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.

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.

Duffle Coat Mitts

T was in need of some mitts to go with her duffle coat. I had searched high and low for a hat and mitt set that wasn’t PINK. Gosh you would not believe the number of hats out there for little girls that are all pink. I know you want them to look like a girl but COME ON girls do wear other colours!!  As you know I love T in red. Mum bought T the most gorgeous little duffle coat while home in Ireland at the end of summer.  We had both searched high and low for something that would go well with the bright red. The inside of the hood is navy with white dots so we thought maybe even a navy hat…. nothing.

I finally found a cute little creamy coloured knit hat that was adorned with bobbles but of course had no mittens. I bought it any way figuring I could make some mittens, add some bobbles and bobs your uncle. Unfortunately the bobbles didn’t work out, I knit the mittens double stranded so the wind wouldn’t blow through them which made the bobbles look very distorted.

Instead I thought I might try some embroidery. I found a design on embroiderables that I used as inspiration and winged it. I must say I don’t think I’ll be taking up embroidery any time soon. It took forever for me to perfect this design.  I am just way too picky I don’t know how many times I pulled out sections.

Eventually I was happy enough them and T now has toasty little fingers and is cute as a button in her duffle coat.


Pattern: Toddler Mittens on a String by Ruth Bendig

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Aran and Red

Needles: 3.5mm dpn’s

I customized these to fit T’s hands and decided on a thumbless version, double stranded for warmth with an I cord string.  


Perfect little holiday mitts!

Mitts for T

I am soooo incredibly behind in posting! Please excuse me while I try to catch up on all that we have been up to.

First off the jacket from the last post was the Moss Stitch Hoodie by Elinor Brown that I knit wayyyy back here before little T was even thought of.

A lot of people have been asking about Moose and Wipeout. Well he made it to the top 20, thank you sooo much for all your votes, he couldn’t have made it without you but sadly he didn’t make the top 10 that went to Toronto. Thats ok, there’s always next year!

Now down to the knitting!

It is becoming quite chilly out and poor T had no mittens that fit this year so I decided to whip her up this little pair to match the hat Frieda made her.

Pattern: Bold Band Mittens

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice – Brown and Patons Classic Wool in Old Gold

These are the same mittens I knit  her last year except I added the thumb. She still could have done without the thumb but there’s no turning back now.

Here she is sporting her Fall jacket, Hat by Frieda and new mitts.

Outside play is so much fun! T loves everything about the outdoors and takes in every little bit.

When I say ” awwww are you being cute?” I get this really sweet head tilted look. Yes T you ARE cute!

More updates to come!


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.

Owl Mitts

For the past few days I’ve been thinking about my winter accessories. I’m usually a matchy matchy person and like everything to co-ordinate so when I was getting ready to take the dogs for a walk the other day I realized my accessories needed some work.

Donning my sikkim, yellow and brown newfie mitts *that I adore*, casually cowl and large cowichan style cardi I most likely resembled multi coloured yarn barf walking down the road. I had a little think while I walked and decided to get my accessory baskets into some kind of order and see what I would need to knit to  be some what co-ordinated.

I found my Thermis that I knit last year. As it stands right now its a lone ranger, I have nothing else grey or complimentary to grey, mittens or hat wise. I do however remember when I bought the yarn for Thermis I bought enough grey and a complimentary colour to make co-ordinates. Sounded like a good place to start!

Enter the Give A Hoot mittens. I’ve had these in my queue since the pattern came out last year and thought they would compliment my thermis  nicely. I used the same Patons Classic Merino Wool in grey mix I used for thermis.

I knit up the first one in just over an hour’s worth of House! The second mitt is almost complete , I just need to find some eyes for my little owls.

I do have plans for a hat to complete this set, it includes delving into a side of knitting I’ve always been too intimidated to enter… Wish me luck!

Baby belly is 38 weeks 4 days in the pic :)

Mittens in July

Pattern: Newfoundland Mitts

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Mustard and Chestnut

Needles: 3.75mm dpns

Start Date: July 29th 2009

Finish Date: July 31st 2009

My friend S asked for my help knitting the Newfoundland Mittens Pattern. I was all for it except I’d never actually knit them before and the only way I can adaquately teach someone how to knit a  pattern is to knit it myself, so……… Mitten’s in July it is.

These mittens were a delight to knit. Had a known how easy they were I would have knit them years ago. They are a basic knit, purl and slip stitch pattern that makes them fun and addictive to knit.

Knitting mittens seemed to do wonders for our weather so maybe I should start a snowsuit next…….