Farewell Winter, until we meet again…

Although this winter, if you can even call it that, was extremely mild, it is time to say goodbye. I love the seasons not only because of the climate changes, but also for new beginnings. Spring has arrived. It is time to reflect on what I have made this fall and winter. It is time to put the chunky wool yarns away, and start to explore some lighter options. 

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Chunky Yarns. 

Winter Running

After a couple of days of being cooped up inside, and once the streets have been plowed, I bundle up and go on a nice long run, through the snowy city. It is one of my favorite types of runs. The air, clean, and refreshing, the sunshine reflecting off of the snow, makes everything brighter. 

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Snow

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

I love a good snow day. The type when you look out the window first thing in the morning and to your surprise see a white blanket covering the streets. The kind that becomes chaotic, when the city shuts down and you are forced to leave work early. I love drinking a hot chocolate and watching snow flurries peacefully fall from the night sky. And of course I love being snowed in so I can knit, chunky winter knits, with Merino Wool. Oh snow, I have missed you dearly this Winter. 

WhiteOut of 2010

Winter Wonderland

Nothing is better, during the Winter, than heading to the slopes on a weekend getaways, snowboarding down fresh new snow, and then ending the day by relaxing in an outdoor hot tub. Or being snowed in, sitting by a fire and snugging with your significant other, under a warm hand-knitted blanket. As you can see, the cold Winter can be quite lovely.

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Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson

book review

Early last fall, after visiting Williamsburg’s local yarn shop, Knitting Sisters, where I had purchased a couple of skeins of a beautiful hand dyed alpaca yarn, I started getting very interested and curious about knitting and the yarn industry. At this point, I was a very novice knitter, the only thing I knew about knitting was how to cast on my stitches, knit and purl, and binding off. Because my new yarn was expensive, soft, high quality yarn, I didn’t want to waste it on a simple knit stitch. It was special and it deserved something more. Not knowing the ultimate source for knitting, I just headed to Barnes & Noble, to simply flip through knitting magazines, in hope to find something trendy. 

Although, I purchased a couple magazines, I didn’t find anything that really stuck with me, so I continued my research online. It was there, that I discovered the trend for the fall, the cowl. The Cashmere Cowl by Joelle Hoverson, although simple, ended up being one of my favorites. I soon became obsessed with her website, Purlbee.com, and her book, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.

LAST-MINUTE KNITTED GIFTS, by JOELLE HOVERSON 

Why I love this book? It is a great source for knowledge. I’m not talking about a step by step on how to cast on your stitches, but instead she explores color, defines natural fibers, and talks about different tools. This knowledge isn’t just a necessity for all knitters, but also for all artists. As for the patterns, you will not find your grandma’s sweater in here. Everything about this book is current, trendy, and chic. She finds inspiration from the streets of New York City. 

“I worried that quick projects would limit my creativity, that they weren’t quite real. I’d always felt that knitting should be about the process, not about cranking out finished pieces in a short time. But as it turned out, this book has been a revelation for me.”

This quote by the author is beyond true, and sums up how I feel about the book. Yes, knitting should be a process. The hard work and time, put into a piece makes it that much more satisfying when it is completed. However, a quickly created project is ideal for the novice knitter, who is so excited, and more than anything,  just wants to wear a finished piece, she handmade. 


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“yarn snob”

“Even the most quickly created simple project can become a treasured gift if made with a beautiful yarn.” – Joelle Hoverson from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.

The above quotes is by far one of my favorites. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I may sound like a total “yarn snob,” but honestly, I see no point in dedicating precious valuable time on hand knitting a piece, made from a cheap synthetic yarn. I love to work with high quality natural fibers. They look beautiful, feel soft, and are long lasting.

why cashmere and silk?

Early fall of 2011, I started two new hobbies, pinning and knitting. It all began when my boyfriend and I went on a weekend getaway to Williamsburg, VA. We stayed at a colonial style Bed and Breakfast on a cow farm. It was our first time vacationing this way and it was quite lovely. We hit up all of the obvious historical attractions and browsed some local boutiques. Among these boutiques was a yarn shop called Knitting Sisters. It was a good thing I had my iPad with me. It came in handy when my boyfriend who was patiently waiting for me, became bored to death, as I obsessively explored the yarn for two hours. It was then, that I realized I had just discovered a new love.

As for pinning, a client of mine suggested I join the website pinterest. It became the perfect website in order to create look books to enhance my consultations at work. I am a hairstylist so although, I mainly stick to creating different hair pinboards, I couldn’t help but create some others as well. Pinterest not only keeps me organized but in ways it exposes my identity and it has helped me discover some awesome blogs. It was actually bloggers that I found on pinterest that gave me the inspiration to start my very own, and now Cashmere and Silk exists.