Aila Tank

I found the pattern for the Aila Tank on Ravelry late last spring, and while I started knitting it in early summer it took me nearly a year to complete it. Why, you ask? See below… The pattern, written by Isabell Kraemer, calls for the Quince and Co yarn Sparrow, which is 100% organic linen…

Handspun Kitschy Kat

Yesterday I whipped up my first toy made from my own handspun yarn, and I could not be happier with the outcome! This kitty pattern is called Kitschy Kat and is authored by Susan Claudino. (Yup, one and the same author of Figaro, who I just finished knitting a couple of weeks ago.) You can…

Figaro the Frog

I’ve knit several toys for my kids over the years–two snakes, a doll, reversible dolls, a bear, a reversible lion/elephant, a reversible baby alligator/egg and a Santa, to name a few. For well over a year toys were my primary focus in knitting. I wanted to knit them all, specifically toy patterns by Susan B…

Cushman Sweater

When I first saw the Cushman Pullover on Instagram I had an instant must-have reaction. The pockets are adorable, plus it is knit up in Malabrigo Rios, an aran weight yarn–meaning it will be a cozy, super fast knit. The pattern, which is written by Isabell Kraemer, is found in the Malabrigo Book Ten: Rios…

The Eyeball Shawl

Is there anything better than a gigantic knit eyeball? I say no! With one quick glance we all know it’s a West Knits pattern. Like most all of Stephen’s patterns the Eyeball Shawl is bold, eccentric and brilliant–did I say eccentric? In fact many of his patterns are a bit too eccentric for me, simply…

Pixel Rise Christmas Frankensocks

The Pixel Rise socks pattern, written by Kemper Wray, makes fine use of fair isle as one pixelated stripe graduates to the next. The pattern begins with a Turkish cast-on, which I worked two-at-a-time, and even now I can’t tell you how I pulled it off. I will definitely be using this excellent cast-on method many times more,…

My Find Your Fade–Neapolitan, Anyone?

  If you’re a knitter on Instagram then you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Find Your Fade shawl pattern that is making its rounds on a LOT of posts lately. This lacy gradient shawl was designed by Andrea Mowry (@dreareneeknits), who initiated a KAL for the project on January 1st. From then on (if not before) Find…

Caswell Bay Fingerless Mitts

In October my daughter started asking for another pair of fingerless mitts, so her mitts were at the top of my 2017 knitting agenda. I had decided I would do the mitts in DK weight yarn because I knit the last few with fingering (it was like I was knitting socks), and I didn’t have…

Sizzle Pop Shawl

I wanted to knit this two-color brioche stunner the second it was released (earlier this year), but contrary to my normal behavior I ruminated on it awhile rather than jumping right in. The pattern is called Sizzle Pop and is authored by Lesley Robinson (Knit Graffiti). Seeing as this is my third completed Lesley Robinson pattern I…