rolled edge raglan







Here's a beautiful classic pattern reworked. Yankee Knitter has been designing knit patterns for awhile and has published many classics over the years, including the rolled edge pullover. The original was knit in pieces and seamed; this reworked version is knit top down in one piece. MUCH more to my liking. The raised back neck is shaped with increases and cast on stitches; there are no short rows. As you can imagine, the pattern is quick and easy and perfect to use as a blank canvas for stripes or any type of pattern you fancy. I had a full skein of a pretty blue I purchased while on vacation in New Orleans years ago, and the stripes were mostly Rowan Softyak Dk. You know I love Softyak (soft, machine washable and easy to knit) and I save every scrap. I was so happy to use them for this darling sweater. The pattern is well written, easy to follow, knit in heavy DK/light worsted weight, is available from 6 months to 12 years, and is simply a classic.  The pattern is on sale now until April 4. 






My husband and I have been putting in a few hours a day of garden work. Our hard work is starting to pay off plus it didn't hurt that we had a wonderful day and night of much needed rain. The soft ground is letting me get a jump start on weed pulling and digging was made a little bit easier for my husband. Pictured below are the last blooms of the tulip magnolia. They are so pretty against the blue and white sky. I'll be posting a spring garden post soon and I'm working on a cotton yarn post.  

I don't often recommend movies, but we saw The Lost City yesterday and I giggled through the entire movie. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum were adorable, and there is a very funny surprise appearance by a famous actor. Well, he caught me by surprise at least as I hadn't read anything in advance about the movie. My husband picked it, and it was a winner. I think you'd like it. In our area it's still out in the theaters.

I didn't even realize the Oscars were on the other night. I like movies but I haven't watched an award show in years--no interest in anything about them. But this morning I did see the slap heard 'round the world. Actors never seem to miss an opportunity to make themselves look ridiculous. Eye roll.




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The Twist Cardigan and Brilliant Beanie




I have a new hat and sweater to show off today! It was the perfect combo for a blustery spring day. The sweater is The Twist Cardigan by Kiddiwinks Knits (pattern on sale this weekend!) and knit in DK weight yarn. The pattern is knit top down with the yoke increases hidden inside the cables so as the yoke grows the cables grow larger and puffier creating a very nice effect. I think this would be a good pattern for someone new to cables. Cables are easy to do and always elevate a sweater to "classic". I especially like the cables continuing down on either side of the button bands. I think it's the perfect back-to-school sweater. I always seem to have a half dozen on my needles in spring and try to finish them by summer. My yarn was Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton from a yarn swap. It's a very nice cotton (easy on the hands) and Carter loves the feel of his new sweater. I love it and cannot wait for the designer to create The Twist Pullover version. Stay tuned! I made the size 6/7 for my big 4 1/2 year old grandson and while it's large on him, the fit will be perfect for next fall. To determine size, use the child's chest measurement rather than age. The pattern sizes range from 3 months to 8/9 years. I'm glad I can make it again next year. My Ravelry page has yardage, etc.

The hat is the Brilliant Beanie and is a free pattern from Amy Kate Sutherland, comes in 4 sizes and uses fingering weight yarn. It's a basic pattern to use up your scraps of  sock yarn--the medium used a half skein. I used Malabrigo Sock in color Carnival. Carter loves it. Fun, small, and mindless, knit on tiny needles--something my fingers and brain needed at the time. My Ravelry page

We have Carter tonight for a sleepover and he has created the evening's menu and activities: hot dogs, cheese toast, fruit, and mixed veg which he won't touch but likes to pretend. Then we are going to our club and sit by the fire pit and have dessert, then back home to play Ghost Train (a game that can only be played in your jammies in a scary dark house).  Grammy and Papa are all in! Opening day for Little League is tomorrow but the activities have just been cancelled because of rain (but not the game we're hoping). We secretly don't mind as we are so desperate for rain here in California. It's been a dismal rainy season. Well friends, I hope you have a great weekend, and like me, are continuing prayers and support for Ukraine. Hard to believe it's still going on. So much needless suffering. xoxo Kristen








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Cormel

 





I'm so happy to finally share this sweater with you. It was a test for a Brooklyn Tweed project that I finished a year ago but somehow took all this time to get into production. I'm so very glad it's now available as it was so fun to knit. It was my first time using Loft by BT and I fell hard in love. It's a well-behaved and springy yarn to knit, and for me is soft enough to wear next to the skin. The pattern is very intuitive and you'll soon find a knitting rhythm that is interesting and easy fall in love with. It's truly one to love. The pattern is recommended for adventurous intermediate knitters. My project page has more details such as yardage usage, body shaping, etc.

The pattern is Cormel by Lyudmila Aksenik, a lovely Russian knitwear designer. It is knit top down with a colorwork section that uses one color at a time. The designer page features the sweater knit in Truffle Hunt and Woodsmoke and is gorgeous. The pattern also includes a turtleneck version. The pattern will be available on March 16. 

This pattern is part of a Brooklyn Tweed Homeware Collection. There are several sweaters that I'd love to make in this collection including Burchett and Bressen. The patterns are available for purchase on March 16.

Loft is 100% Targhee-Columbia wool from Wyoming, scoured in Texas, dyed in Pennsylvania and milled in New Hampshire; an American made yarn from start to finish. This is a fingering weight yarn that works best for me as a DK weight yarn. It's lovely.

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green is the theme

Today our family is arriving for a long weekend and we are ready! Windows washed, beds changed, meals planned, and table set. I used green as my spring theme as a nod towards St. Patrick's Day as I'm just not quite ready to decorate for Easter.


These two black vases are new from Target.

The new faux greenery is from Pier One.





Cut flowers and leaves from the garden and green napkins from my stash.





I have a lot of windows to wash in our sunny California home, plus a greenhouse, and over the years I've tried at least a dozen ways to make the job easier while still making the windows sparkle and streak free. For at least a dozen years I've used Windex Outdoor Window Wash (this is the best price I've found anywhere) on my outside windows and patio furniture. There are other brands, and I think I've tried them all, but Windex is the best--the product goes farther, lasts longer, the dial is easy to use, and it really is streak free. To use this product you screw it into your outdoor hose and turn on water. Turn the dial to RINSE and rinse the window and sills. Do a small section of windows at a time. Put the dial to WASH and spray to wash. Rinse again. You can now leave them to dry spot free on their own. I do this with the greenhouse and if you have tall unreachable windows you may want to do this too, but my windows are easy to reach and I like to polish them by taking an old towel and wiping the sills and then wiping down the window itself. Next I take a microfiber cloth meant especially for glass and finish with a quick polish. The windows sparkle and shine, and they are streak free, and it's easy!

For inside windows I again use microfiber glass cloths and something new I just found at Target, Casabella All Purpose Spray. You purchase one bottle and thereafter use their refill pods mixed with your tap water. I love the fragrance and it was positively streak free. It was also gentle enough to use in the corners of the window panes where the dirt gathers. I use an old toothbrush to coax that gunk out. I own several different brands microfiber glass polishing cloths but the Casabella Cloths from Target might be my favorite. I ended up going back for a second pack I was so happy with them. 




My family knows where I keep my snacks, but we are having one new guest and he might be wondering why everyone is walking around with handfuls of goodies and might be too shy to open cupboards. To keep the snacking fair 😁 I decanted treats into cookie jars and grandmother's canning jars and have them out in the open. Yesterday I baked five dozen cookies and two dozen brownies. We'll have no problem making them disappear.😋 Just so you won't think we eat only junk food, I have plenty of healthy snacks in the refrigerator. 😍
 

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One small way knitters can help Ukraine

In Ravelry you can create an advanced search for patterns using certain filters. One of these filters is by designer's country. I clicked on Ukraine and was delighted to find pages of the most gorgeous patterns, and most are  in English. Wouldn't it be a nice surprise for Ukrainian designers to know that knitters all over the world are thinking of them and supporting their country, even if only in a small way? Take this link to find Ukrainian designed patterns.


Below are a few of my favorites. Links are embedded in the pattern name.


Spread the word! Which one(s) did you buy?


Granat Hat by Irina Dmitriava

Guell by Pelykh Natalie

Kazka Sweater by Pelykh Natalie

Blossom by Irina Dmitrieva

Striped Twins by Natalia Aksyonova

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