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Tegna Sweater : Pattern Review

July 13, 2017

Summer knitting is coming along nicely. How is everyone else doing with their projects? The first of two summer Knitalongs that I decided to participate in was the Tegna Sweater KAL with Caitlin Hunter (@boylandknitworks). KAL #2(The Summer of Lace KAL with Brooklyn Tweed) is currently kicking my butt, so we’re not going to talk about it…

Tegna Sweater

The Pattern

Tegna is a short, slightly dolman sleeved, cropped sweater with a lacy hem. The pattern itself is delightfully easy and totally manageable for a short summer knit. It’s knit up in a fingering weight yarn, which creates a very versatile weight. I often find that the worsted and bulky weight sweaters that fly off my needles never get work in the Texas heat. Fingers crossed that this fingering weight sweater can get a little bit more use!

Tegna Sweater

The focal feature of Tegna is the lace section along the hem. While is looks really difficult, I didn’t have a ton of trouble with it. You definitely have to keep track on your lace chart, because there’s not a lot of repeat from row to row. That being said, it’s pretty easy to read where the pattern is going. After the lace, the rest is  nothing but relaxing stockinette. For the neck hem, you have the option of binding off and picking up stitches, or placing neck stitches on a holder. I bound them off, but next time I think i would use a holder.

Tegna is really flexible when it comes to gauge. I used size 5 needles for most of it, but needle sizes can vary widely. I also made my Tegna pretty fitted, while other have done a more loose and drapey version. I love that the pattern can be so versatile and still look great! I would totally try knitting this again in a drapey linen or silk blend.

Tegna Sweater

The Yarn

I knit Tegna using 4 skeins of Quince and Co. Finch in the color Honey. I expected to use more than 4 skeins, so I preemptively ordered more, but I didn’t end up using them. Finch is a 100% wool fingering weight yarn. It is very consistent in texture and has great stitch definition. Some users have complained about pilling, but I haven’t noticed any issues so far. It did bleed a little bit of color in the wash, but otherwise I’ve had no issues with it. It’s an easy to knit with yarn and I enjoy the color palette.

The only issue I have with Quince and Co. is that their online stock doesn’t always update very quickly. If they run out of a color, it can be quite some time until they restock, which is why I was so skittish about running out of yarn. Despite this, I would use the yarn again, and would love to try out some different colors. I am in love with this honey color though…

Tegna Sweater

I’m hoping I get a lot of wear out of this Tegna sweater. I was fun to watch everyone knit it on instagram and the same time and it’s even more fun to see how everyone is styling their completed project! Did you participate in the Tegna KAL? I’d love to see your finished product! Thinking about making a Tegna for yourself? I’d love to hear what yarn you’re using!

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DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

June 22, 2017
DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

Do you ever wake up with the attitude, “I’m going to be healthy today”? Like, you’re ready to work out and hydrate and eat healthy and use soap made out of goat’s milk and stuff. Last weekend we had one of those days. We woke up early-ish and proceeded to go to the McKinney Farmers Market in Chestnut Square. If you’re in the area and you’ve never been to the McKinney Farmers Market, you should go! It’s in a little old historical section of town among all these cute old buildings and a wedding chapel. It is also where The Hubs and I got engaged (Though not during the farmers market, that would have been way to much of an audience!).

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap 1

After a long morning at the Farmers Market, at which we bought some excellent okra, The Hubs and I went to check out the local Yoga Fest near our apartment. Admission was free if you registered in advance, so we figured that we would check it out. The registration specified, however, that you must bring your own yoga mat.

While The Hubs and I have our own yoga mats, they’ve never…umm…been to yoga. They sit in a basket looking healthy while we do yoga on the carpet. We’ve never taken a yoga class, thanks to youtube, so they never really seemed worth it. However, it seemed the we were going to have to take them for a spin at the Yoga Fest. That meant I had to think about how to carry them.

Enter the crochet yoga strap!

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

There are several very helpful and quick patterns for crocheted yoga straps on Pinterest and Ravelry. I ended up using this one. I used a worsted weight yarn held double and each strap took me maybe 10 – 20 minutes total. I braided the ends of the yarn instead of weaving them in because I’m lazy and I hate finishing. I may add some more tassels and beads later on to spruce them up. Then I tried them on our mats and they worked beautifully!

I was afraid that the straps would slip off the yoga mats and be hard to use but they were great. I even got a few compliments on how clever they were, though that may have been because some women wanted to sell me some doTerra…

We didn’t end up staying a the Yoga Fest very long, but I have my eye on a few other yoga events in the future. There’s a yoga studio in downtown McKinney that offers free community yoga on Saturdays at Tupps Brewery. There’s also Saturday morning yoga available at Klyde Warren Park! I don’t know if I’ll have any more healthy feeling Saturdays up my sleeve, but if I do, I’ll be ready thanks to my new yoga strap!

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Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

June 15, 2017
Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

The first project of my Summer Knitting List is complete! Meet Elijah! Elijah is made following the pattern by the same name by the great Ysolda Teague! Seriously, she is one of my favorite designers. Everything she makes is so whimsical and elegant. And yes, an elephant can be elegant.

Elijah was made to be a baby warming gift for my new niece, who will be born this summer. I am throwing a baby shower and I couldn’t resist a good pink elephant theme. I can’t help it! Elephants are simultaneously cute and smart and kind, which is what I hope this new baby will be.

Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

The Pattern

Ysolda’s methods are so clever that I’m always wonderfully surprised at how her patterns turn out. I’m not a very visual thinker, so I don’t always see where she’s going with her instructions. But then, a turn or a flip or something and it all comes together and I’m like, “oooooh, that’s what she was doing!”

Elijah, as a stuffed animal, is a little more complex than your typical hat or shawl, but it’s really more labor intensive than it is difficult. It does feature short rows in the ears, so if those bother you, beware! There’s also a lot of pick up stitches, which I don’t always enjoy. The diagrams on this pattern are very clear however, and let you know exactly what to do. That being said, I think I picked up the stitches for the ears about 6 times, because I didn’t like the angle. That was user error though, not the pattern.

The other thing to note about this pattern is that it does rely on double pointed needles, which are…not my favorite. I ended up switching to circular needles as soon as possible on the arms and legs. This may also have been due to the fact that I could not find a whole set of my DPNs at once…

The finishing on this pattern is where things have the tendency to look wonky. I still may redo my french knot eyes. I’m not super experienced in embroidery, so one of the eyes looks a little funny to me. Also, when stuffing, be careful not to stuff TOO firmly. The head and body can be stuffed pretty tight, but the arms and legs should be looser to flop around, otherwise your elephant won’t be able to sit down!

Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

The Yarn

The yarn I used to this was a heavier weight than what was called for in the pattern (which calls for DK). I used Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed in my favorite color: Liptstick! Because speckles are a thing right now and I love them. The yarn stood up pretty well to the pattern, but did get a little splitty when using the smaller DPNs. Nothing to cause major issues, though. I just had to slow down and pay attention. I also appreciate that this yarn is superwash, because this is going to be a gift for a baby, and you know it’s going to need a bath at least once in it’s life!

Overall, this was a very satisfactory knit. It was made with a pattern I love, from a designer that I love, using a yarn that I love. Can’t get any better than that! Have you ever knit a toy before? How did your experience go?