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I’ve finally finished my exams and final papers, so I can start sharing some of my Christmas knitting! First up is this hat I made for my friend L. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I shortened the ribbing by 1″ but added an extra inch of the broken rib pattern to make up the length. It feels a bit early for Christmas gifts but since L is going away with his family for the holidays, I wanted to make sure he got his gift before he left.
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Have you finished your Christmas knitting yet? Or are you like me, frantically knitting until Christmas eve?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Cabled Canuck

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I finished my Cabled Canuck last night… it feels good to have something off the needles for the 2014 Ravellenics! That’s why I picked the hat for my first project- I knew it would be a quick knit. My next project is going to be the Maeva Socks, which are going to take a bit longer.

I really love how this hat turned out! The yarn I used is Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Troll Falls Worsted in Bronzite, and the colour is perfect for this hat. I forgot to switch to the larger needles after the ribbing so the hat is a bit snug- it fits, but I’ll probably use 5mm needles for the body next time and I will also probably go down to a 4mm for a 4.5mm for the ribbing so get the edge to but a bit more snugly.
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Thanks H for helping me out with the photos for this!

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Let me know in the comments what you’re knitting for the Ravellenics!

Let the games begin.

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I’ve successfully cast on my first Ravellenics 2014 project! I’m playing for Team Canada again this year. I was few hours late for the general cast-on… I slept in, and then spent most of the day working on a paper, but I managed to take a break this afternoon and put on season 2 of New Girl, wound my yarn, and started a hat!

The pattern is Cabled Canuck by Tanis Lavallee and the yarn is the discontinued Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Stag Ranch Aran in Bronzite. Rocky Mountain Dyeworks shut down last year but Hasmi is still dyeing with her new company Raventwist! She does beautiful work.
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If you want to see how my Ravellenics projects are coming along, I’ll be updating my twitter and instagram with lots of in progress shots!

Let me know in the comments what you’re knitting for the Ravellenic Games!

FO: Minecraft Creeper Hat and Mittens

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Now that Christmas is over, I can finally share some of the top-secret projects I’ve been working on over the past few months! First up is this hat and mitten set I made for my little brother. He plays the game Minecraft a lot, and even though I’ve only played it once, I’ve deduced enough to put together a creeper-themed gift.

The hat pattern is here, and I used the pattern for the body of the hat but substituted in my own decreases for the crown. The mitten pattern is a vintage pattern, found here, and I think this is going to be my new go-to mitten pattern. There are instructions for a bunch of sizes and for both in the round and flat, and I’m really happy with how they turned out. The yarn for both is Vanna’s Choice (In Black and Kelley Green)- I wanted something machine washable and in a very bright green.

(Rav link for the hat and for the mittens)

As you can probably see in the pictures, both the mittens and the hat are both already well-worn… I might have to make him a new set next year if he keeps wearing them this much! I’m so glad he likes them.

I’ll post about the rest of my Christmas knits in the next week or so. Did you knit any Christmas gifts?

FO: Forest Floor

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I cast off a lovely hat last week and managed to convince a friend to help me with some photos on the weekend (Thanks H!). I am in love with both the pattern and the yarn. The pattern is Forest Floor from Alana Dakos’ Botanical Knits and the yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in the colour Sprout.

I did 1×1 rib for the edging (rather than 1×2) because I tend to like 1×1 better. I was also a bit worried about size since I have a fairly small head and Julie mentioned that her lovely version was just small enough. I’m glad I switched the ribbing because post-blocking the hat just fits. It’s actually a tiny bit bigger than I would like, so perhaps if I make it again I will go down a needle size or two.

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I’m headed home this weekend for Thanksgiving, so expect some cute dogs photos and lots of food photos in the next few days! I hope you’re all having a lovely week.

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual.

Winner!

I’ve returned to school this week and we won’t have internet until next week so my updates might be sporadic or non-existent until then.

However, I just wanted to pop in today to announce the winners of the Tempestuous giveaway. The winner is…

Entry #29, Kenyetta!

Congratulations! I will send the pattern to you as a gift on Ravelry!

For the rest of you, you can still purchase the pattern for the discounted price of 3.50$ for the next week! Use the code tempestuousweek2. The sale ends on September 18th at midnight EST.

New design: Tempestuous!

Have a great week! I’ll be back as soon as we rejoin the world of the internet!

New Pattern: Tempestuous (giveaway and discount!)

It’s been a long time since I published a new pattern, but I’ve had a few ready to go for awhile. It just didn’t feel right to be releasing winter hats in July! Now that it’s September and the cooler weather is coming, though, I’ve got some exciting things to share with you. There is a discount code and a giveaway at the end of this post, in fact.

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Today, I’m releasing a new pattern, Tempestuous! Tempestuous is a fitted beanie knit in worsted weight yarn. The pattern includes only one size, but that size should fit most teens and adults as it is very stretchy. From the pattern description:

Tempestuous is a fitted beanie with cables and ribbing for textural interest. Tempestuous is a perfect unisex hat choice for the cooler fall and winter weather (and tree climbing!).

The yarn used for the sample (Nashua Creative Focus Worsted) has been discontinued, but it has been replaced by Rowan Creative Focus. Any worsted weight yarn with which you can achieve gauge will be suitable.

The pattern includes both charts and written instructions.

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Now for the exciting part! If you’d like to purchase the pattern, you can do so by clicking here. For the next week (until midnight on September 9th), you can get 20% off by using the code tempestuousrelease. You can also view the Ravelry page here.

I’m also going to give away a copy of the pattern here! There are a bunch of different ways you can enter. To do so, you can click here. The giveaway is also open until midnight on September 9th. I’m using Rafflecopter again since that has worked so well in the past but let me know in the comments if you are having trouble or need another way to enter.

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I am so excited to release this hat- I hope you love it as much as I do!

I’ll be linking this post up with KCCO.

FO: Wavy Moss Stitch Hat

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I was recently lucky enough to get to test a new pattern from Cedar Box Knits– a chunky, slouchy hat. Not exactly in season right now but I loved it so much that I figured I could make it now and wait to wear it.

Partway through knitting it, I broke my elbow, but I managed to finish it by knitting a few rounds here and there! I have been going a bit crazy since I can’t knit much, but hopefully the splint will be off in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.

I used some Tempo Chunky (Acrylic/ wool blend) that I had in my stash. I’ll link to the pattern once it’s available!

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I hope you all had an amazing Canada Day (and 4th of July to my friends down south!).

I’ll be linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along this week!

Just Keep Knitting…

I’ve finished most of the Christmas knitting I had planned, but I’ve just been adding more and more things to my list as I go! I’ve finished a bunch of projects over the past few days, and I’m working on getting photos of them all- that post will probably go up tomorrow or Friday. In the meantime, I have one FO completely finished (and wrapped after this photo was taken, actually)! This is the Turn a Square hat. It was originally going to be for D but it turned out bigger than I anticipated so I think I’ll give it to my Grampa instead. (Rav link).

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I went for a visit to my LYS in my hometown while I’m here, and (of course) I couldn’t leave without buying some yarn. I really loved the colour of this Super by Briggs and Little- it’s actually a deep forest green, not as blue as the photos show. (Rav link).

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As promised, more info on the cookies from the last post! I dipped them in melted chocolate and they look very pretty. The recipe is from here. I liked them but they weren’t really what I expected from shortbreads; they didn’t really melt in your mouth and they tasted a bit more like sugar cookies. Oh well, they still tasted fine!

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Finally, a WIP to share for today. This hat is actually a replacement hat for my sister. I made her this hat a few years ago and she lost it recently. For Christmas she requested a replacement. I think the yarn might even been leftovers from the lost hat! (Rav link).

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I’ll be linking up with KCCO, Yarn-Along, and WIP Wednesday. I hope you are all having a wonderful day!