We’re being treated to another little heat wave here in New Hampshire after being spoiled by several cool, almost fall-like days last week. Sometime during high school (like 30 years ago, shhh!) I realized that fall is my favorite time of year. September and October especially are my favorite months. The daylight hours are growing shorter each day, and as the temps begin to fall, we’ll begin pulling those hats out of closets and drawers to keep our heads warm.

But there are adults and children undergoing chemotherapy who need those hats all year long, not just in the fall and winter months (but especially in the fall and winter months). Please consider giving a little of your crafting time to knitting or crocheting (or sewing!) a hat for Halos of Hope. Plus, when you purchase my Seeded Rib Hat pattern, all of the profits (after Ravelry and PayPal fees) are donated to Halos of Hope as well, to help cover shipping costs. (Just $10 sends 31 hats!)

  • SeededRibCollage72You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.
  • Get more information about Halos of Hope here, or make a monetary donation here.
  • If you make any hats, you can use this search tool to find a Halos of Hope donation site near you. Patternworks is an official donation location as well – you can mail finished hats to Patternworks, Attn: Halos of Hope, P.O. Box 1618, Center Harbor NH 03226.

Important Information:

  • Hats must be made from very soft yarns (or fabrics). Some excellent yarn choices are Jeannee Worsted, Pacific, Wooly Worsted, and Berroco Vintage. Choosing machine-washable yarn is strongly recommended, as patients may not be used to caring for handknits.
  • Hats must be no less than 16″ and no more than 22″ in circumference. Sizing is very important for bald heads!
  • If the yarn used contains any wool, please attach a note to the hat stating this, since many patients have extremely sensitive skin.
  • Don’t think of the hat as just a “chemo cap” – think of it as a hat the recipient will wear and enjoy long after their treatment has ended.
  • Be sure to read the complete guidelines for hat donations here.

2014… so far

There’s been quite a bit of casting on this year, but not a lot of finishing (and some finishing I can’t share just yet).

First up, a pair of socks I finished back in March. These are Confetti Rib Socks, my own design for the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock of the Month Club, knit using Frolicking Feet DK yarn by Done Roving Yarns. The pattern is currently available only to members of the club. See all the details about this project on my Ravelry project page.

900394_ToeUpSOM_squarePhoto by Evelyn S. Lamprey

Next, also finished in March, the Effortless Cardigan (design by Hannah Fettig), knit using Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein. Get the deets on my project page.

EffortlessOn(pardon the bathroom mirror selfie at Mom & Dad’s house)

Not all that impressive, but still an FO, a teatowel. Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (hey, it’s on sale on the Patternworks Yarn Bargain Bin while supplies last!). I may eventually write up the pattern (well, I have it written up, I may eventually publish it on Ravelry). Should be able to get two of these out of one cone of Sugar ‘n Cream. Details here.


I also made one for my Mom, in red. (Still listed as a WIP on Ravelry because I originally planned to make two.)

mom teatowel

I also made some footies for Mom, using Miriam Felton’s Footie Socks pattern and Patons Stretch Socks yarn (I am very sad this yarn is discontinued – you can still find it, but they’re not making it anymore). These socks are the first low-cut footies that don’t slip off my Mom’s heels. Miriam is a designer genius! (The construction is very similar to the footies I improvised for myself last summer, but Miriam really made it work so much better.)

mom footiesUnfortunately I didn’t get a real FO shot. Just the first finished sock, propped on the cat and me in my pajamas.

I needed a simple project to knit on while working at the Patternworks booth at Interweave Knitting Lab back in May, so I cast on a pair of fingerless gloves with some Koigu KPPPM I had hanging around. Pattern is available free with purchase of KPPPM from Patternworks.


I also did some spinning – this is Mad Color Fiber Arts merino/bamb0o/nylon roving that I spun into ridiculously fine singles and Navajo-plied. This is the after-dinner mint colorway.

mad color afterdinnermint

And then I knit it into a baby hat!


And then I was on a roll with spinning, so I spun another braid of Mad Color, same fiber content, in the passion flower colorway. Large skein is 2-ply, mini-skein is the leftovers of the second bobbin Navajo plied (it was completely green except for one teeny, weeny pop of purple, which is now knitted into my sock yarn blankie in progress).

madcolor purplegreen

My active WIPs currently include a Pathways Pullover in DungarEase, a Garter Trap shawl-ish thingie, a pair of socks for the toe-up club that I can’t show you yet, and a pair of Seeded Rib Socks for car-knitting.

Halos of Hope Update

Back in October, I posted about the hat pattern I designed to help support Halos of Hope, through donating the proceeds of pattern sales, as well as providing a pattern for a great hat to make and send to the organization for distribution to chemo patients. Well, I’m happy to report that since its release, $72.65 has been donated to Halos of Hope from sales of the pattern. That’s enough to ship 222 hats to cancer centers!

Thanks to everyone who has purchased the pattern so far!

SeededRibMed2_72Seeded Rib Hat
uses 100 to 150 yards worsted to heavy worsted weight yarn
available in three sizes to fit children through adults

Now that the gifts have been gifted, they can be shared here.DSC_0192_72Beaded Bias Scarf knit from my handspun alpaca yarn, for my cousin Lisa.DSC_0188_72Also for Lisa, a quilted wall hanging – my first quilting FO! (Disappearing 9-Patch)DSC_0198_72For my Mom, a Mica Tam – modified with 3 extra pattern repeats for extra slouchiness, and beads on every other repeat since I didn’t have enough.DSC_0215cropAnd for Dad, a hat of my own design. “It looks like confetti,” he said.DSC_0193_72And just before Christmas, but too late to mail out, I finished a project out of this ginormous 400-gram ball of yarn. I may consider that the first gift finished for Christmas 2014…

NaKniSweMo 2013

I hadn’t planned to participate in NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month), but I just happened to cast on an adult-sized sweater on November 10th, and figured I would try to finish by the end of the month. At a total of 48,396 stitches, my sweater falls a little short of the NaKniSweMo requirement of 50,000 stitches; however, it’s an adult-sized sweater, and it counts as far as I’m concerned. The sweater is my prize! And I’m especially proud and a little surprised that I finished it in two weeks.

Hiro72dpiMy “FrankenHiro

  • Pattern: Hiro by Julia Farwell-Clay
  • Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Company Galway Worsted, colors 704, 763, 718, 748 (bottom to top in sweater)
  • Needles: U.S. 6 (4.00mm) for sleeve and neck ribbing; U.S. 7 (4.50mm) for body and yoke; U.S. 8 (5.00mm) for sleeves
  • Started: 11/10/13
  • Finished: 11/23/13
  • Notes: This is my “FrankenHiro” because I combined elements of four different sizes. Fourth size for cast-on almost to underarms; second size for sleeves; third size for yoke; and smallest size for length of body from bottom to armholes. I also knit the sleeves 1″ shorter than the length for the smallest size. To transition from fourth to third size before the underarms, I decreased a total of 10 stitches in the span of 17 rows above full bust. I used larger needles for the sleeves since my gauge tends to be tighter when working magic loop, and the sleeves already seemed kind of narrow at the bottom.

After knitting Couronne and now Hiro, I want to knit more colorwork sweaters… which is something I never thought I would say! Still not interested in using more than two colors in a single row, though. My next mission in colorwork is to recreate a “modern retro” version of a sweater I had in tenth grade:


Yearbook photo of me in chorus practice, wearing the aforementioned sweater.

In my updated version, I would move the hearts up onto the yoke. Running them across the bust just would not be a good look for me at my 44-year-old bust size. Until I pulled the photo out today, I had forgotten there were little dots between the hearts. (I believe the technical term is “lice”. Ew.) Definitely want to incorporate those, though, to avoid long floats.

You can probably see in the photo that the original sweater had set-in sleeves; mine will be a seamless round-yoke. I may also incorporate a slightly rolled neckline, cuffs and bottom hem as on Couronne, instead of the traditional ribbing. Due to the smallish size of the hearts, I’ll probably be knitting this one in sport-weight yarn, most likely Classic Elite Liberty Wool Light. There are other sweaters (well, at least one) that I want to knit before taking on the retro heart sweater, so it will probably be a while before I post any more about it.

I recently took a week off work, and spent a bit of time knitting several hats for the Patternworks hat drive for Halos of Hope.

First up is the Seeded Rib Hat – my own design, available in three sizes (Small – child/teen; Medium – ladies’ average; Large – men’s average) and uses worsted- to heavy-worsted-weight yarn. All profits from the sale of the pattern (after Ravelry/PayPal fees) will be donated to Halos of Hope. I hope you join me in supporting this wonderful organization. You can read more about Halos of Hope’s history and mission here.


Top: Medium size, shown in Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted, #35 Teal
Middle: Large size, shown in Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted, #34 Blue Jeans
Bottom: Medium size, shown in Knit One, Crochet Too Ty-Dy Wool, #3559 Antique Garden
(the top and middle ones will be donated – the bottom one I’m keeping)

To purchase through Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member to purchase), click the “buy now” button: buy-now

I also knit a simple 2×2 ribbed hat, which I’ll be donating. This one was again knit in Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted, #35 Teal.


Catching up

Things have been pretty hectic with getting the next catalog together at work. Here’s what’s been going on in my fibery world lately.

Following up on some earlier posts, the green sparkly fiber has been knit into a cowl, and the violet alpaca fiber has been plied. But I’ve been lax in taking photos of them, so no visual proof just yet!

The Niche sweater has been finished for several months now. All the details are on the Patternworks Blog and on Ravelry.


I also finished the socks I started on the flight to TNNA back in January:


And I finally finished the second sock in the pair of cuff-down Leaves & Climbing Vines socks:


And then there’s the pair of Koigu Fingerless Gloves I finally got around to knitting (these were a very quick knit!):


TV Tray Socks make a good “knitting palate cleanser”. And I needed some extras.


I finished my June TNNA plane-knitting socks on the drive to PA for July 4th:


And then I got on a bit of a doily kick:


 I finished a couple of hats for the catalog (to show them knit up in alternate colorways):


 And on top of all that, I’ve started quilting. Here’s my first quilt top, approx. 44″ x 44″ or so.


WHEW! It’s been a busy summer.


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