Dindy Beret

One hat out of the Thistle yarn wasn't enough,
So I made this sweet little hat for my daughter out of 2 balls of the Old Rose colorway.

The pattern is the Dindy Beret by Kate Oates of TotToppers.

What a cute little hat this is. The leafy border is such a nice detail.

I made a few modifications for my daughter's version.
The pattern calls for 2 adorable body styles, but I chose to leave her hat plain on the top.
Also I knit the leafy band with a size 7 needle, and the body in a size 8 which created a slightly slouchier look.

I love the swirly decrease pattern and the bobble on top.
The small little details really add to the design.

If you like this hat, check out Kate's blog here.
She has a ton of great hat designs for adults and children.

For all of the great photos I get of my daughter, there are twice as many...
uh... uncooperative photo taking experiences. :)

It seems that the more of a deadline I am under with the photo taking,
the goofier my 4 year old gets during our photoshoots.

But I will get my revenge someday.. these will be great to show at her high school graduation party,
or if she ever has a boyfriend that I don't like.

Cute hat though!


16-Sixteen Cable Hat

I just had the pleasure of knitting the 16 cable beret by Circe Belles Boucles.
What an amazing pattern!

The pattern is simple, quick and not fussy at all..
There are only 4 cable crosses in the whole hat!

I love these how these over sized dramatic cables look..

Such a fun knit!

I made a few minor modifications to my version. I made the largest slouchiest version and added one extra cable cross before decreasing. I just felt that it should be there.

Also I eliminated some of the plain knit rounds in the decrease portion.

I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Its so soft and cushy and WARM.


The lovely yarn I have to thank for making this hat possible is Louisa Harding Thistle.
It offers a truly decadent knitting experience.

This hat took 3 balls, but if you were to make the smaller version,
you could definitely squeeze this pattern out of 2.
I just barely had to dip into that 3rd ball of yarn.

Check out my latest podcast episode to hear more about this yarn and
how to enter to win both yarn and pattern!


Stitches Stash

So I went up to Stitches West a few weeks ago or so.
And a few skeins decided to come home with me...

Well.. maybe a lot of skeins. I guess it depends on how you look at it. :)

I am in love with all of my new yarns. I have no idea when I'll get the chance to knit all of them.. but for now I am greatly enjoying just having them in my possession.

Each picture links to the vendor from which I bought from.

(Starting at top left: 1: Miss Babs Yummy Monochrome-2 ply Superwash in Moss, 2: Malabrigo Worsted in Paris Night, 3: Becoming Art Handspun in Auburn Reconcile, 4: Pigeonroof Studios Heavy Laceweight in Black Walnut, 5: Becoming Art Celio Sport in New Moon, 6: Anzula Cloud Laceweight in color #206, 7: Becoming Art Mar Lana in Sandalwood, 8: Madelinetosh Vintage in Victorian Gothic, and last but not least
9: Knitting Notions Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Lichen.)

Be sure to listen to my upcoming podcast episode on March 15th to find out more
about my trip to Stitches West!


New Bags!

Out of the kindness of my heart, I've adopted
two more RoseKnits bags into my knitting bag family.
My RoseKnits 'Box Tote' was pleased to have a little sister.. :)

I just love the size of this 'Cube' project bag! Its perfect for a sock or hat project and the little notions pouch fits inside perfectly!

And.. aren't these fabrics just the cutest?

I've been working on 2 new hat projects recently, so I've been using this little project bag a lot.

I packed my little zippered notions pouch with all of the things I would need for the projects:
Dpns, measuring device, cable needle, stitch markers and scissors.
It was great having all of those things in one place with my knitting..
and in a matching bag too. Just love that!

I hope to adopt more in the future.


Roseknits Springtime Giveaway

Get ready for Springtime knitting with this lovely, yarn-filled "Fortune Cookie" style bag by RoseKnits and this brand new copy of Nicky Epstein's Crocheted Flowers.

The shape of this project bag with its large triangular base, is perfect for setting beside you while you knit. While you are knitting, you can leave your yarn in the bag and zip it up almost to the top. That way your yarn stays nice and clean while you work and
you don't have to worry about your yarn rolling all over the floor.
This bag is also very roomy and can easily hold a small to medium size project.

With this giveaway you will also have the chance to win this lovely book by Nicky Epstein.
Crocheted flowers are perfect for adorning your Springtime knitting projects.
Look at all of the pretty flower patterns found in this book!

Enter to win the complete "springtime collection" by simply leaving a
comment under this blog post with some contact information.
Gain an additional drawing entry by posting this phrase on Twitter.com:

" I entered the RoseKnits Springtime Drawing Giveaway on nevernotknitting.com!
You should enter too! @nevernotknittin "

There will be only one winner selected at random.
The winner will be announced March 15th, so please check back then!

This drawing is now closed.

The winner is Jen G.! Congratulations!