Not your typical hellcat biker chic and
Li'l Deb would say "that's not a bad thing!"

October 11, 2010

Perfect Pixie's Pixie Hood

I love the angora yarn from Cozy Rabbit Farm. It is soft, feather light and warm. The BGITWWW chose it for the “Cotton Candy” colors and she liked the “bunny fluff”.  The photos do not do justice to this Pixie Hood but it was not easy to pull a 5 year old away from Kipper, The Dog, so I am lucky to have these =o)

(BTW, the Pixie Hood link takes you to Amazon, I don't get a commission or anything, but I couldn't find the book on the author's site). 


Using the “2 and up” size as a gauge, I added a few stitches to the cast on, bearing in mind that I wanted the ribbing to begin and end on a knit stitch.

This is a quick and easy pattern to knit. Start to finish took about 3 evenings (I had to wait for more yarn and the BGITWWW to try it on before picking up the bottom for ribbing).

To minimize bumps and ends I did the following for ties:
  • Cut 3 lengths of yarn about 30” long each (you decide what is best for your project).
  • On the Right Side, go to the bottom front corner of hood, find the center 2 stitches.
To the right of the center:
  • Pull 3 strands of yarn into back side
  • Count 2 stitches over and insert yarn up through the front (left of the center).  
You now have 3 strands on the left, 2 stitches, 3 strands on right, and centered as best you can.
  • Tie half knot.
  • Make 3 groups of 2 strands each, braid to desired length.
  • Tie knot at end leaving short tail or embellish ends as you wish.  I might add a tassle or knitted flower with some bling to the Pixie point.
  • Repeat these steps for the other side.
Neat and tidy. Smooth and secure!! 

A Big Kitty Q NO NO

...Happy Trails....

October 3, 2010

I Got the Goods

We went to the 22nd Annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival at the Tunbridge World's Fair grounds in Tunbridge, Vermont over the weekend.  The weather was very fine.  I headed straight to Ball And Skein's booth to buy my 100% cashmere in Beach Glass.  BGITWWW read their business card and was complimented on how well of a reader she is.   

I've waited over a year to get two hanks of this amazing yarn, and in my favorite colorway!!!   Good things really do come to those who wait, and who says I'm impatient!!

Beach Glass

The BGITWWW picked out the softest angora blend yarn I have ever touched and it is from Cozy Rabbit Farm.  Talk about "eye candy" -- the colorway is candy buttons and cotton candy!  Its the perfect yarn for a cold weather bonnet.  I needed one more hank and made the call just in time to buy the last one!!   It was all meant to be. 

We headed for the hill; soaked up rays of sun and watched the Border Collie Herding demo while daughter who knits and daughter who doesn't shopped.   The demos are always educational and entertaining, and so is the BGITWWW.  BGITWWW would jump up bubbling out giggles when the sheep suddenly moved or a dog crouched low into the grass.  

She was the only one up on that hill expressing appreciation and enthusiasm.    I smiled on, wishing I had needles and pattern so I could cast on for that bonnet! 

...Happy Trails...