I've been working on making my own patterns. I just haven't found the right patterns lately (as in, the past week). So, I made the coordinating mittens to the snowflake cable beret without a pattern. I think they turned out beautifully, and not so matchy-matchy that they look silly. Because they, and the hat, are made from high-end local alpaca, the hat is $75, and the mittens are $50. If purchased together, I will apply a 15% discount. I also made a chunky grey cowl out of acrylic yarn (soft and machine washable), which is $35 (also made without a pattern). I made a pair of short cabled, multi-coloured boot cuffs, which are also $35. I will post them in my shop soon, but I am debating just starting an Etsy shop. I would love to hear everyones feedback about which you would prefer: the shop as currently attached to my website, or a separate Etsy shop. Thanks for your feedback, and support!
Pumpkin Carving... for Squirrels
Every year we have made it a family tradition to carve special Halloween pumpkins. This year Lauren picked out two spooky Zombie Pumpkins (the website the patterns are from). Cody and I painstakingly carved these pumpkins last night, and let Lauren stay up late to take pictures with them. I then put them on the front porch to keep them fresh and cold... and found them brutally dismembered this morning. Our fuzzy squirrel friend (who Lauren has named Nutty) has eaten and stashed pumpkin chunks all over our yard. So apparently all of our hard work was to feed a hungry little squirrel. Happy Halloween all!
Snowflake Cable Hat
The challenge of matching the perfect yarn (colour, weight, and fibre) with the perfect pattern, can sometimes make me crazy... Not this time! I found this pattern for free on Ravelry, and although a challenging cabling project, it was MADE for the hand-dyed pure alpaca yarn that I had stashed away. The pattern is called 'Cable Top Cap' by Susan Mills, and the yarn is called Tranquil Waters by A to Z Alpacas. I think might sell this hat, but I feel like I should make a coordinating pair of mittens or fingerless gloves to go with it first. If you might be interested in this item, with or without matching mitts, please let me know!
Little Fawn Costume
Lauren wanted to be a fawn for Halloween this year. Halloween in Northern Canada is really tricky, and usually involves a costume being covered by (or squished on top of) snowpants and parkas. I vowed that Lauren's costumes would always be designed for these cold Halloween nights, and keep her toasty warm while still looking great. So $20 in polar fleece later, we have a cozy fawn costume, including wide headband ear-warmers with deer ears sewn on! The pants were a version of a free pattern for children's pyjama pants. Lauren cut out all the circles for the pants one Saturday morning... she did a great job! The jacket was a bit more involved, and I drafted it all on the fly... so I'll probably never be able to make another one! I really should have documented the process to make a tutorial... Maybe next time!
Moose Hunting Beanie
I understand that it is perhaps hard to understand why a vegetarian would make a hunting hat. I actually have no problem at all with hunting. My husband, his family, and most of my friends are all hunters. It's not something I am personally capable of doing, but I respect the idea of living off the land. Organic, free range animals, that have lived healthy lives in the wild... I certainly think its the way to go if you are going to eat meat. SO, in honour of all those hunters heading out this fall, and for my husbands strong family tradition of Moose meat and macaroni suppers, I knitted up this hat. I'd love to hear your thoughts, and happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!
Holiday season is upon us, and I'm starting to think warm cozy thoughts. I've been knitting like a crazy person, and have nearly completed all of my knitted gifts already! I am now accepting requests for small custom items like hats, mittens, leg warmers, cowls, and fingerless gloves. I have a very solid stash of pure local alpaca yarn to pick from, or you can go to A to Z Alpacas and pick out your favourite skein for me to create with. I LOVE knitting with the alpaca yarn, it's incredibly soft (think baby bunnies in a cloud), and comes in the most beautiful hand dyed or natural colours. That being said, I can source out whatever it is you need with plenty of time to spare for the holidays. This is going to be a first come first serve thing, so please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your requests and we can start designing that perfect custom piece.