A More Fitted Alyeska

The Aleuts are a native American people related to the Eskimos who currently inhabit the Aleutian Islands, western Alaska and small portions of eastern Russia. Their language–the Aleut language–is still spoken today, albeit sparsely, and it is the Aleut word Alyeska, meaning “great land,” from which the name for the state of Alaska is derived….

Nelchina, My First Steeking

Nelchina is yet another masterful design by Caitlin Hunter (Boyland Knitworks) that combines colorwork and texture. The entire yoke is a complex and intriguing pattern of colorwork that I liken to the shadows you might see displayed on a forest floor, and the body and arms are covered in squishy 4-stitch cabled repeats. Below are…

Mom’s Christmas Blanket

It seems like each Christmas I turn to Knit Collage for some, if not all, of my gift knitting. Their yarns are chunky, which makes for quick knitting, but they are also quite luxurious–a perfect combo for Christmas. When I asked my mom what she’d like me to knit for her this Christmas (because I…

Deco Mug Mats for Christmas

I’ve wanted to knit these deco mug mats for a long time. This lovely brioche pattern is by Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti Designs and is essentially a fragmented version of her Pink Madness Scarf. (These mats mimic the design at the ends of the scarf’s legs.) Having already knit a Pink Madness, which…

The Fruity Knitting Podcast

When Andrea contacted me about submitting footage for the Fruity Knitting podcast, I confess I had never previously watched it. Making time for knitting podcasts, let alone non knitting podcasts, is not easy for me, but let’s be honest here. When people say they don’t have time for something, they are actually saying that they…

My First Flax Sweater: Happy Birthday, Jacob!

Turning ten years old is a big deal. A decade is no short amount of time, though for me each of these past ten years elapsed with the blink of an eye. Was I not just pregnant with him a few years ago…? I have a confession: this Flax sweater is Jacob’s very first hand…

Colorwork Sans Floats

I’ve made it pretty clear to the knitting world that when it comes to colorwork, floats and I are incompatible. We just don’t get along. So what do I do? Omit them, of course! Below is a video demonstrating my method for knitting colorwork sans floats. I hope it helps you or at least entertains…

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…

Whitehorse Sweater in Red

I’m not sure whether the Whitehorse sweater is named after the white horse character in Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but something about white, red and horse have evoked that fantastical story and all its imagery, so much so that as I am now typing, Alice and the White Rabbit and the Queen…

Flipside Goldfoil Socks

You may recall that I knit a hat (Fleesensee) from Verena Cohrs of The Wool Club last week. Unvaryingly, these Goldfoil socks are a pattern from the same designer. Clearly I am a fan of her work! This lovely cool-toned yarn with warm accents is called Flipside and is a product of the very talented…