The name my sister gave to this project. We’re both uber dorks.
A friend from the Museum Studies days was having a baby. This friend and I started working in the same city within a few months of each other, at different cultural organizations, and even after she moved on to a different opportunity in Toronto, we would still get together a few times a year for dinner, drinks, and to catch up. She is notorious for her pineapple collection. When I found out she was having a baby, how could I NOT knit her something pineapple related.
Here is the PineHatpple
Finding the right pineapple hat on Ravelry wasn’t easy, and I ended up combining elements from two different patterns, following the lead of others who did the same thing.
The hat was made from the Pineapple hat pattern by Becky Veverkar. It was knit in the round with the wrong side facing you. As you knit the hat, the inside has the wonderful bobble-y texture taking form, and before you add the crown, you turn it inside out. The crown was made from pineapple tea cozy pattern, linked here. If it looks a little dodgy, don’t worry. Both the hat and crown patterns have been ‘archived.’ The yarn used was Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash.
Not long after the hat was sent to my friend, I got a lovely text back with her new daughter wearing the pineapple. I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out and that I was able to make it for a good friend.
This summer, one of the many projects I worked on included a sock weight shawl. I bought a lovely skein of SweetGeorgia from a LYS and cast on immediately. An easy pattern to memorize, and being completely in love with the colours, it knit up rather quickly:
This stunning pattern, which is perfect for showing off two different yarns, is Graphic Kerchief by Ce Persiano, a free pattern. I made my own mods to the pattern as written, noted on my Rav project page, and I love it. It was also a great way to use those extra little bits of sock yarn still in my stash. The contrast is leftover Madelinetosh, the majority of which went into a pair of socks. The rest of it is an amazing pop against the Sweetgeorgia auburn.
Because shawls are a great go-to fingering weight project, I’m always seeing what interesting projects I can find on Ravelry. I have no idea why, but I’m always captivated by the asymmetrical shawls. I find their construction more appealing that the traditional triangle shawl. Of course, this isn’t my first asymmetrical shawl, others have included:
504 King West by The Knit Cafe Toronto
SMASH by Rebeka Darylin
And, Braidsmaid by Martina Behm.
I have quite a few skeins of sock weight yarn in my stash (which, as we all know, doesn’t actually count as stash), and I’m always on the search for my next asymmetrical shawl.
Do you have a go-to shawl pattern? Do you prefer triangle shawls, asymmetrical, or no preference either way?
I did it. I got through the short rows and finished my Pendant Purls Shawl earlier this week.
I was perusing Pinterest a few weeks ago, as one does, and this meme caught my eye:
Naturally, it made me laugh because of how accurate it is. I don’t know about you, but this is certainly a habit I’m guilty of. I’m not comfortable merely accepting the compliment with a simple thank you, but I always feel like I have to follow it up with something.
Person: Wow, those are great socks!
Me: Thanks, the yarn is self patterning. It makes it look fancier than it actually is.
Person: Wow, I love that shawl.
Me: Thank you, the yarn is ___________. The colour is lovely.
Person: I really like that hat.
Me: Thanks, the pattern is ___________, you should check it out.
Person: What a great sweater.
Me: Thanks, but I messed up here and here, and I would have done ________ differently.
These are fairly standard responses I know I have given in the past. Why do we do this? A knitted object can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 20 months (or more) to complete. Time is spent choosing the yarn, knitting the object, and finishing it to the specifications. A knitting object is truly a labour of love, and yet I will constantly downplay the work that I have put into it. I’m sure I’m not alone in this habit. It’s time to change my attitude and accept the compliment. After all, I made the thing. I’m inwardly proud of the thing. Time to accept the love of the thing.
Last week, I wrote how I had a major case of start-itis – symptoms of which include being unable to stop casting on new projects, despite how many WIPs a person has on the go. This start-itis isn’t showing signs of being cured, having started three new projects last week. Seriously, I can’t stop finding new patterns and going through my stash to see what I can use.
The good thing about so many projects on the go is that I was able to finish three objects last week. The first were these Cableship socks. I started them in October as a knit-a-long by KnitPurl Hunter. The first sock was finished early November, but this second one was put into hibernation until after Christmas knitting was complete. In the week after Christmas, I struggled my way through Judy’s Magic Cast-on and a few weeks later, I was able to wear the newly finished pair of socks.
Also finished was a slouchy hat for my dad. Fun story -the wool is 100% Peruvian Alpaca, and we ventured to a local Alpaca farm to by the yarn. My goodness, alpacas must be some of the freaking cutest animals around. When we arrived at the farm, we were greeted by a herd (is that right, herd?) of Border Collies who were obviously working dogs, and we also got a peak at their pigs. They had to be the fattest pigs I’ve ever seen in my life. So that’s the story of they yarn for this hat. Dad received it yesterday. It fits and he’s happy.
Finally, on Friday, I bought yarn and cast on a Pussyhat. Have you heard of this? If not, I HIGHLY recommend heading over to their website and reading more about this movement. In a nutshell, there will be a women’s march on Washington on January 21, and marchers are encouraged to wear these knit hats, the name taken as both a play on on the word pussycat and as reference to how the US President-Elect brags about sexually assaulting women. As stated on their Ravelry page:
The PussyHat Project aims to:
- Provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
- Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent them- selves and support women’s rights.
A Facebook friend of my sister’s asked for a hat to be made, and I happily obliged. It knit up VERY quickly; I cast on Friday evening and by Sunday I had it finished and ready for my sister to give to the recipient.
Please visit their website and read more about this initiative.
I have a tiny house. It’s tiny and perfect because it’s just me who lives in it, and I love it. Last year was my first Christmas in the house, but I didn’t do much in terms of holiday decorating. I had a wreath on the front door, I had some ornaments in a vase as a centrepiece on my coffee table, and I have a Santa Key, a decoration given to me by a cousin. It’s for houses that don’t have a chimney, a magical key that would let Santa in. This year, I got myself a tiny Christmas tree for my tiny house.
As this is my first Christmas tree on my own, I didn’t have any ornaments to decorate it. A trip to the dollar store fixed this problem, but some ribbon, a star, and bulbs add colour and festiveness, but they didn’t add much in terms of personality. So, I turned to Ravelry.
What else does a knitter need for her Christmas tree than some hand-knit ornaments. A few hours and episodes of Full House later, and my tree is a little more yarny.
I have lots of scraps of Cascade 220 and when I found Tiny Sweater, it seemed like a perfect use!
Searching for ornaments on Ravelry brings up over 3000 results (although not all of them are strictly tree ornaments), and another that caught my eye were these geek-inspired ornaments. I think my tree needs a TARDIS and a cunning hat. ]
I know I’ll add more personality and my own unique touches to my ornament collection as the years go on, but for now, I’m pretty happy with my first tiny tree for my tiny house.
Earlier this month, I finished my coffee press cozy, and simply put, I love it.
Pattern: Caffeinate! Press Style Coffee Maker Cozy
Yarn: Cascade 220