Free Pattern: Morel Hat

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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

Snowed In: French Press Cozy

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What a wild winter we’ve been having in the North East.  Lots of snow and cold temperatures, more so than any winter in recent memory. All this snow inspired me to create a little collection of knitting patterns based upon my favorite kind of winter day.  Snowed In.

I hope these sweet patterns will bring some cheer to your wintry snow days. Its not so terrible to be snowed in after all.  To celebrate the release of Snowed In, I’ll be giving away one pattern a day. Today’s pattern Is French Press Cozy, leave a comment on this post telling me why you love a snow day to win! You have until noon tomorrow, and then we’re on to the next pattern!

 My perfect snow day has me snowed in, with a day off from work and nowhere to be except in my cozy house.  The day ahead is filled with great movies, lots of knitting and scrumptious comfort food. First on my list would be a decadent brunch. Soft boiled eggs, buttered toast and fruit, and a piping hot carafe of coffee brewed in my french press.  

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It’s a sad fact that the glass carafe on these kind of presses lets your drink go cold rather quickly, but a little woolly sweater for your french press if just the ticket. This French Press Cozy is the first pattern of this collection. It will keep your coffee warm until the last drop is poured, and the cheerful color and pretty texture add to the charm of your brunch table.  Four pretty buttons close up the cozy. Mine came from Melissa Jean  but I don’t see them on her site currently.

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A noontime walk in the falling snow is everything its supposed to be. Filled with the quiet hiss of falling flakes, beautiful, eerie light, and drifts of freshly fallen snow. Coming back into the warmth of the indoors leaves you with cheeks flushed with cold, numb fingers and a rumbling tummy. The afternoon is followed up by more of the same. Knit. Eat. Repeat.   -Marie

Link to the Ravelry project page for Snowed In French Press, or  

This french press cozy has been designed to fit a Bodum Chambord 4 cup french press. If you have a larger or smaller sized press this pattern can be easily adapted to fit.
You may add or subtract the stitch repeat number from the cast on and still easily read the written directions. If you are using the chart, you can print two copies, fold one so that it repeats the correct number of stitches to see the chart for the new size. If your press is bigger around you also add extra garter stitch rows at the end, or use a second photocopy of the chart to increase the number of patterned rows until the fabric is long enough. You may also need to adjust the placement of the buttonhole yarn overs, depending on where your handle rests on your press.

Directions include fully written directions as well as helpful charted instructions.

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Introducing Leaf Kerchief & a GIVEAWAY!

Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

I first knitted Leaf a few years ago, I knew I wanted something simple with a touch of detail and it had to be knitted in one of my favourite yarns, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM). A gorgeous hand painted fingering weight merino. There was no blood, and I don’t recall any sweat, but there were tears. Tears of frustration, tears from the pain of my fingers seizing up and tears of joy when I cast off the last stitch.

I can’t tell you the number of times I pulled down the work, starting over and over because there weren’t enough stitches, or there were too many, or I miss counted, and the decreases weren’t right. I threw down my needles several times, but each time, after a few days of cooling off I’d pick up my knitting determined to see this through. Eventually I found my rhythm.

The thought of publishing hadn’t really crossed my mind until last year.  I received many compliments while wearing it and several people asked if there was a pattern. After proding and encouragement from Marie, I reknitted it and wrote it. Luckily I had a few rough scribbles that I could work from, but there were still a few stumbling blocks and adjustments. Almost a year later I feel that its ready, I’m super excited and a little nervous about putting it out here. It’s an unfussy, and versatile piece,  that’s prefect for chilly days. -Florrie

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We are so excited about publishing the Leaf Kerchief pattern that we have gone completely mad and are giving away a Leaf Kerchief Kit which will arrive in a fun FloMa tote filled with woolly  goodness.  The kit includes:

  • One FlorrieMarie “Knit. Eat. Repeat.” cotton tote bag (14″x14″x3″)
  • One printed copy of the Leaf Kerchief pattern on acid free paper in a protective plastic sheet cover.  As well as a code to download the PDF pattern to your Ravelry library.
  • Enough wool to make one Leaf Kerchief (with probably a bit leftover).
  • One set of safety-pin stitch holders.
  • One set of Clover Chibi darning needles in a blue carrying case for finishing work.
  • One measuring tape.
  • One little box from Muji for holding notions

The list of things in the giveaway may grow after we go to Rhinebeck.  Who knows what sort of wonderful goodies we will find. Originally we were going to get more Koigu wool for this giveaway, which the original pattern was knit in and which we adore for its deep variegated dyes and soft hand. But then Florrie had the thought that since Sheep & Wool is such a great place to buy gorgeous hand dyed skeins from small batch artists, that we would wait and pick up something really special from the vendors in Rhinebeck. We’ll post a picture of the kit complete with the Rhinebeck yarn we find tomorrow.

*EDIT* 10/21/13

Posting pictures of the yarn and other goodies included in the giveaway! We’re really happy with the yarn we found. there were soooooo many wonderful colors and fibers to choose from. We hope you’ll love it too!

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Northumbria Fingering
A lighter fingering weight than either our Yummy 2-Ply or Cosmic, Northumbria Fingering is spun from the long, lustrous wool of Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Northumbria Fingering has a nice natural shine that enhances the vibrant, rich colors. It’s great for durable, fine-gauge socks, and lovely in crisp lacy shawlettes.
Size: 437 yd / 3.5 oz (400m / 100g) skeins
Content: 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool
Gauge: Fingering weight. 8-10 stitches per inch on US 0-2.

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Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

We will be at Sheep & Wool both Saturday and Sunday, so if you see us stop by and say hi! We’ll attend both of the Ravelry Meet Ups.

To enter in the drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment in this post about which yarn you would choose to knit a Leaf Kerchief before the end of day Friday October 25, 2013.

-Florrie & Marie

The fine print:  Comments must be posted before 11:59 pm Friday October 25th to be eligible for drawing.  On Saturday 10/26/13 one comment will be picked using a random number generator to receive the giveaway. The winner will be announced at noon on Saturday 10/26/13. The giveaway is not redeemable for cash.  Contents of the kit are non-negotiable. No substitutions. The winner will be contacted by email to arrange for shipping. If the winner fails to reply to the email within 30 days they forfeit the prize and we will randomly select another comment to win the giveaway. Any questions or concerns just ask! florriemarie@gmail.com 

JAM!

I have been wanting to try out my new canning pot since I bought it last weekend, and with the great deals on strawberries and rhubarb in season this weekend was the perfect opportunity.

Just look at those gorgeous berries!

Don’t even get me started on the beautiful ruby-red rhubarb.

I started out by washing, hulling and slicing the berries. I bought 4 flats and it took a while but it was worth it. I used about 2/3rd for the jam and put a little sugar on the rest and popped it into the fridge for later.

That made a LOT of berries. That’s my big green bowl, filled past the brim!

Next I washed and chopped the rhubarb. It’s a pretty fibrous veg so I wanted to make sure that it was cut up well. Look at that beautiful interior.

The rhubarb is much tougher than the berries so I popped it into the pot first, with a cup of sugar to cook down a bit.

Meanwhile I put the empty jars in the canning pot and let them heat up.

Mix in the berries and give it a good stir. Bring to a boil and add in your sugar.

Add in your package of pectin (helps you achieve a nice jelly like consistency)

Juice a whole lemon into the pot and mix everything well.

Add in a little pat of butter to reduce the amount of foam. Trust me, it’s a needed step!

Boil it again until it is done, usually about 13 minutes at a rolling boil.

Use a spoon to skim off as much of the foam as you can, its ok if you can’t get it all, but if you want a nice clear jam its a necessary step.

It’s actually quite tasty, the foam.

Carefully take the sterilized jars out of the hot water and fill it nearly to the top with hot jam. Wipe of any jam that gets on the lip of the jar. Place a new lid on the jar and screw on the neck rings. Carefully put the jars back into the canning pot with some tongs.

Cover the pot, crank up the heat and when it comes to a rapid boil let her go for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the jars sit for a few minutes more.

Carefully remove the jars and let them sit on a rack or some towels overnight. You’ll hear a little chorus of clicks as the jars cool and the lids seal themselves. The next day label your jars with the contents and date canned. Any that have tight seals will keep in your pantry until needed, any with compromised seals can just be put in the fridge and eaten within a week or two.

Beautiful AND delicious! It requires a bit of time, but not a lot of effort. Next up is raspberry, peach and something spiked with real vanilla bean. I’m thinking golden raspberries. Later this summer I am trying pickles again! Take advantage of all the great seasonal produce out there. Its so totally worth it.