Sunday, November 30, 2014

Spreading Cheer with Wingspan

I have become obsessed with knitting shawlettes.  I had discovered the "Wingspan" from by maylin Tri'Coterie Designs on and had seen a finished version at the 2013 New York Sheep and Wool Festival.  I was given the pattern as a random gift and couldn't wait to get started.  My first attempt at this pattern was with Plymouth Stiletto in the Dillon colorway with Size 3 needles.  The 100g ball gave me the requisite eight "triangles," but the Size 3 needles made for a tighter fabric with not much drape.  

While the work was in progress, I had found the Plymouth Stiletto in the Villandry colorway and purchased two balls.  This time I used Size 4 needles and achieve the perfect weight and drape.  I began this project back in the early summer while on vacation.  While the pattern works up quickly and easily by using short rows which have always made me nervous.  However, the pattern provided a link to the German Short Row Pattern on  This method was extremely easy and left no gaps whatsoever.

This shawlette was a birthday present for my sister, but I do plan to make this again, mixing up the colorways to get different looks.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You're Such a Gentleman

One day at work, while I was bragging about my knitting prowess, I asked by my coworker to make him a hat and scarf for the winter.  His requirements were simple; something black to keep him nice and warm.  I took this opportunity to knit up another Compo Hat by Julz.  This was a recent pattern that I had tested in one of my Ravelry groups in a plain acrylic yarn.  Fortunately, the search for a comparable scarf wasn't hard to find.  I chose the Gentlemans Scarf by the Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio.

Both projects were knit in Knit Picks Swish Superwash Merino. The hat was knit with Size 7 needles and the scarf with Size 9. I felt it necessary to use a larger needle for the scarf to achieve the appropriate drape.  Each pattern was easy to follow and knit up quickly.  The Swish Superwash Merino made the cable patterns pop and the fine wool made for a more luxurious knit that could be dressed up or down.  I intentionally made the scarf extra long to wrap around the neck and have the ends hang down. 

The project, finished just in time was a big hit with the recipient.  Right after the delivery, our area experienced a drop in temperatures.  My friend came into work with his new hat, ready to pose for a picture.  Needless to say when there's cold weather in the forecast, this hat delivers comfort and warmth.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Country Girl - City Cardigan

Christmas of 2013 brought me a nice gift card to my favorite yarn store from my son.  I have always wanted to do a cardigan and found this pattern at "A Stitch in Time" in Bethel, CT.  The pattern name is "City Cardigan," calling for a wool yarn.  However, I chose "DungarEASE" from Knit One, Crochet Two.  The cotton/acrylic blend worked up nicely. The knit one through back loop/purl one through back look gave the ribbing a nice defined look.  

If I were to do this project again, I would add more length to the waist and possibly add another buttonhole.  I'm a short girl with a short waist.  The extra length would give an illusion of a taller me.  The buttonholes were easy to make, but ended up being too big for the buttons called for in the pattern.  

I found these lovely buttons at Joanne's for only $2.50 for two.  There were inexpensive, but found out that inexpensive buttons are not always better.  While sewing on the buttons, the brown border came off the first button.  To improvise, I pulled off the border of each button and nobody was the wiser.  While I love the buttons I chose, I would definitely would get bigger ones.  I feel the smaller ones get lost. 

Even with all these little speed bumps, I totally rocked the City Cardigan at the 2014 New York State Sheep & Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, NY.  I received many compliments from friends and people passing by.  A certain win.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Thanks for the Anklets....

My sister lives down south so she doesn't get much of an opportunity to wear wool socks.  She did, however, express interest in a pair of anklet socks.  I found this pattern on  The pattern "Thanks" is a great pattern that knits up simply but looks more complex.  The yarn is plain old Patons Kroy Socks yarn that I purchased on sale from  Hobby Lobby in Knoxville, Tennessee.  This free pattern looks great with any color yarn.  Below is my sister modeling her "belated" Christmas present with her sweet dog, Maggie who looks a little jealous wanting her own socks.

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Quant - ify"

I was having a hard time finding a belated birthday gift for two very special people; my bff and my lovely sister.  I found this pretty "Quant" pattern on  Because both recipients had long hair, I felt this gift would be perfect.  Neither like wearing hats because of the dreaded "hat hair."  My sister is also an avid hiker and I thought this would come in handy to keep her ears warm.  The entrelac pattern is easy to learn if you go slow and pay attention, so don't be intimidated by it.  I used Lion Brand's Amazing yarn which is an "underspun" yarn, giving the project a nice soft texture.

Both loved their presents and below if my beautiful sister modeling hers.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I had plenty of Lion Brand Chunky yarn from the Robin's Egg Hat project for my friend, Tracey.  I realized the best use for it would be to make something to go with the hat.  I found the "Burberry Inspired Cowl" on  It called for a silky yarn in a solid, but I'm very happy the way this turned out.  It's a very easy pattern to knit up.  You cast on 58 stitches in a provisional cast on and knit one long strip.  There are 16 stitch cables within the pattern to give it a "stacked" look.  This was not the first time I had done a provisional cast on.  I did use a super chunky yarn along with the working yarn.  If I were to do this again, I'd to the provisional cast on with two needles together.  By doing this, the live stitches at the bottom would be easier to pick up when you're done.  I thought it would call for a three needle bind off to connect the ends, but it had me do a kitchener stitch instead.  It was tedious, but worth the work when I saw the finished result.  I can't wait to give this to Tracey!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's Hip to Knit Hats

Through Ravelry I have discovered the hat designer Wooly Wormhead.  This designer makes the coolest hats.  The minute I got some extra money, I was purchasing four patterns from this designer.  This had "Buzzba" is a cool earflap hat.  As usual, the picture doesn't do the pattern justice.  I knit it up Paton's Classic Wool, worsted weight with size 7 needles.  The pattern was very easy to follow and I was able to finish this project in just one evening.  It came in many sizes from child all the way to adult.

I did have to spend some time weaving in the ends, but it was well worth the time.  I have worn the hat to work and have received many compliments on it.  I am definitely going to be following this designer for more cool ideas. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like....................

I don't usually consign, but when my co-worker asked me to do this for her, I couldn't resist.  Her daughter and partner had just adopted a beautiful baby boy and for their first Christmas with baby Jones, who could resist these cute stockings.  I'm not sure where the pattern came from, but they worked up very easy.  After all, their just large socks.  However, if I had one complaint, one stocking had a cool nordic snowflake design, but the pattern wasn't included in the pattern.  I had to search on for a nordic design.  I was having so much trouble doing the duplicate stitch that I just gave up and put a patchwork design on top, making a little pocket.  I think it looks rather nice.  The name was to be embroidered, but I have no patience for that.  What I did instead was make a long, thin i-cord and tacked the name onto the stocking.  It's not perfect, but it's better than anything I could embroider.  I am hoping that the stockings are enjoyed for years to come.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

For Tracey

I have a coworker, Tracey who is constantly giving me yarn.  God Bless her sweet mom who forgets all about the purchase.  As a result, Tracey ends up giving me the yarn.  I can see that her mother still has a good eye, because I absolutely love the colorway of this Lion Brand Chunky yarn.  Instead of doing more squares, or something for myself, I figured I'd pay this "pay it forward" backwards - so to speak.  I made this hat from the Robin's Egg Pattern from  The original pattern called for a (who knew) robin's egg blue chunky, but it works with almost any colorway.  Again, with most of my hats, the challenge was to find a cool button to go on the hat.  As luck would have it, Joanne's Fabric came to my rescue.  Another $2.00 button that is just as fashionable.  Anyway........the recipient of the hat, Tracey, absolutely loved it and modeled it for me tonight.  Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to get a picture.  She looked lovely in it.  I plan to continue to knit like a "mad hatter" by doing some cool wooly wormhead patterns that I just purchased.

Brattleboro Hat

I had some leftover Paton's 100% Wool yarn that was left over from Alexandria's Blanket.  I have always wanted to make this Brattleboro Hat from Interweave Knits.  The photo is from my iPhone and really doesn't do justice to the sage colors of the hat.  The picture in the magazine was more of a minty green, but I prefer the sage green instead.  The buttons, which were a perfect match were found at Joanne's Fabric for about $2.00.  I can't wait for the opportunity to wear this!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sockdown 2013-14

Let's face it. I love knitting socks.  It's my most favorite thing to do. It offers  me the most variety and challenge in what I feel is a relatively short project.  I always get compliments on my knitted socks.  Even though I haven't completed my goal of the Cookie A Sock Innovation project, I have decided to try my hand at the Sockdown 2013-14 on  Every month for a year, you are given a color theme.  You can knit their mystery pattern or "mock," choose your own pattern or a pattern from one of their suggested designers.  Participants are not allowed to cast on until the first of the month and must have their project completed by the end of the month.  This is a great motivator to get your project done.  

Since the September '13 theme is "tropical," I chose this beautiful colorway from Knitpicks.  Chroma Fingering is a 70%/30% wool blend and feels great.  The colorway, "Lollipop," has a great mix of yellow, green, rose, orange, and a bit of light purple.  It reminds me of a summer fruit salad.  

For the pattern, I am choosing the "Magic Mirror" pattern from Jeannie Cartmell, one of the chosen designers.  It's a great asymmetrical pattern which includes techniques such as a turkish cast on as well as a short row heel.  These are two techniques that I have yet to master.  This pattern can be found on for free.  I will use size 1 bamboo needles for the project and will be casting on tomorrow.

Here we go........

Sunday, August 4, 2013

An Old Favorite for Vacation Knitting

I began these socks while I was home on vacation in Tennessee.  The "Jaywalker Sock" pattern is a very good beginner pattern for the new sock knitter.  The yarn used was some wool/bamboo blend that had been given to me a while ago through a swap.  The original idea was to use this yarn to make Cookie A's "Monkey Socks."  I didn't like the self striping pattern of the yarn because it detracted from the pattern of the "Monkey Socks."  The yarn is super soft and feels great against my feet.  The socks could have been more stretchy, though.  I can see me whipping these up for a swap or a quick gift.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sock Innovation - Rick

It's been a while since I've been working on the Sock Innovation Project.  A January surgery as well as full time classes sidelined me from working on the project. 

I made these Rick Socks with a nice red/orange colorway.  I like how the "racing stripes" came out.  The pattern was easy to work up.

In hindsight, I wish I had waited until my shoulder had healed more before I started the second sock.  The first sock was pre-surgery and the second-post surgery.  You can certainly tell which is which.  The second sock is a lot looser then the first.  While I do plan on doing this pattern again, I am tempted to rip out the other sock completely and start over.  We'll see if I have the nerve to that.  Coming next, Milo....................

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Aubrey's First Birthday

When Aubrey's first birthday came around, I couldn't resist making "Flo the Elephant."  

This pattern is free the e-zine and I have listed the link at the bottom of this post.  It calls for 100% Worsted Weight Wool.  Luckily I had some Paton's Classic wool left over from my "Alexandria's Blanket."  The pattern is very easy to follow as well as easy to work up.  As you can see, you knit up the separate pieces.

Once the pieces are done, you begin sewing it together.  At first I was a little apprehensive.  I don't know anyone who likes assembly.  However, because you do it a little at a time, it's not so bad.  Because it's a straight garter stitch pattern, it's easy to use the mattress stitch which gives you almost seamless joins.  You first sew the back down to almost the end of the trunk, then stuff the trunk.  Then you assemble the underbelly to the body and stuff some more.  You then sew up the legs and stuff again.  Once it's all assembled, you attach the pads of the foot the ears.

I used regular qualofill for the stuffing and you can really pack it in.  A good tip is to keep stuffing so that it can stand alone.

Once you have it all assembled, then you can add whatever embellishment you want.  You can attach flowers, or an initial in any complimentary or contrasting color.  I used some nice heathered blue from Paton's Classic Wool (again, left over from a previous project).  I used a blanket stitch around the feet and ears and a satin stitch for the eyes.

I just can't wait to present this to Aubrey's parents.  I have already received many compliments on this project and will probably do it again.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

One of my favorite swaps on Ravelry is the International Scarf Exchange.  I love creating for someone else and can't wait to see what I get in exchange.  My partner in this exchange is in Dover, Tasmania in Austraila.  The "Lace Ribbon Scarf" pattern is from the Spring 2008 issue of  It was made with Deborah Norville fingering weight sock yarn.  I love the blue and green colorway.  I wanted the colors to represent the color of the ocean.  The scarf was an easy pattern to follow and work up.  The length of the scarf ended up being 82".  The design of the scarf is for the wearer to be able to wrap it around their neck and have length left to drape down.  My swap partner loved her scarf.  Below is the beautiful scarf from her.  It was made with hand spun merino from Tasmania.

 I love the colors and it looks great against my forest green jacket.  Although it is merino wool, it is very soft and subtle.