baby flax fade, free pattern
















When you've had enough.


I just can't tell you how much I love this sweater! Flax Light is a free pattern from Tin Can Knits and is sized from newborn to 4XL. It's so fun and easy to make too. I had some Madelyn Tosh Unicorn Tails meant for a shawl, then a scarf for me, but I really didn't like the way either was turning out so the yarn became a fade for a baby sweater. The colors faded together to make a simply gorgeous color story. My Ravelry page says I started this last April, but I was in no hurry because I was making the 2-4 year size and my grandson was not even a year old. But he is a big boy and now at 18 months I realized he could just about fit into it with the sleeves rolled up so I pulled it out and finished it. It's lightweight and will be nice through spring and perhaps fit next year as well. The super quick photo shoot was extremely wiggly, and when he'd had enough, he let me know!

Flax Light (fingering weight version) free pattern from TinCan Knits
Flax (worsted/aran weight version) free pattern from TinCan Knits

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21 color slouch






Hello 2019! I'm happy you're here! I think you and I are going to get along just fine! 

2019 starts off with knitting; no surprise there! I made the 21 Color Slouch from Virginia Sattler-Reimer for my granddaughter for Christmas. She LOVED it! I snapped these pictures while we were shopping at the Pendleton store downtown. She and the hat looked so lovely against their gorgeous wool blankets. The hat is super fun to make and the Woolstok wool by Blue Sky Fibers is just perfect. I thought it felt slightly scratchy in the skein, but it is very soft when knitted up, in fact, soft enough to wear against your skin. She wore the hat for an entire day of shopping and never once said it felt scratchy. I would definitely use this yarn again. The kit is adorably packaged and includes all the introductory colors of Woolstok, a 100% wool, worsted-weight yarn. I've seen the kit at knitting shows several times, but by the time I went to get one, they sold out. This happened to me several times, so when I saw the kit at Pearl Knitting in Portland, I snapped it up. I did not change one thing in the pattern or color sequence and hope to find an opportunity to knit this again. PS: I had enough yarn leftover to make a requested pompom.



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Sheltered








Many of my long-time readers remember when I was making matching sweaters for my granddaughter, Annie, and her dolls--now she is 18! Let me tell you a little about her. She is very pretty as you can see, also very outgoing and friendly. She is also very smart and is at the top of her class, which is nothing short of a miracle considering how much schooling she has had to miss. Several years ago, after a frightening, stressful, and painful year for both Annie and her parents, Annie was diagnosed with Spastic Paraplegia. This disorder is characterized by progressive weakness and spasticity in the legs. It is painful and tiring to live with. The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation is the only organization doing research for Annie's disorder. There is progress in a cure and there are projects earmarked for research, but it takes money. Donations to The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor through January 15. Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) is progressive; Annie will continue to worsen over time. The more research they can do now, the better chance we have of finding something that can stop her progression. I don't often share personal matters on Knitionary, but this is important to me and to my family and I know at this time of year many of you are considering end-of-year charitable donations. Please consider donating to the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation today. This foundation is a fully qualified 501C3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you for your consideration.



Today Annie is wearing my most recent knitted gift. It was a big HIT! She loves it and that makes me so very happy. Plus she looks darling in it. It was a fun knit and now I feel like I want to make one for me too!



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Phoenix







Yay! I love my new sweater! It's Phoenix by the talented Libby Jonson of Truly Mrytle. I was on the test knit team, but did make a few designer approved changes and they are on my Ravelry page. The yoke uses the slipped stitch mosaic technique which is the easiest type of colorwork there is--just as easy as making stripes! And if you are a total fumble fingers like me and cannot carry two yarns at the same time, try this unbelievably easy technique as it uses only one color per row. I like that the design is higher up on the yoke than many of the designs I see these days. I like the design to stop before it goes past the apex of the bust. Does that make sense? Anyway, it's just my preference. The yarn is that wonderful Rowan Cotton Cashmere that I've used a few times now and love for all seasons. It's divine to knit and wear and goes in the washer (and dryer too, even though the ball band does not recommend that). Links below:

Phoenix, pattern by Libby Jonson

I hope your Christmas was jolly and all! We had a perfectly wonderful Christmas eve and day. The baby was so darn cute and good and loved all the activity. However, we are not quite finished with celebrating yet; the rest of the family is coming for the New Years holiday. I'll be making a pot of ham and bean soup, clam chowder, and that Bo Ssam again.  I'm certain my kids will love it and it's all pretty easy, but first I have to put my feet up for a solid day of knitting. I'm finally smart enough to schedule in some resting time during the holidays. I hope you do too--it's so important not to overdo!

I received some pretty nifty Christmas gifts this year and two of them are something I know you'll be interested in: a sweaters worth of both Shibui and Malibrigo. Thank you Santa!



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merry citrusmas








This crazy thing is called a Buddha's Hand. I think they're gorgeous (my husband thinks they're creepy) but the fragrance is the best thing about it. One fruit will fill a room with heavenly citrus scent. I put one on my nightstand last night and I went to sleep with the prettiest perfume. I even have one on my desk now while I'm writing this. They have no pulp or juice and are grown as a curiosity, a room freshener, and for its sweet zest. It's great candied too.  In my neighborhood it's fairly common to put excess garden produce in a basket near the street so walkers-by can help themselves. These neighbors artistically lined these characters up on their fences and structures! I'm sure they got a good giggle when they put them out knowing that many people were just going to stare in disbelief! Growing up in California, Christmas always ushered in the beginning of the citrus season. The center of our Christmas table always had a bowl of mandarins and a few early lemons. Our own pink lemons and Valencia oranges will not be ready for another month or so, but our neighbor said her grapefruit would be ready any day now. I do so love these Buddha's Hand fruits and so grateful our neighbor is a sharing kind of guy!

I gave myself a gift this year and decided not to make elaborate gifts or ornaments. My knitted gifts are lovely hats and one beautiful garter stitch blanket. I'm really happy with them all and happy not to have the added stress of unfinished gifts and projects! With those wrapped up, I do have a few projects that are getting attention right now. I'm one of six women making a group quilt for a new baby girl in our circle of friends. I've also started Nightshift by Andrea Mowry using leftovers of black, gray, brown, pink and white. I'm not quite certain if I like the way it's turning out, but I love knitting it. I'd love to finish my Rowan Valley Tweed v-neck pullover and only have the sleeves to go. The last picture shows an almost-up-to-date photo of Alicia Paulson's ( from the Posie Gets Cozy blog) advent calendar that I purchased last month. It's so fun opening little packets every day! I've only got two left to open; the two biggies :)

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! I hope you enjoy a Christmas filled with all that you hold dear, plus a safe and happy New Year. There are so many things that you can spend your leisure time on, and I'm very flattered when you decide to pop over to Knitionary for a visit. This place brings me much joy and I'm so happy that I can share with you. Happy Holidays.





After washing they're drying on the drainer. You can get an idea of their size.
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