Happy New Year

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Ringo mittens

Snowy owl mittens

Here’s to a New Year filled with adventure and creativity!

Some of my best-loved knits this past year were colourwork accessories for little ones. Barbara Gregory’s Ringo the raccoon and Horatio the snowy owl mittens are two classics – both patterns are available from Twist Collective. Ringo even made an appearance in my #2016bestnine, worked in two of my all-time favourite yarns, Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight and Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight.

I wish you all happy knitting and woolly goodness in 2017.

Sweet Pea Coat

My Sweet Pea Coat is finished! The pattern was designed by Kate Gilbert and published in Twist Collective Winter 2008. My birthday burly spun was put to good use in this project. The coat is so very cozy.

I love the texture of the stitch pattern. A double moss stitch pattern on the cuffs, plackets and bottom edge set off by stockinette on the rest.

I knit the sleeves using the Magic Loop technique of circular knitting. I’d never tried it before and am a convert –  fully and completely. It’s so much faster than fiddling with double pointed needles!

There’s something a bit retro about this coat – maybe it’s the swing it has to it. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I was wondering just how bulky Brown Sheep’s burly spun would be. The end result isn’t cumbersome – just soft and very warm!

P.S. By popular demand… A very pregnant sheep at Riverdale Farm.