Mmmmalabrigo, Mmmmalabrigo!  That’s what I keep thinking over and over again when I’m knitting this squishy thing. Nope, this is not a sock on the needles :: I haven’t gotten back on the sock train (yet).  It’s another hat, a beanie this time.  The highly addictive stitch pattern makes me want to knit just one more round and then one more! Fortunately, my fidgety model with the strange eyes does not tolerate hats for more than 20 seconds.  So, this one’s for moi… you know, for… Read more »

We’re back to regular life here at Chez Rambling Roses with it being the first day of school today 🙂  I’ve been craving for some instant gratification knitting lately and so I decided to cast of for this hat a couple nights ago.  Instant gratification achieved since I finished it this morning. Right now, it is just a blob and I’m hoping that blocking will work its usual magic so that I’ll have a nice little beret in a few days.  It… Read more »

This year, the kids and I did handmade gifts for Father’s Day. Prithvi baked a chocolate cake from scratch and it was yum-o-delicious!  It was actually quite the feat for a first cake and I’m amazed at how fantastic it turned out.  Kiki made a card and a picture frame-esque thingy with a photograph of her and daddy.  The card was begun at preschool and she finished it off at home, with a whole bunch of squiggles which she said was her… Read more »

The Windschief Hat is probably the quickest knit I’ve done in a really long time.  The pattern is so addictive and has the perfect balance of mindless stockinette with some interesting bits thrown in, in the form of twisted rib stitches.  Yarn overs and decreases makes the ribbing twist all the way to the top :: clev-ER. This is a great pattern by designer Stephen West and definitely gets two thumbs up from me!  The only change I made to this hat was… Read more »

Stash!  Every knitter has a bit of yarn or boat loads of it.  Some knitters cram this stash into the deepest recess of their closets while others prefer to proudly display their piles-o-yarn for inspiration or…decor!  My stash is what I call, um…moderate 😉 and I try to keep it stuffed into the two large-ish bins in my closet.  Any overflow and I go into a state of panic.  You know the feeling… “Oh no, I spent all my money… Read more »

I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders once the Christmas knitting was done.  I’m kicking myself for not photographing a couple of pieces before they were wrapped and mailed away.  I knit two Porom hats since this pattern has passed the hat-stays-on-my-head test.  I used the same yarn but different colors.  The finished hats turned out great and the recipients are going to love them, I’m sure.  They were so quick on and off the needles that… Read more »

Instant gratification knitting has commenced thanks to the fast approaching holidays. Guaranteed to keep your noggin warm, this hat was a quick knit and was requested by my cousin.  It fits my 3-year-old’s dome (!!) but that was before blocking.  Once this hat is dry, the yarn will relax enough to fit my 23-year-old cousin just right (who has a very tiny head, whew!!)  Well, that’s the plan anyway!!  This was an easy pattern to knit and the mmmMalabrigo… need… Read more »

It’s summer vacation, yippee!!  This is a quick drive by post to show you something that I finished last week.  I knit this beret as a part of the KAL with The Amiras and it was pure instant gratification. Deets…. Porom Pattern: Porom by Jared Flood Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in “Lavender Mix” Needles: Size US 6/4 mm & US 8/5 mm Thanks to my knitting buddy Jocelyn telling me that this beret reminded her of Pink Panther, I had this… Read more »

It’s June 18 which means that summer is less than a week away, yeah! But…Ack!!!!!  This is what we’ve been seeing recently.  Forecast for the next 4 days :: GLOOMY! It’s a good thing then that today is the cast on date for a quick KAL I’m doing with the Amiras.  It’s an accessories KAL and everyone seems to be in beret mode.  I’ve been eyeing Porom for ages now so it’s time to cast on. The yarn I’ve chosen… Read more »

This little hat is ready to be gifted.  This was my first time knitting a Tot Toppers pattern.  It was well written and I had to only make a couple minor changes – reducing the length of the hat and the number of rounds to finish off the crown.  This was probably due to the fact that I didn’t check gauge before casting on (as always, my bad!)   Also, this was my first time using this yarn and I absolutely loved… Read more »