Finished Knit: Bunny Hat

Pattern: Bunny Hat and Cowl Gigi

Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1.5)

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Dove Heather, and Elann Super Kydd Mohair (discontinued)

You first met this bunny hat last month in this post, when I was having a tough time deciding which pom pom to go with it! I opted for the natural cream one, which had a lot of votes, although really any of them would have worked.  And the important part? Lila absolutely LOVES it!!

Ravelry Project page is here. 

She loves to play with the ears. If you knit this (and it comes in sizes from baby to adult), make sure you sew those ears on well! Lila hops around and pretends she’s a bunny when she’s wearing it. And for those of you who saw Guy’s many instagram photos from the Women’s March on Saturday, you’ll see this is the hat she is wearing- I couldn’t talk her into the pink kitty hat, but I can hardly blame her- this bunny hat is way cuter!

I enjoyed knitting this- it was a fine gauge, but the hat was a simple knit, and the ears were easy to make. The pattern comes with instructions for both knitting it flat and in the round, I opted to knit the hat in the round. The ears initially had me stuck, until I realized that the increases and decreases are worked on both the right side and wrong sides, and once I got that sorted it was easy-breezy.

I knit the pink inner ears with some leftover laceweight mohair I had in my stash from this sweater (whoa, 8 years ago!), and it was a perfect finishing touch. The pattern comes with instructions to knit a matching cowl, but Lila is oddly anti-cowl these days, so I skipped it. I’m thinking about knitting her little mitts to match.

I didn’t tell Lila I was knitting this for her, so I measured the circumference by comparing it to another hat that she wore and fit, so that I could ensure it would be a good fit. I think we even have a little room for growth, so I’m confident it will fit her next winter as well. When I was finished and let Lila see it, her reaction was amazing! As a knitter, you hope that a recipient loves their hand knit, but she was so excited and wanted to wear it all the time. I wouldn’t let her wear it to school until I got photos – I was worried it would get lost. Once I got some photos, I put a label with her name on it inside, and crossed my fingers. So far, it comes home every day!

It’s a beautiful hat. I know the fine gauge might scare off some knitters, but it was worth it. The finished result is just so cute!

Modification Monday: Mitts for Dad

Original Patterns: Inglis Mitts and Knotty Gloves

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kat (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Starting with the general pattern from the Inglis Mitts, Kat changed out the elaborate cable and switched it for the Celtic-inspired cabled knot work from the Knotty Gloves. She also added a purl row to ensure an easy and consistent fold to the fold-down style of the mitts. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:When it comes to knitting for men, fingerless gloves are a surprisingly great choice. Most men seem to really love them, and it’s not hard to see why when they look as good as this great pair that Kat made for her dad. I loved that she took the overall pattern of Inglis and totally revamped it to incorporate a more unisex cabled design, taken from the Knotty Gloves. I often wonder about the folding detail of some fingerless mitts. I feel like I’d be forever fussing with where the fold was and keeping it in place, but Kat made the small-but-brilliant mod to add a purl round so that the fold-over had a natural line to easily keep the fold in place. Genius!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

A positive attitude: the world’s most underrated secret to success.

This was fascinating: Women spoke only 27% of all the dialogue in 2016’s 10 biggest movies.

If you ever feel like your day-to-day is less than extraordinary, remember this.

This slow motion video of a hedgehog running is the cutest thing I’ve seen all week!

This little snippet reminds me of that 90’s movie Sliding Doors, and how connected everything can be – your inconvenience might be someone else’s miracle.

My Favourite Pins This Week

What wonderful breakfast idea- baked ham and egg cups! I find you don’t need to grease the muffin tin if you use silicone muffin liners, and adding some chopped spinach or kale to the egg mixture helps up the veg content. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Do you like citrus desserts? Then you are going to love this greek yogurt grapefruit cake. Even if you don’t like grapefruit, you can substitute any of your favourite citrus- lemon, lime, orange, blood orange, whatever you want! The greek yogurt ups the protein content, and the overall recipe is much healthier than atypical cake. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

What a great idea, a cross stitch canvas! The step-by-step guide is really well laid out and shows you exactly how to line up the design and punch the holes. In this one they use embroidery thread, but I think this would be amazing in a fingering weight yarn instead! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Feeling like it’s a new year, but you are in the same old rut? Here are 17 tiny things you can try to break out of your routine and shake things up. I don’t even feel like I’m in a rut but I love this list and have been trying things out. Hooray for adventures outside of the comfort zone! Pinterest link is here, and the original list is here.

Yeah, this is me. Every. Single. Time. Pinterest link is here!

This weekend I’m participating in the Toronto Women’s March, one of the many that are happening all over the world! Guy and I are bringing the kids, even though Lila might be a bit young to understand (and James will definitely not know what’s up). I have never participated in anything like this before and I have a difficult time articulating exactly why I feel I should go.  Except – this feels like it’s so very important, the kind of important that is difficult to see until it is written about historically. Considering that there are hundreds of women’s marches planned in different countries and cities around the world tells me that something very big is happening right now.  When was the last time women from that many different places got together to reject fear and hate? Because I can’t think of any in my lifetime. Freedom, human rights, and civil rights aren’t limited resources. Working to extend those fully to others does not limit the supply to anyone else.

I get to vote because others fought for my rights. I got to choose if and when and how many children I wanted because others fought for my rights. I got to go to university because others fought for my rights. The foundation of my wonderful, privileged life is built on freedoms that other women fought for. Think back to your history lessons of when Irish immigrants were persecuted, when Protestants couldn’t marry Catholics, when women weren’t allowed to vote, when African Americans couldn’t use the same hotels/bathrooms/seats on the bus as white people. All those things were considered to be totally acceptable at the time.

The right thing is often is uncomfortable, maybe even a little scary. But I need to know that one day, when the context of the 2017 global Women’s Marches are placed in history, I didn’t just stand by and let others fight for rights that I enjoy. I need to know that in a small way I lent my voice to help make a better, more inclusive future; that my kids saw it happen. And maybe one day they too will lend their voices to fight for what is right, and make this world better for everyone, not just a privileged few.

Have a lovely weekend, my friends. Whatever your feelings on the subject, however you choose to spend your time, I hope that you have a good weekend filled with kindness and happy moments.

Brooklyn Tweed Review: Michele Wang Capsule Collection

Brooklyn Tweed has a brand new capsule collection, designed by Michele Wang. Longtime BT fans will be very familiar with Michelle’s aesthetic, which is full of texture and sumptuous cables, this collection does not disappoint. If you don’t cable, then this might be more on the eye candy spectrum of knitting goals. But if you love knitting cables, then you definitely want to consider the collection. The collection focuses on garments – five cardigans, two pullovers, and one hat. You can check out the look book full of great photos here, or view them on Ravelry here.

A note about construction- all of the garments in this collection are seamed. These are substantial garments, and the seams provide structure, ensure a better fit, and help keep the garment looking good while you are wearing it. It’s worth seaming a big cabled sweater, even if it means an extra day or two of finishing. I promise, it’s worth it!

Let’s get into those cables! Here are my favourite four from the collection:

Radmere

Radmere  is a worsted weight shawl collar cardigan with cables for days. It’s knit in pieces from the bottom up and seamed, which you need for a garment in this size in worsted weight. This is the only cardigan designed for men in the collection, although I think it’s completely unisex. If you also liked Aspen but found it a bit long, the cables are the same on Aspen as they are on Radmere. Cables are fully charted, and this is the most chart-heavy of the garments- 10 charts (although some are small!)

You Should Totally Knit This If: You are ready to devote some substantial time to knitting a big beautiful sweater (seriously- clear your schedule) that you will wear forever, and don’t mind cabling every right side row.

You Should Probably Not Knit This If: If you have startitis and have trouble finishing any knitted garments, and if you are not sure if you are truly committed to deep cable love.

Ilia

This is a fingering weight cardigan knit from the bottom up, in pieces and is seamed. The collar is picked up and knitted on. While the cables look wonderfully complicated, the charts are surprisingly easy to handle- most of the time you are only cabling every 6th row, which is pretty awesome. There are 5 charts- one for each piece of the sweater (left front, right front, back, left sleeve, right sleeve).

You Should Totally Knit This If: It was love at first sight, you love picking up stitches (or at least don’t hate it), and you got kind of excited when I told you that the cables were easier than they looked.

You Should Probably Not Knit This If: The idea of knitting anything that requires 3,000 yards (!!!) of fingering weight fills you with dread.

Hague

This bulky weight sweater is probably one of the fast garments in the collection to knit, and the yardage seems really reasonable. Like the others, this is also knit flat and seamed. The body of the sweater is interspersed with textured garter stripes, but I’m really hoping someone is going to do a modification to make everything outside of the center panel stockinette. Not only would it reduce bulk, but I bet it would look SO good! Fully charted cable design, and there is only one chart.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You need a cozy warm sweater in your life, love that center cable panel, and think that this sweater could quite possibly become your new best friend for winter.

You Should Probably Not Knit This If: You don’t love garter stripes (although you could do it all stockinette!) and think that since there is only one cable chart, it’s not a big enough challenge.

Palmer

I know, it’s crazy that I included the only stockinette piece in my top four, but I think this is a wardrobe staple cardigan that you will wear all the time.  This fingering weight cardigan is knit from the bottom up and seamed, and has pockets that you can actually use. If you love stockinette (I really love it, I find it so zen and I can do it in dark car or a movie theater) but want to add a little zip, how about adding a contrasting cast on/bind off, and knit the pocket linings in the same contrasting colour?

You Should Totally Knit This If: One of your knitting resolutions for the year was to knit more wardrobe staples, and you also love some good stockinette.

You Should Probably Not Knit This If: You hate knitting stockinette, no matter how zen I keep telling you it is. And if your second most hated knitting is ribbing, then mosey along, partner. This knit isn’t for you.

If you have any questions about any of the other patterns in the collection, feel free to ask! I respond to all comments.

Here’s my review of the previous Brooklyn Tweed capsule collection by Olga Buraya Kefelian if you’d like a refresher! 

Modification Monday: Elemental Rainbows

Original Pattern: Element

Knitter Extraordinaire: Cassy (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Added rainbow stripes at the sleeves, added length, and a three needle bind off at the shoulders. Details can be found on her blog post here, and her Ravelry project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Cassy often make modifications on knits to suit her style and she does it so well!* She added a fair bit of length to this sweater, so she made a wise decision to do a three needle bind off for the shoulders, to help give the sweater a bit more stability and prevent it from sagging. As a fellow devotee of the 3-needle bind off for shoulder seams, I think she made a very wise choice. I love that she used a mini skein set for the sleeves (SweetGeorgia Party of Five Mini Skein Set) – what a wonderful idea for mini skeins!

*Check out the previous 3 times Cassy was featured on Mod Monday – Her lace Talavera top, her charade kiddo socks, and tiny baby pants