Thursday, October 21, 2010

There Just Weren't Enough Ruffles in My Life

So I knit some more!

I must tell you that this scarf was a result of two things.

1- I cast on a hat out of Veronik Avery's new book Knitting 24/7 (the best knitting book I've gotten my dirty paws on in a long time) out of this yarn and it pooled... this isn't always a bad thing- in fact, I thought it was a good thing when it started to happen. But the deeper I got into the hat... the more I fell out of love with it.

So, I rrrrrriped it out.
And promptly cast on this lovely little ascot- because I felt this yarn just simply couldn't go un-knit.

Which leads me to # 2- When Estelle's fancy-fun novelty yarn Frill Seeker graced our shelves a couple of weeks ago, we couldn't keep it in stock. Our inventory is now rather depleted and the supplier is clean out. It occured to me that Mary's Yarns just couldn't handle not having an alternative ruffly-scarf option for even a moment.

Aaaannnnnd... queue the Churchmouse patterns.

I cast on the required 648 stiches and off I went. Nothing but a whole lotta knits, purls, increases and decreases. The most time consuming part was casting on (which I believe I spread out over two days) but after that, it was all fun and games (seriously).

Info you tend to want to know as follows-
Pattern- Churchmouse Classics 'Barb's Ruffled Scarf.
Yarn- 2 skeins of Shibui Staccato in shade Bohemian
Needles- 4mm and 3.5mm.

BOOM! There are your ruffles folks.

And so, I leave you with this sheep today.

Thank you for your wool.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Keep those Pumpkins Warm

This past weekend I was thankful for many things- safe cars, cupcakes with plastic rings nestled into a mound of phoney icing on top, health (which is likely to deteriorate at top speed if I continue to eat aforementioned things at the rate I do), family, friends, food, people that knit... and hats that looks like seasonal produce.

Above it all though, I am thankful that I have a mother who can knit such things.

Not only am I thankful for all of her mad knitting skills, but also that she has passed along (some of) her knitterly abilities to me. Oh, how thankful I am.

The details? (I am also thankful for details)

Yarn- Smart by Sandnesgarn.
Pattern- Patrick's Pumpkin Hat by Fiber Trends
Needles- I don't know (since I didn't make it- my mom did, in case I had you confused)... but I can make a sort-of-educated guess. 3.5mm-4mm double points? (If we're lucky, she'll let us know in the comments)

So, she might have been a little on the skimpy side when knitting for this beast, but I'm sure we can find a deserving little pumpkin for this hat. Especially since I happened to notice that we got our first decent frost when I walked up Yonge Street to pick up a carton of milk this morning.

We best be keeping those pumpkins warm.

They need to make it to Hallowe'en yet.