I’ve had this sweet tam finished for a while but between getting prepped and vending at craft fairs, filling custom spinning orders, and holiday knitting, I just haven’t gotten around to sharing finished pictures.
The pattern is Scatness Tam by Kate Davies which is one of the lovely patterns in her book “Colors Of Shetland”. With the gorgeous patterns and beautiful photograpy, the book is a veritable feast for the eyes. If you haven’t check it you yet, you really must!
This tam was a perfect project as I already had all the yarn that I needed in my stash. I used bit and bobs of left over Belfast Mini Mills Specialty Sock, and while the colors aren’t exactly the same as the hat pictured in the pattern, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ve gotten many compliments on it when I wear it out and about!
What projects are you working on this week? Finish anything warm and cozy? Do tell!
Whew! This was a quick knit! As I posted on Wednesday, I cast on for a Tea Jenny cowl in the morning and I was finished knitting and hat it blocking by bedtime on Wednesday night.
My mods for the cowl are as follows:
With 4.0mm needles and a provisional cast on, I cast on the same number of stitches the pattern calls for in the body of the hat and worked the ribbing chart as directed. When I was ready to start the tea pots, I switched to 4.5mm needles for the duration. I switched back to 4.0mm needles and worked the ribbing, reversing the colors so that the top and bottom edges mirrored each other. To finish it all off, I worked an i-cord edging on both the top and bottom edge for a nice, neat finish.
Since I was only using five colors instead of the seven the pattern calls for, I had to mod a little bit more to make things work out colorwise but I’m really happy with the end result. There is something truly satisfying about being able to knit stranded colorwork and Fair Isle projects in your own handspun!
What are you working on this week? Anything you are super-duper proud of? Do share!
It is Wednesday again! Where is the time going? It seems like the days are quite literally flying by, but not to worry, I have a work-in-progress to share
Yesterday I posted a picture of my new yarn bowl and my most recently finished handspun, a wool sampler in five wonderful natural shades of Finnish wool. Lollyknits commented on yesterday’s post suggesting Tea Jenny by Kate Davies would be a great match for this yarn and I couldn’t agree more.
Since I do have a lot of hats but still want to knit this pattern, I’ve chosen to make it as a super cozy cowl instead. I’ve cast on the same number of stitches as the body of the hat with 4.0mm needles and worked the brim chart. With only five colors, instead of the seven the pattern calls for, I’ve had to play around a wee bit with the colors but I think that it is working well. The body of the cowl is worked on 4.5mm needles.
Even though I only started on this project this morning, I am ALMOST finished. I only have the i-cord trims left to knit and then a-blocking we will go!
What are you working on today? Making cozy things for the cooler weather? Do share!
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!
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!
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!
After finishing large projects, I like to do a few really quick knits as I find them a nice change in pace. I decided that this project should be colorwork as well because I never get enough of it.
I have chosen Diamond Hat by Elizabeth Morrison as I have admired it since the first time I saw it in the Knitcircus online magazine. The pattern is very straightforward, extremely well written and easy to follow. It calls for two colors of worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles so it works up very quickly. This is actually my second Diamond Hat that I have worked on in a week! For those of you thinking about starting some holiday knitting, this is a really great project to help you get a jump start.
Do you have any work-in-progresses on the go? What are you working on this week?
I was recently gifted with a delightful cowl pattern by my dear friend and fellow blogger, Tina. The pattern, Sleeping Beauty Cowl by by Anne Podlesak, is one that I’ve been admiring and I couldn’t wait to get started in some of my handspun.
I dove into my stash and quickly found the perfect yarns. The main portion of the cowl is knit is a really wonderful BFL/silk in “Le Tigre” colorway by Northbound Knitting. The color makes me daydream of butterscotch candies … mmm! For the rest of the colors, I chose some odd and end balls of yarn left over from other projects. Some “Firewoman” on Norwegian by Northbound Knitting, some “Shades of Burgundy” on BFL by Greenwood Fiberworks, and even some really amazing quiviut thrown in for good measure (and softness … and cuddliness!). The resulting cowl is something that I am really quite proud of. Actually, I’ve been wearing it since I’ve finished it and it is very soft and warm
What have you been working on this week? Anything that you are super-duper proud of? I’d love to hear all about it!