Knitting, Projects

Summer Slip Tee Minipost #1

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I know that I still need to complete the finishing construction on my Opal Tank, but I just had to start the Summer Slip Tee so I can wear it this yet this summer!

Designer notes

Knitatude. One of my very favorite designers, she designs fantastic beginner knits that are stylish and fun to knit, what’s not to love? Oh, and she knows how to work the social media game, her instagram is killer. If you are new to knitting, I highly suggest you follow her – actually, even if you are a knitting pro you will not be disappointed!

Yarn notes

Truboo by Lion Brand in Seafoam. Truboo is very similar to Coboo, and I love them both. Where Coboo is 50% cotton and 50% rayon from bamboo, Truboo is 100% rayon from bamboo. It’s a slippery devil. I wouldn’t recommend using aluminum needles with Truboo. I changed my needles after casting on because my stitches kept slipping off!


So far, the Summer Slip Tee is a fun and fast knit. The first part of the pattern calls for stockinette in the round. To adapt it for Portuguese knitting and make it knit up even faster –I’m doing it “inside out”–purling every round. I’ll turn it “right side out” further into the pattern where it changes to flat knitting.

Knitting Portuguese style-Purling every round for stockinette (it’s faster, trust me!)

Hope your summer WIPs are knitting up nicely! Drop a picture in the comments, I’d love to see ’em!


Knitting, Projects

Opal Tank Minipost #2

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I’m ALMOST finished with my Opal Tank. Woot! I mean, except for the nasty business of sewing the side panels together (I’m just not much of a sewer). And then there is the dreaded weaving in of ends. I hate weaving ends in. I still have a bralette I finished 6 months ago that JUST needs the ends weaved in. Ugh.

Opal Tank

Designed by:

Two of Wands – Follow her on Instagram; see her patterns here.


Coboo by Lion Brand yarn in Silver


I’ve talked about how much I love my knitting pin(s) here, but another thing I’d have a hard time living without is my little knitting notions bag. I have my little scissors, stitch markers, tape measures, knitting gauge measurer, counter, pens, crochet hook…the list goes on and on. I used to keep all of that on my knitting table, but I rarely knit at my knitting table…it’s more of a surface to keep yarn (see image 🙀).

It just makes so much more sense to have it in a portable bag. Check out this cute notions bag if you are in the market!


Knitting, Projects

Opal Tank Minipost #1

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Today I’m introducing the first of many knitting works-in-progress (WIPs). I’ll sprinkle these mini-posts throughout my blog, like adding a pinches of red pepper flakes to pizza.

Portuguese knitting with grey yarn

The opal tank


The Opal Tank was designed by the amazing Two of Wands. You can find her website here and her instagram here. I’m obsessed with her classic, versatile pieces.


coboo yarn by lion brand

Coboo by Lion Brand Yarn in silver. For once I decided to use the same yarn as the designer for a pattern –although I was a little worried at first since I bought the yarn without feeling it. Once I got my hands on it all worries were gone because Coboo is sooo soft and drapes beautifully. I won’t deny it, when I first started knitting I thought to use super soft yarn – my favorite kind – you had to spend mucho dollars. Happily, I have found several Lion Brand Yarns that are so soft and fun to work with–my wallet will be happy for a while.


I’ve been working on the Opal Tank for about a month – off and on in between other projects of course. I’ve finished the front section of the tank. The Opal Tank is knit flat in two sections, then seamed up the sides and top of the straps.

one half of a grey knitted top

Since it is stockinette, I’m flying through the tank top and hope to have it done in another week or two. It’s going even faster with Portuguese knitting since every other row is straight purling (which is so fast).

What summer project are you knitting right now? Drop a picture in the comments, I’d love to see it!