Sunday, October 8, 2017

VALERIE hat and stuff


This hat is named for you, my "meant-to-be" friend. 
On the fated day I met you I couldn't stop smiling and I knew we would be BFF's whether you liked it or not. Countless coffees, pizza playdates, tearful goodbyes and giddy reunions later, I am still thanking the holy heavens for you and I can't wait to see you again.
Awesome blurry photo of us that just says it all. Good times.

And...of course the baby (the kid I'm barely holding) swiped it. Go fig.

For all y'all knitters out there:
VALERIE is a bulky-weight lace hat full of texture that works up quickly and would look great knit in a variety of yarns (the sample was knit in "Brava Bulky" by Knitpicks). 
Make one, make ten, just knit! xoxo

This pattern is available for FREE on ravelry. Enjoy! 

Friday, February 20, 2015



A belated Valentine to "my" Sarahs...two new hat patterns:

SARAH is a knit hat filled with yummy cables that twist all the way to the top. 
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky
Colorway: Mineral Heather 
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky
Colorway: Dove Heather

Where would I be without you, my little sister who sometimes acts like the big sister? SARAH, I am so proud to be your sister and so happy that you're happy. This hat is named after you. Love you. 

SARAHJAY is a ribbed hat that knits up quickly with chunky yarn and utilizes two needle sizes to ensure a great cozy fit. It is a hat that "gets you". Haha. 
Yarn: Knitpicks Brava Bulky
Colorway: Fairy Tale

SARAHJAY. Who knew all those letter-writing, angst filled years ago what a journey our friendship would take together. I may not see you for months/years but you're still my "BFF". 
What an amazing woman you have become. Love you, mama! 

Both FREE patterns, details and more photos available on RAVELRY (links provided below):
SARAH hat pattern
SARAHJAY hat pattern
Happy Knitting!
Hannah AKA UmmaShin

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Hello my peeps. 
Want a cowl to go with your JANE hat? Meet SHANNON! 
Shannon is an elegant chunky cowl featuring squishy ribbed cables and lace and requires only a single skein of bulky yarn. This cowl is fully reversible and can be dressed up or down. 
Way back in the mommyHOOD days I met Shannon and have grown to love her dearly. 
Shannon you are uniquely talented, your creative overflow inspires so many including me and I love ya to pieces. Not to mention you are so generous with your advice and friendship. 
Hope you enjoy this pattern. xo.  
I don't know what's up with my camera, but this is the actual color of the cowl. 
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Bulky Superwash
Colorway: Dove Heather
This stuff blocks beautifully! 
Peace out, yo.

LINK to SHANNON pattern on Ravelry. 

Happy Knitting!
Love, Hannah AKA UmmaShin

Monday, February 2, 2015


Happy Monday Folks!

Lets celebrate the weekend being over together with a new pattern shall we! I'd say this week's off to a great start.

JANE is a chunky knitted hat (toque...ha!) featuring squishy ribbed cables and a touch of lace.
Yarn: Brava Bulky
Colorway: Cobblestone Heather

If you're going to knit with acrylic, this is the good stuff!
Requisite weird looking-off-into-the-distance photo.
um, yeah. 

Dear Jane,
Surprise! Fellow piggy and yarn-o-phile. I'll just say I'm lucky to call you a pal. You're an inspiration and I can't wait to nosh and knit together. xo.

More details on Ravelry Pattern Page:

Happy Knitting! 
Love, Hannah AKA UmmaShin

Monday, January 26, 2015


I've been in a fog for, well, months really. Even the holidays went by fairly unceremoniously due to sickness of one family member or another. 

Now it's time to get healthy, get out of the funk, and be productive! 

Speaking of productive, here is Becca, my latest hat pattern. 
yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes
colorway: Icicle Heather

This hat ("toque" if you live north of he-ah) is an easy knit that requires little effort to achieve great looking results. 

Becca, the happy Northerner of Nook, is a knitty pal and I'm so glad our paths crossed many moons ago. 

Dear Becca, 
You are a great listener, fun and funny, not to mention have "mad knitting skillz". You're an amazing mama to that awesome little man! I truly feel that we are kindred spirits and am lucky to have met you! Can't wait to knit (and chow down) with you! So many exclamation points! 
Thank you for your friendship! xo

yarn: Cascade 220 worsted 
colorway: Ruby
Of course I had a most excellent helper to get it looking just right!

Here is the link to the FREE pattern on the Ravelry website. 
Happy Knitting! 
love, Hannah aka ummashin

Sunday, September 28, 2014

JOY shawlette

Hi friends!

Raise your hand if you've experienced love at first sight...with a skein of yarn. That eye candy yarn that you just HAD to have. Then keep your hand up if that skein of yarn is still languishing away in a box in the closet or on the shelf. Poor yarn!
I had a couple of these types of skeins and so I wrote a pattern for them, and I'd like to share that with you! Here's JOY:

JOY is a worsted-weight shawlette with plenty of visual interest that's also fun to knit.
The increases yield an elongated, wearable shape.
The pink yarn is deliciously soft Mad Tosh Merino in colorway "Pop Rocks".

This beautiful blue yarn is Tosh Vintage colorway "Cobalt".
The pattern is available for FREE on Ravelry.
If you have any questions please feel free to message me. My ravelry id is "ummashin".
Love, Hannah AKA ummashin

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Hey y'all.

It's been a while since I've crocheted anything substantial. So when I saw this *free* pattern in the WEBS catalog I knew it was the perfect pattern to get reconnected to my crochet hook. Granny squares were the first thing I learned to crochet and I even have a clear memory of my little brother learning how to bust out a granny square too (it was a little wonky).
This is a simple pattern called Grantangle by Amy O'Neill Houck and is based on a "half granny". The pattern has only two increase points and is finished off with an easy scalloped edging. Perfect stashbuster potato chip crocheting!
I used 2 skeins of Noro in different bases and half a skein of DK Merino Style by Knitpicks. This resulted in a medium size but extremely cozy shawl. Since making it any bigger would result in too heavy of a garment, I stopped with two skeins. Next time I will use a lighter weight and make it the appropriate size. 
As many of you know, I LOVE bright colors and I think granny squares are the perfect way to show off some happy colors. I love how this turned out and I'm sure once it gets cooler it will be my go-to accessory for gloomy days.
I added a button to allow me to wear it the way I want to without worrying about it falling off. My kids call this the "Elsa" button. I'm sure you can guess why...
That's me longing for colder weather.
Happy hookin' everyone!