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!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In Threes

In remembrance of the day, I choose to give thanks.

Three things I'm grateful for today:

The loves of my life, Daniel, Noelle and Ellie.
The unconditional love of my family members.
It is palpable and gives me comfort on the hardest of days.
The love of God and the clear signs of His mercy and grace in the daily struggle.

Good things come in threes...

Speaking of which...

"In Threes" is one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry, and after knitting it I can see why.
 Truly seamless and knits up quickly in worsted weight yarn.
Do your eyes deceive you? Nope! It is baby pink acrylic. But this is Brava Worsted by knitpicks. If you're going to knit with acrylic I recommend this. It glides off the needles and is soft but not too soft. No splitting issues and great stitch definition.
This sweater was meant for my friend's 1 year old, but after knitting it
I realized it not only fit my little kid but my big kid too! Oops!
 Ellie had fun, and loves her new sweater.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Pattern: Vineyard

Good evening, all!

I'm happy to share my new pattern with you: Vineyard.
The cabley goodness was inspired by the connectivity and life within vines.
Sample yarn: Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted
Colorway: Ice Flow
(leftover from my Antrorse pullover)
The unique cables are surprisingly easy to work, with only a few repeats.
I hope you enjoy it!
(Thanks again to Martha for being such a good sport!)
A BIG shout-out to Becca my bud for proofing the pattern despite her busy bee-ness.
Thanks for the confidence boost. Mwah.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Introducing my very first pattern...the Martha Cowl!
Inspired and knit in delicious Malabrigo Rasta yarn. To celebrate this momentous occasion I'm offering it up free of charge!
Just pop on over to Ravelry and pick on up.  

This is a super satisfying one-skein project that uses every bit of yarn.
Malabrigo Rasta has a universal appeal and there are so many lovely colors to choose from.
Because of the design many yarns can easily be substituted.
By the way, this is Martha! This was a totally impromptu photo shoot and we had super lots of fun.

Just in time for Summer! bahaha. It's winter somewhere!
I hope you enjoy knitting this pattern.
I'm jumping up and down inside and would be honored to see it knit up by you,
my wonderful friends.
Hannah aka ummashin 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sagaponack Tee

Oh what's this folks? Just in the nick of time, my TTTKAL project (with extension of course). 
This is my new spring sweater: Sagaponack Tee, a free pattern offered on the Takhi Yarns website
 It's a simple, top down garter yoke short sleeve summer tee.
 Knitting in Misti Alpaca cotton silk created a soft, drapey fabric. 
The garter yoke goes all around.
I'm very very pleased and would highly recommend this pattern to anyone. Yay!
Squooshy face!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Knitting JOURNEY: Antrorse

Like my new sweater? I obviously do!
The pattern is Antrorse and is part of the JOURNEY collection/collaboration.
The pattern is by Shannon Cook.
Like all of Shannon's patterns, the instructions are clear and incorporates classic sensibility with modern twists. I highly recommend this pattern!
I finished this a while ago, but it took me a while to photograph it. Mostly because it's been beastly hot and today was the first day I could stand to wear the sweater for more than five minutes.

This pattern is truly addictive..."Just one more pattern repeat" is what you'll find yourself muttering!
Leather vintage buttons from my stash. SCORE!


Photo Credit: These two goofsters!
We had so much fun!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Knitting JOURNEY: Spate Mitts

After casting off my Onward shawl I had a skein and a half of Spud & Chloe sweater taking up space in my stashbox.
During a chatty-chat with dear pal Becca of Nook I had a "duh" moment when discussing the Spate mitts. why not use the leftover yarn from my Onward shawl? Spud & Chloe "Sweater" yarn is easy to knit, looks great and I know from how much I wear my shawl it's an easy color to wear too.
That conversation happened goodness knows how long ago but I finally made them! Right before the weather turns ridiculous here.

Pretty, eh?

I just think that it's plain awesome to have a friends that are always willing and happy to talk yarn/knitting! I love speaking a "third language" with these know who you are! xo

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Fun Afternoon

Due to extreme laziness on my part I have not sewed buttons on my Grace which took me months to knit and months to block. However, I finally got around to weaving in the ends and decided since I usually don't button my sweaters anyway this was not going to stop me from wearing it.
The next problem...photographing myself.
I don't have a tripod doohickey and photographing a whole sweater always poses a
So this afternoon harbored a great experiment to solve this problem.
I enlisted my lovely, genius, amazing five (AND A HALF, as she is always quick to point out) year old bebe to take pictures of her mama wearing the Grace cardigan.
The results:  
 "Hi Mama! What are you looking at, by the way? You need to look at me."
"Where are the buttons mama?"
"Oh, I forgot to put them on."
"It would look better with buttons."
"Okay Mama, I don't like looking at your back".
Not sure what she meant. 
Being a top model is tiring.
"Make a silly face mama!" 
I love my new-ish sweater!
The Heritage sock yarn is easy to knit with and makes for a super soft and cozy sweater.
For such a light knit it's very warm, and the color is vibrant and makes me happy.
I love the lace, the tiny garter detail, and I loved knitting it.
Knitting a sock yarn sweater is a serious time investment,
 but this sure was a fun way to celebrate finishing it!
My little buddy photographer! On the go!