Wood Island Watch Cap :: Baby's First Pattern Release

After quite a lot of work my VERY FIRST PATTERN is now available on Ravelry and in our etsy shop! It is happening a bit later than I had originally planned. Here in New England we are finally feeling spring, but there are still chilly nights ahead. So, I figure it's never too late to put this pattern out into the world! Some of you may have seen this hat available as a finished object in our shop, I still have a few left that are knit up in yarn that I naturally dyed myself. These will still be available until my yarn supplies run out. But, incase you have not seen this hat before or are interested in knitting it yourself, here is a little information about how I came up with the pattern: 

The Wood Island Watch Cap was inspired by the traditional knit caps worn by Lighthouse keepers, fishermen, and seafarers. My original inspiration for this pattern came after a visit to Wood Island Light, the Lighthouse near my childhood home in Maine. There, I saw photos of the generations of Lighthouse Keepers and their families, and I began to think about all of the knits that serve a life at sea. My father wears his own Navy-issued watch cap to this day. And I wanted to create a pattern that was just as timeless and functional, a cap that could keep you warm in spite of salt sprays from stormy seas. So, the Wood Island Watch Cap is knit in a Fisherman’s Rib, which adds warmth and a traditional look. 

If you are not familiar with the Fisherman's Rib, it is a stitch that created a very thick fabric with a lot of squish and stretch. Perfect for keeping warm! The Wood Island Watch Cap is designed to be One Size Fits Most, but because of its stretchy fabric should fit many sizes. It uses two skeins of Quince & Co.'s Lark a worsted weight 100% wool yarn, and is shown here in their colorway Lichen. It also features an optional pompom (but when given the choice between pompom and no pompom, I always choose pompom!). 

AND! If you subscribe to my newsletter by Friday, April 22nd at noon EST, you will be getting the pattern for FREE!

If anyone has any comments or questions about the pattern, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. As I said, this is my first pattern, and I would really appreciate any feedback! 

Lucinda Sweater on Timber Point

A few weekends ago I was visiting home and was able to have my little sister (of jewelry making fame) take a few pictures of my newly finished Lucinda Sweater. We wandered around Timber Point which has a little bit all of the best things about the Maine coastline: green marsh grasses, pine forest, wild blueberries, weathered shingled shacks, rocky shores, and island views.

The sweater is a pattern by Carrie Bostick Hoge (a Mainer!) of Maddermade, it is from her Madder Anthology II book. I am a fan of all of her patterns and her photography is such an inspiration to me (incase you couldn't tell)! I knit this sweater as part of the #fancykelbournestudioKAL which is sponsored by Fancy Tiger Crafts, Kelbourne Woolens and Grainline Studio. Nido, my favorite local yarn shop, also decided to join in and host their own knit-a-long alongside this one (#nidoKAL). We had a cast-on party and a few get-togethers throughout the month of July. It was so nice to see people's color choices, modifications, and general progress in person as well as on instagram.

I knit my Lucinda in Acadia from the Fibre Company in their color way Summersweet. I knit the smallest size, and made no modifications. Check out all of the finished Lucindas on instagram using the hashtag #fancykelbournestudioKAL and #nidoKAL!

Azalea Tank

This past weekend I finished up my Quince & Co. Azalea Tank made out of Quince & Co.'s Sparrow Yarn in Birch. I had a bit of a tricky time with the lace, I had to rip back a few times, but it was very worth it in the end. I think this tank is one of my most "professional" looking pieces yet, I am especially pleased with how the neckline came out. And while visiting my hometown for the 4th of July I was able to have my sister to take some pictures of me wearing the finished product. 

We also had some 4th of July photography fun!

Gifts for Bébé

Well, this is quite late. But, better late than never. I have had a busy but wonderful couple of weeks, which included an amazing trip with my family to Arizona, Utah, and Nevada AND such a cheerful reunion with some of my favorite people! So, I have a little catching up to do. For now, here are some of the items that I had made for the previously mentioned baby shower!

A matching bonnet loosely based off of the Wiksten lamb hat (Instagram KAL), again, in Chickadee in Carrie's Yellow.

Beau the Bunny from Little Woolens made with yarn from my stash (with a matching bowtie!).

And Finally, my first complete quilt! Which was based on the Purl Bee Windowpane Wholecloth Quilt tutorial. I used Nani Iro 'Shine Many Ways' in Sorongo Rainbow for the front, a pink Kobayashi double gauze for the binding, and a champagne colored Kobayashi double gauze for the back all purchased at Nido. I really enjoyed the hand quilting, it felt really meditative and I like the way that the stitches look. I think I will have to do some more hand quilting, perhaps with smaller thread ( I did just order some Sashiko thread). I used Pearl Cotton thread for this project.

Up next, I am hoping to do a Me Made May summary and a recap of my trip ( I have too many photos not to share!).

Visit to Green Mountain Spinnery

This past weekend I took a day trip down to southern Vermont for a baby shower, I took a little detour on the way and visited Green Mountain Spinnery. The mill and yarn shop is located in Putney, VT and uses antique machinery in each step of their spinning process. There is a lovely sheep-y smell when you walk in the door accompanied by the sight of brightly colored skeins lining the walls of the yarn shop. Once in the mill little tufts of wool float around the floor as you move through the space and much of the machinery is lightly coated with wool fuzz. On this particular day it was a purple/pink fuzz that looked very much like cotton candy (the pictures don't quite do it justice). The spinnery was not operating when I was there (it was a Saturday) so I was able to look closely at the machinery and spend some time taking pictures. Here are a few:

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And of course I had to pick up a few souvenirs. I bought some of their Maine Organic yarn and quite a few skeins of their "odd yarns" to do some dye practice this summer. I made one other stop for some baskets. All my treasures are pictured below.

All in all, it was quite a nice day filled with so many things I love: A spring drive through the green mountains (catching up on Woolful episodes), Green Mountain Spinnery yarns, woven baskets, and a baby shower for a  lovely lady!