Sylkie + Norfolk

Two alpaca knits to share with you! This is Gudrun Johnston’s Sylkie knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The slipped stitch pattern is worked without a cable needle, which was quite nice once I got the hang of it and trusted that I wouldn’t drop the stitch! It’s knit lengthwise and grafted together at the end so you could easily knit it as long as you like.

And this is Amy Christoffers’ Norfolk Hat. This was a very exciting project for me – my first using the tubular cast on technique. I’m in love. Seriously. It results in such a neat, flexible edge. I used these two tutorials.

Now for more projects using tubular cast on…

[Second photo courtesy of Christopher]

[Ravelled: Sylkie + Norfolk Hat]

Twisted Woolly Topper

This has quickly become my favourite baby hat pattern. I love the cabled brim, twisted top and short row earflaps. It’s Brownie by Woolly Wormhead from her book Twisted Woolly Toppers. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca for this one but used some leftover Malabrigo Merino Worsted for an undocumented version with predictably smooshy results.

A big thank you to Jane for helping me during our coffee break/ photo shoot. It’s always a challenge for me to photograph baby knits so I appreciated the extra pair of hands!


Daphne and Delilah Monsters

Daphne and Delilah Monsters

Rebecca Danger designs the cutest monster patterns around. This was my first time using one of her patterns — Daphne and Delilah the Momma and Baby Monster — and I love the resulting monster nuggets! The only modification I made was to pick up stitches on either side of the bodies to work the arms, rather than knitting them separately and sewing them on at the end.

Delilah Monster

Daphne and Delilah Monsters

I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Pastel Blue and Pastel Yellow for my friend Kiran’s soon-to-be-born nephew. Kiran especially liked that the monsters look like teeth since her sister is a dentist. I hope her sister also appreciates the fact that these monsters could use some braces! I cut the teeth out of white felt and used fabric glue to attach them.

Daphne and Delilah Monsters

I had some trouble choosing just one of Rebecca’s patterns so Jerry the Musical Monkey, Zeke the Aloof Alpaca and Napoleon the Nervous Narwhal are on my list! And maybe the narwhal will be just for me — I’ve always had a soft spot for the tusked whales.

A belated Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and a Happy Fourth of July to the Americans!