Actually, I knit three in September but this is the only hat I have photographed thus far.
I knit two hats as swatches for my next sweater project - an Icelandic yoke pullover for my husband. This is the second hat and it still didn't quite match gauge, but luckily my husband is a skinny man so it works out just fine that the sweater will turn out a little smaller than Jared Flood intended.
I am thinking about adding a blue and cream pom pom, but that will have to wait a bit. Now that I have my gauge, I have to do a few simple maths and I can begin my husband's sweater, which I have been looking forward to starting since July.
Posted by Tonya at 5:26 PM
You might be wondering why I'm so proudly proclaiming the end of summer when it's 90 degrees outside.
What I really mean is the working-two-jobs-while-my-husband-travels-and-we-take-care-of-three-small-children-summer-of-craziness is over.
I am back to a regular work schedule, the kids are in school and so is my husband, who is now working toward his graduate degree. While I still work as much as possible at Whole Foods (I really love my job there!) that means I have time for my much-neglected YARN!
I didn't knit anything all summer long. In the past couple of weeks I have made a couple of improvised hats, which I'll share soon, and have moved on to knitting for the plethora of babies that are being born this fall and winter. (And a couple I missed this summer.)
On Labor Day, the official end of summer, my husband and I decided to rearrange the furniture in our house. We have an awesome shelf that used to belong in the Knit Nook, and moving it was quite the feat. Not only is it huge and difficult to move, but I had to take everything off.
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While it was time consuming to relocate everything, I have to say I did have a big smile on my face carrying armloads of squishy yarn. And now that the crazy summer is over, I even have time to knit with some of it!
(P.S. I have started teaching knitting lessons again! For a private lesson, please email email@example.com. My Shizknit mail hasn't been very reliable lately. Thanks!)
Posted by Tonya at 5:51 PM
Posted by Tonya at 10:51 AM
Hey knitters (and crocheters, and everyone else!)
Spring is here . . . supposedly. It's still about 20 degrees below our average temperatures for this time of year. It seems like just the right time to cast on for a shawlette.
The shawlette class begins April 10 and is three sessions from 6-8 p.m. You can register at firstname.lastname@example.org . There are several shawlettes that have caught my fancy . . .
Like Damson, by Ysolda Teague
Magrathea by Martina Behm
and Clara by Sarah Sipe
. . . just to name a few.
All of these use fingering weight yarn, but you can always try a pattern that uses a heavier yarn. (Like Springtime Bandit, which uses Aran weight.) If you want to go all out, you could select a pattern on lace weight yarn like the Print O'The Wave Stole, and if you're *really* ambitious you could do something larger like this shawl from Petite Purls. The choice is yours! I'm here to help.
Posted by Tonya at 7:54 AM
Okay, so maybe not miles of seed stitch, but I did complete the body of a sweater and one sleeve. This is something I designed that I love - the collar has a really cool design element.
I dug out the sketch of this sweater and got excited about it all over again.
Here's the thing - it doesn't fit. It's fine in the waist, but there's no way it would button and fit my hips. This is a sweater that will look best buttoned.
I still really want to make this sweater, but I am going to have to rip it out, since I'm pretty sure my hips aren't shrinking that much. It's bottom up so to get the hip shaping right I have to redo the entire thing. I love knitting, so ripping isn't too sad - it just means I get to spend more time knitting! Still, it's frustrating to see all of that hard work go to waste. Lucky for me, I adore seed stitch!
Posted by Tonya at 12:20 PM
I love Annie Watts - her designs are full of whimsy and wit. (Example: her new design, Rock, Paper, Scissors . . . SHOOT!, which was just released today!) On top of that, she's a pretty cool mama of two. I hope one day to find myself in Colorado to pay her a visit. For now, I decided to interview her for the blog.
I started making things without patterns almost immediately after learning how to knit about 11 years ago, probably because of equal parts of not finding patterns for what I wanted and not knowing how to properly read patterns. When I started knitting I didn’t know any other knitters so I was sort of winging it for a few years. I started actually writing my patterns down after being hounded by many friends to do so.
Playful! I try my best to take a light-hearted approach to designs. I want to make patterns that others will be excited to knit. I want to make things that make the knitter feel clever and the wearer smile.
Most of my toy patterns are based on what my kids like. I like toys that are fun to make and cute to look at, but are also going to withstand the strenuous abuse from little ones. I like to make toys that are actually, you know, supposed to be played with and aren’t too fragile to handle.
What about your less-traditonally-cute-but-equally-adorable First is the Worst and the other two toys in that series?
This set started with the Third is the One With the Hairy Chest. My friend Jane had her third child last winter. She’s a knitter too and I wanted to send the baby a toy but couldn’t find just the right pattern. I woke up one morning with the chant in my head: “First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest”. Obviously the third child needed a hairy chested doll and the rest kind of fell into place.
I usually think of the design first. Kraken Knuckles came to me all at once and fair isle was the easiest way to work the design. Same for Fightin’ Words. I generally have at least one or two colorwork patterns going at a time so when I finish one pattern, I think my mind constantly searches the back of my brain for the next one.
Posted by Tonya at 10:36 AM