Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beautiful Day, Beautiful Beret

I woke up yesterday morning, marched out my front door and right into this tree in blossom. HELLO MOST PERFECT WAY TO START MY DAY! I promptly kicked off my socks and popped on my golden summer shoes. Does it get any better?

Answer: OH YES IT DOES! Just when I thought things couldn't be improved upon I sashayed into the shop and found THIS! Which I ALSO quite promptly popped on my body and wore around despite the heat. Amazing how I will kick off my boots the second the sun shines, but I see freshly knitted goods, and I would wear a Lopi sweater in August. Or, in this case a merino beret in April.
What gives?

In any case, this beaded beret was made by my mother dearest, who also felt inspired to channel her inner Jared Flood and do a 'shoot in the gahhhhden with me'.

At this time of the year- who needs to keep their ears warm? Bad hair days happen all year round... so why wouldn't we need a wee beret to mask that? I might need one to keep in my purse for those emergency fly-away kinda hair days.

Pattern? Churchmouse Classics Beaded Beret.
Yarn? 2 skeins (just BARELY two) of Shibui Sock.
Needles? I... don't know. I didn't knit it. Roughly about a 3.25mm would be my guess???
Mods? Mother Mary added 12 extra stiches because small heads don't run in our family. If you do as your told, 1 skein should do the trick.

In case you're confused- no, that's not me. That's the original pattern.
Three cheers for Spring time accessories that are knitted!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Who Hearts PomPoms? I Heart PomPoms!

While cruising through Ravelry one day, I happened to come across this lovely little hat pattern on a friend's 'favorite' list. I couldn't resist. I needed an excuse to use creamsicle coloured Cascade 220 and I wanted to knit something that required as little brain power as possible. (I say that often, don't I?)

In any case, this is what popped off the needles this afternoon.

Just in time for hot weather! (Good timing Lynn).

Making car noises on a papasan chair in an orange woolen hat= TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL!
SUCH a perfect pattern for someone who is looking to break out of their scarf-rut and enter into the world of hat knitting. No shaping, no tricky-ness. Just knit and purl around and around and around. Do-able. Indeed.

HELLO POMPOMS! Thanks for existing. Because I looooove you.
Yarn- 2 skeins of Cascade 220 (I only used one for the hat and then had to dip into another for the pompoms) in shade 2436
Needles- 4.5mm for the ribbing, 5mm for the rest
Pattern- I Heart PomPoms by Karen Borrel

And these are just because... I can.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Hold on While I Fetch my Tarot Cards from my Purse

I was minding my own business in the shop one day, when this pesky little ball of red mohair kept whispering to me 'Hey Lynn.... Come knit with me! You'll have SO much fun- I proooo-mise!'

At about 2:00 pm, I could hold out no longer. I had been wanting to knit a headband that might suggest I tell fortunes on the side, and this red mohair would be perfect.

Despite wanting to stand my ground against that little ball of mohair, when no one was looking, I caved.

Thank goodness I did because now I have something that no wardrobe should be without!

This is me telling fortunes at the local dive

Even cousin likes the headpiece enough to wear on a parking lot patio
As I was working away on this lovely accessory, the thought ran through my head on occassion that possibly I should be working on something a little more marketable. Shop samples are needing to be knit and my summer tank selection is rather grim. However, my doubts were cast aside the day I came home from work only to find the March 2010 Anthropolgie catalogue in my mailbox.
Someone was snooping in my knitting bag I see...

Yarn Deets- Naturally Mist (only took 1 ball!)
Needle- 4mm
Pattern- Cast on 45 stitches. Knit in 3x3 rib until you have made a piece long enough to fit around your noggin'.
Cast off.
Sew the ends together.

Cast on 21 stitches and knit in 1x1 rib until it is about 3" long.
Cast off.
Wrap this small piece around the part where you seamed the headpiece and seam ends together..

Wear proudly and charge a quarter to read people's tea leaves at Starbucks.

And lastly, I usually can't resist stuff like this.
I was greeted by this precious little bunch of Spring-time love when I arrived at the shop on Saturday.
Spring is here cats.
I may have to put my fortune telling on hold until Fall.
Nobody likes heat stroke.