What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

Like usual I've had a lot of Hazel Knits projects pass over my needles over the last few months.  Let's have a look at what I've been up to.

My first project is the 3 Colour Cashmere Cowl by Jojo Locatelli. This is probably one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry this year and with good reason. It's a fun and interesting knit. And in the round, it works up pretty fast. I couldn't wait to get to that pop of pink. For mine, I opted to forego the cashmere and used Artisan sock in Reflection, Silhouette and Totally Pink. I love, love, love this cowl. It is super long, so when you put it on it just bunches up perfectly in a way I can never perfect with a scarf or infinity cowl. Hmm...I just bought a new red coat, maybe I need to make another one of these with a pop of Ruby Love!

My next project is Entrechat by Lisa Chemery. It's a sweet baby-sized bolero style cardigan. I knit mine in Tempo in Ruby Love. Tempo is a worsted base that isn't stocked on the website yet (it's been limited release so far). This knit was a bit of a test run. Great stitch definition and drape!

Next up is one of my own patterns, Gracewood Hat and Mittens, which I released in September. I'll just post a picture of one of the sets I've knit (in Primrose and Electrolyte in Artisan sock) but trust me when I say I could have shown you several more colour combinations - my favourite being Primrose and Silhouette, I think. I've had a lot of these pass over my needles this year.

Last time I showed you my first Falls of Rauros sock by Claire Ellen. I finally finished the second one!! These took me quite a while to do. I find twisted ribbing hard on my hands and slow going. But worth it! I think this will make an awesome present for my mother in law. These are in Artisan sock in By the Seashore.

And finally, I guess I'm getting a little excited about the upcoming holiday season. I have made a lot of new ornaments this year, most of which I've made extra special by using my favourite leftover Hazel Knits colours. 

Clockwise from upper left: Scandinavian Santa by Calle del Limon shown in Artisan sock in Red Carpet, Nekkid and Blacklight (with a little non-HK pink for the face); Yarn Basket Ornament by Scarlet Taylor in Cadence in Nekkid and Artisan sock in Witching Hour, Stick o'Butter, Euphorbia and Vamp; Christmas Balls Knit Ornament Pattern Set by Amy Gaines knit in Cadence in Nekkid, Heartthrob, Smolder and Smudge (with a white non-HK acrylic); Mochimochi Snowmen by Anna Hrachovec in Artisan sock in Nekkid, Blacklight, Vamp, Euphorbia, Witching Hour and Violeta.

I wouldn't be surprised if I whipped up a few more of these ornaments. I love a quick one day project.  Makes me feel accomplished!

** I've linked to the colour when available. If not linked it is either retired or a former club colour.


What the HK? Vol. 40

As I was flitting around on Ravelry the other day searching for inspiration, I couldn't help but notice a number of recently completed projects that had been made with Lively DK. It got me wondering if perhaps as the weather cooled off people started looking for thicker and warmer projects. Maybe next month I'll see an upswing in cozy Cadence projects. I'll keep my eyes open for those. 

For today's project round up I've selected 6 (well really 7) hot off the needles Lively projects!

The first project comes from Shawneen (ravelry name: NeeNeeKnits). Shawneen knit a beautiful Beachcomber's Cowl by Melissa Thomson using club colours, Sizzle and Storm. That will keep the chill off your neck.

Sherry (ravelry name: sccyeh) knit a yummy pair of Wrack socks by Hunter Hammersen in what is still one of my favourite colours, Euphorbia.

Toni (ravelry name: Triestina) knit this awesome Unisex Cardigan by Kasia Lubinska in Poppy. Some lucky baby will be snuggly and stylish in this!

Speaking of stylish children! Theresa (ravelry name: hrvdmnky) knit two adorable coordinating Belle Isle dresses by Heidi Atwood-Reeves in Vamp and Sassafras. I can't decide which colour arrangement I prefer.

And keeping with the theme of knitting for children, RaptorKnitting (ravelry name) knit this stunning Leafy Baby Blanket by Leyla Alieva in Nekkid - A true heirloom quality project that I'm sure will be cherished for years.

And finally, Suzi (ravelry name: Equzi) knit this fun Harold the Houseplant Monster by Rebecca Danger in Atmosphere for her husband. Suzi's project page is full of huggable stuffies.

What a great assortment of projects. Thanks to everyone for letting me share their photos.


my new stapler is the same color as Electrolyte!

my new stapler is the same color as Electrolyte!


What the HK is on your Needles? Vol. 39

Time to check out Ravelry projects again and see what some of you have been knitting with Hazel Knits yarn.

First up today is Ceres' (ravname: samsaraknitter) cozy Camas hat by Cory Ellen Boburg. Ceres knit hers in Cadence in Phinney Ridge (currently exclusive to the Fiber Gallery). Toasty!

Nancy (ravname: nancyann) knit this stunning Ashton shawl by Dee O'Keefe in Artisan sock in Lipstick, 1984.  Eye-catching in this colour.

Did you know our current KAL on Ravelry features Popular (or Pink) patterns? Aunt2edie's adorable Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman would definitely have been a perfect project. The Baby Surprise Jacket has more than 23,000 projects on Ravelry! Aunt2edie knit hers in Artisan sock in Spooky Hue.

Madeleine (ravname: MadeleineL) knit a gorgeous Ardent shawl by Janina Kallio in Entice in Cabbage Rose. You can't go wrong with cashmere around the neck.

Tracy (ravname: remington) participated in Romi's Mystery Shawl 2015 by Rosemary Hill and once the mystery was revealed she had a beautiful two-colour shawl in Jay Blue in Divine and Cirrus in Entice.

I absolutely love the colours Phillipa (ravname: phils) chose for her amazing Downtown Line shawl by Joji Locatelli. I never would of thought to put together Carnelian and Twilight (both in Entice) but this picture makes me think of a Monarch butterfly and who doesn't think those are gorgeous? You can't argue with nature.

Cindy (ravname: GmaX4) also matched up an unexpected pair of colours for her delightful Eisern socks by General Hogbuffer - Icicle and Cinnabar in Artisan sock. And I must say it works. It definitely works.

And finally, the lovely Dawn (ravname: dawn76) knit herself an awesome postgrad sweater by Alicia Plummer in Cadence Quill and Jay Blue.  Dawn's photos are always great and you should check out her Ravelry page for more fun shots of this and other sweaters.

Thanks to everyone for letting me share their wonderful projects. You are all so inspirational.


What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

My abundant sock knitting has continued over the last couple of months. I'm obviously spurred on by my participation in the Claire Ellen Lord of the Rings Sock Club. I'm almost managing to keep up.

The one sock that I just can't seem to finish is February's The Falls of Rauros socks. I've finished one sock and cast on the second, but those twisted stitches tend to hurt my hands so it isn't usually my first choice of projects to pick up despite how beautiful it is. I'm knitting mine in Artisan sock in an old club colour called By the Seashore.

But I did move on and finish March's beautiful cabled In the Golden Hall socks in the meantime. Mine are knit in Artisan sock in club colour Tapestry, a suitably golden colour.

And I also finished April's delightfully textured The Dead Marshes socks in Artisan sock in the slightly marshy club colour Hedgerow.

And I'm halfway through May's intricate The Paths of the Dead socks. The colour doesn't exactly go with the theme but it was time to liven up Middle Earth with some happy colours so I choose Artisan sock in Cherry Blossom. This way I can also participate in our current Ravelry knitalong - Popular Patterns or Pinks! 

Our previous KAL featured designs by the lovely KnittyMelissa, so I joined in and knit the interesting Triple Threat socks in Artisan sock in the club colour Smudge. I hadn't worked with beads much before and found it very fun. I'm sure I'll be selecting more beaded patterns in the future.

I also knit myself a fun short sleeved sweater, Global Warming by Suvi Simola, in Cadence in Lipstick 1984.  I had to make a few adjustments to the pattern since it was written for only one size (smaller than me). I added a few stitches, added some length and knit at a slightly looser gauge and came up with a sweater exactly like I was hoping for. I'd say I can't wait for Winter to wear it again, but I totally can. I can wait a long, long time if it means it is warm out for a while.

One of the fun things I occasionally get to do is knit samples for Hazel Knits' Trunk Shows. It's a great opportunity for me to knit things I wouldn't usually choose to knit for myself. Like shawls. Don't get me wrong, I think they are beautiful and super fun to knit, but I just can't figure out how to wear them. I never feel quite comfortable or myself. Hey, but that's just me. I guess I'm more of a scarf wrapped about my neck three times kinda gal.

My most recent sample knit was the stunning Darwin Shawl by verybusymonkey in Entice in Pine Forest. I knit the large size and used a touch more than 600 yards.

And finally, I finalized and published a hat and mitten set called Follow (each pattern also available individually). All knit in Artisan sock, the colour combinations I used were: Queen of the Night with Hydrangea, Splish Splash with Sassafras, Storm with Crescent, and Red Carpet with a Rogue orange.

Work is continuing on my "in progress" socks, another design which is almost done and who knows what else! Maybe a popular pattern in pink so I can continue participating in the current KAL. And of course, I'll be casting on my June LOTR socks in less than two weeks!

Happy Knitting!


Today is the first day of the Northwest LYS tour - a local event for us - and we have two new colorways to show off.

Phinney Ridge is a blue-purple-teal color that was inspired by both the flowers in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood and also by the colored stripes on our light rail trains. This color is only available on Cadence during the LYS tour and is only available at The Fiber Gallery. This super cute hat pattern is designed by Cory Ellen Boberg of Indie.Knits. The Fiber Gallery will happily ship. 206-706-4197

We also teamed up with the JANe creators for a new kit with a new yarn color, only available at Wildfibers in Mt. Vernon.

The new color, Aloe is dyed on our Tempo yarn base. This warm, cabled hat was designed by Melissa Goodale of Stick Chick Knits and the fresh new yarn bag was created by Dancing Sheep. Wildfibers has a limited quantity for the LYS tour - and will also ship - 360-336-5202. The kit is $56.95.

Have a fun, safe LYS tour, PNW folks!


What the HK is on Your Needles? Vol. 38

I spent a little time last week poking around Ravelry and found some new projects knit in Hazel Knits that I'm dying to share with you.

Like usual, I'm inspired by the patterns, the colour choices and the photography.

Let's have a look, shall we?

Up first today, is Anj's (ravname: knittyanj) Cruiser mittens by Cailyn Meyer. Anj chose to knit her fantastic mittens in Cadence in Lichen. Anj run Meadow Yarns in the UK, our UK HK stockist. I'm not sure how she was able to narrow down her choice, what with a range of Cadence colours to choose from at her fingertips, but I think Lichen was the perfect choice for these mittens.

Gail (ravname: writergirl3) was the first person to post a completed pair of Triple Threat Socks by Knittymelissa as part of our March/April Ravelry knitalong. She chose to knit her stunning pair in last month's featured colour, Icicle in Piquant Lite. The beads add the perfect icy touch.

Emily (ravname: emarkus) knit a beautiful Washington Park Shawl by Debbi Stone in the lovely combination of Lichen and Plum Glace in Entice. I'm starting to think Lichen goes with almost every colour. This pattern was one of the Rose City Yarn Crawl's 2015 mystery patterns.

Check out Gail's (ravname: islandbirdknits) amazing Princess Fiona sweater by Amy Miller. Gail's sweater is in Artisan sock in Jam Session and it looks like it fits her perfectly. I'm sure it will get a lot of wear.

I'm amazed by the stitch definition on Mallorie's (ravname: VandyGirl) Linesx3 socks by Jeannie Cartmel. They are knit in Piquant Lite in Hoppy Blonde and the texture is out of this world!

Sandy(ravname: Sandals) knit this classy Smokeberry cowl by Wendy Neal. Knit in Lively DK in Tropical Sunset it has a delicateness about it that speaks to me.  So pretty!

And finally, Hilary (ravname: hthomps) knit this gorgeous pair of Contrapposto socks by Heidi Nick and Claire Ellen in Artisan sock in Citrus Blossom.  Contrapposto was our January/February mystery knitalong pattern on Ravelry and these socks are a joyous representation of what that KAL (and all our KALs) was all about (even with its snowy background).  If you'd like to see more of the finished mystery KAL socks click here! Or come and check out our current KAL and knit along with us.

Thanks to everyone for graciously allowing me to share their projects. 

I can't wait to see what pops up next!