Pattern Release: Maple Slouch

I’m proud to announce that this Wednesday instead of listening to me talk, yet again, about unfinished projects, you’re going to get to listen to me talk about a new pattern!IMG_2831

I knit the first version of the Maple Slouch in September and now that my testers have all finished theirs, I’ve released the pattern into the wild. It’s a super quick knit and there are 2 versions to choose from. IMG_2825

One of them (the one I originally knit) has lace and garter stripes all over the hat and the second one has a single lace panel surrounded by a body of garter stitch. Instructions for both versions and their crown shaping are charted.IMG_2829

Using just a bit of dk or worsted weight yarn (the sample was made out of Madelinetosh Tosh DK), this is a great stashbusting hat and did I mention how quick it is? Because it’s quick. You know what else is quick? How soon the holidays will be on us and the cold and snow (in the northern hemisphere at least).

This hat can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy for only $5!

FO: Grandma’s Hat

I finished this hat a week or so ago and hadn’t been able to get photos until just now!  With temperatures being so high lately, I’ve been lucky enough to walk to and from work and these hats have been great companions on those walks.IMG_0540

I shipped both this and the hat for my Grandpa this week and I really hope they fit and are well-loved 🙂  Isn’t that all knitters really hope for when they send off things? We just wanna show our love and yarn is the best way for some of us to do it.  IMG_7083

Aaaaannnndddd for the outtake:IMG_7087

Miss Lisa decided that she wanted to be a part of the fun happening on the couch.  Can you say ‘Princess’?

What have you finished lately?

WIP Wednesday: And Now a Hat for my Grandma

Another new project to share this week! Two weeks in a row with new stuff to show you? I can’t believe it either after the last few months of the same project(s) week after week.IMG_6980

I recently started a hat for my Grandma that has become my purse knitting.  I’m using three different yarns held together and a US 10 needle.  One of the yarns is KnitPicks Swish and the other two are leftovers from the purple minion stick shift cover I finished a while back.

What are you working on this week?  New projects or old ones?

FO: Grandpa’s Hat

The hat I mentioned last Wednesday has been finished – yay for super quick projects!IMG_6974

I used just about a skein of Berkshire Bulky by Valley Yarns. It’s a thick spun single that doesn’t break easily and will hopefully stand up to use without pilling.IMG_6985

(Obviously not modeled on the intended recipient here but hopefully I’ll get those shots soon!) I made the hat long enough so that he could fold it up and keep his ears extra warm – when you’re hair isn’t quite as present as it used to be, you need all the help you can get!IMG_6984

And here is an outtake – it makes me laugh and hopefully you chuckle too 😉

Have you finished anything lately?

FO Friday: Bound for Snow

When I was finally able to actually focus on this hat, it moved along rather quickly and became an FO almost overnight!  I really love the way the tonal yarn picks up and plays with the texture of the body of that.

The pattern was great, charted and written instructions to appeal to both groups of knitters (I’m a chart reader, myself) and it gave me ample opportunity to practice cabling without a cable needle.  “Practice” being loosely defined, I very rarely use cable needles these days.

I think this will be a very welcome addition to my knits basket this winter – Colorado winters give plenty of reason to just keep on knittin’.

Pattern: Snowbound by Justyna Lorkowska

Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK (we believe, there was no label)

What are you working on this week?  Have you finished anything fun lately?

FO Friday: Fisherman’s Rib Beanie

It feels like I finished this hat ages ago! In the past few weeks I’ve finished a thing or two and wanting to share them separately means that they get posted a little late from time to time and I apologize.

The Fisherman’s Rib beanie was my “desk” project at work for a while and now that’s done, I know it’s going to be a favorite cozy, soft beanie this winter (and even this summer, I wore it during our hike last weekend). I’d never made anything with the Fisherman Rib pattern before but I do love the squooshy resulting fabric!

I knit this out of some Hikoo Simplinatural in a charcoal grey with a little poppy stripe of some super pretty turquoise dk yarn held double (not sure what it was, the label has mysterious disappeared!).

What have you been knitting lately?  Have you ever tried Fisherman’s Rib?

WIP Wednesday: Snowbound in April

A few weeks ago I started working on a new project so that I would have something other than the lace cardi to work on.  The knitting is slow going around these parts right now because of all the moving hullabaloo but it’s still coming along. (sorry for the crappy phone pictures, I don’t have internet in my house just yet)IMG_20140423_073246_573

I picked up this yarn a while back but it didn’t have a label with it.  After showing it around the office, we’ve decided it’s most likely Madelinetosh Tosh dk.IMG_20140423_073421_453

So far the pattern (Snowbound by Justyna Lorkowska) has been interesting to work and the yarn is, of course, wonderful. I almost never use a cable needle to work cables and I think that if you’re thinking about making this hat, you should learn to cable without one as well – it’ll greatly speed up the intricate rounds!

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: Molly

I never said 2014 was going to be The Year of Monogamy and it certainly isn’t starting out that way.  After I had to put my lace lace-weight sweater on hold until I could find more needles, I cast on for a different project.  I wanted to have something that was quick, easy but not too easy, and used a yarn in my stash I’ve been wanting to use for some time.

I landed on making my mustard Shepherd’s Wool into a Molly hat and I swear to you people, this is the perfect knitting marriage.IMG_20140108_075054_702

This yarn has just the right body and elasticity to carry off the Molly texture and I think everything about it is perfect.  The yarn feels like butter (not the greasy kind, the really rich, velvety kind) and the stitch definition looks fan-fucking-tastic, dontcha think?IMG_20140108_075059_880

It’s been difficult to get good photos this winter, as I’m sure you’re all experiencing as well, please excuse the sub-par quality of these!

Linking up with Tami! Have you finished anything in 2014 yet?

FO Friday: Another Lacy Slouch

This version of the Lacy Slouch was very different than my previous versions for quite a few reasons.  I was using a lighter weight yarn and therefor went down a few needle sizes for the brim, then up a bit for the body and I had to increase the number of stitches cast on and the number of pattern repeats accordingly.IMG_2101

I love how this came out – the color of the Malabrigo Arroyo is gorgeous and this hat blocked out so well which I’m sure is because of the 100% superwash merino content.  The hat is so soft and lightweight!IMG_2099

Linking up with Tami again!  Did you finish anything this week?  Do you have any fun weekend plans?