Little Boxy


I was really excited when I saw the Joji was going to be publishing a kids version of her Boxy pattern. My daughter has been growing like a weed lately and I needed to make her a new sweater, and getting to test knit Little Boxy was a perfect win-win. I have been wanting to see how a drop sleeve would work and have yarn on hand( your shocked aren’t you?) for an adult version of the pattern. I really think knitting a kid’s sweater pattern is a great way to learn new techniques or understand the pattern.


I used the Plucky Knitter’s Primo Fingering in “Some Pig” and played a little game of yarn chicken. I opted to use a contrast color in a Canon Hand Dye’s merino cashmere nylon blend in her ” Silver” colorway and stripe the sleeves to ensure I had enough yarn the knit the sleeves. I really like the end result and while I did have to buy another skein of yarn I was able to used up 2 skeins in the stash so I can say I still made a dent in the stash:)

This is the 2nd test knit I have done for Joji and I really like the way she writes her patterns. They are clear and easy to read. I think this would be a great pattern for a newer knitter the pattern is straight forward and you have some options on how to knit this sweater there are two options that allow the knitter to choose if you want to knit the body flat or knit it in the round.  Other things that a newer knitter can learn is  short row shaping at the shoulders, a three needle bind off and learning how or getting more comfortable with picking up and knitting stitches.

 

I won’t lie the body is a lot of  knitting (but perfect for mindless knitting, especially if you opt for the “in the round” aka “seamless” version) but it is such a beautiful sweater and may daughter loves it. the oversized drape makes for a really lovely casual sweater, and when I was at the pharmacy the other day I was asked if I had bought it in a store.

And a swatching we go…..

Swatching  for my next project. I may have bit off more than I can chew on this one.....
Swatching for my next project. I may have bit off more than I can chew on this one…..

So I have signed myself up to do three KALs this year. KAL #1 Ashby #2 Northport and #3 Freshly Fallen.  I have  making good progress on #1 and have finished #2. This brings me to the inevitable #3.  While not originally on my radar ( because the pattern game out before my 2015 goals) I will be able to count it against my sweater goal (4 adult sweaters is my goal and 8 being my stretch goal).

I am having to consult one of my knitting friends from the East Coast because I want to modify the pattern’s neckline. I guess I am growing a little as a knitter but am a little intimidated by the pattern and off roading it. I don’t think this would be the case if I was a sweater knitter (one that primarily knits sweaters). I guess that is the point right?

Another one bites the dust.. (Actually two)

Close up of the Sunshine Day Afghan
Close up of the Sunshine Day Afghan

I promised myself that I would not blog until I finished something. I had already planned on blogging before the Superbowl, so when my team lost (I still can’t believe it!) I decided to quit procrastinating.  I have some actual news I finished not one(wait for it), but two items.

A finished object!!! The Seattle weather had an unseasonable sunny day and I was able to take an outdoor picture.
A finished object!!! The Seattle weather had an unseasonable sunny day and I was able to take an outdoor picture.

I finally finished he Sunshine Day Afghan (by Alicia Paulson)crocheted with Plucky 10 ply cashmere(now discontinued). This took a really long time, as I wasn’t monogamous on this project and had other things on the needles.  I learned a lot on this. I still don’t consider myself a crocheter, but I think that if a pattern is simple enough I can do it. Two big things I learned were (1) if you want to put a blanket together and want it to be smooth, seaming is better than single crocheting  items together, because it will leave a flat seam and (2) while the weight of the yarn didn’t matter as much as I thought on the squares (it mattered a bit) it really mattered on the overall weight of the blanket.  I had decided to hook this using aran weight  vs. dk as the pattern calls for because I wanted a larger blanket.

Northport by Amy Miller.. I am so keeping this hat. It was the first time using the Plucky Knitter's Oxford. I am really in love with this base.
Northport by Amy Miller.. I am so keeping this hat. It was the first time using the Plucky Knitter’s Oxford. I am really in love with this base.

I also finished my NorthPort  (by Amy Miller). I had knit the ribbed brim while I waited  for my yarn to arrive from The Plucky Knitter. I love this design, and almost copycat’d the sample in the pattern entirely. A few mods: (1) I knit it up in Oxford (2) I used “Gumshoe” as the main color (3) I put a pom pom on it(I mean who doesn’t love a good pom pom?).

So what’s next up? I am swatching for a sweater and trying to finish up  my Ashby shawl. Hopefully I will finish the shawl before I leave for my yarn-cation in Portland.

 

Shelter in the Snowbound colorway
Shelter in the Snowbound colorway

Cable details on Ashby

The cable motif  reminds me of gentle waves

 

Acquistions:

Some Plucky Cashmere in Williamsburg and Traveler DK in Monogram from the Gauge + Tension trunk show ( a friend picked these up for me)

A lot of patterns since my last post

 

 

Works In Progress:

Ashby by Brooklyn Tweed

Customfit Acorn trail by Amy Herzog

 

Finished:

Sunshine Day Afghan by Alicia Paulson

Northport by Amy Miller

 

 

 

I think I can…I think I can…

 

Strips of afghan squares for my blanket
Strips of afghan squares for my blanket

I am having one of those days(okay maybe weeks) where I feel that I am so close but so far away from completing my project. I tend to be mostly a monogamous knitter. This last year I tended to have a few more projects on the needles (its neither good or bad, just different).

 

Various swatches for past and future sweaters
Various swatches for past and future sweaters

I just completed a test knit for a friend. It was so satisfying casting off. I want to do it again, and again. Unfortunately, none of my other projects are close, but this doesn’t mean that I can’t visualize the finish line for these projects. It is most likely that the first thing that will be done is the Sunshine Day Afghan blanket.

The hours that I have put in on seaming this seems pretty endless. I have a few more things left before I can do a couple of single crochet rounds around the border. Mostly, seaming and giving this a haircut (I won’t lie I find snipping ends satisfying, seaming less so).

 

Scraps from the Sunshine Day Afghan after giving the blanket a haircut:)
Scraps from the Sunshine Day Afghan after giving the blanket a haircut:)

 

Next is a toss up between Ashby and Acorn Trail followed by Northport. Here’s hoping the next time I post I have more things to report as completed (I might delay posting just so I can have something to list) as “Done”.

 

My Jenni the Potter mug finally arrived ( a friend of mine purchased this at Rhinebeck for me)
My Jenni the Potter mug finally arrived ( a friend of mine purchased this at Rhinebeck for me)

Aquisitions:

None ( I know I can’t believe it either)

 

Work In Progress:

Ashby

Sunshine Day Afghan

Northport and Acorn Trail Customfit

 

Completed:

Test knit

Resolutions…

Its been a longtime coming that I have wanted to blog about the things and fiber arts in my life. As the calendar moves from 2014 to 2015 it seems as good a time as any to start blogging about my adventures in the knitting world.

I should start with a little introduction and what are my expectations for this blog. A knitter since 2010 I have  gone down the rabbit hole of knitting. Simply put, “I love to knit. I love yarn.”

Owl Quince & Co
Owl Quince & Co
 Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney
Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney

I found that with the birth of my daughter the things that could be made with two sticks and some yarn were far from what I remembered when I thought of my mother’s knitting and that of the older generation.

So I guess I should probably explain the reason behind the name “Squirrel! & Stash.” I tend to get really distracted when it comes to knitting; whether it is a new yarn or a pattern I tend to rubberneck when I see something new and shiny in the realm of knitting. If you really don’t believe me please see the snapshots I took today when I visited Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, Washington. My goal for 2015 is to post at least once a month, well that and become more of a sweater knitter( Goal is 4 sweaters with a stretch goal of 8). I hope you enjoy my adventures in knitting as much as I enjoy posting them.

Wool Acorns at Tolt Yarn & Wool (Carnation, WA)
Wool Acorns at Tolt Yarn & Wool (Carnation, WA)

 

Tolt Chalkboard at Tolt Yarn & Wool (Carnation, WA)
Tolt Chalkboard at Tolt Yarn & Wool (Carnation, WA)

 

Goodies from Tolt Yarn and Wool
Goodies from Tolt Yarn and Wool

 

Acquisitions:

  1. 4 skeins of Quince & Co. Owl
  2. 1 skein Snoqualmie Valley Yarn
  3. 3 skeins of Heirloom Romney
  4. Copies of Lullaby Knits and Madder Anthology 1
  5. 2 Tolt AnniversaryMugs
  6. Fiber Trends Slipper Bottoms
  7. Tolt Hearth Slipper pattern by Dianna Walla
  8. Tolt Anniversary Project Bag
  9. 2 Horn Shawl Pins
  10. Printed Beach Tote
  11. Tolt Tapestry Needles in Wood Case
  12. 4 Horn Toggle Buttons

Work In Process:

  1. Acorn Trail Customfit by Amy Herzog
  2. Ashby by Leila Raabe
  3. Sunshine Day Baby Afghan by Alicia Paulson

Completed:

None