Catkin

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What can I say about this one aside from WOW! Made from Cascade Heritage Silk (brown) and Ella Rae Lace Merino (green) using the Catkin pattern. this pattern is wonderfully designed. I think my gauge was ever so slightly smaller, so the shawl is a bit shorter than intended. It’s still beautiful, and I want to wear it all the time.

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New pattern: Tree Bark Mitts

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I’ve been working on this one for months. First, I wanted to make several samples (Christmas presents that still need to be sent!), and then I wanted to have some testing and editing done (thank you to those that helped!), and third I’ve just been so busy!

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These are really cozy and warm, and I love the Valley Yarns Northampton Sport used. The texture is really fun, and pulls in nicely to hug my cold wrists.

I’ve included written instructions as well as a chart for the pattern. The skills involved are really quite basic, just knit and purl and some increases and decreases. You do have to keep track of where you are in pattern or on the chart, but stitch markers can help with that.

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Chocolate Pucks

Fudge! AKA Chocolate Pucks.

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A tasty (healthy) treat that I found on Pinterest. I’m only sad that I didn’t have enough cocoa powder to make a full batch, so we only had 5 not the 10 the recipe makes. I will be making more that’s for sure.

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Preview: Tree Bark Mitts

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New pattern to be released very soon! I’m a total convert to the fingerless mitts. No longer do I scratch my head in bewilderment when I see others making/wearing them.

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Fingerless Mitts

I never used to really be interested in them. Did I mention this before? I started work about a month ago, and find either my fingers get cold with my sweater off or my body gets hot with my sweater on. In come the woolly mitts!

These are the Longmeadow Cuff by Chicken Betty, and I just added 2 more repeats at a suggestion of a co-worker. They’re kinda fun, and I love the buttons. Taken from a ratty retired shirt of my husbands, they compliment these humble mitts well. Don’t ask me what the yarn is, because I can’t remember. Some kind of worsted weight wool in a beautiful heathered green.

The pattern for my design of fingerless mitts is almost ready. Lots of yarn left over though. One pair each in the orchid color and the ocean blue. Can’t wait to show them! I’m thinking of knitting at least one more for Christmas. They’r a fairly quick knit which is nice.

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Cold? Knit some woollies!

Swatching!

Starting back at work, and the new office space that I will be in is simultaneously cold and warm. Wearing my new sweater is just too much, but not wearing a sweater and I get cold. It’s mostly my arms and hands that get cold! For the first time ever I’ve felt the need for fingerless mitts.

This is my first experience with trying to set a deadline for myself. I want this one to be done at least a few weeks before Christmas. Just in time for a few last minute gifts! Gonna kill 2 birds with one stone: Knit 3 samples and give at least one away as a Christmas gift. This one is going to be lots of fun, and these yarns are pretty darn cool. Valley Yarns Northampton Sport (grey), Dream in Color Smooshy Sock (green), and Valley Yarns BFL Hand Dyed (purple).  They are all so squooshy soft!

As usual, very excited about this one. Gotta get knitting!

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At Long Last

This project has been on the needles for over a year. That’s actually not a very long time for a sweater when I’m knitting it. We don’t discuss the other sweater I’ve got on the needles currently. Let’s just focus on this little beauty.

Kri’s Manu

This one is called Manu by Kate Davies. I just love her style, and many of her designs go right into my favorites as soon as they come out. I started this one when I was pregnant with my littlest because I thought it would be cute to wear with a big belly. It didn’t make it that far before she was born, but over a year later I’m so glad I chose this one. It’s warm, dresses things up when I wear it, has awesome POCKETS, and…

…FABRIC BUTTONS! Seriously I can’t tell you how excited I am about these. I had this vision of fabric buttons as I was doing all the finishing (and it’s a lot of finishing, I mean i-cord bind-off on all the edges!). I thought I was going to have to shop around for the perfect buttons, and I was willing to wait. A chance encounter at Joann’s and I decided to just take a look…just to see you know. It turns out that you can get little inexpensive kits to make your own fabric buttons. I had some great vintage fabric from a pillowcase at home, made the buttons, and excitedly sewed them to the button band.

I love how each one is slightly different. I love how they just complete the sort of vintage look to the sweater. To say I am thrilled with this sweater would be an understatement.

A note on the sweater for you knitters: I did 7 buttons instead of 5 because I’m slightly larger busted. I didn’t want the button band to end too high up. I also did mine in a slightly different gauge and adjusted the size accordingly. Since all the vertical measurements are done in inches/centimeters you don’t have to worry about having a different row gauge. Also, I wish I’d thought to make my pleats symmetrical! I only thought about it afterwards when I saw that other people had done this.

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Wilder – A cowl pattern to keep you warm!

I’m so excited about this one. OK, so I think I say that every time, but this one is special. First off it’s a very special yarn: Malabrigo Rios. This yarn is crazy soft. This cowl is crazy warm with the dense linen stitch, and the little pockets of air the cables make on the inside. Oh, and the colors! This is one of the more highly variegated colors of Malabrigo with reds, greens, golds, browns, burnt oranges, yellows, and even purples!

I started this design with 2 requirements. One, it had to be a one skein project. Two, it had to accommodate highly variegated yarns well. I really think it was a success, and it uses only one skein with plenty of yardage for a gauge swatch (and you really should swatch!). I really want to wear this all winter.

This design is the culmination of several months of reading, learning, and practice. I have just soaked up all I can to make the best of my patterns, and present them in the best light. I really think it has made a difference!

The photos here were shot at Madame Sherri Forest which is practically in our backyard. It was originally a castle built by a French dancer in the early 1900s, if I recall correctly. All that’s left is the foundation, and some really cool dramatic stairways. The area around it, and the trail is absolutely gorgeous and picturesque.

Wilder Knitting Pattern

Yarn: 1 skein Malabrigo Rios (100% Superwash Merino wool, 210 yards, 100 grams) or other worsted weight wool

Materials: US 8 (5 mm) needle or size needed to
obtain gauge, US 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook or similar size, Three 1” buttons

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Slowing Down

These days our life is all about slowing down a bit. Fall time really brings about the need to withdraw a little. Where we live, the cold weather and beautiful bright scenes of the leaves changing really cements those feelings. It makes me eager to bring out all my woollies, and knit warm things.

I decided recently that it was time to knit my husband another pair of socks. He has been asking me for a long time for more. I’m relishing the slow pace of fine knitting (a huge contrast to some of the bulky knitting I’ve been doing lately!) and the neat tiny stitches on this sock. I don’t even mind taking it a couple of stitches at a time, and taking a moment to enjoy what I’m doing. I’m in no rush. These socks can take their time, and I will savor every moment. It’s some comforting plain-Jane knitting in between all my working and figuring and not so plain-Jane designing.

So, I sit and knit while the girls get into a little (supervised) trouble. I have to say that leaving 2 of my cupboards without baby locks has allowed me to get a lot done in the kitchen. They feel like they’re getting into something fun and interesting, that may not be allowed. I get to cook, clean, or knit while they have some harmless play. And they go and do sweet things like this…

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Turkeys!

Where I live, this sight is very common. I took the opportunity to photograph our visitors this morning. There were at least 15 of them, and possibly more down the hill that I couldn’t see!

Pardon the blurry shot, but this was about 30 feet away on the other side of my glass door.

This one was the largest of the bunch. Perhaps the parent of all those turkeys?

I am just not a city girl. I mean I would miss fascinating scenes such as this. It’s been a good 10 minutes and they’re still out there foraging. Katie and Elowen have been staring out the window the whole time.

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