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Vogue Knitting Cover – Fall 2016 – It’s My Hat!

Thu 01 Sep 2016 03:09pm


To say I’m thrilled is an understatement! Way back in February I was making swatches for this hat.

I’ve been living life lately instead of documenting it – but stay tuned and I’ll share my process – how I came up with this design, called on Ravelry #07 Fair Isle Hat.

Here’s a hint: I swatched!!!


Squam Round-up!

Wed 08 Jun 2016 12:06pm


I feel so lucky I was able to teach at Squam again this year. It was every wonderful thing that had I remembered and looked forward to. Relaxing and stimulating at the same time. It’s a time to hang out with colleagues I often get to see only in passing at other events. There’s a buzzing energy from many many makers. I made new friends – teachers, vendors and students alike! Squam is really what you make it, what you want it to be and what you need it to be at the moment. During the opening ceremony Elizabeth, the vital force behind Squam, encouraged us to honor our “yes” – do what we really want to do, and if that means lounging on the dock all day and skipping class fine, no worries.


Squam takes place at Deephaven Rockywood Camps on beautiful pristine Squam Lake in New Hampshire. Tempting as the dock is, and we had PERFECT weather, I love to teach and was eager to get to class each day. You can see the beautiful work my students produced.


Mucklestone Class Mitts

I tailored the class so participants could assemble a “Squam Edition” mitt, with motifs of flora and fauna found around the idyllic setting, but charmingly everyone wanted to make the tried and true “class mitt”. I love that!


The cabin I shared with other fiber friends was rustic and wonderful. I come from a long line of “rusticators” who believe when you go away from the city you should stay in a shack with no electricity. We did have electricity and running water hot and cold, but the cabin was old New England Camp style. There were cut out silhouettes of fish that had been caught over the years with length, weight, bait used and the date. 1933 was the earliest I spotted.
At night we had a fire, roasted marshmallows and made smores!


Even cloudy mornings were lovely!
It was wonderful being in the woods again. I felt well enough to hike Rattlesnake Mt. with Gudrun Johnston …though not at my regular speed and I needed a nap afterward!


I worked on a “secret not so secret” Plöulopi sweater and a new pair of my Maritime Mitts for the KAL going on now.

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First Prize revealed today!!!!
Congratulations Sue (aka breadwoman on Ravelry) ! You posted the first Finished Object! You get to choose any one of my pattern’s offered for sale in my Ravelry shop.

Join the Maritime Knit KAL! June 1- August 1.
Going forward every Wednesday through July 27 we’ll draw one lucky winner from those of you who sign up. Winners will get their choice of a pattern from my Ravelry shop for free.

A grand prize – my book Fair Isle Style – will be awarded by random drawing from the FO posted by August 1st, the final day of the KAL.
Sign-ups are ongoing, to sign up and find out all the deets go to the Maritime Mitts KAL: Info Only thread in my Ravelry group.

I’ll have some silly surprise prizes too so stay in touch!


Maritime Mitts KAL

Wed 01 Jun 2016 07:06am


Mitts Ahoy!
Let the Maritime Mitts KAL begin!

Check out the Maritime Mitts thread in my Ravelry group. My friend Janet and I will be hosting the event.

• KAL ends on August 1, 2016.

• To join, you will need to purchase the Maritime Mitts pattern, create a project page, and tag your project with maritimemittskal (so that all of the KAL projects appear on one gallery page).

• There will be a WIP thread (for in-progress photos, questions, and general good times) and an FO thread (photos of finished Maritime Mitts only, please; no chatter).

• There will be a prize awarded each week AND a Grand Prize at the conclusion of the KAL!

• To be eligible, you must post on the WIP thread and tag your project maritimemittskal; for the Grand Prize, post your completed mitts on the FO thread by August 1.

• Please share your Maritime Mitts on other social media such as Instagram, using the hashtag #maritimemittskal

Feel free to use the photo above as a placeholder on your project page
• If you live in the Chicago area, we will be having a Knitche Marimetimemitts in-store KAL. Please join us!

• The KAL overlaps with my traveling schedule at certain points, so Janet will be holding down the fort; her Ravelry name is jbwb. She’s a wonder and will be able to answer any of your questions when I’m not available.

OK!!!! Cast On!!!

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Maritime Mitts

Tue 24 May 2016 12:05pm

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Hello everybody! I’ve been feeling a little better lately. I’ve even begun to knit again. I’m trying to catch up on knitting obligations, but then – impulse strikes and out of the blue I knit myself fingerless mitts.

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If you follow me on instagram you know I went to the beach a few days ago while my darling dog Leelee was in town. Although it was warm and sunny, the breeze made it cool enough for me to wish for a pair of mitts. I guess that’s what happened.

In a perfect world I want a really stellar photo. It’s raining today, I don’t have a car and to go to the nearest beach is a soggy proposition. I wanted a nice yachty, salty, beachy image. But I decided I wouldn’t let that stop me and I published Maritime Mitts to Ravelry anyway. Mitts Ahoy!

Another thought … my friend Janet and I were discussing KALs and how it would be nice to have a summer one and she mentioned mitts as a perfect project.

• quick to knit
• easy to carry along
• stash-buster
• interesting to knit
• perfect for gift giving
• some folks even need them in the summer – I certainly do!

So why not? Are any of you game? Edited to say – YES! We’re doing a Maritime Mitt KAL! #maritimemittsKAL Begin June 1, details in my Ravelry group.
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This is me last summer at Giant’s Stairs on Bailey Island. Shortly after this picture was taken I went in! One of the best swims I’ve ever had…but after leaving the water I needed mitts!

Maritime Mitts deets:
Finished Size About 7½ inches in circumference and 6¾ inches tall.
For larger or smaller mitts, change your needle size accordingly.
Yarn Quince & Co. Lark 100% Wool 134yds [123m/50g]; MC – Pea Coat (Navy), CC – Egret (White), 1 skein each. Requires around 109 yds [100m] MC and 55 yds [50m] CC.
Needles Double pointed needles; US 3 (3.25mm) for ribbing and stripes ,US 4 (3.5mm) for colorwork section. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Instructions are written for using dpns in the round, magic loop method is also fine if that is your preferred method for working in the round.

For help with using the waste yarn in the Thumb Placement, see my tutorial Waste Yarn What Yarn? For help with the Thumbs, see my tutorial All Thumbs.