gingersnap, free pattern










With all the Gingersnap jackets I've made over the years, my own grandson didn't have one until now! We took him around town today in his new sweater and he got so many compliments! Well, I must say he did look absolutely darling in it. 

This is the two year size. I know I've promised to revise the pattern to include the larger sizes, but I have to apologize as it has not happened. I could give you a million excuses why, but the bottom line is, I just have not. Maybe one day I will, I'm sure hoping I will, and if I do, I will shout it out loud and clear! In the meantime, the Gingersnap pattern for the one year size is always available for free on Ravelry. There have been over 450 made and they are all so cute! There is also a little matching sweater for your child's teddy or doll. Links below.


My little model will stand still(ish) for only seconds. Literally seconds. As soon as he felt he had stood still enough he turned right around and walked into the laundry room which gave me a good photo of the back! He loves the laundry room with its bouquet of brooms and mops in the corner.  He loves to clean the floor, dust the furniture, and fold laundry, but believe me, when he is done "helping", the house looks like a disaster! The purple spider broom is a particular favorite of his. We walk around the house looking high and low for spider webs to vanquish! Such fun!

Had enough!

What luck! The laundry room door is open!

Score!  We have the purple spider broom!

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Today's Forecast: new projects with 100% chance of knitting bliss

Hello! I hope you are all good and well! We are emerging from a January that was filled with colds for everyone. Everyone meaning the baby, mommy and daddy, and all three grandparents. All at the same time. But finally and happily, we are all mostly better or getting better, so all is good. I woke this morning feeling almost back to normal and decided to treat myself to a feel-good task and get my next knitting projects Raveled and bagged. I love feeling organized! I'm finishing up a few sweaters and looking ahead to my next! Also, for the first time in weeks we are going out to dinner and I've got two new sweaters to choose from--FOs that need to be photographed and blogged about soon. But until that's done, here's the most recent line-up:

I have some lacy yoke patterns in my queue. Here's Pine Creek matched with a yarn I've had in my stash for years!

I love a ribbed yoke and had this yarn in my stash for quite a while. Happy to find the right project!

I meant this yarn for another project, but I didn't like the way it was turning out, so frogged and repurposed for
The Balloon Cardigan.

I cannot wait to start this. My Zweig will be one color.

I've made a lot of progress on Kate since this picture. The body is done, now on to the sleeves and button bands.

The body on Lillet is finished and next come the sleeves,

Dearne--almost done! Just the cuffs of one arm!

Do you have as many projects as I do? I guess I am a fickle knitter and cannot stay loyal to any project for very long. But I always do come back to it and finish. According to my Ravelry page, Dearne has been in the works since July! Thanks for popping by, and if you'd like to leave a comment, scroll to the bottom of the page or click here.




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areas shawl





I finished this so long ago, I don't know why it took me so long to post it. I bought the pattern because I had to see how it was knit, then started it right away because it looked like such fun. I finished it in record time because it was relaxing--garter stitch and Shalimar Breathless, perfect for a soothing knit. Breathless is one of the softest yarns I've knit with to date and Areas is a very clever pattern. Fun!

2/23: I'm editing to add, the pattern is a great travel knit as you only work with one color at a time and there are no picking up stitches. It's all easy and pretty brainless, trust me. No intarsia or anything like that.

With so many beautiful and crazy looking shawls coming out on Ravelry, I find I love to look at them and would love to knit them for the fun of it, but in reality, I know what I wear. This is simple, starkly graphic, and easy to wear. It doesn't clash with anything and I don't feel like it's shouting out to be noticed. I like that.

Areas by Martin Behm
Shalimar Breathless
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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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