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.