Archive for November, 2013

Winter Warmer Round-up

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

So it’s getting a bit chilly and frosty here in Vancouver, and I am finding myself unusually cold for the season. I mean, it’s pretty embarrassing to be a knitter with chattering teeth who cannot for the life of him find a single pair of mittens anywhere in the apartment!

On that note, I’d like to share a selection of some of my favourite warmers!

Mittens (because gloves, while nice, are fiddly, and I need to knit these fast, before I freeze)

Thrummed Mittens
These are the ultimate in warmth and coziness. I’d love to see some done in the wonderfully coloured roving from Great Adirondack Yarn Co.

Gloaming Mittens
Lovely little bit of colourwork from Brooklyn Tweed – try them in the Harrisville Designs New England Shetland.

Pearl Chain Mittens
Oh I just love the cheery brightness of these – maybe in Madelinetosh Sport?

Hats (while it’s not true that you lose most of your body heat through your head, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep it warm!)

Rikke Hat
Simple and slouchy! And gosh… any DK weight yarn.

Little Scallops Hat
Just enough to cover your ears, and add a pop of colour – would be great in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate.

Cocoon Hat
This bulky hat will up quickly in Rowan Cocoon for immediate satisfaction.

Scarves/Cowls (while I love the Honey Cowl, let’s take a look at some other options)

Big Herringbone Cowl
Need an excuse to use Blue Sky Alapacas Worsted Hand Dyes? Look no further! mmm, royal alpaca…

Jeweled Cowl
Maybe a little bit light for Northern climes, but if you live somewhere where the mercury doesn’t drop so much, this cowl lets you carry some lacy frosty glitter with you.

Linen Stitch Scarf
And finally, a great unisex scarf! Linen stitch really works brilliantly at blending disparate colours to create a unified pattern! Especially fun with Koigu.

New Product Spotlight: Shibui Pebble

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Ooh, what a fantastic little treat we’ve got in!


It’s a rare day that Shibui produces something that I’m not over the moon about, but that’s because they put out some fantastic yarn (and great patterns as well). The newest offering from the Portland-based company is Pebble, a light, luxury blend.


Pebble is 48% recycled silk, 36% fine merino, and 16% cashmere, and comes listed as a ‘heavy laceweight’. It is really lovely in the hand, soft, with a fine halo from the cashmere, but also a delightful tweediness from the recycled silk and merino. This yarn may well be my new fall obsession.


Unfortunately, my photos really truly cannot do this yarn justice. Do yourself a favour and check it out in person, it is well worth it..



Oh, oh, it gets better! Along with Pebble, Shibui has launched a few new patterns, my favourite of which is Cliff, hands down (so much so that I am tempted to make a boys version). You can pick it up on Ravelry, or you can buy a copy in-store!