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Monday
Feb122007

Rugged Ribbed Hat - New Free Kristin Pattern

636876-594885-thumbnail.jpgOne of the fastest projects I've ever made: the Rugged Ribbed Hat is a beginner project. The sample shown is worked in Plymouth Yarn's Yukon Print (35% mohair, 35% wool, 30% acrylic). One 100gm ball has 59 yards and this hat was made from only one ball using US15 (10mm) knitting needles.

Special to this ribbed hat, I have placed the increases adjacent to each other, so the rib pattern is not compromised. Please enjoy this pattern (and its stockinette stitch counterpart) with my compliments.

Yarn alternatives: you could use any super bulky yarn that you like, keeping in mind that the needle requirements are US15 (10mm) knitting needles. Please share your Rugged Ribbed Hats. We'd love to see them! 

Click here for the Rugged Ribbed Hat Free Pattern 

 

Monday
Jan292007

New Kristin Pattern: Drop Stitch Wrap Top and Skirt

Drop Stitch Wrap Top and Skirt, Pattern # P06131_135 (Pattern includes both pieces)

Looking for your first Spring/Summer ensemble? Start it now, and you'll have a sexy, fun skirt and wrap top to wear to your first summer pool party, beach party or barbeque!  

211509-653011-thumbnail.jpgSkirt:

  • 27 (30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45") waist; 30" long
  • 500 (550, 600, 650, 700, 750, 800) yards each of two different colors worsted weight yarn
  • Gauge: 4.5 sts/6 rows = 1" using US7 (4.5mm) knitting needles
  • H/8 (5mm )crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers and (5) sets of hook and eye closures

 

 

211509-653016-thumbnail.jpgWrap Top:

  • 36 (38, 40, 42, 44") ,actual bust + 4" ease
  • 740 (790, 830, 890, 930) yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Gauge: 5 sts/6 rows =1" using US5 (3.75mm) knitting needles
  • 3.75mm crochet hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Monday
Jan292007

Friday Night Knitting Club - the book

0399154094.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V33748994_.jpgI finished reading Friday Night Knitting Club last night. What a book! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved the characters, the relationships and the knitting shop.

This is the book that is in the works of becoming a movie, with Julia Roberts as the main character. The main character, Georgia, seems like a role that Julia Roberts would be great at. I look forward to hearing more about it soon.

If you want to order the book, just click on the photo of the book to your left, or scroll down through my list of recommended reading for a link to the Amazon Book Store: Kristin's Recommended Reading

Here are two editorial reviews from the order page:

From Publishers Weekly
Between running her Manhattan yarn shop, Walker & Daughter, and raising her 12-year-old biracial daughter, Dakota, Georgia Walker has plenty on her plate in Jacobs's debut novel. But when Dakota's father reappears and a former friend contacts Georgia, Georgia's orderly existence begins to unravel. Her support system is her staff and the knitting club that meets at her store every Friday night, though each person has dramas of her own brewing. Jacobs surveys the knitters' histories, and the novel's pace crawls as the novel lurches between past and present, the latter largely occupied by munching on baked goods, sipping coffee and watching the knitters size each other up. Club members' troubles don't intersect so much as build on common themes of domestic woes and betrayal. It takes a while, but when Jacobs, who worked at Redbook and Working Woman, hits her storytelling stride, poignant twists propel the plot and help the pacing find a pleasant rhythm. (Jan.)
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From Booklist
Georgia Walker's entire life is wrapped up in running her knitting store, Walker and Daughter, and caring for her 12-year-old daughter, Dakota. With the help of Anita, a lively widow in her seventies, Georgia starts the Friday Night Knitting Club, which draws loyal customers and a few oddballs. Darwin Chiu, a feminist grad student, believes knitting is downright old-fashioned, but she's drawn to the club as her young marriage threatens to unravel. Lucie, 42, a television producer, is about to become a mother for the first time--without a man in her life. Brash book editor KC finds her career has stalled unexpectedly, while brilliant Peri works at Walker and Daughter by day and designs handbags at night. Georgia gets her own taste of upheaval when Dakota's father reappears, hoping for a second chance. The yarn picks up steam as it draws to a conclusion, and an unexpected tragedy makes it impossible to put down. Jacobs' winning first novel is bound to have appeal among book clubs. Kristine Huntley
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The book has two websites: http://www.walkeranddaughter.com   and   http://www.fridaynightknittingclub.com