9.15.2014

What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

It's been a while since I've given you an update on my Hazel Knits projects. I've mostly been working on my own designs which aren't quite ready to be revealed yet. But even while I'm working on those project I have been casting on a few more projects that I can share.

I believe all of projects I'm going to show you today were Knitalong projects. Although as you will see some of them did not quite get finished by the KAL deadline.

Let's start with some of my most recent projects.

The current HK KAL on Ravelry has two components.  Participants can either knit a pattern by Tin Can Knits or knit or crochet any pattern using any HK purple.

This adorable little Sproutlette flew off my needles last week in this perfect purple Rogue. I'd had my eye on this pattern for a while. And even though I don't have a final recipient to give this to yet, I knew this was the right time and the right colour for the project. And with a quite soak and a block, it was perfect!


Also as part of the KAL, I knit a Gather Hat by Tin Can Knits in Lively DK in Chambray (colour currently exclusive to 3 Kittens in Minnesota). The resulting hat is so squishy and with sizing from baby to adult, I'm sure I will be knitting this one again.


If we step back a little further, I have only completed one sock from the May/June 2014 KAL. Guest designer Heidi Nick designed a gorgeous cabled mystery sock, Tree People,  for our Ravelry group and I chose to knit mine in an old club colour, Coleus in Artisan Sock. The first sock is gorgeous, but unfortunately I tend to only knit plain socks in the summer when the kids are around so the second sock hasn't happened yet. Hopefully I will pick it back up soon.


And if we step back just a little bit further to the March/April 2014 Underappreciated KAL you will find my next project - this one actually finished on time. Another adorable baby dress. This one is the Eileen dress which I knit in Artisan Sock in Sweet Crush. I love the little orange flecks throughout the dress.


Oh boy, how much further back can we go? Unfortunately, quite a bit. This next project was started as part of the November/December 2011 Mittens, Mitts, Gloves KAL and finished earlier this year. These are my Skull Mitts in Artisan Sock in Loosey Juicy and club colour Starry Night.  The two colours didn't provide a lot of contrast, but I like the resulting subtlety. Like my little mitt secret.


And even though it took me about 2.5 years to finish them, it just proves to me that those single socks hanging about might still get their mates. It's never to late to finish a WIP.


My most recent project (as in just finished yesterday!) I've left to the end. This one is another Tin Can Knits pattern for the current KAL. And even though some of my projects languish for years, for this one - I'm ahead of the game.  This year's ornaments are done! Here are Fancy Balls in Artisan Sock in Red Carpet, Nickel and Eurphobia.


As you can see I have a lot of fun with our Knitalongs. I'd love it if you'd check out our most recent KAL and love it even more if you joined in.

I might still have another project or two up my sleeve (that may or may not get finished on time).

4.22.2014

What the HK is on your Needles? Vol. 35

All the projects I've chosen to showcase today have one thing in common. They were all knit using Hazel Knits DK Lively. 

I've been knitting with Lively quite a bit lately (some secret knitting that will be revealed in the future) so I guess it seems pretty natural that I would find myself drawn to a bunch of recently finished Lively projects during my research for this post. And what a varied collection of projects they are. Let's have a look:

Amy (ravname: Waunaknits) knit this eye catching Meriboo Cabled Cowl in Electrolyte during the 2014 Ravellenic Games.  This cowl is sure to brighten up even the greyest winter day!


Anne (ravname: knitnerd1) also knit a lovely cowl in Poppy. Hers was a test knit of a new design which should be released very shortly. Her project name is Anadel.


But Lively isn't just for cowls! Jocelyn (ravname: WildThingsRun) chose Hoppy Blonde and Pacific to knit this adorable Puerperium Cardigan. I love the snap band. What a great detail.


Madeleine (ravname: MadeleineL) knit this beautiful Salad Shawl in Nickel. With cables, stockinette and lace, this shawl has it all!


Mike (ravname: mike509) created his own mitten pattern using Portabello. Starting with a classic mitten pattern he added his own personal touches and the result is what he calls Classic Arrow Rock Mittens. Absolutely charming!


Barb (ravname: barbj54) used Chocoberry to knit this delicious Oceanie Hat and Mitts set. And all from one skein! Barb knit this set for a 50 Shades of Pink auction her local yarn store is hosting to provide assistance to people undergoing cancer treatment. What a wonderful idea.


And finally, Jodi (ravname: wwwknit) chose Splish Splash to knit this delightful Porom hat.  It looks perfect for Spring!

photo by AndiSatt

Thanks to everyone for allowing me to share their beautiful projects.  It's always so inspiring to take a look through recently finished projects. You can find more Lively projects on Ravelry.

3.17.2014

And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone for all the comments on the last post.  Obviously we have a few hat knitters amongst us. 

I love knitting hats, they knit up so quickly and you don't need a second one like you do for socks or mittens, so no hat orphans. I tend to use mostly worsted or fingering for my hat knitting. 

I hope everyone enjoyed checking out the book, Good Deeds. It really is a lovely collection for a worthy cause.


I tallied up all the qualifying entries and the winner of the $35 gift certificate to the Hazel Knits online store is Brenda G. Brenda kindly left her Ravname, so I shouldn't have any trouble reaching her to let her know about her prize. Congratulations, Brenda! We'll be in touch soon.


3.05.2014

Good Deeds: Contest!

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the book Good Deeds, Volume One: Hats, which is available as an ebook for purchase on Ravelry or Etsy.

The book, curated by Kyle Kunnecke, includes 15 hat patterns using a variety of techniques (lace, stranded, entrelac, crochet!) in a full range of yarn weights from fingering to super bulky. Each of the designers has donated their patterns so that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the ebook can be donated to Breast Cancer Connections, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit that supports people touched by breast and ovarian cancer.


The photography in this 79-page ebook is stunning, and the charts, where required, look well laid out. With something for everyone, it's easy to find a few favourites among the designs included.

My personal favourite is Franklin Habit's Meliorus. Worked up in four colours of DK Lively, I think this hat would be a winner!


Another favourite is Lars Rains' Raspberry Beret. I'm not sure I can personally pull off wearing this style of hat, but it might be hard to resist knitting it for someone else using a skein of Entice.
Normally I include a contest to go along with my book reviews and award a copy of the book being discussed. However, in this case, I think it makes more sense for each of you to check out the book and hopefully decide to purchase it for yourselves so that the proceeds being donated will continue to increase.

So, instead of awarding a copy of the book, we have decided to award a $35 gift certificate to the Hazel Knits online store. In order to be entered into the drawing for the gift certificate you will need to leave a comment on this post before midnight Pacific on Monday, March 10, 2014, telling me two things. First, check out the patterns in the book and then tell me which pattern in the collection is your favourite. And second, I would also like to know what is your favourite yarn weight for knitting hats.  I will randomly select one winner from the comments.

Please be sure to include information so that I can contact you if you win - an email address or Ravelry name, please. 

Comments are moderated - it may take a while for your comment to appear. 

Hazel Knits was proud to be one of the sponsors of this collection.

2.05.2014



Here's what happens to yarn left outside overnight to cool... Those ships aren't floating - they're ice skating! Buuuuurrrr, it's cold out there. If you live in a chilly part of the world, bundle up and be safe!

1.15.2014

What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

January! A fresh start, right? 

My first order of business was to clean out my knitting basket. I threw away orphaned ball bands, put away needles and various oddments of yarn and recycled printouts of patterns I was done with. Then I turned my eye to my works in progress. Decisions had to be made and a few things went to the frog pond. It's hard to be honest with one's self about the likelihood of ever finishing a project.  But to be honest, I probably wasn't honest enough. There are still a few things around that I will really have to get tough with myself about one of these days. But I'm not perfect, so it won't be today.

And now it is time to look at the HK projects that have visited my needles since my last update here. 

I try to add a few handmade bits and pieces to my Christmas tree every year. And this year was no exception. The first thing I made was this fun Christmas ball using the pattern Sheep Balls and Artisan sock in a Limited Edition Red that I've had for ages (I think it was released at Sock Summit 2009), Nekkid, Sedge and Arroyo. I probably should have used a darker brown for a little more contrast but I still like it.  It isn't instantly recognizable as sheep so it is my little sheepy secret.


Then, I adapted the same pattern to make a Minion ornament for my kids. I'm sure in a couple of years this will look ridiculous on my tree. But for now, the kids love it! And I'm quite proud of it too. Plus, it gives me the giggles whenever I see it.


One of the presents I made for my daughter was an adorable bunny with a collection of sweet dresses. The bunny was made with bits of stash I had around but the dresses had to be made of only the finest materials! Artisan Sock in Flicker, Surf, Queen of the Night and Nekkid. Taking just a couple of hours each, it was fun to come up with assortment of stylish frocks using some leftover stash. My daughter is just learning to knit now. Perhaps one day she will want to add to the collection.




Once January came around it was time for a little selfish knitting. So the first thing I did was finish a hat for myself. Castiel knits up quickly in DK Lively. I choose to knit mine in Queen of the Night. With slightly less frigid temperatures this week, it should be the perfect hat to wear to the bus stop in the afternoons.


So what's on my needles now? Lots of secret projects, as January has also brought with it a new desire to produce more of my own patterns. More on that soon.

In the meantime, I am getting ready to cast on a project for the latest HK Ravelry KAL. If you haven't checked it out yet, visit our group and join in. For January and February, we are featuring patterns inspired by Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Mythology. It's time for me to make a decision and cast on.

11.28.2013

Quick Knits for the Holidays

In just a few days we'll be turning the page on the calendar to December and realizing that the holidays are just around the corner. For some of us that means gift giving. And for some of us that means hand knit gifts. 

Yesterday, the Yarn Harlot wrote a blog post saying it was her day of reckoning. The day that she takes stock of what she has knit and what she wants to knit to give as gifts this year. She approaches the holidays (from this point forward) like a job, with spreadsheets and daily quotas.  I prefer a slightly more laid back approach, but to each their own.

If you find yourself in a similar position, with gifts that still need to be knit, you'll probably be looking for quick knits. One-skein projects. 

I thought I'd help by putting together a list of some quick projects from some of our HK friends (plus one really cute ornament I couldn't resist). Hopefully one of these ideas will help you get closer to your goal.

Let's start with Melissa Goodale's gorgeous Wild Cherry, knit with one skein of DK Lively. Ah, DK! So much faster than fingering weight (shown in Cherry Fizz in DK Lively).

 Photo by Mariana Kajlich

If you have a little more time, Verybusymonkey has lots of fingering weight shawls that would make stunning gifts. Dendrology has a nice garter stitch section that would help it move along quickly (shown in Equinox in Entice).


Slippers make a snuggly gift at this time of year and Andrea Rangel's Dinar slippers look super comfy with the yarn held double for a squishy sole (shown in Rick's Cognac in DK Lively).


Perhaps fingerless mitts are what you're looking for. Jennifer Chase-Rapport's Queen Anne mitts are lovely. And she has a pattern for a matching cowl if you're itching to make a set (shown in Frost in Artisan Sock).


But I live where it is pretty darn cold at this time of year, so I need my fingers covered. Might I recommend my own pattern, Willowmere? Taking less than 300 yards, mittens are are great choice for the time challenged (shown in Ruby Love in Artisan Sock).


Anne Hanson's Sparrow Song Cowl would make an impressive gift. The smallest size uses less than half a skein but there are other size options as well, if time permits (shown in Song Sparrow in Entice).


Every year I like to add new handmade ornaments to my Christmas tree and I think I just found this year's pattern. I'll be casting on for Sheep Balls later on today. I'm thinking of using Red Carpet, Sedge, Fudge and Nekkid. I can't wait!


Do you have any last minute gifts to knit? Or do you have any pattern ideas for quick knits? I'd love some more suggestions.