• Designs,  Knitting

    Great Lakes Hat, Proto 2

    Here’s another edition of my Great Lakes Hat design. I made this prototype a few months ago. For this version, I altered the gauge a bit. The pattern still needs some revision work, and that’s okay; it’s work for another day. I enjoy wearing this hat nevertheless! Yarn: 100% merino wool, DK weight

  • Designs,  Knitting

    Great Lakes Hat, Proto 1

    I knit this hat quite a while ago and am finally sharing it here. The design was inspired by the waves traveling across Lake Michigan, thus the name: Great Lakes Hat. It’s an original design that I was anticipating self-publishing. I’ve decided not to release the pattern for the time being. There are some changes I would like to make to the pattern first, but now’s not the right time. I’m not sure if I’ll release the pattern in the future or not, but I did learn a lot from the design process for this project, and I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned to future projects. Yarn: Zitron…

  • Knitting

    Agathis Hat

    This hat is another stash-busting project! I originally purchased this yarn 9 years ago to knit a pair of mittens. The leftover yarn has been waiting around in my stash for that long! And I still have 65 grams of this yarn left. The hat used 70 grams and the pom-pom used 7 grams. I found the pattern easy to follow, and I'm very happy with the finished product!

  • Knitting

    Marhaven Shawl

    It’s been a while since I posted any new projects! Hopefully, I will start posting more often as I have plans to do some “stash-busting” this summer. I started knitting this shawl last summer and finished it in January. We’re seeing the arrival of spring and pleasant weather in Michigan, so I finally took some photos! The yarn is sport-weight and 100% Merino Rambouillet wool, made in Michigan. The pattern is Sugar Mountain by Amy Christoffers. I am quite happy with how the shawl turned out, although it is a bit smaller than I first expected. I followed the instructions for the largest size, and I used the recommended needle…

  • Knitting

    Tweed Cardigan

    I’ve finally finished knitting this cardigan I started making an eternity ago! The pattern is Williamette by Amy Christoffers. I very much like the design, especially the slanted pockets. The pattern calls for an i-cord edging instead of a buttonband. I wanted the front panels to overlap a bit when buttoned, in order to help keep out the cold, so I omitted the i-cord and added a 2×2 rib buttonband instead. Adding the band did alter the design of the neckline/collar, and I think it looks nice this way as well! The tweed yarn is a wool blend in worsted weight.

  • Designs,  Knitting

    Tiller Hat

    I recently designed and knit a hat as a gift for someone special to me. This 1×1 rib stitch was knit using Fisherman’s Rib, which uses a technique of knitting every other stitch through the round below in order to make the ribs more pronounced. The yarn is a superwash Merino wool in DK weight. I am considering this project a prototype because there are a couple of things I would change. I have a plan for how to better stagger the crown shaping, and I would like to use a different stitch for the decreases. I will probably also use a larger yarn next time, as the DK weight…

  • Designs,  Knitting

    Internship Designs

    2017 was quite an eventful year for me! Last February I embarked on a 6 month trip to Peru, where I interned for a non-profit organization that works with indigenous artisans to help generate more income from their textile crafts. The artisan women are talented weavers, knitters, and crocheters, and they regularly produce their own designs to sell to the local tourist market. The non-profit organization, by designing a collection of fashion products that appeals to modern tastes and trends, seeks to help the women connect to markets beyond the local tourists. The products that the organization designs are skillfully crafted by the indigenous women and then sold on the non-profit’s…