Sophie’s Handspun Windschief

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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) I’ve had sitting around on the shelf for months. I went with my roving of Malabrigo Nube in the colorway “Diana,” which is probably one of my favorite Malabrigo colorways. By the way I do all of my spinning on a Schacht Flatiron.

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Being a spinning “nube” (gotta make use of those puns when graced with the opportunity), I attempted to spin fine singles and failed. Instead I ended up with a fingering/sport mix. While my spinning consistency has greatly improved, I have not yet managed to spin one bobbin-full of a single yarn weight. When I can one day spin beautiful fine singles to ply for socks, I will be dancing on the rooftops.

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I plied together my thick-and-thin-ish singles, which resulted in a lovely worsted weight skein. My friends on Instagram thought a hat would be best, so I searched through my queue and decided on Windschief, a West Knits pattern. My daughter loves the colors, so she became the obvious recipient. The yarn is a tad busy for the pattern, but Sophie didn’t want a plain knit hat, and I didn’t want to knit one either. It’s a good thing because this pattern was fun to knit!

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Of course Sophie had to have a pompom, which I am always thrilled to make. If I didn’t feel they are a waste of expensive designer yarn I’d make pompom garlands weekly and string them throughout the house.

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A Revamp of the Cupid’s Mix Beanie, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

A few weeks ago I suddenly realized I had not seen my daughter’s Cupid’s Mix beanie in many months. In angst I up-heaved her room, searched through all my knits and combed the house. The beanie was nowhere.

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It goes without saying that a replacement was in order. I quickly contacted Carol of Havirland Yarns and purchased a new Cupid’s Mix set. The old mini skein kit is now a set of 20 mini bobbins, which she has labeled “Cupid’s Mix Frankensocks Kit.” (Her other Frankensocks kits are amazing as well.) My original pattern was designed for the mini skeins, which are approximately 10 grams each. The mini bobbins are 5 grams each, so my pattern could not accommodate them. I fretted at first but then decided to simply revamp the old pattern to include two versions: one for mini skeins (top) and one for mini bobbins (bottom).

Cupid's Mix Beanie

 

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How did she grow so fast??? You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s only been one year.

To download my free Cupid’s Mix Beanie knitting pattern click here, or to download from Ravelry click here.

 

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Get your Valentine’s knit on!

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!

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For this project I wanted something special for a special friend, who shares my name. Yep, her name is Jamie, and that’s cool. More importantly, Jamie is a kind and wise expectant friend (the two best traits), so I simply had to knit something for her baby to be. You know I can’t help myself! Jamie is also super classy, so when I saw the Knit Layette pattern kit on Purl Soho, I didn’t think twice before dumping it into the cart so I could knit it for her. (You can view the kit here.)

Here are some fancy filtered images of the cardigan in its early stages, which I posted on Instagram. (Those succulents died. I don’t know why, but I am a baby succulent murderer. I do better with the big ones.)

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The cardigan took what felt like light years to complete, and it’s no wonder given that it has…let me count…eight cables! The hat took less time but still a surprisingly massive chunk of time given that it’s only a newborn hat. (The hat has four cables.) For these reasons I omitted the socks. I had had enough cabling for the year.

Here’s another Instagram pic from back when I was all excited to be finishing the sleeves.

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The Purl Soho yarn in the kit is among the softest with which I’ve ever worked and ideal for a newborn knit. It’s called Line Weight and is 100% merino wool. Just try to resist rubbing your face in it. The pattern is written for sizes 0-3 and 3-6 months, and the kit comes with two skeins of Line Weight yarn, as well as Mother of Pearl buttons for the cardigan. (Purl Soho’s buttons are magical!)

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I chose the 0-3 months size. The hat looks a bit big for that age, but it has been years since my children were newborns, so what do I know. Since I didn’t knit the socks I ended up with a fully unused skein of Line Weight, which I’m happy to have for future knitting, but if you are interested in following my route keep in mind that you can purchase the pattern, yarn and buttons separately and save money by omitting that second skein.

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Here’s a shot of the back of the cardigan, which I just had to show since three of the cables are hidden there. This baby girl will be cuddled all around with cables. So so precious!

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Peach Melba Oceana Hat

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I knit this Oceana hat for two reasons:

  1. Look at that beautiful diamond mesh stitching! The pattern is a winner.
  2. The pattern author, Cali (Willoughby Way Designs and @throwstyler on Instagram), is donating all of the pattern proceeds to the organization Oceana, which works to preserve the world’s oceans.

Needless to say, whenever a fabulous pattern is combined with a good cause, I’m in!

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For this pattern I used a tubular cast on, which works perfectly for 1 x 1 ribbing because it gives the appearance that the ribbing is simply continued from the underside, rendering a nice, clean edge. The diamond mesh is feminine, sweet and perfect for a little girl, so accordingly, this hat is for my daughter. I wanted to go with a yarn suited for my Sophie, and while it is a fall/winter hat, I also wasn’t ready to abandon the summer vibes. When I came across this Peach Melba colorway by Manos del Uruguay (Maxima Multi yarn), it was a no brainer–the perfect choice for this hat!

DSC03127This yarn’s multi-tonal personality made the pink and orange appear differently depending on the…Lighting? Mood? It looked consistently amazing, that’s for sure.

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The pattern allows for two different decrease styles: slouchy or with a pompom. I let Sophie choose the style she liked better, so as you can see, we went with the pompom. (She also requested that it be pink, so voila.)

And now I must have one of these for myself…