Hozuki Hat

This hat has all the slouch! It’s the kind of hat you throw on for a laid back, comfortable style that won’t flatten your hair. Yet the design detail keeps it interesting and fun. The Hozuki Hat pattern is a design by Maiko Hikosaka, who I consider a dear friend. You can find her on…

The Post-Christmas Christmas Gifts Post

This year I did not knit or make any gifts for friends, which is very unlike me. We’ll chalk it up to all the new knitwear designs in which I’ve been immersing myself. (I have another one that I’m hoping to send out for testing shortly in the new year.) Other than my mom’s Portage…

Another New Hat Pattern: Murakami

If you’re a fan of the magical realism genre in literature (and art), then you are likely no stranger to the works of Haruki Murakami. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Murakami constructs mostly first-person narratives whose   characters inhabit an ordinary Japanese world bombarded with elements of fantasy. If I were stranded on an island and had…

New Hat Pattern: Xmas at Hogwarts

Is there anything more magical than Christmas? Yes—Christmas at Hogwarts! This light and lacy cable beanie design was directly inspired by the yarn, A Homespun House’s Gold Stellina Fingering in none other than the colorway “Christmas at Hogwarts.” The glistening gold of the gold stellina highlights the ornament-esque shapes, which evolve out of a twisted…

Kiuru Hat Test Knit

Many of you have probably seen the cable-covered Kiuru pullover pattern in Laine Magazine: Issue 3. A few of you may know that I started knitting that design back in January, but as warm weather approached I hibernated it away until the arrival of cooler days. Much like sweater projects, some reptiles, amphibians and fish…

Wolfgang Hat

The Wolfgang hat is yet another pattern by–you guessed it–Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks. Keeping in line with her never boring style, Caitlin designed the colorwork with three different shapes, yet pulled them all together in stunning harmony. Combined with the slouchy fit, Wolfgang is a truly distinctive hat. For my yarns I chose Swift…

Fleesensee Hat

KAL’s are almost always an impetuous undertaking for me. Typically I plan my knits well in advance, but then sometimes certain lately sprung KAL’s are all too tempting. And hey, when you have the yarn already on hand, why not join in? Meet the Fleesensee hat by Verena Cohrs of The Wool Club. (Fleesensee is…

Sophie’s Handspun Windschief

When Tour de Fleece came around this year I wanted to spin in solidarity with other fiber enthusiasts around the world, though I was too late to sign up for a team. My hands were already full with knitting commitments, but I made time to spin one of the many rovings (and tops and rolags)…

Knit Layette with Cables

If you visit the Purl Soho website eight to ten times a day as I do, then you know what I mean when I say Purl Soho is magical. I want to make all of their crafts! I want to own all of their supplies! For this project I wanted something special for a special friend,…