June 1, 2015

Treetop Cat Rescue and Temple Cats Hat Pattern

Animal Planet has a new show called "Treetop Cat Rescue." It debuted Saturday and will continue to air Saturdays at 9/8 central. Along with some cute but stressed cats, the heroes of the show are Tom Otto and Shaun Shears, friends, brothers-in-law and arborists. The pair plucks stranded cats from the treetops. They don't charge for their services, but their organization, Canopy Cat Rescue and Canopy Conservation, LLC does depend on donations.

I learned through the knitting grapevine that the fellows were wearing hats knit from my Temple Cats pattern. Later I learned on Ravelry that Katie Otto, who is Tom's sister and married to Shaun, knit the hats to keep the guys warm during wintery cat rescues. I think the whole thing is pretty great!

Here's a clip from the show.


March 29, 2012

Lullaby in Lace, a Baby Blanket Pattern

The Lullaby in Lace Blanket features rosebud lace with borders of daisy-chains and garter. At 32 by 30 inches, it's the perfect size to stay cozy in a car seat, play on the floor, or snuggle on the couch.

Any little one is sure to feel loved when wrapped in this soft, light blanket.

This pattern is available for $4.99 as a pdf download via Ravelry.*
finished size: Width: 32"/81.5cm. Length: 30"/ 76cm
needles: US 4/3.5mm and US 5/3.75mm circulars or straights. Change needle size if necessary to get gauge.
yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport, Tranquil, 3 skeins, or 800yds/732m of sport weight yarn
other: tapestry needle, stitch markers 
gauge with larger needles: 16sts/31⁄2"/9cm in Rosebud pattern; 20sts/4"/10cm in stockinette
stitches, skills: binding off, casting on, knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, knitting from a chart
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December 8, 2011

Eagle Pine Mittens

The Eagle Pine Mittens are fun to knit and wear. Knit with worsted weight yarn, these mittens work up quickly and will keep your hands cozy all winter. 

The pattern comes in sizes suitable for a woman, man, or child. Make them in a trio of brights on a neutral background, or with two contrasting colors. 

The slip-stitch pattern is easy. You'll never knit with more than one color at a time. These mittens are knit in the round, with your choice of double pointed needles or circulars. The stitch pattern is both charted and written. 


This pattern is available for $3.99 as a pdf download via Ravelry.*

You may also purchase a copy through Knit Picks.
The Eagle Pine Hat pattern is sold separately.
to fit hand circumference: 6-7 (7-8, 8-9)"/15-18 (18-20.5, 20.5-23)cm

finished sizes: Hand circumference, 7¼ (8, 8 ¾ )"/18.5 (20.5, 22)cm. Length, 9¼ (10¼, 11)"/23.5 (26, 28)cm.

needles: US 5/3.75mm and US 7/4.5mm. Use set of dpns or 1 or 2 circulars depending on method you prefer for knitting in the round. Directions do not specify needle type. Change needle size if necessary to get gauge.

yarn: For multi-color mittens, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 1 (1, 2) skein(s) Bramble Heather (MC), 1 (1, 1) skein each of Avocado (CC1), Calypso Heather (CC2), and Rouge (CC3). For bi-color mittens, Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 1 (1, 2) skein(s) Squirrel Heather (MC), and 1 (1, 1) skein Delft Heather (CC).

approximate yds/m: MC (either mitten option), 100 (110, 121)yds/92 (101, 111)m. CC1, CC2, and CC3, 21 (24, 25)yds/20 (22, 23)m. CC (bi-color mittens), 63 (72, 75)yds/58 (66, 69)m.

other: tapestry needle, stitch markers, scrap yarn

gauge over 4"/10cm: 20sts/32rws in slip-stitch pattern, and 20sts/28rws in stockinette

stitches, skills: rib, casting on, k2tog, ssk, Kitchner stitch, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, stockinette, working with multiple colors

* The buy now button will take you to PayPal. After entering your payment information, you'll receive an e-mail with a download link, or if you're a ravelry.com member, the pattern will be placed in your library.