These are a few of my favorite things……

Some time back, I purchased Shannon Cooks Bradway pattern, and proceeded to purchase the yarn for the project at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.  Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook traveled from Victoria, BC Canada down to Bainbridge Island, in Washington state, USA!  They were signing books and patterns and hanging out at the store.  I went to the event mainly to get a booked signed for Carmel, as she just loves Jane Richmond.  Well, both gals were delightful.  I went with a couple of friends, and we were having a great time — we were at the yarn shop, looking at yarn, talking, laughing, checking everything out.  Up comes Shannon Cook and she introduces herself to us.  She was so friendly, it was as if we already knew her.  Well, I bought her pattern (Bradway) too.

I really am not a shawl person.  But, I bought a book, the pattern, and some other stuff, and we had a great time.  Shortly thereafter, the Bradway just exploded.  Everyone was making it, and there was a knit-along at the Churchmouse.  Well, I thought about it and looked at all the colors in Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, and came up with three colors that I liked.

It was a really fun knit.  I love the way Shannon Cook writes patterns.  She tells you exactly what she wants you to do, right down to the way she wants you to bind it off.  She is not a lazy designer.  It wasn’t difficult or hard, it wasn’t tiny yarn that took forever, it was worsted (but not heavy).  It clipped right along, growing all the time.  It was ever changing and not boring.  She even told you how to block it out.

So many things are left to the knitter with some patterns.  Some of the projects look great, some don’t.  If you follow Shannon’s directions, there is no reason why your shawl shouldn’t look great too!

So, my favorite things:

  • Worsted – so it clips along, but Shelter….so it’s not heavy or bulky
  • Three colors and varied stitches, so it’s not boring
  • How to cast on, how to knit all the stitches, how to bind off, and how to block
  • Photos so you can see just how to wear it, many different ways
  • A friendly responsive designer that feels like your new best friend
  • A great new shawl to add to the wardrobe (or a damn impressive gift)

I follow Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and Shannon Cook on Instagram!

Fall Is Cape Weather

My dearest friend Lynn, is an accomplished knitter!  She moved away some years back, but thank goodness for texting, cell phones and pictures…so we can keep in touch.  Here is her latest knit.

Meet Indigo Frost by Isabell Kraemer.  Lynn is always cold.  She’s the gal with the fleece lined jeans, fleece sheets on her bed, and a new coat every for every season.  It makes perfect sense that she would knit this cape a little longer for added warmth.  Lynn used a bulk worsted alpaca that she had purchased at a fiber market some years back.

Great job Lynn!  Enjoy fall in Missouri, and I’ll see you in December in Seattle!!

Socks

My friend Jana is a sock knitter for the most part.  She’s knit baby stuff, hats and some shawls, but she always has socks on the needles.  She’s even participating in the Tour de Sock over on Ravelry.  Here’s a couple pair she just finished.

Her first pair is a pattern called Prairie Socks by Kay F Jones.  It’s a paid pattern available over on Ravelry.  Jana used Hedgehog Fibers purchased at Loopy Ewe online.

Jana’s second pair is just perfect for summertime.  Also a nice personal quick gift, if you need one.  The pattern is called Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner also a paid pattern available on Ravelry.  Jana used Manos Alegria purchased at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas!

Thanks Jana for allowing me to post your lovely work.  You can always click on these pictures to see their larger form.

Golden Sand

Here is our beloved moderator over in our Ravelry group, Diana!  She takes lots of photos this way, but the shawl is lovely!  The project is Golden Sand by Joji Locatelli.  The yarn is Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks #2587 and Knit One Crochet Too Cozette in 489.  Joji is an amazing designer and this makes me want to cast on.  Let’s do another photo shoot Diana~

Mini Nat

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~


Zuzu’s Petals

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!

Here are some of our finished Zuzu’s.  I thought y’all might want to see how everyone’s turned out.

Do you need a ‘Sweet Distraction’? …another project to knit?????

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~

Hat For Baby

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!!

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.