FO Friday (err, Saturday): Zylphia Over Yonder and Sapphire Papilionoidea

In a special weekend edition of FO Friday, I bring you two projects I finished this summer….

2527 Zylphia (blocked)

Project: Zylphia Over Yonder

Pattern: Zylphia Cowl

Designer: Stephannie Tallent

Available: on Ravelry ($6)

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder

I tech edited this pattern, and absolutely could not resist casting on almost the moment I finished the editing work.  This cowl takes the stitch patterns from Stephannie’s “Zylphia Pilots Her Airship” sweater (published at the Sanguine Gryphon) and scales it down into a beautiful lacy cowl. Turned picot hems finish both ends; the cowl is knit entirely in the round.  I found the lace pattern interesting and easy to memorize.  It shows off tonal yarn beautifully.

 

 

2525 sapphire papilionoidea

 

Project: Sapphire Papilionoidea

Pattern: Papilionoidea

Designer: Caroline Wright

Available: on Ravelry (£2.00 GBP)

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Sapphire Heather

I was lucky enough to test knit this pattern for the designer. I had been trying to decide what socks to make for my Dad — he’d requested “fancy” socks in Sapphire Heather with his Christmas Knit4UxMe.  Then I saw these, and wow! It’s amazing how the butterfly emerges from the lacy pattern. This is another great pattern by an indy designer: well-written, clear, and definitely worth the purchase price.

2526 sapphire papilionoidea

 

Pictures from my dad, of the socks on his feet! 🙂

sapphire butterfly sock on my dad

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FO Friday: Bike Helmet Earwarmers for Dad

It’s Friday, and once again I have finished a project, but I can’t share it yet. (Also? This week we brought home our new puppy, Clewe, so we are a tiny bit busy and sleep-deprived. Yelp!) Time to go to the archives for a rewind FO Friday … let’s talk about the simple-yet-efficient earwarmers I made for my Dad.

1195 bike helmet earwarmers

Pattern: Bike Helmet Earwarmers

Designer: Amy O’Neill Houck

Available: FREE! on ravelry

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Dynamite Blue

My Dad is an avid biker, so much so that he continues biking to work even in bitter cold Idaho winters.  The physical activity can keep most of a biker’s body warm, but ears suffer from lack of circulation and exposure to wind.  Wearing a full hat under a bike helmet makes the head too warm (and perhaps makes the helmet less effective?).  Enter the clever designer, who made this sweet little pattern.  The earwarmers are double-layered and slide right over the straps of the helmet, sitting perfectly in place to protect the vulnerable ears without interfering with the helmet’s function or overheating the rest of the head.

bike helmet earwarmers on my dad

The only mod I did was to make these in the round, rather than working flat and seaming.