• Beatriz

Hello! Sorry for disapearing (again!), but sometimes life has its ways of messing up with all our plans and schedules, right? I thought since holiday season is just around the corner I should share with you guys an old(ish) design of a hat. If you, like me, is always behind your gift-knits for this season, I would say hats are the way to go. Everyone one loves them, wears them, and they are usually very forgiving with the sizing, specially when there are lots of ribbing or cables involved.

I started designing this hat just when the coronavirus news started to get scary here in south-america, around the beginning of March. I felt very anxious and found myself thinking constantly about my happy places. And one of the dearest, is for sure Corumbau.

Corumbau is a place in the state of Bahia, Brazil, that I used to visit with my parents when I was growing up. Whenever I have to think of a relaxing, paradise-like place, my mind goes there and to its sandy beaches and crystal-clear sea.

Designing this hat was like taking a vacation there (well, not really), but it was relaxing enough to keep my mind off from what was going in the world then, and plus the satisfaction of having a quick FO is always welcome. It is a ribbed cable hat that is as simple as it gets, making it a great option for last minute gift knitting or (almost) immediate finished-object satisfaction. Worked in the round from brim to crown, its clean design suits any gender, style and age. I hope you like it!

SIZE: Baby (Toddler, Child) (Adult S, M, L) to fit head with 15 (17, 19) (21, 22, 23)” [37.5 (42.5, 47.5) (52.5, 55, 57.5)] cm circumference.

YARDAGE: Approximately 140 (160, 180) (200, 210, 220) yds [130 (150, 160) (180, 190, 200) m] of sport weight yarn. Sample features Lanabel Lana Pura 100% superwash wool colorway Amarillo-Mostaza.

NEEDLES: 3.5 mm (US 4) circular needles with 40 cm (16") cable length and double-pointed needles or preferred method for knitting small circumferences in the round, or size needed to obtain gauge; 3.5 mm (US 4) or smaller spare circular needles for the double brim.

NOTIONS & TOOLS: blocking tools of your preference, cable needle, crochet hook, scissors, scrap yarn, stitch marker for BOR and a tapestry needle

GAUGE: 8 st x 7 rows in 1“ (2.5 cm) in 2 x 2 rib pattern unstretched. Changes in gauge will affect your yardage requirements and your final measurments.

  • Beatriz

Hello there! Today we are back in track with our pattern's updates. The one I have for you today is the Colmena Shawl. This is my latest published pattern to date and I love it! It's another colaboration with Miss Babs Yarns and cals for their delicious Big Silk base, and the sample features the Roasted Pumpkin colorway.

The Colmena Shawl is a fun and fast growing pattern with a surprisingly easy to memorize cable stitch, worked flat and sideways from one tip to the other. Squishy, cozy and big, this shawl is perfect to wrap yourself in when the temperatures start to drop.

SIZE 185 x 80 cm/74 x 32 in (wingspan x depth)

YARDAGE 870 m/950 yd of worsted weight yarn.

Sample features Miss Babs Yarns Big Silk 60% Merino wool, 40% cultivated silk 494 m/250 g (540 yd/8.8 oz) in colorway Roasted Pumpkin.

NEEDLES 5 mm/US 8 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Circular needles with 80 cm/32 in cable length or longer are recommended to accommodate all stitches comfortably.

NOTIONS blocking tools of your preference, cable needle, scissors, stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE 14 stitches x 32 rows in 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 in measured after blocking in garter stitch.

Even though gauge is not crucial to this project, changes in it will affect your yardage requirements and your final dimensions.

This pattern has been tech-edited and test-knitted.

I hope you like it!

  • Beatriz

Today's post is not knit related - it's about my number one knitting friend, my best couch companion, our tabby cat Cachupina.

I have talked about her a little bit on some of my podcast episodes, and she even made a star appearance on one of them (spanish podcast episode 07 "de vuelta"), but today I would like to share her full story here.

She showed up at my husband's job around February 2017. She was quite young, less than a year old, and they named her Cachupina because there was a very famous cartoon here in Chile of a puppy called Cachupin. So everyone here, when they hear her name, laughs and say they love it. Sociable and talkative, she made some friends there, got a job as the new warehouse pest-control chief, and got some food and pets every now and then as payment.

Months went by and, and as it happens sometimes with young people, they grow up and start developing, let's say "physical" interest in others. And it wasn't any different for this young lady. She found a signficant other, we don't know if it was like a summer fling or a long-time loving boyfriend, but the result were a few little ones

After recovering, they took her to the vet where she was spayed, and her kitties found some forever homes with some of the workers and their families. Life resumed to normal, Cachupina went back to work and everything was great for a while until she decided to expand her territorial boundaries.

Suddenly the warehouse wasn't enough for her anymore and, as she started exploring, she found the factory's kitchen and cafeteria. And, let's be honest, who would like to hang around a big, cold warehouse chasing their own food when there was an unlimitted supply of delicacies just around the corner?

All would be wonderful if it weren't for health code regulations. Apparently it's not ok to have a cat walking around food, so she had to go.

When my husband told me this, we decided to bring her home to us. The picture above is on the day we met, which was one year ago today. We took her straight to the vet for a check up where they told us she was very well taken care of in the warehouse, apart from some small mats in her back.

After just a few hours at our house, she was already feeling relaxed and completely safe at her new home. She is a playful cat, with a very strong personality, super talkative and very sweet.

All this is just to say, happy birthday Cachupina! We love having you here and couldn't imagine life without your meows, bites and purrs. And no, you won't get a taste of the cheesecake, but we will give you a cat snack to celebrate. We love you, our bolotinha!

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