A Family of Ninjas

I got this picture in the e-mail the other day and its made me smile every time I’ve thought of it since:

Meg bought the Long-Eared Beanie with PomPoms pattern from me and made enough for her entire family!  I just love the photo, it’s a great family portrait, don’t you think?

Can’t see the photo here?  Check out my Facebook Page!

FO Friday: Custom Hats

Welcome to another FO Friday!  This week I’m sharing some hats that were finished recently.

The first is a new design that I published earlier this week: Twisted.  The original version of this hat was knit out of a Bamboo/Merino blend with two strands held together although any worsted weight yarn that gets gauge will work just fine.

thanks to the little bro for modeling while I was home for Christmas!

The second hat I’m sharing is a complete One of a Kind.  A friend wanted a slouchy, random, colorful beanie with earflaps, tassels and a pompom and I did my best to deliver.

so much fun to knit and to wear!

Also, I recently finished a requested Hooded Scarf for a good friend and customer.  I’ve got another in the works for another friend that’ll look quite different, so be on the lookout for that 😉

purpley and wooly and cozy

To read more FO Friday posts and share your own, check out Tami’s blog!

Quiet Thursday

I didn’t have a post written up for today, I’ve been pretty busy trying to replace the job I was laid off from as I left to visit my family for Christmas and today I was successful.  As a result, I start tomorrow and I hope this one doesn’t go the way of the others leaving me in the unemployed wake.

so much to do, and its not even overwhelming

To finish off my day, I plan on cleaning and organize my space quite a bit.  I want to start the new year and new job off fresh.  This includes some knitting of course as I’ve still got orders and really, who in their right mind thinks I’m going to give up my precious knitting time?

What are you up to this beautiful Thursday?

WIP Wednesday: Swimming in Lace

Welcome to the first WIP Wednesday of 2012! Yesterday was the first new design published of 2012 and Monday was the first Musical Monday post and I hope to share many more of all of these 🙂

Right now I’ve got quite a few WIPs which is slightly unlike me.  If I get too many things going at once I don’t know what to work on and so I end up working on nothing.  Weird right?  I know, so I try to keep my WIP count down.  One of my current projects is the lace shawl design that I’m collaborating with Bittersweet Wooleryon.

don't you just wanna dive in?

The yarn is Star Dust, a merino/silk/metallic blend and not only is it absolutely gorgeous to work with and rub on your face, its actually a dream to knit with too!  I’m not dropping stitches, the yarn isn’t splitting and its not shedding anywhere.  All wins for me.

I’m also working on some custom orders currently that I hope to photograph soon – a charcoal Ninja Beanie and an orange-ish hooded scarf.  I’ve got more designs in the pipeline but this is what’s happening this week.

What are you up to?  Share your stories on Tami’s blog!

 

Twisted – A New Hat Design

During the last week of 2011 I designed and knit up (and wrote down) a new hat pattern!  It features twisted cables and ribs, a massive pompom and braided ear tassels.

I love the details of this hat

A simple but unique design, this hat would be great for the knitter who wants to practice different techniques in a smaller project and the finished result is great for snow sports!  Perfectly mirroring cables and ribbing add to the charm of the hat and the super soft, lightweight and warm yarn is a treat for your hands and your head.

Perfect for men and women

Sizes: One Size Fits Most

Finished Measurements: Fits head sizes 20-23 inches in circumference

Materials

Size US 9 Circular and DPN Needles

400 – 450 yards of Katsara Yarns Bamboo Merino (held double throughout)

1 stitch marker

Cable needle

Gauge: 4 sts x 6.5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch on size US 9 needles

Pattern Glossary

K – knit

P – purl

C3f – cable 3 stitches to the front

C3b – cable 3 stitches to the back

K2tog – knit 2 together

Skp – slip 1 stitch, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over

Sl1 – slip 1 stitch

Psso – pass slipped stitch(es) over

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

P2tog – purl 2 stitches together

This pattern can be found on Ravelry here and on Etsy here.