31 March 2014


or stubborn.  I'm not sure what made me do it.   Have you ever had one of those projects, you love the pattern, you love the yarn, you love the process, but in the end you probably should have quit while you were ahead?
This was one of those projects.
I bought the yarn ages ago at the Needle Emporium.  It's the most luxurious skein of Red Label Silk Cashmere from Tanis Fiber Arts in the lovely colourway "Stormy.   I knew it was intended for something special.

Now the time comes and I need a hat.  What better yarn to have against my scalp, silk and cashmere.  It was meant to be.
I knew the hat I wanted.  BossCat had already made one and it was exactly what I wanted.  I had the yarn, the pattern, and the beads.
It started out fine, but I soon realized that knitting a single ply yarn with 2.25mm needles was going to be interesting.  I probably should have stopped there, but no,  I really liked the look and feel of the fabric, even though I had to pay attention not to split the yarn as I knitted.
So onward and upward, I persevered.  Then came the beads.  First mistake, single ply with small beads was not making me happy.  It was not easy pulling that yarn through that tiny little bead.   So, I ended up ripping back the beginning of the row and grabbed the larger beads and soon was back on track.

I finally finished it, even thought the beading was slower than I normally do, but in the end it was worth it.  I love it, and it will feel really nice sporting it in the weeks to come while the weather is still cool enough for a hat.
Pattern:  Karpalo-Cranberry

27 March 2014

About time...........

Now that I'm going to be home for a bit, I finally had time to do some long overdo work on my Hoodie pattern.   Every time I knit this for someone, several others would ask for the pattern.   Of course it only came in one size, it was my go to baby sweater. 
So I finally sat down, put pen to paper and figured out a couple of more sizes, it's been a long time coming.

A Tisket, a Tasket 

It's a top down, knit in DK or Sport Weight, perfect for spring or fall. And right now it can be purchased along with the Shawl Collared Sweater on Ravelry for 50% off, no coupon needed, just check out and it's automatically deducted. 

22 March 2014

Spring Fling....

I love this time of year.  Fresh bright colours that make that long cold winter a thing of the past. These are now available in the Wandering Cat Etsy Shop.
Gerbera, Delphinium, and Johnny Jump Up.

20 March 2014

Finally, the first sign of spring.....and new beginnings.

and I have a couple of new colourways drying as I'm writing these. They're sure to put the "spring" back in your step.