My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Mo’ Mitten Blues

Look! I have another mitten on the needles.

Actually, this is the second mitten of the latest pair. Here is its mate:

And the palm:

I am calling this design “Knittens.” Rather a twee name, don’t you think?

But I could not help myself.

I am once again using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, this time in the Celadon and Turquoise colorways. And a U.S. size 2 (2.75mm) needle.

Speaking of mittens, the Morbid Mittens pattern is now available for sale in my Ravelry shop.


Remember a few days ago I posted a photo of some ribbing done with a tubular cast-on? That was the start of a hat that I ripped out because I wanted to go down a needle size and make a deeper rib. I have done both those things and am now happy with my hat-in-progress.

I am using Madelinetosh Tosh DK (have you figured out that I like Madelinetosh?) in the “Terrarium” colorway.ย  The ribbing was knit using a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle, and the body of the hat is knit using a U.S. size 8 (5mm).

New KnitCircus Podcast

KnitCircus magazine has just started a podcast and the first episode is now available, here. It will soon be available on iTunes as well.

Meanwhile back at home, Lucy has it made in the shade!


  1. I love the knittens! I love the slouchy hat! I love Lucy!

  2. I love the mittens! The hat is very pretty and Lucy well what can I say….. she’s too cute.

  3. Aren’t knittens mittens for kittens? Yours are super cute, whatever they are!

  4. It may be twee, but I love it! Fun times.

  5. Adorable! Love it! And yeah I’m a big Madeleine Tosh fan too. Such amazing colors!

  6. The Hat looks amazing. Can’t wait to see the final product!!

  7. catspaw says:

    How have I missed that Terrarium colorway? Must have it!
    Knittens – very twee indeed but cute.

  8. Very cute!

  9. Lynne S. says:

    I love the knittens (and the name). Hat’s cute, too. And Lucy, of course, is gorgeous. I’m glad you always end your blogs with a Lucy pic – I wait for it.

  10. I love the name too! I tend to like things like that though.

  11. Knittens! Lov’em! Can’t wait till that pattern be available…they are a definite must knit item!

  12. Hah! Knitten is what I named one of my cats because of his antics with my knitting projects. Maybe that’s why I’m the world’s slowest knitter! And as always, your blog is educational–I had to look it up but I now know what ‘twee’ means. Oh, and I love the mittens!

  13. I love the new mittens! Will there be a pattern to follow?

  14. I love the hat and the knittens.

  15. I love the MadTosh too. I love pretty much every yarn that is mostly tonal. It is so much easier to knit with, because your patterns aren’t limited by how easy they will be to read. Cables and lace get lost if the yarn is too busy.

  16. Love the mitten idea. And the start of that hat also looks great.

  17. What a great idea – Knittens – I love it! It might even convince me to start making mittens.

  18. KnittingBelle from Ravelry says:

    What a clever design! I love them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lucy is so cute, as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I love those mittens! Or Knittens I should say.

  20. Denise Katz says:

    Those mittens are totally cool – you may have just inspired me to knit mittens finally!

  21. Cheryl Adams says:

    The knittens are fabulous, the yarn for both projects is scrumptious and Lucy is wonderful.

  22. Love the Mo’ Mitten Blues! What a clever idea! I have never tried madelinetosh yarn I really would like to at some point. Thanks for sharing all your work/fun with us.

  23. These are a MUST have. The morbid mittens would be a bit much by, say, March, for someone over 60 who lives in the (darak) North. I’m anxious to try your patterning for that thumb. I’ve always used a gusseted thumb at the edge because the thumbs that come out of a “slice” in the palm just don’t fit – I’ve actually ripped mittens constructed like that – but your patterns are written so well. These are the ones that will get me to try another construction method! Thanks.

  24. I love the Knittens. I can’t wait for the pattern release. Hopefully soon …a great gift for a fellow knitter.

    …..and who says you have age inapproriate hair length. […flings hair over shoulder…] I have never seen any written rules on this. : )