we are knitters abruzzo sweater kit: progress (& life update)!

Hello everyone!  It’s been a long time.  My apologies for dropping off the face of the earth!

Although I haven’t been doing as much knitting and crocheting as I would like, I have managed to finish both the front and the back of the Abruzzo Sweater by We Are Knitters (check out my last post for more details).  The back piece is slightly longer and was a little harder to keep in frame on my small white background, but I got a decent photo of the front!

we are knitters abruzzo sweater front

I really like the simplicity of the pattern and how you don’t have to worry about shoulder shaping.

Now I just need to kick it into high gear and get those sleeves done!  It’s starting to cool off here (finally) and I wanna wear this soon!  It’ll be my first [complete] knitted sweater!

we are knitters abruzzo sweater front

The color is more accurate in the first photo.  Sometimes in closeups my iPad decides to severely change the temperature of photos, so much so that it’s hard to correct the photos afterward.  Can’t wait to show you the rest when I’m done!

As I also mentioned in a previous post, I started a new job in August.  I work at a psychiatric hospital now as a “human services coordinator” (basically a counselor who also makes sure that the treatment team is functioning properly and doing its job).  I really like it so far, even though it can get a bit intense!

There have been some more life changes as well.  A family member passed away since I last wrote, and I might be moving across town within the next few months (we’ll see).  My car became quite unreliable so I have a new (to me) one, which is great, and my puppy is now a significantly larger dog who doesn’t like to hold still for pictures:

I’ve been doing quite a bit of drawing lately, too, which is something I used to do all the time.  In kindergarten I used to say I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, but I never pursued it in school.

This is a character from an anime TV series.  I wish I could claim credit for the whole thing but I did use a picture on the Internet as a reference.

And if you made it all the way to this point in the post, you get a heads up to something neat coming up soon: a giveaway!  I won’t say too much now but stay tuned, it’ll be in about a week (probably my next post)!


we are knitters abruzzo sweater kit – begin!

Hey everyone!  It’s been a while — so much has been going on!  A family member recently passed away, I got a new job that I start at the beginning of August, my car is in the shop and might be unfixable, my mom and I went on vacation, and all of this plus some other big life stuff has got me really busy (not to mention overwhelmed, minus the vacation)!

Needless to say, I’ve been a bit slow with the crafting, but I did want to do a little update post on what I’m primarily working on now.  I have occasionally picked up my king-size chevron crochet blanket but I’ve been really excited about a knitting kit that the nice people at We Are Knitters were so kind as to send me for review: the Abruzzo Sweater kit!  Here’s some of my progress:

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

First off, let me say how grateful I am to them for letting me try out the Abruzzo Sweater kit because I really do love all of their yarn I’ve tried (and I’m not just saying that, I even used it for my free knitting pattern earlier this year, the Olympia Cowl), and I’d been wanting to try a pattern/kit for a while.  So thank you so much to We Are Knitters!

The photo above is the back side of the sweater.  It’s knit with the cotton yarn from WAK & their size 8 (5 mm) needles.  I’m making the size medium using the colors Salmon & Terracotta and I love both the yarn and how the colors are coming together!

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

There will be much more detail in the in-depth review that I will post about the kit once the sweater is complete, and I’ll continue to post progress here and on my Instagram (@notyouraveragecrochet).  If you’ve made this kit or any other kits from We Are Knitters (or even if you’ve just tried their yarn), let me know what you think in the comments!


a slow start

2017 was all set to be productive and had gotten on a decent roll until I fractured a metacarpal in my right hand on Jan. 31.  They said 6-8 weeks was the healing time, and that’s over, and my hand feels normal.  Just a little pain if I hit it the wrong way on something hard (on accident, of course).  Of course that meant I had to take a break from pretty much everything for a little while, and I didn’t knit or crochet at all for over 2 months (with the exception of trying 1 time before I went to the doctor and found out the hand was fractured).

It’s been hard to get back going.  Ravelry hasn’t enthralled me as much or taken up nearly as much of my time, the projects sitting around haven’t been calling me to get to work.  I’ve bought yarn only once.

Finally the other day though a #widn tag on Instagram prompted me to drag myself out of my lethargy and actually DO something crafty.  I got to work more on my second Arlequin Shawl:

These Knit Pro Zing needles are awesome af for wool or stickier yarns (silk I’m sure would just slide right off).  I really want to get the new circular interchangeable set and the double point sets.  And I’m loving this pastel rainbow yarn from Devon Suns Yarns.  So gorgeous.

There’s crochet stuff to work on too, like my king size vintage pink chevron blanket, but I haven’t picked that back up yet.  Now that I know I’ll need to buy even more yarn and that it will take longer than I figured it has me a bit reluctant.

But at least I’ve got something started, and I wanna pick it up again tonight.  I’ll probably do a life update soon because, you know, life happens.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!


who doesn’t like matching hats (& a new blanket)?

Well, maybe some people don’t like matching stuff.  But for realsies guys this is just too cute.

I made my 8th Ribbed Waffle Hat out of the same We Are Knitters The Meriwool yarn that I used to make The Olympia Cowl, and it is so cozy!Ribbed Waffle Hat

Here they are together:

The Olympia Cowl

Really it was below freezing when I took that picture and I had wet hair because I didn’t have time to blow-dry it before work, and I didn’t even shiver or get goosebumps.  So warm.  Amazing.

OK so on to the crochet.  I’ve been wanting to do a blanket for ages and just couldn’t decide what I wanted, then I got some inspiration from Instagram and decided that I would make a giant chevron blanket to cover my king size bed, all in one color.  So I got 20 balls of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the colorway 255 Vintage Pink (100% acrylic, because really, how else could I ever afford to make a king size blanket?), which equals 4,020 yards.


After looking at how far one ball got me, I’m thinking I may have undershot it a bit:


I’ll probably need at least one more 10-pack (that’s one of the cool things about this yarn, you can get it in bulk from LoveKnitting and they have so many shades & more types of yarn to choose from).  It’s a good price for the yardage (trust me, I did lots of math comparing other cheap acrylic yarns), & it’s softer than Red Heart Classic/Super Saver yarn, which gives me callouses if I work with it too long.  It should also be hardwearing, which is good since I have a husband and 2 dogs.


Aside from finishing this project I’ll probably try other types & colors of Paintbox Yarns.  If you’ve tried them, let me know what you think!

OK, well that’s all for today.  I’m gonna go start on the third ball of the blanket, get some dinner, & go to Wing Chun class later.  See you soon, thanks for stopping by!


pattern release: the olympia cowl!


I’m so excited to share my very first knitting pattern with you!  I worked very hard to get it just right and I hope you enjoy making it.  If you have any questions or problems, please let me know!

the olympia cowl

difficulty level:


finished size:

22″ circumference, 20″ H


  • 2 balls of We Are Knitters Meriwool in the colorway Sprinkle Fantasy or 297  yds (272 m) of a worsted yarn of your choice
  • US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24″ circular needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors

the olympia cowl

download free PDF pattern

If you have any problems or questions, feel free to comment or send me a message using the contact form available in the menu bar!  I hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

The Olympia Cowl

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