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Posts from December 2009

Merry Christmas!


It has become a tradition for IKJ to make a delicious bouche de noel for us to enjoy on Christmas Eve. That girl can cook!!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday!


Feeling Puckish

Once they saw Pamela Wynne's whimsical Elf Shoes pattern, each of my kids begged for a pair. I love this pattern! It's quick, fun, a great stash buster and the recipients are always thrilled.

Elf Shoes 6

IJK's Elf Shoes - Women's Size 10

Anders's Elf Shoes 2

The Lad's Elf Shoes - Men's Size 11 (Graciously Modeled by SKK while he was at work.)

Sofie's Elf Shoes

SKK's Elf Shoes - Women's Size 10

Each pair only took two days, despite the rather amply sized feet that I was knitting for. I went stash diving for the yarn. It's amazing how much Cascade 220 I own in "elfish" colors. There's enough left for another pair or two. If I hadn't decided to cast on a last minute Christmas shawl for my SIL yesterday I'd make myself a pair.

Happy Holidays one and all!!!!

Wood Hollow Hat & Mittens

Wood Hollow in the Snow

My new patterns, Wood Hollow Hat & Wood Hollow Mittens (Ravelry links) were named for the street where I grew up. Wood Hollow Road conjures comforting memories of lovingly cooked meals, gatherings with friends and family, my parents beautiful gardens and always my father's beloved music playing in the background.

W H Snow 2

If you're looking for something special for last minute holiday knitting this set might be just the project. Hats and mittens work up quickly. There is, if you are anything like me, plenty of worsted weight yarn already in your stash. The cables here may look complicated, but there is only a simple 8 row repeat, which is easily memorized. Both patterns have charts as well as written instructions for the stitch patterns.

W H Snow 4 

Wood Hollow Hat

Finished Measurements:  17" at brim, will stretch to fit up to a 23" head

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, 1 skein (I used color # 2452)

Gauge: 21 sts & 28 = 4"(10cm) rows in stockinette and 25 sts & 34 rows = 4"(10cm) in cable pattern

Needles: US 6/4mm DPN's or size to obtain gauge

Additional Materials: Tapestry Needle, Cable Needle, Stitch Markers, Pompom maker (optional)

Price $6.00 US

W H Mitten 2 

Wood Hollow Mittens

Finished Measurements:  8.5" circumference at palm, overall length customizable

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, 1 skein (I used color # 2452)

Gauge: 22 sts = 4"(10cm) rows in stockinette

Needles: US 5/3.75 mm DPN's or size to obtain gauge

Additional Materials: Tapestry Needle, Cable Needle, Stitch Markers

Price $6.00 US

These patterns are also available as an eBook for $9.00.

Wood Hollow eBook

Price $9.00 US

W H Snow 3

Wood Hollow in the Snow 

W H Snow 2 

I had two skeins of yarn left over from my Wood Hollow Vest so I made a matching hat and pair of mittens. The last stitch was perfectly timed for a quick photo shoot as the snow started to come down today.

I'm now obsessed with pompom makers. I want one in every size.

Wood Hollow Hat and Mittens

Yarn: Cascade 220

Needles: Hat - US 6, Mittens - US 5

Pattern: Currently with test knitters

More details on Ravelry - Mittens Hat 

Reykjavik Hat: Now Available

Reykjavik hat
There's still enough time before the holidays to knit a fun, quick, whimsical hat.  The Reykjavik Stocking Cap is designed to match my Reykjavik Mittens pattern, but it has plenty of spunk to stand on its own if you don't have time to make both.

Reykjavik Hat 3

Thank you to my test knitters, Regina, Raquel and Laura for their help and valuable feedback! Thank you also to the awesome participants of the Reykjavik Mitten class I taught at Modern Yarn for inspiring the pattern!!

Reykjavik Hat 2

Sizes: S/M [L/XL]
Finished Measurements: Relaxed circumference at brim 18[20.5]” will stretch to fit up to approx 22[25]” head.  Length from bottom edge to tip 22” (excluding pom pom)
Yarn:  Rowan Felted Tweed, 50% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 25% Rayon, 191 yds/175m per 50g ball,
MC: #151 Bilberry, 1 skein,
CC: #150 Rage, 1 skein.
Needles: 1 set US 4/3.5mm needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 25 sts = 4” in Slipped Moss Stitch
25 sts and 32 rows in stockinette
Additional materials:
7 stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Pom Pom Maker (available in most craft stores)

See it on Ravelry

Price: $6.00 US