February 10, 2016

Callistemon Beanie & Mittens

It’s the middle of summer where I am and we’re currently in the grip of a heatwave, so I find myself reminiscing of winter and of cool weather. Of grey skies, of rain and of bundling up in knits instead of melting under them. I find myself recalling those long stretches, when winter gets endless with days upon days of grey skies and I need a pop of bright colour to cheer me up. I found these two skeins of The Verdant Gryphon Traveller in Painted Grasshawk in my stash and knew immediately they could cure all dreary ills. Not only that, but they needed to be a matching beanie and mittens.

Callistemon Beanie is knit in the round and begins with a 1×1 brim deep enough to fold up. The head is worked in the tiny bowknot pattern and the beanie is finished off with an optional pompom. Callistemon Mittens are fingerless mittens worked using the same pattern, but have two ‘finger cuff’ options. You can knit the finger portion with a short cuff, or a long cuff (pictured). The long cuff is deep enough to cover your fingers and can be folded back out of the way.

Both patterns are available on Ravelry for 20% off until midnight Wednesday, Feburary 17th 2016, AWST. No coupon code required.

January 6, 2016

Eldwick

My favourite yarn has to be Wollmeise Lace-Garn. It’s my go-to yarn for large wraps and shawls and is often perfect for the weather I get here in Perth. It’s light enough for cool nights yet warm enough to keep the chill away, and in winter it provides a fantastic extra layer of warmth. Even if your winter is colder than mine, which isn’t hard, it’s a fantastic yarn. It’s also the yarn that inspired my first release of 2016, Eldwick.

Eldwick is a long textured and reversible wrap that features a reversible interrupted rib stitch pattern in three panels (2 showing the RS and 1 the WS) across the width of the shawl separated by eyelet columns, which also feature around the edge. At the centre point, the panel textures reverse. Eldwick is large enough to use as a wrap, but can also be scrunched up and used a scarf under your favourite winter coat.

Eldwick is currently available on Ravelry at 25% off until midnight Wednesday 13th January 2016, AWST. No coupon code required.

December 17, 2015

Cottesloe Days

In Western Australia we have many amazing beaches, from Lucky Bay in Esperance in the south with it’s white sand and turquoise water, to Cable Beach in Broome up north where you can ride camels along the sand. Cottesloe Beach is closer to me than either of those and it’s an iconic beach, with incredible sunsets. I grew up not far from “the beach” but now don’t get there often, but some days I long for it, especially in the middle of winter. Some days I just want a reminder that the beach exists and that I could dip my toes in the Indian Ocean.

Cottesloe Days is inspired by days at Cottesloe beach and striped beach towels. It’s a long striped fingering weight accessory that can be worked as a cowl, scarf or as a convertible scarf (instructions included in the pattern). Cottesloe Days can be worked in anywhere from one to 21 colours and the pattern includes amount required for each stripe. It would be a fantastic way to use up those odds and ends you have stashed. A schematic of the stripes has been included for you to colour in and work out your colour sequence.

Cottesloe Days is 25% off until midnight December 23, 2015 AWST.

October 12, 2015

Vexillology

It might only be October and technically spring here in Perth, but Summer has hit early and I’m already longing for the days when I could wrap myself up in something, anything knitted. A light shawl would do. Just something. Knitted. Instead I’m releasing the pattern I’d love to be wearing, if it was cooler.

Inspired by my love of colour, and Dark Harbour Yarn, Vexillology is an elongated diamond shaped fingering weight accessory that comes in two versions, a scarf and shawl. It features a stockinette centre panel that uses intarsia to create the colour blocks, and a garter two colour notched edge. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried intarsia before, I’ve included a tutorial to help you out!

Vexillology is available on Ravelry at 25% off until Midnight Monday 19th October, 2015. No coupon required.

August 24, 2015

Pepperberry Cowl by Mitenae

Where I live in Perth, Western Australia, winter is a mere blip. Sometimes I feel if I blink, I’ll miss winter. It’s mild, wet if we’re lucky and occasionally cold. Despite this, I am determined to make the most of the cold weather we do get and I needed a ridiculously bright cowl for winter.

Pepperberry Cowl is inspired by my love of chevrons and colour. Knitted flat, beginning with a provisional cast on and joined using Kitchener stitch, this pattern uses an intarisa technique to create the colour blocks, but don’t worry if you haven’t done this before. I’ve included a separate tutorial to help you out.

Pepperberry Cowl is available on Ravelry at 25% off until midnight Wednesday August 26th, 2015, AWST.