Category Archives: Maiden South

What I’m Knitting Now: off the needles and on them

After nearly 8 months, my Shibui Knits Slope Tank is FINALLY finished! Shibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearls

I think the little lady is a better model than Mama is. :)  But this is my biggest project to date and this girl is SO excited!  It turned out much shorter than I had anticipated (perhapssssss I should have done a gauge swatch after all…) BUT I really adore it!  I love the drape, the shape, it fits perfectly, and the yarn is divine.  However, the next time I want to make my own tank top, I’m probably going to sew it. And lesson learned: Saturday night and Sunday morning, I gauge swatched for the Bracken sweater by Little Woolens for AG.  It’s going to be gorgeous, I think!

Bracken Sweater by Little Woolens | oysters and pearls

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To save this for myself, I researched my favorite knitting blog, Fringe Association, for gauge swatching tips and as always, I found exactly what I needed.  These are super helpful links if there’s anyone else out there in need of them!

How To Knit A Gauge Swatch

Swatching In The Round

How to Account for Gauge Differences

Sources and Yarns:

Tank Top:
Yarn: Shibui Knits Twig in Tar, via Fuzzy Goat
Pattern: Shibui Knits Slope Tank
Susan Gordon Pottery Necklace, via Maiden South

Swatch:
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Springvale Bulky in Canyon, via Fuzzy Goat
Gauge Ruler, via Maiden South
Y’all not Ya’ll Coffee Mug, via Maiden South
Pattern: Bracken by Little Woolens

And don’t forget, tonight is #maidenKnitNight at #onetwothree!  Join me for stitching and sipping! We’ll be there from 6 to 8. :) Hope to see you there!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

 

White Oak Pastures General Store

Two weekends ago, Adella Grace and I took a little girls’ trip to the grand opening celebration for the White Oak Pastures General Store in Bluffton!

I believe it’s the first business to open in Bluffton, Georgia in over 50 years, and it is quite the business! They had live music, a photographer, and a food truck to celebrate. 

The store itself is beautiful! Tons of gourmet food and drink, plus leather goods made on site (many of which are also available at Maiden South – just sayin’), WOP tees and other branded goods, made-on-site doggie rawhide treats, and more. 

White Oak Pastures is amazing, and it’s a zero-waste facility – to read more about them, visit my first post on White Oak Pastures!

We had such a good time visiting our sweet friends Jenni and Amber and soon-to-be-on-this-side baby Jack! We can’t wait to go back and visit once Jack arrives. :)


Favorite part of the shop (besides the people)? This prayer. 

May we always remember it!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Knitting: Pacifier Leash Pattern

I have been steadily knitting away on my Slope Tank (I might finish before winter?) so that I can start some fun new projects for my little one… but all that will merit a queue check later on!  In between to cure the boredom of row upon row of stockinette stitch in the Slope Tank, I’ve been whipping up these adorable knitted pacifier clips.  Thanks to the inspiration and guidance of a fellow Instagrammer and pattern designer, @jenishopeknits (check out her Ravelry page here!),

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

I knitted a few of them and have it figured out enough to share what I’ve done.  It’s a quick little project that is perfect for using up scrap yarn and makes the perfect baby gift.

oysters and pearls free pacifier leash pattern

Knitted Pacifier Leash

Tools: pacifier clips, double pointed needles in size appropriate for your yarn

Knitter’s Tip: I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 DPNs. I preferred the tighter (and sturdier) fabric the smaller needles created since pacifier clips tend to take a beating!

PATTERN

Cast five stitches (or any odd number, depending on size of yarn) directly on to the clips edge.

K1, P1 (seed or moss stitch) every row until pacifier leash reaches desired length (I like them a bit shorter at 6 inches or so).

Once leash reaches desired length, bind off all but 2 stitches. Work i-cord from those two stitches for 3 to 4 inches, break yarn and pull through. Attach the end of the i-cord to the other side of the fabric and weave in ends.

Add a pacifier and a baby and voila!

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Improvised Direct Cast On: Create a slipknot and secure around one DPN. Loop working yarn over needle from the front and around the back of the clip’s bar and through the opening. This creates the first “stitch.” Wrap the working yarn back around the DPN from the front, then through the clip opening again from the back (stitch two). Continue until you reach the desired number of CO stitches.

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

Yarn pictured: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Grace Kelly colorway and Spud and Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream, both purchased at Fuzzy Goat.  Pacifier clips purchased on Etsy here.  Baby not for sale.

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

And just a reminder to my readers: Maiden South Knit Night is back now that I am! :)  We’ll be SIPPING and KNITTING at One.Two.Three. Monday, August 1st, from 6 to 8 pm.  Come sip and knit with me!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls