Downton Girl

I was thrilled to be able to test Downton Girl by Melissa Schaschwary.

I love cloche style hats but I was never sure if I could actually pull this off. Even while knitting it I emailed Melissa to ask if it was ok for T to model it because I didn’t think I could pull it off.

T decided she didn’t want to wear it even though the whole time I was knitting it she proclaimed it to be her hat.

It all worked out in the end because I absolutely love it!

This cabled brim, and the patterning on the side is so spot on.

I knit this with Elena’s Colour Adventures yarn in the Jade colourway. Yes she dyes yarn too and the colours are absolutely amazing!!

It was totally fitting that Melissa called this one Downton Girl. Who doesn’t have a love for Downton?? *If you have yet to watch Downton you need to run out and get season 1 and 2 NOW*

I also used this as my project for the Dowton KAL happening at luvinthemommyhood. The plan was to pick a project with a Downton feel to knit while watching Season 3.

There are still a few weeks left if you would like to join in.

After this I think there will be a few more cloche style hats in my future.

Surefire

I better get this one in before we’re into 2013.

The other gift I knit this year was Surefire Hat by Susan B Anderson.

This was for a friend that is finding it rather chilly when walking her dog *a shepherd I must add* ( totally off topic T can pick a shepherd out anywhere and I often hear “Mummy did you see that shepherd, that was a shepherd mummy!” from the back seat)

I did some secret squirreling to get the style and possible colours right on this one. I found out she was receiving a new winter jacket this christmas with a bright purple zipper so I went with the purple and the other colours just fell into place.

I knit this with 4 different colours of  Cascade 220. I didn’t end up using the striped sequence that was on the pattern and there was definitely ripping and re knitting to get the sequence the way I wanted it but I think it turned out well in the end.

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I originally did the crocheted edging but didn’t like the look on this particular hat in the end so I did an i cord bind off. I always do an i cord bind off with the ws facing, I think it looks nicer that way. I also lined it with black fleece for warmth and because the recipient finds wool itchy.

You should note that this hat is knit on 5mm needles and as a result is quite airy. It definitely needs the lining but if I were to knit this one again I think I’d knit it with the yarn held doubled throughout to hug the head a bit.

I think it was well received. It hopefully will go with her new jacket and keep her warm when she’s out in all the snow we have received this week.

Courtenay Reworked

You may remember a few months ago I test knit Courtenay for my sweet friend Preeti.

Well I ended up gifting Courtenay in a Yankee Swap we had for a christmas party with my knitting group. It’s always so nerve racking when you gift a knit like this hoping that the recipient who ends up with it will like it.

 Michelle liked it so much she traded for it!!  There was of course  one *small* problem…. the hat which fit on my head just wasn’t big enough for Michelle so I told her no problem I’d frog back and add an extra repeat.

Yarn arrived for Sailing and I really needed to hunker down and get it done so the adjustment was put off for a bit. Then I ran out of yarn for Sailing and I had to wait for more to arrive so I pulled the hat out and added some length and volia!

Courtenay Reworked!

I’m hoping this works for her, that extra repeat really made a difference.

Cabled Canuck

It’s all Tanis’ fault!

I needed to take a small break from all those twisted stitches on the Sailing Sweater and I had a couple hours drive that needed to be occupied with a simple knit.

Tanis released a hat pattern called Cabled Canuck before christmas and its all I could think about. This drive was the perfect opportunity to whip it up AND satisfy my need for something a little different.

Pattern: Cabled Canuck by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Cascade 220

This cabled beanie knit up quickly on 5mm’s and worsted weight yarn. There was enough cabling to keep it interesting but not too much that you were always refering back to the chart. *note I get motion sickness quite easily but as long as I just keep to one thing and I’m not flipping back and forth I’m usually ok*

The yarn for this hat is actually recycled from what was once my Gretel. I loooved Gretel but the tubular cast on I did at the brim was way to tight and therefore always hard to get on and kind of hurt when I did have it on. Instead of having it sitting in a basket getting unused I decided to unravel and create something new with it.

I was and still am a little weary that I don’t suit this style of hat but I love my Chevalier mittens and thought that hat would go well with them  so I decided to forge ahead.

I love how the decreases create a beautiful cabled flower on top. So what do you think?

Do I suit it or should I stick with the beret style?

If all else fails it looks super cute on T!

Now Tanis, please no more MUST KNIT patterns, at least until I’m finished this sweater k?

Courtenay

There’s nothing like a woolly hat to keep you toasty in the Autumn and Winter months.

I recently test knit this sweet beret for the lovely Preeti.

This is Courtenay, Preeti’s first published pattern!

The leaf motif  knits up quickly with worsted weight yarn and can easily be made slouchier with an extra repeat.

You have to check out all of Preeti’s versions in solid coloured yarns they are beautiful!

If I knit this one again I will definitely go with a solid.

You can get the full scoop on her design here on her blog.

If you’d like to purchase Courtenay you can hit the buy now button and it will take you right to her pattern shop.

A great little beret that you could whip up in a snap for christmas gifting.

Happy Knitting!

Fair Isle First!

I’m so excited to share my next project with you.  I have wanted to try Fair Isle for MANY years but have always shied away from this “scary” technique. Pat and Elinor have inspired me for years with their beautiful projects and many of  Elinor’s original designs are waiting in my queue to be knit.

In December I started a binder with a collection of  patterns I wanted to knit in 2009. I was determined that 2009 would be the year I would learn fair isle and added a few stranded patterns to the collection. So determined  in fact that I put a colourwork beret at the top of my list and decided it would be my first knit of 2009.

Well………… its now the end of October 2009 and I FINALLY mustered up the guts to give this fair isle gig a go.

I must say I was fretting for nothing! Once I got the hang of knitting with both hands I was flying. I didn’t seem to have any trouble with tension either, which was surprising.  It all just seemed to flow so wonderfully.

 

Pattern: Opus Spicatum by Kate Gagnon

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool in grey mix and plum heather

Needles: 4mm and 5mm

Start Date: October 22nd 2009

Finish Date: October 23rd 2009 

Every time I put it down to tackle something else all I could think about was picking it back and knitting some more. It didn’t take me long to finish and it was sooo much fun. Addictive would be an understatement.

This pattern comes out quite small, mine was a perfect beanie when I cast off but I was dreaming  more along the lines of a slouchy beret. I blocked it over a dinner plate and volia, instant slouchy beret!

I’m already thinking about my next fair isle project and I’m excited that I no longer have to sit and drool over all those colourwork sweaters and cardigan’s. You better believe I’ll be knitting one of those before long!

Opus and my owl mitts completes my “grey” set of accessories. On to the next!

Pattern: Give a Hoot by Jocelyn Tunney

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool grey mix

Needles: 4mm and 5mm

Start Date: October 19th 2009

Finish Date: October 21st 2009

Mods: I had to add about 8 plain rows before I started to decrease for the top in order for them to fit me. They also benefit greatly from a good blocking before wearing.

Finishing up!

Tadpole is still hanging on with only 6 days till my due date.

It’s given me the chance to finally get some pictures of these last few knits.

 

Pattern: Bunny Tail by Susan B Anderson

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton ease in Taupe

Needles: 4.5mm

Start Date: September 15th 2009

Finish Date: September 16th 2009

 Mods: I omit the pompom tail, other than that knit to pattern.

Pattern: Kanoko Pants by Yumiko Sakurai

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton ease in Taupe

Needles: 4mm

Start Date: September 14th 2009

Finish Date: September 16th 2009

Once I started these pants I just couldn’t put them down. The changes from moss stitch, stockinette and purling kept my interest wondering what would be next. These two projects make a nice set and will be lovely and  warm this winter.

 

Winter Woolies

Pardon the unexpected blogging break but I changed  hosts making the blog  down for a bit. The lovely Missa at Knitblog hooked me up. I love my new template, that punch of colour is just what I needed. I think  I’m going to be much happier with this host.

I may not have  been able to blog but I most definitely have been knitting!

Pattern:  Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Handspun from a local farm

Needles: 5.5mm ‘s

Start Date:  January 6th 2009

Finish Date: January 22nd 2009

 The last few weeks have been bitterly cold on The Ridge with temps dipping down to the -40′s with the wind chill. I had a dire need to cast on for some wooley necessities that would make the month of January go by a bit easier. The first project I was in need of was a warm winter hat. Snowshoeing with the dogs has become a daily event and the hats I was wearing  just weren’t keeping out the cold or covering my ears. Thorpe had been in my queue for quite some time and seemed like the perfect fit for what I needed.

 

The yarn has been in my stash for quite a few years, the only handspun I’ve ever owned. I knit it doubled for extra warmth and used Queensland Kathmandu left over from Moose’s Cobblestone for the trim.  Knitting the hat itself was quite a chore… I didn’t have circs in the right size so the whole thing was knit on dpns, talk about annoying. It didn’t help that I had to start the thing 3 times either! I’d noticed alot of Thorpe’s on Ravelry that were knit in the large size and were loose fitting, I wanted mine to hug my head so I cast on for the small. About half way through I realized it   was wayyy to small so I frogged and started again with the medium. Let me tell you casting on 4 stitches on 4 different needles is no easy feat, I deemed this would be the last time I cast on. The medium just didn’t seem be enough again so before I went any further I put a life line in the last increase for the medium. *had my thinking cap on that day* Once I reached the end of the increases for the large I was still unsure that it would be big enough *top down hats and I aren’t the best of friends* so I increased a few more rows and carried on my merry way. It wasn’t until I had the hat finished and tried it on I realized it was loosing fitting…… just how I DIDN’T want it.

Thank goodness for life lines!!!

I ripped back to the medium life line  added the few increases back up the the large and knit on HOPING this would produce the final Thorpe. This one fit to a T!!

  The result was a warm and snug hat perfect for all our snowshoeing adventures.

Thorpe is a very popular pattern around the blogs right now. If you haven’t knit it your already you should only just make sure you try the large size first ;)