I know, I know… hat-wearing days are almost zero now that it’s warming up, but I wanted to squeeze this post in because I really want to gush about this pattern.  I picked up Jane Richmond’s book Island, at Knit City and so far I’ve knit two patterns out of  5 in the book!  That’s saying a lot!  I love Jane’s pattern writing style and her designs are 100% wearable.  They don’t just get stashed in my shelf of handknits never… Read more »

I almost forgot to share finished pictures of this project.  I knit a little baby sweater for another soon-to-arrive bebe using the Baby Sophisticate pattern and Malabrigo (swoon!) yarn. My favorite part about this pattern was the little shawl collar, definitely the “Sophisticate” part of this sweater! I added the different colored buttons for a bit of whimsy and fun.  This pattern was such a quick knit and I’m definitely going to be knitting it again.  I went up a… Read more »

Isn’t this little sweater just adorable?  This pattern is from one of my favorite designers, Alana Dakos.  Hot off the needles is Wee Wildflower… I think it turned out super cute despite the fact that there is seaming involved (set-in sleeves anyone!)  If I had to knit this pattern again in a small size, I would definitely convert this to a seamless garment, especially the sleeves.  And even though the pockets are darling, I’d convert them to faux pockets because… Read more »

With school resuming for the kids tomorrow, it’s time to get back to my usual routine :: crafting, blogging and otherwise. Many of our friends are expecting babies this year and while store-bought baby stuff is adorable, I’d like to put my knitting needles (and stash) to work and churn out a bunch of pint-sized gifts.  I’ve finished the Baby Sophisticate Jacket which is just waiting for some cute buttons to be totally complete. My favorite part of this whole… Read more »

I have one more finished object to share with you before we say goodbye to 2012.  I knit a pair of fingerless mitts from Jane Richmond’s new book Island. This pattern is named Rathtrevor after the breathtaking Rathtrevor Provincial Park on Vancouver Island.  As I knit this project I was reminded of our family trip to Van Isle lastyear and I was so grateful that I was able to capture this tender moment between my kids on Rathtrevor Beach… Knit… Read more »

Windschief seems to be my go-to hat pattern for the guys in my life.  The first one I knit was for the Mister using Dream in Color Classy in a classic grey.  He’s worn that hat a TON and it still looks like it was knit yesterday.  Top marks for this yarn! After knitting the Ranger sweater for Prithvi, I had a bit of yarn leftover.  Although, he will never be caught wearing the matching sweater-hat combination, I knit him… Read more »

A quick drive-by post to point you in the direction of a lovely pattern that was recently published by my dear friend, Kelly. Test knitting is always fun!  It’s great to work alongside the designer as their pattern is tweaked and fine-tuned before making it ready for publishing.  When Kelly asked me to test knit her hat pattern, Stormont, I jumped at the opportunity. Stormont was a great pattern to knit. This pattern allowed me to indulge in the cable… Read more »

Outside, the colored canopy is incredible.  Rust, red, orange, yellow, bits of green all around .  Breathtaking. Beautiful. The colors on this skirt will remind me of the magic outside long after every leaf has floated down and the branches are bare welcoming the pause and rest that is winter. Sea Anemone, is a skirt designed by the very talented, Elena Nodel.  The cabled section on the otherwise plain skirt was a welcome twist while I was knitting this project…. Read more »

On the needles, some sunshine to delay the frost a bit longer…. But… the frost will be here soon and when it arrives, I will be warm… Almost off the needles, Ravi with a missing sleeve.  Yarn shortage is the culprit and replenishments are en route… Completely off the needles but not quite ready yet, a ruffly skirt (Ravelry link)… What’s on or off your needles?

Finally, finally the sweater for my oh-so-patient son Prithvi, is done!  It turned out great and he loves it. Remember how I blogged a while ago that I ran out of yarn while knitting this sweater and had to order more?  The extra skeins that were mailed to me matched perfectly! The sweater turned so incredibly soft after I washed it and he absolutely loves wearing it.  I wish I’d gotten a bit more ease because when he buttons this… Read more »