Archive for December, 2011

Hurray, Finished Objects for Christmas

L: Malabrigo Worsted Malambo, R: Malabrigo Worsted Ibiza

Pattern: Calorimetry

Ravelry pages for each of them: Madison’s on the left, Mikayla’s on the right.

Snapdragon Tam in Malabrigo Worsted Hollyhock

Pattern: Snapdragon Tam by Ysolda, available from Ysolda or Ravelry, individually or as part of Whimsical Little Knits 2

Ravelry Project page here.

This hat would be fabulous in Madelinetosh DK (the pattern calls for Madelinetosh Worsted which became the current DK). I would also recommend Ultra Alpaca.

Now for the project I nicknamed the Deadly Boring Hat. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the finished project, I really like the yarn, I like the color, but…. Together with the 1×1 ribbing on US 3 needles was not the most compelling knit.

Watch Cap in Zitron Unisono Grey

That is all my finished projects so far for Christmas gifts. There are still the felted clogs which are nearly half done and a shrug that needs to be seamed. I am also going to try to get fingerless mitts done that match the Calorimetry head bands. But that might not happen before Christmas day.

How about your Christmas projects? Is someone you love going to get their gifts still on the needles?

Merry Christmas from the staff at the Polka Dot Sheep! Looking forward to serving you in the new year!

~ Angela M.

December 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

The Perfect Project! Thanks Sally!

Every now and then I knit something that turns out exactly right.  That is, if I were to knit the same pattern again, I wouldn’t change a thing.  That’s not to say I’m disappointed with my other FO’s, it’s just that usually I find one little detail that I’d do differently.  I’d maybe use a different yarn – solid verses kettled-dyed – or I’d go up a needle size, or make it longer, make it shorter, add a little ease on the shoulder – you get the point.   Getting it right the first time requires some experience and lots of luck, and when everything magically comes together to create the perfect project it’s just grand.  A feeling of total satisfaction.  This is just the feeling I got with my Log Cabin Christmas Tree Skirt. 

Maybe my love for this project is  because the children are so delighted with the skirt.  They roll around on it before bedtime giggling and calling out gifts that they predict Santa will deliver.  Some evenings they  carefully lay their favorite toys on a particular panel to show just how Santa will arrange the new gifts.  It could also be I love this skirt because somehow I know it will be a family heirloom, packed away with care each year and taken out joyously the next holiday season.  Whichever the reason, I love this Christmas tree skirt.

The Log Cabin Tree Skirt pattern is from Sally Melville’s bestselling book Warm Knit’s, Cool Gifts.  It’s no secret around the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe that Sally is one of my all-time favorite designers.  (Sally’s wisdom is as keen as her creative making her books and workshops all the more intriguing).  For the yarn, I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca.   

-Aimee A.


Sally Melville Workshops

Sally Melville will be coming to Whitefish on August 25th & 26th 2012.  Mark your calendar and save the date.  Join our Raverly group, sign up for our e-newsletter, or like us on Facebook to receive first-hand details of these amazing upcoming workshops.  Summertime and Sally Melville are two great resons to plan a trip to Montana!

December 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm 1 comment

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