Knitting News: Olympic Coach Keeps Calm by …..Knitting?!!

21E3D9D9-50D7-4F6B-A0AD-93A69D765D6DHow cool 😎 is Finnish snowboard coach Antti Koskinen, a man who has discovered for himself one of the perks of knitting !?  This shot was taken yesterday while the coach was awaiting the run of team member Roope Tonteri in the slopestyle event. Now the news is going viral on Twitter, everyone wanting to know what Mr. Koskinen is making. According to the Olympic Team Finland, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio announced the birth of their son at the beginning of February, so the team is now knitting up squares for a blanket to welcome the baby. What a special gift, you’ve gotta love 💕 it!

A study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy found that there is a “significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy. More frequent knitters also reported higher cognitive functioning.” Knitting for the gold? Unfortunately, no, but racer Enni RukajĂ€rvi did win a bronze.

Very cool!

 

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Bateau Sweater

The bateau neckline has always been a favorite of mine, so when this pattern was featured nearly a week ago on Yarnspirations, I bookmarked it for consideration.  A couple of days ago I bought a boat-neck tee  on sale at Gap, which prompted me to take another look at this sweater.

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The free pattern is simple and straightforward, stockinette with a little ribbing, and I prefer projects that offer more of a challenge. But it’s still cold and winter in these parts, and my husband and I have been bingeing most evenings on British mystery series. (The best so far have been Broadchurch, which was addictive from the first episode, and Shetland, which started slow but hooked us at episode three. Now taking a humor break with season three of Grace and Frankie ; Lily Tomlin is brilliant!) Anyway, I figure the easy Bateau sweater will be perfect for those nights spent in front of that glowing screen. I love the yarn, which appears pink in the picture but is actually called “orchid”, and contains a  “subtle touch of  sparkles”. Calls for size 6 (US) needles and seven skeins of Patons Glam Stripe.

Heading off to order this yarn  online right over HERE

Kitchener Stitch Cheat Sheet

For at least  five years, the Tricksy Knitter website has had this great, easy to follow Kitchener Stitch instruction sheet, which I’ve followed for each of the many pairs of socks I’ve knitted. Figuring that it’s probably safe enough to  repost it by now ithout the link going dead, I’ve decided to share it here for all my intrepid sock knitting readers. How long have you wished for one of THESE ?! Thank you, thank you, Tricksy Knitter !!

Gridded Pullover

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Browsing new knitting patterns is one of my favorite online pastimes, so quite frequently I’ll save promising patterns that I find to a folder on my home screen, and yesterday, while searching for something else, the Gridded Pullover from Lion Brand popped up. I haven’t made it yet or even looked at it for a while, but this pattern looks well suited to the recommended yarn, Lion’s worsted weight cotton, 24/7, and I like its  loose yet not baggy drape effect of its lines. This yarn is available in 24 colors, but for some reason, I’m always attracted to the icy blue shade in which this sweater is knitted. It’s made in four pieces on size 6 (US) needles, and looks as though it would work up fairly quickly. Also, the instructions look pretty clear.  At the moment, I’ve got the second of a pair of socks, and another pullover on the needles, but this might just be my next project. It’s looking to be a long winter this year….

Find the free pattern right over here.

Harvest Afghan

C284FCDB-4DD2-410A-848E-FF7CF45A23E1The blend of textures and colors in this cozy afghan make it a perfect fall or winter project, its variations offering much more interest than one that is uniform throughout. And, once it games no some size, it’ll keep you cozy while working. The yarns are from Bernat and a size 8(US) 36 inch circular needle is suggested.  The pattern is accessible free of charge from Yarnspirations.

 

 

 

Click here for pattern

Two Needle Christmas Stocking

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It’s not too late to whip up a couple of new Christmas stockings for decoration or use. Quick and easy, especially if using only one color. It’s also simple enough to add motifs, stripes, or other elements if desired.

Worsted weight yarn, size 10 (US) needles. Knit flat, seamed up the back.

Pattern available here from Plymouth Yarn.

Dressing the 18th Century Woman

IMG_1028Visiting history museums is one of my favorite activities, especially places like Plymouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, or Williamsburg, where great care is spent getting things right. But something I find really irksome is seeing interpreters playing “dress up”, wearing clothing that sort of evokes the period they are portraying but is far from authentic. Pants with zipper flies, for instance, or sneakers, or push up bras.  You also see this kind of thing in parades. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. So it was with great interest that I viewed the following video, produced by National Museums Liverpool.

The video can be accessed here