First off I need to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather that seems to have crept in on us all of a sudden.

Time to pull out all the handknits!

Speaking of handknits… you may remember my pattern Hierro from Pom Pom Quarterly’s Autumn 2013 Issue 6. The rights have reverted back to me and I’m excited to be able to offer it to you now as a single pattern. 

These mittens are just what is needed this time of year.

Sizing & Measurements: s (m) – 18 (21.5) cm / 7(8.5)” hand circumference

19 (21.5) cm / 7.5 (8.25)” top of cuff to tip of mitten

Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK (100% merino; 115 g = 229 m / 250 yd), 1 (1) skein; Colour shown: Sherwood

Gauge: 28 sts & 36 rows = 10 cm / 4” in lattice pattern

Needles: 3.75 mm / US 5 – DPNs or circular
Always use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Notions: stitch markers, scrap yarn, tapestry needle


I’m very excited to be a part of Pom Pom Quarterly’s 6th Issue.

Autumn 2013

copyright Juju Vail

Copyright Juju Vail

My newest design Hierro, meaning Iron is inspired by the many wrought iron gates and fences found throughout the UK. Several times a day during my childhood I would pass by or be swinging off of Hierro of every kind.  Hierro is a perfect mesh of slipped stitches and bobbles creating an eye catching accessory perfect for our Autumn weather.

I used Elena’s gorgeous Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK for this pattern in the Sherwood colourway.

I wouldn’t exactly call Pom Pom Quarterly a magazine.. It’s this lovely little book full of  beautiful aesthetics and stunning photography.

Pom Pom is available in print directly through Pom Pom, a LYS that carries the mag or digital copy through Ravelry.

This issue includes 8 knitting patterns, recipes, techniques and tutorials.

A beautiful little gem you will definitely want to add to your library.


I did a little interview with Anadiomena on their blog about the design if you care to take a peek.

Elena is sponsoring the the Autumn KAL in the Pom Pom group on Ravelry so if you’d like to knit Hierro make sure to post a finished picture in the Pom Pom group by the end of October to be entered in to win Elena’s yummy yarn.

Men’s Sailing Sweater

It’s finished and doesn’t it look fabulous on my friend Dan!

Pattern : Men’s Sailing Sweater from the Zealana Adventurous Booklet.

Yarn: Zealana Aspire Huron in Cloud Blue

 Things to note:  The pattern has an errata available here. It’s not the easiest process to receive the pattern so if you are having troubles you can message the designer on Ravelry under the username LanamaniaNOTE  There is a mistake in the errata that has yet to be corrected. Row 13 in the errata should be dismissed altogether. There are also several stitches missing from the key that you might need to look up.

The process of knitting this sweater was kind of a weird one for me. I swatched the stitch pattern flat but the sweater is knit in the round   so my swatch ended up being pretty useless. The body is knit from the bottom up in one piece. This caused the stitch pattern to really tighten in a lot. When I finished the body I ended up having to block it  before moving on because it was looking more like a women’s medium instead of a men’s medium/large.  It did block out to measurements beautifully but once I started blocking as I went I had to continue the process so that all my pieces matched up.

I then knit the upper back, blocked then knit the upper front and blocked. It was a long process but the only way that I could make sure it was perfect. To add to all that I ran out of yarn with over half a sleeve and seaming left to complete. *I ended up using 1.37 more balls than what was called for in the pattern so if you are planning to knit this make sure you have extra yardage* The yarn is a merino/possum blend. While it was nice and soft to knit with I’m not so sure I could wear a garment out of it. When I knit with it the possum hairs seemed to shed from the yarn attacking my eyes.  I obviously can’t say what it was like to wear and it might not shed as much once blocked but I don’t think I’ll be knitting myself anything out of possum in the future.

Christina sent me more yarn and it didn’t take long to finish it after that. I gave it one final block * I swear I have never blocked one piece of knitting more while knitting than this* and it was ready to go.

I was a little concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to get modelled shots before I sent it away. It fit Moose in the shoulders but hung off him from the chest down as well as the arms being too big. It may have been a more flattering pattern on Moose in his size but this one just didn’t do a thing for him. I had the exact same problem when I tried it on my dad.

My next step was to ask Dan if he would model if it did indeed fit.

Thankfully it was a perfect fit for him and I love how these pictures came out. Doesn’t the colour of the sweater makes his eyes pop?

Hopefully Yarn Mountain will be happy when they receive their sample!


My current wip is a sample knit for Yarn Mountain.

The pattern is called the Men’s Sailing Sweater from the Zealana Adventurous Booklet. The yarn is Zealana Heron, its a new zealand wool/possum blend and so far it has been nice and soft  to knit with.  I’m knitting a M/L and have come to realize this will be the largest sweater I have ever made. Moose has his Cobblestone of course but he’s definitely a Small and not a M/L. My eyes kind of bugged out of my head when I finished the ribbing and stretched it out. It looked HUGE!

I’m 6 inches into the body with a lot of inches ahead of  me.

Wish me luck!