Inspiration: Spring Garments

It’s that time of year again. The colors are budding and the sun is shining. I have been eyeing some Spring designs. They inspire me and make me want to ditch all my current WIPs. But, I must have discipline. Check out the beautiful garments and details below.

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This pattern is from Knitty Spring-Summer 2015. I like that it is a mix of knit and crochet–my two loves. I plan on starting this project in May. It’s simple stunning. Also, I think I will use the suggested linen yarn. I have never worked with linen, so I am excited. I plan on using Quince & Co. Kestral in Rosehip. The pattern can be found HERE.D117051111_medium

I just adore this pattern. I don’t know if I plan on making it in the near future, but I think it is just inspiring. This is a pattern by Yoko Hatta and can be found HERE.image_medium2

You can’t imagine how long I have been eyeing this crochet cardigan. I bought the entire digital issue of Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 7 for this pattern alone (there are some other great designs in this issue). Technically this is from the winter issue, but I think this cardigan is the perfect layering piece for Spring. I plan on completing this cardigan in the summer. I am having a hard time thinking of the right color combination. I adore the colors in the sample, but I don’t want to copycat. This is a design by one of the best crochet designers, Simone Francis. The pattern can be found HERE.green-3_medium2

This pattern is from the current Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 13. I adore it. Typically, I don’t like working with fingering weight yarn, but I am willing to make an exception for this top. OAN: The styling and photography in this photo are spot on. The pattern can be found HEREIMG_4434_medium2

As a reward for the hard work I put in this year, I plan on making a trip to the beach for utter relaxation. (I am also traveling to Copenhagen and San Francisco, but those are school/profession related.) This cardigan is the perfect beach cardigan. Should I have time to make it, I will use the exact color in the photo. That sand shade is the perfect color for beach knits. The pattern is by Alicia Plum (a great designer with stunning designs) and can be found HERE.

Extra Thoughts: I have UFOs on my mind. I am making headway with my Henriette cardigan and I hope to complete it this weekend. So, expect a post on that. Also, do you remember my Vivian pullover that I started last year that I planned on finishing by Christmas 2014? Well, I may have missed the deadline, but I plan on picking it up and completing that soon. Also, do you remember my Piperita finger less gloves? I plan on finishing that soon also. I refuse to cast on anything until those 3 items are complete. Now, let’s hope I can adhere to that rule.

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Wish List

So, it seems that there is always a new book, magazine, special issue, tool, or yarn that is always coming out. And I really do try to practice restraint when it comes to purchasing all of my needle craft wants. But, there has been some things that I really desire to add to my personal collection and I thought I would share it with you all.

Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting

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I have been wanting to make something entrelac ever since I saw a gorgeous entrelac hat at my local yarn store (LYS). I looked at videos by Very Pink Knits and it doesn’t seem like a very hard process. However, I am the type of person that loves to learn from a book so, whenever there is a technique that I want to try then, I am on the hunt for a book to teach it to me. I feel like this book will give a clear and concise lesson and there is the added bonus of having some patterns in it. This will give me inspiration and motivation to try this technique. Also, I really want to make an entrelac bag so, I need this technique in my life.

Botanical Knits

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Ever since Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting started showing sneak peaks of this book, I have been craving it. I love my Coastal Knits book so, I really want to add Botanical Knits to my collection. I just adore the patterns because they are inspired by nature and the yarn used is simply stunning. I am just in awe. The reason I have been resisting purchasing it is because I’m waiting on my LYS to order it so, I can support local. However, I don’t think I will be able to wait much longer and will soon just bite the bullet and get it for myself. (Especially, since she is coming out with Botanical Knits 2 soon, which I definitely want.)

Crochet Noro

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I truly think the designs in this book are gorgeous but, I don’t know why I don’t own it yet. Many times it has been placed in my cart on Amazon but, I just keep putting it off. Maybe I need to order me some gorgeous Noro yarn, which will probably inspire me to purchase this book and create something from it.

Mesh Hanging Sweater Dryer

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Since I have started using wool and have a couple of sweaters in wool I really do need this tool in my life. Some of my wool is not super wash, so it will have to be washed by hand. This simple tool is ingenious and it really does not cost that much.

Curio

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This is a new thread/lace yarn that was introduced by KnitPicks about a month ago. Really, I already own a good amount of thread yarn but, how gorgeous is this yarn. I love working with thread and creating doilies, collars, jewelry, etc. with it. So, I have been tempted to get a skein or two of this. Also the colors are just beautiful and I am so curious about the feel of this thread.

Wool of the Andes Superwash

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KnitPicks just introduced their new yarn Wool of the Andes Superwash and I really want it! I really like the idea of having a wool sweater that I don’t have to always handwash. Therefore, superwash is my friend. The colors and the price is right! So, I really look forward to creating some sweaters and cardigans from this yarn in the future.

Well, there you have it folks. My dream list. Stay inspired.

Inspiration: Accessories

I am constantly scouring the Internet for patterns and inspiration. There is so much to choose from Ravelry to Pinterest to Blogs. I find myself flocking to sweater patterns more often than not. However, I really love shawls/wraps, wristers, gloves, mittens, socks, hats, etc. However, I find that I don’t often flock to the accessories as often as I do the garments.

Shawls/Wraps

There are some gorgeous shawls in a previous issue of Knitscene and the current issue of Knitscene magazine. Also, this previous weekend my sister surprised me and bought Coastal Knits for me. I have been wanting this book since the day it came out so, I am pretty excited to have this added to my library. There is this simply wonderful shawl in the new book that I really need to make. It is elegant and breezy–two things I like.

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Socks

I have not really found that many sock patterns that I plan on making in the future. I saw a rather cute pair in the now-canceled Your Knitting Life magazine that I plan on making and that I do have the yarn for in my stash. So, I may try that pattern for my first pair of socks. I have also been looking at a pair of crochet socks that was in a past issue of Crochet Today that I think I would like to try. It will be nice to compare knitted socks versus crochet socks to see the difference and feel.

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Gloves/Mittens

Every year the Winter issues of Vogue Knitting has some gorgeous mittens/gloves. I flock to the cabled gloves and mittens before the more standard pairs. I must admit that I do have a weakness for cables so, they really answer my call with this. Another gorgeous pair of mittens that I have been eyeing is from Alana Dakos Botanical Knits. It is such a gorgeous pair that I cannot stop staring at. So, I look forward to trying that out. But, I have to get the book first…

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Hats

I have made so many crochet hats since I have started crocheting in 2007. I do believe that a crochet hat was my first project that I made for myself when I was learning. However, the crazy thing is that I have never made a knitted hat even though I see so many gorgeous hat patterns. I do plan on making quite a few hat patterns for myself for this Fall/Winter but, I still have yet to get to it. I had plan on making some hats during my vacation and even took along the yarn, pattern, and needles but, I didn’t get to it.

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Well, that is what has been inspiring me of late. Just thought, I would share that with you all.