On the Needles

Feel a bit like a slug right now,  having caught a bit of a bug.  Feel tired and, dare i say “sluggish”.  Now, before you feel sorry for me, know that i am a Knitter.  Knitters have a positivity superpower.  That is, when we are taken ill, or we are forced to sit idle for any amount of time, we are those who make the best of the situation.  Between bouts of watching the awesome BBC program Misfits, I have managed to sneak in a little bit of progress:



Downton Abbey Fangirl

The Lucy hat is coming along beautifully.   After an initial temper tantrum over how incoherently the short row instructions were written, and a few mistakes artistic liberties, it was smooth sailing.  Malabrigo worsted is always a treat to work with and am hoping to have this done this evening or by tomorrow.




A simple doodle that will become a bit of a woodland scene.
Can’t you just imagine the left side of the paper as an ancient tree trunk, with rippling roots along the bottom of the page, and some wee babe or fairy folk neslted in the crook of the trunk?

And finally from Pinterest, out of necessity I have created a Geek Love board.  This is why

All in all, an incredibly productive day, wouldn’t you say?

Show + Tell

What a beautiful Saturday.  Joyous, relaxed and inspiring I spent yet another afternoon with my darling friend Kayla of Fig Cottage.  We have taken a pledge to inspire one another to post more effective and interesting content, and to remain active on our blogs.  I cannot tell you the value of having a True Friend.  Someone who is not afraid to tell you anything, negative or positive, and who is willing to lend a hand with truly crap work.  If ever you are unsure of a friends character, simply ask them to help you paint the ceilings of your home.

After a particularly interesting discussion on the importance of documenting our knitting for the purpose of writing proper patterns, among other things, I have been inspired to challenge myself to create at least 10 “real” patterns this year.   I am hopeful that you darlings will be excited to see some of my upcoming work!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you would like to see (or not see for that matter) insofar as layout and content of the pattern.

Now, back to the Show + Tell !!
Firstly, I am very excited to be dusting off the shelves and weeding out the cobwebs from my blog.  You will be seeing a few changes in formatting, theme and tab options in the upcoming months.  It has been an arduous but incredibly enjoyable project to get things better suited to my personal tastes.  So far my brand new pretty pink banner and fresh floral background have already much enhanced the look around this place.

Second, I actually have some finished knitting things.  Now, I am very new to photographing myself.  I am not one to normally take a GPOY so this was quite the hilarious experience.  I finished two lofty, slouchy, wonderfully soft merino hats.  Both with very simple fair isle, both comfortably large and both still in need of a stern blocking … BUT … I just couldn’t wait to share!  I love the freedom of working without the constraints of a pattern, instead following the intuition of the yarn and the yardage I had left.

The autumnal red, yellow and green hat was started a couple days ago.  I just had to share how many outtakes i had to do in order to finally capture some detail in the hats.  If you click on the photo, it should enable you to see it a bit bigger if you wanted to see some more details on the hats.


Happy knitting everyone!

It’s all about the (de)stash

We’ve all got them.  Stashes i mean.  It must be an intrinsic habit of the crafty-minded to acquire an abundance of materials for their trade.  I’ve taken a bit of interest in other people’s collections, if only to make myself feel a little bit more normal.  Some collect scrapbook paper, some fabric, some collect cooking ingredients like spices and cupcake liners.  Still others collect scrap metal, car parts, driftwood and buttons.

Despite all my inquiries, i do still feel that knitters and the fibre community are a unique breed.  The most extreme case I personally know of is one of my friends who has resorted to renting a storage locker to contain her stash which still mysteriously continued to grow.  As an avid knitter, and magpie, i live with a very real fear of being found buried alive under a mountain of delicious wooly cupcakes.

Therefor, I have given myself a challenge.  I have shaken hands with myself and agreed to knit solely from my stash.  I celebrated by casting on a very simple hat in some worsted weight Malabrigo left over from other projects.  I look forward to discovering new patterns that will help me work with what i’ve got.  If anyone has any ideas please let me know!!


Can i brag, just for a little bit?

so i was surfing Ravelry, looking for the scoop on what’s new and exciting in the knitting world, and discovered a wee little something …

My Hurricane Hat Pattern is currently #10 most popular hat pattern on Ravelry!  can i just freak out a little bit? is that too dorky?    Just because it’s blurry, doesn’t make it any less true …

This comes at a wonderfully serendipitious time, as i am planning on releasing some patterns in the very near future…

Think sweet, simple accessories for Christmas knitting.



Gooey Eyeball Neckwarmer Pattern

Gooey Eyeball Neckwarmer Pattern
Copyright Andrea Goutier – Love, Hestia – 2008.
For personal, non-commercial use only.For use with Vitreous Humor yarn. approx. 60yds (70-80yds per skein from insubordiknit)
can substitute any other bulky/superbulky slubby yarn, but it won’t be as awesome.
size 13 16″ circs
size 19 16″ circs

-cast on 35sts using smaller circular needle-
-work back & forth in garter stitch for 3 rows, slipping last stitch of each row-
-switch to larger needles-
-work in stockinette stitch for 5″-
-work in garter stitch for 3 rows-
-bind off really loosely-
-push eyeballs through the stockinette stitch as buttons to fasten-

Ta Da!
now run off and scare your neighbors.

Hurricane Hat Pattern!!

Hurricane Hat

Copyright lovehestia, Andrea Goutier 2008.

For private, non-commercial use only.


Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Colourway shown Pearl #36

Needles16″ Circular Needles 4.5mm, set of 4 DPNs, 4.5mm

Gauge20 stitches & 28 rows knit in Stockinette Stitch

Sizing Note: Pattern is adjustable for sizing by altering how
many inches you work in pattern before beginning your
decreases. The suggested 5″ will give you a med-large size.

Cast on 81 sts in the knitted on cast on method.  For a stretchy brim cast on using the long tail method.

Join in the round, knitting first and last stitch together to eliminate jag. Total 80sts.

Brim: Work in K2, P2 Rib for 1.5”. At the end of final row, M1 stitch for a Total of 81sts

Body: Work in K9, P1 for 5” inches. – Do not worry about how many rounds you are working.  Simply work until knitting measures 5″ from end of ribbing (total of 6.5″ from cast on edge).

Decrease Rounds:
Round 1: *K7, K2tog, P1* 73sts

Round 2: *K8, P1*

Round 3: *K6, K2tog, P1* 65sts

Round 4: *K7, P1*

Round 5: *K5, K2tog, P1* 57sts

Round 6: *K6, P1*

Round 7: *K4, K2tog, P1* 49sts

Round 8: *K5, P1*

Round 9: *K3, K2tog, P1* 41sts

Round 10: *K4, P1*

Round 11: *K2, K2tog, P1* 33sts

Round 12: *K3, P1*

Round 13: *K1, K2tog, P1* 25sts

Round 14: *K2, P1*

Round 15: *K2tog, P1* 17sts

Round 16: *K2tog* 9sts

Break yarn and run through remaining stitches. Pull tight and secure. Weave in all ends.

Please note: This pattern was originally available on my now defunct blog sunshineknits. this is my new home.