Monday, October 24, 2011

KAL and more!

I recently joined the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry, and have had lots of fun making hats for Woolaid while testing patterns for designers. The purple one is called Galet Hat, made with Lamb's Pride Bulky and mittens to match. The plaid one is I'm Glad It's Plaid, made with Kuka wool de luxe, Lamb's Pride Worsted, and Cascade 220. I finished the 2nd KAL sock. Started to add duplicate stitch details on the snowmen, but didn't like how it looked, so ripped it out. They are mainly knit with Knitpicks Stroll.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


my interpretation of the Christmas KAL

I don't like knitting with two strands - so I took black sockyarn, the snowflake in the pattern and white beads ...
and here is the result:


thank you, Tama, for the pattern - it was fun to knit

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October's Chill Chasing Set

This month's offering is a set to chase the chilly weather: a small Shawl with a Beret to match.

The shawl pattern is Boneyard by Stephen West.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 99 grams/380 yards
Needles: 4.5mm/US 7
(Those teal coloured objects in the first photo are my feet!)

The beret pattern is The Perfect Beret by Janelle Masters.

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 45 grams/173 yards
Needles: 3.5mm/US 4 and 4.5mm/US 7

Combined yardage: 144 grams/553 yards

Saturday, October 8, 2011

My Gobi Camel House Booties

I purchased the "Knitting Traditions" Fall 2011 edition from Interweave Press the other day and saw some simple socks that I thought were interesting.  The yarn is purchased from Mongolian Herdsman in the Gobi desert region.  It's camel fiber, hand spun.  I went to the web site that offers the yarn and purchased three skeins.  I created these House booties for me :)  The yarn is definitely hand spun.  There is still a little vegetable matter and some guard hairs making the yarn a little scratchy.  However, it's extremely warm (after all the same fiber keep the camels of the Gobi Desert warm) and perfect for wearing around the house.

Watch for the pattern to appear on Ravelry and on my blog as a free pattern.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I love this pattern and 1 skein of sock yarn is perfect for it


Pattern Name: Lazy Katy
Designer: Birgit Freyer
Pattern location:
Yarn Used: NORO Sock Yarn
Yardage: ca. 400 meters
Needles: 4,5 mm

Sunday, October 2, 2011

September Prize Winner

Let me just say WOW!  Sylvia is our September winner and what an absolutely stunning  heirloom quality shawl.  All I want to know is...when do I get mine :o)

I loved the idea of over-dying the socks black Jardinrouge! What a great idea.  I agree, knitting with black yarn is a terrible pain.  Thanks for the great tip!

Can't believe how great that prize yarn turned out.  You definately found out what that skein wanted to be,  RoteSchnegg.  Very lovely.

And Sandy, great job on your Christmas sock!  The angora may fluff out a little more after washing?  I hope because I love that affect when using it for snowmen.  I love your color scheme!

So Sylvia, send me an email with your address and I will get your prize sent out.

In the mean time, happy knitting!!  I hope to see more of the KAL projects this month.