Pattern Sale!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

All knitting patterns are 30% off until midnight January 4, 2015 using the code HNY2015 in my Ravelry store.

Sale also includes my latest pattern, the Editor's Mittens, below.

Metaphorically dipped in red ink, the Editor’s Mittens are perfect for those looking to stay warm this winter. Shown in festive colors, they also make an ideal Christmas gift! Save time by learning to cable without a needle, and whip them up in time for the holidays. As flexible as they are cozy, the Editor’s Mittens can be knit in one solid color or color blocked as shown.
Please note: the mitten pattern is charted only.

Materials Required:
Yarn:
Main color: 1 skein OR 50 g / 185 yards (170
meters) of Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170
100% virgin wool; 185 yards (170 meters) / 50
grams (1.75 ounces) or equivalent sport weight
yarn in Pewter.

Contrast color(s): 1 skein OR 50 g / 185 yards
(170 meters) of Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine
170 100% virgin wool; 185 yards (170 meters)
/ 50 grams (1.75 ounces) or equivalent sport
weight yarn in Cherry.

Needles:
4-3 mm US 2 double pointed needles
Other materials:
Tapestry needle
Cable needle (optional)
Scrap yarn for afterthought thumb stitches

Gauge:
26 stitches and 39 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

Sizes:
One size, average ladies.
Mitten length (excluding cuff): 20 cm / 8”
Mitten circumference: 18 cm / 7”

Techniques:
Chart reading, knitting in the round, cabling, and/or
cabling without a needle, afterthought thumb, pick-
ing up stitches, increasing, decreasing, finishing.

Anstruther Hat and Mittens

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

I've just released a brand new ebook of two knitting patterns, the Anstruther Hat and Mittens. I think they are my favorite patterns to date! Both patterns were tech edited by the lovely Joeli of Joeli's Kitchen. I really enjoyed and recommend her tech editing services.


Fair Isle colorwork and a thick double brim combine to make a warm hat that can be pulled down over the ears in the dead of winter, or worn back on the head for a slouchier look in the fall and spring. Knit the Anstruther Hat in bright colors or knit it in neutrals to match everything in your wardrobe.

The Anstruther Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, beginning with a provisional cast-on edge so the ribbing may be folded in half and joined without seaming to create a warm double brim. This part of the pattern is perfect mindless knitting. From the brim up, the Fair Isle portion begins. Four colors are used to create a lovely geometric pattern. The pattern requires four colors until the top shaping, but no more than two colors are used per row. This yields a pattern that is visually complex but relatively simple to construct.

Materials Required:

Yarn:
Main color: 1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Gold.
Contrast colors: 40 grams/152 yards (139 meters) of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Navy, Light Grey and Natural White

Needles:
1-16 inch 2.75mm circular needle
5-2.75mm double pointed needles

Other materials:
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on (a snippet of your contrast yarn would work great)
2” Pom pom maker (optional)

Gauge:
35 stitches and 39 rows = 4” in stockinette fair isle pattern. (Color Chart A and B)
35 stitches and 53 rows= 4” in 2x2 ribbing

Sizes:
One size, average ladies. 18” circumference at brim; 9” height including brim; 2” pom pom (optional)

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, chart reading, knitting in the round, stranded knitting or fair isle knitting, carrying yarn up work, increasing, decreasing and finishing.


The Anstruther Mitten begins with an elegant, but warm lace cuff which is knit flat and then seamed using a three-needle bind-off. Stitches are picked up from the edge and then the mitten is worked in the round with an after-thought thumb. Shown here in the bright colors of the harvest, this mitten would also be lovely done up in neutral shades of black and grey.


Materials Required:

Yarn:
Main color: 1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Dark Green.
Contrast colors: 50 grams/190 yards (174 meters) of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Navy, Gold and Natural White.

Needles:
5-2.75mm double pointed needles

Other materials:
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on and afterthought thumb placement (a few snippets of your contrast yarn would work great)

Gauge:
35 stitches and 39 rows = 4” in stockinette fair isle pattern (Color Chart)
34 stitches and 48 rows = 4” inch in cuff pattern (Cuff Chart)

Sizes:
One size to fit most adult women.
Mitten circumference: 7.5”
Mitten length (excluding cuff): 8”

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, chart reading, three-needle bind-off, picking up stitches, knitting in the round, stranded knitting or fair isle knitting, carrying yarn up work, increasing, decreasing and finishing.

Ravelry Page

New Pattern: Diode Toque

Monday, 7 April 2014


The Diode Toque is a slouchy wool beanie with a diagonal bobble pattern. Its double-knitted ribbed brim adds extra warmth and the fine-gauge knit offers a professional finished look.


Materials Required:
Approximately 400 yards of sport weight wool
1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport (100% Wool; 430 yds [393 m] / 113g; 1 ply) Photographed in Navy
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on

Gauge:
8 stitches and 13 rows = 1” in the bobble pattern.

Needles:
1-16 inch 2.75mm circular needle
5 – 2.75mm DPNs

Sizes:
18” circumference at brim, unstretched; 9 ½” from base of brim to top of crown.

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, knitting in the round, double brim, increasing, making bobbles, decreasing and finishing.

Ravelry Page


Rockin' Around

Monday, 24 December 2012

Custom Christmas Cards!

Back in July(!), Jim and I decided we would really like to make custom Christmas cards to send out to our friends and family. We love Tanya's work for her letterpress company, Snap+Tumble so we contacted her with our idea based on this holiday tune.What Tanya came up with is so beautiful, we couldn't wait to drop them in the mail.

Our little family of two cats and two humans wish you and your loved ones a very merry holiday!

Christmas craft bug.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Good Night, Day Pattern
I've been bitten by the crafting bug. Tara-Lynn, extraordinary knitter/designer behind Good Night, Day, created a gorgeous booklet of her knitting patterns. In a weekend I completed the Simcoe Headband and started on a Meaford Cowl. What I appreciated most, as a knitter, was her helpful customization instructions with each pattern to make them to your own specifications!

Grainline whale ornaments
Next, I went absolutely crazy for Jen's Narwhal ornament pattern. I rushed out for the proper supplies and headed to the Workroom to use one of their machines (thank goodness for the Workroom!). My favorite part of making these whales had to be sewing on the sequins (though, now I know why sequined garments cost so much, it is a labour of love to sew each one on!).

Grainline Whale Pod

Jim's Sweater

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Jim's Sweater

Jim's new sweater lovingly handmade by me from the Charlie Sweater pattern. (Ravelry info here)

I'm so excited to attend this studio sale tonight! I plan on making a huge dent in my holiday shopping: Falconwright leather goods, Caitlyn's illustrations and cards, Good Night, Day knits and patterns, Fieldguided totes, scarves and calendars and Sojourn necklaces.

The biscuits that dreams are made of

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Biscuits

Whipped together these biscuits from Katie's recipe. I substituted left over thyme for the chives. This recipe is now a staple in my baking repertoire.

Biscuits

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