Blue Ribbon Bangs

Look mom, I got bangs!

With the new season in full swing, I decided that I needed a new look, too.  Bangs are fun; they give your face a whole new appearance, and you can style them according to whim.  Here they are seen full frontal, while yesterday I wore them in a side swipe.  But more interesting than bangs is my knitting!

  • Pattern: Checkerboard Neckwarmer by yours truly

  • Yarn: Cascade Lana D’Oro Paints (merino/superfine alapca) in color 9921, 100 yards

  • Needles: US size 8

  • Notes: A simple knit and purl checkerboard pattern makes up this vibrant neckwarmer.

This yarn is scrumptious.  It’s made up of a luxurious blend of merino wool and superfine alpaca, which means it is soft, supple, and slightly sheddy.  And this particular ball is hand dyed to dramatic effect:

This would probably bother me on another garment, but on this neckwarmer the pooling couldn’t have looked more intentional.

And what’s that down there?


It’s my very first blue ribbon and blogging award!  It was granted to me by Michelle at PDX Knitterati, one of my regular readers and someone whose knitting and blogging skills I admire greatly. Thank you!

Like any good award, it’s best when you pass it on to others.

My nominees are…drumroll on your desks, please….

Princess Pea, Knitting Pretty in DC, Cosy Makes, and Brainy Lady

These are all blogs that I can’t wait to read every week.  Their projects and photographs are incredible to look at and read about. Take a moment to check them out if you haven’t already!

Here are the instructions for the award recipients:

1. Please put the award on your blog. (save it to your own computer, please)
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. You must nominate at least 4 fellow bloggers for this award.
4. Add links to the recipients.
5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award.

If you would like to grab this ribbon and start awarding it to your favorite bloggers, go for it!  It’s all about sharing the love here in Knit-Blog Land!

The Whole Truth

You didn’t think I was able to leave a recent 42% off sale with just a couple of skeins of Noro, did you? The truth is, I increased my stash by a third that week, between Becca’s generous stash-busting and the Yarn Garden’s Superbowl sale. So here they are, my new wooly friends and sources of inspiration:


Yarn: Jojoland Melody Superwash, color MS16, 2 balls (To be socks for my sweetie)


Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids, Natural, 1 skein (lacy footwear for me, perhaps?)

Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Sunrise, 2 balls


Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Celedon, 2 balls

Sidenote: I got a message on Ravelry asking if they could feature this photo on this yarn’s page!


Yarn: Cascade Lana D’Oro, black, 2 skeins

Okay, that’s the full truth, I promise! I have gone from a meager little stash that fit in a single layer in one box to something that resembles a corner in the messiest yarn shop you’ve ever been to. It’s a little out of hand, and I need to find a way to tame the beast before it crawls out of the over-stuffed box and smothers me in my sleep.

In the meantime, I have a lot of knitting to do! I have been resisting the urge to cast on every one of the above yarns because I need to tie up some UFOs before heading out on the Stitch ‘n Beach cruise on the 27th. I’m signed up to take 6 classes, and they each come with a project! So I don’t plan on taking anything more than a stockinette sock with me to knit on the train to New York.