Friday Finds

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First Friday Finds of December, which is a pretty awesome month if you ask me. My birthday is later this month, next week The Hobbit comes out, and these are the last few days of another year! (Last few days of all times if you ask the Mayan believers, but we’re not dwelling on that.)

Since it is such an exciting month and it’s my birthday month and I really like the hobbits’ ideas of giving away gifts on your birthday, I’m going to give away a pattern to one lucky winner every week in December!

To win:

  • Leave a comment on each week’s Friday Finds letting me know which pattern(s) you especially like that week.
  • Make sure to include some way to contact you in that comment—email address, Ravelry username, Twitter handle, whatever, I just need to be able to let you know you’ve won.
  • Each comment must be received by 11:59 PM MST the following Sunday. So for this week’s post, you must comment before 11:59 PM MST on Sunday, December 9.
  • Winners will be chosen by random number generator the following Monday. I’ll contact that week’s winner and we’ll work out the details.
  • The prize pattern is not limited to the patterns included in the Friday Finds. Patterns are limited to digital versions, though not only Ravelry-accessible patterns. Any pattern from your personal wishlist (under $7) could be yours.

FEEL FREE TO CONTINUE LEAVING COMMENTS, BUT THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. COME BACK THIS FRIDAY FOR ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN.

Let me know if you have any questions or if I need to clarify anything! On with the show!

  • Tanis Lavallée’s Coolbreeze Cardigan (CAD$6) mimics traditional Bohus-style patterns with it’s clever use of chevrons in the yoke. Pick up the matching hat pattern for an additional CAD$3.

  • Game of Thrones fans will enjoy Kate Hiester’s A Crown for Tyrion ($3.50). Deep, textural chevrons make for a stretch beanie.

  • I don’t feature a lot of patterns for children, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them! Sometimes they just don’t stand out to me as much as patterns I could make for me. But Ravi Junior ($5.95) by Carol Feller is SO SO SO CUTE I had to include it. Squishy garter stitch for squishy babies.

  • Speaking of squishy garter stitch, Enso ($6) by Svetlana Volkova is a seamless garter stitch cardigan with the sleeves (short or long) worked in the contiguous method. I’ve never knit sleeves like that, have you?

  • Hapish (free) by Britt Schmiesing is another garter stitch project. A Hap-style square shawl worked back and forth with simple lace detail makes a great accessory. Especially for those days you don’t want to get out of bed and would rather just snuggle into some wool while sipping coffee. Okay, so that’s every day for me.

  • Sarah H Arnold’s Ardour Mittens ($4) may be the mittens to end all mittens. Stranded colorwork, lining, Latvian braids, OH MY.

  • Mönster (free) by Fröken C is an adorable hat for small children featuring a scalloped edge in two colors. I believe there’s an adult version available as well, and Alexandra Tinsley will soon have another scalloped hat pattern available, so you have choices, people!

All photographs are taking from the individual Ravelry pattern pages unless otherwise noted. No copyright infringement intended.

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FO: Paper Moon Socks

I’ve been on a finishing kick lately, churning out the knits like crazy! I just haven’t been as good at blogging about those finished knits. First up in the queue, my Paper Moon Socks, designed by AnneLena Mattison last year for Knitty.

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I cast on for the first sock in the airport on the way to Paris, and worked fairly steady on this sock during my vacation. I will always think of rainy Paris evenings spent in a hotel room with my friend Erin, watching DanceNationTV (it’s a REAL THING!) and listening to the babble of voices from the street below when I wear these socks.

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I knit the entire second sock in two days of a work thing. So that should tell you how quick and easy this pattern is. These socks were my first adventure with a toe-up gusset and heel flap sock, and I really liked the way the heels turned out. Not that I have any photos of them. That would be too sensical.

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The pattern is easy to customize, both in terms of width (even though it comes with three patterns—I knit the smallest width) and length (again, three options for length, and I ended up knitting the middle number of repeats—I have long feet, but they’re fairly average-to-slightly-narrow for width). Not too shabby for a free pattern, but then, Knitty is pretty stellar.

The only “problem” I had with this pattern is that the heel flap instructions state that you should knit the heel flap in the ribbing pattern as established… with no ribbing pattern having been established. So I just worked an eye of partridge heel flap, which is my go-to stitch for heel flaps if a pattern is not otherwise stated. Sure, I could have figured out the ribbing bit, but whatever.

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Confession: I still haven’t woven in the ends of these. I’m a rebel.