I saw the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Last night I got to see it! I’m a huge nerd so I enjoyed it greatly. I watched it in 48 frames per second which made parts of it look like it was shot with a camcorder.  Despite that, I was much more immersed in this film than I was in the first one. It was also the perfect chance to wear my Gandalf Mitts!

Gandalfmitts

It was fun secretly dressing up for the film. If you want your own pair, you can download the pattern here for free!

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Blankets

I have a thing for blankets. In the past I’ve made myself a wonderful wool blanket. It had double sided cables and was beautiful. It felted slightly in the wash and my cat loved to sleep on it. I now am married to someone who is allergic to cats. The blanket is now in storage an ocean away. I periodically work on a scrap blanket but it will be a while before it is complete. As the nights are getting colder I wish I had a nice warm wool blanket on my bed. Even though it would make so sense to start one I started looking at patterns on Ravelry. 

The new Wool People has this wonderful circular blanket. I can just imagine curling up under with a good book.

This Pathways Blanket looks like so much fun to sew together. The Ravelry page shows all the ways the squares can be sewn together to make different patterns.

I love the idea of a double knit brocade blanket. I loved the idea before I even saw this pattern. I can see it in a beautiful dark chocolate brown and cream.

One of my favorite blanket patterns is Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs. There are tons of picked up stitches and cables that would most likely make me want to stick my knitting needles in my eyes but its so pretty! 

Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs

I know I should just satisfy myself with chipping away at my sock scrap blanket but it’s always nice to dream. One thing is for sure, the next blanket I make will be superwash!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits

I know I’m a bit late but I finally have my very own copy of the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits. I’m not the biggest fan of the Harry Potter Franchise, but neither do I dislike it. I read all the books and watched half of the films. My interest in this magazine stemmed from the patterns. These are my favorites. I love the look of Ginny’s Cardigan.

The Grey Lady’s Cloak and Ignotus Peverell’s Cloak make me realize that my wardrobe is sadly lacking in cloaks.

 Hagrid’s Sweater looks like it would be really cozy for cold winter days. I would love to make an oversized version for myself to wear.

My favorite has to be Lastrange Cloak. It’s a lace-weight cardigan worked in lace. I love it. This is the kind of insane sweater I would try to design and here it is and I don’t even have to do the design work! Some day I will make this. It’s just too beautiful a design to not make.

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100th post and a free pattern!

Today marks my 100th post. I’m really excited about reaching this milestone. To celebrate I wrote up a cowl pattern!

I made this cowl with my first skein of Wollmeise. It was a beautiful skein of the “Pure” 100% Merino Superwash. I wanted to make something that would use up the whole skein so I choose a simple stitch pattern, cast on a 257 stitches on my trusty 3.0mm needles and made myself a cowl! I used all 150 g or 575 yds (526m) of the yarn up to make a cowl that measures 10″ (25cm) high and 47″ (119.5cm) around. Perfect for wrapping around my neck twice or over my shoulders once.

Since I finished this project this cowl has been a go to item when I just need a little bit of warmth around my neck. Join in the celebration with your own special skein of yarn and download the pattern here.

 

Colourwork Mittens

Every autumn I get the urge to make colourwork mittens. I think this is a result of growing up someplace where mittens were always useful in the winter. Now that I live in a more temperate climate they aren’t useful. Instead of knitting them I spend a great deal of time browsing patterns. Here some are my current favorites.

Secret Garden Mittens by Natalia Moreva I really like the abstract design on these.

 

Crouching Tiger Mittens by Natalia Moreva Who doesn’t like a white tiger?

Centurion Mittens by BacoKnitter Designs Yes I am a nerd. It’s been too long since I’ve re-watched Battlestar Galacticia.

Squirrel Sampler Mittens by Adrian Dizilia I happen to like squirrels.

 

Tea and Cake Mittens by Heather Desserud. Who doesn’t like tea and cake?

I want to start something but I don’t know what

I have this gorgeous bulky handspun yarn in my stash.

cormomohairalpaca

It is a wonderfully squishy blend of corridale wool, mohair and alpaca. It is so soft it deserves to be made into something that sits next to the skin. Annoyingly I don’t have more of it because by my estimation there is only about 200m of bulky yarn. I’ve decided it needs to be a hat or a cowl and these are my current favorite patterns to use.

On the hat front I’ve liked Capucine for a while. It looks wonderfully warm and cozy.

This pattern, Through the Woods, caught my eye because of the combination of hat and cowl. I wouldn’t have enough of the handspun to complete it but I would use a contrasting yarn for the ribbing.

Now on to my pure cowl idea, Bandana Cowl. The simple stockinette stitch would allow the thick and thin to really shine.

I’ve really been enjoying this pattern hunt. I don’t normally knit with bulky yarn and I get to see patterns I haven’t seen before. I think I know what will happen with the rest of my day.

Christmas Knitting

I know its still August and therefore still summer but I’m starting to think about Christmas. This is partly because I’m ready for the weather to turn and wear warm sweaters again and partly that I don’t feel guilty about buying yarn when it’s for a present that I’ll need to buy anyway. But the things that keep grabbing my attention are knitted Christmas balls. The Christmas tree decorations.

Deck the Balls by Kelly Jensen

 

Balls up by General Hogbuffer

It makes no sense. It is still summer. I haven’t had a proper Christmas tree since I moved out of my parent’s house. And they are not presents! Sometimes I make no sense. I even thought to myself if I knit one each year for myself and my family it could be very sweet. But I am the person who cares the most about being Christmas-y in my family and see the earlier statement about how long it’s been since I’ve had a Christmas tree. What strange things have you found yourself wanting to knit recently? Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!