Thrummed Mittens

Fact: Cold fingers and toes are the worst. 
Fact 2: I don’t have the "cold hand” problem anymore.

I made, and finally finished, my thrummed mittens! They really didn’t need to take so long to finish, but stinking school kept getting int the way. 
Really, they should still be unfinished.

So, when I was at the Manitoba Fibre Festival, I bought a Thrummed Mitten Kit from Ram Wool Co-op. Because, why should I be afraid of DPNs and unspun wool. And shaping and taking a thread out from the middle of your work and trying to pick up all the itty bitty stitches. 
Don’t worry, I conquered yet another knitting fear. 

So I don’t have an online source for the mitten pattern, but this one or this one also look pretty good. 
I would actually love to make more of these! Maybe with bulkier wool so it goes a little quicker. 

Also, look at the glorious snow! 
I am the happiest in Winter. 

Happy One Month Until Christmas!

Chunky Knitted Circle Scarf

Happy November! 
Happy Snow covered city!

Oh, you mean you don’t have snow yet? you poor thing. 
Oh, you never get snow where you live? you very poor thing. I am sorry for you. 

If you didn’t know, I love winter. I figure, if I am going to live in Canada, I better get used to and learn to love the majority of the year. 
But this obsession has gotten to the point that I over bundle in summer. oops. 
I just love bundling up. especially in overly chunky scarves. 

So, I present to you:
The First Scarf I Ever Knit
A year or so ago I had some chunky sparkly yarn laying around and the want to learn to knit. 
Ultimately, this motivation did not stick at the time, but I got through one scarf and 2 hats before giving up for another 8 months again. I learned shortly after completing those 3 little projects, although they turned out nicely, that I was knitting and purling wrong. 
Oh well. They aren’t falling apart yet. 

Want a really easy mini scarf recipe?

-Chunky yarn (I used Lionbrand Thick and Quick in Starlight)
-size 11 to 13 needles

-Cast on 20. 
-knit all rows until scarf reaches desired length. (This is garter stitch)-cast off. sew both ends together. 
-Weave in all ends. 
-Be super cuddly and warm with a hit of sparkly glamour this winter. 

Here’s to winter and all its cozy glory!

These are a few of my Favourite Things

1. fall/ winter shoes
 2. jewel tones
3. keeping an agenda
4. coffee shops to study in
5. wooden knitting needles
6. small distraction knitting projects
7. wearing layers
8. bangs
9. big band music
10. fair trade tea in the morning
11. FitBit
12. a choice of teapots
13. cool iPhone case
14. overcast days
15. fluffy snowflakes
16. polkadot socks
17. Jimmy Fallon
18. vanilla lattes
19. triscuit crackers
20. world maps

Puff Stitch Cowl Pattern

I love patterns where the single colour chosen is beautiful, but lets the stitch shine through. 
Which probably goes back to my fear of colour. 

Funny story: I made a lot of this cowl while walking on the treadmill and watching Full House on Netflix. While avoiding my studying. I am some multi-tasker.
I dropped the project, hook, yarn and stitches when I tripped over my own feet, and the whole thing got sucked into the machine. and wrapped around the belt. So it was pretty dusty and nasty, but nothing a nice washing wont cure. 
And the washing made the acrylic yarn really nice and soft. 

But anyway, want the super simple pattern?
You got it, Dude!

Puff Stitch Cowl

- 1 skein Loops & Threads Impeccable (I actually used less than one skein, a little had been used for a different project)
-6mm hook

Puff Stitch:
Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), [yarn over, insert hook in same stitch and draw up a loop] 3 times (9 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through first 8 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook

Row 1: foundation single crochet 78 and join the first st to the last with slip stitch (optional: I inadvertently twisted my foundation sc, so now it is a mobius shape. It turned out nicely, but I did not mean this to happen. Up to you!) 
Row 2: ch 2. *puff st, ch 1, sk 1 st*. repeat from * to * Join with last ch 1 to first stitch with sl st.
Row 3: ch 3, sk first ch1-sp, *puff st in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk next puff st* . repeat from * to * Join with last puff st to first ch1- spwith sl st.
Repeat Row 2 and 3 until yarn runs out or cowl is to length you prefer. 

There you have it! 
Just because I am afraid of mixing colours doesn’t mean you should be! Let me see how you get creative by leaving a picture in the comments, emailing me or posting to Ravelry! 

Happy Crocheting!
-- Bee