Honey Cowl Madeline Tosh

Knitted: Honey Cowl

Mustard has an abundance of personalty, both on a hot dog and around your neck.

Recently, I finished knitting the Honey Cowl in an electrifying shade of orangey yellow.


Honey Cowl Madeline Tosh


The reasons for my choice are twofold:

1. Mustard looks good against my navy blue coat.

2. This choice enables me to eat sloppy hot dogs and drip mustard all over my scarf with ZERO CONSEQUENCES.      right…..?

Pattern: Honey Cowl by Madeline Tosh

Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK in “candlewick”

Ravelry page here.

Vividworks Hats

Lovely Little Shop: Vivid Works (1920s Hats and Headbands)

I found myself at a rather chaotic craft fair over the weekend. The scent of handmade soap mingled with artisanal curry sauce, and never have so many dollops of homemade jam found their way onto crackers and been thrust in strangers’ faces. But amongst the predictable wares, there was a beacon of unexpected artistic beauty and vintage deliciousness: Vivid Works.

1920s style scarves

If you have a Great Gatsby fashion fetish or fancy yourself a babe from the roaring ’20s who was born a century too late, then you need to add a few of these items to your wardrobe. The stunning felted hats, scarves and headbands are crafted by a creative Englishlady named Den in Comox, right here on Vancouver Island. She makes bags too. 1920s headbands

On her website, Den says:

“Sculptural, Textural and an element of stylish fun are the starting blocks for these Designs. Other influences have been drawn from the styles of the 1920s – 1940s and an inate love of ‘doodling’.”

I am awed by these gorgeous pieces, which will instantly catapult your style into the art deco age. Are you swooning, too, old Sport?

Click here to check out Den’s site to see 1920s hats and headbands (and more),

Marion Cardigan by Andi Satterlund

Knitted: Marion Cardigan

Buttons are pretty mundane, right?  I’ve found many a wayward button in a couch, and lord knows I’ve used my bust to pop a few dozen of them off poorly constructed sweatshop garb (whilst out in public, of course. You never sprout a chest gape or pornographic crotch rip in private).

But recently I knitted a Marion Cardigan that required these humble circular fasteners, and let me tell you, buttons took on a majesty that was hitherto unknown in my world. After making my Oatmeal and Flax pullovers, a cardigan was the next level in the video game of knitting and like a gamer I took to the couch for hours in an attempt to get past the challenges: cables, short rows, a neck band, hunger, thirst, loss of contact with humanity and, ultimately – buttons.


Marion Cardigan by Andi Satterlund

Anyway, I realize that you guys are staring at plain black buttons and you are hardly experiencing the motherly head rush that I am. But trust me when I say, it’s gratifying to conquer that big boss, even if it is a fifty cent button.

Details and Links

Pattern: Marion Cardigan, which I made during designer Andi Satterlund‘s knitalong in September/October.

Yarn: Cascade 220 in 9404 “Ruby”

Ravelry page here.