A Yarn Bowl & Knitting

Disclosure: Yarn bowl provided by uncommon goods. All photos and words are mine.



After my last post, I completely changed my mind about the sweater I wanted to knit. Instead of the Lopapeysa style, I decided on a basic striped raglan. I wanted something with a simple design for my son to wear to school in the fall. I sorta kinda already finished it. So much for this being a “summer project!” I’m thinking of adding some little pockets to the front, but not really sure yet. I’m also brainstorming things to bribe him with to wear it in this heat. I need some modeled photos stat!


The good folks over at uncommon goods sent me this absolutely gorgeous birdie yarn bowl (you can get your own HERE) to test and share my thoughts about.


I was in the middle of this project when it arrived, so I just plopped my remaining yarn in as soon as I got the package open. I was knitting the sleeves, so my color changing was coming faster. I found it extremely useful in keeping my little skeins in the right place. Admittedly, when I knit, I keep my supplies on the couch right next to me and they stay there until the end of my project. I loved having my yarn in this bowl to carry around easily when I wanted to knit elsewhere, like outside or at my dining room table during breakfast with my boys.


Two 50 gram skeins fit perfectly in the bowl. I believe you can thread your yarn through the holes in the back, but I was already working, so I just put them through the opening on the side. I thought maybe it would come loose, so I was extremely pleased to be wrong about that! Overall, I see myself using this bowl a ton in the future.


What do you think about getting projects done in the wrong season? I’m so anxious for him to wear this regularly! Summer is just not my season.

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Testers & Summer projects

First– anyone want to give the new blanket pattern a whirl? I’ve made it a few times with various weights of yarn (worsted, thread, and I’m almost done with sport weight), but would love to see someone else’s take on it. It’s very much in second-draft-phase, but I’ll definitely send you the final version when it’s done. I’m really only looking for typos and inconsistencies in the directions. Email me (lisa at goodknits.com), if you’re interested! I’ll get back to you this evening or tomorrow. Thank you for the emails! I have enough testers. :)

Second– I’m thinking ahead to my summer vacation project. I have been wanting to make my youngest a cardigan for a long time. I bought the perfect cardi for him, last year, so I didn’t get that urge to make one. I don’t think it will fit that well, this autumn, so I spent some time pattern-searching, the other night. I’m really intrigued by the Lopapeysa style patterns, so when I came upon this free one, I knew it was The One. I’m going to use a lighter weight yarn (Houston autumns are just slightly-less-hot summers). Aren’t these colors beautiful?

104.365: yarrrrn!



Crochet: a bunny egg


I don’t decorate for Easter, so I don’t really have a lot of crafts going on for the holiday. When my husband went out of town a few weeks ago, I had the bright idea to crochet an Easter egg. After making the bottom half, I decided the top half must resemble a bunny. Yep. It’s basically amigurumi you can open and fill with candy.

79.365: Springtime bunny

bunny face

I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the face stitching, but it’s growing on me. The ears really get me, though. Why are bunny ears so irresistible?

ETA pattern is now available HERE.

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Cowboy in a garden center


garden center dance party


face of mischief

Friday, my boys’ school broke uniform protocol and let the kids dress up like cowboys. It happens once a year and the older grades have a big ol’ hoedown with dancing and singing. It’s all great fun right before Spring Break. They looked like this before school–

67.365: cowbabies

The photos at top were taken at a Houston Garden Center. I went with my mom to browse and Andrew got pretty dang silly while we strolled through the Japanese boxwoods. I am glad I had my camera bag with me. I just pulled it out and snapped off a few frames.

I’m also glad that Spring is near. Everything is so lusciously green! The COLOR just makes me swoon. I was even happy for the cold front that pulled through because everything is looking so pretty anyway.

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Touch of Spring

54.365: potted

Who’s ready for Spring?! As much as I love winter and not sweating my bum off all day everyday, I cannot wait for flowers and plants and COLOR everywhere. I bought some new baby succulents a little while ago, when my husband was out of town. I also acquired 3 fruit trees for our backyard! They’re babies and probably won’t bear fruit for a while, but I’m excited at the prospect. AND for the shade. Summers are rough around here.


49.365: new succulents

51.365: kalanchoe love

50.365: little lemon tree

black prince echeverias

52.365: overflowing princes

Remember my little Black Prince echeverias?? They’re so big now! They’ve outgrown their little planter (DIY here) and need a new one. Maybe I’ll work on that, this week.

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