautiful. The fit is amazing and I didn’t have to change much besides adding a few inches to the body and sleeves. The one other modification I made was adding a cable down the sleeves. JB has been drooling over cabled sweaters lately and I had to humor him. I think they add something nice though.

JB says he feels like he’s in Narnia when he wears this. A compliment to be sure! Whew! After all these gift knits I am feeling a little neglected. I’ll be casting on a selfish treasure tonight. A post will come soon.


Cold Snap and a Goal

Yikes! We have another cold snap here in NYC. There is nothing above freezing in the whole 10-day forecast. I am freezing and have given up my half-marathon training in favor of tea, knitting, and school books. Yay for new semesters! Boo for a sedentary life!

The cold snap has spurred a series of texts like this from the boyfriend.

The sweater he is referring to is the Bespoken that I have on the needles for him. It’s a belated Christmas present and I’m hoping to be done by Saturday. Luckily all of my staying in has been fruitful knitting time because I finished all the pieces and set them to block this morning! Below is a picture of the sleeves. I added a cable panel up the center at JB’s request.

I’m hoping to do the seaming and cast on for the collar tonight. For now it’s back to school reading. Hopefully I’ll have a FO soon!

Anniversary Socks

For my first month of the year of socks I knitted Simple Skyp Socks for my man JB.

As of December 30 we have been dating for one year! What better way to celebrate than with a new pair of socks?

I knitted these with one skein of Malabrigo Arroyo on size 2 needles. There was barely enough for the men’s large size. I knit to the very end of the ball. I wish I would have been able to knit a little bit of a longer cuff but this will have to do. While it isn’t technically a sock yarn this Superwash yarn knits up into a wonderful squishy and sturdy sock. Think enough for colder days but not quite a boot sock. I will be definitely be returning to this yarn for socks in the future.

I have had a series of mishaps with knitting socks lately and I am just super relieved that these fit perfectly. No complaints about the pattern at all. Very straight forward and a super quick knit.

New Year, New Hat

This is the first year I have brought in the new year with friends. I was especially excited to bring in 2014 with my college bestie. We celebrated last night with plenty of dancing and sparkles. Today we took it easy with a diner breakfast, some New Girl and a walk around the lake. All around a perfect Seattle day if you ask me.

Here we are on our walk. I decided a bit ago that I needed a new winter hat as mine was a bit cold for New York winter. I chose Varia by Dull Roar as my pattern (on my head on the left). Before my flight last week I frantically searched for some odds and ends to make a colorful hat and this is what I found (seriously 5 minutes before I walked out the door). The yarn is left over from some gloves (black), mittens (purple), a hat (yellow), and a goat (tan). I didn’t have enough yardage of any of them to make anything but a striped something and I am super happy with the result. This hat took me about 5 hours max. Such a rewarding break from my current sweater obsession. Shelbs is wearing my old hat in this picture. A Quotidian affectionately called my elf hat but the boyfriend. I am sad to see the elf hat go but I’m super excited for a warmer something to grace my head. Please excuse the crazy pictures, it was harder than I thought to get good pictures of the top of my head.

I made some substantial modifications to the pattern. I knit the suggested worsted weight yarn up on size 4 needles instead of the recommended size 8s. My gauge was quite a bit smaller than the one called for so I knit the largest size to make up for it. I also knit it up to be quite a bit shorter than the pattern. I am super happy with the finished product though. Something stylish and warm just in time for my trip back to NYC.