We had our first proper snow day in Toronto on Sunday. The first snow of the winter always makes me so happy – I’m a West Coast girl and I still get excited even after eight years in Ontario. A snowstorm probably wasn’t the ideal situation for a photo shoot but Chris got a few snaps in before his lens got wet.
There’s something so satisfying about cables. They look much more complicated than they are but still (for me) represent a significant time investment. I made Jared Flood’s Habitat over a weekend. Many hours of that weekend mind you! I used one skein of his SHELTER yarn and eked out the large. It was a bit stressful there near the end but how often do you manage to use every last yard?!
I’m on a serious hat kick right now. This one was intended to be part of Chris’ birthday present but I decided to give it to him a little bit early. It’s getting cold here in Toronto! He was on his way out this morning and was a rather unwilling model but I managed to get a few snaps.
I used a partial skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Vaa. I was a bit nervous that I would run out, so I skipped a few of the repeats in the body of the hat. If I were to make it again I would definitely stick to the pattern to give it a bit more slouch. But Chris likes it as is so I’m happy about that!
I knit this hat with my new favourite yarn — Plymouth Earth Hillside Linen. It’s a blend of linen and alpaca in natural colourways and has the most wonderful drape. I can imagine really loving a pullover made out of it. Maybe Linden Down’s Estelle Pullover?
The hat is Stephen West’s Windschief and I think I may just have to keep it for myself. The pattern comes as a hat/ cowl set and both are asymmetrical pieces using twisted stitches and worsted-weight yarn.
The Prinz Eisenherz Hat is a test knit for katushika. I love the texture of the stitch pattern and crocheted seams. The hat is knit in one piece, with the border stitches picked up and crocheted after the body is complete. The pattern release will include matching fingerless mitts as well.
This is Gudrun Johnston’s Bousta Beret – a birthday present for Jane. I love the Horseshoe lace pattern, and the fact that the name – Bousta – means farm in Old Norse. It seemed like the right beret for Jane!
There’s so much to love about Malabrigo – it comes in fantastic colourways and is unbelievably soft. The Malabrigo Junkies on Ravelry love it so much they’ve named an entire month after it – Malabrigo March.
When I first started knitting I was more inclined to make up my own patterns. Sometimes they worked out, other times not so much. I was more adventurous in a way, less focused on proficiency and more on experimentation. I had completely forgotten about an early hat I made for my brother, but when I saw him over the Christmas holidays he told me he still wears it. Since I can barely remember making the hat, I figured it was high time to replace it. Or at least add to his collection!
Have you heard of Magpie Patterns? I came across this great collection of knitting, sewing, crochet and embroidery patterns through their blog, Crafty Bird. They’re based in Portland, Oregon (as so many good things are!) and some patterns are printed and mailed, and others are downloads. I really enjoyed browsing Magpie’s collection of handpicked designs. Some designers I knew, but more were new to me! Here are just a few.