Thursday, July 29, 2010

Picking Blackberries

About a year ago I was at the store when a new order of Araucania Ranco Multy came in. The colourways were all stunning, but one in particular caught my attention. It reminded me immediately of blackberry picking, as it has all the dark and light purples in it that your fingers get stained with when picking.

I brought it home with me that day, and kept it in the back of my mind as I looked at various small shawls. Finally it told me it wanted to be a Multnomah shawl (a free pattern from Hello Knitty), and I accommodated it.

This is a really quick knit, and fun to work. It took just under one skein (about 20 yards left over) which was perfect. I think it will get a lot of wear in the fall.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sun Hat

This week on the store website we are featuring Shelley's cotton sun hat pattern on the front page. While I was camping recently I decided to knit one. I could only find a 3.75 mm needle, instead of the recommended 3.5 mm, but as I am tight knitter I wasn't too concerned. My yarn of choice was opal Petticoat cotton.

I omitted the yarn over row after the picot hem, but otherwise followed directions as written. Love the pattern, and the hat is really cute. This was a quick, fun knit!