Once again this year, Jane stepped forward and coordinated the gift of handmade hats for kids in Misericordia University’s Women with Children Program, which “empowers economically disadvantaged single mothers by providing the opportunity to complete a college degree” while living on campus with their children. (Can you believe it’s one of only eight such programs in the United States?) A huge thank you to Jane and to all who participated: Bonnie, Karen, Brigid, Carolyn, Wanda, Catherine, and Linda. They knit and crocheted hats for 19 youngsters. Jane says the kids and moms were thrilled with all the creative hats, custom made in each child’s favorite color. Look at those smiles!
Jane just kept right on making hats. Check out the cuteness of little Mr. J. in his Troll hat. The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Maxima. The pattern is free on Ravelry, courtesy of designer Gabriela Widmer-Hanke.
Sharon used Malabrigo Chunky and the free pattern The World’s Simplest Mittens from Tin Can Knits for these fun mitts for her daughter. Written for 4 different gauges, this pattern could be your go-to for mittens in fingering, DK, worsted, or bulky weight yarn.
Our good friend Rusty visited this month from her home in sunny California. She was braving the January cold in style with her Quelque Chose* from Onanoko. She used two yarns held together, our Filatura di Crosa Superior and some stash Habu Tsumugi Silk. To make it now (and I think I’m going to have to because I’m a sucker for puckers and welts), I’d grab some silk/mohair – Shibui Silk Cloud or Drizzle from Sugar Bush – and a few skeins of either Malabrigo Silkpaca or some Shibui Cima, and I know I’d love the results. First, the close-ups…
…then the shots that show the actual shape: a rectangle with a crocheted edging, which acts as a row of buttonholes, and buttons along one edge of one end. Très versatile!
The back of the pattern even shows some of the many ways it can be worn.
Here’s another versatile design, Churchmouse’s Half & Half Cowl*. Jill knit a beauty in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Churchmouse describes the construction this way:
The first half of this ribbed cowl is knitted flat to split over one shoulder or create an opening in the front or back. Then, it’s joined in the round for a softly draping cowl or collar. Tubular cast-on and bind-off lend a sophisticated, ready-to-wear finish. Frontwards, backwards, upside down—wear it any way you like!
Until our next shipment of Woolstok comes through the front door, I’d say this pattern is a natural for either mYak Baby Yak Medium or Malabrigo Rios.
Linda is another Woolstok fan. She used it for her Multi-Pane Mittens designed by “our own” Carolyn Kern. Love, love this pattern. (And I know every stitch is right where it belongs!)
If you love Opal sock yarn, you know new colorways are released throughout the year in collections. (Most yarn companies introduce new colors only twice, for spring/summer and fall/winter.) We got a preview of what’s on the way when our Opal sales rep visited recently. It was love at first sight, and we signed up for the next three groups. While we wait, we’ve brought in some classic Hundertwasser shades to tide us over. They won’t be around long, though, so come in soon for the most colorful selection.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!