The New Knitting Season

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The New Knitting Season

It’s been awhile since I felt the seasons shift. 3 years in Baja felt like one long endless summer, but here you can already feel that autumn is just around the corner. Though days are still sunny and warm, evenings are spent wrapped into a blanket in front of the open fire, drinking hot tea with honey. Cotton is put away for awhile and wool is taken out. This Sunday morning I enjoyed some knitting time outside with fresh peaches from the local organic market. You really forget how the real staff tastes when you are used to buying your produce from the supermarkets! These peaches are something incredible!

Knit Picks wool yarn

I am finally casting on for a sweater for my husband. I am loving this wool so much and I am always cold, so there is a big chance that I will borrow the sweater from him quiet often πŸ™‚ It’s 100% Peruvian wool by Knit Picks in Bittersweet Heather shade. I like the feel of it in my hands.

Knit Picks wool yarn

The pattern was recommended to me by Pat (thank you so much!) when I mentioned that I was looking for a simple men’s sweater. At first I wanted to knit the sweater on a machine, as my husband is not very fond of complicated stitch patterns and he wants it as simple as possible. But Flax by Tin Can KnitsΒ made me change my mind. I’ve never tried the top-down construction and thought that it could be a great opportunity to pick up some new skills along the way. Especially with this helpfulΒ step-by-step tutorial that accompanies the pattern. I know that I never match my gauge with recommended needle size, so I was experimenting all morning until I got the fabric that I like.

Knit Picks wool yarn

The swatch is ready, and I am excited to open a new knitting season!

Knit Picks wool yarn

Happy Sunday!


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By | 2015-08-30T13:32:48+00:00 August 30th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Zeta August 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Flax is a great pattern. I’m sure your hubby will love it! I love top down knitting. Waiting for your opinion on it…
    Happy knitting season girl! πŸ˜€

    • Alina August 31, 2015 at 6:17 am - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! I am excited to try something new!

  2. Tracey August 30, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I have been wanting to knit Flax for my Mike too, it’s a great looking pattern. I think once you get into the pattern you are going to love top down construction, I find it a lot easier than seaming, although seaming does have it’s high points too.
    Have fun and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress.

    • Alina August 31, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tracey! I actually like seaming, I love how more structured it makes the garment, but I want to experiment and get to know the seamless construction better!

  3. Jenna K August 30, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Yay!! I love the shift in seasons and peaches are probably my favorite fruit ever. It’s one reason I love summer. I’m excited to see your progress on Flax. It is in my queue and will be very handsome in the heathered gray.

    • Alina August 31, 2015 at 6:19 am - Reply

      Thank you, Jenna! Flax looks like a great pattern to start getting into seamless construction!

  4. Julie August 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    That yarn is going to make an awesome Flax sweater for your husband! And Flax is a stunning design, I’m sure he will love it. Side note- I’m in love with that first photo, that peach looks so velvety!

    • Alina September 1, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I hope he will like it and actually wear it πŸ™‚ If not, I will wear it! The peaches are so delicious right now!

  5. alexis September 1, 2015 at 3:12 am - Reply

    I too totally want to knit something by Tin Can Knits this fall. Their stuff is so inspiring. That yarn looks perfect for a gift for someone who is hesitant to wear dramatic hand-knits -subtly beautiful.

    • Alina September 1, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

      I also think this pattern is perfect! It gives the opportunity to experiment, but at the same time it’s simple enough for those who are not very fond of complicated stitch patterns

  6. Kristin September 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    There’s a big truck selling peaches in front of the fast food joint. I’m so tempted. If he’s still there Thrusday when I have cash, I’ll go. There’s no taste quite like it.

    Love the yarn choice. It looks warm and manly.

    • Alina September 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kristin! You should definitely get those peaches – so delicious!

  7. Carie September 2, 2015 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Oh that is a lovely colour yarn. My husband is the only one in the family without a hand knit sweater and I know that one day I’ll find the perfect pattern and he’ll finally get his jumper!

    • Alina September 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      My husband also doesn’t have any hand knits from me πŸ™‚ Good luck with the pattern search! I think men prefer as simple as possible.

  8. Tien September 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Flax is a wonderful choice. The wide range of sizes and the fact that it’s unisex makes it so versatile. Great yarn and color, too. I made a cable cardigan with that particular yarn and it has held up well.
    We are spoiled for local peaches here in Maryland. So sad that the peach season is winding down but happy for the cooler wooly months ahead πŸ™‚

    • Alina September 2, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! I also love that Flax is unisex. It will oversized cozy sweater for evening walks and my husband’s for the day πŸ™‚

  9. Tahnee September 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Happy start to knitting season πŸ™‚ That flax sweater is a great way to kick it off!

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