New-England-Warm Hat

February 20, 2013

So much knitting and crocheting, but so little blogging! Here is a hat I made for my dad using the technique of thrumming. I took a mitten class at Metaphor Yarns, but once you know the technique, it can be applied to anything.
Thrummed Hat FO
Here’s the inside, showing all the bits of wool roving which makes it so warm.
Thrummed Hat FO inside
The pattern is made up out of my head with a fold-up brim for extra warmth. The grey is Cascade 220.

The report from Eastern Mass. is that it is warm. Mission Accomplished.


New Recipies to Try

March 11, 2012

I am so excited — I won a contest on 50 Years 50 Recipes. I get recipe cards for all the recipes featured on the blog so far. Whoo hoo!
50years50recipes
I’m learning to cook, but I don’t have much variety in my repertoire. I always appreciate new (to me) time-tested recipes. This blog is full of great recipes and stories.


That Hat

February 16, 2012

My talented niece is an expert knitter – check out this hat!
Green_Knit_Hat


Argyle Vest For The Win

February 11, 2012

I had the delightful opportunity to make a vest requested by one of my favorite young men. He picked the pattern and colors:
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It’s my second time doing intarsia and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the duplicate stitch embroidery.
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It’s too big for me, but should fit him fine.
Details: Cascade 220 in grey and purple, plus some vintage Brunswick Germantown in natural. The pattern was a highly-modified Alberta by Jared Flood – I did not knit in the round with steeks, I just knit a front and back using the number of stitches specified in the pattern. The argyle chart came off a vintage Caron leaflet. The inspiration was the Hyland Argyle Vest in “Men in Knits.”


2 Pairs of Gloves Update

January 8, 2012

I just received this wonderful picture of my gloves being worn. That is a knitter’s favorite kind of picture — or, at least, this knitter’s favorite kind of picture:
Boys & Gloves


2 Pairs of Gloves

December 17, 2011

2 of my friends are young men who have trouble buying gloves that fit well. I had a lot of fun knitting these unique gloves, even if I did need to do quite a bit of rework to get them right. (Well, I hope they are right – I haven’t seen them worn yet.)
XL Gloves FO
The first pair is for a student who’s high school colors are orange and black (the Panthers).
HL Gloves FO
The second student’s school colors are red and white – the Wildcats.


Occupy Wool Street

December 12, 2011

Marvel Scarf
My dear friend Aimee of Compassionate Conversations told me about Occupy Wool Street, an effort to provide warm clothing for the Occupy Protestors. Occupy Wool Street started in Chicago, but I decided that I’d rather keep my items a little closer to home, so I sent these things to Occupy Boston. After a bunch of research, I found there’s a Ravelry group for Occupy Boston AND a Facebook group for knitters who support them.


I mailed them a warm wool scarf I made
Marvel Scarf FO


as well as 2 headbands / earwarmers that were in my UFO pile and really needed to be finished and donated to someone with cold ears:
2 Navy Headbands FO


The Occupy encampment in Dewey Square was broken up on Saturday morning, but I am hoping someone picked them up from the OB PO box a couple of weeks ago and someone got some good use of them. A little support from a couch potato [wink].


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