Sunday, May 19, 2019

Its Been Awhile

I seem to do this quite frequently, take a long extended break from blogging without really meaning too.

This time I have a fairly legit excuse with the fact that the house I'm renting is going up for sale. Pair that with trying to find a rental in a very small California town with rent prices that make me cringe.

Fortunately my parents live in town and I'm able to move in with them. I'm using this time of transition to reevaluate my priorities and make sure that I take care of this blog the way that I want.

New project post soon!

--Happy Knitting, Sierra

Thursday, February 28, 2019

I Don't Like to Water

My Christmas list for 2018 didn't contain any yarn...what... I know right! My Mom found that to be too weird so she ordered me a kit from Jimmy Beans.

So I got to knit cacti! This is great for me because honestly I don't have a green thumb. I've killed bamboo before.

This is was perfect because I don't have to water them and they're super cute! Of course this led me down the rabbit hole and I scoured the stash and was able to knit a few more to add to the collection.

The photos contain:

1. This diffuser from my favorite oil company!

2. This plant holder from Ikea

3. and these 1, 2, 3 other cacti from Ravelry

Plus a bunch of yarn bowls, colored glass, and a few live plants I've added to my house in the past few years. (The live plants are new and I'm not sure the small one is going to make it...)

I am very much in love with my little collection in the corner of the living room. My guess is I'll be adding new knit/crochet plants to it on and off! I'll keep you all updated! 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Another Fall Shawl

Of course, now I'm on a roll with shawls and probably will be for the next 6 months. Hope you want to see them all!

I love a gradient or an ombre, they seem to have a yarn magic all their own. As much as I love them I don't always know what to knit with them. There either isn't enough yardage to use them with another yarn or the pattern is too intricate and doesn't show the colors well enough.

Upon searching my stash I decided that this gorgeous gradient from Duren Dyeworks and this lovely bright but saturated color from Lost City Knits, combining these two into Stephen West's Holey Chevron! This was the best decision!

The body of the shawl was social knitting and easy to work on while I was at the shop. Once I had done one repeat of the edging then I was able to do that at work as well! 

One of the things I'm happiest about this shawl was that it inspired a customer at the shop to start one.  She picked two gorgeous hanks of Malabrigo to knit hers in. 

As always, Stephen came up with a fabulous design that looks amazing with my wardrobe and was so fun to knit! This double YO edging makes the chevron stand out and be just a little different than other designs. Can't wait to see what he comes up with in 2019! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Simple Traditions

Simple Traditions 
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010 
Instagram: allknitup 

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn
Needle: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm (Needle Ambiguous, you can use your preferred sock knitting method i.e. DPNs, magic loop, 9 inch circulars, two circulars.)
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe
Gauge: 36 stitches by 48 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette
Size: Women’s Medium size foot: US 8.5 / EU 39

Notions Needed:

Two different stitch markers (One for A & B) 
Darning Needle for Kitchener and weaving in ends


K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together 

K2Tog: Knit two together 
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
PW: Purlwise
KW: Knitwise
WYIF: With yarn in front 

WYIB: With yarn in back 
WS: Wrong Side
RS: Right Side
Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round) Knit 2, Purl 2 for 25 rounds


Broken Rib
Row 1: * Knit 3, Purl 1 * repeat across round Row 2: Knit across round

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows twenty nine times)

Heel Flap:

(You will be working flat on half of your stitches; right side and wrong side will now pertain)
Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

Tip: I switch to using DPNs for the heel flap and turn if using a 9 inch circular.

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, K3, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A)

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A.

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK, knit to end of round.
Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K1, knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A

Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop

(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)
Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.


Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK knit to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box.)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch.

When finished with the kitchener stitch, weave in all ends and wear with pride! Blocking makes your socks look amazing but is not necessary. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Brioche is Back in Town

I have so many brioche shawls planned (with yarn purchased and all!) and I haven't knit any of them. After casting off my last shawl I decided that I really needed a Miss Babs fix and cast on Make Your Own Rainbow with Yowza and Big Silk.

OMG these yarns are amazing together; so soft and smooth and blissful to knit with! I had originally tried to knit the Deep Sea Jellyfish by itself and the colors were just taking over the pattern. A tone down was definitely needed and the black turned out to be the perfect color along with breaking up the stitches with brioche.

The pattern originally called for different colors for each section but I wanted an eye catching shawl as well as an easy knit so I opted out of using multiple.

The shawl is large and cozy, perfect to wrap around my neck and tuck my chin into.

Had I looked a little more at the pattern I would have made adjustments to which was the first color and which was the second. With brioche I really like the center stitch and how bold it is, with this shawl the main center stitch is on the backside.

Even though I would have made a few minor adjustments I really do love this shawl and can't wait for the cold weather to appear!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

I Went to China!

Yep! For the majority of April I visited the amazing country that hosts the Great Wall! And it's freakin phenomenal.

My family and I made the trip with a tour group and I got to meet some of the best people while I was there.

Here's a few photos from the trip because I can't even put into words how much I enjoyed this country...

All the photos above are from our trip to the Great Wall of China!

Hot Pot for dinner, what an awesome meal! Essentially, make your own ramen but way better!

Temple of Heaven 

Yellow Crane Tower 

These two are from our hike to the Purple Cloud Palace. 

Knitting anywhere and everywhere. 

Visiting the Three Lesser Gorges on our cruise.

One of many many Buddhist Temples.

Danzu Rock Carvings. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

I Haven't Knit a Shawl in Forever!

That's right, I'm back, and with a finished shawl!

A little explanation for my absence. I live in Northern California which means that we end up with average 100 F temperatures with large wildfires all summer long, and I just lose my mojo.

I'm a fair-skinned redhead to I spend the majority of the summer in-doors so I'm not as red as a cherry tomato and struggling to regulate my body heat with the excessive summer heat. With this I tend to get seasonal depression in the summer versus the winter.

We've had a first wave of cool fall weather (about 80 degrees) and I'm finally starting to feel like it's time to write again and spend some time outside!

So, sorry to ditch out on everyone for a few months!

But I am back, and although I haven't been posting I have been knitting!

I recently finished the Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart out of stash yarn and I love it!

It's been what feels like close to a year since I've absolutley loved a shawl that I was knitting. This one hit quite a few of my 'favorite' markers.

  • Easy to memorize but not boring. 
  • Very well written (Have you knit a Helen Stewart pattern? If not, what are you waiting for! Go check one out) 
  • Easy to wrap but not too big.

I'm so happy that my yarn choice worked so well with the pattern. The yarn isn't quite a variegate but obviously not a speckled. Also the name is 'You Can't Take the Honkeytonk Out of the Girl' which just about tops the name for yarn. The colors are so me I special ordered three hanks, two for a shawl and one for a pair of socks. Now I have matching shawl and socks to wear!

There is also three different lace patterns in the shawl that only use K2tog and YO. So simple and easy but great versatility, I've already worn it once this fall!