Free Pattern: Skully Chart

Here’s a fun little chart for some spooky Halloween knitting.

Eat all the candy!

SKULLY CHART on Ravelry

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52 Project: 43/52

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I had a super fun weekend up at the Croakery helping Florrie host a Halloween party for a pack of wild 2-7 year olds. It was so much fun, with games, and food, and kids tearing around the garden. I got to spend some quality time rambling about the woods, getting my fill of country air and autumn woods.  Florrie inspired me to purchase some Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, and I started swatching for a new hat pattern. It is completely and utterly the most luscious thing to knit with. 55% Baby Alpaca/45% Fine Merino. Soft, springy, cloud-like, and it knits up so fast!

Back in the city this Monday our corner is finally catching up to Florrie’s little mountain and the colors are showing, the leaves have begun to fall. There’s a new art installation going in, some massive bronze sculptures. Once the fence comes down I’ll share a few pictures.  Have a great week! -Marie

Chocolate Nut Granola

I love a little crunch with my yogurt in the morning, I find it really satisfies my hunger. This is my first attempt at granola, I’d call it an experiment that worked out pretty well. I’ll be using this recipes as a case to play around with different ingredients in the future.

Chocolate nut granola

1 ½ cups of  rolled oats

½ cup of flax seeds

½ cup of unsweetened coconut

½ cup of your favourite nuts crushed

¼ cup of cocoa powder

¼ cup of honey

2 tbsp of  olive oil

2 tbsp of coconut sugar

½ tsp of salt

Heat the oven to 300 degrees

In a bowl, combine the cocoa powder, honey and olive oil in a bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined and there are no lumps.

Stir the oats, seeds, nuts and salt to the wet ingredients until they are coated and glistening.

Spread out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with the sugar.

Pop it into the oven for 15 minutes, check and stir. Let cook for a further 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Then devour, but seriously, store in an air tight container.

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IMG_6514-0.JPGIn stark contrast to the riot of color upstate, the leaves in the city are finally just starting to turn. Our little corner is showing a blush of gold and orange. The wind is a bit chillier than it has been and jackets have been spotted on the city dwellers. Fall is happening people! :-)

Hope you all have a great week. -Marie

 

Postcards from Rhinebeck ’14

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IMG_6516.JPGIt was so good to get out of the city this weekend and head upstate to Rhinebeck for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. The weather was the most perfect October weather you could ask for, by turns dramatic, steel grey skies with the woods all orange and red and gold and the clearest blue sky and sunshine with cold air and chilly breeze. It was perfectly cold and that meant that the hand knits could be worn comfortably, but not so cold that you needed a jacket over them. Florrie finished her Aunt Fred and it looked so great on her, I would have lost my marbles knitting a whole sweater in that fiddly sport weight wool. Kudos to her. I wore my Astoria cowl, it was snug and perfectly warm.

Florrie had much more shopping restraint than I did, I bought two skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in a really pretty green/blue/grey colorway (Shaken Not Stirred), the line for Miss Babs wool was predictably long, a giant bag of Maple Cotton Candy, some Hot Maple Mustard (it’s seriously the best thing ever), a gorgeous cherry wood stirrer/spatula from Chester B. Basil’s stall, some beautiful grey/green ceramic buttons from Melissa Jean and on the way home when we stopped off in Tivoli at Fabulous Yarns I got a squishy red skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra.  I’m not sure if it was because it’s the third or fourth year that we have gone, or if it was in fact smaller this year. Not sure, but it was fun and we got to scratch a few goats and sheep under their chins, and see so much beautiful wool.

Until next year Rhinebeck, maybe I’ll get my act together in 2015 and have my own sweater to wear. :-D

-Marie

 

 

Aunt Fred

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I’ve wanted to knit Aunt Fred by Pamela Wynne since first seeing it at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool last year. There was something so cosy and unfussy about this knit that I was drawn to. I loved the pattern, a sort of mini houndstooth. It wasn’t until late summer when Maire and I were making our fall plans that I decided to cast on. Around the same time I’d fallen in love the Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. It’s soft and delicious and has a little lustre. I did hesitate in choosing this because the weight was finer than the pattern required. I paired it up with Blue Sky Alpacas Sport, which is one of my all time favourite yarns. I paired the platinum metalico with a medium charcoal grey. After a few swatches to work out the new gauge and some double checking of calculations, I began.