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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? πŸ˜€

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 β€œartsy.”

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. πŸ˜€

Nouveau Bohemia - Extra Slouchy Beret

Nouveau Bohemia is available for purchase on Ravelry. Enjoy!

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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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

Sock 1 of 11 in 2011

I finished my first pair of socks for 2011 and am so happy to be right on point with doing 11 pairs in 2011. Just between you and me, though, I’m pretty sure that I will end up with more than 11 pairs when all’s said and done, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens! πŸ™‚

Hedera Socks - FINISHED

Meet Hedera, the first sock in the Sock.Knit.Love KAL going on over on Ravelry. I had never knit this Cookie A pattern before but I was happy to see it was a very easy and quick knit, taking only two days for each sock.

Hedera Socks - FINISHED

And the yarn was a dream to work with! I’m actually a little sad that these socks are now my sister’s as it was my only BFL/Nylon blend and being from Fiberphile the color is just gorgeous. Not an easy one to let go of, let me tell you… and somehow I’m seeing a pattern here from my last post. Maybe I need to be a more selfish knitter? Hmmm…

Hedera Socks - FINISHED

Pattern – Hedera by Cookie A (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Fiberphile BFL/Nylon Sock in Black Cherry (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US1 (2.25mm)
Cast on – January 11, 2010
Cast off – January 26, 2011
Modifications – none

PS: To my dear readers: I’m way behind on replying to comments, but am slowly getting through it… bear with me while I get them done please!

Momma’s Vest

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

I am so excited to share this gorgeous vest with you! After making that mistake in the beginning, the vest was pretty smooth knitting. That doesn’t mean it was easy – far from it, actually, with all the intensive cabling and lots of stitch patterns in any one row – but it does mean that I didn’t have many problems as I was working on it. And maybe because of the time it took I love this one a whole lot! And I honestly am having the hardest time letting it go and shipping it on to California, where I hope my mom will love it as much as I do.

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

This vest turned out perfect! I knit it using negative ease, which was important as I think it looks much better than the boxy look of the original on the pattern page – at least, that’s how I like to see vests!

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

The color/yarn combo was perfect too. I love MadTosh DK (this is my third garment knit out of it!) and the Betty Draper’s Blue color is the perfect blue, IMO! Just gorgeous and a wonderful shade… which should look very pretty next to my mom’s pale skin.

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

I had a lot of fun knitting this one and can’t wait to hear what my mom thinks… I think it will look awesome on her and she should be able to wear it to work too, which is great as this is definitely one that can work as casual or work-related wear. Looking forward to seeing it on her… and maybe she’ll take a picture that I can share with you, but I doubt it… she’s much worse than me about getting in front of a camera, LOL!

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

Pattern – Wood Hollow Vest by Kirsten Kapur (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Betty Draper’s Blue (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US4 (3.5mm) and US5 (3.75mm)
Cast on – January 4, 2010
Cast off – January 22, 2011
Modifications – I modified the pattern to knit in the round up to the armholes. I took out 4 stitches from the total count to make up for the selvedge edge. I knit the body to 14″ and the armhole to 9.5″ as my mom is petite. In actuality, I think this length would be something I’d prefer (I’m not petite) because I don’t like long vests. If I had knit as the pattern wanted, I’d have added 2 extra inches overall to what I made, which I think I wouldn’t have liked personally.

After knitting this one up I think it’s safe to say that it’s harder to knit a garment for someone else when they are the same size as you (well except that my mom is like 5″ shorter, LOL!) because if it looks good on you then it’s really really hard to give up. I honestly was seriously thinking about keeping it, but my mom’s very special 55th Birthday won out, so it’s already all packed up and ready to head her way… in a sealed box too so I can’t be tempted to open it up again and take it out. πŸ˜‰

And btw, yes, I call my mom Momma, and, no, you can’t make fun of me about it! πŸ˜‰

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