Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Herbivore in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, 'Charlotte'
I was very tempted to title this blog post something like 'That's a Wrap!' in the great tradition of American Corniness, but instead I'm going with the straight up title of the pattern: Herbivore. Learn this name because at some point you WILL be knitting this pattern, ok?
Herbivore in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, 'Charlotte'
The Specs:
Pattern: Herbivore by Stephen West
Size: Medium-ish?
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon 'Bugga', 1 skein in 'Charlotte'.
Needles: Size 6 Kollage square needles, firm cable because the soft cable ones are dead to me.
Mods: None
Herbivore in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, 'Charlotte'

This is my first time knitting with the Sanguine Gryphon and Oh My GAH is it nice. Ultra-soft and the color is complex like whoa. HELLO are you checking those yellow flecks in the most gorgeous pale brown ever? I mean, who even thought of that? Wow.

Now on to the pattern itself. Verdict: the most winningest pattern that ever winned. Stephen West loves his twisted stitches, does he not? There is a simplicity in the combination of the twisted stitches and the stockinette that is so satisfying both from a visual and knitting standpoint. The shape is unexpected and makes for a truly versatile garment. Is it a shawl, a wrap, a scarf, or something else entirely? Size-wise you can absolutely monkey around and get the size you like. I made a medium-ish size and am so happy with the results.
Herbivore in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, 'Charlotte'

I have to say that I was initially prepared to be cheesed-off that there wasn't a chart with this pattern but OMG STEPHEN PLEASE DON'T BE MAD AT ME I WAS WRONG. There is no need for a chart. Pfft--unnecessary. No need whatsoever!
Herbivore in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, 'Charlotte'

After this and Windschief, I am on a complete roll and have decided to cast on for Clockwork because it has fabulous written all over it. I can't stop! And luckily the guy seems to be churning these patterns out like it's his job (oh wait...) so I am set for the next 24-36 months!
Herbivore in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, 'Charlotte'
All this is to say that I basically have a new Internet knitting boyfriend and his name is Stephen West. And please don't try to break us up because I will throw some serious hard-core knitting realness back at you...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Two More Hats

November Leaves in SHELTER 'Hayloft'
Windschief in MadTosh Vintage 'Golden Hickory'
Frankly I don't understand how I could have not blogged about these two hat patterns earlier. Ideally it would have been before the freight train known as Daylight Savings Time flattened me and turned me into the walking wounded. I fail to see how a one hour time shift can make a person feel so utterly ill, but there you have it. So. LAME.

November Leaves in SHELTER 'Hayloft'

The Specs
Hat #1
Pattern: November Leaves by Melissa LaBarre
Yarn: One skein of Shelter in 'Hayloft'.
Size: Large
Needles: size 6 and 7
Mods: None, I did as I was told.

November Leaves-2November Leaves in SHELTER 'Hayloft'

Melissa is the queen of the jaunty hat pattern that once you see it for the first time, you are and bound and determined to drop everything and make it immediately! I love this pattern SO MUCH. The pattern comes in either a tam or beanie version, and I opted for the latter given that it only needed one skein.

November Leaves in SHELTER 'Hayloft'
Shelter is the perfect yarn for the occasion here. There is a reason this yarn is so hyped at the moment! It is versatile like nobody's business as I have seen many ultra-enticing projects, none more so than Chawne's unbelievable blanket.

The intrepid among you who have downloaded this pattern or seen it elsewhere will notice that I knit the hat not only out of the yarn called for but also the exact color featured in the pattern. Yes, I am that person. Hi!

November Leaves in SHELTER 'Hayloft'

And just in case you think I am not aware of the eye brow situation here, I am. I have hectored the person in question mercilessly about it but to no avail. Let us never speak of it again.

Windschief in MadTosh Vintage 'Golden Hickory'-4
Pattern: Windschief by Steven West
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Vintage in 'Golden Hickory'
Size: Large
Needles: size 6 and 7
Mods: I did the crown decreases an inch before the pattern indicated per many recommendations on teh Rav and the hat turned out perfectly.

Windschief in MadTosh Vintage 'Golden Hickory'-3
This is a truly clever pattern. Steven West loves his twisted stitches, that's for sure, and watching them migrate and twist on this hat is quite a lot of fun. Seriously! This hat has turned out to be my gateway drug to other Steven West patterns, as since finishing it I've finished another one and even cast on for a third. Which is to stay WATCH THIS SPACE for more twisted stitches.

Windschief in MadTosh Vintage 'Golden Hickory'-5
And now a word about the yarn: madelinetosh Vintage. madelinetosh you are my new thing. You are like Malabrigo was for me in 2005. Or Wollmeise back in 2007. Which is to say that I never want to have to deal with any other yarn ever again, because your colors are eye-popping and your legendary softness is the stuff of dreams. And with names like 'Warm Maize' and 'Ink' you have hopelessly seduced me...