Casting Off.

When we were at the ocean I developed a love of knitting that bordered on obsession. I began work on my first big person sweater (a Cobblestone for Pete), and cast off my first little person sweater for a friend's sweet baby girl. I brought a camp chair and spend my days sitting in the sand knitting away each day. It was my sanity at times. The kids, just over the top of my knitting played contentedly while I meditated away the hours to the click-click-click over the tempo of the waves.

North Carolina 3 033

The baby sweater I cast off was the "In Threes" baby cardigan. For those of you who are on Ravelry the pattern is here. I ditched the detail stitches on the yoke in place of some handspun yarn details elsewhere. The fabric covered buttons I made from a remnant of quilting fabric from another close friend's blessingway a couple of years ago. I love this little sweater so much and can't wait to see a wee red head sporting it around town some day.

North Carolina 3 005

North Carolina 3 002

North Carolina 3 009

Since coming home I cast on (and off) a quick knit of a new fall hat. (The Ravelry pattern is here.) I am loving the teensy cables on the band and the loose spiraled top. I cast it off last night and lay awake wondering what I was going to cast on today. Seriously. Obsessed.

What are your favorite recent knits?




31 thoughts on “Casting Off.

  1. Cassandra says:

    All of your projects are fabulous!! Sometimes I can’t wait until my littles are a bit older, so I can knit while they play. I think you had the perfect beach day…knitting and a brilliant view of Sage and Lupine having fun!

  2. Laura says:

    I love them all! I’ve been obsessed with knitting felted clogs. I knit a pair of booties for my lil’ girl in about a day! The boys love the clogs and I cut out a pair of old jeans to sew on the bottom sole for a more durable sole.

  3. Lori says:

    Well now I sure wish I knew how to knit. Is it difficult to learn? It seems like such a nice cold winter day activity. Beautiful things you make Rachel. Very nice.

  4. denise says:

    Love them! I haven’t delved too far into hats and patterns – I still get too distracted by little boys and mess up. 😉 I have been knitting iPhone/iPod covers, glasses cases, and small table centerpieces ( (family solstice gifts), hope to start some hand/wrist warmers and simple hats soon!

  5. Rachel Wolf says:

    Thanks Mindy! An FYI the hat knits up a little big. I often wear my hair in clips or buns so I left it big. It works well with or without the clips in. But read the instructions on how big the hat will be when completed. Have fun!


  6. Rachel Wolf says:

    If you have a local yarn shop you can take an intro class. Sage has been doing basic knitting since he was six, so no – it isnt hard to learn. Hats and scarves are great starter projects. Have fun!


  7. Rachel Wolf says:

    The iPod covers are a great idea. Mine is always knocking around in my bag. And I promised some hand warmers/fingerless gloves to a friend but had forgotten! Thanks for the reminder.

  8. Rachel Wolf says:

    I marked this one a year ago too. Pete was peering over my shoulder and commented on it. He brought it up again just before I left on my trip: Remember that sweater pattern with those different stitches down the sides?… So I dove in. I had found the yarn on craigslist when someone was destashing so it was affordable too. It has been so easy so far. Im about to knit up the sleeves.


  9. Laura says:

    The denim is less slippery than the actual felted clog sole. For Stella’s I found some footed sleepers with the non-skid sole, so I’m going to sew those onto the bottom of hers…they take a couple of days to dry…I’m sure far less if you have a woodstove. For Tommy’s I thought about gluing an old tire on for an outer sole…I’ll let you know how that works. Big loves to you! You’re so inspiring!

  10. Casey says:

    Last year for Christmas I knit everyone coffee cozies that I personalized with embroidery. Fingerless gloves are SUPER easy (wrist warmer style) by just knitting a rectangle and sewing up the side, leaving a hole for the thumb! LOVE easy quick projects. I made a yarn-wrapped votive holder with a felted wool poinsettia to grace our holiday table.

  11. Casey says:

    Only after they’re asleep! Using huge super bulky yarn helps things go faster too, and boy are they scrummy soft. The votive holder is something I came up with — I think Lupine would have fun making them. Just wrap yarn tightly around a glass jar (I used a baby food jar) and embellish with whatever you want! Super fun and elegant looking.

  12. Denise says:

    Those are GORGEOUS!! Remember the time waaaaay back when I was the knitter and you were the sewer – ha! Sheesh, girl I just have to get over my fear of knitting anything in the 3D this winter! The only things I’ve been abel to handle so far have been knit flat then seamed together – I’d love a recommendation for a first project. . . xoxxo

  13. Susanne says:

    LOVE the hat! What a gorgeous color on you. I can’t wait until I finish this nursing program in December so that I can knit and sew to my heart’s content.

    I’ve been working on portable projects that I can take to class – mostly birthday presents for friends like mittens and scarves. I have some beautiful yarn for a christening gown that I want to make for my future wee ones.

    You’re a brave one for taking knitting to the beach! Did your projects escape sand-free?

  14. Rachel Wolf says:

    Thank you, Susanne. The color called to me from across the yarn shop two years ago. I just HAD to have a hat out of it. Portable projects are great – they are faster knits, too, which works in my world. Sand free? Ha! Not at all, but who cares. I call it character.

    ~ Rachel

  15. Renee says:

    all so pretty! I’ve been in kind of a knitting slump (1st trimester fatigue. shh!) but I just cast off and mailed a tomten jacket for my friend’s baby boy. My first Elizabeth Zimmerman project and I think Im in love.

Leave a Reply