FO Log: Glendalough Hat (2018 FO-07)

Hats seem to be my go-to palate cleanser these days instead of socks! They knit up so fast, and they’re rewarding - the only challenge remaining is that there’s really, honestly, only so many hats a person needs. I might need to get to gifting my hats to people - oh well.

After Hozkwoz, I decided to cast on a hat that had been sitting in my queue ever since I first saw this glorious pattern photo:

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FO Log: Hozkwoz Hat (2018 FO-06)

The weekend I finished my Kimmeridge Cardigan, I spent a wonderful afternoon at my LYS’ summer party. Amazing homemade food (Ruta’s chocolate cake is killer!), a light breeze and knitting in a courtyard - and to top it all off, I finally got to meet Anna Maltz in person!

If you don’t know Anna Maltz yet, I highly recommend checking out her Instagram (@sweaterspotter - keep an eye out for her yarn matching old cars series) and patterns on Ravelry because boy, does this woman have imagination and spirit!

When I got home, bound off my cardigan, and thought about what I wanted to knit next, I realized that even though I’d been gifted Anna’s latest book “Marlisle - A New Direction in Knitting” for my birthday, I had yet to make anything from it. I was super intrigued to try marlisle - it’s quite rare these days that I come across a technique that’s completely new to me, so it was a delight to read through Anna’s thoughts on marlisle, yarns that were suitable and not suitable and figure out how it worked.

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Ready-To-Knit: hessnatur's Winter Sweaters

Originally, the title of this post was “Knit the Look” and then I was like, wait, where have I read that? I went over to Fringe Association, and yes, I was right: Karen Templer’s category of ready-to-wear garments that you could easily knit yourself is called like that.

So, meet “Ready-To-Knit” (To cheesy? I don’t care.) - a loose instalment of RTW clothes that catch my eye that you could also knit yourself.

Starting with hessnatur’s winter catalogue and these four fabulous sweaters!

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FO Log: Kimmeridge Cardigan (2018 FO-05)

There was one specific hole in my wardrobe I wanted to fill for this fall: the cozy yet fitted grey cardigan. I own a dark blue Driftless Cardigan (a great sewing pattern by Grainline Studio!) out of a heavy jersey that I wear almost every day when the weather gets cold enough, but I was lacking something a bit warmer - and something grey.

Because, let’s face it: My wardrobe consists mostly of blacks, greys, blues, whites and the occasional pop of pink and a grey cardigan works so well with all of these colors, it was a joke that I didn’t have one already.

Even more so because I’ve known for over a year what I wanted to make: the Kimmeridge Cardigan by Clare Devine in Rauwerk Yarn.

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Happy Socktober: A roundup of my favorite sock patterns

Happy Socktober, lovelies! If you’re totally confused by the title of this blog post, let me help you out: Traditionally, October is sock month in the knitting community. There are lots of new sock patterns released every year, sock-specific KALs are held and everyone tries to fill up their sock drawer in time for the cool weather.

Now, up until a few years ago, I didn’t get it. Knitting socks seemed unnecessarily tedious: mini needles, you need to knit the same thing twice, and then you only get to wear them a few months of the year (I can’t stand the feeling of wool against my feet when it’s warm outside). But, lo and behold, when my friend Verena released her first pattern, the Tulsi Socks, I caught the bug - and for a few months, socks were all I wanted to knit.

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We're on Pinterest now, yayyy!!

Hello lovelies! I’ve done a little something something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time: I finally set up a proper Pinterest page for HLH Designs.

I had the best time brainstorming board ideas and pinning my heart out! I’m starting with a few boards that I loved, and I hope you’ll feel the same:

  • Fall favorites: My favorite knitting patterns, recipes, books, TV shows, what have you for this beautifully cozy season.

  • Current FOs: A collection of everything I’ve finished in 2018, to be continuously updated and linked to the respective FO blog posts.

  • Yarn love: Well, what can I say? I love yarn. I love natural, ethically made yarns, and I want to spread the word, and on this board you can find my current favorites.

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Glorious Pattern Photography! - Thea Colman's Fernet Branca Sweater

During my last Untouchable Day I found myself browsing Ravelry, just for the fun of it. I stumbled across Thea Colman’s new sweater Fernet Branca which is all kinds of gorgeous, but what stopped me in my tracks was the pattern photography.

Glorious photos that just overflow with joy - pure, untainted joy and give me the feeling that the model is so incredibly comfortable in their body. That’s the kind of pattern photography that I love and want to see more of!

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FO Log: Stonethwaite Sweater (2018 FO-04)

Whoa. When I looked at the date of my last blog post, I realized I haven’t written anything here for over two months - that did most definitely not go as planned!

Very eloquent beginning of the post. But, look! A new sweater! (I actually made two, but the second one will have to wait for another post.)

A very long time ago - some time at the beginning of the year - I was approached by the lovely Clare Mountain, Brand Manager at The Fibre Co., who asked if I’d be interested in participating in their first beta knitting program for a new yarn and a new collection.

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