30 December 2009

A scarf for S...


cashmere, silk, reversible cables...the perfect scarf!

27 December 2009

a scarf for E.B....

the yarn, called KODIAK is a lusciously soft blend of cashmere and silk...the stitch is a four-row slip-stitch pattern that looks great on  both sides...the border is single crochet...

18 December 2009

everyone needs a korknisse...

This wee creature was made with bits of wool and a used wine bottle cork.  I found the original pattern on Ravelry...many thanks to Manne for the idea (find her notes at www.madebymanne.com/korknisse.html).  I plan to make lots and lots and lots of these little guys. No cork will go undressed!



This little elf's sweater and hat were knit in the round with US size 3 dpn's and scraps of worsted wool...

15 December 2009

not so bad after all...

I knit this hat several months ago, shortly after "discovering" the Rowan PureLife plant-dyed organic cotton.  It got thrown in the "yuk" basket--I really thought is was ugly.  BUT...now that it has a silly flower, I quite like it...


13 December 2009

10 December 2009

wool weather...


Frosty COLD here on the coast...I love it...gives meaning to my wool obsession...



                        
let me step outside my warm, cozy world of wool for a minute...
...do the instruments of war have a role to play in preserving the peace?  I cannot think how...
let us be morally courageous and live peace...

07 December 2009

another scrappy...


My favorite "scrappy" so far...done in Rowan Pure Wool 4-ply and bits of Frog Tree alpaca...mint green, pink, burgundy and charcoal grey.  Love it!

06 December 2009

1-2-3-4-5 hat

The ONE-TWO-THREE-FOUR-FIVE hat, my latest pattern, modeled by Trystan aka Holmes Luigi...


Knitters can find the pattern on Ravelry...OR HERE...
Those of you in the Fresno area can buy this hat at Dom Blu Hollywood http://dombluhollywood.com/, a hip new men's boutique in the Fig Garden Mall...

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALES OF THIS PATTERN WILL BE DONATED TO HAITI EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND.

05 December 2009

alpaca baby goes live!



The pattern for Alpaca baby... goes "live" today!  This little hat was originally designed for my stepson's twin nephews and is suitable for a boy or girl.  It is a simple, easy-to-wear hat with a rolled brim and a fair-isle band.  Makes a great shower gift!  Look for it on Ravelry...or buy it directly from this site...just hit this button...buy now

03 December 2009

'tis the season...


Holiday stripes for your little one...


You will need two skeins of Berocco Ultra Alpaca (or any nice wool)--one white, one red, a size 7 circular needle (or whatever size you need for a gauge of approximately 5 stitches per inch), a set of dpn's and one hour or so to sit and knit....The stripes decrease in size gradually, so your stripe pattern is:  6 white, 6 red, 5 white, 5 red, 4 white, 4 red, 3 white, 3 red...






SO...HERE GOES...

With the circular needle and the red yarn, cast on 71 stitches.  Join and knit in seed stitch (knit one, purl one) round and round for about 1.5 inches.  Decrease one stitch. Knit six rounds in white.  Six rounds in red.  Five rounds in white.  Five rounds in red.  Knit one round in white.  Now begin decreasing seven stitches every other row, while you knit three more rounds of white, four rounds in red, three in white, three in red,then decrease every other row, knitting in white 'til the end....finish off, add a little tail of candy-striped cord or a big, fluffy pom-pom.  Et voilà!  A warm, cozy and festive hat for your toddler!

For a baby, do the same thing on 63 stitches (without decreasing after the seed stitch border).  For adults, work on 98 stitches...Change the colors to suit the season!  Have fun!

For those of you who need more detailed, step-by-step instructions, I should have a .pdf available in February...in the meantime, please ask for help!  I'll be glad to walk you through it...I am pwa on Ravelry...





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