Monday, November 22, 2010


Drying after blocking.  

On an impulse, I answered an art student's plea for test knitters.  You know what I got out of the experience?  A helluva pair of mittens.

The yarn is KnitPicks Palette in a pale pink and an azalea pink called Ladyslipper.   

The designer is Elin Brissman.  The pattern is Zelda's Not So Lonely Anymore.  You can find both designer and design at

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mine! Mine! Mine!

Annemor #5 from Selbuvotter:  Biography of a Knitting Tradition

Each day the Norse god Odin sent his two ravens to fly all over the world.  Thought and Memory were their names and here they are on my mittens.  See their beating wings?

The pattern is sized for a Child's Small but by using worsted-weight and #3 (cuffs) and #6 (hand) needles, I easily upsized them to fit my Woman's Small hands.  These are my mittens for this winter.

 I finished them last night.  Good thing, too, because the first snow of the season is falling as I type.  When I showed them to Tom, telling him they were ravens not crows, he asked, "What's the difference between a crow and a raven?"

This is, apparently, a common enough question to warrant its own article at They are in the same family of birds but there are differences in size and color, with the raven both bigger and with more blue-black iridescence than the crow.  

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Knitting - A Hat So NIce I Might Make It Twice

Made for a girl who will be 6 months old at Christmastime

I am lucky to have two little girls to knit for.  I wanted to make something practical, pretty, and that could be worn long after Christmas is over and done.  This little retro cloche Poppy by Justine Turner, available as a free Ravelry download, fit the bill.

The rose and leaves are a separate pattern. This is what the hat looks like undecorated.  Some put a decorative button, some a bow, others a flower.  The rose and leaves I used are also a free pattern.

  You can find the pattern on the Coats & Clark website, here.

Monday, November 08, 2010

A November Evening

Dinner is done.  The dishes are in the dishwasher.

Jack the beagle is on his beanbag.

Nala the ninja kitty con fuego is on my fleece blanket.

Tom is on the couch.  He's sporting a new pair of Cedar Creeks in Regia Bamboo Color (45% bamboo, 40% wool, 15% polyamide).

Time to settle in for an hour of murder with Hercule Poirot on PBS.  

Monday, November 01, 2010

Five Colors of Sport-Weight + Size 0 Needles = Colorwork

Blocking with top pinned because it's a little wonky

So, I found a bag of forgotten yarn in the basement the other day.  Among others, there are two handfuls of colors of Dalegarn Falk (sport weight, 100% wool, machine washable), perfect for a  colorful pair of Latvian-style fingerless mitts.  I used five colors:  medium orange, olive green, yellow-green, light yellow, and burgundy.  

Should go well with my brown coat.