Category Archives: New Projects

Noro Hitsuji + Noro World of Nature Vol. 30

There’s still plenty of Noro Hitsuji still in stock at 50% off here at Little Knits! Another pattern book featuring quick knits in Hitsuji is Noro’s World of Nature, Volume 30. We love the eclectic variety of patterns this book has to offer: men’s, women’s and unisex sweaters, accessories, and kid’s sweaters too! All designed to showcase Noro’s signature stripes.

Noro World of Nature Volume 30 offers four patterns in Hitsuji. An easy, layer-able sleeveless jacket takes just 3-4 skeins, while the hooded coat in textured basket-weave takes 7 skeins (the pattern is written in one size only, to fit bust sizes 34-38″).

Finally, the adorable child’s vest with ribbing detail and back motif takes just two skeins, as does the reverse-stockinette stitch tote bag! These projects will take no time at all to complete – keep yourself and your loved ones toasty and colorful with some Hitsuji!

Wild & Easy: SMC Dolce Vita

We found SMC Dolce Vita while we played ‘what is in the box’ last week, which is on a 83% off super sale at our website.

Dolce Vita is a single-ply wool blend that is constructed in loops and can be used to make scarves while using only your hands, which makes it a great gift for kids. Or, can be worked with knitting needles and/or a crochet hook. It can also be used as an embellishment for garments and felting projects.

Dolce Vita Color #3205

One skein is sufficient for a scarf but we are making a store sample with two skeins, which I think is nicer – we like long scarves. This fun and kooky yarn is unusual for Little Knits so we thought we would let you know about it.

Dolce for Ravelry combined

Beautiful things

I have been knitting.  Yes, I have been knitting and doing so somewhat obsessively.

The lovely people at Malabrigo Yarn was nice enough to send me a hank of their new yarn, Twist, a super soft baby merino that is loosely plied.  I tried to get a closeup of the ply to show you the difference in the thicknesses of the baby merino

that is plied together, which makes the yarn feel more organic/natural.   Twist is a pleasure to work with and makes a rather solid knitted fiber and I know I said it before but it is very soft and feels wonderful next to skin.

I looked for a project for my single skein and found Prismatic Scraf on Ravelry, a free pattern that works

beautifully with this hand-dyed yarn.  I am using my favorite needles (HiyaHiya circulars), in U.S. size 9 for this pattern but I think I could have gone up to size 10 as the yarn makes for a pretty substantial knitted fiber.  I think I will be able to soften the drape of the scarf if I block it with some vigor.  We have ordered all the colors Malabrigo had ready for shipment for the Twist and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

As to the pattern, Prismatic Scarf is a great (free!) pattern for hand-dyed yarns as it shows their beauty by allowing the colors distribute evenly on the knitted fiber.

I know that I will be knitting a few as gifts – it is a quick and easy knit and it is addictive like your favorite snack that you cannot put down.

We also got a new yarn in from Fleece Artist.  Nyoni is a merino, mohair and silk blend yarn that can be used for sock and lace projects and has a subtle sheen.  Nyoni is very similar to Fleece Artist’s Somoko with a slight difference in gauge and comes in 125 gram hanks at a great price point.  One hank is sufficient for a pair of socks for most sizes, two hanks is sufficient for a mid-sized shawl, and three hanks would make a large shawl or stole.  Another great project idea for this yarn is Tempest by Weaver Designs, which you can find on Knitty as a free pattern.  And here are a few of my favorite colors:

Pewter   Wine 

Boreal 

I am looking for a shawl pattern for Nyoni as I have put away a few skeins for self.  This shawl will be knitted for myself.  I say I am allowed to give myself a Christmas gift and so should you! :)

Hope you are all well and knitting and crocheting with a smile.

A Bit of This and a Bit of That

Here are the Divine patterns I promised yesterday but could not load up.   There is the Divine Jacket that comes in small, medium and large sizes. A Divine Pattern

There is Divine Startstitch Cardigan that comes in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes.  A Divine Pattern

Then there is the Divine Ivy League Vest shown in small, medium, large, extra-large, and extra-extra-large sizes.  Divine Ivy League Vest

Finally, there is a booklet of 5 patterns that include patterns for a belted cape, a round-cable cardigan, woven yoke cardigan and batwing pullover. Divine Pattern Booklet

I am/I was knitting the Trellis Scarf from the 2006 Spring issue of Interweave Knits.  I had a great start and was going along until the K7tog of the Estonian inspired pattern drove me a little bonkers (I broke my rosewood needles).  This is not your usual K7tog.  One K7togs, leaves the stitches on the same needle, yo and K7tog into the same stitches again and repeat this one more time before slipping the stitches off the needles. 

I frogged and tried again with very loose stitches and still no success.  I know there are other ways of making a cluster but I really wanted to stick to the directions of the pattern as I respect and very much like the designer from afar.  That being said, I have frogged the scarf and will be making some changes to the pattern.  I had hoped to be done with the scarf this weekend but alas, it was not to be.  On another and better note, Divine does not mind being knitted and frogged a few times. 

I did do something fun today, I played with two boxes of Mini Maiden from hand Maiden.  I have another 10 or so colors still to post but I think I may be done for the night.  Mini Maiden in Wine Sunset    I love this single ply silk/wool blend and Hand Maiden’s color work does not hurt either.

Time for a relaxing cup of tea.

One Trip, Two Books, Countless Projects

This past week, after a morning appointment in downtown Seattle, I found myself free!  Me, free, for a whole hour in downtown Seattle, what to do, what to do.  So I ended up driving to one of my favorite parts of Seattle, to the International District.

I stopped by Uwajimaya, an Asian grocery store with an adjacent book store. Uwajimaya in Seattle  I wanted to get some much needed (hah!), tea paraphernalia. Uwajimaya in Seattle  While I was there I decided to stop in the book store, Kinokuniya, just to look at the pens and other paper goodness.  But before I could look at anything else I saw that the book store had created a craft section right in the front. Books at Kinokuniya Bookstore 

Books at Kinokuniya Bookstore I saw many cute books and but was drawn to two.  The first one is called the Handmade Felt Book, an unusual choice for me as I have not felted for ages. Hand Made Felt Book  In addition, this book utilizes carded wool/rowing to felt with rather than first knitting and then felting.  If I could make an analogy I would say that this form of felting looks like free-form felting and the book is very illustrative with a large number of photos and not much text – no matter, I cannot read a word of Japanese text but I so wish that I could.

The fact that I cannot read Japanese text does not mean that I will not be trying to make the hats that I came to adore and the beautiful bags that I want to felt. Felted Flower Bag The book also has two felted tea cozies that are begging to be made.  These projects are destined for my desk for later in the year, possibly mid-summer to early fall.  I have yet to decide which will be my first…most possibly the bag with leaves.  Felted Bags  Then the hats, I hope I can make one that will fit my head the right way. Felted Hats - Must make one for self  I have quite a bit of research to do.  I need just the right materials; for the wool I am thinking that the fiber should have some mohair to give the felted fiber texture.  In addition, I need some molds so as to make sure both the bags  and the hat come out right and fit.  Do you have any ideas as to what I can use?

The second book I purchased was a complete surprise because of the range of projects that it has within.  It is called Vintage Knitting in Tradition and has beautiful color work and lace. Vintage Knitting in Tradition  In my opinion a unique combination and a lovely one at that.

I am determined to make at least two of the patterns a part of my current projects.  The first one is Myrthen, a triangular lace shawl worked in a solid dark color. Myrthen, A Must Make Shawl  I have different ideas as to choice of color but I intend to cast on and make this shawl but I need help!  As with most Japanese pattern books this book is also very illustrative with multiple charts and lacks in instruction – again, not like I can read Japanese text. Myrthen, A Must Make Shawl  If you are reading this post and you have knitted Myrthen please help; if you know of someone who has knitted Myrthen please forward this post to them, and if you know of resources that could help me decode Myrthen please let me know.  And, finally, if you would like to knit Myrthen with me please let me know so that we can start a KAL and support each other through out the project. :)

The second project that is calling me is Der Blumenbrief, The Message of Flowers. Der Blumenbrief, The Message of Flowers  It is easy to see why it is called the Message of Flowers and I think it would be beautiful if knitted with Kauni with the assumption that I can manage the gauge.  I think Der Blumenbrief is simple, clean and beautiful. Der Blumenbrief, The Message of Flowers  The above request for help applies to this project as well as the invite to start and knit it with me.  I probably will not start this project until well after I have casted on Myrthen and have made some progress.  Fair warning I am a slow knitter.

Just a couple of final notes, I have no affiliation with Uwajiyama or Kinokuniya bookstore.  With that, I found their books well priced and the service courteous.  I will be making a trip to Kinokuniya again later next week to see if they have other goodies waiting for me.  Plus, I was told that I could search through and special order from their home base in Japan!  So there you go, I have started collecting knitting books that I cannot read – smart move on my part but I cannot seem to help myself.  So please help, I am collecting a series of resources online and otherwise that would be helpful in decoding these lovely books.  Don’t be shy please write with any suggestion you may have.  You know you want to knit one these projects, you know that you do. :)