Test Knitting: Atiru Shawl for Aroha Knits

Back in June, Frenchie from Aroha Knits called upon her team of fiber artists to test-knit one of her latest patterns: the Atiru Shawl.

Needing to get my mind off things (things that you may have read about in my last post), I jumped at the opportunity to keep myself busy and volunteered to join the team.

First things first: I didn't finish the project due to everything going on, so I feel like a failure and a letdown; however, I can say the final result (or what I have of one) is gorgeous and a must-have addition to your hand-knit wardrobe.

The yarns I used are:

Pink: HauteKnitYarn, Fingering, Moving Too Fast
Blue: Happy Fuzzy Yarn, Corrie Sock, Sea Glass
Grey: Classic Elite Yarns, Fresco, 5303 Cinder

The prototype/pattern calls for only two colors, but because I only had one skein of the HauteKnitYarn I wanted to use, I needed to substitute with yet another coordinating color. I'm still not sure I'm in love with the grey (and I kind of wish I'd used the cream color I'd been eyeing up), but I've received nice compliments about the color combo on Instagram, so I'm just going with it!

Although it was a test-knit, I didn't come across any problems with the pattern and I found it easy to understand. Frenchie always does a great job of writing patterns clearly. As long as you are paying attention, you'll be fine. And it's easy to get into a groove/memorize the pattern once you reach the shawl's main body.

The Atiru Shawl is now available for purchase on Ravelry, so make sure to head over and add it to your favorites.

In the meantime, I'm:

Knitting: Kick in the Pants Rainbow Socks
Reading: The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
Watching: Bojack Horseman

In Progress: Kick in the Pants Rainbow Socks

Admittedly, this current project has been a labor of love since (as always, it seems these days) my knitting mojo has been in the toilet.

I won't even begin to tell you what's been going on in my life, but suffice it to say I've been getting rid of toxic people and sort of mourning that loss. It goes to show that just because something isn't good for you, doesn't mean it won't hurt when it's gone. And the process isn't any easier when they don't even live in your country.

My ego is pretty battered and my self worth took a hit, too. So really, people plain old suck right now and I'm questioning why I even attempt new relationships at the ripe old age of 33.

I'm feeling a little better after my slump and have attempted to pick up knitting again. After all, it is and always has been my first love and has helped me through a number of rough patches in my past.

As a result, I've half-finished a pair of rainbow socks using my favorite KnitPicks Felici yarn. I've coveted this colorway for years and they finally sold it again months and months ago, so you bet your bottom dollar I picked it up once it was back on my radar.

The pattern I'm using is called Kick in the Pants, which I can't recommend highly enough for self-striping yarn. It's enough to hold your attention while still being pretty mindless. In other words, this was a perfect project for me to take to the beach a couple weekends ago. Except for that awkward moment where I dropped my ball in the sand and, well, it got messy.

It's supposed to be for top-down socks, but because I hate those, I've flipped the pattern to be bottom-up. So it doesn't look exactly like the original; that's fine with me.

I've also used contrasting yarn to knit a Fish Lips Kiss heel and 1x1 twisted rib for the cuff.

Otherwise, what else is going on my life?

Plenty of good things to contrast the bad, believe it or not. I've started a marketing podcast with several friends I met at conferences; we've been having a blast and receiving good feedback. I'm in the process of starting up a marketing business for independent fiber artists, which I'm really looking forward to launching one of these days. Nick and I have been making small day trips to a beach that's not far from us, so that's led to some pretty relaxing days and a decent tan (and horrid tan lines). I have one of my best friend's bachelorette party coming up this weekend in the Finger Lakes, which is sure to be a blast. And if you missed my last post, you'll know I'm going on a knitting retreat/to Rhinebeck in October.

And also, this rough patch has shown me how much I'm loved by people who actually matter to me. Yeah yeah, I know I'm waxing poetic and most of you are probably rolling your eyes and asking, "Why are you even writing about this?" It's because I know I'm not the only one to reach rock bottom and learn my lessons the hard way. Most people pull out of it, but others don't. I want everyone  - including you - to know that when something horrible happens to you (and it will happen, because such is life), you're not alone, even though it feels like it at the time. And I certainly feel alone right now, but I logically know I'm not. And I also know I have an amazing support network who help pick me up by my bootstraps and carry on.

Doesn't mean I'm not an idiot, but I'll get over that and make sure I'm not an idiot again.

In the meantime, I'm:

Watching: Stranger Things. Okay, I'm actually done watching this after a major bingefest this weekend. It was awesome and you all need to take a look.
Reading: The Girls by Emma Cline
Listening: "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks

GIVEAWAY! The All-New Sock Crush Box by Yarn Crush

Hey, all! It's been quite some time since my last update, and for that I apologize. Not that I think I'm on your minds 24/7, but I like to think I provide good content from time to time, and I know I also owe people reviews and project updates. I promise those are coming soon!

But in the meantime, I have some exciting news:

My regular readers will know that I have rather large obsession with Yarn Crush, one of the many subscription services out there catered to knitters and crocheters alike. You'll also know that it's by far my favorite.

As a result, I've developed a rapport with Yarn Crush's creator, Joanna, which only means good things for you. Why? Because she's allowing me to host a giveaway for one of her all-new subscription boxes: Sock Crush.

What It Is

Developed specifically for sock knitters, Sock Crush is a new yarntastic subscription box by Yarn Crush. The first box ships in early August, just in time to start knitting up socks to wear in the fall or give away as Christmas gifts.

Each box will include enough quality sock yarn to knit a pair of socks and a download code for a sock knitting pattern. As with all Yarn Crush's boxes, the retail value of what you get will always be higher than the subscription price. 

Featured patterns will be designed by some of the best sock designers out there, like Cookie A, Kate Atherley, Wei S. Leong, Anne Hanson, Sivia Harding, and more!

How to Win It

Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple entries to win your own Sock Crush box.

Sock knitting not your thing? Or just want to immediately get yummy yarn and patterns delivered right to your mailbox every month?

BTW: Current Yarn Crush subscribers get 15% off their Sock Crush pre-orders (remember: there are only 50 up for grabs!), and all pre-orders get FREE SHIPPING their first month, so make sure to check it out immediately :)

In Progress: Granny Classic Afghan


A friend of mine owns a local marketing agency and recently bought a couch for his office. This, of course, led to a discussion of how it should be decorated - because that's the type of thing marketing people discuss.

I casually mentioned said couch was deserving of a granny afghan that coordinated with his office's color scheme. And thus, the Afghan of Doom was born.

I'm using the Granny Classic Afghan pattern from the Red Heart website and Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" in a variety of high-contrast colors. I've now reached the end of the fourth row, which means there's only one row left before the arduous task that is weaving in ends. Really not looking forward to that.

But despite the fact I'll want to hang myself with the scraps, I love this blanket and may not want to part with it. Sadistically, I'm thinking about making another in a girlier palette, although I don't think that'll happen any time soon. While granny blankets are perfect potato chip knitting while binging on Hulu series, they're also a bit mind numbing and I'd like to move on to bigger and better things now. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, I'm:

Knitting: Crenate
Crocheting: Mermaid Tail Couch Blanket
Watching: 11.22.63