Butterfly & Cocoon

As soon as I saw these little butterflies with their cocoons in the latest issue of Making Magazine I knew I had to make them. I mean, come on! How can you not? 

The pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but I decided to use up some fingering weight scraps I had. It was so much fun mixing and matching colors to create these. I'm giving them to my granddaughters for Easter. I think they're going to have so much fun playing with them, especially putting them in and taking them out of their cocoons.

I highly recommend this pattern. It is written by Susan B. Anderson, who writes the most detailed, easy to follow patterns and creates the cutest little toy knitting patterns.

Tiny Knitted Sweaters

Each year I make a Christmas ornament for my granddaughters, by hand. This year I went with these cute little knitted sweaters. It was fun to play with some colorwork on a small scale like this and was a good way to get some practice. This is something I look forward to getting better at and being able to make an adult size sweater like these. :) 

Happy holidays!

Fidra Hat

I made another Fidra because I'm in love with this pattern. It's an addictive pattern and knits up really quickly (perfect for last minute Christmas gifting). And it's beautiful.

I used Quince & Co. Osprey in the color camel for the hat. For the pom pom I wanted it to be contrasting, so I mixed some leftover Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the color Pumpernickel with some suri alpaca I have from Old Homestead Alpacas. It made the perfect pom pom. :)  

Woodsy Hat

As you've probably noticed, I'm a huge fan of anything Melody of Mandarine's designs. Every time she comes out with a new pattern I want to cast it on right away. This is one of her latest designs, the Woodsy Hat. I must say, this is one of my very favorite knits of all time.

I made this using Merino d'Arles Fingering, which is one of Melody's yarns that she hand dyes.   It's absolutely beautiful! 

Current WIPs

Lately I've been wanting to cast on everything! I usually like to have no more than three wips (works in progress) at once, but at the moment I have a couple more than that. I think I can blame that on my new addiction to knitting socks, as I have a couple pair going at once right now. 

My favorite project I'm knitting at the moment is this Whispering Island Shawl by Helen Stewart. This is such a fun pattern! The yarn I'm using is a gorgeous hand dyed French wool by Melody of Mandarine's. I can't even begin to tell you how soft this wool is. And the color is divine! She makes the most beautiful yarn and I want to knit all the things with it.

I actually have two shawls going at the moment. The second I'm working on is Oceanbound by Melanie Berg. I'm knitting this with A Verb For Keeping Warm hand dyed indigo yarn called Flock in the denim colorway. It's knitting up so beautifully.

One goal I had this year was to knit colorwork. I figured I'd start out small, so I'm participating in a KAL for these pretty spring flower mitts. The pattern is Small Flower Mitts by Leigh Miller and Ann Myhre. I love the way they're knitting up. I will say that I have some work to do on learning how to carry the floats and work the ends in as I go (there are a lot of ends inside that mitt!), but I'm really loving working on them and getting the practice. The yarn I'm using is so amazing. It's Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift and I just can't get enough of it. 

So, that's usually my limit -- three items on the needles. Well, I have two more, and they are both socks. One I'm loving and the other not so much.

This first pair is a pattern called Drop It by Andrea Salin. Basically you knit several rows and then drop stitches up above. I think it's actually fun to drop the stitches, but this yarn doesn't like to cooperate so much, which makes it not so fun. I'm using Madelinetosh Merino Light in the White Wash colorway. It's a single ply, so I guess I should have expected as much with this yarn. I was about halfway through the second sock when I noticed a mistake several rows back. I tried ripping back, but ended up having to rip all the way back to the cuff because I just couldn't figure out each row and where I was with those dropped stitches. So this sock is sitting all by itself at the moment waiting for me to knit the second one. I'm actually not sure if I ever will, just because I wasn't really enjoying the pattern that much. We'll see.

So, after dealing with that complicated sock pattern and the issues I was having, I decided to knit a very basic sock. I get bored quite easily, so I didn't want to go with a totally vanilla sock, so I went with Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. I absolutely love knitting these and they are coming along nicely. I added a contrasting heel and toe just to mix things up a bit. The main yarn I'm using is Malabrigo Sock in Arco Iris colorway. The contrasting yarn is Jagger Spun in the Mahogany colorway. 

 

 

First Knitted Socks

I promised myself to learn to knit socks this year and I actually knit a pair! It was so much easier than I thought, and fun, too. Now all I want to do is knit more socks. :)

For my first pair I chose this pretty pattern by Olivia Villarreal called Wildflowers & Honeycomb. I absolutely love how they knit up. The lace work is really simple yet so beautiful. I've had the yarn in my stash for several years just waiting for the perfect project. I love it with this pattern. It's Madelinetosh Merino Light in the colorway Modern Fair Isle. I highly recommend this pattern.

Simple House Slippers - Part II

I learned a lesson about knitting slippers. Put some sort of bottoms on them. Unfortunately, the first pair I knit had holes worn in them quite quickly. I was so bummed. I love them so much that I just kept wearing them, but decided to go ahead and knit another pair.

I did a little research to find out how to make them last longer and found these slipper bottoms. So I knit another pair, this time in a yarn with several more plies than the first (I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter) and went down a couple needle sizes from the recommendation on the yarn, that way I could knit a denser fabric. It worked perfectly, and the slipper bottoms are amazing. Now I can knit a bunch more and just sew these bottoms on them. I plan on making a couple for mother's day gifts.

Pattern is Simple House Slippers by Temple Knits, knitted with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Blanket Fort colorway.

WIPs and Blooms

Spring is coming alive in my garden! I absolutely love this time of year with the feeling of renewal. It makes me want to start new projects and get out in the garden. All of the little wildflowers that we planted last year are popping up and some of the roses are starting to bloom.

I'm currently working on a pretty, textured hat and a shawl that is perfect for spring.

Pollen Hat by Andrea Mowry. Knitting with The Fibre Co. Organik in the Coral Reef colorway

I'm currently reading this book by Katie Daisy - How to be a Wildflower. I can't say enough good things about it. The illustrations and drawings in here are so lovely, and I just love the gentle reminders to enjoy nature and the outdoors. It's so calming, refreshing and inspiring.

Oceanbound by Melanie Berg. Knitting with A Verb for Keeping Warm Flock, dyed with indigo

Puerperium Cardigan

I just finished knitting another little baby knit for a friend who is having a boy. I've had this in my queue on Ravelry for quite some time now and was so happy to get to knit it. I really like the design of this one, the way it buttons down the side and folds open completely.

I used Plucky Knitter Sweater and it knit up so beautifully. I love how perfect the stitches look with this yarn, and it's so soft. I found some pretty little coconut shell buttons and think they go perfectly with the cardigan.

Pattern is Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker. Knitted with Plucky Knitter Sweater in the After Dark colorway.

Simple House Slippers

Well, I completed another item on my to do list for 2016 knitting. I finished the Simple House Slippers. What a wonderful pattern! These knitted up so quickly and are really simple to make. They're on my feet now as I write this post. :) I'll definitely be making more and highly recommend this pattern.

The pattern is by Temple of Knit and can be found here. The yarn I used is Moeke Yarns beautiful, rustic Romanian wool in the coral color and can be found here.

Little Old Man Cardigan

I was so excited when I found out a good friend was expecting a baby boy this year. I finally had an excuse to knit up this adorable little old man cardigan. I have two granddaughters, so I'm usually knitting up girly stuff, which I'm so happy to be able to do, but when you see something as cute as this little cardigan you can't help but want to knit it. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I can't wait to see it on the baby. The tweed yarn really gives it that perfect little old man cardigan look. I added a little pocket as well. It was just as much fun shopping for the little outfit to go with it. :)

Pattern is Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down. Knitted with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Nest colorway. Pocket accent is done with the same yarn in the Faded Quilt colorway.

Woodland Tales Mittens

I was excited to finally knit the beautiful Woodland Tales Mittens designed by

Melody Hoffmann

and published in the

Autumn 2015 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly

. I wasn't confident of my skills going into this and is why I put off starting them for so long. Well, they weren't as difficult as I thought. I really did enjoy knitting these and love the way they turned out.

I knitted them with yarn that was hand dyed by Melody herself and felt it was fitting to pair it with her design. It's a beautiful French wool that she dyed with heather and then over dyed with chockeberries. The color is amazing!

Selkie Shawl

I was fortunate enough to get to test knit this gorgeous shawl designed by Melody Hoffman of Mandarine's. She sent me the wool (Jamieson & Smith) to knit with. This was my first time knitting with Shetland wool and I must say I'm in love! Now I want to knit everything with it. I love her color choices, too. The lace work is so beautiful and I learned a new technique called the Latvian Braid.

The name she came up with for the pattern is Selkie and she tells a lovely story about that here.

I'm so happy with the way this shawl turned out.




Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year! I can't believe it's 2016. My year ended with tons of knitting and sewing. Most all of November and December were spent working on Christmas gifts for family and friends. I was able to get done all I wanted to except for one item, but that just makes for a sweet after Christmas gift. I think it's fun to receive something after, when you're not expecting it.

I can't believe I made all of this in 2015!


I have lots of new projects in my queue for 2016 and am really excited for this year. What's at the top of your list to make this year?

At the top of my list are the Simple House Slippers by Temple of Knit. I've been eyeing them for a while and can't wait to cast on.


A goal I have this year is to finally learn to knit socks. I found this tutorial by Susan B. Anderson and I'm going to finally give it a try. I have some fun Arne & Carlos sock yarn that I want to use for them.

I'm in love with these gorgeous mittens by Melody Hoffmann called Woodland Tales that was published in the Autumn 2015 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. I must knit these. 


I really want to do more sweater knitting and learn more about the process. As soon as I saw the Lila pullover in the Swoon Maine book by Carrie Bostick Hoge I knew I would have to knit it. It's a top down seamless knit and seems pretty straightforward. 


Wishing you a wonderful start to your year!

Seed/Moss Stitch Knitted Hat Pattern

Materials Used:

One skein of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. colorway Dustweaver (90 yards super bulky yarn)

US 11 - 8.0 mm 16" circular needle or dpns

US 13 - 9.0 mm 16" circular needle or dpns

US 13 - 9.0 mm dpns

Directions:

With smaller needle CO 44

K2, P2

Continue K2, P2 ribbing for 11 rows, or 2 inches

Switch to larger needle

K1, P1 until last st, purl front and back of last st. You should now have 45 sts on your needle.

Next rnd: P1, K1

Next rnd: K1, P1

Repeat last two rounds until hat measures 7.5-7.75 inches from CO edge. You can continue and make it longer if you would like a slouchy hat.

Begin decreasing:

Rnd 1: p3tog, k1. Repeat all the way around and purl the last stitch.

Rnd 2: P1, K1, repeating until end of round

Repeat these two rounds until only a few stitches remain, switching to dpns when necessary.

Break yarn and thread through remaining live stitches on your needle, pull tight to close the hat up. W

eave in ends.

There was plenty of yarn leftover to make a pom pom, so you can make one and add it if you like. I went with a faux fur pom pom I found at my local yarn shop.

Happy knitting!

Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern

Here's a simple 2x2 ribbed hat that you can knit up in a couple of hours. I found this squishy soft Madelinetosh yarn that was perfect for it.

Lady by the Bay - Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern

Materials Used:

One skein of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. colorway Mare (90 yards super bulky yarn)

US 13 - 9.0 mm 16" circular needle or dpns

US 13 - 9.0 mm dpns

Directions:

CO 52

K2, P2

Continue K2, P2 ribbing until piece measures 11 inches

Begin decreasing:

(switch to dpns when necessary)

Rnd 1: k2, p2tog, repeating until end of round

Rnd 2: k1, k2tog, repeating until end of round

Rnd 3: k2tog, repeating until end of round

Rnd 4: k2tog, repeating until end of round, knit last stitch

Break yarn and thread through remaining live stitches on your needle, pull tight to close the hat up.

Weave in ends.

Lady by the Bay - Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern
Lady by the Bay - Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern

Ombré Knit Hat Pattern

I wanted a simple hat to knit up quickly to add to my handmade Christmas gifts. I didn't want to use any special stitches or anything like that since the yarn itself is so pretty with its gradient and it didn't need anything like that. So this is what I came up with. You could easily knit this up in a day and have it ready to give at Christmas. :)

Materials Used:

Half a skein of Schoppel-Wolle Gradient in the colorway 1508 (approx. 140 yards worsted weight yarn)

US 5 - 3.75 mm circular needle or dpns

US 8 - 5.0 mm 

circular needle or 

dpns

US 8 - 5.0 mm 

dpns

Directions:

CO 88 with size 5 needle

K1, P1 

Continue K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches

Change to size 8 needle, k2, p2 for two rows 

Knit each row (stockinette) until piece measures about 6 inches from CO edge

For decreasing K9, k2tog, pm, repeat all the way around to beginning

Knit 1 round

Knit to 2 sts before the marker, k2tog, sm, repeat around to beginning

Repeat decrease round alternating with Knit 1 round until there are 10 stitches or so left,  (I can’t remember) switching to dpns when necessary. Break yarn and thread through remaining live stitches on your needle, pull tight to close the hat up.

Weave in ends.

Lady by the Bay Ombré Knit Hat Pattern

Holiday Knitting and Sewing

I started on my Christmas crafts in August. I now know to start on them in July next year. I don't think I'll be able to complete everything I wanted to. I have managed to finish some really lovely items though and am very happy to be able to give them this year. One of my very favorites were these fingerless gloves. How pretty are they? I knit them up with Quince and Co. Chickadee in the Camel Colorway. The pattern is

Margarete Fingerless Gloves by Sybil R

. They look complicated but really aren't. I love the little flower stitches in these.

I found some soft and cozy flannel to make some fringed throw blankets. Such an easy project and great gift!

I just finished knitting up this ombré hat with the leftover yarn from

these gloves

. And I also started knitting up some tiny Christmas bear ornaments for my granddaughters.

I've also finished the Campside Cardi I've been working on since September. I'll have to snap some photos and share them with you soon.

I hope you're enjoying whatever crafts you're working on to give this holiday season.