Free Pattern: Knit Lamp Shades

lamp, glas bord, ikea, knit, knittingI’ve had this set of two lamps from IKEA for a few years now, and while they’re pretty they were a bit plain. Enter- Knitting! I saw that someone had knit a nice cabled cover for their lamps and I knew I could come up with something pretty for mine. After a bit of playing around this is what I came up with and I thought I’d share it with you. I’m not sure IKEA still sells this particular lamp, but it would work with any lamp of approximately the same dimensions. Small lamp: 11″ high and 4.5″ square. Large lamp: 14″ high and 5.5″ square.

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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
8 stitches & 8 rows per 1 inch in wheat stitch.
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
Darning needle for finishing

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Free Pattern: Astoria Cowl

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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!

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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)


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


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


Stitch marker

Darning needle for finishing

52 Project: 14/52



NYC was teetering on the brink of spring, but this weekend it has tipped and become official.  People are dressing lighter and are out more. I spy more morning joggers running outside on my way in to work each day.

The daffodils and crocus were blooming in my neighborhood. The buds on the trees will be bursting any second now.  I took a little stroll in Central Park and the weather was really beautiful. Still a little overcast and broody, but the weather is certainly warmer and the spring flowers are popping up everywhere.






A Birthday Giveaway!

We have a lot to celebrate around these parts, we are teetering on the brink of having 400 followers on our little piece of the internet and its thrilling!

We’re also in the depths of winter, or as I like to refer to it, Prime Knitting Season. A lot of people don’t care for January, as there are no glittering holidays to decorate for, or parties and holiday food to nibble on.  But January, to me anyway, means wintry beauty, finally being comfortable (I don’t do very well in the heat) cuddling up to my wool without it making me sweat, brisk outdoors and cozy indoors. January also means its my birthday! So since today is my birthday and since everyone is coming down off their holiday high, and in need of a pop of color in their life we’re giving away this beautiful Elka Mug from Anthropologie.


Who wouldn’t love to curl up with a steamy cuppa on a cold January night? What a cheerful color to brighten even the wintriest of winter mornings.


TO BE ENTERED IN THE GIVEAWAY:  simply click on the link in the sidebar to follow FlorrieMarie on WordPress and you have a chance to win! Once we reach 400 we will randomly choose one winner from all of our followers, so don’t worry if you’re already following, you’re in!!


If you like, leave us a comment letting us know what you love about January!

Disclaimer: We simply love this mug from Anthropologie, they didn’t ask us to give it away or link to the website, and we weren’t paid to promote it. Its just super pretty and we wanted to share the love.

52 Project and a Foggy Morning


Hello General Sherman!

This morning I realized that I was behind schedule on my 52 photo project. The idea is that you find a spot, and take one picture a week from that exact same spot for an entire year and at the end you have a wonderful little collection of pictures that show the seasons, the people and the city change.  Since this is the first Monday in January this will be my starting date. I will take a picture every Monday at the corner of 60th Street and Fifth avenue, looking north along the edge of Central Park. I thought this would be a good spot because you get a great view of the trees, which is helpful in pictures of the city because otherwise it can be hard to tell what the season is, lol.So without further ado, here is picture 1/52:

20140106-094339.jpgAs I took the picture for my project, the pond in the park caught my eye. A lovely thick mist was hanging in the trees over it and I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity to take a few more pictures.  It would mean being 10 minutes late for work, but no one would notice and the pictures I got made it so worth it!  It was magical. There was no one else around but for a lone person walking through the fog.  It was perfection. I adore a foggy drizzly day, they’re like a poem in the prose of the everyday. OK, now I’m getting carried away. 🙂

Look at this loveliness!




20140106-094512.jpgGorgeous! I was so tempted to skive off work and keep walking and taking pictures. But Monday is a super busy day for me so I hustled back around the corner to work. I hope your day has a little bit of magic and beauty in it too!

– Marie