A New Adventure

The peace and quiet from the weekend was short lived.

We have a new family member!  A beagle mix rescue puppy came to our home today at 10 weeks old.

Five happy kids

The kids are thrilled and all cried.  They missed our old pals Maddy and Striper and were overjoyed at the surprise.  (My apologies to their teachers; the homework isn’t done. Or at least not well done.)

Settling down on the new pillow

Such a cutie

Don’t you love the face?  She is a darling.

Now all we need is a name…

A Peaceful Weekend

This has been a rare game-less weekend for our family!  And I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

There was much progress on the baby girl tunic…

Girl Twin Tunic

The fish got clean bowls…

Hi fishies!

“Fish are people too.”  “Fish are friends not food.” Name that movie…

Fuji

Stormy Autumn

And I watched  a nice movie, “Like Crazy”.

Have you seen it?

Look!!

Spring has come early in our neck of the woods.  The kids are in shorts and the jackets are off and, look what’s peaking outside…

Hydrangea Buds
Taken with my iPhone 4S

Also, a quick baby sweater flew off the needles.  I have already cast on for his twin sister!  (I am knitting these for a knitter whose eyes now prevent her from knitting…can’t even imagine that!!)

Baby Tunics

And I have a major hankering to spin something…

this…

Blue Moon Fiber Arts ST-2 in Mulberry Silk/Superfine Merino

or this?

Fat Cat Mixed Blessings BFL

Happy Spring!!

Just in TIme for Spring

Well this was really the winter that wasn’t.  Two storms served as bookends for the months of winter and I officially declared this the strangest winter ever to my kids.  It was kind of a blessing though, since we were so busy with all the kids’ activities and driving was never an issue.

As winter’s days were winding down, I finished up a new hat design for the Waterville Hat.  (And I am smitten.  I love color and keep thinking of all different color combinations…)

The hat was inspired by a beautiful colorwork ski hat of a close friend (who spends time on the slopes of Waterville Valley Ski Resort.  I decided to play with some colors and discovered the possibilities are endless; from subdued to crazy, all combos will be fun to wear!

Waterville Valley Ski Resort in a less than snowy winter

This unisex hat is also a great project for leftover sock yarn and stash busting! Who doesn’t have sock yarn leftovers?  To add an extra bit of fun,  use a small amount of a luxury yarn in a contrasting color for the hat’s liner ~ pamper yourself or loved one! A little will go a long way just for the band!

A cashmere band (right) along side a contrast band.

The hat uses stranded knitting techniques and 4 colors. While there are a few one color rounds, most of the rounds are knit with 2 colors and only one will challenge you with 3. Links to new techniques are provided to refresh and teach.

Pattern:  The pattern is available in 3 sizes,  is charted and easily adjusted to accommodate custom sizes. 

Yardage:  50-150 yards of fingering weight yarn such as BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight (or lightweight),  Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock (2 or 3-ply), Valley Yarns Huntington.

Needle US Size 1.5 (2.50 mm) 16 inch circular needle and US Size 2.5 (3.0 mm) 16 inch circular needles and double pointed needles.

Gauge:  7-8 stitches per inch on larger needle in color work pattern.

Size: Three sizes will fit a range of head sizes from older children to women and men alike.  Medium fits 22 inch noggin.

BONUS: Pattern comes with instructions to turn your swatch into an iDevice or phone case!

Bonus Swatch iDevice case

Get ready for next winter and have some fun putting new color combos together!

Waterville twin hats

See details of these two hats here and here.

Knit on and enjoy the early Spring!