Sunday, December 30, 2007
I am excited to offer you the pattern for the One for All Hat! I chose the name due to the fact that this hat fits me, my 14-year-old son and my 8 and 11-year-old daughters. You could make it in one color and leave off the pom-poms for a simple man's hat or stripe or color block and add pom-poms for a more feminine version. This is a very quick and fun knit, perfect for a first-time cable project. There is an optional lining knit right into the hat.
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon for the hat; RYC Cashsoft for the lining which is optional
Needles: US size 10 sixteen-inch circular needles and a set of 4 double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 4 stitches per inch
Click on the buy now button below to order. I will send the pattern in pdf file form to you via email.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I have the pattern for this new hat all set to go. I just need my son to set it up for me. He is in a basketball tournament this weekend so time is scarce. Waiting, waiting for a spare moment. My daughter is waiting to get her hands permanently on this hat and I keep telling her not until I have the pattern all finished. More waiting.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I love this new hat I just took off my needles. It is wonderful to wear and warm and the yarn is beautiful. I tried the new Rowan Cocoon which is a wool/mohair blend. I will write up the pattern, hopefully tomorrow and make it available for purchase. This is a quick, quick knit on US size 10 needles.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Today I am adding pom-poms on my scarf and we made a video while I did it. My son has been gone so much with school and sports that we haven't had much time to shoot these video tutorials. I am glad we got one done today. The Pom Tree is a great invention and you can order your own here. This link is on my sidebar as well.
Pom-poms are really a hot trend again. I am seeing them everywhere and really big poms too! It is very fun. The scarf I am adding pom-poms to is a Teva Durham design I knitted awhile ago from here. I used a double strand of Elsbeth Lavold's Silky Wool. It is a lovely scarf.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Sing along: I've got joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Today I should be saying, "Hi Crocheters." I have a question for any crochet experts out there. I am having a difficult time understanding the translated English instructions for the crochet part of this kit. It is a Japanese kit.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Well, today I want to share some of the wonderful finds I collected this fall on my travels. I first saw this beautiful bag in a Vogue Knitting feature on fun new items. The magazine had a much larger version in the photo but it was in the same colorway. I fell in love with it immediately. It is made by a company called Be Sweet. The bags are made in Africa through a coop. I got my bag here. Jackie special ordered it for me and it took about 6 weeks to come in, well worth the wait.
Friday, December 14, 2007
I finished these up yesterday. Aren't they good? The yarn is from my all-time favorite indie dyer, Jessie, of yarntini fame. If you haven't tried her yarn you are missing out. It is fabulous in so many ways.
By the way, I am working on a really fun project right now for Parents magazine and it doesn't involve knitting. Can you believe that? The project does involve my other favorite topic, children. I'll fill you in with more details later. It is pretty darn fun and a little strange to be working on a project without knitting. Parents is a great magazine, I have loved it for years so I am happy to be working for them.
Have a wonderful Friday.
p.s. If you are looking for the Alan Dart gnome pattern be sure to look at the comments from the last post to get a link for that. Thanks to Lisa in Colorado for sending that along. Trish also sent this link for the gnome pattern in the Bumper Book. Thanks to Trish. Try these out if you are searching. I didn't check if these are the same links. Thanks for helping out. You readers are the best, so generous.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Madison is in the grips of yet another blizzard today with a layer of ice already coating the roads. Every school district in southern Wisconsin is closed, including all Madison private schools but guess what lucky kids have school today? That's right, mine. My sad kids trudged through the blizzard to school today because the Madison public schools are open for business. I know people think Wisconsin is all farms but truthfully we are city people. Madison schools rarely shut down due to snow because they are city schools where most of the kids live in the neighborhood where the schools are located. If not they ride the bus a short distance. I was really wishing for a snow day with my kids. I am worse than they are.
The lovely Stacie sent me this link for a mini-mitten pattern. This one is good because it gives instruction for different gauges of yarn. Thank you!
I hope you are all safe and warm on this Tuesday.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
I woke up this morning and quickly knitted a Target Wave Mitten from Nora Gaughan's beautiful book Knitting Nature. I used Cascade 220 and knitted on US size 5 and 7 needles. I made the largest size and it fits my 8 year old perfectly.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I started this yesterday evening and look what I already have this morning. The pattern is called the Utopia Hat designed by S.M. Kahn and it is a free pattern found here. It is a wonderful pattern.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Oh I wish I could remember where I first saw these tiny mittens. Ugh. I simply can't find the link even after googling. Sorry about that. I somehow ended up looking at these a few days ago and I didn't print out the pattern. I just made mine up based on what I saw. There is a free pattern somewhere out there. Let me know if you know the link to this pattern. I made the three pairs above with sock yarn scraps. It always feels good to use up those little ends. I knitted on US size 1 dpns. The mittens are a little less than 2 inches in length.
I started on the boa scarf from this same book where you knit through the middle of one piece, passing the stitches to the other side before knitting the rest of the piece. It is a pretty fun technique. You have to knit lots and lots of these X's and you string them along as you go. We'll see how far I get.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Here is quick and fun Grinchy-good pattern for you! I made these Grinch Gloves last spring and my 8 year-old daughter absolutely loves them! I had this Dream in Color green yarn and some yummy green roving and all I could think of was the How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love those Grinchy hands with the furry fingertips. These are so fun. The heart I placed in one of the palms is for the Grinch's growing heart at the end of the story.
The heart also reminds me of the children's book, The Kissing Hand. Have you read this? It is a beautiful story about a mom raccoon planting a secret kiss on the palm of her child raccon's hand to keep him feeling safe and loved all day long when the child is away from home. When the child puts his hand on his cheek his mother's love rushes straight through to his heart giving him comfort throughout the day. My son's teacher read this to his class and drew hearts on the children's palms. The kids loved this. The gloves could be made in any color with the heart on the palm as a symbol of your love. It is a sweet, heartfelt gesture.
3-4 yrs. (5-6 yrs., 7-8 yrs.)
Dream in Color (100% superfine Australian merino superwash; 250 yards/4 oz), 1 skein #VM150 Happy
Rowan Handknit Cotton (100% cotton; 93 yards/50 grams), 1 skein #215 Red
Roving (100% wool), small amount for fingertips in Olive (purchased at ornamentea.com)
*Make them in any color or even stripes if you don't want the Grinch look!
Set of 4 US size 7 double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
2 stitch holders
4 1/2 stitches per inch
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Winter is upon us in Madison today. There are blizzard conditions whipping around our city. We made it to the Christmas tree farm despite the snowy conditions. On the way there I realized that everyone was wearing a handknit hat. It gave me a good feeling, I can't help myself. From left to right we've got a center square, a surefire hat, a stripey stocking hat, and another surefire hat. What a goofy group of kids, they are so funny. By the way, my son on the high school swim team is getting requests for me to make more surefire hats from his friends. Right now I am acting like I didn't hear this. Do you think it will just go away?