Fair Isle Mitts

imageOn this very snowy morning, while watching the birds flock around the feeder, I opened email to find the perfect pattern for a day like this.

The pattern , from Yarnspiration, is shown in two different color ways, and it’s easy to dream up many other combinations that would be just as pretty.   Requires worsted weight yarn and size E/4 (US) (3.5mm) hook.


Vintage Christmas Stocking (1940’s)

12/13/14  Note to those wishing to access this pattern:

The link to the pattern and the charts is posted below, in red. This is the only one that I have access to myself, and it’s the only one I’ve knitted myself.  Someone commented that she had a similar pattern, which has prompted many to post here asking for it. Apparently she has not responded to requests posted in comments.

While browsing knitting patterns, this vintage 1940’s pattern caught my eye. More than 20 years ago, my mother-in-law, Louise, knitted this stocking for my husband, using the Christmas tree and Santa motifs, and how could I not post the pattern here?!  Ours is shown on the left, and the generic  below.

Pattern can be located here: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/christmas/1945-stocking.htm

As of today (12/13/14), this link works.

Worsted weight yarn and size 5 (US) double pointed needles.

Okapi Shawl


Just up this weekend in the Ram Wools Newsletter is this fantastic looking shawl pattern that should be lots of fun to knit. It’s made with one solid and one tweed skein of their new fingering weight yarn, Eco Llama. I love the mitered effect. Requires a size 2 or 3 (US) circular needle. The pattern is free and can be downloaded here. I’m off to order the yarn, which comes in some yummy earth tones. Which to choose? Hmm.