Antlers on





The Antler toque is a wonderful, and free, pattern by the talented Tin Can Knits team. I used "Imperial Yarn Columbia" in the Teal Heather color way. This is an Aran weight yarn. The recommended yarn for this pattern is worsted weight. 

I should have used different size needles as it turned out a bit tight for my big "brain". You live, you learn. It is still getting a lot of use. Baby, it is cold outside!












Granny Blanket

This Granny Blanket, a free pattern by Purl Soho, is my first ever crochet project.  I found the instructions to be beginner friendly.


While the colors and materials of the original blanket are gorgeous, the over $140 USD in yarn for my first crochet project didn't seem right at first. I am using a Caron yarn exclusively sold at Michael's. It feels synthetic but not terrible. In retrospect, I wish I used a nicer yarn!


The colors are just perfect for the recipient, my daughter, who loves a happy yellow any given day.


Carmine

This project was completed on November 2018. Back then I didn't know what eventful months laid ahead. Oh, 2019...never a dull moment. I am taking one day at a time. Going back to activities that bring me joy. Hello again sweet purls. I have missed you dearly. Thanks for waiting until I was ready to come back.

I purchased the Superwash Targhee from Highland Handmade. Sadly, it looks like they are out of business. The fiber was a joy to spin in my Turtle Made spindle.



I created several "singles turtles" (a hundred percent not sure that is a technical term) and offload then into my swift. Then, the singles were transferred into two bobbins and plied on my Louet Julia wheel. 




The yarn is about 11 wraps per inch or a DK weight, 290 yards. Possible patterns, in my library, to knit with this yarn: Pastella hat, Brick Sidewalk beanie (free on Ravelry) or the Hackberry hat.

Handspun Scarf

Who would have thought I would enjoy knitting a very long scarf so much? Perhaps the success was due to a nice match of yarn and pattern. 



The handspun Alpaca was marinating in my stash until I searched, in Ravelry, for patterns knit in Alpaca and found the beautiful Trellis Scarf + Wrap from Purl Soho. Is there any design from them that you don't want to knit? 


Project details: here.

What a great feeling it is to have this scarf that I love  -- after so much time and effort spinning and plying the singles and finally knitting the yarn. I used almost 500 yards on this project. I cannot wait for winter to wear this over and over.




Work in Progress: all the chocolate

I cannot live without chocolate in my pantry...or in my stash, apparently. On my needles are "two cocoa" projects.

First, a hat using Blue Sky organic cotton in color number 623. The yarn is super soft and pleasant to knit with.  I am entering this in the Glidden Hat KAL hosted by Blue Sky Fibers. Head over to the forum for more information. Enabling Alert: there is a discount code for the pattern :-)


Also on the needles is a pair of plain vanilla socks in Online Supercocke 100 color number 904. I have been caught myself smiling at the yarn!! Perhaps due to my constant craving for all things chocolate. My favorite is dark chocolate with any kid of nuts or dried fruit. What kind of chocolate person are you? ;-)