I haven’t been doing a whole lot of personal knitting this summer. I launched a benefit type project this past July and I’ll be sharing all of that in another post, so with that being said all of my extra time and knitting energy has been dedicated to that. But back in June I finished a husband-sized sweater, something that he waited on for over a year. Like… 16 months. I kept having to remind him that my sweater that I started for myself back in August of 2015 STILL isn’t finished, so he should feel lucky 😉

Anyways, it hasn’t been cold enough for him to wear it so I don’t have any ‘in-use” photos but here are the deets.

The Details

This pattern is called ‘Professor Von Waffle’ and I first saw it in a Knit Picks catalog. I liked the texture of it and it was approved by the hubs. It was originally meant to be his birthday present that year but… things happen. It’s designed by Danna Rachel.

It is knit top down (seamless) with a really cool textured yoke and raglan shaping. The pattern was easy to get into and went quickly thanks to the yarn being worsted. I used the yarn called for, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted. I’m hoping it won’t be too itchy for him!

ProfVon Waffle3

ProfVon Waffle1

ProfVon Waffle2


My project notes can be found on my ravelry page:



Finished Object {Gretel Sweater}


I don’t do winters very gracefully. Where we live in western NY it’s not only cold, most of the time we don’t even get to see the sun. I get so blue over the grey skies, frigid temps, and snowfall. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the beauty of a fresh blanket of snow covering the landscape and the peacefulness of a quiet night, softened by the gentle falling of flakes on your face. However… I can only “appreciate” so much of this before I’m ready for warm weather, green grass and that glorious sunlight. I tend to go into hibernation during the cold months, only going outside if 100% necessary (like getting my daughter to school and going to work). But otherwise you’ll find me under a million blankets with a hot beverage in my hand and more often than not some knitting. My productivity really plummets. And this long introduction is just me trying to say, I stink at blogging (consistently) and these are my excuses for not writing in so long. HA!

So, rewinding back to April 2017 I casted off an adorable little pullover for my daughter. She wore it a couple of times and that was it because I was dissatisfied with the fit. Nothing is more discouraging that putting hours and hours of work into a project to not have it turn out how you wanted. I’m not a knitting perfectionist… I’m okay with a small mistake here or two. I believe that it wouldn’t be handmade if there weren’t a few hiccups here and there but for something that doesn’t fit, this has to be remedied. So, I posted my FO photos on a thread in ravelry and expressed my concern to the group. One of the lovely ladies came up with an idea and I thought it was great, and it could possibly work for my problem. – – Insert a years worth of other knitting here – – and we’re in March of 2018 and I’m ready to tackle this sweater surgery FINALLY. So, stick with me and I’ll show you what went wrong and how I fixed it. But first…

The Details

This is a pattern by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne of NCL Knits in Switzerland. The name is “Gretel” and you can find it on ravelry here. It is a children’s pullover worked in sport-weight yarn. I choose a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l colorway from one of my favorite indie dyers, Jackie Vlcek of Luna Grey Fiber Arts. Her yarns are always top of the list for me when I have a large project because they are so luxurious and beautifully soft. The base I used is called Nova Sport which is a non-superwash merino wool and the colorway is “hydrangea.” Go visit her here, you really won’t be disappointed.


I love the finished look of this sweater with the drop shoulders and straight sleeves. The little pattern on the front is so darling. Construction was very easy as well, I had no issues at all with how the pattern was written. Back when I started this sweater I choose to make the size 4. Because it took me so long to fix it (a year) unfortunately she won’t get much use out of it. So we will wear the heck out of it this spring.



So, what went wrong? This sweater’s construction is bottom up. So after you cast on, you work upwards to the armhole shaping, work the front and back panels, join the shoulders, and finally pick up stitches for the sleeves. One disadvantage (for me anyway) for working bottom up, is if you don’t get the length right prior to the armhole shaping, you’re out of luck. I prefer to work top down so the piece can be tried on periodically, and the length can be knitting to whatever you want. So I had a sweater that was pretty short on her. As long as she didn’t raise her arms (or move) it looked alright. Here’s a photo of how the sweater looked the first time I casted off…


In the bottom right photo, take note of how the bottom edge is straight across. If you look at the whole sweater you can tell by it’s proportions that it is a little short. So, what’s a girl to do? Stash the sweater away for a year until I’m mentally prepared to fix it. OK.

So the really cool idea that the fellow knitter (from the forum) had was to rip out the bottom ribbing, pick the stitches back up, and work in the opposite direction until I had the length I wanted. But what to do about that front texture part… I couldn’t duplicate it working in the other direction. So, then she said to work short rows in the back to create length behind. Brilliant! So in short, this is what I did. But, don’t you know that you can’t simply unravel knitting starting at the bottom?! Oy vey. You have to painstakingly CUT every stitch or every other stitch directly above (or below depending on how you’re looking at it) the stitch you’re picking up, and pick out the yarn. Yup. Thank goodness this was only a child’s size 4! I have a video clip of me doing this but I am unable to upload it. Maybe you can access it by this link:

After I had my stitches on, I choose a spot and went to work. I used German short rows along the sides and back (I think I did 8 total) and followed along with this cool tutorial to complete it.

before blocking

Here’s photos of it before blocking. You can see where my short rows added about 1.5″ to the length at the back and I also made the ribbing longer than before too.

after blocking

And here it is still wet, not even noticeable! I was slightly worried that the color wouldn’t match because this yarn is slightly tonal but it looks great. I am so pleased with the outcome of this sweater surgery.

My daughter was wearing it the day after it dried, and for whatever reason was playing with SILLY PUDDY……. need I say more?! I was a little distraught to see it caked in between the beautiful stitches. But, it was glue and water based so I let it dry, scraped some of it off and then soaked the area for a half hour. We were lucky because it came right out.

Anyway… if you’re still with me kudos to you! This was a long post but I wanted to give the details of how I completed the fix. So since I am obviously longing for summer weather, I’ll end with a few photos of my daughter wearing it last spring.








Finished Object {Gretel Sweater}



It’s all finished! It took a couple days to dry but it’s finally done. I really enjoyed being a part of this knit-a-long! If you’re interested in knitting this sweater, you should check out Pia Kammeborn’s blog (and my previous posts on this sweater). At the bottom of her posts it is translated in English. Her first post for this KAL can be found HERE. I explained a lot of details in my other posts about this sweater so I won’t bore you with them all today… today is just for all the pretty pictures!












I got a little behind during the third and fourth weeks of this knit-a-long but I just kept knitting! Here’s an update on the third, fourth & fifth parts which are the sleeves, yoke, and fishing (respectively). I was able to catch myself up and finish with time to spare! Kammebornia’s blog posts can be found here for POST 3POST 4 & POST 5.


I tried both the body and the sleeves on to be sure that it was going to fit me. I try to do this instead of relying on the pattern solely because everyone’s body is different. I found that I needed some extra length to my sleeves so the pattern called for me to knit the sleeves until they were 18″ long, instead I knit until they were 21″ which gave me a little extra room as I like the cuffs to come right to my palms.


Once I joined everything in the round I knew that the yoke would go fast. The colorwork portion is my favorite part (as I’ve mentioned numerous times before). Here’s a couple (poor quality) iPhone photos of my trying it on.

sweater trying on 1

sweater trying on 2


I did not need to make any real adjustments to the yoke. I followed the charts provided in the pattern, there was only one mistake where I forgot to omit one row for my size but I really don’t feel it’s going to make a difference. I just loved watching all of this come together.


I’ve always struggled with getting (big) projects done in a timely manner and I am really impressed that I was able to stay (mostly) focused and keep up with the rest of the group knitting this sweater!


Can you spot another mistake in this photo? You probably can’t unless you’re following the chart along with my knitting… right in the center of the top row of flowers I added an extra white stitch – it was supposed to be purple. I contemplated using duplicate stitch to try to fix it but I decided against it. Knitting wouldn’t be knitting without a few minor mistakes. I think it’s what makes it unique; hand-knitting.

Yoke done

This is another iPhone photo of the yoke completed! I hesitated here as I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do for the neckline. The pattern called for 1 x 1 ribbing folded over and sewn back down to create a double-thick collar. Although I can tolerate some wool-skin contact with this being very rustic wool I didn’t think I wanted a bunch of fabric against my neck. I thought about possibly an i-cord edging…

finished sweater - unblocked

Which is ultimately what I decided on. I worked an i-cord bind off which really gives it a great polish and it won’t be scratchy on my neck. This photo is of the sweater un-blocked SO… into the bath it goes!



finished sweater - wet

I can’t wait for this to finish drying so I can go out and get some proper photos with it. Can you imagine? I can! I picture myself posing with my beautiful horse with some pretty fall-colored leaves in the background. But until then I’ll say bye for now 🙂 Thank you for reading!




Part 2 - Torso-4

Here we are, second week of the Afmæli K-A-L. We’ve already picked out our colors and established the correct tension (gauge) so it’s time to cast on! You can find the host blog post for this week HERE. My first post is HERE. I choose to use the Old Norwegian cast on (a.k.a German Twisted cast on) since it is a sturdy cast on yet gives a decent amount of stretch for the ribbing.

Part 2 - Torso-2

I casted on with US2’s and worked 1×1 rib for 10 rounds. Now for the fun part – color! I changed to by US5’s and began the colorwork portion, which for me was chart A. This is when I realized that I casted on with the wrong color. If following the pattern I should have cast on with white but I actually liked the grey for the ribbing so I left it. A happy mistake! Once the colorwork was done I ended up staying with US5’s for the body. In my last post I wrote that I had planned to use US4’s for the body but I feel my stitches are tight enough to keep up with the 5’s.

Part 2 - Torso-3

Part 2 - Torso

I moved all of the stitches onto a longer cable and tried on my sweater and it’s perfect. So far so good, I’m really enjoying this knit. Next step – onto the sleeves!



Finished Object {Shine Mittens}


I’ve made my fair share of stranded mittens over the last few years but none as beautiful as these. These mittens just shout “Caryn” and I will be proud to wear them this coming winter. If you know me, you know that stranded knitting is my favorite style. It keeps my mind busy and from wandering. I especially love working the intricate designs of Latvian Mittens as they really hold my attention with the many colors you have to strand with. My first pair of Latvian mittens I had made for my mother for Christmas 2015 and I also have made a couple pair of Norwegian mittens (Selbuvotter), plain mittens, fair isle mittens, and cable mittens but my newest pair, the Shine Mittens are most definitely my favorite thus far.


The Details

The pattern for these is called “Shine Mittens” and it’s written by Pia Kammeborn. It can be found on ravelry HERE. I fell in love with them and although it wasn’t a plan of mine to make myself a pair of mittens it just sort of happened. The yarn I choose is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport. I have made a few other pair of stranded mittens with this yarn and have been very pleased with the results. The color inspiration came from another knitter and I tweeked it a little so it was more me. The original pattern calls for just two colors but I think these 4 shades really bring my mittens to life. The colors I used are “sagebrush,” “saffron,” “tumeric” and “white.”

I obtained correct gauge with size US 0 (2.0mm)  needles and did not make any adjustments or modifications to the mittens. The pattern was well thought out and well-written; very easy to follow and understand.


The cuffs are adorned with pretty flowers and striking latvian braids. The sides really attract the eye and are just as pretty. The stranded pattern was easy to memorize which was great for taking these mittens on the go.





I also opted to add the braids at the bottom of the cuffs for added interest and for something to hang the mittens by to dry since I’m sure there will be a lot of snowmen made with these!




Finished Object {Shine Mittens}

FINISHED OBJECT {Pearla Sweater}


I made this sweater a couple months before the pixie bonnet that I have shared in a previous post but it’s a favorite of mine so I felt it deserved it’s own post! I finished it December 2016. This is the second pullover I’ve made for my little girl and after much trial and error in the beginning, the end results was perfect. This piece is called the “Perla Sweater” and it’s designed by Alejandra Graterol. You can find this patter for sale on ravelry HERE. You can also find her on instagram as kurokiknitting.

The Details

The yarn I choose was Quince & Co. Chickadee in the colorway “sorbet.” This was the first time knitting with Chickadee and I must say I’m impressed. The face that it’s 100% American wool is also really apealling to me. (I liked it so much I am currently in the process of working on a bonnet collection made solely in this yarn). According to my project notes, I used about 162 grams of yarn which was just over 3 skeins.


The sweater is worked top-down and it utilizes the tubular cast on. I love the finished look that this gives. The first time I made this it was very wide and was going to be too large on my daughter to even make it work. I ended up ripping it out and starting over and although I didn’t make clear notes as to what I did differently, I think I went down one size. I have learned one thing with this project and that’s that when knitting in this type of brioche stitch, it is much looser/stretch than regular ole stockinette stitch. But second time’s the charm. The designer even noticed my project notes stating I had issues and she reached out to me to see if she could help in any way!



The raglan increases are so lovely and this textured stitch is really quite squishy and comfortable. My daughter loves to wear it.


Just the other day we had an exceptionally cool day (in July) so I grabbed this sweater off the shelf and my camera too and we headed outside for a mini photo shoot. I was so happy to see that it still fit and I am hopeful that she will be able to wear it this winter, giving her two seasons out of it. Yippee!


I know she’s mine but she’s just the cutest!






FINISHED OBJECT {Pearla Sweater}