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more mittens

These are the mittens that took forever (Pinales, pattern available!). I started them back in January. I think the first pair were knit in a weekend, but this pair took 2.5 months.

forest pinales

Honestly since March started I kept waiting for spring be around the corner. I figured I didn’t really need to finish them before fall, right?

forest pinales 3

Well, it was -6F Monday morning, -4F Tuesday morning, it snowed on Wednesday. Oh and this morning? It was a toasty 2F ABOVE zero.

So in honor of the winter that Just. Won’t. End. Here’s my third pair of Pinales mittens. These are knit up in Peace Fleece instead of Bartlett. Otherwise I just stuck to the pattern. It’s a sign of how sleep deprived I am that I changed. Nothing.

Maybe now that I’ve finally finished these mittens spring will come? Please?

forest pinales 2

What’s this?

Well well well, it looks like someone has found a tiny bit of knitting time.


These herringbone socks have been on the needles since November of 2012. There’s been a lot of hibernation for this project. But I’ve started knitting during pumping breaks. It’s only a few scattered minutes, but it’s better than nothing. Between the book and real life I don’t think I’ve knit at home in weeks.

At this rate it’ll be another year before this sock is finished. Luckily it’s the second sock. Also luckily Neil’s feet aren’t changing sizes.


Introducing Quinnifer! Available to favorite and queue on Ravelry (as always)

quinnifer side

This is the first of my designs for the littlest member of my family. Well, I actually designed it for my cousin’s daughter. But I loved the little pattern so much I decided Windsor needed one of her own.


This hat is designed in sizes that cover newborns all the way up to adults. Children can have surprisingly large heads (while some adults have surprisingly small heads) so I’m grading for a wide range here: Head circ: 13.25 (16, 17.25, 18.75, 20, 22.75)”/33.5 (40.5, 44, 47.5, 51, 58) cm

quinnifer preview

Thanks to Ravelry you can buy the PDF here or there for just $5. You don’t have to be a Ravelry member, or have a paypal account, the button above will work for everyone!

This hat is designed to be worn slouchy, which also leaves room to grow because children grow so quickly! Less slouch is built into the newborn and 3 month sizes so it should not fall into their eyes. The hat depth is measured from the brim to the slouchy decreases. If you want a shorter hat take length out below that point. Depth: 5 (6.75, 7.5, 8.25, 8, 8.5)”/12.5 (17, 19, 21, 20.5,
21.5) cm

quinnifer pattern

Windsor has been exposed to wool from an early age, but this hat uses Knitpicks City Tweed DK. It’s a blend of merino and alpaca which is soft enough for even the most sensitive heads!

quinnifer direct

What next

I am THIS close to being done with the knitting for my book (bookbookbookbookbook) And if you think regular startitis is bad you feel the case I’m developing. Maybe you can? I bet it’s super-contagious.

I’m planning on casting on for my top one or two favorite items from every major publication that’s been released in the last year. Plus a few indie designs. That’s not excessive, right?

Ok, in all seriousness I just don’t have a lot of knitting time anymore. Who knew that I’d miss spending 2 hours on the bus every day (I knew it, yes I did). I think it may be necessary to sort my dreams from my plans…

My plans:
I have another diaper cover on the needles – I suspect you’ll get bored of hearing about these if you haven’t already.
I have Yesternight printed and the yarn wound and ready. Casting on for that is the reward I’m saving for when I finish the LAST book design.
I have yarn chosen for another set of Pinales. Neil lost his brown ones and is very sad.
I have several 1/2 to 2/4 finished sets of socks lurking in my craft room. I think I’d like to finish some of them.

That sounds more like a case of finishitis, a much more rare disease… We’ll see how long these plans last before I start casting on for Roseberry, Whirligig, Kira’s vest, or My Honey those are just the patterns I already have yarn chosen for. I mean I have 1958 other patterns favorited on Ravelry and they’re all calling my name! (it’s kinda loud over here)

((I also have an itch to knit Neil a sweater- something with colorwork, because he owns TWO of those which are store bought!))


I’ve had my old purse for years and years. It was just the right size for a small notebook (5×7) my phone, wallet, etc… I always carried a knitting bag as well. When I headed to work I’d bring my lunch in one of these bags and I was all set.

Then I had a baby. And I went back to work.

lots of bags

Suddenly I’m juggling a purse, a knitting bag, a pumping bag, a lunch bag, a diaper bag, and a baby clothes etc bag. Whoops, that’s a lot of bags. Clearly I needed something bigger to control this craziness. I wanted a purse that’d hold ALL my stuff. I wanted lots of small pockets to keep the purse-bits from sinking to the bottom and I wanted a big interior to hold STUFF. I wanted a shoulder strap that’d let me carry this across my body so it won’t slip off my shoulder while juggling the baby’s stuff.


This is Nameste’s Harlow bag. I figured a knitting bag would have all the small pockets I needed. Nameste makes high quality bags that I expect will last years and years, just like my old purse did.

three bags full

It holds my lunch, knitting, and pump parts easily. Believe it or not, this is only their second biggest bag… I have my little things in the outside pockets

outside pockets

And my ID, pen, etc, in the inside pockets. There are even more pockets I’m not showing. It’s wonderful! It’s huge, still classy, and just right for my new life.

inside pockets

(You should know I bought this bag myself. Nameste did not ask me to review it. In fact they don’t even know I’m doing this. So there.)

new purse

On the needles

I have an interesting dichotomy on the needles right now. First there’s the warm and woolly – bartlett and malabrigo, cables and seed stitch.

winter knits

Yup, those are more diaper covers. Funny thing about babies, they just keep growing…

The other thing? Milk protein and silk, dyed a coral pink. Knit into a lacy pattern. Yup, it’s the August top for my book – being knit in the cold of winter.

Hitch blog tour!

Right, knitting, where were we? Oh yes! The Hitch book blog tour! Have you checked out all the designs in the Hitch book yet? All the designers in this collection did a great job channeling the fashions of the era into designs that you want to knit right now.

Hitch book cover

I love them all. But my favorites (well, besides my own) right now are the Alicia tam and mitts. I love the colorwork and mid century styling all tied into the theme of the book (reds, blacks, suspense!)

Alicia tam and mitts

© Nick Murway

And yes, I love the Hitchcock theme – even if I’m not a huge fan of suspenseful movies. It’s probably because I can channel the costume design class I took back in college. But I love the construction of these garments and how they channel the artistry, the costuming, the acting, the MOOD of the Hitchcock movies. And yes! It’s possible for me to research and learn all those feelings without having to sit down and scare myself silly by watching the Hitchcock movies (I’m sleep deprived enough with a newborn as it is)

So, which is your favorite design? Leave a comment below telling me which, and why! Next wednesday (11/13 noon EST) I’ll choose one comment randomly to win a digital copy of Hitch!

And make sure to check out the rest of the Hitch book blog tour:
9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
10/05/13: Knit One, Heart Too Podcast
10/7/2013: Herrlichkeiten
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/16/2013: Rewolluzza
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/5/2013: Catchloops
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/07/2013: Ramblings
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/13/2013: Knitcircus
11/19/2013: indigodragonfly
11/9/2013: Fyberspates
11/25/2013: knittingkirigami
11/22013: A B-ewe-tiful Design

Magic wool

I’ve talked before about how magical wool is, how it keeps you warm even when it’s wet (for example). But now I have a new proof that wool is magic, and it revolves around baby’s bum.

I’m going to talk about wool diaper covers. They’re magic. I read about them before Windsor arrived and the whole principle sounded like magic. But since I know wool, and it is kinda magical, I figured I’d give these things a shot.

lanolin droplet

The idea is this: wool diaper covers go over cotton diapers. They keep the pee in, keep the onesie dry, and still don’t need to be washed nearly as often as the diapers. The wool is part of the magic, but extra lanolin added to the fabric is key to the water beading up like you see above. I’m lanolizing my diaper covers just exactly as described at Green Mountain Diaper.

lanolinize washing

So the wool has to be NON machine washable (have you seen my stash? That’s the easy part) It gets washed just like you’d wash any handknit. Then I leave it in the room temp water.


Meanwhile I melt a little lanolin in hot water, and add just a drop of dishsoap to emulsify the oils. This gets dumped into the sink and the wool soaks up the extra lanolin.

lanolinized cover

The result? Soft wool covers that keep the pee in. The diaper can be soaked, but the wool still feels dry to the touch. I can put it right back on the baby. They’re clean enough so long as I can sniff and it smells clean and woolly. Yup, welcome to motherhood, I’m checking peed on covers by holding them to my face… But it’s ok, because wool is still magical.


Life continues on at the slow pace that a newborn requires. I’m spending a lot of time on the couch. But I have also discovered that I CAN KNIT with a napping newborn in my lap. Good news.

tiny blue sweater

It’s slower knitting, just like the rest of life is slower. But that’s good.

Well, I’m trying to remind myself that it’s good. Some days I can’t imagine why I’d want to move any faster. But you all know me, I tend to keep busy… And sometimes the slower pace of these days feels confining.

But I’m adjusting, and learning, and overall very happy with my days.

Also, I have a new pattern that’ll be coming out soon, so that’s always exciting! This one has been in the works for months, been pushed back more than a few times, and so I’ll be really glad to set it free into the world. Not yet, but soon. You’ll all have to learn a little patience, just like me.

frost aster sneak

Happy Birthday!

I have approximately ONE sale you can count on each year, and it’s time! It’s my birthday, but I have a present for all of you

boyden preview

31% off all my self published patterns! Can you guess how old I am this year?

Ondulation preview

The sale applies only to my indie designs, you can see all the options right here. No codes are necessary, just buy the pattern and the discount will be automatically applied!

stammel preview

This sale applies to my ebook of hand patterns too! For a short time you can get all NINE patterns for $12.42

tea time preview

The sale will run from noon EDT today until noon on Friday. (My birthday is Thursday, the 12th, in case you were wondering.)