10.4.13

gnd patterns

I took these black and white photos a few weeks ago, when I had started learning how to knit. It took me a long time to get to this point, but I can say now that I can read simple patterns and make simple pieces, and it’s exciting to me! I never realized that I could enjoy knitting until I started looking into the beautiful, luxurious types of yarn available, and knitting has really become a source of pleasure and calm.

Because I have enjoyed Good Night, Day knits for years and years now, it made sense that I would start with Tara-Lynn’s patterns. Incidentally, have you seen her latest lookbook, shot by Arden Wray (of Boots & Pine)? They made magic together.

I got the Good Night, Day pattern book, a few instructional books from the library, looked up some video tutorials, spent a few hours in yarn stores, and eventually, with quite a lot of practice, it clicked. Some long-remembered hand-mechanics kicked in after that, it seemed.

The first piece I made was the Elora toque. I used a heavy yarn for it, Blue Sky bulky alpaca in fawn, and it made the hat rather large but I love it that way. I love this yarn.



I was so excited when I finished the brim that I wrote to Tara-Lynn and gushed about how I couldn’t believe that I had actually knit something that wasn’t just a scarf with irregular edges. She very sweetly offered to send me some of her DIY kits to try, which was even more exciting because she uses the loveliest yarn, which is carefully sourced.


After I finished the Elora toque I also made the cowl from the pattern book—I took a couple of winters off cowls but I like them again. I made this one with Cozy Wool from Michael’s but I’m going to re-do it in the Blue Sky alpaca for maximum coziness and with, I hope, fewer mistakes.


DIY knitting kits! The Elora toque in white merino and the Windsor turban in camel, in the softest silk, merino, and alpaca blend. I carted mine around for a few days and they got a bit crinkled.



I am the type of person who loves to wear hats and things on my head so I could not be happier about this new development in my life. Hats forever!

Thanks, T-L!

22 comments:

  1. These are lovely, and the DIY kit is such a great idea. Makes me want to learn to knit!

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  2. Welcome to the joy of knitting! :) That yarn in the last photo is such a gorgeous color.

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  3. You are doing so well! Also, that yarn looks like the softest yarn ever in history.

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  4. I love thick, fluffy yarn like that, but I never know where to get it in good colors! Where did you find yours?

    Lydia
    lupinelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. I think I got the Blue Sky from a site called "Fabulous Yarns" or something like that. Just something that popped up on Google.

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  5. last year i knitted a sweater for my sweetheart but my grandma helped me step by step so i assume it doesn't count :P

    i'm crazy for hats and i'm definitely going to try to knit one.. i think i'll wait for autumn, but thank you for the idea!


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    1. I thought I would stop knitting now but Tara-Lynn made a good point, that knitting outside on a picnic blanket would be enjoyable! So I can't wait to try that.

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  6. I have been meaning to learn to knit for ages but I just haven't taken the time to practice. I love love love Good Night, Day - so I think if I ever start, I'll likely also gravitate to those same patterns.

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  7. thanks for sharing these photos hun. also, try that alpaca bulky on the markham collar too, trust! xxoo

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  8. Blue Sky bulky alpaca is such a wonderful yarn. Excellent choice!

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  9. The yarn looks so lovely! I need to start knitting again.

    www.divine-time.blogspot.com.au

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  10. Yay! Lovely knits. Too bad we still need them late in the season, but thank goodness for beautiful Good Night, Day patterns and kits!

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  11. I recently learned to crochet and I know that feeling of excitement you get the first time you finish a project :) Yours look lovely and so do those kits. I might have to learn to knit too just for the kits.

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  12. Ooh, yay! I adore to knit but my experience goes no farther than scarves. I'm excited to try any new but simple pattern. Lalalalovely.

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  13. I've been teaching myself to knit recently, too. I made my first ever baby bootie the other day on double pointed needles! Tara-Lynn's pieces are so lovely but I found them so intimidating to approach, mostly because she knits them so beautifully. This post has definitely inspired me to pick up the pattern book & give it a go, though!

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    1. Wow! Well if you can make a bootie you can definitely make a hat!

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  14. I've tried knitting on various occasions, but I always screw up and end up abandoning it... These look so lovely, though!

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  15. gorgeous work. i love your wool choices. the good night, day patterns look fantastic. thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and what you have made with them.

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  16. This makes me so excited to start my next knitting project! Congrats on learning/relearning how to knit! Everyone should try it!

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  17. I love these colours you've chosen. Have just started considering thinking about perhaps maybe learning to knit. It's just coming into winter here and I love the idea of it, being all cosy and making cosy things and the feel of soft yarn and all that...happy knitting!

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  18. Knitting, especially with the abundance of perfectly delicious yarns available now, is one of life's greatest pleasures. Welcome!

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