Oh Autumn...

I'm afraid I don't have much knitting news to share with you right now, but I do have some lovely autumn photos I took!  Enjoy...

Also, if you don't/do like these kinds of photography posts, let me know!  



WIP: Windschief

It's been a busy week as always, but I fortunately have found some knitting time over the past week.  If you remember from my last post, I am trying hard to finish all of my Christmas gifts for family and friends early so that the weeks leading up to Christmas aren't extremely chaotic.  So far, I am doing pretty well. :)

My dad has been patiently waiting for his Windschief hat.  It's been a long time since I've knitted him a hat, and the plain stockinette one is beginning to look a little bit, well... old.  This time, we decided that his hat needs a bit more interest, so I settled on making him a Windschief.

I think it looks very nice so far, and I'm looking forward to giving this to my dad on Christmas morning, even though he'll probably want to wear it earlier, I think I'll hold onto it for a while longer.  ;)



Christmas Knitting + FO

Hello Everyone!
I recently finished my first Christmas Present of the year - a Honey Cowl for my 16 year old cousin.  I know it's a bit early to be thinking about knitting presents for the holidays, but, since I failed to complete all of the Christmas gifts on time last year, I am very determined to not let history repeat itself!

I used Madelinetosh DK for this project, and I only have a few yards left.  It was a pleasure to work with, the plies never split, and the colors are just to pretty to be true.  It seems like all Madelinetosh yarns come in beautiful color ways... I guess that's why I've been knitting with it so much :)  I'll be doing a full review on this yarn soon.

You may remember when I knit a Honey Cowl for my mom, but I used a magenta double held fingering weight yarn instead.  Well, this time I actually used the yarn the pattern called for, and I like the result much more.

I'm so happy to already have my first Christmas gift off the needles!  Are any of you busy Christmas knitting? When do you usually start knitting for the holidays?  What are your tips for getting those presents done on time?  Let me know! :-)

Have a great day!


P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! :)


Trial and Error

Hello Everyone!
Lately, I finished a design of my own and let's just say it didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to.  It's a hat, and it's supposed to be slouchy, baggy, and really warm and cozy.  However, while I was knitting it, I realized that I didn't have much yarn left so I had to start decreasing a bit earlier then I had planned... here is the result.

I'm not exactly happy with the final product.  I mean it's not eye-shattering hideous (at least I don't think so), but this hat is definitely not the comfy, roomy slouch that I was hoping to create.  It got really clinched up at the crown because I had to stop short due to not having enough yarn, and it looks like a contorted beret with an unreasonably thick brim.  When my mom was modeling the hat it kept on slipping off because it wasn't long enough, that was a big issue. ;(

However, other than that, I really like how the hat turned out!  I used a combination of the seed stitch and owl cables to create a super cute look.  It's interesting how the seed stitch looks like little dew drops, dappling the surface of the knitting. Of course, I'm going to reknit this project, making sure to have enough yarn, and hopefully improve the design.  Be on the look out for the pattern release in the next few months...

I learned a lot from just knitting this one project:
1. Make sure to have enough yarn for the project - get the extra skein if you need it!
2. See what worked and what didn't work - it's a trial and error process.
3. Designing isn't easy, and it's hard to see your work not turn out as planned, but you need to keep trying!
4. Ending a slouchy hat early makes a wonky looking beret. ;)

Have you ever tried designing/knitting something and not having it turn out as planned?  If so, did you give up on the project, or start over and try again?  I'd love to hear your knitting experiences and the things you learned from them! :)

Until Next Time,


October YARNful Giveaway!

Hello Everyone!
It's time for the Yarnful October Giveaway!  I really hope you like this one, the yarn is just too gorgeous.

Prize: one skein of Madelinetosh Merino Light  in the colorway Margeaux

RULES (aka important stuff):

1. Write a comment on this post to get one entry.
2.  Follow my blog to get an extra entry!  Make sure to tell me if you do in your comment. :-)
3. If you live on Earth, you are allowed to enter.  Sorry knitting aliens, you'll have to sit this one out. ;-)
4. The giveaway is active until October 30th - the day before Halloween.
5. I'll be announcing the winner either on the 30th or 1-2 days after.
6. Rude/inappropriate comments will be removed and not counted.
7. One comment per person, no spammin'!
8. Make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you win!
9. Have fun, cross your fingers, and if you don't win, try again next time!

Make sure to follow my blog for more giveaways, knitting posts, photography and reviews.  I do giveaways usually once a month, featuring many different yarns!

Good luck, and "may the odds be ever in your favor"!



The Liebster Award

Hello Everyone!

A couple days ago I received a super awesome comment from Knitiot of A Knitiot Abroad!  She so kindly awarded me the Liebster Award!  This is my first blogging award and I am very excited to have received it. :)

As part of the Liebster Award, I get to answer some questions set by Knitiot.  Here are the questions and answers.  I had a ton of fun answering! :)


  At first, my reason for blogging was because my friend had created one, and I had been really inspired by her.  I immediately put together a blog of my own at the beginning of  7th grade and went from there.  It wasn't really planned, and before that I hadn't even thought about starting my own website.   My blog began approximately a year ago, so I'm fairly new to the blogging world.  


My friend taught me to knit when I was only 10 years old.  I got a pair of bamboo knitting needles and some craft store yarn for my birthday, and I knit my first cowl.  I can remember how frustrating it was, always dropping stitches and ending up with one stitch less every row.  So, I signed up for a knitting class at my LYS and learned so many essential knitting skills like purling, picking up dropped stitches, and casting off.  After that, I began to teach myself from youtube and knitting books!


I am seriously in love with Madelinetosh yarns and Malabrigo.  Both are great quality yarns and are so unbelievably soft!  I remember how I used to adore Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart, those plastic-y, unnatural, acrylic yarns that I never knit with today.  While I know acrylic yarn has it's place, it's definitely not on the top of my list.  It's really amazing how my yarn preferences have changed over the past year.


So far, I think my best FO is my Owls Sweater.  It was definitely the hardest and longest project I've ever made, and I'm really proud of how it turned out!  I was super perfectionist during the process of knitting this sweater, and I think it payed off!   It was really satisfying to have my first sweater turn out beautiful.


I haven't really knit in a ton of "strange" places, since I usually don't like to knit in public.  However, one time I did bring my knitting on the school bus with me, but I felt really awkward so I haven't done that in a really long time!  


I really want to learn color work knitting - intarsia and fair isle!  While pattern surfing on Ravelry, I can't help but admire all the gorgeous color work patterns available.  I haven't tried this skill yet, and I think it would be fun.  But other than that, I want to learn as many knitting skills as I can, increasing my knowledge of the craft. :)

Now to pass on the award to some amazing bloggers!

Jenn of Ludicraft

Vicki from Of Yarny Notions

Here are my questions for all of you! :)

1. What do you like about knitting?  Do you like more for the process of creating something or the finished item?

2. How big is your yarn stash? honesty please! ;)

3. Why do you blog? How did your blog get started?

4. Do you knit and crochet?  Or just one or the other?

5. Describe your perfect crafting setting.  Be very descriptive!

6. What is your absolute favorite thing to knit?

Make sure to pass on the award to a handful of your favorite bloggers.  Spread the Liebster Award love!