Monday, January 15, 2018

Wavelets with Nobunaga

I'm really busy with end of terms but I had one day off for Sunday, enjoying walkies with the dogs and knitting...hopefully I'll still be able to meet my deadlines...This is a wonderful free fish scale pattern which looks just like the traditional Japanese blue seas wavelet pattern, Nami Monyo. There's even a free video tutorial for a knitted beanie. I made a cowl instead of a hat, I think it would go really well with a mens's made with Rowan lightweight dk wool and some Japanese wool I found in this delicious mustardy brown, which brings out the soft English hues really well.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Doggie and Kimono

Here I am thinking I'm wearing a doggie themed kimono for the year of the Dog, and it turns out the Okinawa shisa lions on this cochineal dyed kimono are actually kami, or gods...and being lions, are in fact big cats! So this my third post of the New Year is also a cat-related post after all...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kitty Hat

Happy New Year of the Dog! May it be a fortuitous year full of learning and sharing, the true keys to happiness. Even though it's the Chinese year of the Dog, it's all cats for me: I was gifted this bubble gum pink yarn by a doggie friend, and immediately thought of my bestie who needs one...only I hadn't been knitting this time last year...and so, rather late, the kitty hat. I have been learning new knitting techniques with Youtube and Ravelry, and this is two color brioche with cables, so nice and fluffy and warm. The cables are from a knitting genius, Sybil Ra, who has her own blog, Knitting and so on.
The hat is already in the post winging its way across the Pacific, so I'm free to go for a nice afternoon walkies with the doggies...took you long enough, Mummy, says Claire, more focus on the walkies please!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

7 Cat Hat

Gearing up to the New Year making a hat for a friend who has thirteen odd rescued cats and one rescued doggie. The minute I saw the Cat-tastic pattern on Ravelry I knew it was for her...and showed it to her, and she was all enthusiastic, needing a warm hat for morning doggie walkies ( we both have small heads)...only when I went to knit it up in her favorite cherry blossom color, turns out the original is tiny! And so are the cats when knit in my cherry blossom I had to make my own cats and size the hat myself based very loosely on the original. I cast on 100 stitches in with size 6 JP needles for a small ladies size, knitting in the round with a two color brioche brim (a fancy new way of saying fisherman's rib), and decided to have three different cat views on the hat instead of just the one. After perusing pinterest for inspiration I printed out graph paper in my gauge and began to draw, round lines at first and then matching with the rectangles of the stitches. You never really know how it will look until it's knit up. I had promised all different color cats, but what with the three poses and all I kind of stuck with one basic color in fairisle. I'll be gifting it in the New Year.
Anyway, this brings me to the Year of the Dog pending! And thinking that I will make my own setter motifs based on my babies for a doggie hat for ME in the coming year. This will give me a chance to go back over the blog and enjoy all the beatiful setter pictures all over again. Here we go!