The Hobbit

Ori's fingerless mittens

Over the holidays my husband and I went to go see The Hobbit.  It had been far too long since the 2 of us went to see a good movie & I LOVED every minute of it. Just as in The Lord of the Rings everything about the film was great.  It pulled me in, sparked my imagination, and of all things, inspired me to knit!  The costumes in this movie were fabulously hand knit.  I left the theater with about 4 new knitting patterns swimming in my head.  I hope to complete these 4 designs and create a series of patterns from The Hobbit.  The first pattern is for a pair of fingerless mittens that Ori the dwarf wears.  The pattern can be purchased here.

Tibetan Fairisle

This summer when Bret was in the U.S. he brought me a teaser of the new colored yarns that The Rocking Yak is producing for 2013.  They are fabulous!  The green yarn has been dyed with local plants found on the mountains in the region that we work in, while indigo was used in dying the blue.  I knew right away that I wanted to knit up something special for myself with the new yarns.  I rarely knit for myself.  Isn’t that how it always is with knitters.  Anyway, as the weather began to get cooler, I started looking around Ravelry to find something to knit.  I found this free fairisle hat pattern which inspired me to create a hat with my own design.  I wanted the hat to have a Tibetan design. Here is some of the colorwork I’m working on.  This is a sample swatch that I’m knitting up as I work out the designs.