Happy Holidays!


How are you? I love Christmas and am now in full holiday mode, but I do have a ton of exciting plans for 2017 that I can’t wait to share with you. Until then, I hope your holidays are wonderful and here is just a peek at what is coming up:


This January, Craftsy will have a new class in machine knitting! Stay tuned for announcements and special discount codes!


If you are still looking for a holiday knit, I might have just the thing for you: the Boreal Hat and Cowl patterns are now available for individual purchase!


Happy Holidays to all and to all a good knit!!



Something for the weekend


With impeccable timing (as ever…) I saw these Markus Lupfer hats and felt the need to share.  These would have been the ideal Easter knits, if, you know, I had managed to sort this before Easter…..

I don’t normally go in for this sort of thing.  I’m mostly a serious wearables kind of girl, but every once in a while, I have to give in to my inner 5 year old.

markus lupfer AW 15

Markus Lupfer AW 2015 Photograph courtesy of Style.com

Lupfer is British designer whose collections often display a certain wry playfulness.

markus lupfer AW 2015

Markus Lupfer AW 2015 Photograph courtesy of Style.com

There is no lack of great silly hats on Ravelry, but I especially like it when adults are the target audience.  Tiny Owl Knits is a fabulous example of an adult who embraces the inner child. The Deer with Little Antlers Hat is niche, but come on–tell me you don’t want to live in a world in which that is standard headgear.

Tiny Owl Knits Deer with Little Antlers Hat

I also enjoy the appropriation of children’s things by grown ups.  Carole Julius is a talented photographer and keen knitter who has made a great version of Heidi May’s wildly (!) popular Failynn Fox Cowl design. Heidi May is a prolific knitwear designer of super sweet children’s knitwear and can be found here.

Caroleknits Failynn Fox Cowl

Happy knitting,


Something for the weekend


The Spring 2015 Haute Couture collections happened in January, and I feel it would be remiss of me not to mention the hats at the Chanel show.
chanel couture spring 15

Not only are they hand-made creations, apparently knit from strips of tulle, many of them were wildly embellished with fabric flowers and pompoms and you really can’t go wrong with that.  chanel couture spring 15 hat

The image above was by far the most restrained of the hats, making good use of ‘variegated’ yarn instead of silk flowers.  A most basic hat pattern seems most appropriate for your own version of this look, with or without the embellishments.

Calzetta knit hat by Justyna Lorkowska

Calzetta by Justyna Lorkowska is a free pattern and really fits the bill–bulky, simple & slouchy.

Hannah knit hat by very shannon

Hannah is a lovely super-bulky hat by Very Shannon knit with a single skein of Malabrigo Rasta. I love the colour on both of these hats.

Happy knitting,


Images courtesy of Style.com and Ravelry pattern pages.