Sutro Wrap

Sutro Wrap

A new knitted love.

Perhaps my favorite part of it (besides it's simplicty) is that it can be worn so many different ways. Tied above, draped below, or wrapped around the body.


Sutro Wrap

Sutro Wrap

The yarn is Noro Kogarashi, a lovely silk wool blend.

Buy via Ravelry or Craftsy. Wear madly and often.

A Cowl for Nick

Cowl For Nick

I had been thinking of making a chunkier cowl version of the 5th Avenue Infinity scarf for a long time. It wasn't until recently I found my reason to get it done.

Let me tell you about Nick. Nick is the father of one of my closest friends, Torry. We met my freshman year at Boston College and I immediately gained an irreplaceable friend and new family. Debbie, Nick's wife was quickly nicknamed "Debbie Dewdrops" because she always radiated happiness. Even when her prized Boston teams were losing I swear that woman never frowned. I can see her smiling right now.

I enjoyed it so much hearing them pronounce my name with their thick Boston accents. "Mah-go". Her and Nick's generosity to myself and my roomates during those years was incalculable. They became foster parents to all of us. I remember a day when I had pulled the bumper off of my car accidentally in the middle of the BC parking lot. (stupid concrete wheel stoppers) At the time I was mortifed and didn't know who to call – but Torry knew. A swift call to Nick and a few moments later reinforcements arrived. There was no time to worry because he'd be there to help.

I guess it's no surprise years later it is their names that were on all our of wedding guest lists. No list is ever complete without Debbie & Nick.

Recently, Nick was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. If you've read the book Tuesdays with Morrie then I am sure you know exactly what that means. Already ALS has caused him to require help doing things we take for granted everyday – eating and breathing.

It's that time of year where most people begin to dig out their knitting needles after a summer's hibernation. I knit so often these days that I can't imagine what it would be like to lose control of my hands and not be able to knit. Sadly it is something I can't say could never happen.

Cowl for Nick

ETA: You can purchase your own Cowl For Nick pattern on both Ravelry and Craftsy!

All proceeds will be donated to the ALS FoundationTeam Gleason, and next year's walk for Team Nick!

I know I can never repay all that Nick & Debbie have done for me during those years but I hope you'll help me raise awareness and funds to help make a difference in their life and the lives of all those who suffer with ALS.


FO: Melanie Wrap

Melanie Wrap

Pattern: Melanie Wrap (My own)
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark (100% American Wool, 134 yrds/50g),
Chanterelle, 5balls, Pomegranate, 1 ball (100% American Wool, 134 yrds)
US 7(4.5mm) circular and DPN needles

Melanie Wrap

Melanie Wrap

While it is not an "exact" copy of what Mel wore I still think it caputres the essence of what she wore. Classic yet stylish. I hope you will enjoy making and wearing it while watching Sweet Home Alabama.

I am loving all the comments coming in for the Loop-D-Loop Lace Giveaway – it's getting me excited on what to knit for fall! Hopefully you'll now all add this to your list!

Movie Knits: Melanie’s Wrap

So there I was hanging out with my mother on a lazy Sunday afternoon watching one of my favorite movies, Sweet Home Alabama, when I first noticed it. Sure I had watched this movie a dozen times always thinking, "Imagine if I left my husband for seven years and then happened to pop back into his life? What was I even Doing seven years ago? That's a pretty long time isn't it… like that's 40 doggie years… or wait, is it more… and like zero contact? like before Facebook and Twitter and iphones? …seriously Margaux lay off the caffeine." Once my thought bubble had popped I saw that Reese aka Melanie Smooter was wearing a very cute, simple knitted wrap.

Wrap from Sweet Home Alabama

…and of course, I decided right then and there that I had to have it. While she only wears wears it in one scene but its left quite an impression on me.  Basketweave on the bias, a little i-cord edging, a tie to help it stay put. I've even gauged with some spare yarn my mom had laying around!

I have so many posts in the "draft" status and so much knitting going on here that one can only wonder when this would get done. But you can be sure it will not take me 7 years! (famous last words, anyone?)


Lotus Leaf Hat

I am what you call an eternal optimist always thinking things are going to be better than expected. Yes, even moving.  But we all know moving is never fun.  I don't know why I thought differently this time around. J and I brought a few boxes over to our new apartment last night, mostly my knitting books and kitchen stuff that we're not using.  He filled both my little Jetta and the back seat of his 4Runner and it took us a good hour doing several carrying trips to bring everything in. We both felt really proud of ourselves thinking we made a good dent in the big move that was still ahead. 

For a split moment before I opened the door to our current apartment I had this anticipation of seeing something done, something that's definitely missing, but when I flicked the light on I looked around and felt it appeared even more full of stuff than before.

The only bright side to this is that it's already been rented for next month which means no more viewings.  No more making the place absolutely spotless for the visitors. It's a miracle I even pulled my apartment together when the first appointment was made!  I am notorious for never checking my voicemail but something just made me do it and thank god I did.  Those people would have been running to the highest cliff in Jersey City if they saw the mess it was in.  It was one of those moments I wish I had a time lapse camera to show the tornado of clean that I was that afternoon.

Lotus Leaf Hat

So while I had to vacate my apartment for a while I was working on this little hat. It is actually a side product of the fun that is Vestvember!  I had told you all that I was thinking of doing a vest with this motif along the bottom but now I like the hat so much I think I'm just going to tweak it a bit and make a few of these instead.  Don't you dismay however I'm not leaving Vestvember behind but am thinking of knitting a more traditional stripped vest. 

I'm so excited with out the lotus pattern came out.  I had been thinking of doing something like this for a while now and just needed that extra oomph to actually put it together.  My fair isle is getting better but I still can't predict my gauge.  This hat isl a little too tight.  Regardless, first draft – not too shabby!

Lotus Leaf Hat