Ideas for Small but Special Christmas Gifts: Pipsqueak Polar Bear Hat

imageThe most adorable hat pattern I’ve seen all year! Requires only one skein of Bernat’s Pipsqueak yarn, which is light and soft as a cloud. And it knits up fast on size  10 (US) needles. I’ve made several of these charmers and they’re always a hit. What a cool gift for any little person living where it gets cold in winter.

Find the free pattern at:

Michaels.com .

 

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Ideas for Small but Special Christmas gifts

 

Not just for Christmas, but for any occasion. Today I found this pretty pattern for mitts on garnstudio.com’s collection of Halloween items to knit. What attracted me to them is the simple yet elegant pattern, knitted in garter stitch with a pretty picot edge. The pair in the photo is made in fingering weight on size 2.5 mm/1.5 US straight needles. This is a great site with lots of helpful features. There is, for example, a conversion chart for changing between mm and inches, another for adapting the pattern for different weight yarns, and there are nine tutorials for this pattern alone. Drops Delight is the yarn used, and as the mitts require only one 50 gram skein, they can be made for less than $5.00!

I’m going to whip up several pairs to have on hand for last minute gifts. Starting tonight while watching the World Series. Go, Red Sox!

Link to the pattern:


https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=6368&cid=17

 

Knitting Tips: How to Repair a Torn or Snagged Cable

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Oh no! That beautiful cabled sweater you worked so hard on has a hole in it!

No worries. It is possible to make repairs using this article from Interweave Knits . Appears to be a technique similar to closing the  toe of a sock using Kitchener stitch. The article also includes helpful suggestions for finding the right yarn for the repair if you no longer have any that the item was made with.

 

Shakespeare in Song

Interesting article with a poem about the knitting a sweater for your boyfriend jinx!

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Pam Ayres Thoughts of a Late Night Knitter

 

Shakespeare in Song – that is a misleading title for this blog.  Last night we went to a concert and Shakespeare in Song was indeed the title but the songs were interspersed with poetry.  The concert and the readings of the poems were performed by the Gaudete Singers.  A very enjoyable experience.  Much to my surprise, one of the poems was about knitting.  It was called Thoughts of a Late-Night Knitter by Pam Ayres.  “I had a lovely boyfriend, Knit one, purl one.  Had him for a long time, Cast on for the back.    Had him all the summer, Loved him, cuddled him.  Push it up the knitting pin, And gather up the slack.     Well, he knew how much I liked him, Knit one, purl one.   I made him seven jerseys, Never did him any wrong.   And he told me that he loved me, Knit one, purl one.  …

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Knitting New: Knitted Harry and Meghan

With the royal wedding come and gone, designer Fiona Goble has designed a knitted version of the bride and groom, right down to the engagement ring on Meghan’s finger. The wedding was spectacular, and what better way to recall it in all its splendor than with dolls representing the happy couple? This design is a follow up to Fiona’s 2011 book “Knit Your Own Royal Wedding” after William and Kate’s. The pattern for the Harry and Meghan dolls costs $4.00, and is available for download at fionagoble.com.

 

Just curious…. whose dress did you like better, Kate’s or Meghan’s?

 

Knitting News: Yarn is Not for the Birds

Heads up, fiber artists! Interweave.com, one of my go-to yarnie sites, posted an article warning readers that yarn scraps and other man made fibers can harm or even kill birds. I don’t put out scrap yarn myself, but it’s likely that many others do. Here’s the upshot of the article:

Yarn is bad for birds because:

  1. The fibers can get tangled in the bird’s legs, neck, or wings, cutting off blood or air flow, possibly leading to loss of limbs or death.
  2. Birds can choke or develop internal obstructions from ingesting it.
  3. It can tether them to the nest, which will probably lead to starvation or attack by predators.
  4. The many chemicals that go into yarn production can be deadly to birds, which are tiny and can’t tolerate them.

 

 

 

 

The article’s author, Sarah Rothberg, comments that birds are master builders who have constructed their own homes for millenia without human intervention. But she suggested several other materials that are safe to provide in the yard, such as twigs, dry grass and straw, pet fur, moss, dead leaves, all free, of course, from pesticides, herbicides, other chemicals, and flea/tick pet medicines.

Who knew? Be kind to our feathered friends, peeps!

 

 

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 Rukajärvi did win a bronze.

Very cool!