January 19, 2014


Yay! A new hat pattern!

Pattern: Rhizome
Yarn: Doodles in String Worsted in 'Sweetness' (light blue version) and Cascade 220 in '1960' (dark teal version)

I started working on this one several months ago, so I'm happy to finally get it out in the world. I had some fantastic test knitters (thank you bgow, mugginsquilts, chau7, jnelson8705 and bugsmama!), which helped tremendously.

This hat is super cozy because the cables pull in snugly and there's a nice deep brim you have the option of folding to the inside or outside. I think it works for either gender (my husband thinks the folded under version looks more feminine. Perhaps). The cable pattern is charted but I've included written chart instructions as well.

In case you're interested, here are two earlier versions. They still gets lots of wear, as it's been crazy cold here. We can always use hats.

in Doodles in String Worsted  'Fiery'

in Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Hope you're staying warm and enjoying the winter!

January 5, 2014

end of year projects

Sorry for the blog silence for so long. December is a crazy month, full of concerts, parties, and general year-end holiday mayhem. But I did manage to complete a few smaller projects and they are:

Pattern: Fallback by Annie Watts
Yarn: Doodles in String Sock in 'Understory'

I loved this project. Easy and great travel knitting, so the majority of it was done in 20 min. chunks during kids' lessons and car rides. Annie is a brilliant designer with a great sense of humour. Check out her other patterns here

Pattern: Wesley Bobs by Ann Kingstone
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Sisu in 4235 (red) and 1012 (white)

Another great, quick pattern for a busy time of year. I made 7 of these in total and gave them away as small gifts.   

Pattern: basic toe-up sock
Yarn: Aslan Trends Santa Fe in 0536 'Grape Vines'

I made these for my Mom because she always appreciates warm socks. I used Judy's Magic Cast On for the toe, a slip stitch heel, and then Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off at the end. One of my favourite sock 'recipes'. 

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios, held double. I somehow neglected to keep the tag for this but I think it was 'Lotus'

This was for my Mom's Bichon-Schnauzer cross who does not like things pulled over her head, so I needed something with buttons. If I get any action shots of her in it I'll post them. Nice and warm for these ridiculously cold days we've been having.

Pattern: none
Yarn: Argh. Apparently I've also lost this ball band. Will update if I find it. It's Berroco Boboli in #5352 Strawberry Jam! Thanks Odessa!

I learned to weave at Knit Camp and made this lovely thing. This yarn would make anything look amazing, so it was pretty easy. Also, weaving is a rabbit hole I'm trying hard not to fall down into. I can see it being as addictive as my other fibrey pursuits.

I have a hat pattern in testing right now, so I'll talk about that soon. Stay warm!