Caught My Eye: Sloth by Barbara Prime

Apologies for the brief break in service this week folks, it has been a rocky week here at “Casa Devine”. I have a number of blog posts waiting in the wings and for those of you are waiting for posts about needles after my guest segment with Jo (aka Shinybees) fear not the posts will be here for you over the weekend.

Last night I went up to Fluph in Dundee with Jess from Ginger Twist and completely forgot to post this super cute “Caught My Eye”.

Copyright Barbara Prime. Used with permission.

Copyright Barbara Prime. Used with permission.

I have not done any gift knitting and in all honesty I am not sure if I will get any done this year. However, I do want to knit a present for the little one. Her birthday is in late January so I have some time.

I love this little critter he is super cute and if you are not a sloth fan Barbara Prime has loads of other cute little characters. 

The Three Toed Sloth costs $2.99 (just under £2) and is worked up in worsted weight yarn, though I am sure it would be easy to knit him with anything. With heavier weight yarn he will be quick to knit. Perfect for a last-minute gift.

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Have you got any knitted toys planned for the holiday season?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Clare

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Caught My Eye – Yukiya

A day later than usual, here is this weeks Caught My Eye.

I first spotted this hat a while ago and immediately fell in love with the colours and the way the stitch patterns blends the yarns together to create such a beautiful effect.

When Julia Trice released the pullover I knew this has to be featured in”Caught my Eye”.

The Yukiya Hat uses three colours of 4 ply yarn, with the two contrasting colours needing only 55m each. A great way to stash bust!

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

The Yukiya pullover is knitted from the bottom up and uses the same slipped stitch pattern around the neckline. The circular yoke is very flattering and the pattern comes in ten sizes.

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

Copyright: Julia Trice. Used with permission

 Julia also has lots of other gorgeous patterns. I highly recommend having a look. 

Hope all my US readers had a wonderful thanks giving and that everyone has a fantastic weekend ahead.

Happy Knitting.

Clarex

My Top 10 Hats #giftalong2014

During the Ravelry GAL 2014 I will be running a series of blog posts featuring my favourite patterns. As you know I love searching through Ravelry to find interesting designs to share with you. I have selected patterns for all sorts of reasons, some are quick, some are quirky and some have interesting constructions. Others are just beautiful designs that I wanted to share.

First up the hat. I do love a good hat and there are so many fantastic designs to choose from on Ravelry. These are some of my favourite in the Indy GAL (#giftalong2014).

I really love the work that Alex Tinsley does, she has a style that resonates with me and I am often drawn to her patterns, hence why there are three hats in my favourites today. I kind of cheated and included three hats but only counted them as one in my top ten. There are just so many amazing hats to choose from. 

Zam Hat, a fun colourwork hat worked in worsted weight yarn. It also has a matching cowl. You can’t go wrong with some simple colourwork and this design is perfect for bold colour combinations.

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Fooler a Faker, a brioche free version of Hertbreaker (another of her designs) this hat looks super squishy and great fun to knit. It also has a pom pom (I was instantly sold at the pom pom)

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Finally Bivouac, a beautifully simple design that I have knitted before (I was actually wearing it just this morning). I love the striking line of eyelets and the slight slouch. This hat is a firm favourite.

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Kate Bostwick hails from Calgary where I visited earlier this year. I had a great time in the Rockies and can really appreciate that you need a good hat when the winter comes. I actually think you probably need multiple hats all at once. Her hat Cedar Shakes comes in two weights (fingering and aran) meaning you can knit one for everyone in the family. I love the textured stitch. Beautiful for showing off solid or variegated yarns.

Copyright Kate Bostwick. Used with permission.

Copyright Kate Bostwick. Used with permission.

Lee Meredith is well known for her quirky designs and interesting constructions. Her bold knits are utterly fabulous and I think Barry embodies everything that I love about the way she designs.

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Hinged from Katya Frankel has clean lines and a beautiful structure. Perfect for showing off subtly tonal hand dyed yarn. Four sizes means this has lots of scope to be the perfect gift or a new hat for you.

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Lucent by Hunter Hammersen has an unusual construction and a really flattering shape. I would not normally be drawn to this style of hat but I really like this. It is always nice to see something that is a little different but wonderfully flattering.

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Cables and lace add a feminine touch to Affectionate by Melissa Schaschwary. I think this hat would be perfect in a subtle pale grey (but then I think everything would be perfect in grey).

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Bristol Ivy is a design genius. Her shawls and garments are outstanding. I have been eyeing up her hat patterns too. Rekaviður bring together so many of the elements of Bristol’s work that I admire. Clean lines, clever details and designs that work perfectly with the chosen fibre.

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Sara Peterson’s hat Tindrer makes me think of the sound of fresh snow crunching underfoot. There is no sign of snow here in Edinburgh, just soggy wet weather but if there was snow I would want to be wearing this hat.

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Last but not least two fun hats for the little ones in your life. I know I said this was my ten favourite hats, but I got to the end and could not decide between these two so I included both of them.

Sassafras by Georgie Hallam comes in a wide range of sizes and I think it would be the perfect knit for my toddler. I love that you get to show off a cute button too.

Copyright Georgie Hallam. Used with permission.

Copyright Georgie Hallam. Used with permission.

The Elfbaby hat by Robynn Weldon is a cute hat (suitable for babies, children and adults with a wide range of sizes available) the various border options and a pixie style crown are a winner in my book. I love it!

Copyright Lorna Lynch| Robynn Weldon. Used with permission.

Copyright Robynn Weldon. Used with permission.

There you have it folks, my #giftalong2014 hat round up. There are many more fantastic designs out there. Remember these designs are all 25% off for the sale period. Pop along to the group for more info

I also have nineteen patterns available in the Ravelry #giftalong2014 including the wonderful Montrose Hat. You can find all my patterns that are discounted here. 

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Happy Knitting,

Clare

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Caught My Eye: Secretive Mittens

Winter is around the corner and warm hands are very much a focus of my knitting world at the moment. These mitts are perfect for keeping hands warm but allowing me to set my fingers free for things like bike riding and taking keys out of pockets.

© Hanna Tjukanov used with permission

© Hanna Tjukanov used with permission

Knitted in grey and yellow, what isn’t to love about this fabulous accessory, Secretive Mittens by Hanna Tjukanov, a Finnish knitwear designer. The hidden heart detail really makes me smile.

Available in two sizes (mens and women’s) the mittens and needing about 250 yds / 230 m of fingering weight yarn. The pattern costs Euro 3.75 (about £3).

© Hanna Tjukanov used with permission

© Hanna Tjukanov used with permission

Have you knitted any mittens this autumn in preparation for the winter months ahead?

These mitts also happen to be part of the Gift-a-long 2014 promotion and knit-a-long on Ravelry. I am taking part in this exciting event. There will be discounts, prizes, lots of knitting and friendly chatter. Keep an eye out later on for more information on the blog.

Happy Knitting,

Clare

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Caught My Eye: Black Tea

I am all about cables at the moment (cables and pom poms). I stubbled across this hat recently when researching cables for my workshop on cables and instantly fell in love. This hat is certainly on my list of hats to knit this autumn.

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Stylish and sophisticated, as so many of Thea Colmans designs are, this hat is a stunner. Black Tea is knitted using two strands of The Plucky Knitter Bellow (a cashmere blend). It must be the softest and warmest hat imaginable. You could also knit it in worsted (or a heavier DK, if you are in the UK) as The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted is also listed in the pattern.

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The pattern is written for one size (20″ head) and is available as a single pattern for $6 (about £3.80) or as part of the book “With a splash … ” that has seven beautiful designs for $21. I also highly recommend looking at Thea’s other work as she has a brilliant eye for design and some very beautiful pieces of knitwear to create.

Have you knitted a cable hat this winter? Do you like to knit your cables with or without a cable needle?

Keep an eye out for my new design “Earl Grey” that is being released next week. Perfect for getting to grips with cables. 

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Caught My Eye: Emlyn

Celebrating the end of “Socktober” with a special “Caught My Eye”. I love these socks and they really make me want to improve my colourwork. Knitted from the top down these socks are perfect for using up scraps of yarn for the colourwork section.

© Rachel Coopey used with permission

© Rachel Coopey used with permission

In true Rachel Coopey style there are some beautiful details in these socks like the details at the base of the cuff. A contrast cuff, toe and heel add fun colourblock details and can be matched to your colourwork, or contrasted to make a bold statement.

As with all colourwork socks you can go bold, with bright and contrasting colours or choose lighter, paler or more neutral shades.

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Available as a single download for £3 or as an ebook called Pretty Feet One, featuring 4 socks for £7.

I hope you have enjoyed “Socktober”, keep an eye out for the remaining sale discount codes for the rest of this week.

Happy knitting,

Clare

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Caught My Eye: Skedaddle

Hope you are having a good week.

I feel like a few things slipped by the wayside recently on the blog favour of all my exciting and interesting news. While I love sharing my new designs with you I also really miss showcasing the amazingly talented folk out there in the knitting world. I have missed looking for “Caught My Eye” features and hope you enjoy the return of this segment. It will appear every Thursday from now on, you can thank me for my “services to enabling” later 😉

Copyright Lena Gjerald

Copyright Lena Gjerald

I spotted these socks last week and instantly fell in love. As many of your know I am a grey fan, a very big grey fan. However a less well-known fact is I am not a red fan, at all. My friends often joke that I must be a bull, because red makes me ever so slightly cross. Its not my favourite colourway. That said, these socks have the best red detail I have seen in a long time and I think the combination of red and grey could win me over here.

Lena Gjerald is from Norway and she has some great patterns available including Skedaddle – a fab (and free) sock pattern. A simple top down sock with a gorgeous braid down the back of the leg, a heel flap and a star toe. I love the cable (this week I am all about cables) and the star toe makes my heart flutter. All in all these are the cutest socks I have seen in a while. The contrast detail on just one sock nails it and makes me love them even more.

Copyright Lena Gjerald

Copyright Lena Gjerald

Copyright Lena Gjerald

Copyright Lena Gjerald

Copyright Lena Gjerald

Copyright Lena Gjerald

What do you think of these socks? And are you happy to see the return of this segment?

Hope you had a wonderful friday.

Happy knitting,

Clare

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The moment when something screams “knit me”

I really do love the moment when something comes across my desk and it just screams “knit me”. During my Saturday morning editing stint there were two such moments. In all honesty it took a lot of restraint to not down tools, dig in the stash box and start swatching.

Now they are both live on Ravelry I just had to share them with you. They are both very special in their own way and I could not help but shout about them.

The first combines many of my knitting loves; lace weight yarn, beautiful stylish shapes in airy fabric and the clever use of techniques, think i-cords and ways of combining yarn that you don’t see very often. Pellucid by Dieuwke van Mulligen is something really special. 

Copyright: Dieuwke van Mulligen. Used with permission.

Copyright: Dieuwke van Mulligen. Used with permission.

Using Fyberspates Gleem Lace (55% wool / 45% silk) this would be a luxurious and stylish addition to your autumn wardrobe and with some clever layering it could take you through winter and pop you out into spring again (yes, I am already thinking of spring and autumn only just started – that is the Southern Hemisphere in me).

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I am seriously tempted to cast this on, I have two shades of grey lace weight that I think would work very well together.

The next design is another pattern that I feel will soon be adorning my needles with some sumptuous grey yarn. David O’Kelly (the lovely partner of Victoria Magnus from Eden Cottage Yarns) launched Quadratic over the weekend. It is an excellent example of how a simple concept can transform into something quite magical with the right combination of shape, yarn and colour.

Copyright: Victoria Magnus / David O'Kelly. Used with permission.

Copyright: Victoria Magnus / David O’Kelly. Used with permission.

A triangular shawl knitted from the bottom up in squishing garter stitch with bands of stocking stitch featuring luxurious Hayton (MCN) in a steely grey and bright Autumn shades in BFL Sock. What’s not to love.

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I can see myself knitting one of these in a skein of yarn from The Golden Skein, I have the perfect grey main colour. To top it off I have some silk / merino mini skeins I bought at Unwind that would make the perfect stripes. I might cast this on for my trip to Yarndale in a few weeks. It would make the perfect train knitting project.

This pattern is 50% off until midnight on the 6th of September with the code QUAD50.

There are so many new patterns on Ravelry this week. Have you spotted anything that screams “Knit me”?

Happy knitting.

Cx

 

Caught my Eye – a KAL with a difference

This week I thought I would feature a Caught my Eye with a difference. Leethal Knits (Lee Meredith) first came to my attention a few years ago when my sister was knitting a Betiko shawl. I have always admired her designs from afar but have never leapt in and actually cast anything on. Until now that is…

You know that moment when you see something on Rav and no matter how busy you are, how many WIPs you have in your knitting basket you just start clicking and moments later, that PDF pattern is happily downloading onto your computer. A few weeks ago I had one of those moments.

I saw the details, KAL, adventure, mystery, stitch patterns, options, variable weights of yarn, colours, stripes, loads of options and resulting projects …. starting in mid August …. ah mid August I hear you say, that time when I will be enjoying a little bit of breathing time to get back on track. Quick, start clicking, I need to be part of this!

So there you have it. The story of how I came to own the lovely digital ebook from Leethal Knits

leethal Adventure Knit-a-long 2014

Copyright: Lee Meredith /  leethal knits

Copyright: Lee Meredith / leethal knits

The ebook will contain six shapes and 24 stitch patterns to make loads (10+) of unique items. Various yarn weights can be used and I am pretty sure that (judging by her other work) playing with colour is going to be accommodated and encouraged.

I have ‘borrowed’ this KAL calendar from her Rav page. It gives details of the price and the dates. I already have my ebook (taking advantage of the pre-order bargain price) and am ready and waiting for the release on 14th August.

Knit-a-long calendar:

Do you like this kind of knitting pattern? Are you thinking of participating? I would love to hear your thoughts and see your projects if you decide to take part.

Happy Knitting

C

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Caught My Eye – Pentacubes

Oops I missed a week and I am a day late this week. It is not that nothing has “Caught my Eye”, more like the world is zooming past me at a million miles a second and I am struggling to keep all my plates in the air.

I am back from Brighton and while I had a great time I did miss my little bundle of laughs, she is grown up so quickly.

The daughter of a prolific knitter deserves good hand knits so I have vowed to cast on a cardigan for her as part of a KAL (more details soon), and this weeks “Caught My Eye” is also dedicated to her.

How fab are these pentominoes and pentacubes by Woolly Thoughts? Woolly Thoughts are a trio of designers who, amongst other things, design knitted maths puzzles and toys. Pure genius!

“Pentominoes are shapes that can be made with five squares. There are 12 different pentominoes.”

The pattern can be made from any weight of yarn (perfect for using up your odds and ends) and is available in two styles of knitting, a seamed version and a virtually seamless version. The pattern retails for £3.50

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

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