My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm needles.

Born to Knit!

A lot of you know my friend Johanne’s blog, Born to Knit. By the way, you seriously have to visit today because she has posted photos of her little boy in knitted armor and the level of teh cute will make you keel over in a faint.

Anyhow, what you may not know is that Johanne has been designing some knitting patterns. Up until now she’s only been selling them in her native Sweden. But because one of her friends might have nagged her incessantly (and I’m not saying who), she has released 4 patterns (so far) for sale in the U.S, available from The Loopy Ewe.

Her patterns are here.

In celebration of my having harangued her into starting to distribute her patterns in the United States, I’m doing a giveaway: a kit to knit Johanne’s lovely Signe mittens.


The kit includes the pattern, and Cherry Tree Hill merino yarn in black and cream.

Would you like it? Leave a comment to this blog entry be 4:00pm EST on Thursday, January 29. I’ll choose a commenter at random to receive the kit.

Meanwhile back at the ranch . . .

I decided to dig into my new Mini Mochi sock yarn and start a sock.


Incidentally, this yarn went up for sale at The Loopy Ewe last night as well — the category is here. It may well be sold out at this point, but I’m pretty sure that Sheri has more on the way. I’m using color #108, by the way.

This is a very interesting yarn — it stripes like Noro but is softer, and when knitted up has a halo. It’s 80% wool and 20% nylon, but it’s hard to believe there’s that much nylon content in it. It’s a single ply that looks like an Icelandic Lopi — very “un-spun” in places, but I’ve found it to be quite strong. I guess that’s the nylon talking, eh?

Because of it’s single-ply-ness and un-spun-ness it takes a bit of getting used to, particularly if you are used to knitting socks from something with a firm twist. At first I had trouble splitting it, but as I knit, I became more accustomed to the yarn and am now working merrily along.

I’m doing a very simple lace pattern that I sketched up. But more on that tomorrow!

Meanwhile, look at this cute little profile:



  1. Her patterns must be going fast! There are only two listed. I’d love to have the kit! It looks wonderful. And I’ve got to have the cat socks for my daughter or moi. I’m ordering now.

  2. Wahoo for your persistence!!

  3. Beautiful mittens. I’ve been looking at different mitten patterns lately to try my hand (no pun intended) at them. Also, thanks for the mini mochi review since the rainbow one did catch my eye.

    Staceys last blog post..New Year’s Resolutions

  4. Oooh, very pretty. Thank you for talking Johanne into sharing!!!!

  5. (how do I make it tell the world the last time I de-lurked?)

  6. The Signe mittens are beautiful!

  7. I too would like to knit these mittens.

    Elis last blog post..What have I been doing?

  8. Ok, I’ll say it now. Evil woman! So I happened to go to the yarn store today (totally justified purchase, dear girl child #1 who has her 7th birthday coming up requested socks) to buy some sock yarn. I went in and asked some questions…asked if they had any of the Mini Mochi. Now for some reason two balls (and significantly ess $$ in the bank) followed me home. I left much more funds than I had planned on at the store…sigh…I haven’t wanted to mentioned it to husband…sigh. He jsut mentioned it…I think I’m banned from the yarn store now.

    Tammys last blog post..Teaching Continued

  9. I actually had a friend named Signe. She was the widow of a ship’s captain. He had brought her the most amazing things from his travels, including a parlor pump organ. Anyway, it seems like kizmet…yes, I’d like to win the Signe mittens.

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Weekend knitting

  10. Love the mittens! Pick me!

  11. The mittens are beautiful…fingers crossed!

  12. Beautiful mittens and such a cute kitty!

  13. Very, very pretty mittens. I won´t mind if I´ll end up being the lucky one.

  14. Very nice mittens, would be great starter to mitten-knitting!

    Karens last blog post..My head is spinning

  15. What beautiful mittens! I’d love to be entered in the contest!

  16. Those mittens are gorgeous!

  17. Oh, I just saw her patterns on TLE last night! They’re lovely! 🙂

    Lisas last blog post..Sometimes you just have to be ruthless…

  18. I just spotted those mittens on TLE today. They’re gorgeous! I think the black and creme ones are my favorite, partly because of the matching hat.

  19. oooh. wendy, i hope you continue to be a bad influence on your friends. those mittens are fab.

    kittythings last blog post..i now understand the 1980s

  20. Dr. Jackie says:

    Oh wow. I saw those patterns at TLE and was contemplating which one I should try. Would l-o-v-e to try those mittens (calls upon the random number fairy to pick me….)

  21. Here’s hoping. Thanks again for your generousity.

  22. sweet mittens…count me in. I have the mini mochi in the same colorway! I like what you’re doing with it.

  23. Looking forward to the new sock pattern – looks like just what I’ve been waiting for!! Thanks for sharing with everyone.

  24. Beautiful mittens!!! I’m in…thanks.

  25. Gah! The last thing I need is another blog added to my Bloglines roll, but . . . There. I did it. “Born To Knit” is now on the skedoolie. 😀

    Those gloves are a-dang-dorable. I’ve finally gotten comfortable with stranded and charted knitting so naturally my queue on ravelry has gotten shamelessly larger.


    Thank you for having an interesting read and a wonderful final picture every blog post. I hope to one day be reincarnated as your future cat, LOL.

  26. I perused those patterns today and am having a hard time deciding which one to get! Congrats to your friend! They really are lovely patterns. Love the sock, too! The yarn looks a lot like Noro, but maybe more subtle.

    Loris last blog post..A Perfect Hour.

  27. beautiful mitten pattern! Also, Wendy your sock yarn and pattern is a must see!

  28. I’m so glad you haranged her into selling her patterns.. Beautiful! I will definitely be knitting those mittens this year!

  29. Lucy is so darn cute!!!! I enjoy seeing her pictures in your blog and am learning more each day about the world of knitting.

    Thank you for talking her into selling these beautiful patterns. I must attempt the mittens!

  30. What gorgeous mittens! Please add me to the contest.

    The Mini Mochi is lovely as well, I’ll have to get some of that.

    stariels last blog post..I can’t leave it alone

  31. I’ve always wanted to make a pair of these so I just have to try to win this kit!!!

    Carol L Simmonss last blog post..Finally Finished $5 Quilt!

  32. Oh! I have been hoping and hoping and hoping those mittens would be released as a pattern!

    TheBons last blog post..Eight Down

  33. Those mittens are lovely! I’m hoping I’ll get that pattern – my eldest has fallen in love with them and it would make a nice set if I can figure out how to knit the hat too. Unless that pattern is included with the mittens? And Johanne’s little knight is cute indeed! I love her imagination 🙂

  34. Thanks for haranguing Joanne to sell her patterns! I had stumbled on to her blog sometime ago but couldn’t find it when I went looking again.
    I want to knit those Signe mittens so much, they’re gorgeous. I went looking to buy the pattern and they’re already out of stock. What a bummer! What a lucky boy to have such a creative mom.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the mini mochi sock progress, it’s looking nice.

  35. Theresa in Italy says:

    Between the photos of Johanne’s son and Lucy’s profile, the level of cuteness is way over the top today! And the mini mochi sure seems to be popular, judging by the way it’s nearly sold out. Am I the only one who misreads it as “mini mocha”? New glasses or more coffee?

  36. GinkgoKnits says:

    Lovely mittens!

  37. Oooh, Johanne’s patterns are beautiful. So is her son. And your socks. And, as always, Lucy. Beautiful post all ’round! 🙂

    Oh, randomizer, please pick piggy!

    yarnpiggys last blog post..FO: Luna’s Nargle-Checking Cowl

  38. Wow! what a lot of comments! Lovely mittens, and great sock yarn.

    Joannas last blog post..A day with a disasterlet

  39. I would love a mitten kit!

  40. Beautuful design, it remind me the heart shap. Love to make one.

    Esthers last blog post..Happy and Healthy 2009……………………

  41. Your friend’s patterns are lovely!

    Angelas last blog post..Cartoon Clubhouse

  42. I would love to have the mitten kit. On another note living in Alberta, Canada also means I could really use those mittens to keep warm lately. Our knitting groups have some girls knitting stranded mittens and I have been waiting to take the plunge admiring their works of art. Be still my heart.

  43. Lovely mittens! I love colourwork. And Lucy, so pretty!

  44. leslie - knitting therapist says:

    Absolutely stunning mitts!
    add me to the pile!

  45. What a lovely pattern–Johanne’s so talented. And I love Cherry Tree Hill Yarn; so far I’m only familiar with their sock yarn. I’d love to have a mitten kit.

  46. Gorgeous Mittens and a beautiful sock!!!

    adas last blog post..Saturday

  47. Those mittens are just beautiful! You have a very talented friend.

    Gennys last blog post..It’s like visiting an old friend

  48. Love the mittens, and your friends blog. Another one added to my Bloglines list! Can’t wait to see your finished sock, the yarn looks really nice.

    Sinéads last blog post..When creation has begun

  49. Beautiful mittens and sock! Love the color.
    Add me to the mitten kit drawing! 😀

    Julias last blog post..Food poisoning sucks

  50. Comment.

  51. How cool is the mini mochie yarn? Just love it.

    Love the mittens too.

  52. Love your work.

  53. Oooh! Must. Have.!
    I hope this pattern is published next — I have a long cold winter ahead of me in Eastern Europe!

  54. Love those mittens…

  55. Those mittens look like a good beginning project for two color in a small project.

    Karins last blog post..Finally a photo of y latest socks

  56. Love the colour of the new socks! And the mittens are great, would love to get a kit, too 🙂

  57. Oh, random number generator, please pick me! January 29 is my birthday!

  58. That is a gorgeous mitten! Wow.
    I have yarn to make a Bird in Hand, but I would be ecstatic to wear those for the remainder of the winter (because, dang, it’s cold!).

    Seanna Leas last blog post..ow times two

  59. Love following your life and lusting after the mittens. thanks! cj

  60. Oh, I really DO like that one! Just as I pulled up your blog and first saw the picture I said to myself that those would suit me and then I saw it was a giveaway! Cool!

    mias last blog post..All bark no bite.

  61. Please include me in the random number drawing for Johanne’s Signe mitten kit. It is beautiful.

  62. ooooh I wannnt

  63. Those are awesome mittens and they look warm, too!

  64. Linda in Dallas says:

    I do hope the random number generator picks me – although I live in usually-balmy Dallas, I travel to New Hampshire on business a lot and could sure knit those lovely mittens on the long flight to and from the northern fortress. Thanks for keeping your blog clean.

  65. I love knitting mittens and socks and would be thrilled to knit such beautiful mittens.

  66. I love a good haranguing! Please enter me in contest for this gorgeous kit! It looks so dramatic – especially in the black and white. Thanks for inspiring her to sell her patterns in the US

    Jennifers last blog post..My First Etsy Sales

  67. I would love the Signe mittens kit – they are beautiful. Hope I win! Love your blog.

  68. oh my gosh but those mittens are gorgeous!!!! Please add me to this HUGE list! And can I say that Lucy is absolutely gorgeous?!!!!! Please give her a hug from me, thanks!

    Claudias last blog post..Wanna enter a contest?

  69. Love those mittens! And the Kitten mittens are awesome! BK you are out of this world!

    And mmmmmmmm! I swooned when I saw that pic of your new socks…seriously swooned.

  70. So pretty! Pick me! Pick me!

    Ivy Maes last blog post..Mission Possible: Moving While Working Full Time

  71. The mittens are gorgeous!! Almost as cute as your “baby” Lucy! I would love to win the kit!

  72. You are killing me with all the stranded knitting lately! The Bohus, dragon sweaters (Johanne’s son is way too cute), so beautiful…. I definately need to learn 2 handed knitting.

  73. The chain mail is impressive; the sweater is magnificent; the child is adorable. I really want that mitten kit!

    Terris last blog post..In Which the Top Is Being Blocked

  74. I love the Mini Mochi sock yarn, thanks for blogging about it. I would love to get the kit too!!

  75. How do you think the ‘halo’ will be affected by washing? I love the colors though. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  76. dawn in NL says:

    Well thank you for your facilitation (0r coercion) skills. Pretty mittens!

    Love Lucy’s profile too.

    All the best,

  77. ahmcguffin says:

    That is an always beautiful and very content profile of Lucy!

  78. Lovely mittens.

  79. And out come all the lurkers to try to win that gorgeous kit! Any why not?

    I love reading your blog for the socks, the yarn and most of all for the cat – she is soooo cute!

  80. The Signe mittens are great! I can’t wait to make a pair, and maybe a matching hat like the one on her blog. Thanks for having this contest.

  81. Ooooh, great mittens!!! And the socks are fab t0o, love the colors!

  82. Beautiful mittens. Thanks for sharing.

  83. OK then, I’ll be 383 then! 😀

    Those are beautiful mitts! I need small projects these days, I can’t seem to concentrate on anything too big.

    Brigittes last blog post..My Bizarre World

  84. Lovely. Thanks!

  85. i just love those mitts they so warm and cozy

  86. I’ve been dying to try to do some colorwork this year. Pick me,pick me!!

  87. Oh, I’d love a mitten kit, even more so since Signe is a family name.

  88. The mittens are gorgeous! The little guy’s knitted armour is just awesome. The little miss in profile is pure lovliness.

  89. oooooohhhh, I love Signe’s stuff. Her blog is always an enjoyable read as well.

  90. Hello, I got here because of Bohus envy, dreaming of ways to get there before it leaves

  91. This is my year to knit mittens, so of course I’d love the kit! They are beautiful

  92. I hope I win!! Thanks for the contest.

  93. Gorgeous Mittens! And I love the sock yarn..nylon added to wool is a miracle!

  94. I’d love those mittens! Take care in the ice today!

  95. I, too, made the pilgrimage to the Swedish Institute last weekend to see the Bohus exhibit. You win on points, though, because I only had to drive to the other side of the river. Uffda, are those pieces gorgeous.

    Sign me up for the mitten kit, it’s lovely.
    Julia in St. Paul

  96. Count me in for the kit, please!

    So you *do* like the Mini Mochi? Someone on Ravelry was quite unhappy with it…

  97. Signe is beautiful! I only saw two patterns up for sale at Loopy – does that mean the others are sold out already?

  98. Oh, what a lovely mitten pattern! It looks like loads of fun to knit.

  99. I’ve never tried to knit colorwork but this kit is the perfect reason to learn! It’s beautiful!


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