Flax Sweater Frogging Yarn

Skeins N⁰. 03- N⁰. 09 – Frogging

Frogging, frogging, frogging all day. I HATE to have to admit this but the Flax Light Sweater was looking terrible on me.   It has taken me a few days to come to grips with how I was looking in the sweater and a few more days for me to be brave enough to share a photo of how the sweater was looking on me. It made my boobs look ginormous and not in a flattering way.  I kept thinking if I knit a little more, maybe it would look better but alas I reached a point where I knew that it...

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Flax Sweater Light sweater in progress knitting.

Making Progress- Flax Light Sweater

I have been making progress on my Flax Light Sweater. The pattern has you knit the body before the sleeves, but I decided to knit a little bit of the body and a little bit of the sleeves and go from there. I get impatient and like to try on my sweater as I go and I can better ration the yarn, since I am nervous about running out of yarn. I am getting nervous that the sweater is going to look severely boring in just stockinette stitch….but we will see…. Random Tip:  So probably...

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Madeleine Roberg wearing essex linen maya top and blue striped skirt and straw hat.

Maya Top

Hello Friday!  Woke up early this morning with smoke in the lungs from all the fires in this area. Last summer, it wasn’t nearly this bad and everybody is getting worried because our fire fighting budget is running out and the fires are not. I left some clothes out to dry on the rack last night and they had ash on them when I went outside this morning. The first time I saw the Maya Top by Marilla Walker, it was of course on Instagram and I loved it but lost it.  I had this fuzzy memory...

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Seed stitch yoke in Road to China Light yarn in the Topaz colorway.

Knitting with a Heavy Heart

You might only be here for the knitting, but I feel compelled to share what I was watching last night while knitting.  My quilting friend Latifah Saafir posted a Vice World News link to Charlottesville on Facebook last night and I agree with her that everybody needs to watch this short show. Grab your knitting and watch this right now. If you don’t have knitting you still need to sit here and watch this… Stay safe and speak up, Madeleine  

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Skeins of Road to China Light yarn in Topaz.

Skeins N⁰. 03- N⁰. 09

Ahhh…new yarn!  If shopping for clothes in Helena is tough, finding beautiful yarn is even harder. We have a small local yarn store and I try to buy yarn but it is all SCRATCHY….and there are never enough skeins in the same colorway for a sweater. The plan for my next project was to make a Junegrass Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge. A couple of weeks ago, I bought the pattern and started selecting yarn online. After picking out the yarn I wanted, I asked my friend about the yarn and...

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Purl Bee Soho Fingerless Seed Mittens with coffee cup in hands.

Skein Nº 01 and 02 Finishes

Yay! It is the end of week two and I have used two skeins of yarn and made two accessories! I also sewed up a Maya Top, which I will try and blog about next week. After debating what to do with the second skein of yarn, I am happy with the results.  I am glad I didn’t just stop with the single skein of yarn, because with my thick neck, I need the extra few inches to feel spectacular in the scarf. This project is intended to make clothes that I love and I want to be careful to make the right...

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Skein Nº 02 Update

My Purl Soho Seed Stitch Hand Warmers are almost done.  I wish I had made the larger size but it is too late now (or I am just being lazy).  As soon as the first one was big enough to try on, I realized I hadn’t thought this through all the way.  I did my standard cast-on and while my hand fits into the fingerless gloves, it has to squeeze into them because the cast on doesn’t have much stretch and for a brief moment it is a full on O.J. glove situation. When it was time to bind off...

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One finished knitted fingerless mitten and one just cast on.

Skein Nº 02

I decided to go with the fingerless gloves, in the end.  I have always loved a good seed stitch and after spending way too much time searching I decided to go with the Purl Soho Seed Stitch Mittens + Hand Warmers free knitting pattern. This pattern was published in 2014 and I have seen it around the web and on Pinterest over the years and it looks like a classic wardrobe item. The pattern indicates that it uses 2 skeins of yarn, so I was initially worried there wouldn’t be any leftover to...

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WIP Hedgehog scarf laying on top of previously made hitchhiker scarf.

Skein Nº 01 Update

July was insanely hot this year and knitting was almost crazy but August has started out with perfect knitting weather which seems like a good omen. I am almost done with the first skein of my 52 skein project, yay! The problem is that I don’t feel like it is quite long enough. Above you can see the current state of affairs. On top is my Hedgehog Fibres scarf and below is the Hitchhiker scarf I made in April. The good news is that I do have another skein, but I know it won’t take the whole...

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Swatch of garter, stockinette, yarn over and seed stitch in Potluck Colorway of Hedgehog Fibres

Skein N⁰ 01

I love the start of a new project, so welcome to 52 skeins. Last year in an effort to streamline life, I embraced the Capsule Wardrobe concept. The idea is to discard the clothes you wear but struggle with and pick a small amount of clothes you love to wear.  It was easy to get rid of ill-fitting and cheap clothes but after I discarded most of my wardrobe, I ended up not being able to find the pieces of clothing I wanted to fill my closet. The other day I realized that if I could just commit...

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