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Fall Calls For Cowls!

Over the weekend I photographed two of my knitted cowls.  My sister-in-law was visiting, and she’s the perfect model, so I ambushed her on her way to the park with my daughters.  Word of warning – if you’re related to me, I’ll force you to pose for pictures while wearing my handknit items.

Okay, so I started this Snowdrift Infinity Cowl last winter with the intention of wearing it that season.  Obviously it didn’t work out, but it’s finished now and ready for this season!

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003I used Knit Picks City Tweed Heavy Worsted in “Showshoe.”  I love the stitch pattern.  It’s not something you see very often.  The yarn is a tad itchy around my neck, but I’m hoping I get used to it.  Either that or I’ll have to wear it over a turtleneck.

The next cowl I knit for a friend for Christmas.  She’s a huge Outlander fan, so what would be more perfect than a replica of the cowl Claire wore in the show?

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007This beast was knit with two strands of Thick and Quick in “Barley” and size 50 needles.  I used the Sassenach Cowl pattern, although a pattern wasn’t really needed.  I changed the stitch count and the length to my liking.  I think my friend is going to love it.  It looks exactly like the original!  I bought way too much yarn, so I might make one for myself.  I have to admit, it’s pretty darn stylish!

My project pages are linked below.

Snowdrift Infinity Cowl

Sassenach Cowl

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Clover Socks

It took me way too long, but I finally got around to photographing these awesome socks I knit for my husband.

008I had been after this particular colorway (Clover Colors) of Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply for years.  Every time I came across it in the store, there were never enough matching skeins to make a pair of socks.  It was Joann’s that finally came through for me.  I was in the store buying fabric and thought I’d check out the yarn.  Lo and behold, they had three matching skeins!  Score!

011I used the Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks, except I didn’t use a Dutch heel.  I’ve knit the pattern before and didn’t care for that particular heel, so I substituted a French heel instead.  I kept a record of all of my mods on my project page for those who might be interested.

Truth be told, I may end up wearing these over regular socks when it starts to get colder.  They are so pretty, I don’t think I could resist a turn wearing them!


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Lemmie’s Wintergreen Bonnet

My friend, Sara, is due to welcome a little girl into the world this October. I offered to make her baby a head covering (haha) of her choosing, and she picked the Wintergreen Bonnet. I took it upon myself to give her future child the nickname Lemmie.  Brazen, I know.  I think it’s adorable.  It’s her initials cute-ified. 😛

I think the most appropriate color for a baby named Lemmie is a lemony yellow. As such, I picked up a hank of Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash in the “Butter” colorway for the body and used Malabrigo Rios in “Plomo for the edging and icord.

042I had to go up to size 7 needles to get somewhat close to gauge.  The size 5 needles called for in the pattern resulted in a bonnet fit for a hamster.  I think the proportions are a little bit off, too.  It looks too long and too short.  The back is also kind of strange, but it might fit better on a smaller baby.  I tried it on Ronan, but he’s 8 months old and has a pretty big head.  Hopefully it’ll fit a newborn perfectly!

039040041Maybe Sara will take some action shots once Lemmie’s here. It’ll look much cuter on a baby than on my old table!

Raveled here.


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Kirsi’s Frippery

Hello, everyone!  I may have been silent, but I’ve been doing lots of crafting! I’ve been focusing on some child and baby projects.  They’re relatively quick, and you know I love instant gratification.  We’ve all been sick (and still are), but I managed to sneak outside with Kirsi for a few minutes to photograph her new Frippery.  I quickly regretted that decision once we went back inside and discovered that Eva had found a way to entertain herself in our absence.  You see, Eva got a pet fish (Frank) a couple weeks ago.  She was told NOT to feed him without Mommy or Daddy present.  She must have thought that was just a suggestion, because she fed Frank an entire bottle of pellets while we were outside.  There was more food than water in Frank’s tank.  Needless to say I banished the kids to the porch while I performed an emergency cleaning.  Now Frank’s tank is cloudy because the cleaning messed with his biological filter.  I’m more than a little upset.  I need to stop talking about this.

Anyway, I did get some cute pictures of Kirsi in her top.  The color really compliments her complexion and eyes.  The yarn was a birthday gift from my friend, Kristin.  Usually I shy away from variegated yarns, but this colorway worked.

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035The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Lotus.” I knit the 4 year size with size 6 needles. I want her to be able to wear this for a couple of years.  Right now it looks like an oversized tunic, which is cute.

011020028015I took a lot of pictures, mainly because she was rocking that top. I wish I looked that cute in my knits!

I did find a couple of errors in the pattern.  They are listed in my project notes. I contacted the designer a while back to let her know, but she never responded, and as of this post, no updated version has been released.  Besides the errors, it was an easy knit. I bet Eva will be asking for one in blue (of course) very soon!


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Elsa Coat

Last year I picked up some blue Wool of the Andes Bulky from Knit Picks during their annual Cyber Monday sale. It was dirt cheap and just the right color for a little coat I was wanting to make.  My three year old, Eva, is obsessed with Elsa from Frozen.  In addition, her favorite color is blue.  Coincidence? I think not.  I offered to make her an Elsa coat with the blue yarn and showed her this pattern.  She was thrilled, of course, so I got to work.

003 004 009 022Eva managed to get a little bit of use out of it before the weather got really warm.  I made it in a bigger size so that she can wear it next year, too.  It was a really easy knit, and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.  I was afraid the wool would be too scratchy for her, but she didn’t seem to mind.  Either she’s not as sensitive as I am, or the Elsa factor outweighed the itchiness.

The project and all of its details are Raveled here.


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Textured Gray Muff

My sister’s second commissioned piece is finished!

Textured Gray Muff

Textured Gray Muff

I don’t have too much to say about this.  I followed the pattern exactly.  It was a huge pain in the butt, but I’m someone who hates seaming and finishing, so that’s sort of a given.

032Rae had this muff made specially to wear with her dark blue cape.  I think the outfit looks really cute.  Too bad I don’t have a cape…or the will to make another muff.

038I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in “Dove Heather” and size 8 needles. I tried it on, and it seems pretty warm.  There is batting sewn into the interior, so that helps block the cold.  Eva was on hand as my second photographer:

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Star Spangled Beanie

Earlier this year, my sister-in-law sent me a picture of a store-bought hat that she liked but wanted to tweak.  She asked if I could make it for her for Christmas, and I said yes, of course.  I put off knitting the hat as long as I could, and I finally cast on on December 9th.  I like to cut things close, it seems.

This project required a TON of knitting.  Like, way more than I anticipated.  The stitches are teeny tiny.  I grumbled through the whole process, but the results are amazing and well worth the effort.

Star Spangled Beanie

Star Spangled Beanie

I’m not a fan of flag inspired clothing, but this hat is pretty cool.  I used Cascade 220 Fingering and 2.5mm and 3.25mm needles. The beanie features a turned hem which covers all of my hideous floats from the colorwork stars.  I love turned hems.  I’m going to find a way to use that technique more often.  Instead of coming up with my own chart for the stars, I just swiped this one.  I’m really, really lazy.

Colorwork Stars

Colorwork Stars

006My gauge on the 3.25mm needles measured 16 sts x 21 rows = 2 inches.  Ouch!  I hope my sister-in-law loves it.  I’m going to force her to wear it regardless! 🙂

Raveled here.