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Happy hockey day in Canada!

I have been a fan of Le chandail de hockey ever since I read it in French Class in high school.  This very Canadian tale by Roch Carrier of a boy denied the hockey sweater of his choice and forced to wear a sweater not to his liking has charmingly tragic proportions.  When I first saw these chapeaux, knit by Iwona, I was immediately smitten. I think (in part) due to my love of this sweater- story.  If you would like to investigate this bit of Canadiana further check out this beautiful animated version of the story by Sheldon Cohen.

For Christmas Iwona whipped up this patriotic project; a duo of head-warmers for her family.  I could not resist copying her and making one for my Leaf-loving pal.  I promised the details  and here they are:


The main pattern came from a blog called Artemis Adormnments.  It is a freely available hat pattern with a classic snowflake design.  Iwona omitted the snowflake and replaced it with the blue maple leaf.  The chart for the leaf was found here.  Both Iwona and I were impressed by the extra stretchy ribbing on the bottom of the hat.  Knitting through the back loop makes for a springiness and sturdiness that gives this hat a traditional toque-iness.

We used: Madeline Tosh DK in colour Fathom
For the white, Iwona used Berroco Ultra Alpaca , I used  2 strands held together of Dream in Colour Smooshy which makes it a completely superwash hat.

The pattern calls for 4.5mm, but both Iwona and I used a 4mm instead of the 4.5mm recommended.  Both of us are looser knitters, but the pattern’s assertion that the original hat was made for a extra large head made this needle choice an easy one.

Once you pass the ribbing, the white takes up about 25 rows of stocking stitch.  The Maple Leaf pattern is 20 rows, so begin it on the 3rd row of stocking stitch. Pick up again with the blue and start the decreases at about 6″ from ribbing. We made the maple leaf after the hat was done with duplicate stitch, but you could produce it with intarsia (your choice).

Then make a big old pompom if you choose and you are done!

Craftily Yours


christmas wrap up

I started late on the Christmas gift knitting.  3 weeks into November and I hadn’t even begun. What happened next was a great surprise to me.  I flew through all the projects planned and added on a few more with time to spare.  Rest assured I still went to work and did my errands and participated in the holiday hoopla, in other words I did not feel slaved to my needles.  The whole thing went off without a hitch and I was super self satisfied. The moral of the story: it is never too late!

Here are the results of all my toil (now that the gifts have been distributed I feel safe sharing) and also what Iwona made for her holiday gifts.
Not one, but two Madeline Tosh Honey Cowls made with the amazingly delicious Madeline Tosh DK (the top in colour “Clematis” the bottom in “Fathom”). I did the larger double wrap version of this cowl which used 2 balls of yarn a piece.  There is also a tighter fit version that is made with only one skein. A joy to knit, and an excellent TV watching project.

This very manly toque is fetchingly called Jacques Cousteau.  A lovely ribbed hat with a swirled decrease comes as a free pattern.  I made it in decadent 100% cashmere by Handmaiden in basic black. Beside it are some Yoga Socks I made for my Mom – this is a Knit Cafe pattern.  I made them from hand dyed Fleece Artist Trail Sock,  a merino and nylon mix – soft and durable!

I was so happy to get to make these mittens again.  They are my most favored knit item in my wardrobe.  They are like fashionable pillows I wear on my hands to keep out the wind chill.  For my friend’s Hounds Tooth Mitts (pattern available at the Knit Cafe)  I used fantastic Manos Maxima Merino in the soft aqua colour called “Martha” and in Malabrigo worsted in “Frank Ochre”. The combo I find decidedly pleasing. They feel amazing!

This wee cardi was a gift for our new friend baby Lyle from Iwona.  She made it up; so no pattern yet, but keep your eyes peeled for it cause you never know it may show up.  The heart was added with duplicate stitch which has become a new love of Iwona’s. Made with Madeline Tosh Merino Light– this sweater is luminescent.

Another original by Iwona. This one is a bigger size and made with Madeline Tosh Pashmina.

Close up of both.  The back of the Pashmina is customized with a peace sign.

These two iconic chapeaux were made by Iwona, but I copied and made a third.  A perfectly classic toque in honor of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  This pattern was made up from here and there with a little of this and a little of that.  Details will follow my friends!
…so that is that, and a whole lot besides.
It is never too late.

Craftily yours