FREE pattern : Super Chunky Mobeus Crochet Head warmer/Ear warmer.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan……….Mary Anne Cutler 2014


Adult size: 50 cm/20 in. 20 cm/8in wide.

Crochet 9mm hook
100 gm. Yarn. Paton Big Boucle yarn, 75% Acrylic/25% Mohair mix.

Chain stitch approx 20 inches/50 cm worth of chain. ( usual adult sized head circumference)

Join ending chain to beginning chain.
If twisted, it is intended. If not twisting, it will become a FLAT band type structure.

Work “Single crochet” stitches into the back loop of each chain stitch.
Continue to work into each chain, as you reach the end of the round, you will see a twist beginning to form.

Continue to Single crochet to desired width.

Finish to the last 2 chains, then crochet 1 “slip stitch” into each of those 2 chains and fasten off.

Hide the tails into the worked stitches.

This pattern is FREE for all to use. Please do not claim as your own.

Yarn used: Paton Big Boucle

Thicker, quicker boucle yarn
Beautiful shade range full of colorful variegates
Mohair adds softness and luxury
All Shades (241092)
Contents: 75% Acrylic, 25% Mohair
Put-up: 3.50 oz / 100 g
Length: 72 yd /


Travel yarn……….Listowel, ON

Enroute to cottage country, our route took us through Listowel, ON. Home of Spinrite and the Bernat, Patons, Lily family of yarns.

The retail store was open and of course, I needed to explore.
Here is a picture of a couple of yarns that I purchased on cones, hoping to use them on the knitting machine. The Boucle is too thick for the Chunky machine, but it is nice crocheted. The brown is a cotton? Linen? Mix . I was intregued……….maybe placemats or runner.

“Clara” is also a super chunky yarn on my testing list. So nice and soft.






Designing collections

Designers are challenged to produce a collection of items. The criteria differs from project to project.

Sometimes, it is the yarn that is to be featured.

Sometimes, it is the pattern for a garment or accessory.

Sometimes, a skill set, perhaps stitches, be it for knitting, crochet etc.

Other times, it is a collection of techniques for a book

Or a specific theme. ie. Circus, cartoon characters, animals, single motifs.

Recently, I have been knitting with a specific yarn and a single stitch.
Single crochet stitch is used on all the items.




The knitting this week is of a particular knitting pattern using a variety of different yarns. Wool……..Superwash wool, the variegated yarn is a wool/linen/acrylic mix.




Even the cat wanted to participate in the photo shoot. She is a darling but has a mind of her own.

The pattern is a free pattern called “Gallatin” designed by Kris Basta,

Tricks for Noro yarns

The 2014 Spring/summer NORO knitting magazine, Issue 4 has arrived on the new stands. I particularly enjoyed reading a very informative article about using the yarns colour ways.

Lots of eye candy in the issue as well as a contest giveaway on page 2.


The article is written by Carol J. Sulcoski

Knitting up 100 gm yarns and 220 yd/200 metres

My misson at the moment is to knit up some of my random 100 gm balls/hanks of yarn. The colours are random, with no specific projects in mind.

Some hats have been handknitted. They were not particularly suitable for the knitting machine. I didn’t write up the pattern instructions. 100 gm of Paton Classic wool, makes up a nice adult hat, as does 50 to 60 gm of Lette Lopi.

Then, I ran across the following scarf pattern on Ravelry. Kris Basta is very generous and offers a number of patterns free of charge. I’m using a 100 gm ball of Cascade220 Superwash Wool. Hopefully, it will turn out as well as the pattern picture, but I may run out of yarn and need to revise.

Visit her site for more free patterns.

This is mine in progress.






Rhubarb Season…..Sugar Free recipe for Diabetics

My rhubarb crop was super abundant this year. The rain, the cold, who knows why.

Look what I found……perfect way to eat rhubarb without the sugar.
I added a pkg of sugar free Jello to my Rhubarb/pineapple concoction. Now, it tastes REAL good. How simple……..I should have thought of it. A great dessert for Diabetics who enjoy rhubarb but cannot tolerate the amount of sugar that is required to sweeten it.

I substituted a can of pineapple instead of the strawberries.

4 c. cooked rhubarb
1 pkg. strawberry Jello (sugar-free)
2 c. fresh or frozen strawberries.
1 tsp. liquid sweetener
Add Jello to hot rhubarb; dissolve well. Add rest of ingredients.