It is no secret how much I love colorwork knitting, and when the opportunity arose to do some test knitting for Anne Podlesak’s newest book “Legendary Knits, Volume Two”, I jumped at the chance.
The pattern is called East of the Sun, West of the Moon Cowl. It comes in two different sizes (mine is size small) and is worked up in fingering weight yarn. I chose to use Knit Picks Palette in various shades of green, yellow, cream, and grey and 3.25 needles.
The pattern is beautifully written, the charts are a dream to knit, and the finished cowl is colorful and bright … the perfect thing to wear for those of us who are (not so) patiently waiting for the arrival of spring. It keeps my neck wonderfully cozy when I’m out for my quite crispy morning walks.
What fun crafty things have you been up to? Are you making anything bright and colorful as you dream of spring? Do tell!
I’m getting totally spoiled today. I pretended to sleep late and Kirby helped the kids make me coffee and breakfast in bed. We all snuggled down and spent some time reading books in be and later we get to enjoy some fabulous homemade carrot cupcakes with toasted coconut topping. Yum!
Spending Saturday night at our sewing machine. A nice glass of Malbec, some planetary printed fleece, a homemade sewing pattern, and my husband now has a funky new pair of PJ pants. Now … what to do with the left over material?
I’m giving you a little sneak peek in today’s WIP Wednesday post. As I mentioned in a previous post some really great mitten charts “found” me and I am in the process of converting them into some cute stranded colorwork hats. This one is going to be called “Criss Cross Applesauce” after a game my cousins and I used to play when we were young. I figured that it is very appropriate because of the criss crossing of the colorwork pattern and the color that I picked for the hat reminds me of applesauce with lots of cinnamon. So far, I’ve gotten about 2/3 of the hat knit and I hope to have a picture of the finished hat for Friday’s finished object post.
Happy knitting all!
March is already shaping up to be an interesting spinning month. Both my first and second picks for the month are new-to-me fibers. The lovely blue/grey/purple is 4oz of grey masham in “Snow Forts” colorway and the heathered green is 4oz of a 60/40 wool flax blend in “Deep Pine.” Both colorways are by the lovely Amy of Spunky Eclectic. The masham is spinning up like a dream and I am SUPER excited to try out the wool flax blend!
I was planning to post this tomorrow but I’ve had quite a bit of interest in the pattern so I thought that I would share it a little bit early
This hat pattern is actually an adaptation of a mitten chart that I found one afternoon on a folded up piece of computer paper, tucked inside one of my second hand knitting books. There are three mitten charts on the paper and, try as I might, I have not been able to find any further information on these charts, such as who has written them and when. If you know who has designed the charts, please email me so that I can give credit where credit is due.
It is a quick little project to work up as you use DK weight yarn and since you use 3.5mm needles in combination with stranded colorowork, it makes a nice cozy fabric. I love the cheerful flowers sprinkled throughout the pattern. It makes me daydream even more about the arrival of spring.
You can download your free copy by clicking the ravelry button below:
Stay tuned over the next week or two as I hope to have the other two mitten charts adapted into hat patterns and available as free downloads as well.
Happy knitting everyone!
I have been having so much fun knitting this month that I have kind of neglected my poor spinning wheel but when I got some new fiber from NBK in the mail, I just HAD to start spinning it up right away. It is a 4oz bump of absolutely heavenly BFL/Silk in the the colorway “The Tracks.” This evening, I’m planning to put on a nice pot of tea, some good tunes, and get this yummy yarn all plyed up!
We’re getting smacked with another helping of Wednesday Blizzard (seems to be each Wednesday we have a storm this winter) so we figured why not spend the day doing crafty things and making some healthy treats as well? Willow and I decided to make some black bean brownies as a snack for little later today. We have made these several times and they always turn out delicious. The only mod we make to the recipe is we use 2 T of raw local honey in lieu of the sugar, that, and we sometimes add a dash of cayenne pepper or a little splash of peppermint extract. As you can see above, cleaning the mixing bowl is Willow’s favorite part.
Stay cozy everyone!
A quick shot of the progress made with yesterday’s storm day knitting. It has been a while since I’ve used bulky weight yarn and 6mm needles so this sweater really seems to be flying. It would be wonderful to have this lopi finished by the end of the month!
Today I have some pictures of the finished Hedge Fence Pullover to share. Many thanks to my husband for being the model for the shots