Happy New Year!

I may be a day late but wanted to wish you all a wonderful new year!

2012 was filled with many events including two HUGE ones: moving back east and being pregnant with our first child! 

Professionally I've been so proud to have been published in both Interweave Knits and Knitscene! And although there wasn't much to show for it on the blog perse, I did a great deal of sample knitting for some of my favorite designers.

I am SO excited for 2013. As you can imagine I am beyond excited/nervous/saywah! about becoming a parent. It truly is going to be epic. I can't wait to introduce him to you all in a few months!

Until then I'm going to try to start off my new year with blogging more. I've done a ton of knitting the past few months and have many projects to share! 

Fablewip
I'll start off with my first WIP of 2013. The Fable Cardigan by Kate Gagnon Osborn of the Fibre Company. The yarn is Terra, the color Butternut. It's a simple grandpa style cardigan perfect for the growing bump and post pregnancy outfits.

Here's to lots of knitting in 2013!!!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful year.

xo,
m

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New Design: The Gate Sweater

 

Gate-Pullover

Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

 My newest design in the Winter issue of Knitscene – the Gate Sweater.

Sweater Details:
Sizes 30 (35, 40, 45, 50)" bust circumference; shown in size 35"
Yarn Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk; 124 yd [113 m]/50 g):
• camel, 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins
Gauge 20 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st
Tools
• Size 6 (4 mm): 32" circular (cir) needle
• Size G (4 mm) crochet hook
• Markers (m)
• Stitch holders
• Yarn needle 

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Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I was inspired to design this piece from an episode of Downton Abby! I remember during one of the many hours of watching that fabulous show I was taken in by something Lavinia was wearing. It was a blouse that had a lace motif that crawled across the shoulder. I loved how it looked and then began thinking of how that would translate to a knitted piece.

The answer for this piece was by knitting the sweater sideways. Being that the rest of the sweater is in stockinette it turns out to a pretty simple piece.

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Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I finished off the bottom with a little seed stitch border to keep it from rolling. I hope you all enjoy knitting up one this fall! It would go perfect with a dark pair of jeans and boots!

Get your copy of Knitscene today either at your LYS or online!

Thank goodness for socks

Kandahar

I almost forgot the type of brain melt that goes along with moving. And when I say "forgot" what I really mean is "blacked out". No matter how hard you try to focus and tell yourself "this is going to be OK. I am more organized than I was before" it still is enormously stressful. 

Don't get me wrong, our cross country road trip was amazing. My husband and I took full advantage of seeing as many things as we could. (HELLO, Grand Canyon. You Amaze Me.) We impressed ourselves with both our ability to get along in a car for 10 days and how "easy" it really seemed driving hours on end in a 24 hour period. (I really should stop and thank the people who designed cruise control. I do not know what I would have done without you!)

Of course, we both knew with a cross country move there had to be a snag somewhere. I am ever so thankful that snag wasn't in the form a flat tire in the middle of nowhere USA.

When we finally pulled into our driveway and gave our moving company a call to see where in transit our stuff was you'd imagine our surprise when they said it hadn't left the dock. (insert Snag.) Apparently we were a part of an "unprecedented" surge of people moving out of CA. So much so that our moving company evidently shipped trucks via train to deal with the demand.

Kandahar

So there we were in a house with nothing in it. We half joked about pitching our tent in our backyard but decided that was not how we wanted to introduce ourselves to our neighbors.

We decided to stay with friends. The generosity that was put forth from them was overwhelming. We had no worries but the date of our furinture arrival.

While not having our stuff for a little over two weeks was a little frustrating it truly wasn't the end of the world. But since I am human I did have my freak outs. Dudes, I had so many knitting plans! I was going to finish that sweater I keep talking about finishing. There was a Christmas stocking I promised someone. I wanted to do a stash bust sale! My poor yarn was sitting on a dock in CA!

Thank goodness for socks. A perfect pattern for the over occupied mind.

Kandahar

The pattern is called Kanhahar from the book Socktopus by Alice Yu. There is some errata which she lists on Ravelry so if you decided to do this pair check it out there first. The yarn is from Little Red Bicycle in Sidewalk Chalk. 

As of today we're 99.5% unpacked. And yes, I found all my yarn.

The journey begins.

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Mr. H and I have begun our cross country drive to our new home state, Massachusetts. While I am so happy to be headed east it was extremely difficult to say goodbye to San Francisco. I have made so many great friendships in the short time I've lived there that it made saying "see you later" rough! Thank god for the internet or I don't know what I would do.

We saw our last sunset from the Pacific Coast highway earlier today. There is nothing like a sunset on the Pacific. What a magical sight. 

We decided to head a bit south before going west so that we could take this view in one last time. I also had this penchant to go to LA for some weird reason… cough**nonnahs**cough. Right after that we're headed to of my favorites (Hello, Vegas) and a few other cities that are brand new to me. Aside from the city stays we are camping at Grand Canyon, Zion National, and Arches National park. Nature! I am certain my voice is going to be hoarse from singing America the Beautiful everywhere we go.

And of COURSE I brought my knitting!  Would you believe my husband was concerned that I wouldn't have enough things to work on? But I brought an unfinished sweater, a pair of socks and a few other fun projects. I also made sure I brought along my trusty click set should I get some inspiration on the road. You never know what yarn shops could be a gps search away. 😉  

Glad to be back on the blog sharing and not stuck behind boxes! Thanks for your patience. 🙂

Wagons East!
m

A pair of sweethearts

Sweetheart Cozies

When I first started drinking coffee I only drank iced. The thought of burning my tounge on a bitter drink was silly and somewhat masochistic. I had what a friend would call "cake in a cup." Iced coffee with milk and sugar.

I eventually transitioned to 2% and then to skim.  Soon I didn't even take milk in my coffee and began to drink a sip of hot cups here and there and all of a sudden I begain drinking more hot than cold! And here I am with a Kuerig machine to boot!

But a hot cup makes for burned hands and not a happy Margaux make. I'd seen coffee cozies before but add a bit of pinterest inspiration and here we have Sweetheart Cozies.

Sweetheart Cozies

Two halves when put together make a whole. Cozies for a pair of partners, lovers, best friends and most of all java lovers. 

Get the pattern here! (eta, decided to make this a freebie for all you lovers out there! Enjoy!)

Happy Valentines Day!

xoxo

Garter Stitch

Source: no6store.com via Margaux on Pinterest

 

When I see something like this on Pinterest I think to myself – this is SO easy and yet so stylish.

(not to mention it's grey!)

Garter Stitch

So of course I feel the need to knit one of my own. A simple garter triangle shawl – yarn is Kogarashi from Noro. A fabulous blend of wool, alpaca and silk. One of the more softer Noro yarns around.

It has already become one of my go to knit night projects as well as the only thing I could work on during the Superbowl. (YAY Giants!) 

Gotta love garter.

Knit Style: Cabled Pullover

Knit Style: Rebecca Cabled Sweater

This flashback knit is an old favorite, the Rebecca Cabled Pullover. It's one of maybe 3 pullovers I've ever knit! Knit in Rowan Cashsoft, it's held up well over the years.

Knit Style: Cabled Pullover

Knit Style: Rebecca Cabled Sweater

Sweater: Cabled Pullover from Rebecca Mag #36
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft Aran
Needles: US 5 & 6
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Knit Style: Rebecca Cabled Sweater

I also must let you know that I am obsessed with my hat. I bought it while touring the city with my good friend Dana and her husband Rob.  The moment I put this on my head I knew I wasn't leaving without it. Is it obvious I am really into grey?

WIP Wednesday: Grellow

Grellow Chevron

I work at a yarn shop that is chockfull of yarns. Like literally to the ceiling. So sometimes I won't even notice a yarn until I have to do an inventory or a customer wants it.

This is Jasmine by Louisa Harding. A cotton, bamboo, silk blend with a bit of glitter to it. It was one of my "couldn't help" moments where I couldn't help but buy the grey and neon yellow. Throw in a little chevron action and we have ourselves a pretty spring cowl.