Apr 302014
 

A little late in sharing, but my Estheray hat was released earlier this month

Four colors of Knit Picks Palette, size US 3 needles, super easy charts, and a fun pom-pom!

 

This pattern is named after my late cat Esther who we lost over the winter.  She has been traveling this life with me for quite a long time and would have been 14 this month.  All proceeds for this pattern through the end of the year will be donated to our local humane society in her name.

The Details:

Yarn:  Four colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Knit Picks Palette in Silver, Celestial, Cyan, and Cosmopolitan.

Yardage:  About 230yds MC, only small bits of the other 3

Gauge:  28sts / 32 rows = 4 ” in stranded colorwork

Suggested needle size:  US size 3 for the body, US size 2 for the ribbing

Price: $5

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Feb 032012
 

My old friend Daren is a professional photographer. He returned from a few years in Thailand last spring just about the same time that I finished my pattern for the Topsy Turvey Werewolf. We made a trade (a photoshoot for a home cooked steak dinner) which turned out so well that I talked him into another shoot for the Recess for Grownups pattern. This time I promised him a hand knit.

Everything in the resulting project was a collaboration between me and him. He wanted orange and gray, cables, and earflaps. It was fun to have a little bit of someone else’s brain in this project to step outside what I’d normally think of. I love the end result!

On the photoshoot for this hat, we both laughed at the idea of a photoshoot for a new pattern that resulted from payment for another photoshoot.  Perhaps the next thing I knit for him will end up as a pattern too.  Stay tuned…

The Details:
Yarn: two colors of bulky weight yarn
Yardage: approximately 128yds for the MC and 46yds CC
Gauge: 17sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US 8
Sizes available: one
Price: $3

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 February 3, 2012  patterns Tagged with: , ,  1 Response »
Jan 082012
 


I do believe my yellow Aidez sweater has started a snowball effect of color in my knitting world. I recently completed the above shawl (Cladonia) which is a color combination that I could never see myself in. I had originally chosen the rainbow yarn for my daughter and the yellow for a friend but both sank to the bottom of my stash. I never would have dared knit either for myself. But now I love it.

In the weeks since finishing the cardigan and the shawl, I find myself gravitating to brighter and brighter colors. Yesterday some of my knitting friends and I ventured down to the brand spanking new Fancy Tiger location (AMAZING, by the way!) and my eyes went to all the vibrant colors that I would have passed over a year ago. It’s like having a new set of eyes!

I walked away with a few skeins yesterday, one of which was this great fuchsia Peace Fleece with which I want to knit myself a Molly.

When I got home I laughed at the realization that this is not unlike the color pink that my hair use to commonly be years ago.

Perhaps my sticking to blond and red hair has contributed to my need for bright color in my otherwise neutral wardrobe.  Oh, my beloved pink, you will adorn my head once again!

I hope to keep this up for the rest of 2012.  Perhaps I’ll venture more into orange and blues, those colors which never dare enter my dresser.  I’m excited to see what this year brings!

 January 8, 2012  knitting, Year of Color Tagged with: , , , , , ,  4 Responses »
Apr 122011
 


Poor little boys. Or rather, poor knitters who knit for little boys. One does not realize the imbalance of the ratio of girl-to-boy knitting patterns until one tries to find a boy suitable pattern. It’s rather sad.

I was very pleased to see just how much of a positive response there was the the Dear Liza pattern. As a mother of a son, I did feel a tinge of guilt for leaving out all the wonderful little boys out there. In the interest of fairness I created Dear Henry. Dear Henry enlists the same type of eyelet pattern for ventilation as it’s feminine partner but they are cleverly hidden in the garter stitch band. A shorter hat and a flatter crown lend to a more masculine look.

The Details:

Yarn: DK weight cotton (pattern shown in EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10)
Yardage: 110-250yds
: 6sts/1 inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US 4
: 0- 6mo, 6-12mo, 12-24mo, 2-4yo, 4-6yo
Price: $3

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 April 12, 2011  knitting, patterns Tagged with: , , , , ,  1 Response »
Mar 112011
 

Spring is creeping in here in Colorado.  Time to get outdoors as much as possible before the heat drives us back inside.  We get so much sunshine in this state that a sunhat is a mandatory accessory for any small child.  With knit hats it’s hard to find a middle ground between a tight enough gauge to not be too floppy and a loose enough gauge to not be too hot.  The double layer edging of this hat makes the brim stiff enough to not fall in the wearer’s eyes while the hat’s eyelets allow for ventilation.  With a variety of sizes to choose from it’s easy to find a perfect fit for any small one, from birth to age three.

The Details:

Yarn: sport weight cotton (pattern shown in Patons Grace)
Yardage: 110-212yds
: 6sts/1 inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US 4
: 0- 6mo, 6-12mo, 12-24mo, 2-3yo, 3-4yo
Finished measurements:  14.8” (16”, 17.3”, 18.7”, 20”)
Price: Free!

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Thanks to Cassidy for the name “Dear Liza”!

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Mar 012011
 

I made up this hat last week. A friend just had a baby girl and I needed a quick gift. This woman is the most sun-conscience mother I know so I figured she’d appreciate a good sun hat. I’m hoping this hat not only shades the eyes well but will also shade most of the face. Let’s hope.

I like just about everything about this pattern except for the name. The work-in-progress name has been Baby Bucket Hat but to me that just makes me think of infant car seats, often dubbed “baby buckets.”

Due to lack of sleep and energy on my part this week I am feeling monumentally uncreative when it comes to words so I’m leaving the naming of this hat up to you. Leave a comment in this post with your name suggestion and you’ll be entered to win a skein of worsted weight Knit Picks Bare, kettle dyed the color of your choosing. You get free yarn and I get a name and a dyeing project. Win-win! You have until Tuesday March 8th at 12pm central to post your suggestion. I’ll choose my favorite that night and post the newly named pattern sometime that week.

Check back to read the fun suggestions and to download the soon-to-be-named FREE pattern!

 March 1, 2011  contest, knitting, patterns, yarn Tagged with: , , , ,  14 Responses »
Feb 132011
 

Although I learned a few years earlier, I really started regularly knitting when my son was first born.  I loved the instant gratification of small baby sized projects.  I still do.  My daughter at one year old probably has as many hand knit things as I do.  The one downside to knitting these small things is that these children insist on growing, so most things can’t be worn all that long.  I really wanted to make the baby a pair of Emmy Lou Helmuth’s Cozy Leg Warmers because they are way cuter than all baby legging patterns out there but I was hesitant to put that much work into something that would only be worn for a short time.  I started them anyway and when done I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of stretch to them.  In fact, I made my four year old try them on and they fit him well.  A baby item that could be worn for three years?!  Huzzah!

I worked them on size four needles with sport weight yarn.  To fit the baby they are worn over the knee, but as she grows they will be worn below the knee as the pattern intends.  So cute.

 

The baby’s other new item is Jane Kehler’s Peas and Lettuce hat.  I was taking a gamble making a non-tie hat for a grabby handed baby but she needed something heavier than her Junie Cap.  I worked this in a bulky weight yarn from Gyspy Wools.  It is unbelievably squishy.   Unfortunately I misread the pattern while watching TV with friends (I shake my fist at you, Jessica Fletcher, for distracting me) so I worked fewer purl rounds.  Still cute, I think, but not as fun as Jane’s original pattern.  The baby  refrains from removing the hat about 40% of the time, which is a better statistic that I hoped for, so I’ll take it.  And even though I generally shy away from knitting a pattern twice, I want to make this again because it was so fast and so fun.

 

 February 13, 2011  knitting Tagged with: , , ,  6 Responses »
Jan 232011
 

I love baby hats.  Unfortunately, babies don’t always love baby hats.  While bonnets and earflap hats are cute, hats with ties are also immensely helpful to combat those grabby hands from removing hats from chilly heads.

When my daughter Junie was eight months old and the weather was getting colder I wrote this pattern.  I am all about ease of adjusting fit, so top down made sense to me.  This way you can increase stitches until you like the size.  It is meant to have positive ease, allowing a looser fit around the head.  A hat that isn’t as tight is less likely to annoy a child and cause fewer attempts of hat removal.

The Details:

Yarn: sport weight
Yardage: 90-120yds
: 6 sts/1 inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US 4
: 3mo, 6mo, 9mo, 12mo, 18mo

Price: $4

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 January 23, 2011  patterns Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »