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A Very Bright Baby Blankie!

Samantha's Blankie/1060 metres

It’s a pattern from Wooly Thouhts, available on Ravelry. Best of all, it’s based on math and really easy to improvise as you go, once you get the hang of it 🙂

I used some of the shetland lamb, dyed it in a multitude of colours. I use the Dharma Trading Co. acid dyes and they are excellent! I blended the dyed locks on hand cards and added a pinch of targhee cross to each rolag – each rolag was split in half so when spun, the plies pretty much lined up and created the blending of one colour to another. In total, 1060 metres of handspun two ply went into this blanket.

handspun from handdyed shetland lambswool

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Sidetracked, Again (or is that always?)

Ok, I admit it, I just might have a BIT of an issue with sticking to one thing, lol. It’s like some kind of ‘ooooooh shiny, soooooo pretty’ disease. I have so many projects on the go that it’s truly ridiculous.

There is the sweater I am knitting out of handspun light fingering weight yarns, in stripes. The white is cormo/merino hand combed and blended with very fine alpaca, two ply. The coloured yarn is a hand carded silk/wool blend, 2 ply.

the yarn

close up

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The yarn I really did finish (yay, one for me, save the part where there are half a bobbin of singles waiting to be plied into yarn, should I get around to finishing the other ply), created from hand processed, hand combed cormo/fdt fleece from mmfwool….

'dilbert' cormo/fdt 2 ply lace weight

'dilbert' wool cormo/fdt 2 ply lace

So far I have two skeins of this, around 700 metres, I’d guess. And I would be guessing, lol, since I have yet to count the strands 🙂

The ‘ooh shiny’ which I just started yesterday. Days off work are fantastic!

silk,wool,camel

Hand dyed silk, cormo/merino fleece and super-soft-camel fluff…it is divine….

blending for 'moss'

And, certainly not last, simply last for today – some super soft gloves I’m working on, created with handspun angora bunny/hand dyed silk blended yarn.

glove project

the pink bunny wool (angora/silk)

Thankfully winter is a few months away!

Some Last Minute Knits…And A Pattern

I’ve been busy, trying to finish up a few last things for Christmas. Today, I finished three hats (yay, me!)…gotta LOVE bulky yarn and how quickly it knits up!

Two ‘shroom’ hats; (pattern by Lee Wood Juvan and available free at knitty.com)

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and another in ‘flint’ grey/black which I’d be happy to show you except for the fact that my camera takes THE most crappy pictures after dark! Alright, so pictures asap, lol.

Isn’t the texture in that pattern fantastic? I think it’s a great pattern and definitely worth knitting. With the bulky yarn, it can even handle our winters!

The yarn I used is bernat ‘roving’, an acrylic (80)/ wool (20) mix which is really nice to work with and, I feel, much safer left in the hands of forgetful machine washers than a wool alternative. It’s no fun when you shrink your Christmas hat!

I made a little ‘textured scrap hat’ with the leftovers. It’s nothing fancy but I’m planning to write up the pattern. I think it’s kind of cute and definitely an easy, fast knit which takes next to nothing in the bulky yarn. I had two balls of the roving yarn and after making the two ‘shroom’ hats and the scrap hat, I still have some of each colour left!

I’ve completed the pattern and you can find it here;  supersimpletexturedscraphat 

Lets hope this works.  If you have any trouble with it, please let me know. 

Oh, something I realized I should mention…the gauge for this hat is about 3 sts/4 rows per inch in stockinette.  The finished hat measures 8 inches tall but could be made larger by adding rows to any section you wish or adding another section entirelyl.  I could totally see this hat in a few different colours mixed together, to use up little scraps.

I’ll show you a couple of the night pictures of it and promise to take better ones soon…

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Happy knitting 🙂

Inspired!

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I’ve been working on a new pattern – for stranded mittens – for my daughter for Christmas. The pattern was inspired by a really beautiful yarn. It has everything stranded mittens need (in my opinion of course!) – great colour, fingering weight, a bit of ‘grab’, superwash and wool. For what more could I ask?

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I’ve paired it with Paton’s ‘kroy’ sock 4 ply in black – to give it a chance to do it’s colourful thing. Oh yes – the yarn – it’s Marks and Kattens ‘Fame Trend’ in the colourway ‘party’. I found it at the Knit and Quilt in Barrie a week or two ago. Beautiful! I will definitely be back for more!

I’ve finished the pattern and have knitted the first mitten. I’ve posted the pdf pattern, if you’d like to use it –

The pattern;
InspiredByColourMittenPattern

My mitten (unblocked)…

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Please let me know how it works out for you!
Have a great day 🙂

A Hat Fit For A Princess

I’ve finished the hat to match my ‘Snowflake Princess’ sweater coat!  I have also written out the PATTERN in case anyone else is interested in making it.

Here it is…
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So cute 🙂 It’s about 7″ tall and 17″ unstretched, around.

I’m going to make mittens next!

The Prettiest Princess Coat EVER!

  • Or at least I think so 🙂

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It’s my ‘Snowflake Princess’, a modified version of the Snowflake Queen Pattern by Alison Stewart-Guinee. I used the free pattern excerpt available online

I modified it in several ways…

-used a smaller needle (4 mm)
-decreased to 97 sts (24,49(back),24)
-modified the cuff by working it in the contrast ‘carmen’ yarn as;
row 1 and 2 – knit
following 8 rows – k1,p1 ribbing
cast off firmly in knit

-my version of the button bands and collar, knitted in one piece using short rows (the collar and button band were omitted from the free pattern excerpt);

  • With right side facing and same yarn as used for coat, pick up 36 sts along (right) skirt, 24 sts along bodice, 11 sts front neckline, 19 held sts from back of neck (this takes into account my extra decreases, which may or may not be the amount you have), and, corresponding 11, 24, 36 on the left side.   I would place markers each side of the (19) back neck sts, to make the short rows easier to keep track of.  (161 sts)
  • purl one row

Begin short rows;

  • purl 98 (or 8 sts past second marker) w&t (wrap and turn)
  • knit 35 (or 8 sts past second marker) w&t
  • purl 36 w&t
  • knit 37 w&t
  • purl 38 w&t
  • knit 39 w&t
  • purl 40 w&t
  • knit 41 w&t
  • purl to end of row
  • knit one row
  • (buttonhole row) purl 108 sts, [(yo, p2tog, p3) 7x], p21.
  • knit one row, twisting yo’s as you knit them to prevent too large button holes
  • purl 98  w&t (wrap and turn)
  • knit 35  w&t
  • purl 36  w&t
  • knit 37 w&t
  • purl 38 w&t
  • knit 39 w&t
  • purl 41 w&t
  • knit 43 w&t
  • purl 45  w&t
  • knit 47 w&t
  • purl 49 w&t
  • knit 51 w&t
  • purl to end of row 

Join accent yarn (patons ‘carmen’ is what I used)

(worked in garter stitch – knit all rows)

  • knit one row
  • knit 108 w&t
  • knit 55 w&t
  • knit 57 w&t
  • knit 59 w&t
  • knit 61 w&t
  • knit 63 w&t
  • knit to end of row
  • cast off in knit

I crocheted the edging around the bottom in single crochet with a 4 mm hook.

I think this is one of my favorite projects ever!  Right now I’m working on a matching hat and mittens…