Beginning My Fall Knitting - Notes on Rosa Hat

In between other, larger projects (with more on that to come, including a peek at my Double Secret Probation Sweater) I've been whipping up a few smaller, fun fall knits. I've been using this as an excuse to take a tour of other blogs looking for free knitting patterns. The one I've started with is Soule Mama's Rosa hat (available as a free Ravelry Download). I've done it twice now, in both cases using some of my own homespun yarn working at different gauges. I love the mock-cable ribbing and the quick shaping done at the top that creates a ruffled star texture on the cap. It is super cute on my girls.



Here are some of my notes on the pattern for my own reference... just thought I would share if you are interested. In general I find that the pattern runs a tad small if you are actually working on gauge. At the given gauge of 5.25 sts per inch... for an adult hat I would be tempted to cast on 108 sts or...Read more

Racerback Tank


I have completed my second project from More Knitting in the Sun, the Ramona Racerback Tank. Actually I finished it, with the exception of the crocheted edge around the arm holes while in Vermont and Fairy has worn it several times at this 99% done stage. I finally sat down last night with a crochet hook to officially check it off the WIP list.

I knit it with the left over yarn (less than 2 skeins) from the too big Ginny Shrug but this time in the size 6. It fits Fairy nicely and will probably fit again next year... needing maybe just a bit of length. I'm thinking it might be cute to add some lace to the bottom. You can read my project notes at Ravelry.






Variations Galore of Our Gnome Bookmark

You know how we are always saying that our patterns are just a starting point? We encourage our readers to use them as is, but also want you to use your imagination to personalize our designs. Well... I hardly know what to say here, but I got this email from Bonnie, an avid WFA reader. It said:

Hi - Your bookmark/greeting card template gave me lots of ideas.  So far, I have come up with about 40.  Here is a sample of my imagination at play.  (If you are interested in seeing the rest, please let me know via email.  I do not have a blog, so I will have to send the pages one at a time.  I am on dial-up & don't know how to send more than one.  There are 13 pages.  Sorry.)  (((hugs))) Bonnie
This first "installment" was included in the email.

She included these 3 as her first installment.

1 - made from paint chips (you know - those paint samples?)
2 - made from scrapbook paper
3 - plastic canvas; 10-count, I think

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Fairy's Summer Shrug

I just completed my first project from More Knitting in the Sun: 32 Patterns to Knit for Kids... a summer weight shrug for Fairy-girl, my little ballerina. It turned out adorable... but a bit big (sarcasm here). Huge is more like it. I really should have paid more attention to the finished chest sizes rather than just the size labels. Fairy is currently wearing size 6 in store bought clothing and they fit her just right. I like to size up sweaters a bit to make sure we get two seasons out of them so I cast on the size 8. Umm... well, yeah, she can wear it for a few years (3 or 4 possibly ;) ). LOL. I have only steam blocked the edges to stop them from curling... I haven't blocked the sleeves yet and I'm sure they will grow quite a bit in length when I do.

But sizing issues aside, this shrug turned out super cute. The pattern was easy to follow, came together pretty...Read more

Waterfall Scarf

Normally I don't knit much in the summer. It's hot and my energy is usually more focused outdoors. This year has been different. I don't know if this has been because this season has been mostly cold and rainy so far or due to the fact that my Raverly Queue is continuously growing rather than shrinking or simply that the more I knit the more I want to knit, but I haven't put down the needles much yet. For the most part though, I am at least knitting summery things. I love my new book, More Knitting in the Sun: 32 Patterns for Knit for Kids. I want to make everything in the book! I will be sharing some of my completed project from the book shortly.

Today I'm sharing my Rainbow Falls Scarf. Last fall I won two beautiful skeins of bamboo yarn from Knitty Grrlz. The first skein I used to make my Cross Stitch Scarf, the other has been sitting in my stash waiting for something special. In between a couple larger projects I've been working on recently, I needed...Read more