Harvest Hat-a-Long, Part the Third

I’ve finished my second hat for the Harvest Hat Knit-a-Long hosted by the lovely ladies over at the Twisted Stitches Podcast.

Bon Bon Toque in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

I couldn’t resist taking a picture with my latest edition of The Prisoner of Azkaban since the purple of the hat totally reminds me of the Knight Bus!

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Caribbean Sunset, Part 1

I hate to admit it, but it’s been ages since I last used my spinning wheel. In fact, the last time was back in the fall when I started spinning this Knit Picks roving I dyed myself.

The colours reminded me of those gorgeous Caribbean sunset pictures, but I thought that realistically they were a little too bold for me….

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Stripes! Pompoms!

I’ve been busy knitting up more Barley hats for 1000 Stitches for Syria. I’ve made over a dozen already so I’m just going to show you some of my favourites.

I’m especially proud of these two made by striping partial skeins of Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks, and I even had enough left over to add pompoms.

Stripes and pompoms!

Stripes and pompoms!

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Spring Morning

In order to start making a dent in the stash I figured that my next project should be a sweater. I thought about this carefully and realized that if I start now I will probably (hopefully!) be finished by late winter or early spring. With that in mind I knew I would want something fresh rather than something that screams middle-of-winter-coziness. Which leads me to this…

The supplies for my Spring Morning

The supplies for my Spring Morning

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Thrummed Mittens

Last winter was one of the most intense I have ever experienced. Some days were so cold that neither my hand-knit wool or alpaca mittens were warm enough. They were fine when all I had to do was walk from the door to the car, but if I was spending any significant amount of time outside the icy wind would just cut right through the minuscule gaps between stitches and numb my hands. Imagine my horror when I heard that this winter is predicted to be colder. Whether that actually plays out or not, I’m determined to be prepared this time around. Enter Thrummed Mittens.

These are mittens with bits of unspun fleece actually knitted into them and they’re supposed to be like little ovens for your hands. I’m using the Yarn Harlot’s pattern to make myself a pair. I was planning on finishing all my WIPs before starting these, but it’s already November and I could very well be needing these in a couple of weeks. That’s the beauty of hobbies, any deadlines or goals you set for yourself are flexible – it’s better to work on the mittens now so they’ll actually be available when I need them.

Winding yarn cakes

Winding yarn cakes

Remember that handspun I showed you a last week? It started off as Wool of the Andes roving from Knit Picks in Tidepool Heather. When I started winding it into a yarn cake (using my trusty Knit Picks swift and ballwinder, of course!) I realized it wasn’t quite enough for the mittens, so I’m using another skein of handspun for some subtle stripes. This one is made from Malabrigo Nube in the Aquas colourway.

Thrummed Mitten Ingredients

Thrummed Mitten Ingredients

They’re really close, so these are going to be very subtle stripes. Since the thrumming will kind of look like polka dots it’s probably best – don’t want too much going on at once!