FO: Red Tannenbaum Mitts

The winner of the Accessories pattern giveaway is…..Amy! Congrats, Amy!!

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Doesn’t everyone need a pair of red mittens?! These were nice and quick, all things considered. This was a departure for me as I typically do colourwork mittens (you know, the last two years, so I’m going to go ahead and pretend that’s enough for ‘typical’).

Pattern: Tannenbaum

Yarn: Classic Elite Inca Alpaca

Mods: Third pattern repeat (at the top of the mitten) was made slightly smaller by eliminating three rows from the diamond, this was to help  shorten the mittens just a bit for my small hands.

I’ve had this yarn for ages- it was from a pre-ravelry hat that I had frogged and rewound, and then promptly forgot about. But this red is really lovely, one of those stunning true reds that seem perfect. Cozy and wonderfully soft, this yarn seems really suited for mitts- it looks like it will get fuzzier with time, which is just fine for a mitt. I love these so much, but oddly we’re hitting a warm spell- it’s supposed to be 10 degrees (that’s 50 Farenheit)  over the weekend, which is hardly cold enough for these woolly wonders. I’m secretly hoping for lots of snow this winter- it’s been at least a few years since there’s been much snow in Toronto, and the holidays just don’t feel special without it.

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Modification Monday: BFF Hat

Original Pattern: BFF Cowl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Marieke (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Turned the fun cowl pattern into a beautiful hat. Details on how to make the hat can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This gorgeous seed pod lace design looked beautiful on the cowl, but can sometimes be a little hard to see in all its glory when bunched around your neck. Why not show it off completely with a stunning hat like Marieke’s? She wanted the hat to match her cowl, and it turned out perfectly. I love it!

Hot Chocolate Flashback

I’m just getting over a horrendous stomach flu that is apparently going around, which means I didn’t get a chance to finish writing an FO post that I originally wanted to post on Thursday. But here’s a couple of little things that have been going on:

The Huffington Post has put together a hot chocolate recipe round up, and my orange hot chocolate is in it!
This was from my early 2011 seven days of hot chocolate series, in case you missed it and are feeling like some hot chocolate.

In the fall, I knit this cat bed specifically for my little tabby, Yarn. When crafting for a cat, there is always the risk that they will not be even remotely interested, but fortunately this was not the case for the cat bed- Yarn loves it! I put it in one of her favourite nap spots and she loves to cozy up in it. I just used some miscellanous craft yarn I keep around for knitted toys and such, and it’s just right. Would also be a great project for using up odds and ends of leftover skeins, too. You can check out my Ravelry project page for more info.

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Modification Monday: Chhattisgarh

Original Pattern: Water for the Elephants

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the colourwork chart from the original sock pattern, created a skirt with a pleated hem. Great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m super impressed not only with this amazing colourwork skirt, but with Lisa’s planning and working out the stitch repeats for the size needed in advance of casting on. Having the motifs repeated on a large knit like this really underscores the exotic style of the design, and Lisa’s creativity with the hem (do you see those little inverted pleats?!) blows my mind.

Wee Wednesday: Bear Booties

 Do you remember the bear hoodie? Here it is, now with a baby inside:

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I put Lila in it all the time, it’s so adorable on her. And my dears, I need to tell you about these booties, because they are the most perfect little booties EVER. They stay on. They are warm. They look cute. They are super quick to make. Did I mention they stay on? They are perfection!

Pattern: Baby’s Booties

Yarn: Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran

Mods: Did not roll them down, seamed with them kept up to be more like boots.

I love these booties so much, I’m planning on knitting them in some other colours, to match some of her other outfits. I just love them. Now that it’s cold here, I put Lila in them almost every day! Plus there is something about a knitted sweater and matching booties, it just looks so adorable.