FO: Gretel

Filed under: finished objects, hats, knitting — saffronknits at 12:57 am on Saturday, January 24, 2009

I finished this in mid-December and it was very well received as a Christmas gift. :) I really like how it came out. Gretel is a wonderfully written pattern and I learned a new cast-on (long-tail tubular cast on). I loved the cables and working with alpaca for the first time.

aaaand…. I loved it so much, I just had to start another one:

hats, yarn and fiber, oh my!

Filed under: commercial yarn, elizabeth zimmermann, finished objects, hats, knitting, spinning — saffronknits at 7:01 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2008

ok. I LOVE the first section of Knitting Workshop! It answered practically all the questions I had when I was a beginner knitter. … about joining in the round …. purling the ‘easy way’ … and knowing the difference between the ‘back’ & ‘front’ of a stitch.

and……. LOOK! at my ’swatch cap’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


Lion Brand Wool
Size 6 US needles. (DPNs & 16″ circular)
Cast on: 84 stitches, increased to 112
Gauge: ? (I haven’t measured yet)

I’m so proud of this! It fits!! It’s a little long, but I’ll roll up the ribbing and my ears will be warmer. This is the first hat I’ve made that fits me!

Oh! and the colorwork design is mine, all mine. :) After all, Elizabeth said ‘Don’t use mine. Make up your own’. So I did! :D

I was all fired up to make another. But the yarn is not co-operating. It’s Knit Picks Wools of the Andes. It is soft, but not as soft as the Lion Brand wool I was using. So, it’s going back into stash until it lets me know what it wants to be. In the meantime, I went to the Yarn Store today and look what followed me home so I can make more hats!


It’s all worsted weight yarn. The right three skeins are Cascade 220. I’ve never tried it before and I keep reading how much people enjoy using it so I wanted to try it.

The skein on the far left is dream in color. Does the colorway look familiar?
It’s the same colorway as the sock yarn I bought previously. I’d totally forgotten!! :roll:

And as promised, here’s some images of some of my favorite spinning fiber that I’ve purchased:

From CJKopecCreations:

Custom Blended Wool/Bamboo Roving – SECRETS

From AllSpunUp:

Both below are from Spincerely Yours:

Superwash Merino/Tencel Top – Sedna

Superwash Merino and Tencel in Freya



Hope to see ya soon! Happy knitting & spinning! :D

happy knitting!


Filed under: finished objects, gift-a-long 2008, hats, knitting — saffronknits at 8:43 am on Friday, March 14, 2008

I just pulled all my needles out of my beret. :( I’m three rows from being finished!!! Now I have to figure out where the beginning of the row is … if I can!! I so wanted to finish today. I most likely will … but I just needed to kvetch about it… :roll:

Thanks for listening!

ETA: I’m so disappointed! The hat is too small! and I have no idea what happened. I truly believe it’s knitter error, but I’m too bummed to investigate it now. I think it’s time to try another hat pattern. I’ll come back to this one later. I still intend this to be a present for someone. Good thing it’s intended for Christmas 2008

attention: knitting content ahead!

Filed under: finished objects, knitting — saffronknits at 9:16 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I’ve been looking at a lot of bloggers do retrospects about 2007. For me, I guess it would be that 2007 was my 2nd year of knitting (I learned to do cables and practiced double knitting). But the biggest surprise for me was the spinning. Never in a million years would I thought I would be creating my own yarn or fall in love with spinning fiber the way that I have. Nor would I have expected that spinning content would take over my blog, something that I have mixed feelings about. But it is what it is, right? And I’m having fun. :)

Ok… on with the knitting content! :D

I made dishcloths! I never thought I would do that either, but I needed something small and reasonably quick.

I bought two balls of Sugar’n Cream that I got for about $4 (3 oz each).




I searched around for a simple pattern but didn’t really find any I liked so I used a stitch pattern from a magazine and made up my own.



These took less than two days! and I had about 2 oz left of each ball so what’s a gal to do … but make more dishcloths. :)


Sometimes knitting feels like magic to me. I mean, we learn these two basic stitches and some how we come up with the heel of a sock.

I felt that magic again when I was working on the garterlac dishcloth. AND it’s ‘only’ the knit stitch!



Plus, I had no interesting in doing all that turning so I found this page about knitting (and purling) backwards.



Once again … the learning (and magic) continues. And entrelac just became a little bit less mysterious. :)

Happy New Year! :D


spinning and playing…er… plying

Filed under: finished objects, handspun yarn, spinning — saffronknits at 12:30 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2007

Before I show you my new spindle, I have to share this with you – Presenting my first skein of 3-ply (chain plied) handspun and I love it! This is the first completed skein that I am truly pleased with.

4 oz, 106 yards. Blended Roving of 80% merino/20% colonial from CJ Kopec Creations.

from this and this:

to this:






FO: Beret

Filed under: cabin cove fiber, finished objects, hats, knitting — saffronknits at 6:05 pm on Monday, October 29, 2007



Pattern: Periwinkle Beret by Grumperina
Yarn: Australian Merino Sport Weight Wool from Cabin Cove Mercantile
Colorway:Sunshine Sherbet
Needles: US size 2/US size 3 dpns (pattern called for size 1 & 2)
Completed: October 27, 2007
Notes:I wanna say that first of all that this was a fun knit. Pattern was easy to follow. (and that’s saying a lot considering how pattern challenged I can be). This is the 2nd hat pattern by Grumperina that I’ve done and each one was a joy. She even made trying a new cast-on a non-scary experience. The tubular cast-on was cool to do and very stretchy.

The yarn is reused from another hat I did and I like this one so much better. This yarn was the first purchase I ever made from Cabin Cove Mercantile and that makes it extra special to me. I think it was among the first batch of yarns Dave ever sold online. I had never used wool and never bought yarn online. Classic Cabin Cove is how I like to think about this yarn. I think the coloring works well with the pattern… the spiraling is pretty.

I have no idea who this hat is for. This project was all about the experience of knitting. I have no doubt that I will probably make another.

Keep on knitting!


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