Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cornwall handmade poppy project doubles target

The First World War began with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918, remembered as Armistice Day. WWI was one of the deadliest wars in history; UK deaths numbered 700,000 out of an estimated 16 million casualties. The Cornwall Regimental Museum poppy project is seeking to honor all of Cornwall's WWI dead veterans with handmade poppies created from patterns or imaginative artfulness. Over 4200 poppies: knitted, crocheted, embroidered, beaded, and even paper ones made by scouts have already been collected, and now the goal has been more than doubled to 9,687. All sorts of free poppy patterns are available for knit or crochet poppies.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Snowy Day toddler Fair Isle baby sweater

A snowy day and knitting go together like tea and biscuits, popcorn and movies, fish and chips, and spaghetti and meatballs. Well, you get the idea. During the last few snowy days of this winter, I have finally had time to write down a fair isle pattern for a classic unisex baby sweater I've knit several times without a pattern, because I loved the look so much. This little Fair Isle pullover for babies and toddlers is therefore called "Snowy Day." 50% off until Feb 28th. It's a quick baby gift with lasting qualities.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shawls spring from scraps

Was just out on this snowy day and someone mentioned my scarf, and later realized I hadn't posted anything about knitting it. But it is my favorite shawl to wear this winter, one I knit last spring. Thought you may be interested, too, as it's an easy free pattern, one where I used scrap yarn from other knitted shawls and a pair of socks. Check it out.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Women's March 2018 - Quick Pussy Hat pattern keep resisting

Here is a quick, free pattern for knitting the pink #pussyhat worn by many women marching at the first Womens' March in 2017. The pink cat hat pattern is available in knit and crochet patterns. #WomensMarch #2018 event is scheduled for Jan 20 and 21 and will be held in many locations around the world. Find out where to march near you.  Knit this quick pussy hat with two strands of yarn hiding in your stash.  I used two balls of DK yarn to quickly knit it on a US 10.5 (6.5mm) needle for last year's march. #womensmarch #resist. You can also use chunky or bulky weight yarn to get the gauge. This very quick little pussy hat has been knit numerous times and continues to be worn in peaceful protest demonstrations around the world. Click through for the pattern. There's even a baby girl version!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Etienne's hat is a true "bro" toque

Just posted a new hat pattern, a toque I knit about three years ago and have been wearing night and day during this extremely cold weather. So decided to knit up a few more for my grandchildren during the past few days, and wrote the pattern. It's a real "bro" toque, worn year 'round in Canada. The pattern is unisex in style, fun to knit with a few interesting twists and has written directions for two sizes, fits 18-20 in, unstretched, and is very easy to adjust sizes up and down. Hey, what's up, dude?

Monday, December 4, 2017

National Sock Day could be for knitters

National Sock Day is a tongue in cheek celebration for pairs of socks which have surprisingly made it through many machine washings and dryer tumblings, and isn't a day really for sock hand knitters. But just last night, after finishing all the hats for this holiday, I picked up a half finished sock without knowing December 4th was #NationalSockDay and decided to rush through knitting the matching one in time for Christmas gifting to my daughter.

You think socks take forever? But I am here to say "not all socks are alike." There are many quick-knit sock patterns.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Memories of Center Street - a free pattern

While browsing this morning, I came across "Center Street," a free pattern from CJOriginals just posted this month. The oversized boatneck sweater is very similar to a very first knitting project I took on about six decades ago, believe it or not. The yarn was a brown worsted and the jumper pattern was worked in the round with raglan sleeves. But the best part of "Center Street" is the interesting detail worked with very simple stitches along the sweater bottom edge and on the back.

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