On The Needles (Seed Stitch Cowl)

My latest obsessions have been the awesome texture of the seed stitch pattern and this gorgeous taupe color so, what better way to celebrate it than make it a big cozy cowl out of it! It took MANY knits and pull-aparts to decide exactly what size I wanted this cowl to be but finally have decided!

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Now, I’m still writing up an official pattern but, I can tell you what I used!

  • Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Taupe
  • Size US 15 (10mm) needles
  • K1, P1, seed stitch pattern
  • 30 stitches
  • about 25 inches in length

If you test it out, I’d love to see your work! What are some patterns you love?

 

 

The Vagina Monologues

I have been neglecting my poor bookshelves lately and haven’t made any time to sit down with the many books I want to read. This past weekend I was so greatly torn between knitting, reading, cleaning, and snuggling with my kittens that I couldn’t choose just one or two things to do at once. I have been interested in Amazon’s new Audible app for books on audio so, I figured this weekend would be the perfect time to finally try it out.

I follow Emma Watson’s “Our Shared Shelf” book club and “The Vagina Monologues” was the most recent book on the list. I was pretty excited to see this book come up on the list as I have been trying to get myself to read it and/or see the play for over 4 years now when I first heard about it in my time as an undergrad in Louisiana. I decided that this would be my first Audible download and I would spend the day knitting, cleaning, and snuggling all while being completely engrossed in this book!

There are only a few books that have taken complete control over every emotion I have and this happened to be one of them. I spent the day laughing, crying, in shock, angry and in disbelief and every minute of it was so inspiring. While one person may not be able to relate to all of the monologues, I can guarantee every woman on this earth can relate to at least one.

I am actually pretty glad I decided to listen to this book instead of read it because it felt as if I were sitting with each woman individually listening to their story and everything they had to say. This is a book I think I will listen to more than once because I have learned so much from it.

Have you ever read “The Vagina Monologues”? Have you ever seen it performed? What are your thoughts? Do you have any other book recommendations? I’d LOVE to hear! 🙂

On The Needles (AN ORIGINAL HAT PATTERN!)

This week, I decided to start taking my knitting to another level by creating and, eventually, publishing original patterns. I have had a bunch of patterns and inspirational designs drawn out in my “idea notebook” for a few months now and I am so excited to finally start taking them from the paper to my needles.

The first pattern I decided to work with is a fair isle hat. It may sound crazy but, my first two patterns (second pattern to be revealed next so stay tuned!) have been created with inspiration from baseball! The season starts officially in 1 month, with pitchers and catchers reporting, and I wanted to create something for the few months of baseball that will most definitely NOT be warm and sunny.


This pattern features diamonds and lines which remind me of the baseball diamond itself, the bases and the base lines. I chose this cranberry and cream mixture because it’s by far one of my favorite color combinations.


I am hoping to have the full pattern available  on both Etsy and Ravelry soon! But, for now, the tools I used in this pattern were:

What projects are you working on? Have you started anything new and exciting lately? Id love to hear from you! Have a happy Sunday fun-day!

On The Needles (7th inning stretch hat) 

Hello fellow baseball lovers, warm knit cuddlers, and Cubbie fanatics! My latest creation is the beloved 7th inning stretch or, 7th inning stitch hat in a stunning Cubbie cobalt blue with a cozy white fluff ball on top. 

The inspiration behind this hat comes from my love of baseball and the excitement swelling up inside me about the soon-to-be start of the new season!  Normally the baseball season reminds us of warm summer days and nights but, for the preseason that begins in just 1 month, I thought some warm cuddly garments were necessary to begin the celebration of our favorite teams! As the fair isle pattern I posted about prior to this one mimicked the baseball diamond, bases and base lines, this had dug a little deeper or sailed a little further into my love for the sport. I was inspired by the laced seams of a baseball. 

I absolutely swoon over big chunky knitted cables whether it be in a hat, scarf, sweater or anything knitted for that matter so, what better way to celebrate my love for cables than to create a new exciting pattern that shows off all their glory! 

With a super chunky yarn and size 8mm circular needles I knit a rib rim then, switching to size 10mm circular needles I began with the hat’s pattern. Very soon I’ll be posting the full version of my pattern to ravelry and etsy so check it out! 

Where do you get inspiration for your projects?! 

YARN SALE?! WHAT?!

I did a thing. I do this thing quite too often actually but, honestly, I am OK with it! I destroyed the shelves of a YARN SALE at Michael’s last weekend and I am not ashamed. When I can get all this fluffy greatness at an out-of-this-world price, i just about lose my mind.

It all began with an email. This email read, are you ready, BUY ONE GET ONE FREE YARN. I mean, come on, it’s just asking for a miniature freak out by yours truly. Cody and I had plans for date night Saturday evening, dinner and a movie, and we just so happened to be right next door to a Micheal’s craft store. My fabulous hubby let me take a detour on our date night and dealt with me gawking at yarn for a little while (brownie points are always given when he accompanies me on a yarn run).

It’s been a week now and I have worked my way through three new colors and garments and am currently working on creating an original hat pattern that I am hoping to share soon! To say I have a slight yarn obsession would be an understatement. I have so many projects in mind for all the wooly goodness staring at me from across the room right now, I just wish I had about 10 more hands to create them all at once!

Have you run into any crafting steals & deals lately? What projects are you working on? Let me know! 🙂

On The Needles (Air Snood by We Are Knitters) 

This is my first ever knit from the company We Are Knitters and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed! Since I have finished this gorgeous plushy Air Snood, I have been frantically searching the couch cushions for all my pennies so I can get my hands on bunches and bunches more of their amazing products.

I can’t share the pattern and details of course but what I can say is that it is a stunning and very fun, easy pattern to follow for anyone, beginner to professional, to knit up in no time at all! If I can give you one suggestion, GO FOR THE FOREST GREEN WOOL! It’s gorgeous and such a flattering color on everyone in my opinion! There are SO many patterns by We Are Knitters that I am hoping to get my hands on in the very near future and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on those with you as well.

In February I will be attending a Knitting party here in Chicago hosted by just a few of the many knispirational people I follow. For an evening and a brunch the following morning we will be making a snood by We Are Knitters and a gorgeous, fluffy little hat by BettaKnit and I absolutely can not wait!

What projects are you working on? What are some of your favorite yarns? (I am ALWAYS looking for new scrumptious yarns!) Have you ever been to a knitting party? Love meet-ups with local crafters? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

 

#SLACKER

T’was the holiday season and all through the house Rachael did NOTHING. That’s it. I have taken my laziness to a whole new level and I think I am OK with it. This is the first holiday season where I haven’t been stressing about school and finals and/or simultaneously moving to a new place so, I took full advantage.

Thanksgiving came and went. I worked, my wonderful in-laws came in town, I enjoyed time with family and gained 3 pounds! It was great! Then, I worked my little buns off some more, Cody and I bought our first new car, (WOO!) and we prepared to pack up and head to Massachusetts to hang with my awesome family for Christmas! We flew, we visited, we laughed, gained 3 more pounds, then, before we knew it, we were headed back to Chicago.

This precious season comes once a year and I just couldn’t do anything but indulge in my family, so I sacrificed the blog and home projects so I could enjoy the company of the people I love for every single second.

Honestly, I think i needed the break. My everyday routine had become so monotonous that I was starting to lose sight of things. I was in a constant rut when it came to writing, I wanted nothing but to come home lay in bed and watch a movie and my knitting needles, well, they weren’t doing anything fresh and exciting. I had books lying around, unopened, just purchased that were dying to be read but I had no motivation to pick one up whatsoever.

Throughout this break, rekindling with family and friends meant SO much to Cody and I. It sparked, in me, creativity and imagination and, in Cody, motivation. For 2017 we vowed to live outside the rut or, never let the rut begin for that matter! Yes, our work schedules will remain the same but, our free time will be utilized differently. It is an actual challenge, especially in winter, to not come home and just snuggle up so, we are trying to go out more and we are designating game nights and other things to keep us together and semi-spontaneous if you will.

So, here’s to 2017 and all the possibilities it withholds!

On the Needles (Double Seed Stitch Blanket)

It’s currently a VERY unreasonable temperature here in Chicago, so in light of my toes freezing off, I’m knitting a chunky, cozy, textured blanket! The best part about knitting a blanket is it keeps you warm as you work! WOO winner winner! Yes, obviously you need to get some length on the blanket for it to start keeping you warm but, the warm wooly-ness of the yarn at least helps keep your fingers warm as you gain length!  


I chose a white/cream color with some black and tan accent particles woven in to add a little life to the simple, but lovely, textured double seed stitch pattern of the blanket. 

Hers a short overview of my blanket pattern:

  • Super Bulky yarn 
  • Size 15mm (US 10) circle needles 
  • 150 stitches 
  • Double seed stitch pattern 
  1. K1, P1 to end of row
  2. Repeat row 1 
  3. P1, K1 to end of row 
  4. Repeat row 3
  • Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length

I hope you enjoy! How are you staying warm through this frigid weekend?! Stay toasty! 

My First Dabble Class (Ornament Making)

This weekend I met up with a great friend for my first Dabble class! We chose a custom Christmas ornament making class which  was so much fun! Our host had a variety of ornament sizes and a plethora of greenery, decor, and trinkets to personalize our ornament.

When we arrived, and shook off all the snow that had accumulated on our heads in the short walk from the car, we were instantly greeted by welcoming faces and warm mugs of tea! While introductions were being made, we picked through multitudes of decorations to put inside our ornaments which, by the way, is incredibly difficult for someone as indecisive as your truly. Eventually a few ideas popped into my head and I was able to come out with some simple and cute decorations.

We started with a tutorial of techniques and tool usage and begun to set up our ornament. As we sat, sipped tea, bonded and laughed, the creativity started flowing through the room. img_0530

Ideas began coming quickly but progress, well, that came to a halt when I realized just how small the hole was that I would have to squeeze the trinkets through to place them in the ornament. With some quick tips of “squeeze through technique” from our lovely host, I was able to really get my ornament going.

After some super glue mishaps and multiple head scratching sessions, my ornament was piecing together! I used some mustard/rust colored moss, some greenery to mimic a tree, a few miniature pine cones and red berries for a small nature scene in my first ornament.

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My second ornament was smaller so I decided for a more simple and fun design. Cubs Christmas was my theme this go-round! I started with some white and red glittery foliage as the centerpiece of the ornament and topped it off with some cubby-blue beads to fill the floor of the ornament.

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So, it looks a little bit like a miniature fish bowl but hey, i still think its still nice and festive!

Overall, I had an absolutely exhilarating experience and I cannot wait to try another class! I love arts and crafts and, to be able to spend time with and create with other people, it makes the project much more special.

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Let me know what you think! Have you tried any Dabble classes? Would you be interested in Dabble classes? What projects are you currently working on?

On the Needles (Ribbed Mauve Hat) 

As the snow and freezing weather roll in here in Chicago, I plan on spending the weekend buried beneath piles of warm knits! I’ve had this chunky, super soft, mauve colored yarn for a few weeks now and haven’t had a plan for it, well, now it’s becoming a hat! The color is beautiful and it’s intertwined with small black and cream colored fragments of yarn which add some character so I decided to go with a more simple patter for the hat itself. 


I’m knitting in the round, 46 stitches, on 8mm double pointed needles, a knit one purl one pattern. 

Can’t wait to get this on my head! Let me know what you think! What are you up to this weekend?! How are you keeping warm?!