Tettegouche

Rocky Shore

Minnesota’s north shore holds a special place in my heart, with the restorative expanse of Lake Superior, the subtle and varied colors of the inland boreal forests, and the lichen covered rocky shores. It’s one of my absolute favorite places to visit, and is always a source of inspiration.

When Kate invited me to contribute to the collection in her new book Milarrochy Heids, I was both deeply honored and very excited. I named my new hat pattern after the beautiful Tettegouche State Park, which lies along a rugged, rocky stretch of Lake Superior, complete with inland forests and waterfalls.

Tettegouche Tam

Milarrochy Tweed is amazing to work with, with a color range that allows for so many great combinations. Because I so enjoyed designing Tettegouche, I couldn’t stop at just the hat, and decided to work on a matching pair of mittens.

Tettegouche Mittens

I look forward to wearing my new designs when I am next hiking in Tettegouche State Park!

 

Marionberry Mittens

Marionberry Mittens

This pattern is suitable for the knitter with experience knitting mittens, reading a chart and stranded colorwork. I used one skein each of Tukuwool Fingering in colors: Auri, Syli and Haave.

Finished mitten is 8 inches in circumference and 11 inches from edge to tip. Ribbing accounts for 2.75 inches of length.

Marionberry Mittens

Pattern (and more information) can be found here.

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