Monthly Sock Challenge : 8 of 12

Another month, another pair of socks! I really enjoyed making my brother a pair of Woodsman's Socks back in November and figured a pair for myself would be perfect. I looked through my stash and kept getting drawn to two skeins of Lett-Lopi. They were an impulse buy, a yarn I'd wanted to try for a while but didn't have a particular project in mind. Well, no, I wanted to (someday) make an Icelandic Lopi sweater but thought a test run with the yarn in a smaller project would be smart. A thick, rustic pair of Woods(wo)man's Socks fit the bill. Ravelry project page here.

The Clara May Hat (A New Pattern and a How-To)

I'm very excited to share my latest knitting pattern! To keep up with my series honoring the women who came before me, this particular hat was inspired by another Great Grandmother, this time, my Mother's Father's Mother. It's a simple, snug beanie that features two textural patterns that mimic a basket weave. It's inspired by Clara May (who actually hated the name Clara and went by just May!) and how she was an essential thread in our family's woven history on this farm. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry here.

This pattern requires C2F and C2B stitches. In the video above, I share a shortcut on how to work them, quickly and easily, without a cable needle.

This video is also the first time I've spoken in front of a camera like this. All of the podcasts I've been watching lately (like Fuzzy Love Knots and Mandarine's) must have finally given me the courage to do so! Do you watch podcasts? Would you be interested if I did some?


A Spring Swap/KAL

Hello and Happy Friday! 

Just want to pop in to let you know I'm hosting a Spring Swap (and KAL.) It runs from March 20th to April 10th. For more details and information on how to sign up, check out this thread over at the BV group on Ravelry. 

Also, a little reminder that, on March 20th, the Buckaloo View Shop will be opening! 

Have a great weekend!

A Dubliner Hat (And a Link to a Giveaway)

From January into February, I hosted a small Mystery Hat Swap on Ravelry. I think everyone had fun and ended up with some really beautiful hats! I decided early on that I didn't want to pair myself up with anyone. It felt strange to know who my partner was while everyone else's was a mystery. Plus, I wanted to keep myself as a fill-in partner in case anyone had to pull out. Instead, I had the privilege of knitting a few backup hats. One was this Dubliner by Ruth of Raincloud and Sage. I'm planning a Swap for later in March and many more KALs and Swaps at the BV Ravelry Group throughout the year and really hope you'll join in some!

In other news, Vibeke of A Butterfly In My Hair is having a milestone Birthday this month so, to celebrate, she is hosting a Month of Giving on her blog. Every day in March, she has teamed up with a talented woman to do a giveaway. I'm very excited to join in and offer a skein of Buckaloo View yarn, seen above. The giveaway is now open and runs to the 10th. (Please note, commenting here will not enter you in this giveaway. Be sure to go to this post for a chance to win!)

The Henny Shawl

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Introducing the Henny Shawl, the sister pattern to the Henny Hat. It's a simple triangle shawl that can be draped over your shoulders or wrapped around your neck. Just like the hat, it is knit with a worsted weight and features an all-over lace pattern. More details can be found on Ravelry.

This shawl is part of a small collection of knits inspired by the women who came before me. My Grandmother crochets a lot and has told me stories of how her mother was an avid knitter and would often be found with needles in her hands. The design has the simplicity and practicality a country girl needs but with a bit of feminine flair. I never met her, but I can imagine this was the kind of woman my Great Grandmother was. This simple triangular shawl is versatile and can be worn many different ways, such as traditionally draped over your shoulders or kerchief style for plenty of warmth around your neck. The repeat pattern is easy to learn and memorize and great for lace beginners. This pattern includes both charted and written directions. There is also a matching hat pattern, called the Henny Hat. The worsted weight makes it a fairly quick knit and provides enough warmth for chilly days.  

I'm offering the pattern for free until tomorrow (March 5th) at 9am! After that, it'll be $3 (or $2 if purchased with the Henny Hat, discount qualifies even if you've already purchased the latter previously.) 

If you knit the Henny Hat or Shawl, I hope you'll join in the Henny KAL! I'm offering a skein of BV yarn to one lucky participant. 

Monthly Sock Challenge : 7 of 12

I kind of thought that I would go with a worsted weight yarn to get through February's pair a little quicker--and carve out a little extra time for other projects. But I'm so glad I didn't! The pairing of this pattern, Big & Little Annabelle, and this Tanis yarn could not have been more perfect. The blue-green sea tones knit in this pattern make me think of a mermaid's tail. It's exciting to see how my sock knitting skills have grown, my intuition and understanding of fit is getting better with each pair I make. (Ravelry project link.)

Abbey gifted me the pattern and has generously offered you all a 50% off discount in her shop, Abbey Morris Designs! You have until March 14th to take advantage of this. Just use the code "buckalooview" when checking out.