A Frolick On The Knitting Trail

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Hats on !
045Before setting out into the woods on my Knitting Trail, Maya, Molly & Rosanna chose three hats each out of my chest of knitted pattern prototypes, plus other bits, then we set out with Emma leading & me in the back with the camera.
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Maya is wearing Vineyard Rows Tam.

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 There was a few moments of a brilliant sunbeam, and Molly modeled wintery white with powder blues  of

the Chalten Beret  and Tartan & Tweed Mitts

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Rosanna in the recent infinity scarf I’ve been designing and making lots of lately…

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… which will soon be available in pattern form.087

Switching the hats out, all three having a laugh naming the fashion style of the occasion "bohemian raven goth".

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Then we found a fabulously mossy tree log on a very steep slope . . .

and a Dicey Highland Hat

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  Rosanna in the Vineyard Rows Tam and Molly in the Vineyard Rows Toque .

(Toque not yet written into a pattern, but soon!)

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 Then hilariously  Molly began to slide off  of the wet moss . . .

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… and no end to my demands while taking still another photo as we tried to cover trail …

and so a twenty minute trail walk turned to fifty.

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 Another Dicey Highland Hat . . .

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We really had a great time, and for me this was the absolute highlight of the whole holiday family get-together, though it lasted less than an hour.  I couldn’t be happier with the many great shots (although fuzzy in low light of the forest) … of the Bohemian Raven Goths!

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 Unfortunately the winter forest light was so dim, and my photos came out rather grainy and fuzzy.

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Thank you Molly, Maya & Rosanna, for wonderful knitwear photoshoot on the knitting trail! xx

Dicey Beret !

I have finally settled on a second shape for my Dicey pattern, the lesser voluminous beret.

jenjoycedesign©beret-draped

A smart rascally sort of cap,  with a perky attitude.

It is a lot less hat, both in diameter and height, than the original Dicey Highland Bonnet .

jenjoycedesign©Dicey Beret 2

Done & dusted , and the Dicey Highland Bonnet  pattern is now updated to include the Highland Beret.

Two shape options in one pattern,  and two flourishes to choose from (the toorie or the i-cord loop)

Now available~~~  Dicey Bonnet & Beret ! 

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Frankly , I am so happyt to get this beret design outa my hair ,

and have you knitters out there knitting it ! 🙂

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Details of this project can be found on Ravelry HERE.

Jamieson’s Dicey

jenjoycedesign©Jamiesons Dicey 4 I’ve been busy making some shaping improvements to my Dicey Highlands Bonnet design. Here knit with Jamiesons Of Shetland Spindrift 2ply wool yarn, with my new favorite diced band style using three colors. I think this particular one is more a man’s cap, and there is a particular Scottish fellow who may just have his name on it come Christmas. About the design elements.  I’ve come to the opinion that it should be blocked flat , with the diced band brim eased into flatness as well , instead of blocking it with faced-band standing up  . . .

jenjoycedesign©steam-flat The toorie is as before, one simply threads the ties of the toorie through the middle of the crown and ties it on . . .

jenjoycedesign©tie-on-toorie Simple & pure ,

strong & good mannered too . . .

jenjoycedesign©toorie-tied-on Such personality !

I am smitten already with this handsome creature . . .

jenjoycedesign©Jamiesons Dicey The confident,  all-natural, pragmatic sort . . .

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My Dicey pattern is already a year old, and now I am only just now studying it’s many facets  while trying out all kinds of yarns and test-knitting, for I honestly feel that the design is so deserving of every attention.  This pattern will be having extensive test-knit samples knit up by myself and some friends, and is undergoing an update soon.

jenjoycedesign©Jamiesons Dicey 3 I’m already casting on another , testing my new shaping ideas,  in a lively ensemble of colors… so watch this space ! 🙂

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Details on Ravelry HERE