Monday, March 28, 2016

Hats For A Good Cause

Back in the fall, I got a call from my sister-in-law who lives in Texas. She told me about friends of hers who have a 4 year-old little girl that was in the hospital with cancer. Her name is Tatum and she was about to start chemo treatments. My sister-in-law was wondering if I would knit her a couple of hats that she could wear after she started losing her hair. Having two 4 year-olds myself, this really hit home. I put all my other knitting aside to work up some hats for this little girl.

Tatum's favorite color is purple so I knit up a girlie hat in a super soft purple yarn. I decided to make a cute animal hat for the other one. I had my eye on that owl hat from a back issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine. My boys were more than a little upset that they didn't get to keep it. Here are the details:
Pattern: Owl Hat from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 2012
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Oats and Mocha and a tiny bit of Cascade 220 in Orange
Needles: US size 7


I actually designed the purple hat myself. I love the way it came out but I think it still needs a few tweaks. As soon as I get around to that I will publish it. And, of course, it is called Tatum. It is knit with Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush in the color Mulberry. This yarn is so soft and knits up beautifully with a bit of a halo. I love it!

If you would like more information on Tatum you can check this out:



Monday, March 14, 2016

Taking Stock for 2016

Here it is, March already, and I am just now looking at my yarns and knitting list for the year. That is what happens when I have a few projects on the go and deadlines to meet. Brooklyn Tweed must be getting very busy because I recently knit back-to-back samples for them and I am about to start another one any day now. I also recently finished the Honeycomb Aran I was working on, which took me quite a while to knit. Longer than I had hoped it would take. So now with a somewhat open calendar in front of me I need to chose my project goals for the year.

One thing I really need is a navy cardigan. I spent a lot of time going through patterns on Ravelry trying to decide the best one for me. Although I love cables, I really just need a plain cardigan to throw on when it is cool. For that reason, I chose the Larch Cardigan. I also decided to try out a new yarn - Cloudborn Fibers Highland Sport, which is available on

I also really love the Antler Cardigan but that one is going to have to wait.

I would also love to knit another shawl. I have my eye on Sakura from Brooklyn Tweed and I have three lovely skeins of Loft in the color Foothills set aside for it.

My husband and three boys have all been asking me to knit sweaters for them so at some point I am going to have to choose patterns for them but honestly, I have been toying with the idea of designing and I've got some ideas running through my head. We'll see how productive I can be in 2016.