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Turn a Square April 8, 2010

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Who doesn’t love the genius of Jared Flood? When Kierstin’s housemate (househusband) Adam was seen one too many times in public without handknit winter accessories, we had to make an intervention. She and I conspired to make him something that he would like (notice the lack of bright pink *grin*) and this is what he chose. She made the gorgeous scarf and I matched it with a Turn a Square hat. Rather than work with Noro which was brighter than he wanted, we chose Rowan Tapestry for it’s wonderful drape and hand and nice color shifts.

The colors are more true in the first pic… sorry, I didn’t take these photos myself. I think he looks super cute!

Winter Warmth December 14, 2009

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Even in the midst of pesky things like final papers, a woman has to stay warm! Oooh the transition from Florida to Connecticut has not been cute! Snow. We are not loving it.

That said, it does inspire me to knit. And knit. And bemoan all the time I spent knitting socks. At least my feet are warm. So two more warm things have been completed.

This is a scarf for Kierstin (another scarf for Kierstin, we should say). It is loosely based on the scarf patterns distributed by Schaefer to go with their yarns, yet the yarn itself is not Schaefer. It is Lana Bambu which is 79% wool, 21% bamboo and comes in gorgeous colors with fabulous drape.

I also had to make another calorimetry to go with my purple coat. Note cute thistle button. Hooray for warm ears! This is a great quick pattern for anyone still looking for winter woolies. This one is made in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

Calorimetry November 6, 2009

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This is such a fabulous pattern! After Kierstin made me one like a total love, I realized how perfect this winter gear solution was for locs. Problem… I have a bright red coat which I cannot wear with her delightful mauve calorimetry. I wear that one with my other coat. So what is a knitter to do the night before leaving for Montreal in November with said red coat? Knit of course! This is in Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica with a happy pewter spinning wheel button.

Too satisfying.

Koolhaas for Johanna June 7, 2009

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My fabulous cousin reminded me (mid-move, sorry that it has been so long between posts) that I have never knitted her anything. A horrendous oversight! After all, knitters are always looking for people to unload bless with yarny goodness. Think summer and one too many zucchini plants in the garden.

Now that I have moved away from Orlando and put many miles between us once again, it is good to know that she has something with her that I made with my own hands… an object that is literally stitched together with love. Of course, I still owe her a scarf. I am not a miracle worker. I got about halfway through the scarf which, considering all the moving madness, I’d say is a win. I loathe moving! The organizing, the purging, the boxes… the humbling love of your housemate who graciously models your knitted hat once again even though you have been cranky all day!

Devorah is full of grace. Those who know her know that well. Look at that photo, she is even smiling while wearing a hat made for someone with a bigger head. Patience, she has it. Koolhaas, this lovely dome of buttery soft cables, was designed by Jared Flood. Ravel it here. The yarn is 100% baby alpaca (Miski, by Mirasol) and therefore the cables do not pop as much as some other koolhaas’ I have seen. But the color was perfect (she asked for blue or purple) and the softness is not to be believed.

This was a lovely pattern. A bit hard on the fingers (what with the all over cabling), but if you are looking for the perfect reason to learn cabling without a needle, this one is more than worth it.

Fishy, Fishy, Fishy, Fish! February 26, 2009

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A brief break from the catching up of the blog to show off my latest FO… the fishy hat!

Was there anyone who upon seeing this fabulous pattern on Knitty didnt immediately think… I have to make this hat! That was my reaction. And when I showed pictures of the pattern to my friend, she couldn’t help but exclaim about how much she wanted one. How could I resist such a response? This fabulous, shiny fishy hat is dedicated to my mentor and friend, Paula. She will get it in a few weeks when I next see her in Boston.

This was made from Knit Picks Andean Silk yarn, which is soft and comes in stunning colors. Here are Sangria, Fedora, Cinnamon, and Cranberry. The bits of shine were added from leftover stash. Sometimes a woman just needs a bit of glitz, you know? If anyone can rock the fishy hat, it’s Paula. I just hope she likes it!

Sheep to Hat – the perfect hat model strikes again July 13, 2007

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You may remember a while back I shared how my housemate is the perfect hat model. She is patient, and kind, and has a penchant for wooly head coverings. Or seems to anyway. She has also encouraged and prodded me on my journey as a spinner… a new identity which is threatening to take over my knitting and keep on running.

When I told her that I wanted to try dyeing in the house she was positive yet again. The one request she made of me was to not get stains on the kitchen counter; a fair request considering we rent our home.

So I began with great joy, starting by dyeing some sock yarn that was left over from my original yarn dyeing class. I was using Landscapes dyes, which work wonderfully and come in delicious and easily mixable colors.

What I did not expect was the joy that comes in dyeing rovings for spinning. I was shocked at first at how much dye was required. I have since learned that less than half that amount works much better and results in less of a dark, mixed roving.

Still, my first ever hand dyed roving brought me great joy. I don’t have a name for it, which is good because I could never hope to reproduce the colors. I used so much dye, which ran amok while steaming, that this was definitely a once in a lifetime event.

Still, it spun up beautifully and made a delicious, squishy, 3 ply yarn. I have had the joy of dyeing more than a pound of my first beginner’s wool top that, in my naive enthusiam, I purchased two pounds of just as I first started to spin. Let’s face it, white wool top gets too boring to be believed. But it dyed up a treat.


The top yarn is from that first roving, the purple tweed on the bottom (100% merino, in a “garnet” colorway) is about 210 yards that I spun for my ex’s birthday. Enough to make a hat, just like he requested.

Anyway, my housemate fell in love with this hat which practically came from the sheep itself. Yes, I know, I have some fiber prep to learn. But still. This was a fun journey. How could I do anything but send her off with this hat which just looks so adorable on her? Doesn’t she look cute wise?

Did I mention that she saved me from the inevitable, massive spill on our countertop that was preordained from the minute it was mentioned? And that she was supportive all the way through? Ahem. Turquoise swirls were not the fashion statement of choice for our mostly burgundy kitchen. Whoops. I didn’t have the heart to take a pic until it was clear that the counter could be saved. A saint she is… without a doubt.

All things hat related November 26, 2006

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My poor housemate. It’s one thing when she is modelling a hat I have made for her, but just being an available head for photo ops doesn’t seem quite fair. Doesn’t she provide a wonderful head for the image above though? *wicked grin*

Poor woman. When she asked me why she had to put this particular hat on I of course told her that it was because she is my model for all things hat related. I don’t think she was terribly amused, but in her kindness she did don the wee red cap.

I am noticing something of a pattern to my FOs. First it was socks. Now it is hats. Maybe soon those two sweaters in progress will actually get completed? That would be super nice. Or the shawls floating around in the back of my brain.

Anyway, here is my first attempt at Odessa. I say first attempt because I somehow managed to have the final result come out an entire inch smaller than it should have. It fits my housemate because of the size of her head. But not the person who is supposed to receive this, very red, beauty. This attempt was done in Rowan Cashsoft’s poppy color.

So I suppose I am off to try again. I am not sure who will get this one, but it is so cute that I really cannot bear to pull it out. Someone will love it I am sure.

Fit for a Queen November 7, 2006

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Sometimes there are people in your life who give their everything and all to make the world easier for you. This could not be more true of my housemate. About six weeks ago I managed to throw my back out… and the kicker is that it is STILL A PROBLEM. Not that my impatience is showing.

That said, my housemate has been a saint. She has been cleaning, cooking, driving, and so much more. Just to ensure that I don’t somehow manage to actually make my back worse.

When she purchased a new winter coat, I immediately dragged her (again, the poor woman) to the LYS to pick out yarn for accessories. Today I finished Coronet for her, made out of Noro Big Kureyon in the Naturale colorway. I do have to say that I changed the reductions at the top of the hat, using a pattern that makes a slower spiral up at the top. She loves it, which is always gratifying.

I think hats are fabulous simply because it is easy to start and actually finish them before getting distracted by something new. The Kureyon was a great choice for this hat (entirely hers) because it is so thick that she is guaranteed to stay warm. The double layer of knitting over her ears will also keep out the winter winds.