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Nouveau Bohemia

Nouveau Bohemia - Prototypes

So excited to announce that my new pattern is out! Nouveau Bohemia is a hat pattern with three styles – a beanie, a beret and an extra slouchy beret – that is perfect for those cold days we are having and for the cooler nights during the Spring! The pattern includes all three styles, so you literally can get three hats out of one pattern purchase. How great is that? :D

Nouveau Bohemia - Extra Slouchy Beret

The hats are all very quick and easy knits (you can make the beanie version in just a few hours of knitting!) but the lace and cable make it look a lot more complicated than it actually is.

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

From the pattern description: I enjoy wearing slouchy hats for their beauty and girly look but I find that I do still crave beanies when the weather is particularly cold and I want the comfort of a hat hugging my head. With this in mind I decided to make a pattern that you could make either as a beanie or a beret – the best of both worlds! Being a lover of hand dyed yarn, I also wanted to make a pattern that would work with both variegated and solid colors. Coincidentally (and happily!) I think that the pattern would also lend itself beautifully to handspun yarns. I knew I wanted this to be a fun and casual style – totally Bohemian! – using fine yarns that feel wonderfully soft on your head. Thus, Nouveau Bohemia: a rich Boho look for those who can’t give up decadent yarns but still love to look “artsy.”

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

Pattern Specs:
Sizing – 17”(19”) to fit a 20”(22”) head. Hats shown are the 17” size modeled on a 21.5” head for a snug brim.

Yarn
Beanie: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN Worsted shown in Warm Maize – 1 skein 90(100) yds
Beret: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN Worsted shown in Quilt – 1 skein 130(140) yds
Extra Slouchy Beret: Malabrigo Rios shown in Zarzamora – 1 skein 190(200) yds

Gauge – 20 stitches and 32 rounds = 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needle

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

I can’t wait to see other people’s iteration of the hat design! Especially variegated and handspun versions as I love my variegated ones. :D

Nouveau Bohemia - Extra Slouchy Beret

Nouveau Bohemia is available for purchase on Ravelry. Enjoy!

Another sock…

I’m very excited about finishing my second pair of socks for 2011! However, I’m not counting these officially for my 11 in 2011 as really they were started back in September 2009. That’s right… I just finished a pair of socks that I started a little under 18 months ago. How awesome is that?

Psychedelia - FINISHED

I love how these came out! Of course I’d had the first one done all this time, so I knew I’d love them, but it feels good to get these off the needles and onto my feet.

Psychedelia - FINISHED

I knit these using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock. It’s a lovely color (Fireberry) and the yarn is wonderful but a bit cottony feeling. Reminded me a bit of a heavier Wollmeise, actually. I still love the feeling of the socks on my feet, though… just like WM! :)

Psychedelia - FINISHED

Pattern – Psychedelia by Melissa Goodale (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Fireberry (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US1.5 (2.5mm)
Cast on – September 19, 2009
Cast off – January 30, 2011
Modifications – Did my standard toe rather than the one written in the pattern.

In other knitting news, I’m done with all the prototypes for my hat (thanks for all the lovely comments on the last post!) and it’s currently being test knit. Pattern will be coming out around Valentine’s Day, so be ready for it! Here’s a sneak peek with the pile of Nouveau Bohemia goodness. So yummy!

Nouveau Bohemia - Prototypes

New Design Prototypes

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

I’m so excited to have 2 of 3 prototypes done for a new hat design! I’m hoping to publish it soon, though not sure on an exact date yet. The pattern will be called Nouveau Bohemia and will have a beanie, slouch and extra slouchy version.

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

So far I have the slouch and beanie versions done and will probably get the extra slouchy version done tomorrow. I just love how these turned out and have been wearing them out and about already. They’re so nice and the Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN worsted is just a dream to knit with! The slouch was made with the color Quilt and the beanie with Warm Maize.

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

Someone brought up the fact that this one would look great in a handspun, and I totally agree! It’s such a versatile stitch pattern in that it looks good in both solids and variegateds. I can’t wait to publish and see what other great colors and yarns people make it with! :)

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

Snow and a Skein

Snow in NYC

It’s official, we just broke the record for snowiest month in NYC! It’s been an insane snow-driven month and as such it is hard to get pictures lately without snow coming into them one way or another. So I decided to share with you all some pictures that I took walking around different parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan and at different times of day too.

Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

This is the cutest snow cat ever!
Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

Although we are getting a little sick of all this snow, I have to say that it does make the city look very pretty! Until you walk into a puddle of slush that is 6″ deep and you find out that your snow boots have sprung a leak just as the wet and cold start seeping in… ugh!

Snow in NYC

On one of these cold days hubby and I had a dinner and a movie date and by total luck found the Shake Shack open! They have our all-time favorite burgers (seriously, the best burgers I have EVER had) and we like to go there pretty often. Usually, though, we go to one of their other locations in the winter as their original location is outdoor and closes for the cold. We were going to go elsewhere when we saw that they decided to put out heat lamps this winter and stay open. Awesome decision because that meant we could have yummy burgers AND stay nice and warm too. :)

Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

Mmmmm, burgers!
Shake Shack burger and fries

It was nice to see that even the huge amount of snow we’ve been getting couldn’t stop us from having a yummy dinner like this. :D

And on a more knitting-related note, I was the lucky recipient of a skein of Malabrigo Rios in the color Azules from Andrea of Life on Laffer! I’m very excited to have won and can’t wait to make something with it… I’m thinking a hat. And I have one in the works, too, of my own design… so it might be a prototype! :D

Malabrigo Rios

Yay! Thanks again, Andrea!

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