Aunt Fred

aunt, fred, rhinebeck, sweater, pamela, wynne, sheep, and, wool, new, york, stateaunt, fred, rhinebeck, sweater, pamela, wynne, sheep, and, wool, new, york, state

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.

 

Free Pattern: Morel Hat

IMG_5979morel, hat, knitting, knit, free, pattern, wheat, stitch, texture, slouchy, hatIMG_5973

I actually cast on for this hat months ago… I bought the wool at Rhinebeck last fall, and I knew I wanted to knit it into a scrumptious, slouchy, textured hat. But then summer happened, and it got set aside. When Florrie came up with that delicious spicy mushroom dish a few weeks ago, an idea was born. We thought that it would be super fun to pair a knit with a recipe. We didn’t use morels in the recipe, but the texture of the wheat stitch in the hat reminded me of morel’s tall textured caps. The recipe is included in the pattern PDF for you to make and enjoy. Both the soup and the hat will warm you up on a chilly fall day. 🙂

Morel features an elongated wheat stitch with pretty eyelet detail at the brim. The ribbing along the brim will stretch to fit many sizes, but there are instructions for a small and large hat. The hat is designed to be unisex, but if you feel that the eyelet is too feminine, you can knit the yarn overs twisted to close them up.

Finished Measurements
Small (Large)
7in (9in) / 18cm (29cm) wide at brim, laid flat
18in (22in) / 46cm (56cm) circ. gently stretched
8in (10in) / 20cm (25.5cm) high, laid flat
Finished weight of large hat 3.5oz/98g
Gauge
8 stitches & 8 rows per 1 inch in wheat stitch.
Needle
1 pair US5(3.75mm) 16in/40.5cm circular needles, or needles to obtain gauge.
1 set US5(3.75mm) double pointed needles
Suggested Yarn
Miss Babs Northumbria DK (100% Bluefaced Leicester Wool) 240yd/3.5oz (225m/100g)
For project: approximately 235yd/3.5oz (215m/98g)
Colorway: Candied Pecan
Notions
Darning needle for finishing

Download the FREE pattern at Ravelry

LYS: Tender Buttons

IMG_4956.JPGIMG_4957.JPGIMG_4958.JPG

 

IMG_4959.JPG

 

IMG_4963.JPG

IMG_4961.JPGIMG_4966.JPG

There are few notions that we knitters enjoy more than buttons.  Buttons and wool seem to go with each other like peanut butter and jelly, Lucy and Ethel, gin and tonic. On the east side at 62nd street just off of Lexington Avenue is Tender Buttons, a fun, tiny, hole in the wall filled to the brim with all the weird and wonderful buttons that you could ever dream of.

I went in to buy some buttons for a cowl idea that I had and was quickly overwhelmed. 😀 But in a very good, button-filled way.  It’s filled with so many curiosities. Seed packet and cake buttons! I’m sorry that most of my pictures are blurry… I was in a rush and took them with my iPhone.

I have heard that the service there is lacking, and several yelp reviewers would have you think it’s the worst place ever, but I didn’t have a bad experience. The guy behind the counter was helpful, though not overly nice. That’s fine with me. I don’t need to be coddled as a customer. Be warned though, it is cash only, so don’t try to pay with your card. All in all, cute shop, good selection.  I’ll be back when I am ready for cardigan buttons.

LYS: Brooklyn General Store

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping

brooklyn, general, store, florriemarie, floma, knitting, local, yarn, store, lys, wilma, jean, chicken, smith, canteen, caroll, street, caroll, gardens, brownstone, knit, quilting, shopping, madeline, tosh, dk, merino

My good friend is currently obsessed with the new TV show Outlander. She’s also been taken with some of the heroine’s knitwear so she asked me if I would help her design and make the capelet that is featured in the show. She needed to purchase some wool for the project and I thought it would be a good excuse to visit one of the local yarn shops that I had never visited before. Being a Queens girl I don’t get to Brooklyn very often, but I had heard that Brooklyn General Store was a wonderful yarn/sewing shop and I had been meaning to visit it for a while.

I took the F train to the Caroll Street stop.  It lets out onto Smith Street, which is a busy street filled with shops and restaurants. Lunch was in order. We settled on eating at Wilma Jean, one of those chef-y Brooklyn places that specializes in fried chicken. The food was pretty great. Juicy fresh chicken, tater tots (!!) and a gorgeous, deep red, vinegary house made ketchup. The cornbread was pretty good, but it was a bit dry and lacked a little flavor, though the salted molasses butter helped. I had a root beer. I haven’t drunk a root beer in ages. It was a good thing.

After our late lunch we strolled west, down the tree lined streets filled with brownstones.  I do love a brownstone. Even though it’s brimming with tight trousered hipsters, artisan cheese and baby carriages, Brooklyn is also full of charming neighborhoods. I have to give it that.

Brooklyn General is a really cute shop, living up to its too-cool-for-school Brooklyn reputation. Sadly that reputation extends to the staff there. I’ve worked in retail for over a decade, so my standards of customer service are rather high, admittedly. The women did greet us, but it was a bit chilly and perfunctory. At one point while browsing we were asked if we needed assistance, so that was encouraging. When we were ready to pay for our purchases, we stood at the counter for a minute or so while the chatting women behind it ate potato chips and finished their conversation before acknowledge our presence. Not exactly the way to treat paying customers. So while the shop has charm, and a decent selection of fabrics and wool, it’s certainly not worth the trip to Brooklyn, at least for me. I did get two delicious skeins of Madeline Tosh DK there. I can’t wait to start knitting that up!

On my way to the train home, I stopped in at Smith Canteen for an espresso. Such a cute coffee shop. I’m a complete ninny though, and left my bag of wool there. I didn’t even notice it was gone until I got home, and at first, I thought it had become a sacrifice to ye F train gods. I was about to resign myself to disappointment when I remembered the coffee shop and me setting it up on the shelf above where I sat and sipped my coffee. I tried calling the shop, but wasn’t able to get through to anyone, so I emailed them. They replied pretty quickly and said they had found my wool. I made the trek back the next day and retrieved it. Thank you Smith Canteen!

Free Pattern: Astoria Cowl

astoria Cowl 4

astoria, new, york, city, cowl, scarf, knit, knitting, warm, wool, yarn, free, pattern, florriemarie, heidi, marie, robinson

DSCN0416

IMG_4655

Here’s a free new pattern for you for this beautiful, crisp September morning.

This textured cowl is a great beginning knitter project, or an auto pilot knit for a more experienced knitter wanting something easy and familiar to do with their hands. Its knit in the round so there will be no seams to sew, and the simple pattern is completely reversible.

Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter is a great vehicle to showcase texture, and it blooms and softens up beautifully once blocked. It’s still a wee bit on the scratchy side, as wool goes, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have overly sensitive skin, but any yarn would be fine for this piece.  I hope you enjoy it!

Download for FREE on Ravelry

Pattern Notes:

Finished Measurements

7.5in (19.5cm) wide
28in (50.8cm) long, folded in half 56in (142.24cm) circumference Finished weight – 4oz (113g)

Suggested Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed (100% Targhee-Columbia Wool) 140yd (128m/50g)
Colorway shown: Snowbound
For project: approx. 320 yards (293m, 113g)

Needle

1 pair US8 (5mm) 16” minimum circular needles, or needles to obtain gauge.

Gauge

9 stitches & 12 rows per 2 inches in stockinette stitch.

Notions

Stitch marker

Darning needle for finishing

Free Pattern: Wren Revisited

florriemarie craft hudson knitting heidi robinson wren cowlflorriemarie craft hudson knitting heidi robinson wren cowlflorriemarie craft hudson knitting heidi robinson wren cowlflorriemarie craft hudson knitting heidi robinson wren cowl

Hello knitters and a happy start to autumn to you all! I for one am glad to see the end of summer, and I am looking forward with much anticipation to the cooler season ahead. Florrie and I have loads of ideas, as usual, and we are finding ourselves pulled in so many creative directions. We’re so lucky to have each other to bounce ideas off of, and it’s so much fun and filled with manic panic as we feed off each other’s creative insanity. Our To-Do list is forever growing. We have an inside joke that we have a personal assistant named Brenda that should be test knitting our patterns, getting us coffee, testing our recipes and editing our posts… but we’re never getting it all done because we can never find her! BRENDA!? Where are you! lol

I was looking through my early knitting patterns a little while back and decided to (finally) update the Wren Cowl. Wren is a family name on my sister in law’s side. It has history and it conjures up images for me of the fleet little brown birds, darting through the air. I had just learned the star stitch and I was eager to make it into an accessory, and the simple yet pretty Wren Cowl was born. With a little tinkering I figured out how to make the pattern seamless. But the original pattern was missing some crucial information, I was so new to writing patterns that I didn’t realize how important things like weight and size conversions were. Oops. 🙂  I also neatened up some of the directions, hopefully making things even more clear.

I love the star stitch, but it’s one of those stitches that does tend to get a little bit monotonous, it’s like the moss stitch. I love love love the texture, but it makes me a little bit batty to k1, p1 over a large piece of knitting. I think the results are worth it in the end though. The Wren Cowl is a nice little accessory, so you (hopefully) won’t feel like you’re star stitching into eternity.  Once you get the hang of the purl three together technique, you get into a little rhythm.  If you use a wool with enough yardage it also makes a great single skein project. We all have those impulse buy, single skeins of something luscious. The star stitch is a good choice for solids, as well as a pretty variegated wool.

You can download the FREE PATTERN on RAVELRY.

I’m jumping into deep end of official knitting season with both feet. How about you?

-Marie