Cast-On Monday: Sparkly Purple Ava Hat, Wild Mare

This week I started (and finished) a quick-knit hat in a new Classic Elite yarn, Ava. It’s sparkly!  The sparkles match the colorways!  Purple rules!  Here is my version of Bastille.

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I also cast on for a new Sivia Harding cowl, Wild Iris. I’m using a skein of Tosh Light in Mare that I’ve had stashed for some time now.

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FO Friday: William Morris Hat

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Project: William Morris Mojitos

Pattern: riffing on Rubbish Mojitos

Designer: Woolly Wormhead

Available: £3.00 GBP on Ravelry

Yarn: Tosh Light in “William Morris”

Some time ago, this skein of yarn followed me home:

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It tried to be a lot of things, but nothing worked.  Eventually, I riffed on a pattern by Woolly Wormhead and made a hat … it’s not a perfect hat, but it’s warm and soft, and perfectly serviceable :).

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FO Friday: Cranberry Wensleydale

Allow me to present, Miss Cranberry Wensleydale, of the Cheddar Wensleydales!

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Project: Cranberry Wensleydale

Pattern: Wensleydale

Designer: Heather Ordover

Available: a mere $1.50 on Ravelry

Yarn: leftover Tosh Light in Alizarin

Materials: itty bitty safety eyes

I haven’t made a little knit toy just for fun in a long time, but that’s exactly what this was!  Someone suggested I should stuff it with catnip.  They would be mistaken.

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Heather Ordover’s pattern is straight-forward.  After the nose is complete, there is no shaping until the bum.  I opted for the “knit separately, then sew on” version of the ears, and I ended up sewing them on upside down (I think), but they looked cuter that way, at least to me. I also bought and used safety eyes for the first time.  They are SO much better than flat sewn eyes — they look right the first time, and don’t have to be redone a hundred times because the first 99 made the animal look demented.

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Also?  Cranberry Wensleydale is the best cheese.

 

FO Friday: Tute Catkin

I finished my Catkin a couple weeks ago! I’ve been wearing it a LOT because it is so lovely.

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Project: Tute Catkin

Pattern: Catkin

Designer: Carina Spencer

Available: $7 on Ravelry

Yarn: Tosh Light in French Grey and Byzantine

Buttons: LaMode Style 24794 1/2” antique silver (purchased at Jo-Ann’s)

This is a pattern designed for Tosh Light, and I found two colors of Tosh Light I loved …  is “French Grey” a brownish grey, or a greyish brown?  Either way, it really allows the Byzantine to shine. Working with a single-ply yarn is always a bit more challenging that working with a nice round plied yarn, but sometimes the results are just so lovely, I don’t mind a bit.

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The striped neck section was a bit boring to work, and keeping track of the increases was a pain. I stalled out a bit there.  I stalled out again in the textured middle section, until I figured out the pattern and didn’t have to watch the chart as closely.  The slipped-stitch lollipop section was fun, fun, fun — no stalling out there at all, even though the rows were at their longest.

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I especially adore the slipped-stitch vertical stripes at the corners!

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Cast On Monday: Firewood Goodale

I was going to cast on for a hat last week. Really! I wound my Tosh Light (in William Morris)…

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… then I put it in a bag with the right size needle and my copy of Weekend Hats …

… and then I waited for the right moment to cast on.

But, instead … I bought new yarn at the Hub Mills Store when I worked on Friday.  Pashmina in Firewood

The photo does not really do it justice.  This on one of those layers-upon-layers colorways — rainbows under water, oil in a jar, gorgeous beyond reckoning! I’m making myself a Goodale  cardigan with it.  I’ve already got about two inches done.  It is so soft and pretty!  The William Morris hat will have to wait a bit longer.