So many WIPs

I know today isn’t WIP Wednesday but I wanted to share what I have been working on during my hiatus.

First up is my Lineman Hoodie.

The make-it-up-as-I-go pattern is coming along nicely. I fear that it may be a size or so big for my mister. He said he didn’t mind because it would make it easier for him to layer shirts and long-johns underneath. I honestly haven’t picked it up since January. I don’t even know exactly where I’m at in my knitting. I remember knowing I was almost to the point of separating for the front and back but don’t know if I actually did that yet. Isn’t that terrible! I hope I don’t turn into that knitter that has so many half-finished sweaters crammed in all the nooks and crannies of the house that I forget where I shoved them or where to even pick it back up at when I do find them.

I set aside the Lineman Hoodie to start (FINALLY) my Color Affection shawl. I have had this pattern for at least 5 years or possibly longer. I found the pattern at my LYS and seen one hanging up in the shop and knew I had to have it on my needles. I’m not really the shawl wearing type but gosh do I love a good set of stripes. The short row striped pattern is what did it for me. I also really enjoy the asymmetrical look to it. In case you aren’t familiar with the pattern, you can view it here. My father in law bought me a gift certificate to Back Alley Fibers in Caro, Michigan, for Christmas, so I took the opportunity to finally buy the yarn for it. I bought Cascade Heritage Silk and Silk Paints. I’m not too clear on the actual colors I bought. It’s been set aside for a few months now. That will be another post for the future.

My third WIP is somewhat of a secret. A dear friend of mine is going to have a baby anytime in the next month. I chose the blanket for the mitered decreases. It was a stitch I have never done before. I love learning new stitches. When the blanket has been gifted to the new owner I will get into more details about it.

So that’s what I have been working on in the last 7 months. I set it aside for a while because I felt so down and low that I just lost interest. But now I have the needles clicking again with no thoughts of putting them down again.

Dearest Readers,

I am so sorry for the long and unexpected hiatus. There have been a lot of happenings in my neck of the woods; some good and some bad. I put my knitting aside for the longest time. I put a lot of things aside. I tried my hardest to be Super-mom and Super-wife that I never took the time to be Super-me. I was overwhelmed with everything and it took its toll.

Since my last post, most things in my life just went down hill.

I have since temporarily separated from my husband. life got to be too much for us together as a couple, so we came to the agreement that a divorce was the answer. I moved out in January after months of both of us being miserable, not only in our relationship with each other but with ourselves as well. We both needed the break. We both needed to start over. There was no point being together if we were just miserable. It was not an environment to raise a child, so I left.

It was the hardest thing in my life that I have ever had to do, but it was also the best decision I have ever made. That separation gave us the breathing room we needed. I set aside his hoodie and started on a shawl for myself. I needed to focus on me for a while (including my knitted projects). I needed to be selfish.

Being a single mom for the last 6 months has proved to be exhausting. I honestly don’t know how my mother did it for all those years, and there were two of us. But my daughter deserves a happy mother.

I have also been discovering my spiritual path. It’s something I’m not willing to go into great depth about as I don’t want this blog to be a place to share too much personal information. It is a knitting blog after all. Just know that I am finally on the path that I was always meant to be on.

My husband and I have begun the process for a reconciliation, in the last few months, with the help of a great counselor. Both of our eyes have been opened and we are falling in love all over again. Its funny that we have to pay a man to teach us how to talk to each other. But it’s working!

And on another happy note, last night I picked up my needles again for the first time in 3 months.

I want to make a conscious effort to continue this blog. Knitting really is my life, and I want to continue to share that will all of you.

The main idea of this blog is knitting and knitting it will continue. I am not so good with the home design and DIY projects (good at doing them yes, but still need to work on actually finishing them!) so don’t expect to find anymore posts on them. I don’t this to be too complicated. I want to focus on knitting and all things fiber related.

Thank you for sticking around.
Many blessings,

PS I hope to get a WIP post up next week to show you all what little knitting I did manage to accomplish since the end of October so stay tuned.

Cast On {Lineman Hoodie}

So after having some very beautiful yarn in my chest of drawers for about 3 or 4 months and having a pattern in my queue since December 31, 2012 (WOW! Procrastination at its best!) I have finally casted on a sweater/hoodie for my Mister.


yes…those are paper clip stitch counters

The only pattern that my darling Mister would agree to, he’s not a sweater type man you see, was this hoodie pattern that I found in a Creative Knitting Magazine a while back. Finally this summer I took him to my LYS and let him pick out some worsted superwash yarn. He only had a few shelves to pick from but he decided on Malabrigo Rios in a lovely shade of green called 037 Lettuce. The picture above is a pretty close representation of the true color. You can also view the color, along with other equally beautiful colors here.

I started my gauge swatch and realized I had too many stitches and needed to go up a needle size, but that still didn’t fix my problem. If I went up another size, the gauge was still off and the stitches were getting to be too open. Something just wasn’t right. I did some digging (ie Ravelry and Facebook groups) and discovered the weight is actually closer to a DK than a worsted!

DAMN! *insert eye rolls and a foot stomp*

So i took to the land of WWW and came up empty-handed. REALLY!? Must all men have cabled sweaters!? If it didn’t have cables it had weird collars or it was a button up/zipper at the neck. Since my Mister is a Lineman the zippers were a bad idea. Electricity+metal zipper=no bueno! He was NOT going to do buttons either. Also, there was not one i could find that had a hood! That’s all he really wanted, was a hood to pull up under his hard hat.

I was going to have to just wing this. I don’t really like this idea at all. I want this done soon (it’s getting really cold fast) and the yarn took me a few months to save up for.

Thankfully I found this article to help figure out how much to cast on and so forth and I think I will be just fine. I will use the percentages to figure my stitches and then kinda-sorta-not really follow along with the pattern.

It should prove to be an interesting project.


Finally Finished!! {Tangelo}


Well here it finally is. I just got around to taking pictures of Ayla’s Tangelo Summer Sweater. You may remember it from the summer sweater Knit Along I did with Nice & Knit back in the early part of this summer. Now that it is officially Autumn I’m posting the finished product.

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The color is a little difficult to truly capture. I had to play around with filters and settings just to get this almost true to color picture.

Honestly, this sweater has been officially done for sometime. Ayla has worn it a few times throughout the summer. The picture above is after a few runs through the washer. It even managed to find its way into the dryer this last time and its a little felted, but didn’t manage to affect the size too much. It seems a tiny bit shorter and feels a little heavier, but with the chillier temperatures that have arrived it shouldn’t be a problem.

You may recall from a previous post that I had some difficulty with this bugger. The gauge was way off. I ended up having to hold the yarn double because it was more like fingering weight instead of the DK that it indicated on the paper band. It was because of this that I had to shorten the pattern from a tunic style top to a regular length sweater that hit at the hips.

The yarn was wonderful to knit with. There were bits of vegetable matter through out the yarn and there was a joining knot somewhere in the middle of the first skein. I thoroughly enjoyed the rustic feel of the yarn. It’s not scratchy but it wears tough. Ayla didn’t show any signs of itchiness or allergy to the wool content, so there’s a go to make more wooly loveliness for her in the future.  Ayla in summer sweaterThe above picture was taken when it was fresh off the needles. You can see that I didn’t even have the buttons sewn on. I really didn’t need to even block it but it helped to straighten out some stitches. My only complaint is really about my knitting. You can see little holes on the sides, from where I did my increase stitches. Once it’s on her it’s not really noticeable though. I’m not sure what I did wrong (if anything) but I hope these don’t show on the sweater for Travis.

All in all though, it was a nice little knit. Great pattern and great yarn. I have more of this yarn in 2 other colors, and can’t wait to knit with them again.

Another one of those posts

I am terrible at this blogging thing aren’t I? Nice weather hit and I went off on hiatus. I had more posts about trying to blog more than I actually posted about knitting or my other crafty endeavors. And I am sorry… wait. Honestly, I’m not that sorry. I was busy enjoying the warm sunshine and local festivals with my baby (…who isn’t really a baby anymore…) and my husband when he is home on the weekends. During the week I was throwing myself into my job and my housework. I have gotten better at keeping things tidy but I still have a long way to go.

There wasn’t much knitting going on either this summer, so there wasn’t much to even blog about. The little summer sweater I made up for the Nice & Knit knit-a-long was the only thing I really finished. I will try to get some pictures of it and the finishing details up this week.

Please readers, be patient. I have some good knitting projects in the works right now. I have the yarn for my husbands sweater and a gauge swatch has already been done. A pattern has been picked out for two of my nephews matching sweater vests. One for Liam who is a bit over 2 years old and one for “baby boy” who is due to arrive around Christmas. I just purchased another hank of Alpaca yarn from a local agricultural festival and I plan on making another cowl. I personally can’t wait to get my needles working with it.

So that’s what I have going right now. Oh and I forgot to mention that I started classes for my next degree; a Bachelor of Science degree studying Medical Laboratory Science. So I have a full plate right now, but I like being busy. I hope you all stick around for the ride.

With love,

Nicole <3





DIY {Flowered Bookends}

floral book end

I have been searching for bookends to hold my cookbooks for months. Until this morning, they were stored inside Mister’s Grandmother’s antique buffet/sideboard (honestly I don’t really know what the difference is between the two). The two that I use the most were just stacked on top with a recipe box topping them. It worked, but I love the look of all of them lined up on top.

I didn’t realize I even wanted needed bookends until I seen these beauties.

I am loving the color (I would say I have become a tad bit obsessed with it lately). The little paisley wings are just lovely. But the price, *womp womp* not so much. I don’t remember the exact price, but I remembered that when I showed them to Mister, he gave me the “Are you out of your mind!?” look, and I bowed my head in defeat.

But now I had it in my head that I needed bookends. I search and search but everything I liked was way out of price range. So I decided that I should just DIY some. I didn’t want anything to chunky and heavy because I didn’t want something to gouge or dent the top of the buffet.

I stumbled across a blog called SewLikeSisters and found this post using Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, and the plain old metal book ends.

I went through my mental stash of scrapbook paper (I don’t have much) and remembered having a few pages of a pretty floral print. It has a vintage vibe with some places having a worn look to it and the print itself was reminiscent of older times. The post said it would take under 20 minutes. Challenge accepted!

I started by cleaning the dust off the bookends.

Plain Book Ends

 Next, I laid the paper print side down on the counter, laid the book ends on the sheet (I could fit both on one sheet) with the bottom lip hanging over the edge of the counter. I carefully cut out the paper.

Next I applied a thin layer of the Mod Podge directly to the outside of the book end with a foam paint brush. mod podge on book end

You want to carefully lay the paper on the Mod Podge, and make sure you are lined up as you are doing it. Once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere! Now that the paper is on, I smoothed it out gently with my finger to get the air bubbles out.

I went over the paper with another thin coat of Mod Podge to help set things in place. I placed them outside in the sun to dry for about an hour.

air drying

I wanted them to have a sealer on them so that they can be dusted (eventually…when I actually remember to dust). I found this Acrylic Sealer in the spray paint isle. I chose the glossy finish.

clear coat

sorry about the sideways picture. When I tried to rotate it, it looked really stumpy and it was hard to read the label.

I gave it some short and light squirts, sweeping from side to side and let it air dry for a few more hours out in the sun.

They were dry withing a few hours so I pulled out the cook books and filled the top of the buffet. (This wasn’t all of them, so I think I need to do some purging.)

right side

left side

dining room buffet

Don’t mind the little rice puffed cereal on the floor. Little Miss seems to get more on the floor and in her chair than she does in her mouth.

In the end, I think it really only took me about 20 minutes (with out drying time of course) to get these done. I feel pretty accomplished because I managed to roll these babies out all before Noon!

This was my first time using Mod Podge (that didn’t involve elementary art class) and I’m looking around the house to see what I can ‘Podge next!

Do you have some success stories or even some failures using Mod Podge? I would love to hear them.


Making Progress

I’m finally able to cast on the Tangelo sweater for my little miss. In my previous post, you read about the issues I had with the gauge swatches. I had big plans to work on the sweater during a 10 hour car ride to the Porcupine Mountains with the Mister. Last week was our 1 year wedding anniversary and we were gonna spend some quality time alone in the woods. ;)

Well after driving all week for his job, the Mister realized that, no matter how excited hr was for our trip, he was NOT wanting to drive that far for one night. So plans will be made at later date for some backwoods hiking. I mean, hike 4 miles to the cabin, boil your water, poop in a hole and bury it, kinda back woods camping.

We did go away for the weekend, but we went to Mecosta and stayed at a little family campground at Bluegill Lake. We got rained out and the tent leaked but it was a great time. I won’t get into all the mushy and lovey dovey details but it was nice to be US again.

I brought my knitting along too. Ahhh to stretch out on a dock with my toes in the water while I click away at my needles. Uh yea about that…with out some sort of thing to loop my yarn on, my hank turned into a huge knot. Argh! I threw that crap back in the vehicle and filled my face with cold beans from a can and the parts to a s’more.

Back at home with a bottle bit of wine and some swearing patience I got enough of the knot undone to get the sweater started.


Today I’m working the afternoon shift at the hospital and have made some good progress on the little Miss’ sweater in between the few Emergency Room patients.


I’m loving this little big of lace for the shoulder sleeves. I can’t wait to finish this and get Miss into it. I may knit it a little longer so its more like a tunic/sweater dress. We have a family wedding coming up in the beginning of August and I think this would cute with some little black Mary Janes. 

Cast On {Tangelo}

Well I have at least started my gauge swatch. I am joining Nice & Knit for a Summer Sweater Knit-A-Long. I am knitting Tangelo with Silky Wool’s Yellow Apple. This swatch is really giving me fits. The patter says that DK is OK to use and calls for a size 7. I came up with 2 extra stitches in my gauge. While knitting, I realized the yarn really feels like a fingering weight. I went with the next size up needle, but the gauge seems too open for me. It wouldn’t be in issue for me because a small cami could be worn underneath, but it’s supposed to be for summer so an extra layer just doesn’t make sense.

I wanted to double up the yarn to make it bulkier since it felt so fine and had a minor freak out! I wasn’t going to have enough yarn!! Then I realized I had estimated my yardage wrong. DER! I hadn’t realized the pattern was in yards and the yarn was in meters! UGH! I just wish everyone used the metric system. It would make things so much easier. So I jump started my brain and did some number crunching and the coast is clear. I will have just enough yardage to finish with the yarn held double.

I’m so in love with this yarn. The color is so sweet and summery. My sweet Little Miss is so adorable in yellow, but I may be a bit biased. The only issue I am finding, is that there are bits of “vegetable matter” in the fibers. It adds to the rustic feel of the yarn and isn’t a huge problem. I just pick them out as I go along. I had read some reviews and seen that some people had a major issue with this though.

The drape is going to be great for this pattern. It doesn’t seem like it will be too clingy, so that will help with the coolness factor of the sweater.

I can’t wait to get this dumb swatch done so I can finally OFFICIALLY cast on. Being impatient has gotten the best of me in the past, so I will continue on.

I will leave you with a simple reminder incase some of you were wondering:

1 yard=0.914 meters and 1meter=3.280 feet

Please click that link to go to the Nice & Knit website to get all the details for the Knit-A-Long and feel free to join in!

Love Always,

Nicole <3

Summer Sweater Knit-A-Long


I honestly use algebra more in my knitting than anytime else.

Today I started my first knit-a-long. I’m joining Nice&Knit for a summer sweater knit-a-long. I’m making a sweater for my Little Miss because I want to use up stuff in my stash and I definitely don’t have enough yarn for one for me.

Tomorrow I will fill you in on all the details. For now, its off to bed.


Sorry for being MIA the last few weeks. Things have been a little hectic at the homestead. Little Miss is crawling and very busy. With the Mister gone all week, it’s just me holding down the fort and there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.

I have recently just made the decision to drop from 40 hours a week at work to 32. I’m hoping the extra day off during the week helps. All this constant running is hard on me, physically and mentally. I have been having panic attacks almost twice a week and those are no fun.

Because of all this, the needles haven’t been in my hand too often, and when they are, it doesn’t last very long.

That being said, I have managed to get one knitted hat done. It is just a simple ribbed hat, just to use up my single skeins of acrylic yarn. These single skeins make up about 90% of my stash. I don’t really like having a big stash of yarn, but most of it came from my great-grandmother after she passed away 7 years ago, or it was from people who found bags of random skeins at garage sales or thrift shops and thought of me. I am a sentimentalist and I have a hard time throwing that kind of stuff away. I am more of a donation person. I just need to find a good program to give it to.

Well I don’t want this post to be too word heavy. I just wanted to touch base with all of you. I wanted to let you know that I’m still here. I’m not laying in a ditch somewhere and I’m not in jail.

Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful Dads and the Moms who do it all.