etive romper and a sweet discount





I have a new knit to share today--a perfect pair of baby pants with suspenders. Gah, I just love them. With elements of British patterns from the 1950’s, the Etive romper will remind you of the ones our grandmothers and great grandmothers made, except this one is knit in one piece and uncomfortable seams have been banned!  A provisional cast-on at the gusset edge makes this romper seamless and especially comfortable for busy babies. The two back button positions allow for growth.

This beautifully produced pattern is easy to follow and includes 5 sizes from newborn to 24 months. Knit in popular DK weight yarn, you'll have it finished in no time! Choose one of the many superwash wools and wool blends available to hand knitters.  I chose one of my favorite newish yarns, Rowan Softyak DK, a blend of cotton, yak and nylon.  The blend is as soft as cashmere and creates an even, easy-to-knit fabric that is durable and machine washable--perfect for babies and children. I have amassed quite a stash of this, so you'll see me using this often!
Designer Abigail Clark from Rainer and Bear has kindly offered my readers an exclusive discount of 30% off the Etive Romper pattern through May 30 with the code knitionary.  It's a lovely little pattern to have in your pattern library and makes such an adorable gift. I had so much fun knitting it and it practically flew off my needles.  You can purchase the PDF pattern download here.  Add it to your cart and at check out use the coupon code. Enjoy!

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Below is my deep basket filled with Softyak.
Yikes, it looks like a lot, and it is a lot,
 but I do have plans for each and every skein!





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tiny 5-minute pate





When I roast a chicken, and if I'm not going to make a giblet gravy, I'll save the heart, gizzard and neck for stock and then make a tiny 5-minute pate with the liver.  I told my girlfriends about my tiny pate and while it's a pretty common thing to have in my refrigerator, they were a bit surprised and had never made a pate this way, which prompted this blog post to share my tiny and tasty 5-minute pate recipe.  

Take one chicken liver (a liver is lobed so it looks like two livers, but it is only one) and saute in a small sauce pan with 1 pat of butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil.  Add a few tablespoons of finely chopped onion or celery and a few tablespoons of fresh chopped herbs such as chives, sage, thyme and tarragon--or small amount of dry herbs if fresh is unavailable. Add  a few shakes of salt and pepper and a dash of dried red pepper flakes. Saute for a few minutes until veggies are soft and liver is cooked through.  Add one egg and stir for one minute to scramble and cook through. Pour into a mini-processor, add 1 heaping tbsp. of mayonnaise and 1-2 tsp. brandy or dry sherry. Whirl until smooth. Pour into a small ramekin, smooth top and decorate with a few herb leaves. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Total prep time: 5 minutes.  This is delicious and pretty enough to serve your guests, but will last in the refrigerator for a few days--just long enough to enjoy it for a few snacks/meals for you!  When my son was a tiny guy, I spread this pate on slices of cucumber and it was one of his favorite lunches.  I hadn't thought about that in a long time.  Maybe I'll head out and buy a cucumber.





Chives and Marjoram

Sage

Purple Sage
The newly planted vegetable garden in the background, with tarragon and oregano in the foreground.

You don't need a large space for your herb garden.  One plant each of a few favorite herbs is more than enough for one family.  Try to plant them close to your kitchen door, as the closer they are to where you're cooking, the more apt you'll be to run out and snip a few.




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juggling

Last week I talked on the phone to a long time friend and she asked me if I was still knitting like crazy. My short answer was , "I sure am!"  Here's my long answer:

I usually have about 6 to 8 works-in-progress going at once. I like to think I have a way to organize them but it's not much more than adding the project to my Ravelry page and then placing the yarn, pattern, and needles in a basket. I have 8 baskets and admittedly, all of them are full.  Hmmm.  They sit on shelves in my sewing room and can be reached easily; and whatever mood I'm in, I'm certain to have something that fits my knitting whimsy at the moment.

I've come to terms with my knitting reality: my stash is bigger than it needs to be and I have more works-in-progress than is necessary, but if that is the worst thing about this lovely hobby, I can live with it!

Here's what I'll be working on this summer:


Rowan Yarn, as you know, is a favorite of mine.  They make the best cottons I have ever knit with. Handknit Cotton is one of my long-time favorites as it's so easy on the hands, makes an even fabric and the garment is machine washable that will last for years. With the white above I'll be making Seacoast by Joji Locatelli.  The pale blue below might become an Hourglass, a pattern I've made twice before and adore.



The Summerlite DK is another favorite as it feels like cashmere and is another cotton that's easy on the hands.  I think I'll be making a simple cardigan like Anala by Lisa Richardson below from Rowan Mag 61. 


I also have some white Creative Linen.  I can't have enough white in summer!  Creative Linen is another fantastic yarn from Rowan with an excellent handle that creates fabric that lasts for seasons. Machine washable 50/50 blend of cotton and linen.  I'll be knitting Lila Top Down by Carrie Bostwich Hoge.


Getting the most knitting attention right now is Marmor by Regina Moessmer in Luft by Woolfolk. This will be a year-round cardigan for my wardrobe. I've been loving knitting with this extremely soft yarn and enjoying the pattern so much.  The cardigan, though simple, has some very interesting construction techniques that are new to me.  I've taken pictures along the way and plan a progress post soon as I think you'll find the pattern interesting.  Coming soon.


I was happy to pull out Liv by Carrie Bostwick Hodg from last year.  Hello old friend.  I was surprised to see how little I had to do to finish and now it's done too!  I used A Verb For Keeping Warm's own Pioneer.  I LOVE that stuff.  More later.


I'm also working with a group of friendly testers to size up the Gingersnap pattern.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll wrap up at the end of the month and I'll have a new version of the pattern ready mid-June.  It's had it's hiccups, but thank heavens knitters who dare to test patterns are forgiving people!

But that's not all. I'm test knitting a darling baby jumpsuit.  Oops, I'm knitting a shawl too, almost forgot about that. I know I have a lot of knitting going on at once.  I always do.  I don't see that changing any time soon.

I always love to hear from my readers about their knitting habits
and I know we all have our little quirks!
Please share.  I can't be the only fickle knitter!



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lavande











Hello there!  Today I have Lavande by Martin Storey to share.  I started this back in January of 2015 making it one of my oldest wip's held in hibernation.  Not the oldest, but one of the oldest. I rediscovered it a few weeks ago and decided that 2 years was quite long enough to be considered a work-in-progress, and either I needed to frog it or finish it.
made the smallest size and modified to make smaller, but could have made it smaller still. I decided I liked the front of the sweater, the low part, in the back.  It does look good either way, so it’s nice to have some versatility in a sweater.
For the sleeves I picked up stitches around the arm scythe and knit short rows down to the body, then joined in the round and knit to the elbow making decreases every 3/4". At the elbow, I knit front, back and front of every stitch (making 1 stitch into 3), thereby tripling the amount of stitches to make a flounce at the end of the sleeve. Love the way that turned out.
The yarn is perfection. Fingering weight 100% cotton can often feel like you're knitting with string, but not Summerlite. It has a very cashmere-like quality while knitting--very soft and forgiving in the hands, and it's made from the finest Egyptian Giza cotton. The fabric is just heaven, very lightweight and soft, plus it's machine washable.
I think my granddaughter has her eye on this, so I may wear it a few times and then hand it over the next time I see her. It’s darling and I love it, but one can only wear so many sweaters.
View all the patterns from Martin Storey's beautiful Summerlite 4-Ply Collection
Shop for Summerlite 4-ply at Uncommon Threads,  Webs,  FiberWild,  Churchmouse 
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Take It All




I have a rare post today: an actual modeled-by-me garment.  I'm determined to get my numerous FOs photographed, Raveled and blogged and until I've gone through all those steps with each one, they really don't seem like they are officially finished!  

The Take It All Shawl was a total blast to make with all the color changes and textured stitches; I was almost sad when it was finished.  The pattern was originally planned as a mystery knitalong and fellow knitters have made some gorgeous wraps.  Mine was made with leftovers of Dale Garn Baby Ull, a super lovely fingering weight yarn that is easy to knit and soft to wear.  I often use it for baby garments and had these leftovers in my stash.  So does that mean it was FREE?  The pattern is now available as an instant download and includes written and charted instructions.  My husband, who admittedly is almost always complimentary, thought this was so pretty.  He even had a fashion tip for me: "With all the colors, I think it will go with everything!" ;)

Summer knitting is approaching and I've begun to pack away my unfinished winter knitting projects to be replaced by my summer knitting projects. I juggle a lot of knitting projects at once and you may wonder how I manage to keep track of them all. I'm composing a post to share my organization method.  It's easy and allows for the caprice of your inner fickle knitter to be fulfilled.  Plus, I'll show you all the knitting I'm planning  for this summer.  It's a lot.










 Have a super week!
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