Oakdale Poncho and Stormcrow Hat

With winter right around the corner, we took advantage of a nice autumn walk in one of our favorite parks to showcase two new patterns. The first is Oakdale Poncho, an easy-to-knit piece that is perfect for wearing on those in-between days, indoors or out.

Oakdale Poncho

Knit with Malabrigo’s Dos Tierras yarn, a blend of wool and alpaca, gives the fabric a lovely drape.

Oakdale Poncho

The second pattern is a smart hat that is also a quick and easy knit, making it a perfect project for gift giving (especially for some of those hard-to-buy-for men).

Stormcrow Hat

Stormcrow is knit with Blue Sky Fiber’s Woolstok, a 100% wool yarn that comes in a variety of easy-to-combine colors.

Stormcrow Hat

The saga of the linen towels

When Quince launched Sparrow it just came in natural and I fell in love. I ordered some, and when it came I thought about how beautiful linen towels would be, so I bought some more…

Then I realized how insane it would be to knit towels on such tiny needles, so I decided I would try to weave them. I had done some weaving in college and with the help of a refresher private lesson or two I thought I would be good to go. So I rented a floor loom for a couple of months. That first lesson revealed I would need to buy a lot more Sparrow, so much more due to the loom waste that it was just too excessive.

V weaving

So, I did what any fiber lover would do, I bought more linen, much, much finer and more suitable to weaving. And I wove a set of towels…

Linen Towels

Linen Towels

Linen Towels

But I still had my Sparrow..

I thought it would be cool to knit them after all, but approach it like a meditation, to knit just a couple rows a day, or about 20-30 minutes. I started on a Winter Solstice… I actually stuck with it through both bath towels and into the hand towel but somewhere about October I got distracted and lost my mojo, so the project marinated for over a year.

Linen Towels

I finally dug it out this winter and finished the hand towel and one wash cloth. All seed stitch, all on 3mm needles. This is by far the craziest project or pair of projects I have ever done, but I love both sets!

Linen Towels

Brego

This time of year the garden is a great source of pleasure and pain! The weeding seems never-ending, the creeping things creep, the spreading things spread, but there’s also plenty of blossoming and blooming and plants beginning to bear fruit.

Milkweed Blossom

Wee Tomato

When we’re not stuffing our faces with the vegetable and fruit bounty, I have been knitting a bit. I have a new pattern, Brego, which is 25% until July 5 (no coupon code needed). I had the chance to use the lovely 4-ply sock yarn from Ancient Arts in the beautiful color Chocolate Lab.

Brego Socks

Brego Socks

Even with the darker color, this yarn shows the stitch pattern pretty nicely.

Linen Tank

Since I last posted, I also finished my version of Hane in Shibui Linen.

Grilling Veggies

Hope you are enjoying the bounty of the season as much as we are!

Alice’s Capelet

Alice's Capelet

Ok, it’s a little warm out to wear this now, but I have had the idea for this Capelet for a long time, and since it uses just one skein of Cascade Ecological wool, it was a pretty quick knit! It almost makes me ready for Fall!

Alice's Capelet

Alice’s Capelet 25% off until June 21, 2015, no coupon code needed.

Dan and I are off this week, planning on a mix of projects and fun during our “staycation”!