Thursday, February 23, 2012

Elinor's Tea Gloves

 Miss Elinor's Tea Gloves

...because a Lady can never have too many gloves 
for afternoon tea!

 Sense & Fashion Handwarmers

I just finished my first project from 
the 2011 Jane Austen Knits magazine.
I've named my tea gloves after my favorite character 
in Jane Austen’s 
Sense & Sensibility.

The pattern is actually called 

I'm just sure the designer, Hannah Poon
had Miss Elinor in mind when she designed them!
Can't you just imagine,
Elinor wearing these handwarmers
when Edward Ferrars stops by the Barton Cottage
for a visit and tea. 

 Time for Tea!

I was immediately drawn to this pattern in the magazine. 

I love their lacy design 
and that they are perfect to wear to afternoon tea.

I also love that they are knit in Louisa Harding's 
which just happens to be one of my favorite yarns
and is always in my stash! 

The pattern is very well written 
and consists of a four-row lace pattern repeat.
They are a wonderful one-skein project and only require 
one ball (110 yards) of Grace Silk & Wool yarn.

The Designer says:
"Both handwarmers can be knitted in an afternoon."

I think it's a bit more realistic to take two afternoons to knit them
(which I did)
allowing for proper hand/finger rests 
and tea breaks, of course.

Jane Austen Knits 

Applause to Interweave on such a lovely publication,
Jane Austen Knits. 
The magazine not only has 35 Austen-inspired projects but 
also lovely articles on 
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
and the 
Regency Period. 

If by chance,
you don't have the magazine,
Interweave just announced that you can purchase 
the patterns from the magazine online now.  

I just know, 
Miss Jane Austen 
would delight in all this fuss over her!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cosy Up!

Mollie Makes Mug Cosy

Put the tea kettle on...

I love this adorable mug cosy
featured on the cover of last year's
Mollie Makes, Issue Seven. 

This clever cosy is designed by Kate Reiser .

Kate's cute Crochet Chai Cosy 
features an adorable felt tea tag that you embroider.  
I love her tea tag idea!

Kate's an American and
has a darling Etsy store called Knit Storm.
She specializes in original knitted and crocheted 
mug and cup cosies.  

For those of us that love to create...
Kate's Chai Cosy pattern was published online today
 in the UK's Guardian Newspaper.
You can find the pattern here.  

Thank you Kate and Mollie Makes
 for sharing your adorable cosy pattern 
for all to enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


 Haven Scarf

My Haven scarf is finally off the needles!

Haven is a beautiful lace panel knit scarf by Kim Hargreaves
from her 

Kim designed the scarf to be knit in Rowan's Cocoon yarn but
I knit my version in Louisa Harding's Hulda yarn 
to match my Louisa Harding Kenzie beret.  

I think the two patterns, by two fantastic British designers,
makes a very pretty boutique-style set.  
To top it off...
Kim and Louisa are great friends...
so I think they would approve of my pretty beret and scarf set
knit from their patterns!

 My Haven

I started my Haven scarf way back in October of 2010.  
For one reason or another, 
my Haven scarf became a UFO.  
Knitters recognize this term as an "unfinished object".

Knitters often put projects down for awhile 
due to the excitement of starting new projects.  
When a project is put down for a long time,
we knitters refer to this as "hibernation". 

I'm not really quite sure why this scarf went into such a long hibernation?

Haven is a wonderful pattern by Kim and such a pretty scarf.
I wish I would have finished it sooner.

I'm currently on a mission to finish up my UFO's 
due to my upcoming hand surgery.
(I'll write more about that soon.)
I'm so happy, 
I can check this scarf off my UFO list.  

Knitter's Blocks

After my Haven scarf came off the needles,
I couldn't wait to soak and block it.

Pre-blocking my scarf measured 8" x 70".  
After a soak and blocking,
it pinned out to 10" x 84".  
Kim's final measurement is 11" x 84" so my version 
came out very close.  
I am very pleased with this project.

To block this scarf,
I used my new Knitter's Blocks for the first time.
Love them!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Hearts Day!

Valentine Heart Sachet

I hope your Valentine's Day is filled with some 
"sweet treats"!

I love this heart sachet pattern by Vicki Sever 
that was published a few years back
in several Interweave Magazines

I filled my sachet with dried lavender from my garden.

You can find the pattern information

Friday, February 3, 2012

Go Red for Women!

Fair Isle Hearts

Are you a "Lady in Red" today?

Today is,
for the fight against women's heart disease.  

I am supporting
  Go Red for Women
and helping spread the word.

I don't have a red dress 
but since I'm  heading down to my favorite knit shop today...
 I'll be sporting my 
Katie beret with red hearts and 
my Scottish tartan scarf,
red, of course!

What are you wearing today?