Oh hey look, more swatches

Yup, somehow there are more.  I think I've found a stitch I like...this is both cute and awfully fun to do. But I'm hesitant to use that yarn combo (it's yarn from two different companies, and I'm trying to lean towards using yarns from the same company in any one piece).  I love the blue (it's from Dream in Color), but can't seem to get my hands on a gray from them.  So, a quick stash toss revealed another promising combo. I will, of course, need to swatch it too (are you sensing a theme?), but I suspect it will [...]

March 3, 2017|


I have some bad news.  It's January.  It's cold. It's dark. And it's probably going to be like this for a while.  If I could help, I would.  But the most I can do is offer a distraction, so it seems like the perfect time to bring Chamfer back out. These are more fun than they have any right to be.  The stitch pattern is marvelously orderly and easy to memorize (which means they're way easier than they look, which is always a plus).  And I know I shouldn't be so easily amused, but I really do love how nicely [...]

January 19, 2016|

Push and Pull

So I think I showed you finished pics of both variations of the hats, I don't think I ever showed you both together.  I'm rather taken with them. I think they're a perfect example of how very tiny changes in your knitting can have surprisingly big results.  These use exactly the same ribbing, exactly the same increases, and exactly the same kind of basic decreases (ssk and k2tog).  But by shifting the relative positions of the increases and decreases, you get two totally different looks. One where the ribbing stays straight and a band cuts across it. And one where [...]

October 9, 2015|

Told Ya

I know you were worried about the hat.  I had a moment of being worried about it, too.  But I was pretty darn sure it would be cute in the end.  And you know what?  It totally, totally is. Oh and yes, the top is cute, too (no point in doing a hat if the top isn't amusing).  I'm fairly smitten! And there's just the tiniest bit of yarn left.  I may try and make the shortest cuffs ever.  Or I could be a normal person and call it done (or, just possibly, order more yarn...that's more likely).  I haven't [...]

October 1, 2015|


There are several common stages in the creation of a hat.  The tricky bit is that they don't come in any particular order, so you are likely to be surprised by them, no matter how many hats you've knit. For me, there's almost always a 'this is way way too big' stage.  It's often followed by a 'this is too small for any living human' stage.  Popular variants on those two include 'it's too short' and 'it's too tall.' You may also encounter 'I bought way too much yarn' or 'I'm so totally going to run out of yarn' somewhere [...]

September 24, 2015|


So I want a nice deep folded brim on this hat (skinny ones make me look like a fire hydrant, if I'm going to fold a brim, it's going to be deep).  Alas, that means I have to knit about fourteen miles of ribbing. Actually, it's something closer to five inches, but it might as well be fourteen miles.  I want the brim to be about two inches deep when it's on my giant melon head, which means it needs to be about five inches high on the needles (2 inches folded up, the 2 inches that covers up, plus [...]

September 18, 2015|

Change of Plans

A hat appeared, fully formed, in my head.  I knew pretty much everything about this hat: how it would be patterned, how the decreases would work, even how the sizing would work.  Everything except the yarn.  So I did the normal thing.  I tossed the stash, found nothing, and then ordered more yarn. The yarn came, it was lovely.  I swatched, I did math, and I cast on.  But alas, it wasn't right.  It's not the yarn's fault.  It is awesome yarn and will undoubtedly find its way onto my needles at a later date, just not now. So I [...]

September 3, 2015|


The revamped and rereleased pattern for Adumbrate is now up on ravelry.  Pics first, but do read on, as I've got yarn to give away!These are another of my early patterns, and I was delighted to redo them.  We all know I'm a sucker for fingerless mitts (seriously, I have a whole wardrobe of them, some to match all of my pajamas, and I wear them all winter long).  These are quick and fun to knit (they're the ones that did the neat three-pronged thing when I was knitting them), and I am pretty sure most self respecting stashes have [...]

July 30, 2014|


Next up in the the ongoing (dare I say never-ending, all-consuming, perhaps even frenzied) project of rereleasing old patterns, Adumbrate.  These will be going up this coming week. Folks on the mailing list will get an announcement (and usually some sort of coupon or other goody) as soon as it's up.  Now every time I send something to the mailing list, I get a few very nice emails from folks saying they didn't know about the mailing list and could they please have whatever the special offer is anyways.  And that's always awkward.  So in the interest of having fewer [...]

July 27, 2014|
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