My girlfriend Erin, that lives in California….she’s a regular contributor — she has her Granddaughter Natalie, but she’s affectionately called ‘Mini Nat’. Erin knit this ADORABLE little dress for her. Not only is it amazing, but it fits her so well. I love it. Here are the deets: the dress was knit with Anzula Squishy in color Mauve. The pattern was inspired by Erika Knight’s book Natural Nursery Knits, but Erin made adjustments to a pattern inside. The dress doesn’t look much at all like where I started… says Erin! However/whatever, it’s great! Thank you Erin~
Hello everybody! Tomorrow launches our Spring Fling KAL featuring Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer. Start date April 1, finish date April 30. Our prize will be drawn from finishers May 1. Please join in the fun and enjoy the launch of Spring. Pattern available on Ravelry!
Jennifer Weissman, or shadystroll, as she’s known by on Ravelry, is a designer. She designs cowls, shawls and hats. I am in love with her latest design, Sweet Distraction….now that winter is over. BUT, fall will come around again, and we’ve all got those gradient kits. This calls for fingering weight yarn on this cowl. So if you’ve got fingering weight yarn and aren’t into socks, or need a break from socks — this is for you. OR, you’ve been wanting to purchase gradient, but don’t know what to knit — this is for you. LOVE!! Jennifer used Mariantated Yarns Six Pack Gradient for this project and you can find shadystroll on Instagram, ShadyStroll Knits group on Ravelry, ShadyStroll Knits on Facebook, and here is a link to her patterns on Ravelry! Jennifer is offering a 20% discount on her latest pattern over on Ravelry, using code DISTRACTME at checkout – thank you Jennifer~
A hat is one of those things that we can whip up and knit rather quickly for a quick gift. I have always loved the Cascade Yarns Fixation for baby hats. It’s cotton and it stretches. It grips baby’s head but also gives and grows with baby. The colors are fun and there are so many to choose from. I love the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas hat pattern Easy Roll-Up Hat: DK Version. It’s well written and has options for larger sizes.
This hat has traveled “across the pond” as they say to England. I hope they love it!!
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!
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.
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!
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’!
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.
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.
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, 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…