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.

New Year – New Socks

New Years Penguin

Happy New Years, my friends and readers! These last few months have been a bit on the busy side, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays is settling down a bit. I wanted to use this post to catch you up on some great sock patterns that Virginia published that didn’t make it to the blog… not for lack of wanting to try.

Shortbread Socks

Shortbread Socks

These cozy, sport weight socks are a quick knit, and a classic addition to any wardrobe. Pattern is available here.

Devi Socks

Devi Socks

If you’re a fan of SweetGeorgia Yarns, this sock pattern uses their Tough Love sock yarn. Pattern available here.

Essential Socks

Essential Socks

The Essential Sock is a basic, go-to pattern for top-down, heel flap socks. Pattern is written for fingering weight yarn. Socks are shown in a variety of Cascade Heritage colors. Color names and numbers are provided in the pattern. This is a great way to use up leftovers, or if you’d like an excuse to buy an armful of your favorite Cascade Heritage colors, this is it! Of course this pattern can also be made with your favorite self patterning yarn, or just a solid color, if that’s your jam. Pattern available 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

Shoe Polish, Superwash and Strawberry-Rhubarb Goodness

Shoe Polish Socks

Virginia has a new sock pattern available knit with Madelinetosh Twist Light. It’s an asymmetrical pattern that incorporates both cables and lace. Simple, but elegant.

Shoe Polish Socks

Pattern can be found on Ravelry.

Handspun Superwash Merino

And, my spinning has yielded about 230 yards of 3-ply (using the chain-ply method) yarn from 4.5 oz. of superwash merino. It’s a little thicker than what can reasonably fit through my CSM (another thing to be shared later), so this yarn might have to wait to become something else.

In the meantime… we enjoyed “harvesting” some fruit when organizing the freezer, yielding a super simple strawberry-rhubarb crisp. So simple, that a written recipe is hardly needed. Essentially pile the frozen strawberries and rhubarb into a big bowl, defrost for a bit. Add some honey (1/4 cup, more or less depending on desired sugar load), a sprinkling of flour (I use a gluten-free blend) and cinnamon. Spread that into a 9×13 pan, top with some ground-together pecans, oats, olive oil (just a drizzle) and molasses (another drizzle). Bake for 50 minutes at 375ºF (more or less until the bubbling is on the thicker side).

If you’re feeling a little more decadent, top with a little vanilla ice cream!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp