generosity overflow...

i’m so excited about the giveaway on monday - then unexpectedly finished another hat in record time.  i’ve decided to offer it as a free ravelry download until august 1st!  say what!?  here is the link

cutting teeth toque

i should seriously take more pictures of the hat tomorrow because the top is lovely, but i was just over it by the end of the day.  tomorrow is the last day of school (FINALLY) and i’m counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds.  we’re still sort of scrambling to get ready for our big adventure out west and somehow every time a turn around there is another pile of laundry.  i mean, seriously.  i just really want to come back in july, dump the contents of the suitcase in the washer and be done with it.  ha! am i the only one that hates laundry?  i wonder how i could become friends with it… hmmm.  what!?  no time for pondering such things!  i have a mile long list of things that still need to be packed.  like, knitting stuff.

i somehow managed to get all of my circular needles and notions in one place.  what an achievement.  seriously.  i really just need to figure out the secret to packing yarn for 30 days.  dear knitting gods, give me a sign!

i may secretly want to knit father’s day gifts, and i may secretly want to make slip stitch heel hats for my husband and father (who, by the way, i believe i will be spending father’s day with for the first time ever in my life.  how weird is that?)  but don’t tell them.  (smirk)  what’s the deal with hats lately?  have you noticed i go through some crazy knitting phases…?  anyways.  yes.  what are you knitting for father’s day, internet land?  give me some ideas.  no socks though - the last pair i knit for my pops were two different sizes (which reminds me - remember when i went through that sock knitting phase?  ha!  what a joke.) p.s. don’t remind me of any of this when i hit that phase again, kay?

well, i’m clearly delirious.  enjoy cutting teeth xo

up for a giveaway? the answer is "yes"

today is the day allyson is kicking off the meeting point kal!  can you believe it?  me neither.  crazy.

so, in honour of the event, i’ve decided to offer a giveaway of my new toque pattern - fresh off the needles.

Evangeline Toque

Evangeline uses only one hank of worsted yarn and can easily be worked up on a weekend.  The stitches are deceptively simple and easy to memorize as you work your way around.  I’ve included notes on adding a tassel if you’d prefer it over the pom pom, but it’s lovely on its own without added frills.  Please read the section about blocking and shaping hats – when you have stitch work this lovely it’s best to do everything you can to make those stitches sing. I absolutely love this hat and for once I’m looking forward to cooler weather this year!

Finished Size Toddler (16” un-stretched), Child (18” un-stretched), Adult (20” un-stretched)

Sample shown in Adult

A note about sizing: due to the rib and springy wool, this hat is very stretchy.  It will stretch up to 3or 4 inches, so if you’re looking at those measurements thinking they’re tiny – have no fear!

Yarn Cascade 220 Heathers, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool 220 yd; 100 grams: Lichen, 1 hank

Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 16” circular (cir), Double Pointed Needles (DPN)s, Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions markers (m)s; contrasting marker for beginning of round (cm); yarn needle

Gauge 20 sts = 4” US 8 (5mm)

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I’m opening up the giveaway now and will announce THREE winners on Monday, June 10th at 12pm EST

leave a comment either here or on my instagram post announcing the giveaway saying… you know, what ever… and i’ll be choosing the winning comments at random using a generator.  good luck, lovelies!

loose ends & summer beginnings

summer is closing in - the weather is cooperating enough for sure, but i mean summer in the school year sense. since the girls attend an “extended school year” school, they’re carrying on until june 6th.  alizah has been working on her science fair project for three weeks now and is scrambling to get her boardjust so. it is, of course, more important than the actual science.

i’m excited to be working on a new design for knit picks - just received yarn support today in fact - and will be knitting like there’s no tomorrow! i need to get this one knit, written, edited, photographed and shipped in record time because the baby girl and i are setting off on an adventure. it’s going to be a real whirl wind around here with all of our planning and packing and knitting - and tying up loose ends of various sorts. sometimes the to-do list is so overwhelming i just have to sit down for a minute and let myself become acclimated to the impending hysteria. (what’s to come? we’ll be cowgirls, then visit a BLOG FRIEND! did you just die from excitement? me too.)

i’ll be keeping up on instagram but will be away from this space for a month or more. of course, i’ll be able to check emails and will do my best to respond… service is going to be tricky where we’re going. all you amazing testers that have the arrow caplet - you guys are number one so if you have any questions, i will respond as quickly as possible.

i will also be keeping up with the holla knits KAL! seriously, i can’t believe meeting point was #1. i’m flabbergasted actually. and flattered. and proud. and beaming with joy. here’s the holla knits kal info. i can’t wait to see these sweaters knit up - in fact, the nachtfalter in those grey linens sounds… divine. you’ll see what i mean if you click that link back there. ha!  thanks SO much to everyone who voted.  i feel supported and really blessed to be in the company of so many lovely knitters.

(and is that a new hat design, too?  what’s going on around here???)

so.  until next time. xo