Kate








I've had a long time love affair with Kidsilk Haze, and knitting it double is heaven, but now I think I've found a rival to that. I paired Kidsilk Haze with Rowan Fine Silk and completely fell in love with it's glossy loveliness. I loved knitting them together so much that I ordered 10 more skeins of Fine Silk to pair with some KSH Glamour I have in my stash, and I'm still thinking up more ways I can use this beautiful silk.

The pattern is Kate by Sarah Hatton from the fabulous Rowan Loves book. This particular pattern has different necklines, sleeve lengths and yarn choices. It's a simple pattern but I know what gets the most wear from my wardrobe and that simple is almost always the best look for me. I finished it last spring and have worn it dozens of times as it goes with everything from jeans to dressy.  It was the one cardigan I took on a 10 day vacation and I wore it every day. The fabric is very soft, lightweight, breathable and cozy.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe in color Precious. 
This is a Kim Hargreaves color--it's gorgeous and the subtle color nuances look almost auroral. It is discontinued but I think a good online search could unearth a few skeins. I've got a little hoard of it myself. Kidsilk Haze is a substitute.

Rowan Fine Silk in color ivory.
Fine Silk is a blend of 40% silk, 30% rayon and 30% wool. I highly recommend this well-priced yarn as a "carrying" yarn to pair with something scrumptious. It will add an elegant gloss and lightweight, silky-softness. 

Kate from Rowan Loves KSH and Felted Tweed.
This is my favorite book from Sarah Hatton and has a dozen classic designs that I'd be sad to be without. This book belongs in every knitter's library.

My Ravelry Project Page.

I knit with one strand each of KSH and Fine Silk.  The two together created a DK weight fabric at 22 sts. per 4 in. and was very pleasant to knit.

The pattern is knit flat and seamed, however I picked up stitches around the arm scythe and used the short-row, top-down, set-in sleeve technique which is my sleeve preference.

I had a difficult time capturing the color.  I think the previous pictures are better, but included this one because it shows the shading.



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My most recent finished knit is the Striped Cardigan by Florence Merlin from Little French Knits.  It comes in 5 sizes, from newborn to one year. I have made the 6 mos. size for my grandson who I think will be wearing this is a few months. Excited! It is seamless and top-down with pretty eyelet raglan increases. Because the pattern is thoughtfully written with little details, I think it would be a good beginner pattern. I love that it was written for fingering weight yarn which makes a lightweight sweater that is perfect for small babies. Have you seen the Little French Knits knitting collection for babies? They are all just darling and if you like to knit for baby, you should check them out.

Florence Merlin of Little French Knits has kindly offered my readers 50% of her entire pattern collection, including this little cardigan, using the code KNITIONARY.  This offer is good through the end of August. Upon checkout, use the code KNITIONARY and a 50% discount will be automatically applied.

See the entire Little French Knits collection here.

For this sweater...

I used this pattern: Striped Cardigan by Florence Merlin,

and I used this yarn: Rowan Superfine Merino 4Ply.

Rowan Super Fine Merino 4Ply is a fantastic yarn for the entire family and is my go-to yarn for baby. It's super soft making it perfect for baby wear or anyone who tends to be wooly sensitive. I can't imagine anyone finding this yarn "itchy".  It is machine washable and I do put this (and all other machine washable knits) in the machine with these caveats: inside out in a sweater bag with cool water and gentle agitation. However, with all my machine-washable hand knits I prefer to hand wash when I have the time.  It's a gentler process and will preserve the sweater. I also prefer to pat to shape and dry flat, then if I can catch it when it's about two-thirds dry, I toss it in a cool dryer for a few minutes to fluff, then finish if off by drying flat. I often use Super Fine Merino for baby gifts and am comfortable knowing that it will most likely go in the washer and dryer and it will survive just fine. You can find Super Fine Merino at your local Rowan stockist or any number of online suppliers.

My Ravelry page has yarn usage details, needles, etc.

Here's the little heartbreaker this sweater is intended for--my grandson, Carter, here at 6 weeks.

Mostly he's an angel, and you wouldn't know it from this picture, but sometimes we call him Mr. Fussy. :)

I love this picture of my son and grandson.

I've caught a miserable cold and spent yesterday (and I imagine I will today again too) alternately sleeping and knitting and sneezing. I've set aside my other knits-in-progress and got cracking on my new Valley Tweed. I'm making a Kim Hargreaves pattern, Mila from her Smoulder book. Love it!


 Florence has kindly offered my readers 50% off her entire pattern collection on Ravelry--all sweaters, vests, rompers, booties, and hats are 50% off. This offer is good through the end of August. Upon checkout, use the code KNITIONARY and the discount will be applied.

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pretty cookies

I found this speculaas/springerle wooden rolling pin at a church rummage sale for $1, so how could I resist?  I knew there were hundreds of recipes on the internet for this type of cookie, but I decided to try my old favorite shortbread recipe and they turned out great--perhaps not as sharp and clear as a more traditional recipe specifically for this type of mold, but I was very happy with them.  Before and after baking I scored the biscuit lines and baked them on parchment paper at a low temperature (325 F) for a longish time (30 min.) and they came out great. There are pictures of a duck, an owl, a pineapple, a cat, flowers and insects.  I'm just tickled with this gadget and imagine myself making these with little Carter in a few years!




Note: I did have to press down pretty hard to get the details in the dough. Also, using a traditional spingerle dough would make the design detail more crisp and clear after baking.  The dough I used was softer--a traditional shortbread--and lost some of the detail after baking, but it was not too bad as you can see in the picture below.




While writing this post I happened upon I Love Springerle.  It's a charming site full of information, traditional recipes and molds to purchase. Below are some pictures from her site:





I guess I was feeling in a sweetie mood because next I made that cracker candy. Do you remember that crazy recipe was that all over Pinterest and food blogs a few years ago?  Well, it's still good and still super easy to make!  If you haven't made it yet, make it soon--everyone will love it!  





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baby cardigan from Little French Knits







I'll let you in on a little secret: I think my husband has a crush on his doctor, and I kinda do too! We both adore her and whenever we go for an office appointment, she'll give us both a hug, then I settle down to some knitting while he has his appointment. When we heard she was expecting her first baby, and that it would be a girl, he didn't have to ask me twice to knit her a baby sweater.  In fact, I was already on top of it! I had wanted to knit something from Little French Knits and decided on this little cardigan in pink with a pearl button. The top-down yoke grows with eyelet increases on either side of faux cables created with slipped stitches. I chose this pattern for it's simple and timeless elegance, so perfect for baby garments. It's a great pattern and was super fun to make.

Florence Merlin of Little French Knits has kindly offered my readers 50% of her entire pattern collection, including this little cardigan, using the code KNITIONARY.  This offer is good through the end of August. Upon checkout, use the code KNITIONARY and a 50% discount will be automatically applied.

See the entire Little French Knits collection here.

For this sweater...

I used this pattern: Cardigan for Baby by Florence Merlin of Little French Knits

and I used this yarn: Breathless by Shalimar Yarns.

Breathless by Shalimar is an elegant yarn and easy to knit.  It showed a bit of fuzz as I was knitting but I should not have been surprised because it is not tightly spun.  A tighter spun would have eliminated the fuzz but changed the yarn.  I really did like it the way it was and think anyone would think this yarn was superb.  Besides being mostly merino, it does have silk and cashmere and so feels divine. It does say machine wash so it is fine for a baby garment, but do feel it would benefit from being carefully hand washed as it does seem a bit delicate.  Still, this is a gift and I am comfortable knowing that most likely it will be in the washing machine. I don't know if I would use this again for baby, but would love it for me as a pullover or shawl.  The color, Velvet Slippers, is the palest antique pink. It's gorgeous.



I love that the faux cables look so much like tiny cables.  They do not, however, use a cable needle, and instead use very easy slipped stitches that are then passed over.



Florence has kindly offered my readers 50% off her entire pattern collection on Ravelry--all sweaters, vests, rompers, booties, and hats are 50% off. This offer is good through the end of August. Upon checkout, use the code KNITIONARY and the discount will be applied.

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