Knitting

2016 Wrap Up

Hello Friends,

Here we are on the eve of a new year and my WIPs pile has not diminished even a little. In fact I threw in another small project! A baby hat. 


Clearly 2017 will start as busy as 2016 is ending. Though I don’t think I would have it any other way. 

This year has been a full year. I looked back to see what did I accomplish and I have quite the stack of F.O’s! 


I finished 2 scarfs, 5 hats, 2 Cowls, 1 baby sweater and 2 gloves…and some is missing from this photo because they have already gone on to their forever home! Not to shabby considering a lot of this knitting happened after August! 

My babies have graduated from babies to toddlers.

My Love and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary in July. My how fast those 10 years have gone by. 


But it has been the latter half of this year that has really gone by and been so full. One of the gifts my hubby gave me on our anniversary was the encouragement to try out a dream. I had talked about trying my hand at a creative business but had gone back and forth on the subject, too nervous and scared to try. When I expressed I was tempted to pack away the needles he gave me the shove I needed. And to top it off he bought me my domain name so that I could get started on the right foot. 


So I dove right in. In the process I have tried many new things. I found a new niche in making clay stitch markers for knitters. Which is a completely different direction than I had planned when I began all this but one I am not sorry I took. I have found my knitting community and making some good friends in the process. This blog came to be and I have exciting things to share with you! Like…

2017 Knitting Goals! 


I have some fun plans in store for these beauties in the coming new year. A KAL for the first photo, sock knitting(a post on that next week), a new pattern for the Robbins Egg yarn, and I finally know just what to do with the yarn I won in a giveaway this fall! 


I also have quite the stack of books on my To Read list…so one of my goals for this year is to take a little mom time, sit down with some newly discovered teas, a bit of chocolate and enjoy a chapter. I know as a busy mom this would be a good way to take care of me so I can take care of my loved ones! 


That about wraps up 2016. Just in time too it’s nearly New Years. As I close the book on 2016 so do I close my posts to you here! My first post of 2017 will be held on my new website Little Bitty Delights (don’t worry I will post a reminder post here linking to the new site). I am very excited! I hope to see you there for all of my adventures in 2017! 

What life or knitting goals do you have for 2017? Leave me a comment I would love to know. Catch you on the other side! 

Joyful knitting! 

❤Amanda

Knitting · Meet the Designer

Meet the Designer: Annie Jensen

Hello Friends,

The year is getting closer to drawing to an end( we are but a mere 9 days away from 2017). I was looking at the calender planning future blog posts and realized I have so many I wanted to write for this year. Alas some are just going to have to wait till the new year to be written. Which is ok! I feel like some posts, like fine wine, turn out better when they have had some time to sit and breath! 

I thought it only fitting that we end the year with one more Meet the Designer post. And this one is so perfectly appropriate as this designer is the biggest reason this lovely blog exists! I want you to meet Annie Jensen! First a little story.

Have you ever had something or found yourself with a collection and you looked around  and things kinda hit you like that song by The Killers “Mr. Brightside”? How does that song go..it started with a kiss and ended up like this… Well that’s kind of how my project bag obsession started! 

I went from zero project bags… Well if you want to count the one funny purse that I found second hand and had been using to hold a current WIP. But I didn’t have an official project bag! That is till I ran into Annie in the same Facebook group we were in. One thing led to another and then we were following eachother on Instagram. Then I tried one of her bags! 


I finally had a proper project bag! It was fantastic! I would just grab the bag when I was ready to head out to do errands or go to the park with the kiddos. My project was now so readily available. No fighting what was in my purse to get to my project. It was a downward slope from there! Suddenly project bags from her shop were leaping into my cart! 


I am super excited about the xlarge bag she made for me! I am currently working on a blanket and I really wanted a way to keep the yarn and project safe from curious sticky fingers! Is it not gorgeous? I am able to fit 17 skeins of Biggo yarn from Knit Picks in this bag! 


I am in project bag heaven. Ok enough about my project bag obsession. It’s time to get to know Annie better the Designer of HKNT Bags and up and coming yarn dyer(can you see that beautiful mint Green yarn above?? Annie’s!) 

Annie Jensen courtesy of Instagram

How long have you been knitting? 

I started out crocheting in 2013 as a way to cope with everything happening in my life. It wasn’t bad but there was a lot going on. I did that for a few years obsessively and in the meantime had my daughter in 2014. 

I was home alone all the time with this baby who only stopped crying to sleep in short spurts. I was so tired and so stressed out that I didn’t have the time or mental capacity to crochet, so I would spend time perusing Ravelry thinking to myself, “I would love to knit but that is way too hard. There is no way *I* could do it.” 

I don’t actually remember what prompted me to pick up the needles, but a year after I was attempting to teach myself to knit and it became obsessive after that. I fell in love with the texture of the stitches, the tools, how well beautiful yarns were showcased. At that point for me, luxury yarn was still purchased at JoAnn. 

Project Bags Instagram

Why did you start making project bags? 

It was actually the podcast Get Lit and Knit on YouTube that piqued my interest. I had been sewing for about 12 years, so I had the experience behind me, but I never really applied sewing to knitting.

It wasn’t until they showed on their podcast the project bags their WIPs were living in that I realized I needed them in my life!! There is nothing like having a sticky, curious kid to make me dread investing in quality, luxury yarns. I wanted luxury yarn SO bad though and project bags solved my conundrum. I could keep my kid AND my yarns, haha! 

Garden Party Instagram

How did you get into yarn dyeing?

Call it mommy amnesia, but I can’t distinctly remember why I got into dyeing yarn.  I think at some point I had realized that I couldn’t afford indie dyed yarns, but I could afford the bare Knit Picks yarn and dye my own. 

So I bought a bundle of bare yarn on a splurge and started dyeing with Kool Aid. I quickly progressed to acid dyes and here I am today!

Annie’s hand dyed yarn Instagram

What do you love about being a Fiber Artist and what do you want to share with the Fiber Community? 

With my business, my artistic venture as I like to think of it, I want to share myself with the fiber community. 

I started because I wanted to connect with people and make some friends, start some conversations and *maybe* if I was lucky make some money along the way. It has turned into so much more than I could have imagined! (Thank you!!)

 From here on I want to continue to follow those themes. I want to give my interpretations to people who appreciate and enjoy what I do. I want to make available what maybe wouldn’t be unless I make it. 

The beautiful thing about art is that no matter how many people do the same thing, or follow the same prompts, art is never the same!  

Instagram

Annie it was great to get to know you and a little of your story! Thank you friends for stopping by checking out Annie’s story! I encourage you to check out her shop and see if there isn’t something that calls out to you! Now I know it’s on to a busy weekend! Enjoy! Till next week! In the mean time take delight in your knitting!

❤️Amanda


Knitting

Saturday Coffee 

Hello Friends, 

I had planned to get a post out to you yesterday and then remembered I was doing a shop update and didn’t want the two to compete with eachother! Lol. 

So why don’t we have a coffee break this morning and chat a little while? I don’t have any F.O’s at the moment, but I did start a new WIP! 

Saturday Coffee

Here are the beginnings of the Makariri Shawl designed by Aroha Knits! Frenchie has very beautiful designs! I was excited when I received my newsletter from Aroha Knits announcing the release of this shawl. Her newsletter was titled about how to choose three color combos to make your project SHINE! 

Huh what a coincidence!  I happened to be on the hunt for a pattern that would allow me to use these three yarns…

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Champagne Pools, Sugar Plum Fairy

I had ordered the two purple ones “Champange Pools” and “Sugar Plum Fairy” from Woolberry Fiber Co during her Black Friday sale and turns out I was one of the first five to order that day and won the top skein in the colorway “Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”. I had originally planned a different shawl for the two purple skeins, but when I paired them all together for a photo I thought they played so well together, I wanted a shawl to make using all three! 

Photo from Aroha Knits

So if you are looking for a shawl to use three colors with then go grab the Makariri Shawl. It’s free! 


Here is another WIP I have going. It’s the Reothadh-loath (Hoarfrost) Shawl by Naomi Bruette of Sew.Knit.Create!

Fox Glacier

I chose Woolberry Fiber Co “Fox Glacier” for this project. I felt this color-way just captured the hoarfrost that the shawl was inspired by perfectly! 

I think it’s safe to say that Woolberry Fiber Co Was the Indie Dyer for the month of November! What do you think, would you like to see an Indie Dyer of the month feature? 

Have you refilled your coffee yet? I know I did while writing this! I just have so much to share! Ok finish those last sips while I share a little more! 

I added some little treasures to my stash this last month. One being this sock soap bar from Tuft Woolens

Chocolate Mint

This soap is Chocolate Mint and you guys it is divine! They paired my two favorite flavors into soap! I am ecstatic! I wish you could smell it! 


I also received these adorable stitch markers from a very kind person on Instagram who granted me a yarn wish! They match my work beautifully! A big thank you goes out to you! 

There all done! We made it! Lol. Hey isn’t that what happens when friends get together for coffee? Time flies and we talk about so much! Should we make Saturday Coffee a regular thing? Let me know what you think? Have a great weekend! 

Delight in your knitting!

❤️Amanda

Knitting

Twice the Joy

Hello Friends,

How did your week go?  Mine went surprisingly fast considering I was not as busy this week. I mean I actually napped with my babies two days in a row, instead of putting them down and then getting up and working. Although I have to say those naps were so good! 

I finished the mittens I told you about earlier this week. They turned out just perfect! 

I tried two at a time knitting for the first time while test knitting these Joy of Christmas mittens! I will never knit one mitten at a time again! It was so nice to have both mittens done pretty much at the same time. 

Is two at a time knitting a new trick to you? Do you find it daunting? I hadn’t really considered it till I was scrolling thru Instagram last week and saw another knitter post a picture and she was working on mittens two at a time. I thought genius! I should do this! So in came trusty YouTube so I could learn how to do two at a time knitting as well! It really is not hard at all. Check out the video that I used to cast on two at a time.

The one thing I kept running into was using the same yarn for the next mitten which was supposed to use the other ball of yarn. I always caught the mistake before completing the round so it wasn’t too hard to fix the problem.
Are you wondering why my needles are two different colors? I picked up a tip from my knitting friend Destiny of Knifty Knittings, that if you use a smaller needle than the size you need to knit with you can move your stitches off the needle faster! Ah life changer right there! This is perfect when working in the round! 

  
Turns out the pattern I was working off of was perfectly written for two at a time knitting. Though that was a happy accident and  not something Naomi set out originally to do. She had written the pattern so it was easier to read and required less pages or scrolling. By the way have you seen her website lately? It’s just darling. If you sign up for her newsletter you can get a coupon for the Joy of Christmas pattern! Go get that now! I will wait! 
I gave these mittens to my son to keep his hands warm during our walks! He was so excited!! 

I can’t wait to make me a pair so we can be matching!! I received some YOTH yarn as a gift from my FibreShare partner in the Father worsted weight, that I think will be perfect for this pattern! 


Tell me have you gotten any fantastic yarns you are dying to work with?? Leave me a comment, I want to know! 

Have a great weekend!  Delight in your knitting! 

❤️Amanda

Knitting

Victoria Shawl

Hello Friends, 

How is your December so far? Can you believe it’s December already, we will be wrapping up this year soon. It’s all going by so quickly. Right now I am sitting here listening to Manic Monday by The Bangles. A song I always feel is so apropos for Monday.  Do you have a Monday theme song? 

It’s been a little longer than I had planned since we last chatted. Things have been so busy since LaLa’s Cafe! Oh how I wish I could be siting in LaLa’s now.  I really wanted to share an F.O with you before writing another post and well now I finally have one!! Remember this snap shot from a few posts back?? 


Meet Victoria!


When I saw Maggie’s shawl design on Instagram, I was in love. Perfectly lacy. Then when I got to read her description of the shawl…

“Victoria is an elegant woman; she holds herself with pride and confidence. When Victoria walks into a room, all eyes turn to her. It’s not just her beautiful colors or her intricate lace, it’s her aura. Her aura is calming, soothing to the tortured soul, and uplifting to the down hearted…”


Suddenly I was no longer sitting in my living room sipping my coffee. I was transported to a majestic ball room, with crystal chandeliers casting a romantic glow about the room, where dozens of dresses flounced about dancing to the waltz. I was Victoria wrapped in this gorgeous shawl, catching everyone’s eye. I was a lady of high regard, a secret devotion, and for a dash of drama hidden intent. 

 I knew then and there I had to cast on this shawl! It sang to my story telling heart. I was fortunate to be one of Maggie’s test knitters for this beautiful piece. 


I chose to go bold with my shawl and add the intricate lace edging in a garnet red coloring. I love it. I felt like Victoria for her beautiful grace would have an element of shock and awe. A slight daring edge. Thus the red lace. 

 I used Knit Picks Palette yarn in the colors Ash, Mist and Garnet Heather. 


 Though I have to say I really want to knit this shawl again in an indie dyed Merino yarn. That would drape so nicely and feel so yummy. So I am on the hunt for just the right colors for that. I want to know, which way would you go? Bold and daring? Or choose soft and demure for your shawl? 

Speaking of yarn… oh my, this last month I did a bit of stash enhancing. Between Black Friday sales, and fun swaps and giftings on Instagram I got some good yarns. I will have to share that in its own post…it’s so much! 

I have a pair of mittens in the works that I will be sharing with you soon along with a new to me technique. 

Delightful knitting my friends, 

❤️Amanda

Family life · Knitting

Knitting at LaLa’s

Hello Friends,

It’s Friday!! Boy what a week! It’s been good to visit family, despite getting a 24 hour bug that left us all feeling down and out. Our time here is nearly over and time to head back home. 

 My sister surprised me today with plans of leaving our kiddos with Papa and Grandma for a few hours while we stole away to LaLa’s Bakery for a little mom downtime, to catch up with some friends and in my case knit!!



LaLa’s Bakery is an adorable coffee shop that is inside and old renovated bank! The inside is just to die for!  I just want to live here. 

I just love the colors they used inside. It has a great calm vibe! A perfect knitting place! They had coffee beans under the counter at the coffee bar!



Their pastries are just gorgeous to look at and they bake them all in house! We could smell the baking of cupcakes wafting over to our corner as we sat and enjoyed our coffee! 


They even left the old bank vault in place! I couldn’t resist getting this coffee mug when I saw it! It’s snowflake perfection! 

They filled it with Peppermint White Mocha and whipped cream for me! Sooo good! 

While on this outing my Hill Country Day Tripper Hat made its first public debut, and was immediately complimented on by the Barista! 

This is one of the test knits I told you about last month that I had in the works! I am so happy with how it turned out.


 It’s a fun knit and working with Melanie’s yarn from Go Knit Yourself was lovely. This hat is light weight and airy. Go nab the pattern for yourself! If you sign up for Assorted Musings newsletter you get special discounts for when she releases her patterns! 

 
My other test knit I finished up was the Whirigig Wrist Warmers by Naomi Bruette. Remember her from the Meet the Designer post? Well she released her second pattern last week and it’s a great stash buster. 


These gloves keep my hands so nice and toasty! I am already thinking of a few family members that will be getting some as gifts! 

That pretty much wraps up the happenings of this week. What items have you finished and gotten off the needles? Share them with me over on Instagram with #littlebittydelightsblogprojects. I would love to see what you have going on! 

❤️Amanda