Socks & Shawls & Cowls…oh my

My friend Mary lives out in Kingston (same town I live in) and she’s a very good knitter.  She loves to knit socks, but she also knits shawls, hats, sweaters, cowls, felted clogs, dishcloths, scarves, mitts, ponchos, and baby items.  Here are just a few of her finished items.

Prairie Socks by Kay F Jones using Lolo Did It’s Everyday Sock.  This pattern is available on Ravelry.  I just love all these speckled yarns out now.  Great job Mary!

Next, Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart.  Mary used Fancy Image Yarn Merino Tencel Fingering!  This looks like spring spring spring. This too is a Ravelry pattern.


 

Finally, her 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli.  Mary used Juno Fibre Arts Alice for the Oyster & Stone colors and then Blue Sky Fibers Alpaca Silk for the Orange.  I just love that pop of color with the neutrals.  Orange is such a happy color too.  Don’t you find some patterns just have it “IT” factor?  If think this one does, it has a cult following.  I really want to knit one.  Again, Ravelry for the pattern.

Thank you Mary, so much, for sharing your work!!!  Remember you can click on any of these photos to see them larger.

Hollows

Here is my friend Sarah wearing her new Hollows shawl that she knit for herself.  The shawl pattern was written and released by mandarine’s (Melody), and can be found on Ravelry.  The shawl uses fingering weight yarn, and Sarah chose Tern by Quince & Co., in the colorway Dusk.  I think all of it is perfect; the drape and color.  It’s generous in size and will stay wrapped.  To follow Sarah, check out her blog at The Aspiring Farm Wife!

Happy New Year Hat

Hat’s are so popular, and HELLO it’s Winter, and baby it’s cold outside!!

Sherri over at Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington is a prolific knitters.  Seriously, she gets so much done, I’m always in envy of her work.  This hat is not just a hat to keep warm…one you throw on because you are having a bad hair day, or you are so lazy, throwing a hat on ‘is’ you doing your hair that day.  This hat has style!  This hat is going to say to people, look at her, she always looks so nice…love her!

Here are all the deets:  Nollie Hat by Monika Sirna; yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Mecha #33 Cereza, which is a bulky weight yarn, so this hat knits up FAST; knit by Sherri, Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, Washington. It’s a pattern for purchase over on Ravelry.

So to quote the “Plucky Knitter” — ‘when in doubt, knit a hat’!

 

2 Gray Hats & a Toque

Carmel is cranking out hats.  One she knit on vacation with Dale, one for her nephews birthday and one was a test knit for Jane Richmond in her new book Within written with Shannon Cook.  Here we go…first up the test hat, it’s called Lodge Toque by Jane Richmond, knit with Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool in colors Berry and Chocolat.  You can find this pattern in the new book Within by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook.

Next we have Carmels Day Beret by Hannah Fettig.  This is the hat she knit on vacation with Dale.  The yarn she used is Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Solids.  You can find this pattern on Ravelry!

And lastely, the  Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits.  Carmel used Cascade Yarns 220 SuperWash for this project.  I love the cables – her nephew is a very lucky guy.

 

Knittted Knockers

Mel, a local gal, to me….very active on the knit scene has joined her local yarn shop, the Black Sheep Yarn Boutique, in knitting ‘Knitted Knockers’.  This is a specific pattern designed and created for knitting breast prosthetics, here are her words….

My local LYS on Olympia’s West Side, The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique has signed up to be a LYS for Knitted Knockers. Michele the shop owner is a Breast Cancer Survivor. We had a “Knitted Knockers” event, and we all learned how to knit them. I’m using the Magic Loop pattern adapted to use on two circulars. It’s so much easier for me to use 2 circulars rather than DPNs. It was fun Thursday night to sit and knit Knitted Knockers. There was donated soft cotton yarns to choose from and free patterns. It’s pretty easy, I’ll sew & knot the Icord when I’m finished to form a nipple. Michele will stuff them with donated stuffing she has so it’s pretty easy & goes fast. I will continue to make them in various cup sizes for the shop to give to local women in need of breast prosthetics.

We all need to know about this program and how it helps women in our communities and also worldwide.

The women who started this, also a breast cancer survivor, lives in Bellingham, WA! Here’s the link to the Knitted Knockers website! There’s a link to find LYS in your area too, or you can make them & send them to her in Bellingham to donate to women around the world in need of these breast prosthetics.

http://www.knittedknockers.org/how-to-get-involved/

Thank you Mel for sharing your story, I love it!  I know for a fact that these prosthetics do get used and are needed.

Carmel…mighty Carmel

Carmel, my dear friend and colleague Carmel; she used to moderate our Ravelry group, but now she contributes over on Facebook.  She’s a mighty knitter.  She finishes what she starts and loves to knit.  She’s always on the cutting edge of what’s on the knit scene, and she’s not afraid of color.  Here are her two latest knits…

Agnes, by Melissa LaBarre, knit with Cascade Yarns Cascade 128 Tweed in #900 Charcoal, purchased at WEBS.  Everyone need the basic pullover….everyone!

Little Sweetness in Cali

My oh MY!!  First I just have to say how much I miss my dear friend Erin.  We both lived on Bainbridge Island some years back.  We both had boys the same age that graduated together, and both played football.  We both were knitters and had so much more in common; we almost lived in the same neighborhood.

I moved to a different location on the island, and she moved to California.  I have had the opportunity to visit Erin, and she has made countless trips back up to Washington, and then there’s the internet.  But over the recent years, our children have taken turns getting married, and being pregnant.  Here is grandchild #1 between the two of us.  Meet little Natalie, from Erin’s daughter Meghan.

Is she not the cutest thing ever??  When I found out Meghan was pregnant, we didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl, so I knit her socks.  Once I found out, she was having a girl, I knit this sweater.  Now here are the vitals for this project:  Unisex Baby Sweater by Jayme Glover, yarn was Opal XLarge 8-fach, purchased at Amanda’s Art Yarn & Fiber, in Poulsbo, Washington!  Congratulations on such a sweet sweet baby Meghan!

Midnight Craving

Diana, the moderator over in the America’s Knitting Ravelry group, just finished her Midnight Craving by Jennifer Weissman.  It is so beautiful right now, here in the Pacific Northwest, we had to do a photoshoot, and get some pictures.

Midnight Craving is one of 3 reversible shawl patterns in Jennifer’s ebook Right Lovely: A Trio Of Reversible Wraps.  You can purchase the whole trio for $12.50 or a single pattern for $5 over on Ravelry for download.  The yarn Diana used was purchased at Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington, and is Malabrigo Yarn Sock in colorway #857 Light Of Love.

The color is yummy, the shawl is perfect, not to big, and not by any means dinky, and it’s definitely the start of wrap wearing weather…and, it’s reversible, so just put it on, in whatever fashion you choose.  Here you can see Diana wearing it in three different ways.

Thanks for the photo shoot yesterday Diana, it was fun!  Next time, we’ll visit the yarn shop….coffee and conversation was great~

More For Baby

As many of your know, I am expecting my first grandchild in early December.  It’s to be a boy, and I’ve been knitting for the baby.  I made some baby socks, and now I’ve finished a baby hat and a baby bib.  I’ve got countless baby blankets on needles and sweaters waiting in the wings to cast on!

The first is this Top This Hat that is sold as a kit.  I purchased mine at Knit2gether in Silverdale, Washington.  You get the pattern, yarn and topper.  It was easy and fast, and the yarn is delicious.  I wasn’t crazy how the topper is applied, and it’s shown me how much of a perfectionist I am.

The second is this Grammy’s Bib.  This gal is on Ravelry, and she has designed all these bibs.  Her name is Elaine Fitzpatrick.  I was wanting to knit with some red. white & blue yarn over the 4th of July holiday, and purchased this Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn at Michaels.  I was just thinking drool bib.  I did buy some more high end cotton yarn thinking I would knit up a bunch of these.  But alas I’m reminded how slow a knitter I am.  I’m going to move on to the finish line with one of my many blankets on needles, and then most likely cast on a sweater.img_6232

We Like Crochet TOO!!

Joanie, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, crocheted this afghan for her son-in-law.  I love the colors, and I think that’s also what really makes it.  Chevrons are back in, and you are seeing them everywhere from wrapping paper, to fabrics like drapes and upholstery to clothing.  The pattern is called Ripple Afghan by Better Homes and Gardens.

We call ourselves America’s Knitting, but we love crochet too!  Thank you Joanie for sharing your work.