Two cloches, as cloches are a hat that suits me, one from Boutique Knits and one from Knitty. Made this past winter.
Headband with superpower knit cable action! Simple, adorable, effective. No patterns necessary.
(PS, thank you so much to the lovely ladies in my family who have donated for my latest endeavor, I would already be nothing without you, and your continued support of all of my creative projects is simply astounding as well as heart warming. I love you so much, thank you for being such amazing women for me to look up to and take after.)
I mentioned a little while ago that I am involved in a project called Night Captain. Night Captain is a theatrical show with circus acts and puppetry, which is going on tour this summer while also hosting a few workshops for kids to teach them a variety of performing, writing, and tactile arts.
Well, we are getting quite close to our departure date for our tour and we still need to raise some funds. So I’m hosting a little bit of a fundraiser here on my blog!
I’m asking that if you check out the website, and if you are interested in the project, give what you can to help us on our way. Right now we are still short some money to pay for gas and other amenities.
Click here to donate!
As a bonus, if you donate $40 or more I will totally make you something cool. Such as…
Arm or leg warmers!
Scarves or cowls!
A couple of wash cloths!
If you donate a lot of money (like, a hundred or even a couple hundred bucks or something), I will totally make you anything that I am capable of, like a sweater or a blanket or a shirt… or whatever!
Feel free to request anything I have blogged about, or make a special request for something new! And if you can only spare $10 but really like something small on here, talk to me and we may be able to work something out.
I’m going to be working on the projects I get requests for from donations while on tour and when I get back. It may take some time to get them to you, but I promise I will have everything finished by the end of September at the absolute latest for anyone who is so sweet as to contribute to our little project.
Thank you so much! Happy Summer Solstice!
I’ve been trying to keep my craft posts somewhat brief in the description area. This sweater has a little bit of a story to it. Not necessarily an exciting story, but a story nonetheless.
Several years ago I started this sweater that I fell in love with from Twist Collective. Except I changed it from having the little sitting birds to having little swallows, because swallows are purty. My dad bought me the yarn as a Christmas gift (or was it Birthday?), and they didn’t quite have the color of tan that I wanted so I got an off-white and experimented with tea-dying. And then I started the sweater. This is back when I still lived in Long Beach, which means that it was at least 4 years ago.
I kept picking it up every winter for a short period of time, and then putting it back down after I’d get frustrated with some part of the instructions. Last fall I started working at a yarn store, and started thinking about knitting all the time, and decided I needed to finish it. When I picked the instructions back up I realized how easy they were now that I had been thinking about knitting all the time and had not immediately put it back down after the holidays (as I have in most years past.)
So I was knitting on it and getting close to finishing… And then I ran out of yarn. Gosh darnit. I went to our competing yarn store, where I bought the yarn all those years ago. They had a few remnants of that yarn which they had since discontinued, but of course only in such lovely colors as salmon pink and sage green—not the original cream, or by the miracle I was hoping for in a magical color that would match the tea-dyed yarn. SO. I found another fingering weight yarn in off white, took it home, tea dyed it, and to my delight it was pretty darn close to the original yarn. Not perfect, but close.
I finished the sweater, washed it, blocked it, and low and behold you can barely tell that the yarn on the shoulders is not the same as the rest of the sweater. I even forget, sometimes, unless I’m really looking at it and thinking about it.
I’m happy to finally have finished it because it is quite a lovely sweater. And it is one of the few things that I have ever knit that people actually very rarely ask me if I made it, and when I tell them I made it they’re surprised. Which is pretty fun. I usually take a lot of pride in having hand made things that look hand made (which in my mind this sweater does), but it is still somehow a bit of an ego boost when people are surprised that something so intricate, or complicated, or well made (or whatever it is about this particular sweater that catches people by surprise) can still be made by hand.