The Knitting Nurse

Rambles and Travels


Peerie Flooers – Wee, wooly flowers!

Here’s a first.  I knit colorwork in fingering weight wool.  Gasp!  I know.  There are cobwebs in my bin of fingering weight yarn.

Peerie Flooers by Kate Davies has been in my Ravelry queue for some time.  The LYS Bazaar Girls has a fine selection of Elemental Affects Shetland wool.  Check out the 54 color chart on their website.  It is incredible!  Winter’s been cold. I think that motivated me to get this going for the yarn float warmth it would bring.

I had gauge issues because I just couldn’t bring myself to make a gauge swatch. The plan , heh, was to just CO and take it off the needles after a bit to check.  I have a small head so I CO a small using a #3 needle for the ribbing and a #4 for the body. The medium I started with was too large.

My row gauge was off.  The tall band should have been a clue.  But I liked the fabric on a #4 so I kept on.

I had to modify the crown decreases (omitting many rows) to avoid the hat being freakishly tall.


Kate shares a tutorial on reading decrease charts for colorwork patterns which I needed to understand how to read her chart. I’m still not clear on it.  Despite her thorough explanations I still relied on the written out instructions at the end of the post that lined up with the number of stitches in the chart.

I love it!  It’s so warm and very soft.  But I think I would choose the #3 needle next time I do colorwork with this yarn. The hat fits great in diameter but still is too tall and not slouchy enough for the top to flop over in a cute way. So I remedy that by folding the brim up a bit in the back.

Perhaps I’ll make the mittens?



Knitting – Fall of 2016

Hello all. It’s been ages since I’ve shared knitting pics. Time for a little catch up.

I’m in a Holiday gift knitting mode.

Prior to that panic seasonal mode’s beginning I filled up a box of warm, wooly goodies for the Hats and More for War Torn Syria group on Ravelry. They have a Facebook page, under the same moniker, if you are not connected to Ravelry and would like more info.

The more I see of the devastation over there, the displaced persons and people living under fire the more my heart breaks. This is one way I can make an effort to address the question many of us may share, “What can I do?”  Many thanks to my mom for sending me a box of wool yarn to help the cause.


A stack of thick, warm hats went in. Claire Russell has an E Book on Ravelry Called For Giving.   I used her patterns for many of these. It is written in many sizes, at a bulky gauge, including textures, slipped stitch colorwork and traditional colorwork patterns.


My source of warmth whilst making is Jane.  Jane’s hanging in there, our sweel ol’ girl.  Rapid weight loss and listlessness was recently diagnosed by our wonderful vet as hypothyroidism, a side effect of the hyperthyroidism we treated about 18 months ago. One pill a day and she’s now gaining weight, more interactive and even a bit kittenish every now and then. I am so glad we found her more time.  It’s hard having geriatric pets. Unfortunately, she has kidney damage to watch.


Here’s the accumulation of projects over many months:

+++Please note I link to a public view of my Ravelry page for project details. You can access the designers pages from there.

Winters Fern by Trin Annelie.  Made in various shades of Shelter and Loft by Brooklyn Tweed. gosh it makes for beautiful colorwork, so light! This was my sis Karen’s b-day gift.  This pattern is a blast to knit.  I just love colorwork.


I also knit a Winters Fern for my sis Alison but it turned our too big for her. Big bummer. The pale blue main color is Beaverslide Merino, Mule Spun merino/Mohair from Montana. Man is it delicious. I traded for the skein from another Raveler so I could sample it. I begs to be a thickly cabled sweater. How I love knitting cables.

I guess I like knitting most things. Except intarsia. Or fingering weight socks. Or I cord. Or…


The trip to England required thoughtful knitting project selection. Two weeks – long flights – lots of car time. The practical choice would’ve been a fingering weight shawl. But my attention span to projects is changing. I get bored easily. So I packed several one skein projects.

A Churchmouse Last-Minute Cowl (my third?) from one skein of lush Madelinetosh ASAP on #11 needles, The Rikke hat in a skein of very special handspun yarn (called red robinish, a clever name) I bought while in Duluth, MN last summer and a pair of Lambing Mitts in Cestari Traditional 2 play wound up being matchy-matchy. And I didn’t even plan it!

Need a quick gift? The cowl can be whipped up in just a few hours. The pattern has several options as far as patterning and can be made into one or two loops.   The color is undergrowth, so pretty and complex, but not well captured in this photo.

The Rikke Hat is super easy but I ripped it out many time as it runs too big for me.  I think the pattern is written for DK weight and this yarn is heavier than that. Plus, I have a pin-head.  I removed some stitches from the CO and fudged the decreases. The yarn I picked out at Yarn Harbor  in Duluth, my former and much missed college town. It was handspun by a gal who has a blog called Knitting My Way Home. She has an Etsy shop but I see no products listed. Yarn Harbor is a delightful shop should you be up there. It gets cold there. And they know wool!

I’ve made two pairs of Lambing Mitts. Again, peasy, a great gift, and they beg for a wooly, traditional wool. I have long hands so mine are long and the flaps are long enough to cover my fingers if needed. This Cestari Wool is made on a small farm in Virginia. I encourage you to visit their website and explore who they are. A personal goal of mine is to reduce my use of mass produced yarns and support more local producers. I’ve plenty of both in my stash.  Hello, SABLE!  But that’s another post I’m formulating in my head for new years knitting goals for 2017. Gasp! Almost there…

This yarn bloomed into soft, lofty, snuggly fabric when blocked. It has its lanolin so they smell sheepy which I don’t mind. My hands drank it up while knitting it. I test drove this skein as well for future sweater knitting needs.

Despite the mods, Rikke still turned out a bit too loose on the forehead. I’ll thread some elastic thread through to snug it up.

More recent projects include my Lake Breeze Cardigan which has stalled due to holiday knitting. So many sweaters I wish to make this year.


Here’s a Tensfield hat, my third, knit up in Silk Garden Sock. Knit in a modular manner, it’s a quick and fun project, esp. in Noro. The color changes make you want to just knit a bit longer to see the next color change. This is a perfect, light hat in a light yarn. The pattern accommodates any gauge. It’s like magic!

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A wee baby sweater I’ll put buttons on today and holiday gifts I shall share later when photographed. Thanks for stopping in!

And happy knitting-