5.02.2016


4.12.2016

What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

I have been having a lot of fun this year participating in the Hazel Knits Knitalongs I'm hosting on Ravelry and often I've been able to double dip with other KALs as well.   Apparently, I've been on a bit of a sock kick too.

All throughout 2016, we are celebrating the Year of the Monkey in our Ravelry group by knitting Monkey Socks by Cookie A. So far I've completed two pairs. My plan is to finish a pair during each two-month KAL period this year. The pattern does such fun things with variegated yarn and several colourways have been marinating in my stash for a very long time - too long. It's time for them to finally achieve their sock destinies.

The first colourway I knit up was It's a Wrap on Artisan Sock- an old club colourway. These will be my new Christmas socks as I wore through my last pair and didn't have a pair at all for Christmas 2015 and that was no fun!


My second pair were in the retired colourway, Alki Reflections on Artisan Sock. This colourway reminds me of the handmade rag rugs my Grandmother had throughout her home. 


I'm not sure which colourway I will chose for the next KAL. I'm looking forward to digging through my stash to see what tickles my fancy.

Unfortunately, none of the variegated colourways are currently in production.  Fingers crossed they will return one day.

The March/April KAL, in addition to Monkey socks, also had a second theme - Literature inspired patterns. 

My first pair of Literature socks were Hedwig & Friends by Karin Michele in Song Sparrow on Artisan Sock. These socks were inspired by the Harry Potter series of books. I love the little owls that surround the top of the leg. These socks also qualify for the Inside Number 23 Podcast Harry Potter KAL and I've been so inspired by them that I've started to reread the series. I haven't read the books since I spent an entire year reading them out loud at bedtime to my son about 5 years ago. I think I love them even more now!


I also finished a Romeo and Juliet inspired pair of socks. These ones are Two Households by Claire Ellen and I knit them in Barn Door on Artisan Sock.  These socks are mirrors of each other and were a blast to knit.


In February, I finished the Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini in Tastes Like Purple and Nekkid on Cadence. I added a fantastic Bernat Faux Fur pompom and I'm pretty sure that even though this hat was knit with the intention of being mine that my daughter has claimed it as her own. And who can blame her? It suits her perfectly!


The final project I have to show you is currently a work in progress. I'm knitting the Nutcracker Trio by Susan Claudino in all Cadence leftovers. All the knitting is done, I'm just waiting on the crowns, bells and buttons to arrive to complete the set. They are cute now, but the embellishments take them to a whole other level. I can't wait!


It might seem early to be making ornaments but these little guys have been on my radar for a few months. They were only available as a kit originally and released last week as a pattern only. I figured I had waited long enough. Plus, I will be entering them in the LegacyKnitz Podcast Stuffy-a-long KAL and the Susan Claudino Designs April KAL, both on Ravelry. And I love a good KAL entry. Especially one that can double dip.

Time to plot what to cast on next!


11.18.2015

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.

10.23.2015

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.

8.16.2015

my new stapler is the same color as Electrolyte!


my new stapler is the same color as Electrolyte!

6.10.2015

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.

5.20.2015

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!