Snowmelt Mitts!

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Snowmelt Mitts are finished after a whirlwind of ‘stress knitting’ during the last two weeks. I have got the pattern up and running too, and they are indeed Pure Sweetness, in form of half mitts, with options of longer shaped gauntlets, or full-finger’d mittens too… the whole kit.

You can also see details on Ravelry’s Snowmelt Mitts page . . .

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After this whole Mitts escapade, I realized I have really missed making them. But, seriously folks, don’t you think a Snowmelt Cardigan might be a lovely adventure? Perhaps for next Spring, when the snow in the Sierra’s melts once again.

The original snowmelt photo which inspired the colorway of blues & pinks  . . .

Flowers, snow, spring, alpine, snowbell, Soldanella alpina, thaw, snowmelt, nature,

A Tall Stack

jenjoycedesign©stack of Dicey Caps

.. of Scottish Caps !

Above photographed folded, and with toories not tied on in order to show how one might have several colors handy & tie on for the occasion.  The original Dicey Cap, making it’s pattern debut  back in this post,   knit with Jamiesons Shetland Spindrift in natural color “Shaela” .

jenjoycedesign©Dicey Cap Shaela

And  one in Jamiesons  natural  “Sholmit” ( which I think may be my favorite grey of all Spindrift greys.)

jenjoycedesign©Dicey Cap (Sholmit)

And one in Jamiesons natural color “Shetland Black”

( more of a brown black, and has lots of lovely flecks of grey in it.)

jenjoycedesign©Dicey cap Shetland Black

So there you have it, a stack of Dicey Highland Caps ready to be wrapped & stashed under the tree, three weeks ahead of Christmas. How is your gift-making coming along ?
jenjoycedesign©Dicey CapDicey Highland Cap Pattern is HERE.

Chaltén Beret : The Pattern

Chalten3I talked at length in previous post the inspiration behind this design, which I’ve named Chaltén Beret. Now with my lovely nieces having modelled in an absolutely stellar photo shoot yesterday, against the stone walls of a gothic Catholic church in St. Helena, with an intriguing landscape of grasses…. 053 I am finally ready to present to you the pattern !  You can find it on Yarnings HERE … or in Ravelry HERE. Either way, I hope that you knit it, and try out making the adorable chuflines (tassels) , because believe me, they are the most fun that I’ve had in a long time.

Eldest Niece is modelling the pattern prototype with dos chuflines, knit in Jamiesons Spindrift  (details can be found for this project on Ravelry project here, and Youngest Niece is modelling (a slightly larger) pre-prototype version with un chuflín, knit in Alice Starmore Hebridean 2ply yarn (details can be found on Ravelry project over here. Lastly, I have made a step-by-step photo tutorial on , found on my Tips From The Table on  How to make a “chuflín” tassel. Now I will leave you with many more great moments from our photo shoot yesterday…

Now, if you haven’t yet read the  PREVIOUS POST   about the inspiration and name-sake of this design, then you really must, as it really is such  a very spectacular  & special place, you’ll want to knit the beret!

jenjoycedesign©Chaltén Beret 2 - Copy

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

Highland Hats !

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Hats were the occasion this morning.

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We opened the cedar trunk with knitted hats, scarves, gloves, and sweaters . . .

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 Niece Who Is Fourteen did a stellar job of giving new life to the rows of vines with deep red clusters of California Cabernet Sauvignon grapes . . .

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and a fresh perspective to my Vineyard Rows California Highland Bonnet !

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(( In case you haven’t yet seen, you can find details of Vineyard Rows on the pattern page HERE ))

Then,

modelled by youngest niece ,

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we have a new look for Dicey Highland Bonnet too . . .

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Something about the charm of an Eleven Year Old . . .

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(( and you can find details about Dicey HERE ))

Oh, but that’s not all ! Last-not-least, a hat made by Lizzi from the actual Scottish Borders !

  (( I’ve not yet found occasion to bring out and photograph, until this very morning ))

. . . just adorable isn’t it Lizzi ?  A treasured gift for certain, which I think is just as ‘cute as eggs’ ! xx

jenjoycedesign©Lizzi's hat

We also got some great shots for the new & improved design of Penny Candy Socks, too, but I won’t show you until the pattern is all ready to go .  So watch this space !

Fair Isle Waistcoat Revisited

Oh yes, and this one too, brought forth from the back burner, from the beginning of May.

I have since sorted out the pattern improvisation disaster from the beginning, in this post of several months back ~ here . I’m really enjoying how the colors are working, and how the pattern borders are beginning to contrast from the previous border. So fun!

Lichen Waistcoat


I decided that to stray from the pattern’s borders, peeries, and color sequences was courting disaster.  Even though I always seem to have an overwhelming impulse to substitute (as in cooking), knitting is perhaps a little less flexible.  It’s always a valuable learning experience about just how far I can deviate from the author’s pattern or colorway. I’m one of those who very rarely has stuck completely to a pattern (or cooking recipe). I ended up becoming quite unattracted to the alternate color sequence and peerie which I originally started to substitute in the first attempt at the Lichen Waistcoat in this post , reason being that I didn’t want to introduce a fifth color which would detract from the ‘sparkle’ of the bright green center in the borders, an accident which I found unexpectedly perfect.  I just wanted that green pinstripe to stand alone. That’s not too hard to understand, is it?

I soon ripped back to the first border and settled in to the author’s pattern, and now happy enough with my own colorway at least, being completely infatuated with the pair of Virtual Yarns “Red Deer” and “Mountain Hare” colors, of the Hebridean Moor & Mountain color story, and well, the soflty neutral Jamiesons Spindrift “Natural Black” is a very nice choice for the motifs I think.

I am now back on course with this project. It however, is near the back burner as there are four other projects which have seemed to make their way into my priority knitting. I will have this well under way if not finished, in the Autumn of this year… or am I kidding myself ?

Falling in Love with Fair Isle.

My first tammy ~ and my own design !   This little tam I made for my girlfriends’ birthday, last year in September .  It’s significance is huge because  it launched a sort of knitting rennaisance in my life.  I had been for the first time become aware of traditional Fair Isle knitting, and had just checked out in the library a heap of books on the subject, including a few of Alice Starmore’s .  I have just bought my first knitting book,  the reprint of Alice Starmore’s  “FairIsle Knitting”.  In the years before this project I hardly knit much, save for a flurry of projects in my first years of spinning, however, in all the years not knitting,  I yearned and yearned.  Yearning has became the word which best expresses my feeling about knitting (when I was not knitting), and from which I entitle this blog  ‘Yarnings’ . This here little Tam O’ Shanter was my first stranded color knitting ever, and it has lured me down a one-way road into  yarn and needles and  designing the next Autumn or Spring sweaters for my nieces. Knitting has  grown in a very short time into a passion which has overtaken all else.

I used the charts provided in Alice Starmore’s “Book of Fair Isle Knitting”  which are for the most part, traditional motifs.  I used Jamiesons Shetland Spindrift yarn ~ so light and fluffy, I absolutely fell in love with Shetland wool !



Finest yarn I knit to date.  Ever !