Just in this week at the Knit Cafe:
Brand new patterns and booklets = more stuff to knit!
You might remember this project from blogs past. This amazing stash-busting project makes quick work of all your left over bits of sock yarn. Make teeny little pillows and join them all together in a no fuss - no muss - no sewing technique and Voila – cutest blanket ever! Then get your cat to sit on it and take a picture. The Beekeeper’s Quilt!
This adorable stuffy is named Elijah. This Hooded Scarf is made wee size for toddlers and small kiddies. Also adorable!
Kerrera for kids is a hooded button up number with fetching details. Best news ever it fits 3-6 months to to 12 years old. Nice! Next to it is the famous felted French Press Slippers. I made a bunch of these last year for Christmas. They turned out great and were easy to whip up. Some notes for a variation that are a bit more manly (after the slippers I made for my Dad) can be found here.
Some new booklets from some of our favorite designers are now filling out our shelves. Welcome back Ysolda Teagues’ Whimsical Little Knits 1 and Whimsical Little Knits 2, and also Stephen West’s West Knits 2. These fingerless gloves are from West Knits 2, but there are 10 more fantastic patterns included in this book.
Little Red in the City is the new book by Ysolda Teagues, and make no mistake this is a full BOOK. The sweater patterns are sized from small to robust which is very refreshing, but what is also worth mentioning is how much useful and (may I say) intriguing knitter’s tips are in this publication. Like how to make one-row button holes. What? Or 3 different methods to do short rows. How to get rid of the wobbly stitches that sometimes happen when you do ribbing. Also detailed notes on how to fit a sweater to fit you. Are you intrigued yet?
Sometimes – and who can say why, knitters will be drawn to a project like bees to honey.
Our friend Kim has started her beekeeper’s quilt. A basket of knit biscuits are the evidence. She is going for a full sized bedspread and if her progress to date is any indication then she will achieve this goal in record time. She is not the only knitter I know who has embarked upon this same journey. This pattern, just published in July has spawned over 500 projects on ravelry already. It seems we are all helpless drones under the spell of this blanket.
This is an unlikely project in some ways to be crowned Queen. This is no quick knit! Hundred of bits and pieces must be made and then assembled to make this blanket, but the sweet allure of the final product seems to be too seductive to resist.
If the surface is scratched, there may be other reasons why the beekeeper’s blanket has become so popular. In the words of the auteur, Stephanie from Tiny Owl Knits this blanket wins bragging rights for:
Beeing made from leftover scrap sock wool
Beeing puffy & double sided, and therefore needing no lining
Beeing fun to make
Beeing knit in the round
Beeing accompanied by a video blog, a tutorial and colour charts
Beeing well suited to “in-between times” -while waiting in lines, waiting for dinner, talking to friends, in the car etc.
Beeing a pattern with an easy and quick method of assembly
There are many beautiful pictures of this quilt, but this is my favorite. Just look at the cat! It also shows off the back side of the blanket. All the pieces are knotted together in an easy fashion that resembles old fashioned sewn quilts, held together with well spaced, decorative and functional ties. This technique no doubt bolstered many whose resolve first faltered at the thought of seaming all those little treasures together. One thing a knitter loves to hear is “no seaming required”!
I expect more and more folks I know will show up at the Knit Cafe with their own baskets of honeycombs soon. Will you be one of them?