Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesdays Random Thoughts

Who's ready for fall? I'm raising my hand enthusiastically right now, you just can't see it.

You know, I grew up here. I know it gets hot in the summer, but it never ceases to amaze me how freaking hot it really gets. So, the question really is...why do we continue to live here?

Well, the fall and winter are great, although I do prefer seeing the leaves change colors and a little more chill in the air than we have here. But, I guess the reason is that it is where we came from. And our families are here.

I'm dreaming of beautiful misty fields and green mountains with trees and hope to get back there someday...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Two New Patterns!

Introducing Cherry Twist, my first all-knit pattern. I'm pretty proud of it, and I hope you like it too!

I pondered over this pattern for some time, as I absolutely loved the way it looked in both Malabrigo Twist and Malabrigo Worsted. Twist has a lot more heft to it, and the stitch definition is amazing. Worsted is so soft and fuzzy and very lightweight. Both have wonderful qualities to make them favorites of mine. There is a very slight difference in row gauge, which makes the Twist hat just a tad longer, but both versions the are the same circumference. Beanie, A Little Slouch, or Extra Slouchy, which one do you want to make?

Super textured and super cute, you will be sure to turn heads when wearing this gorgeous hat!

***This pattern is for Adult sizes only***

Sizes: Beanie, A Little Slouch, Extra Slouchy

Yarn: Worsted Weight Wool (136, 165, 198) yards (Sample shown use Malabrigo Twist in Sealing Wax colorway in the A Little Slouch version)

Needles: US size 6 (4.00 mm) and 8 (5.00 mm) 16” circulars, and size 8 (5.00 mm) dpns or size(s) needed to obtain correct gauge.

Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows in ss = 4 inches square AFTER BLOCKING (If using Malabrigo Twist, your gauge will be 16 sts and 23 rows in ss = 4 inches square)

Skill Level: Intermediate - you must be comfortable working in the round with circulars and dpns, increasing and decreasing

Available for purchase via Ravelry or via my Etsy shop

And, introducing the Alisa Hat, a really cute crocheted hat that took me forever to write down for you because I had to explain (with a photo tutorial) my weird way to make the brim. Weird but cool :)

This is easily one of my favorite hats. Yes, I do really love hats of all shapes and sizes, but this one is a favorite of mine to wear. I am the type of person who can only wear a few different styles, baseball caps not being one of them. However, this style suits me just fine. Easily adaptable and cute, I’ll bet if you think hats are not for you, this one just may change your mind!

***This pattern is for Adult sizes only***

Sizes: Adult Small, Medium, Large

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease, 50% Cotton/50% Acrylic (207 yards/100 g ball): 1 ball, or any comparable worsted weight yarn (Sample above shown in Plum colorway)

Hook: Size G/6 (4.25 mm) or size to obtain correct gauge - please note some G hooks are 4.00 mm - check your hook before starting

Gauge: 16 sts and 7 ¼ rows in dc = 4” square

Skill Level: Intermediate

Available for purchase via Ravelry or via my Etsy Shop

Thanks for looking!