festive fall




Even in California we can't help but notice the little changes in the air: the leaves are starting to drop, the light is changing and we seem to be grabbing our sweaters when we walk out the door--fall is here! These pictures were taken at a fall party from last year and I cannot remember the menu but I do know that I surely had a wonderful time because it was at my dear friend's Karen's house and she is a delightful hostess. Her decorations were kept to a minimum with bare branches, apples and pears, and pops of candle light--an inspirational reminder on how we can simply celebrate the simple beauty of the season.





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Anker's Sweater









Lately I've been completely obsessed with this top-down ribbed-yoke type of sweater. I think they are so flattering, plus I love to knit them and wear them, and love that they are so easily customizable. With only a little bit of math, you can cast on more or less stitches to make the neckline exactly where you want it to sit--cast on less for a higher neck, less for a lower one, then continue with the rib increases until you have the amount of stitches you need for your bust. Since this was going to be more of a cool weather sweater, I wanted the neck to rest a little higher.  I cast on less stitches and to compensate, made one more set of ribbed increases before I began the stockinette portion.  I thought if it didn't work out, I didn't have that much to rip out and re-do, but it came out just as I had hoped and all is good. I also included my typical modifications that I make on most sweaters: added waist shaping and a wee bit of length, plus made the sleeves slimmer and more close fitting. The pattern is called Anker's Sweater by PetiteKnits and is very well written and easy to follow, makes a darling sweater and is easy to customize for a perfect fit. I'll make it again--I think it would be beautiful in gray--and I'd also love to make one in cotton for summer with a lower neck and three-quarter length sleeves.

The yarn. The y a r n! I love Softyak DK so so much and have used it quite a few times now. It's soft and easy in the hand, makes an even stockinette fabric, handles multiple washings well, is well priced with excellent yardage, and finally, there could be no one who could not wear this next to the skin, including a baby. I have a massive love for it and a massive stash to prove it.

Recently I completed three sweaters which means three empty baskets begging for new projects.Yep, I've cast on for three more projects just to keep the baskets full and make sure my project level is kept to a well rounded and chaotic dozen and I am prepared for any knitting caprice that I fancy. I admire those who keep projects to one at a time and keep a minimum stash. That is so not me!


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knit for a cause



All hands and needles on deck!

Please join Jimmy Beans in raising money for families displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Among the thousands of people who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey are children whose lives have been interrupted by the devastation. Join the folks at Jimmy Beans in giving back and knitting hope for these kiddos and their families. They are donating $10.00 to the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) for every Royal Petite Knit Kit sold. Purchase your kit from Jimmy, then after knitting your Royal Petite animal, add a personalized message of encouragement & send it back to Jimmy by October 31st. They'll mail each completed project to KIPP Houston Public Schools. KIPP will then pair your project with a student who has been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. Your gift will help in two ways; giving a much needed cash donation and offering a bit of cuddly love.  

Jimmy Bean's goal is to raise $8,000 for KIPP and to deliver 800 animals to the children. The founder of KIPP has pledged that 100% of these donations will go directly to the children. Let's show the world the healing power of a knitting needle!

These adorable kits come packaged with everything you need to knit a sweet African animal. There are five different animals to choose from, each cuter than the next. Each kit includes 1 skein of Blue Sky Fibers Royal Petite yarn, the pattern, and all the notions needed to knit one toy. Needles are not included.














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Woolfolk F/W 2017


This morning, Woolfolk Yarns debuted their fall/winter designs. In keeping with their design ethos of modern wearability and beauty, they have created a collection that relies on simple lines, textures, and luxurious yarns. The featured yarns are from the Woolfolk landscape of Ultimate Merino yarns that use sustainable practices and are ethically sourced. 

You'll certainly recognize many of the designer names such as Olga Buraya-Kefelian (olgajazzy on Rav), Anke Wulffen (fallmasche on Rav), and Melanie Berg, and perhaps be introduced to some new designers to follow, such as Sarah Solomon, who was new to me.  

Helpful links are at the end of the post.

Enjoy!

Hvide, knit in Tynd, is designed by Anke Wulffen. Translated from Danish, Hvide means white.
This is the one I am knitting first.



Rejse is knit in Far and designed by the Woolfolks Design Team.


Laene, knit in Tynd, is by Antonia Shankland.


The Kame Coat is knit in the super bulky weight, Hygge and is designed by Woolfolk Design Team.



Vejkryds Caridgan, knit in Far, is designed by the Woolfolk Design Team.





The Vandre Pullover, knit in Far, is designed by Lori Versaci.






The Gard Shawl, knit in Tynd, is also by Melanie Berg.



The Skala Shawl, knit in fingering weight Tynd, is by Melanie Berg.






Dal is knit in Far and is designed by Sarah Solomon.

The Omvej cowl is knit in Far and designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.


The Hoj Jat is knit in Far and designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.

Gren Mitts, knit in Tynd, is by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.



Get to know the Woolfolk yarns.
Of the three yarns used in this collection,
 Tynd is fingering weight, Far is worsted, and Hygge is super bulky.
Translated from Danish, the names mean, thin, sheep, and FUN!


View the entire Woolfolk FW/2017 collection on Ravelry

where you can purchase the patterns as PDF downloads.


The location for this photo shoot was Saddle Peak House in Topanga, California. Set in the wild Santa Monica Mountains above the blue Pacific, just minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles, this 4 bedroom house is an Airbnb vacation rental. I can't pack fast enough, and I'd make sure to pack the yarn to make the white pullover, Hvide, first. I'd put up my feet and look at the view and knit all day.


Get to know the Woolfolk yarns.
Of the three yarns used in this collection,
 Tynd is fingering weight, Far is worsted, and Hygge is super bulky.
Translated from Danish, the names mean, thin, sheep, and FUN!


View the entire Woolfolk FW/2017 collection on Ravelry
where you can purchase the patterns as PDF downloads.

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these patterns as much as I have.
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