29 September 2008

Stegosaurus on the loose!

I was browsing through projects on Ravelry a few months ago when I came upon this dinosaur hat. Owen, like any good toddler, loves dinosaurs so I knew I had to make him a dinosaur costume for Halloween.

Pattern: Toddler Dinosaur hat by Julia Farwell-Clay
Yarn: Valley Yarn Superwash (green) and Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted (orange)
Needles: US 8
Mods: I thought it was odd in the pattern where it says to bind off the sides and continue on the middle 12 for the top of the head and then sew up the sides. I've knit enough socks to recognize when I'm knitting what is essentially a giant heel flap so I just did short rows instead. Quicker and neater.
Thoughts: I'm so pleased with how it came out! Now to make the body (which I won't be knitting)!

Oh, and remember this baby with his wonderful sweater knit by Bestitched?

Check him out now. It fits!

22 September 2008

A cowl for me!

Last Spring I started noticing a lot of really great cowls showing up on blogs and I had to have one. I found Fawn Pea's pattern and treated myself to some Malabrigo chunky and now I have a cowl!

Pattern: Quickie Cowl by Fawn Pea
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in marron oscuro
Needles: size 10
Mods: I read on Ravelry that someone used a provisional cast on and did a 3 needle bind off at the end and that sounded good to me. I’m glad I did because I ran out of yarn at 18 inches (it's supposed to be 19") and grafted the ends together in order to save yarn. I barely made it, but even though it’s an inch smaller, I think it works fine.

09 September 2008


I am a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables. During my preteen and teen years I read all that L. M. Montgomery had written, but the Anne series was by far my favorite; especially the first book. It's the sort of book you just want to live in. I was fortunate enough one year to influence my family's vacation destination with a memorable week spent enjoying the beauties of Prince Edward Island as well as the tacky tourist traps (Marilla's Pizza anyone?).

I also love the 1985 tv movie of the book starring Megan Follows. I was watching it for the gazillionth time last year, but my first time with a knitter's eye. There is some really nice knitwear in the movie. There is one cardigan in particular that caught my attention. It's a blue raglan with a lace pattern running down from the shoulders on the front.

Here it is (images captured from youtube):

I decided I would try to recreate it. Here is my swatch made with yarn purchased at Rhinebeck last year. With any luck I'll find time to start it soon!