I didn’t get a chance to take a picture wearing the hat(s), so this will have to do. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do my very first test knit! Sam Lamb (have you read her blog? She designs the cutest knitting patterns and just released her first sewing pattern!) chose a few people to test knit her newest knitting pattern, the Hillier Hearts Cap. The hat is knit in a worsted weight and I chose Cascade 220 Heather by Cascade Yarns. I haven’t created a project page for this hat on Ravelry yet, but I plan on doing it in the next few days and you’ll be able to find more info there. After I knit the first hat in the small adult size I had plenty of leftover yarn so I decided to make a matching hat for Eddie in the toddler size. She loves it and it looks so sweet on her. Even after knitting two hats, I still had plenty of yarn leftover so I modified a basic mitten pattern that I found and made Eddie some matching mittens, with a little heart on each palm. I attached them with an i-cord to prevent loss. We have a habit of losing mittens around here. I am so in love with this pattern. There are endless color combinations and it’s adorable on a child but not too cutesy for an adult to wear.
Tonight is the fourth night of Chanukah. I will post more about our festivities on Friday but I will say that we are having a great time and it makes such a difference when your children are actually aware of the celebrations going on around them. Sam is participating more in the prayers; his Hebrew is terrible but he’s only three and it’s adorable to watch him try. Eddie hums along with the songs and they both picked up (real fast) the certainty that they will receive a present each night before bed. Saturday night one of the local congregations is having a Chanukah party and we plan on attending and hopefully we will meet some new friends. I love this time of year. Family, friends, songs, prayer and of course…the food. Is there anything better?
I’m not sure if this counts as a Yarn Along worthy post, because technically these projects have been completed for months. (Years, if you count the poncho.) But I have been meaning to take photos of these items for a long time and having my sister in town over Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect opportunity. Hannah was very generous with her time and seemed to genuinely enjoy herself. She didn’t complain once about having to repeat the entire photo shoot, even though it was 31 degrees outside. What a trooper!
I listed each project name below but if you want to know the pattern or yarn used just pop over to my Ravelry page and take a look. I have to say, my favorite knit featured today is my Lodgepole hat. I loved knitting that hat; it was my first time doing color work and I had so much fun. It was also the first time I used Quince and Co. yarn, which has started a very unhealthy love affair between myself and Quince and Co. It’s quite one-sided.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
Lodgepole hat by Sara Grespach
Gap-Tactic Cowl by Jen Geigley
Spring Garden Shorties by Cathy Cambell
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas
Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers
Better late than never, I always say.
Here are photos of Swift, which I completed last month. I couldn’t find anyone to model it for me so I finally had to cave and do it myself. Gabe took the photos while the kids were napping. It was pouring down rain and dark, but we stood under our covered front porch and I think there was enough light for you to see the beautiful detailing.
It was such a fun pattern, very easy to follow and so very, very cute. The hat was designed by the very talented Shannon Cook (blog here) and I don’t think she has a pattern out there that I don’t like. The book says to block the hat but I didn’t bother. It probably would have looked better in the photos if I had blocked it but I haven’t had the time lately and I think it looks just fine without blocking.
I really like the little bit of roominess at the crown; I was worried that it might be too baggy on me because I have a small head but I think it looks okay and I like that I have extra room to tuck in my hair when I’m wearing it up in a ponytail or bun. Now that I think about it, it most likely would be baggier if I had blocked it to gauge. I guess that settles it: this hat will never be blocked!
Yesterday after my haircut I decided to pop into my local yarn shop “just for a minute.” I was sans children and I think anyone who has small children and knits knows that bringing your kids into a yarn store to peruse the merchandise is about as relaxing as hanging off a cliff without a rope. Anyway, I took advantage of my alone time and picked up a few beautiful skeins of worsted wool for my next project. I’ll post more on that later.
In case anyone is wondering, the yarn is Woolfolk Tynd, in color No 3
Happy Hump Day, my friends.