2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 68,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Hedgehog Fibres on Holiday

I went away for a long weekend with my friend Maire and my Hedgehog Fibres yarn stash. As you do. A whole suitcase of yarn is perfectly normal, right? Well, it made sense to try to ball wind there without a toddler who loves to grab the swift. But the wine kinda made my clumsy so I only wound a third of what I schlepped out there. Though the real treat that came from having all my yarn together was the big group photo I captured! The lovely photos are on my main blog (I’m trying to get you all to start visiting there instead so I can play with my yarn son more instead of maintaining multiple blogs).

But because you took the time to come here, I’ll post a few pics on this blog as well. It’s the least I can do for you. Continue reading

Where I’ve Been Lately

You may have noticed I’ve been missing since February. Don’t worry, I’m still here just haven’t been blogging. I had major surgery in April and it made me realize I need to focus my time better so instead of writing four blogs (crazy!), I am going to only write two. That just means all the content you’ve enjoyed here on Spring Stitches will not be posted over on my main blog, EvinOK.

To read more about the last few months and the surgery, here are links to posts in my main blog, EvinOK:

Guest Post by Jeni Pim: Perseverance

Where did the time go?

Recovering from Open Liver Resection Surgery

The last of those links details the growth and its removal as well as my recovery. It was a rough road but I wanted to share my experience with others to help them be less fearful of the surgery. It is intimidating but not impossible.

Squishy Garter Stitch Easy Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

I have released my third knitting pattern! The first was the Oversized Hat for a ‘Just Right’ Big Head that I designed for my husband. The second was the Cupcake Tea Cosy that I designed for UnderMeOxter’s Knitmas gift. The third is…a super easy Squishy Baby Blanket. It works with any washable DK and sock yarn. The pattern and more details about it are available on my main site, EvinOK and on Ravelry.

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Cupcake Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern

I have another knitting pattern to share!

This time, it’s something for your teapot. Now your noggin (Oversized Hat for a ‘Just Right’ Big Head) and your tea (Cupcake Tea Cosy Pattern) can stay cosy. Here it is on Ravelry too!

One Size Fits Most Cupcake Tea Cosy

I’d love to hear from you if you knit this with feedback. It has only been tested twice by me so outside feedback is appreciated.

Another Guest Post on Dublin Knit Collective

In case you were wondering, the DKC loved my guest blog post last month so much that I’ve been asked to write another! Today’s guest blog post is all about project photography for baby knits and it’s posted with adorable photos on the Dublin Knit Collective’s blog. Please check it out. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the photos included in the post.

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Happy as a Clam Under His Undercover Blanket

Trying to Choose a Super Bulky Yarn

So, I have the Cozy Bolero pattern by Jane Richmond and am trying to decide which Super Bulky yarn to use for the project. If I can’t decide, I’ll just have to make more than one! Here are the options:

Outer by Spud & Chloë

Sumptuous by Jo-Ann Sensations

Meribel by Zettl

Puffin Solid by Crystal Palace Yarns

Wash Filz Uni by Pro Lana

Super Merino by Ornaghi Filati

Putkis by Toika

Grande by N.Y. Yarns

Tosca Dé Gradé by Lang Yarns

70′s by Rosários 4

Superbulky Cashmere by School Products

Super Traveller by Dragonfly Fibers

Speedy by Bernetta Wolle

Monarch by Ecobutterfly Organics

Donati by Patons

Macro Fleece by Herrschners (though this has a low rating on Ravelry)

Filo by Lang Yarns

Hometown USA® Solids & Multis by Lion Brand

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Cork City Knit Up for Innocent Smoothie’s Big Knit

On Wednesday, November 7th from 7pm onwards in The Pavilion in Cork City Centre, Sarah (aka @The_Licentiate) is hosting a Knit Up in support of Innocent Smoothies Big Knit. Little hats are made each autumn to sell with individual bottles of their fruity beverages to raise funds for and awareness of Age Action. The mini hats are a perfect project for leftover DK, sport or sock yarn.

If you plan to attend, please email Sarah at sarah thelicentiate com to let her know so she has an idea of numbers. If you do not have wool for the Big Knit project, tell her that in your email.

Need inspiration? Check out some patterns from previous years (PDF), this year’s patterns (PDF) and a bunch of wacky, wild and wonderful hats on Flickr.

Here are ones I’ve made!

I knit these. The pattern works as an egg cosy too!