Baby Hats

Baker Yarn

I loved the way this handful of things all matched. Yarn-corn nuts-knitting bag from my sweet friend-cozy couch - ahhh! I'm making yet another hat for a doula client and I'm using some more of the yarn I got from Skyline Yarns . The doula client is less of a "client" and more of a friend so I wanted to make sure to use something special. This is a worsted weight superwash 100% wool yarn. Machine washable wool is the best! It says to knit with size 7-9 needles and I am using size 8 circular needles. I cast on 68 stitches to start this sweet little baby hat. Knit 2 Purl 2 round and round we go! It is still under construction as I type. This yarn makes a pretty amazing pattern, look at that beautiful stripe.

Variegated Yarn

I'm of course doing my favorite pattern - the good old ribbed hat. I love how stretchy they are and it just seems like a little person can get a little bit extra use out of a hat like this - it will fit for longer. I wonder what Karen used to dye this yarn, she dyes her yarns with all natural dyes - maybe carrots? Whatever it was - it looks delicious!

The second hat I wanted to make mention of, I whipped up in a couple of nights. It was for my last doula client and her sweet baby - Claira Rain - she was born a month ago (with the rain on April 30th) and I actually used the same yarn I used for the other Clara's hat. It is special Skyline Yarn again but a bit lighter weight, sock yarn, fingering yarn.

Skyline Yarn Hat

This yarn called for size 3-5 needles. I used size 6 circular needles to knit this up. Same pattern knit 2, purl 2. I think I got a little bit slack when I decreased and closed up the top, I'll have to look back at my old patterns when I close the hat I'm currently working on. It still looks pretty sweet on baby Claira's head.

Claira and Ilsa Baby Claira

Look at that sweet little newbie and her pretty Mama. Knitting hats for new babies is quick and easy and so fun. I remember when my midwife knit a hat for Gussy while I was in labor, and it is one of my most favorite sentimental keepsakes ever. It goes on the top of our Christmas tree every year. Here is a photo of Gus in his baby hat 3 + years ago. Maybe some of the hats I knit will end as tree toppers? Who knows, what I do know is those babies will have warm little heads.

Gus Hat

Happy Knitting!

Birthday Hat with Pom Pom

Knitting Progress

Birthday Hat takes on two meanings for me today. I made this hat for a friend for her birthday because as I mentioned before - why mess with success, when you are good at something you might as well make that useful thing for everyone that needs it right? Plus they are fun to make, so I made yes another ribbed hat. The second meaning is that I finished this hat while I was fortunate enough to be a doula at a sweet it is extra special to me. This was while the Mama was laboring for a bit in another room, I snapped my progress on my lap in the rocking chair in the dark room, in the wee hours of the morn.

Birth Knitting

It doesn't take me long to whip out a ribbed hat these days. One night and I can get one done from start to finish. This particular hat I cast on 68 stitches and k2 p2 the entire way to the decrease at the top. I used size 10.5 circular needles and I really just like the way these fit, they are snug and warm, so I'll keep making them. In fact I'm thinking about starting to sell them on Etsy just because I like to make them so much. That's when I ask myself, "Self, do I have time for an Etsy shop?" And the answer is as long as no one likes your hats you do!

Close Rib Peek Hat Green/Yellow Hat

I used Sheep Number Two yarn from the Sheep Shop Yarn Company. I love knitting with this yarn it is so soft and colorful! I used color number G026. I got it in hanks and just used my new tools (they'll be featured in one of the next blog entries) to turn it into a big yarn cake. Both times I've made hats with this I didn't even use a whole hank. The last hat was Lexie's birthday hat. It is made in Uruguay and 100% pure wool!

Now for the Pom Pom! I haven't ever made one before but I'm not sure why, it is incredibly easy!

Cardboard Wind Yarn Finger

So the first three steps pictured above: 1.Find a piece of flexible cardboard. 2. Wrap yarn around the cardboard (approx 50 times). 3. Remove the wound yarn from the cardboard. I just slid my finger in place of the cardboard - but you want to keep that wound yarn nice and neat for the next step.

Yarn Through Bundle Tied Bundle

Next step is just to tie a about a 12 inch piece of yarn twice around your bundle (through the middle).


Finally you just cut the bundle (opposite side of where you tied it together). Then you've got yourself a pom pom. I just attached it after I cut it.


Finished Hat

What do you guys think? Etsy shop or no?

Yarn Cubby

Yarn Cubby

So I've never been the girl with 25 pairs of shoes...but boy did I find a way to fill this puppy up. I'm going to do whatever I possibly can to just keep my yarn in ONE of these and not go and get myself a second one. I best get to knitting! It is a shoe rack I found at Lowe's in an attempt to find some shelving for my store. I stared at it for a bit and realized it would be the most perfect new home for all of my tasty yarn. I love being able to look at it and not have it buried at the bottom of a basket that I must dig through for inspiration. When I placed each skein/hank in its new home yesterday I was thinking about what I might use each of them I've got all kinds of new project ideas up my sleeve. I'm thinking some felting is right around the corner.

Rainbow Blanket

In the meantime however, I'm still plugging away, when I have idle time, on this colorful blanket. I think I've finally decided that indeed it will be a blanket and I don't think it will be much longer before I've used up the entire ball of yarn. My pattern (or lack there of) is just to knit, knit, knit creating a simple garter stitch throughout. I like to throw in some flavor every now and then with a few rows of knit two, purl two (k2, p2) making a ribbed pattern. I don't have much of a rhyme or reason to when I add these "special rows" but I try and fold the blanket over to see if it is time for another row or three of variation.


I asked a special someone to cozy up in the blanket this morning for a little photo shoot and this is what I got out of the deal. I was feeling a bit worried that the blanket wasn't going to be wide enough but it seems to be just right for a 3 year old. Gussy asked me if it was for him on Sunday, "Mama is that for me? It is so cute!"

Peek Closed Eyes

He told me the blanket matched his arm warmers this morning. "How did you do that Mama?"

Well Goo - I did it on size 11 single pointed needles with a giant ball of variegated yarn!

Cozy Sock Yarn

I'll leave you with a pretty view of some of the skeins of sock yarn that were gifted to me by my parents this past week when they visited. My collection really skyrocketed when they came to see us. Look at how nicely they fit right in their little cubby. Thanks for my bag full of birthday yarn Dad and Jan! I'm still in the same place with my socks that I was a few weeks ago, I'm the kind of girl that likes to keep my options wide open and I like to have at least 3 knitting projects going at once - I also like to be reading a few books at once to appease whatever mood I might be in.

I hope the next time I share something I'll be done with my blanket and started on a brand new project. I'm I don't doubt it. Happy Knitting!

Project Slowdown

So I'm not really working very hard on any one project right now, my socks are on hold, I'm still plugging away with that other mystery project, when I need something to do with my hands. Here is about how hard I'm working on it.


This was on St. Patty's Day we like to enjoy a beverage with champagne and Guinness combined, I think it is called a Black Velvet but I'm not really sure. I've actually made quite a bit of progress on what I think is going to be a baby blanket, but I don't know whom it is for, and I'm certainly not following a pattern. I'm using size 11 metal needles and I was just told by my Great Aunt Jean (the master knitter) that I should work on an afghan. I was so curious as to how exactly you go about making a big afghan, I mean I felt like I was cramming all I could possibly cram onto the big needles I'm using for this tiny blanket (or as my husband calls them "tiny curtains" - that was when we had NO idea what the project might morph into)? She took my needle and crammed it even further down the needle - welp - I guess you can actually fit quite a bit more on there. See I just need people to show me things like this! So my blanket will probably be long and skinny and for a mystery baby.

The weather has been nice, I'm just finishing a photography class that eats up a lot of my nights (aka knitting time) for about a month, and time is something that I can't make more of. I think I'll be newly inspired when Grandma Jan visits in about a week, although we might be working on some quilt squares instead of knitting...but my big bag of booty (around 40 skeins of yarn) should be arriving with them from WI one week(ish) from today. So exciting!

I'll leave you with one last photo of my mystery project. I'm sure whatever it ends up being I'll like since I love colorful soft variegated yarn - even though it is an acrylic blend!


Happy Knitting!

Weekend of Inspiration

Great Aunt Jean

We spent our weekend in Coeur D'Alene, ID with my sweet Great Aunt and Uncle. Now here is a master knitter! She's 86 years old so doesn't really do much knitting anymore, it makes her fingers go numb, but she's got a lot of experience under her belt so during our visit I asked questions and wished the entire time that she lived closer (not just for knitting assistance of course). Our visit was sweet, my little boys got to spend some time with who they called Grandpa and Grandma. "I want to go back to Grandpa and Grandma's house." I mean they are Grandma and Grandpa after all, just not ours...but we like to take as many as we can get our hands on.

So I've got a few different projects in my bag these days, Aunt Jean is holding one of them above. She was teaching me how to increase and yo (yarn over). I don't know how to do either of them and I wish I'd had a video camera...maybe I'll have to take a trip back soon for another "lesson." The project above is something - not sure what yet - I'm thinking a baby blanket. That is just a side project though, nothing too challenging just something to keep my hands busy when I want to turn my brain off.

sock start

This is the real project right now. I am attempting some socks for the first time. So here is the start on size 2 dpns (double pointed needles - look at that lingo!) or as Grandma refers to them "toothpicks". This sock yarn is so pretty though. Thanks Jan! It is Premier Yarns, Deborah Norville Collection, Serenity Sock Weight. 50% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Bamboo, and 25% Nylon and so soft.  The color on the label is Indigo and I'm just following the pattern inside the sock yarn label. I'll share when I'm done. It is just a tiny taste of my birthday present that I mentioned previously (40 ish skeins of yarn coming in about 3 weeks).

I wished I'd been to the heel so I could get some assistance, but this is about all the further I made it while we were visiting.  According to Great Aunt Jean the hardest part is the heel, that reinforcement. Hopefully I actually finish this pair of socks, I know now why people buy their socks, and don't knit them.

my first sock

Oh and I knit inside out for some reason? I don't know what the deal is? So the reverse of this sock looks much better, but I didn't take a photo of it for some reason? I'll flip it when I'm ready to do the heel. I'm hoping one day I'll have something that somewhat resembles Great Aunt Jean's socks.

GA Jean's Socks

These are some socks she knitted herself (just one pair of about a million) using variegated yarn. She's made argyles and all different kinds, she had a few examples to show me, along with probably 20 sweaters that she made for her grandchildren years ago (all of them amazingly beautiful)! So we had a really sweet visit and I was definitely inspired.

Oh and we stopped at several thrift shops, and at one hit the jackpot, tons of old knitting pattern books, 25 cents a piece! I am making a sweater next. Aunt Jean told me I should have probably started with a sweater...she thinks that would've been easier than socks.

Sock Close

Hopefully I'll have a photo like this, of a sock I've knitted myself, very soon! Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!

The Final Ribbed Hat

New Hat

At least for a bit. I will try and ease my desire to make another one. They are pretty darn fun to make, but I need to branch into something new. I'm thinking socks, mittens or toys. Knowing me I'll probably start with toys. Easter is coming so I'd like to fill baskets with knitted treasures - maybe some knitted sheep, bunnies and chickens. Fun!

Hat In Progress

This variegated yarn I fell in love with in Loopy I got a gift certificate from my good friend and used it can a girl deny herself some yarn for free? It is Rowan Colourscape Chunky Yarn by Kaffe Fassett. It is 100% Lambswool, from England. It has to be hand washed and cannot be dried (which might be obvious). The color listed on the label is just Colourscape 0440. It was the yarn pictured in my post beside the bottle of bourbon, so I started working on this hat at Elkhorn Hot Springs. I couldn't finish until my double pointed needle collection arrived, I was using some size 10 circular needles, on loan from a friend, and didn't have the double pointed size 10 needles to finish my hat. Well they came in the mail, and upon using them for the very first time I got a sliver, kind of a drag, but I guess you get what you pay for. Luckily they are under warranty for a year so a new set is being shipped on Monday. They are U-nitt needles, just FYI. I was only using them to decrease the top of my hat - so I used them for about 1/2 hour and that was it. So that was a bit disappointing - but I did finish my hat! Oh and the pattern I used was just the same as I've been using for all of my ribbed hats, I just knit 2, purl 2 the entire way around. I can't remember how many I cast on with at the beginning, I want to say like 88? I just checked and it was 88. I might have actually done a little bit less if I had it to do over, but it fits alright. I just like hats to be nice and snug to keep my ears warm.

Top View HatSide HatTop Hat

This yarn had some variation in thickness so you can see it some holes - or what looks like some holes. I mean I'm not saying I'm a perfect little knitter heh...because I'm obviously not...but the yarn was to blame for some of the imperfections, but I think that actually gives the hat some more character, and I still love this yarn so much!

Just a few more photos and I'll sign off.

Another View HatFront View MamaFinal View

Look at that pretty color variation. Not sure who this hat is for, I thought it would be for me, we'll see...maybe someone special will get it, for now, I'll be the model. Something new and exciting to come soon.

We got our chickens a year ago for August's birthday, but they arrived two days early, so their birthday is really three days before Gus's...but for Gussy's birthday we had a coop building party, so in turn our chicken birthday is rapidly approaching. The kids already decided we are making them a special birthday cake, maybe Mama will knit something special to coincide.
Ooh and I have a whole mess of wool sock yarn on the way from Grandma Jan as a really early birthday gift. Yay!

My Boys - Ribbed Hats

Happy Knitting!

Alpaca Wool Project


I've been dying to put this photo up...this is Julie...she got a special scarf from me for Christmas. It was pretty much my first time buying really amazing yarn. I used a beautifully soft alpaca wool charcoal colored yarn as well as a variegated yarn that was quite spendy (also wool) and didn't come with quite as much. I somehow made it last through the entire scarf though and like usual kind of made up my own pattern. It is a checkerboard of sorts just longer pieces. It isn't an incredibly long scarf but it fits around a neck no prob. It was a quick project as that alpaca wool was chunky. The exact name of the yarn is Misti Alpaca 100% Baby Alpaca - Made in Peru, I picked it up at Loopy and I really liked working with it. I actually used fairly large needles again. I chose size 15 needles for this project. I cannot find the label for the other yarn that I used, but it was really beautiful - not chunky - so the color is very subtle in the scarf. It added some reds, grays and a hint of black (which I think is probably Julie's favorite color - at least that she wears often).

I actually made another scarf - that I still haven't gifted but I used the same two kinds of wool just in different dye lots. I chose a lilac Misti Alpaca yarn and a variegated wool yarn on a very different color spectrum, springy colors. I really like the way it came out but I haven't decided who to give it to just yet. I did a seeded rib stitch for the lilac scarf. The pattern was really simple - this is the first time I sort of used one. Row 1 (right side): Purl 1, *knit 3, purl 1; repeat from * to end. Row 2 (wrong side): Knit 2, purl 1, *knit 3, purl 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2. Repeat rows one and two for seeded rib. I guess I used a variation of this each time I made a ribbed scarf but just didn't happen to be following a pattern any of the other times. I forgot until I unrolled the scarf just now that I put some fringe on the ends too. Ah knitting! How I love thee! Oh and I think I used those same size 15 needles? I can't quite remember though. Oh and that beautiful yarn photo from the 'Yarn Choices' post was the variegated yarn I used in this second alpaca scarf.

lilac alpaca scarf

Happy Knitting!

Knitting Lesson

I was fortunate enough to be present one evening at a friend's house (only about 1 month after I learned to knit) to help teach an 8 year old to knit. I have attempted to teach Simon (my 5 year old) to crochet and each time it has ended in tears so maybe 8 is a better age to teach such things.

Alice Knits

Alice picked it up right away. She was patient and really focused and I feel really lucky that I got to teach her. Her Mama was teaching her 8 year old friend that was spending the night - and it just so happened that I got to help Alice. It was really fun and super pleasing to leave their house that night knowing that she had it (we just did knitting no purling quite yet). She was pretty into it also. The next day (or maybe two days later) when I saw her she had made some serious progress on a project. I lent her my giant size 15 needles and some variegated acrylic yarn I had in my closet and she was proud to show what she'd accomplished. I will definitely be teaching my kids to knit (when they are a little bit older).

A project I'd just completed that I happened to have with me (to show Alice) was this checkerboard scarf. It is almost the same thing that I made for Nicole (posted a couple of days ago). I just used some variegated acrylic yarn I had on hand. This is a close up of the checkered detail. And a photo of how I like to "wrap" a scarf as a gift. It is so pretty just by itself so why not take some of your tail (leftover from casting on) and tie it in a bow around your creation?

Checkerboard Scarf

Scarf Gift

Happy Knitting!

My First Knit Scarf

My First Knitted Scarf

This is the first project I attempted, or maybe it was the second - it was a couple of months ago so I'll just post a photo of the other one tomorrow. I decided to start with a simple garter stitch so this whole thing is knitted - definitely not perfect but hey for a first time what can you expect. I used a chunky yarn - a wool blend and put it together with a variegated yarn for a prettier effect. So my sweet husband ended up getting this for Christmas - simply because I knew he wouldn't be too critical of my handiwork (or lack there of). So it'll keep his neck toasty warm through the winter months.

My biggest suggestion to anyone that wants to knit is patience and to get big needles (I think I used size 15 needles for this project) and chunky yarn after you have your knit and purl mastered and whip something out in just a few hours - it is really pleasing to finish a project! It'll give you the bug to keep knitting (apparently non-stop!)

Happy Knitting!