FO times 2!

The shawl is finished and pictures were taken only an hr or two before mum showed up to take it on its merry way across the pond for Nanny’s bday.

Pattern: Miss Bennett by Paulina Popiolek

Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina in Esoteric 

Needles: 4.5mm

Mods: I knit 44 repeats on a larger size needle. I also added a few rows of garter to the edge of the shawl before binding off to avoid rolling.

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Another fabulous pattern from Paulina. I enjoyed knitting the lace first and then I was free to coast through the stockinette portion in no time.

The Pashmina was a joy to knit with, the silk and cashmere content really make this shawl that little bit more special.

I had to buy two skeins to complete the shawl but I had tons of leftovers so I made a beret to go with it.

Pattern: Greenery Beret by Melissa Labarre

This was a quick little knit that looks more complicated than it is. The lace work is a simple feather and fan pattern and looks smashing when blocked.

I quite liked wearing this one. It reminded me that it has been a while since I’ve worn a beret.  I may just have knit something new in the New Year.

For now I’m going to relax with no knitting deadlines looming before I decide what to knit next.

Zig Zag Wings

The winner of the What the heart wants giveaway is

EMMA who wrote “Behind my back is my favourite, I could see me wearing that a lot. It looks a lovely collection. I am just off to add it to my rav favourites!”

I’ll be contacting you shortly Emma to send you your ebook.

Speaking of Justyna and her beautiful designs I recently finished a test knit for her.

Pattern: Zig Zag Wings by Justyna Lorkowska

Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK in Sherwood

Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton colour 125

Needles: 3.75mm and 4.0mm circs

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The minute I saw Justyna’s version on Instagram I knew that I wanted to knit it and exactly what I would use. My Hierro mittens sample recently came back and I knew I wanted a hat to go with them. I wasn’t sure how it would look with the green as the main colour but once I had more than one repeat knit I was smitten.

This would be a great first colour work project for someone. The motif is very simple, knits up quickly and makes a beautiful finished project! The pattern comes with two different motif choices so buying the pattern (for $4) is like getting two hat patterns for the price of one.

A big pom pom definitely sets off this hat so I couldn’t resist adding it although I could wear it either way no problem.

My version is definitely more of a beanie style than some other slouchy versions you may come across.

I wore this on a few walks before blocking it and decided that the pre blocking state is best for keeping warmth in and the cold wind out.

Of course there always has to be some goofin around when it comes to pictures and this girl. A girls gotta have some fun :)

 I think another version of Zig zag wings is in my future using the other motif.

I just need to decide on a colour combo.

Magda

I needed a quick knit to warm my noggin and there was one particular pattern that I just couldn’t get out of my head.

Pattern: Magda Beanie by Julia Trice

Yarn: Colour Adventures Bella Worsted in Sour Cherry

My Rav project page

I had just enough yarn left over from my Elia sweater *also by Julia Trice* to make this hat. I have been dreaming about a red winter hat since the Fall and when Julia released the Magda Beanie I knew it was the one.

I wanted something fitted this time around. Magda is a perfect mix of cables and lace that really pops with Elena’s saturated colourways.

Wishing I had one more skein to do a matching pair of mitts… maybe I’ll find something in my stash that will coordinate nicely.

 It’s been a while since I’ve had such a quick knit on the needles.

I’m looking forward to casting on a few more hats as soon as I wrap up a couple of WIPs.

The Cat in the Hat

Halloween is over for another year and this is the only picture I have to show… *other than a few of The Cat before hand*

T decided that she wanted to be The Cat in the Hat this year so it only made sense that Moose and I be Thing 1 and Thing 2. This was our first year doing a family outfit and I must say it was a lot of fun!

I knit Thing 1 and Thing 2′s hair with a type of fun fur yarn called Loops and Threads Casper in Electric Blue. I cast on 60 sts knit until I thought it was the right point to start the decreases and then decreased every other row until only a few stitches were left.  If I were to knit these again I would add some additional length to the body of the hat because I kept pulling it down all night.

 I’m definitely glad the whole fun fur rage is over because I seriously do NOT like knitting with that stuff and I just wanted to get them off my needles as soon as possible.

Our sweaters were plain red sweaters from Walmart and I bought the iron on transfers from ebay. We topped it off with red mini gloves. I searched every where for red adult onsies but I came up empty handed.

My little Cat in Hat’s costume was a little harder to source. I thought it would be an easy costume to find because The Cat in the Hat is quite popular but I couldn’t find anything that remotely resembled him locally. I ended up ordering the Cat in the Hat kids kit from ebay which contained the hat, gloves and bow tie. The body of the cat was a cat costume I found at my local consignment store. It had a hood with a cat face on it that I took off and just sewed the neck shut. I found the white fur in the craft section of Walmart, cut it in an oval shape and tacked it down to the front.

It all came together quite well and I’m already plotting what we can do for next year!

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without an obligatory T and Molly shot. I wanted to put the sweater on her but she’s battling skin issues right now and not feeling the best. I’m sure she wouldn’t have complained one bit though. We love our Molly girl!

Crossroads

This was a quick test for Elena of Anadiomena Designs.

Pattern : Crossroads Hat by Elena Nodel

Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK in Aegean Sea and Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton Colour 125.

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A sweet little hat that is perfect for using up all those scraps in your stash.

The whole hat uses approx 50 grams of yarn.

 Stripes are addictive by themselves but seeing that slip stitch pattern emerge really had we wanting to keep knitting until it was finished.

 A great unisex pattern to whip up for a gift.

I gave T a couple of colour options and of course she chose blue. It paired up very nicely with some grey left overs I had kicking around.

Little T is just getting over a bad bout of pneumonia and actually her first time being sick other than a runny nose. It was quite a shock for all of us when we found out she was so ill, at first we suspected the flu but when she wasn’t getting any better we knew something was up.

Its so nice to see her smiling face in these pictures and know that she is back to the fun loving little girl we are used to seeing.

Definitely a deserving recipient of one of Mama’s hand knit hugs!

For Good

I finished the For Good Hat for T but things didn’t quite go as planned.

Once I finished the ribbing I realized this hat was NOT going to fit over T’s head.

Apparently I was sleeping when I cast on the smallest size knowing full well that her head is almost the same size as mine!

Instead of ripping out and knitting it in a bigger size T and I decided that the hat would be perfect for her favourite doll Cricket. I continued on and in no time it was done. T helped me choose a button to finish it off.

Rav page for Crickets hat.

T is quite tickled at the thought of Cricket having her own winter hat.I’m sure these two will have lots of adventures in the snow this winter.

If you haven’t heard of or recognize Cricket she is a doll from the 80′s and this particular one was mine. She has a tape player in her back and her mouth and eyes move when she talks, much like Teddy Ruxpin.

T has really taken to Cricket, when she first started playing with it, Cricket was actually bigger than her.It was funny watching her trying to drag her around the house. Now they are more like besties.

Once Cricket had her hat, T and I searched through my stash to find something for her hat.

T chose a lovely blue skein from my stash. *everything is blue with her right now*

This is a special skein of Fleece Artist’s Knit East yarn that I received in my registration bag at Knit East last year. The colourway is Safe Harbour and is more beautiful knit up than the skein would suggest.

This one is a much better fit and actually fit’s me too so I might be able to borrow it here and there when she’s not using it.

This may look like a normal beanie but the construction is actually very different. You knit the brim then cast off most of the stitches before picking them up again creating that great horizontal stitch all the way around the brim.

The stitch pattern is easy to memorize and definitely pops in a mostly solid colourway.

Rav page for T’s version

I think I just may need my own For Good hat but I’ve got a few things that need finished up before then.

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

I’m currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern along with folks in The PlayfulDay Podcast Group on Ravelry. I didn’t read the synapses before I dove into this one, much like with The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Le Cirque des Rêves, is only open at night. A circus that arrives without warning, one day its there the next day it isn’t. The black and white tents contain the most amazing sights and experiences that keep people coming back again and again.

Behind the great acts of the circus two magician’s are competing in a dual. The magicians  have been trained since childhood for this event but could never imagine that it is a dual to the death….

The atmosphere of the circus is amazing and keeps me listening but I can’t say the story line behind the circus is all that interesting. It skips about so much that you don’t really get to know the characters as much as I would have liked.I do however think the circus will make a great movie .

I have two knits currently on the go with this audio book.

I cast on for a hat for T. The pattern is the For Good Hat by Megan Williams. 

Megan is one of the faces behind the Stockinette Zombies Podcast. The pattern was designed in remembrance of her sister, who tragically died in 2007 from pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs), that the family believe were caused by the birth control she was taking.

All proceeds of this pattern will be donated FOR GOOD, to the National
Women’s Health Network in Melissa’s name. The NWHN is a woman’s health
advocacy organization seeking to “protect women from health risks caused by
unsafe drugs, devices and medical treatments”, in addition to addressing many
other health issues that face women today like health care coverage.

If you would like to purchase the pattern you can do so here or make a donation to the For Good cause here.

Megan is also hosting a For Good KAL on the Stockinette Zombies Group if you’d like to join in.

I’m also testing a pattern for my good friend Sarah.

This is mitten #1 of my pair of Ardour Mittens.

This beautiful stranded mitten pattern is working up quickly. I love how the pattern differs from the front to the back yet still works so well together.

I’ll be adding a lace lining to these mittens as per the pattern. It will be my first time knitting liners and I don’t think it will be my last.

I’m almost finished with The Night Circus… do you have an recommendations for my next audiobook? I’m got some  big projects coming up that are going to require a new book.

Pattern Release : Stormont

Stormont is now available for purchase!

Available in sizes for babies – 6mth- 18mths,

 Child size 18mth – 4yrs

4yrs- small adult *shown below*

and m/l adult.

You can purchase Stormont on

Ravelry  and Craftsy

You’ll need:

 Less than 200 yards of worsted weight yarn

Gauge: 4.5 sts and 7 rows = 1 inch in reverse stockinette.

6mth-18mths - approx 120 yards with pom pom
18mths – 4 years  - approx 155 yards with pom pom
4yrs -small adult - approx 165 yards
m/l adult -  approx 190 yards

 Size 4mm needles

Size 4.5mm needles

Now grab those needles and lets get knitting!

Stormont Kid/Baby

As I said in the previous post, Stormont will be available in kids sizes too.

Here is a look at the  6 – 18mths size.

I knit this one up in Valley Yarns Northampton in light grey complete with pom pom!

The perfect cabled  topper to keep your little ones warm this winter.

 For those a bit older, the 18mth- 4yrs size,

knit with Paton’s Classic Wool in Paprika.

This really is a pattern that suits the whole family!

Testing is going well and Stormont’s release is coming right up!

Stormont

Well it was bound to happen sooner or later…..

My first design – Stormont.

Stormont is a unisex cabled toque featuring a celtic ring design on the front and back.

The sizing ranges from 6mths – large adult and is a great winter accessory for anyone in the family.

My sample is knit in Madelinetosh Vintage colourway Composition Book Grey.

This was my first time working with Tosh and I must say it creates a wonderful fabric.

I’m looking forward to working with more Tosh soon.

 It is with much excitement and nervousness that I get ready to release this into the wild.

It is currently in testing and will hopefully be available to you shortly!

I’ll be back later this week with a T sized version of Stormont.

You’ll see  just how great this looks on little ones too!