Cedar Shake Mitts

Continuing with my effort to catalog my older projects…

I made mine from Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light wool in the shade Fig. Perhaps you can tell my skeins didn’t match exactly. That’s part of using hand-dyed yarn: sometimes they match well, sometimes you spend a few days or weeks figuring out how to blend the different color variations together as seamlessly as possible, or figuring out what effect you want to make. This is what happens when you spend zero time on that because you didn’t expect to use the second skein for some reason. It’s not so bad, but it’s definitely visible.

I enjoyed these so much! I couldn’t find them at all this winter. Where in the world could they be? I was so careful with them. That’s my downfall, though. I put things in such a special place I can’t find them again. I’m sure they’ll turn up when I’m least expecting it.

The pattern is from the book Juju’s Loops, by Juju Vail and Susan Cropper, pictured below.

Elk in the Woods

It’s a funny sort of thing, part snuggly collar, part scarf. I use a pretty pin to hold it closed. A shawl stick should work, too.

I knitted my version in Madelinetosh Pashmina. The shade is called Antler. I found the pattern in Juju Vail and Susan Cropper’s book Juju’s Loops, pictured below.

Crow Waltz Shawl

This is a pattern from Juju Vail for Loop London.

I knitted my version in Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn. I used the shades Tern and Opaline.

This is another scarf people seem to notice and like when they see it in person, so I think it would make a nice gift if you know someone who appreciates handmade stuff.

I do see now for the first time that the point is a little off. How in the world did I never notice? Hmm. I wonder if I made a mistake somewhere…

Prairie Shawl

Continuing with older projects, here is my Prairie shawl. It’s a pattern by Juju Vail and Susan Cropper, and it’s from here:

I love this book. I’ve done eight of the eleven projects in it, a lot for me.

The shawl was fun to knit, and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve made. I really want a snuggly, chunky version, so I need to get on that.

I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in the shade Candlewick. It’s still available! How did that happen? Ha.

Simmer Dim

Simmer Dim, one of my older projects.

Simmer Dim is a pattern by Gudrun Johnston/The Shetland Trader. It’s fairly simple, and I overlooked it at first, but then I saw Loop’s pretty version in green, and had to have one.

I made mine in Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light yarn. The shade is called Celadon, and it’s a color which has proven to be more versatile in my wardrobe than I anticipated.

Oak Knot

Here’s another hat I finished a while ago. I know I posted it before, but I must have removed the post, so here it is again.

Oak Knot, by Juju Vail and Susan Cropper, originally published in Juju’s Loops, one of my very favorite knitting books.

I love this hat. I made it from Cascade 220. The shade is called Galaxy. I want to make at least one more in a softer yarn, but even this slightly itchy version is the hat I wear most often.

Spring Bloom Mitts

I finished knitting these mitts just before the end of the year. They’re the Spring Bloom Mitts designed by Rachel Atkinson for Loop London. It’s a free pattern, if you want to try: link


They didn’t take long to make. Mitts are are always good for quick gratification.

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios  in Azul Profundo. I had it left over from another project. These took less than a skein. Rios is one of those nice, soft wools that feels almost cottony. It reminds me of Madelinetosh Tosh DK. I’d say the weight is between Tosh DK and Vintage.