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A Yarn and a Pattern to share –

I would like to say a few words about “Unplanned Peacock” yarns. I had the pleasure of meeting Natasha Laity Snyder/owner at the Alpaca Craft Fair last month in New Holland, PA. She is an indie dyer and I could not leave without purchasing one of her lovelies! The yarn I held was soft and squishy and was really very pretty. When I left the craft show I had this skein in hand.  A grape colorway was my choice in the Twinkle Twist.  The sparkle is beautiful!  It will be knit into a hat for daughter C. after things calm down and back to normal from the hustle of the holidays. I can’t wait to cast on!

Unplanned Peacock dyed grape colorway in the Twinkle Twist

Unplanned Peacock dyed grape colorway in the Twinkle Twist

The pattern picked out for this yarn is a design created by Megan Williams of Stockinette Zombies.  She has the Stockinette Zombies’ podcast on Ravelry with co-podcaster Amy.  This hat design is so unique and the buttons just make this hat too adoreable!

For Good Hat Pattern - Megan Williams

For Good Hat Pattern – Megan Williams

This pattern was unveiled last November 2012 and the first design in memory of her sister Melissa.  When you purchase the pattern the price is a donation  which goes to the National Woman’s Health Network. This pattern is called For Good Hat.

The hat pictured below is newly released November 2013 and the second design again in memory of Megan’s sister Melissa which also is a lovely patterned hat and cowl Measure in Love!  This also will be a donation to the National Woman’s Heath Network.  (link above)

Measure In Love - Megan Williams

Measure In Love – Megan Williams

Measure In Love - cowl

Measure In Love – cowl

So, in preparation to knit this special pattern I went to the Unplanned Peacock website to check out the colors currently available on her blog.  An announcement on their blog is that they are currently working on new colors to be released January 2014!    2014 Spring Preview I can’t wait to see the colors when they become available. Natasha has done her research!

I want to share a dear winter scene with all of you  before I close this blog post!  I stopped in to see my mother before she went off to sister’s for Christmas and where she lives there is  beautiful winter village set up every year that is on display.   Here is the photo I took to share with all of you since we just celebrated the Winter Solstice I thought you might enjoy seeing it.   Happy Holidays!   Enjoy!

a winter scene

Knittingly,

Carole

More to Share –

I am really enjoying this spring weather!  This is Memorial Day weekend coming up and I hope to savour each day.  Summer just seems to fly by so fast.  Well, I have knitting to enjoy each day and keep me in gifts to give!

Here are a few finished projects!

My sock knitted with yarn in my stash.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the label on it.   It is a lesson learned.  My favourite colour is green!  This really fit the bill for me!  I am very pleased in how they turned out!

These striped socks knitted for my soon to be daughter-in-law.  Knit Picks yarn with the Mixed Berries colorway

Now here is a picture of cabled socks I am making for my daughter  Crissy Marie. She turns 21 the end of May!   This is swap yarn from ravelry that was sent to me in a trade I am using.  It is a discontinued brand and  I like this yarn.  It really is nice for the stitch definition for the cables.

The sock pattern for the above cabled sock is the Socks in a Box set by Charlene Church and Beth Parrott.  It is the 2 x 2 cables pattern.

I am working on finishing my other son’s sock as I do have one done.  Here is a picture I took of it in progress to share that I started!  Zitron XXL sock yarn and I really like this for its feel and heaviness.  I think this is a workhorse of a yarn for guys socks.

 This is just a plain sock pattern.  I did cuff down with the stockinette stitch with the gusset and decreased for heel and toe.  My son really likes the colorway!  He is a big fan of red!

Here is a cute picture below to share of all three socks.   The photo was taken for me on Mother’s Day at my son’s home!

I am planning on starting an Estonian shawl for my mother as soon as this red sock is done.  I can’t wait to cast on and share this!    I am off now to knit……

Stay safe over the Memorial Day Holiday everyone and Happy Knitting!

Carole – KnitPickyinPA