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Head to Toe

As much as I talk about knitting for myself as we all know I’m drawn to the adorable things I can knit for Adorable Windsor. And that’s exactly what drew me to Head to Toe: Kids’ knit accessories


(also on Ravelry and from Cooperative Press)

This book has so many great kids knits that I didn’t even know what to start with. My colorwork bug (it’s some version of startitis, that disease sure can mutate) wanted to do either cannonfire

or Northumberland:

I love that color pattern in both colorways. And I love how Katya shows the mirror colorways because they look so different!

Then there are the cables. Cheviot Hills are gorgeous, but I don’t know that Windsor would understand fingerless mitts yet

And Back Hand Hitch has the same problem:

So what did I cast on? Breamish:

Windsor really needs some thicker socks for this cold cold winter. Unfortunately, I had grand plans of having at least one done by this blog post. But it turns out knitting goes a lot faster when you actually knit things. Instead of just dreaming about knitting them…

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I’ll get there. Eventually.


(Please note that I did receive this book free for review purposes. However my opinions are my own, I won’t review something I don’t truly enjoy and think that you will like.)

WIWIWK

Here’s what I wish I were knitting: almost anything than what I’ve got on the go right now.

I finished the blue and gray mittens, and they’re blocking by the wood stove. The fresh coat of snow we’re getting today should make a pretty backdrop for later this week when I’m hoping to have an early morning photo shoot (just me, myself, the tripod, and some tourists if I’m unlucky)

After weaving in the ends I looked at my pile of WIPs and realized I have a children’s design that I’m knitting in about an 18 month size – and I need to finish it before my model out-grows all that clothing… It’s an adorable design, and it’s 80% done. But what it still needs is a lot of i-cord and a hood. And you know how it goes. I just want to cast on for something new.

So what would I rather be knitting? Something for myself, I think. Something warm and cozy for winter, but could still transition to spring (it’ll be here someday)

I’d rather be knitting almost anything from Cascadia.


(again, available through Ravelry and Cooperative Press too)

I don’t know how I have the self control to NOT simply cast on for Courtenay

The bell sleeves, the touch of lace, the promise of a quick worsted weight pullover. I want it now.

Weirdly Redcedar is also calling to me. And I never knit scarves. But that cover is just so cozy, it’s definitely the finished product calling me, not the process of knitting it.

And I sort of adore the mother daughter set that they’ve modeled for the Sea Glass pullover It’s too bad that boxy shape never looks good on me. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting to knit it. Actually I should knit it in Windsor’s size anyway. She would be so thrilled by a sweater with beads. I can see the grin on her face already.

Yup, I think that might be my weak spot, right there. Remember how, at the start of this, I said I wanted to knit something for myself? Turns out I was wrong. I’m a bit of a fickle knitter these days.

The awesomeness of books

So, as I mentioned my book is a combination of knitting patterns, and cooking recipes. That, combined with our photography, really make it a book worth having. Sure you can buy PDFs online and you can find lots of recipes too. But the book combines them both with tips and resources and puts it all in one convenient place.

Cooperative Press is really good about providing this sort of content: the patterns and MORE sort of knitting book. And that’s why today I want to remind you all about What (else) Would Madame DeFarge Knit?


(Also on Ravelry, and Cooperative Press)

This book combines knitting patterns, essays, and more. It’s a great book to sit down and read, not just to knit something from. As a designer in the book I felt like writing an essay really let me stretch my wings a little. Along with an awesome sweater dress:

iseult wafting

I got to write an awesome little story about how Iseult is not just your average princess, but really an empowered woman reaching through history to show that princesses weren’t always just waiting for their prince to come.

Intriuged? Please check out the whole book! And while you’re at it check out a few of my other favorite designs from WeWMDFK:


Ahab’s Gansey features some really amazing cables. It’s a mens sweater, but I’m not sure if Neil or I would wear it more…


Check out the birds on the thumbs of the Counting Crow mittens!


And finally the cables plus lace of Fosco’s Pret Pret Pretties make for a pair of VERY pretty little socks.

What’s your favorite pattern from What (else) Would Madame DeFarge Knit? Leave a note in the comments! Better yet, talk about it on your favorite form of social media (twitter? facebook? Even Raverly counts!) let Shannon know that you’re sharing the CP love here: http://bit.ly/lovetowin200 and you could win books, or even cash. Who doesn’t love winning?

She makes hats look good

Have you seen Theressa Silver’s book Hat Couture? I love it:


(Also available from Ravelry! and directly from Cooperative Press!)

Theressa has done the amazing work of turning classic, fashionable hat styles into knitting patterns. With no felting (although the fabric is knit at a dense gauge) you too can have a collection of styling hats.

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This is Jackie, inspired by Jackie Kennedy, of course.

But where would you go in such a hat? Anywhere that requires a little dressing up, of course! I wore this one to a wedding. I fit right into the crowd, and got so many, many complements. Some of them were on my hat, but most people complemented my outfit. A hat simply pulls your whole outfit together.

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Theressa does a really wonderful job explaining how to pull together the little bouquets of notions that adorn these hats as well. So between the excellent pattern that lets you shape a fully form top hat, to the decorations that make this a true act of millinery, she has it all covered.

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Marlene as knit by Faithellen on Ravelry.

Honestly though? I wish our culture wore more hats. They’re such a great accessory. People are all about scarves, bags, and jewelry. Why do hats get left out of the picture? I could pull together a great outfit for meeting friends at the little indie coffee shop down in the village:

Bette at the coffee shop

(This hat is Bette, and I love it extra for the crazy Robin Hood style feather!)

Or what about Sunday brunch? Why shouldn’t you wear a hat then?

sunday brunch with Carmen

(this is Carmen, it’s a little out there, but I know you can pull it off!)

Remember women, historically, wore their hats inside (as opposed to men who take their hats off when entering a building) so once you’ve done all that work you don’t have to feel like your outfit is incomplete the moment you step through the door.

If you want to know more about Hat Couture I highly recommend this behind the scenes post from Theressa herself.

More February goodness

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February is going to be an awesome month in more ways than one. The awesomeness is brought to you be Cooperative Press. It started on February 1st and runs until Valentine’s Day and we’re spreading the Cooperative Press love.

Sign up for their newsletter, follow them on twitter or instagram, and help us to #shareCPlove! Let us know about it here there will be prizes! Books, cash, you know, all the greatness you’d expect from a cool publisher like CP (not that I’m biased or anything.)

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I’ve teased you more than a couple of times over the last year (or two. Dear Lord I’ve been working on this book a long time…) But this thing is really happening. The patterns are edited, the recipes tested, the text is written, and this baby is headed to layout.

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Oh, and I have permission to share a few sneak peaks. This purple sweater is just perfect for a blustery February morning, don’t you think? Let see, what would you like to go with that? How about some blueberry crumble?

Cobbler-Dish

Yep, that’ll hit the spot. I’m pretty sure I actually have local blueberries in the back of my freezer. Which is perfect since Calley whipped up this recipe to take advantage of frozen fruits so we could have something local in the cold time of year. Back to the sweater I have to say this was hands-down one of my favorites in the whole book. I’ve been wearing the sample pretty much since we finished that photo shoot. I’m gonna have to knit a second for book tours. Or maybe just bring this one along and show how well the super-wash yarn holds up to CONSTANT use. (That’s not actually a bad idea. Periwinkle Sheep dyes some awesome yarn)

In case you’ve forgotten that’s what our book is all about: Calley and I focus on local ingredients and American made yarns throughout the seasons. Each chapter features a new month and each month has a pattern or two and a recipe or three. We’ve paired fresh summer dishes with simple summer garments while cozy fall sweaters rub elbows with hearty baked goods.

full view walking Pasta-Ingredients

Crust rolling pin apple hood up back

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to proof read the final draft of anything. Want to know the best way to learn when the book is available to order? Of course you do! Sign up for the Cooperative Press newsletter. You can sign up for mine as well, I don’t send e-mails very often, and that way you’ll never miss a pattern release.

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Once the book is available I’m planning some seasonal knit-alongs and some cook-alongs to go with!