Judah and Willow found this great little creature this morning when they went out to pick their soon-to-be-jack-o’-lantern from their pumpkin patch. According to MacPhail Woods, it is a Yellow-spotted Salamander. Needless to say, today we are spending some time reading up on salamanders, their life cycles, food, and habitat. I’m thinking that we will probably spend some time making some salamander decorations for our wall this afternoon as well.
This little gem of a pattern popped up the “your pattern highlights” section on Ravelry last night when I was searching for a nice quick project. The pattern is Knotted Pine by Alicia Plummer and it is an incredibly cute cabled hat with a new-to-me and interesting type of crown. Worked up in DK weight yarn and 4.0mm needles with easily memorized cabling, the project flies right along!
I chose some of my own handpainted merino yarn in the “Garnet” colorway to knit this and I’m really enjoying how the semi-solid color adds depth and interest to Alicia’s already awesome design.
I predict that this hat will be finished by bedtime tonight.
What are you working on, this fine Wednesday? I’d love to hear all about it.
I’m happy to share with you another yummy colorwork project … my second Sleeping Beauty Cowl. This project took me approximately 1 day to finish I have fallen completely in love with the designs in Anne Podlesak’s book “Legendary Knits.“ If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please do. It is a real treat!
My second Sleeping Beauty is knit in a delightful pairing of yarns … The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in “Peacock” and Shibui Knits Cima in “Ashes.” Since the Shibui Knits yarn is a lace weight, it was held double throughout. The yarns have yielded a cowl with incredible hand and drape as well as luscious softness and fantastic color. Nom, nom, nom!
What have you been working on this week? Do you have a certain pattern or project that you simply can’t get enough of? Do share!
I’m starting to get my crafty groove back after this weekend’s craziness. I guess sometimes you just need a “do nothing” day to reset and recharge. A fresh mind is a wonderful thing!
My most recent project is another Sleeping Beauty Cowl which has been a requested by a friend. You all know how much I adore colorwork, so I jumped to the task. This cowl is knit in only two colors, as opposed to the eight that the pattern calls for, and I think that it is simply charming! The main color that I’ve chosen, The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in Peacock, is a really fantastic tussah silk/merino blend and I paired it off with Shibui Knits Cima in “Ash” which is a buttery soft blend of baby alpaca and merino. These yarns are both a treat for the fingertips!
I started knitting yesterday and simply couldn’t put the project down. I’m only about 10 rows shy of finishing!
So what are you working on, on this sunny Wednesday? Do share!
October has been filled with complete and utter crafting chaos and craziness. I’ve been filling custom orders and I’ve been prepping for the PEI Crafts Council Christmas Fair at Confederation Centre of the Arts, which is only 19 days away. Eek! Time sure is ticking by! I have fiber dyed and drying and waiting to be spun, handspun yarn drying, handknits blocking … my house smells like sheep (which in my opinion isn’t really a bad smell). But yesterday I hit a wall, creatively speaking. I spent the day starting projects and frogging REPEATEDLY because for one reason or another, it just wasn’t what I wanted to do.
So today, I’ve decided that I need a “goof off day” to reset by crafty button. I visited with friends who, to my great delight, sent me home with some yummy cucumbers, zucchini, and eggplant (Hello veggie moussaka!). I also did some organizing and tidying up and was just sitting down with a book and a big mug of tea when Willow asked if I could teach her how to knit. My answer was “Absolutely!”
We started off with some finger knitting which if fun for both children AND adults and moved on to trying it out with knitting needles. She did pretty well for her first time and asked if we can practice again tomorrow. Judah said that tomorrow, he would like to try as well but that now “it is time for your ship building lesson” as he presented Willow and I with the bucket of lego.
Apparently we are going to learn how to build a pirate ship …
I had meant to post this yesterday but we were having so much fun hiking Dromore and picking out new books at the library that time just kind of got away from me. So WIP Thursday it is this week!
Lately, I’ve been looking for some stash busting projects that are quick and fun but eat up some of the bits and bobs of yarn that I have floating around in my stash. Scatness Tam by Kate Davies was just the project that I was looking for!
Like many knitters, I have a large amount of teeny balls of fingering weight yarns left over from previous projects so it was a relative snap to pick out the colors that I needed to start this gorgeous fair isle tam. The yarn is all Belfast Mini Mills Specialty Sock and, with the exception of the main color, I think the colors are actually pretty close to the hat pictured in the book “Colors Of Shetland”.
I’ve actually finished knitting the hat this morning and still have to sew in the copious amount of ends (I love you fair isle but I do not like your ends!) so if all goes well, I’ll hopefully have the finished hat to share with you in tomorrows FO Friday post.
Happy crafting all!
We took to the trails again today with a group of homeschoolers at Mooney’s Pond.
Measuring 1.9km in length, this is a perfect trail if you’re looking for a quick little jaunt or if you have wee ones who aren’t up to walking some of the longer trails. The scenery is absolutely stunning … especially at this time of year with all the brightly colored leaves and mushrooms popping up all over.
Judah, Willow, and I had such a merry time that we decided to stop at MacPhail Woods to continue the fun. We had the pleasure of making acquaintance with a Woodland Jumping Mouse there. This was my first time ever encountering this little creature and they are quite hilarious to watch. They bound through the trees little tiny kangaroos and are very difficult to get a good picture of but I did manage to snag one You can click through the pictures above to see the full size versions.
Two new fuzzy hats to share with you in today’s post. The pattern is Diamond Hat by Elizabeth Morrison and it is a clear, well written pattern and all round delightful knit. I used Belfast Mini Mills Island Collection Merino and their Samoyed/Merino blend which yields a soft, fuzzy, and incredibly warm knitted fabric. My two models for these shots were both eager to have their pictures taken in the hats but had totally different ideas of how they should pose. It was a bit of a circus but I did snag a couple of decent shots.
Happy Friday crafting all!