When Holly arrived last week from Anchorage she brought with her no yarn, no needles, nor any knitting accouterments whatsoever. “You have enough for the both of us,” she said. And she was right. Soon, I had her started on a project. There was no gauge swatch, and the instructions were a little difficult to follow in the beginning, but I got her knitting.


She even filled her suitcase with yarn to take home, thanks to the yarn sale at my local shop. It feels so good to have brought the knitter out of my sister. Also, she served as a very good model for my newest project.

Three spirals.

Pattern: Three Spiral Hat from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Yarn: Super-bulky mystery yarn that I reclaimed from a thrifted hand-knit sweater. I think it’s wool, but I’m not sure. It definitely has wool in it, but maybe some acrylic, too.
Needle: US 11, bamboo circular.
Start: Nov. 1
Finish: Nov. 2

A very fun pattern to knit. What else is there to say? The Opinionated Knitter is my very favorite book and I intend to knit most of the projects in it. You should, too.

Our photo shoot was at The Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden in Greensboro. It is a lovely park and we always try to go when we have visitors (especially if they are landscape architects, like Holly).

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I felt a little bad about promising Holly a hand knitted sweater and then not delivering, but she got my beloved leather coat instead, with the promise to return it to me if I can fit into it again. Yeah right. I mean, I will surely meet my goal of fitting back into the jacket, but will she ever give it back to me?

I must say, she looks damn good in it.

Three Spiral

Speaking of looking damn good, my mom was game for modeling her three-button wrap.

three button wrap

UPDATE:  I’ve had so many requests for this pattern!  For more info, please contact the yarn store, Common Threads in High Point, NC via their website here.  They tell me that lots of people have called and they’ve sent the pattern (and buttons, too!) all over the country.

She loves it, and it looks great on her!

All my visitors are gone for now. I’m a little lonely, but I’m sure I’ll have no trouble getting back into my routine…knitting…playing with the children…not vacuuming…

21 thoughts on “visitors

  1. The wrap looks great on your mom! Perfect for this time of year.

    We love heading to the Bicentennial gardens. It is a fun place even in the winter.

    Does she like those Eskimo (how appropo) socks?

  2. wow nice to have a sister who knits. if mine did i would probably get a sweater for myself every now and again. but on second thoughts this is really the one thing i am just much better at :-)) and the spiral hat is lovely and thanks for your concern. i just steamed mine and realized there was a correction to the pattern on
    i too adore the big buttons. would make great buttons for an adult tomten as well.

  3. Can’t believe you let go of that fabulous jacket, but she is a terrific model. I want to knit that hat too! Ah well, back to routine for me too.

  4. I guess it’s obvious why, given the time of the year, but funnily enough this is the third “Three Spiral Hat” I’ve seen in blogland today. I love it! Oh, and your finish is really good. Very neat.

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