Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pattern Two, check.

My dear friend Liz and I have started a joint knitting blog, Alone Together, where many of our patterns will be published. The Newsprint Cowl is available there now for free!

See you over there!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Newsprint Cowl

On Tuesday the 25th, I'll be teaching a brioche class at Stix, in Bozeman. It's mostly an introduction to the stitch, but the Newsprint cowl I just finished up will be the pattern that I'm teaching. It is so cozy in Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

I'm giving this to the shop for a while as a display piece, but I can't wait to get it back.

This weeks class has filled up, but due to the demand, we've scheduled another class for February 1st from 7-9pm. Sign up at Stix.
The Newsprint Cowl pattern will be published following the January 25 class.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Snow outside, my first sweater inside.


I've been working on Kate Davies' o w l s sweater for the past week made of Thirteen Mile predator-friendly yarn. There is quite a bit of hay spun into the yarn, but besides that, the bulky is a pleasure to work with and as it is very slightly thick/thin, it is beautifully rustic in this pattern. I omitted the owls, but chose this sweater specifically because of it's shaping. It's looked great on a variety of body types, and I can't wait to see it finished.

On the Ravelry Newlyweds group, we've been discussing our sweater plans for this year, and one of the members led me to the Fit to Flatter sweater fit tutorial. A lot of it is rather common sense information about how to dress for your body type, but with a focus on handknits. She also includes instructions on adapting sweater fit and ratios though.

On January 25th, at Stix, I will be teaching a class on basic brioche. We will be knitting an oversized brioche cowl in the round, with worsted weight yarn. Contact Stix if you are interested! I believe it is free of charge as long as you buy your supplies at there!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

1. Use significantly less plastic.

2. Use less household paper.

3. Pay off debt.

4. Go back to school.

5. Buy a car less than 10 years old.

6. Knit a damned sweater instead of buying yarn for one.

7. Volunteer more.

8. Stay in better contact.

9. Be sweeter.

10. Buy less (crap).

11. Put down my knitting needles at least one night a week when home to actively pay physical attention to my dog and husband or read.

The initial list also included "Run a 1/2 marathon" but I'm not sure that's going to happen, given what I am imagining my jobs will be this year and the access to running that I'll have. Maybe XC skiing would mean that I would be in shape, but who knows?

I spent all of yesterday finishing my second Foliage and crafting a Bebe hat for our friends' six month old.

The chunky version of theFoliage pattern knits up incredibly fast, and I think looks a little more rustic. I can't wait to wear it this spring on our annual southwest trip.

The Bebe hat is a modified version of the earflap hat from Last Minute knitted gifts, but as I was unable to find my copy and was using a different weight of yarn, I just cast on 48 and knit away - decreasing with a k2tog in multiples of 8.

Just before Christmas, I finished a pair of handwarmers knit in the way of the Pomatomus sock, also from Knitty. She wanted something to cover up her bruises from dialysis. The yarn is Shibui sock in honey, a color extremely evocative of my grandmother.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Man Hat makes the big time.

DH and I spent the last few weeks up in the arctic North, trying to stay warm in sub-zero temperatures, and keep the truck on the road after the so-called 'icepocalypse' that rendered the roads into rivers of ice the first week we were there.

Needless to say, both DH and I spent countless hours on the couch at INUA Wool Shoppe in Fairbanks, DH modeling, and I, knitting. Lidped promoted the hat pretty well, so it burgeoned up onto the 'new and popular' list on the Patterns front page. I was pretty excited.

On our way home from a very good visit to Alaska, I was shocked and amazed to learn that Ann, of Mason-Dixon Knitting fame blogged about the Man Hat!

I checked my ego by looking at the Unoriginal Hat pattern. Over 7000 projects made. Not quite there.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Last night DH and I spent the evening working on our respective crafts, listening to classical and Christmas music, interrupted only by a quick pas de deux during the Nutcracker Suite. I've finished my store model of the Colonnade Scarf, which was hands-down the most complicated blocking I've ever done. It's on the bed downstairs drying now, full of 2 boxes of T-pins. Time to invest in, or create some blocking wires. They would have had to be 8 feet long to block this baby though.

While I finished the Colonnade Scarf for Stix, DH worked on a collar for our Mozambiquan beach mutt. Since hunting season had started off a little slow, DH had time to get back into his leatherworking. He whipped out a holster for his new 1911 in less than 24 hours.

Last year, he was prolific, and I was the recipient of 2/4 of his major projects. He made these plackets for my chinks, which are now being finished at Johnson's Saddlery in Dillon.

For Christmas of 2008, my parents got Jon an ulu, and he made this amazing holster for it.

Lastly, the beach dog that gets the collar.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hunting Widow/Poor

So rifle season took off a few weeks ago, and though he hasn't yet shot anything, DH has sure been hard at it. We've had an incredibly warm late fall, some weather nicer than the summer (it snowed on Labor Day) so DH's season of work has continued later than ever before, which is great for his checkbook but means that I have been pretty much abandoned unless I feel like walking around after him, five paces behind.

While he has been busy working and stalking, I have been knitting up a storm. The Noro Fifteen-stitch blanket is as far as it will go without the last shipmen of yarn that was accidentally sent to Alaska. I made the dragonfly pillowcase for a Thermarest collapsable pillow that DH found on some bushes at a campsite near the Grand Canyon. That pillow is pretty well-travelled. Arizona, Utah, New York, Mozambique, South Africa. The dragonfly fabric came from my favorite fabric store in the world: Selvedge Studio, in Missoula.

DH also got a new hat - he's pretty easy to knit for, but unfortunately not very exciting to knit for. Solid color. Nothing crazy stitch-pattern-wise.

Man Hat:

A no-fail hat, perfect for the man that is hesitant to wear knitwear. Both yarns are super soft for their ever-so-sensitive heads. Makes a fairly large hat.

Needles: 16” US Size 8 (5.0mm) circular needle, 4 US Size 8 (5.0mm) double pointed needles.
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande or Malabrigo Yarn Chunky, one skein of either.

CO 64 stitches using a long tail cast on. (For smaller or larger sizes, add or subtract CO stitches in multiples of 8, or change yarn size.)
Connect and begin to work in the round.

Round 1: *k1, p1* repeat between *’s until the end of the round.
Round 2: knit around

Repeat until hat measures 7”, ending with a Round 1. Divide stitches evenly onto double pointed needles and begin decrease rows.

Decrease Rounds:
1: *k6, ssk* repeat between *’s to end of round.
2: *k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1* repeat between *’s to end of round.
3: *k5, ssk* repeat between *’s to end of round.
4: *k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1* repeat between *’s to end of round.
5: *k4, ssk* repeat between *’s to end of round.
6: *k1, p1, k1, p1, k1* repeat between *’s to end of round.
7: *k3, ssk* repeat between *’s to end of round.
8: *k1, p1, k1, p1* repeat between *’s to end of round.
9: *k2, ssk* repeat between *’s to end of round.
10: *k1, p1, k1* repeat between *’s to end of round.
11: *k1, ssk* repeat between *’s to end of round.
12: *k1, p1* repeat between *’s to end of round.
13: *ssk* repeat between *’s to end of round.

Eight stitches remain. Break thread, leaving around 8” of yarn. Pull through remaining 8 stitches with a tapestry needle. Weave in ends.

This pattern is for personal use only. By using this pattern, you agree to use it only for your personal non-commercial use. You may not distribute this pattern in any way, but you may sell items produced using the directions in this patten.

I've just begun a Johanna's Shawl from the Madelinetosh sock I bought a while back. I'm not sure it'll stay that, but for now I'm enjoying the knitting. Christmas knits come soon!

Yarn swap package has to leave soon - right now I've just got a skein of Mountain Colors silk sock in Red Tail Hawk, but I'll figure out something else to dazzle my swapee in Finland. First swap!

Noro Fifteen-Stitch blanket with a pillow used mostly by Cao.