Knitting on the Plane to Panama

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Since I posted about Maggie’s sweater, shown above being worn (yay!), I have knit things. Many small things. Some pairs of things. Things to add to the pile of knits that keep us warm.

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(Rikke for Maggie)

Lately the knitting happens between other things; I have a job now, and ferrying children home from school takes a big chunk of the day. If I could knit while driving, man wouldn’t that be great?

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(Rikke for Jerry)


I knit in small chunks, enjoying it when I can. I now understand the question “how do you find the time to knit?” because some weeks I don’t.

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(Kinetic for Mom)

Here and there I pick up a project, finishing things some weeks, ignoring them others. But the knitting bag kindly waits for me, waits for those days when I have the time and energy to knit for a bit.

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(Girdwood for Maggie)

This post is a snapshot of my knitting progress, evidence that yes, I am a knitter. Knitting isn’t as central to my life as it once was, but I am so grateful to have all the yarn around. It keeps us warm.

This post is also to tell you about something I’m doing this Spring. My sister Holly is hosting a wellness retreat in Panama at the end of May. I’ll be attending (with knitting, naturally) and I’m so excited to participate in the retreat. In Holly’s own words, there will be “yoga, fitness, goal-setting, yummy food, adventure, relaxation” all at one of Panama’s most famous beaches. This is a new venture for my sister, and I hope you’ll have a look at her website to learn more about the trip. The “early bird” rate is available through the end of February.

Visit AlaskaHealthStyle for more details. If you have questions, leave a comment or email me and I’ll get you in touch with Holly. Thank you for looking!


All the Knitting

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

It was about halfway through my first semester of photography school that I started knitting like crazy. There came a point when I felt like I couldn’t take a picture to save my life, and I found solace in the knowledge that I am, in fact, a very good knitter. I kept at it with the camera, but also churned out knitted FOs like a boss. It saved me.

Shown above is the family of slippers that were made to replace outgrown and holey pairs. The moccasins are from the book Felted Knits by Bev Galeskas and the others are adult and kid sizes of the famous Felt Clog pattern, also by Bev Galeskas.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

A Noro Striped Scarf, knit with four different and unknown shades of Noro Silk Garden. This is at least the third one of these I’ve knit. I find it endlessly fun, totally mindless, and highly wearable. Won’t be the last one I make.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

This is the Charoite Hat and Mittens from my Crystal Collection eBook. It’s knit with worsted weight yarn, and works up quickly. Instant knitting gratification; I needed that this semester.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

Oh! Talk about instant gratification! When Kate released the Snawheid pattern I downloaded it and packed needles and yarn in my backpack within about 5 minutes. It was one of those patterns that I knew I needed to knit the second I saw it. I made two with Nature Spun Sport and they are both still pompomless for now.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

Phew! That was a lot of sanity-saving knitting.

The Crystal Collection

Ametrine Hat

Ametrine Hat – $6
Yarn: Nature Spun Sport
Gauge: 7.25 sts = 1 inch

See the Ametrine Hat on Ravelry

Ahead of my trunk show last week, I quietly published my new eBook, The Crystal Collection! I’m back from visiting family in Buffalo and I finally have a moment to tell you about all the patterns!

The Crystal Collection includes three hat and three mitten patterns, all color stranded designs. They are matchy-matchy, and I hope you enjoy them! I’ve been working on these six patterns for a while, and I’m very excited to share them with you.

A note about pricing: The entire eBook, available on Ravelry here, is $18. You can mix-and-match two patterns from the collection for $9 (discount will show in your Raverly shopping cart), or purchase individual patterns for $6 each.

Crystal Collection – eBook with 6 patterns – $18

At the top of this post is the Ametrine Hat, named for a variety of quartz that displays both yellow and purple areas. The hat matches the Ametrine Mitts.

Ametrine Mitts

Ametrine Mitts – $6
Yarn: Nature Spun Sport
Gauge: 7.5 sts = 1 inch

See the Ametrine Mitts on Ravelry

The next pattern you might remember from a swap that I participated in over a year ago. For the longest time, they were known to me as the Swap Mittens. When I knit them in this beautiful shade of red, they reminded me of rubies. Corundum, a ruby when red, is a transparent mineral. Who knew?!?!

Corundum Mittens

Corundum Mittens – $6
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca Light
Gauge: 7.75 sts = 1 inch

See the Corundum Mittens on Ravelry

The Corundum Hat has the same allover pattern as the mittens, with five lines of decreases at the top and – like all the hats in this collection – a jaunty pompom. I can’t even help myself with the pompoms. Clearly.

Corundum Hat

Corundum Hat – $6
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca Light
Gauge: 8 sts = 1 inch

See the Corundum Hat on Ravelry

The third set of patterns from the collection is the Charoite Hat and Mittens, named for a rare purple mineral. These mittens evolved a lot over time. Here’s where they started, and you must click that link for a shocking illustration of yarn dominance in action. The end point for this design is quite different, but I wouldn’t have these pretty purple mittens without the struggle and frustration from the first version of this pattern.

Charoite Mittens

Charoite Mittens – $6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Gauge: 6 sts = 1 inch

See the Charoite Mittens on Ravelry

And finally, the Charoite Hat, with a small colorwork section and garter stitch accents. This hat is fun and quick to knit.

Charoite Hat

Charoite Hat – $6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Gauge: 6.5 sts = 1 inch

See the Charoite Hat on Ravelry

That’s it! I’ve listed more pattern details, such as color numbers, on Ravelry so be sure to check out the collection there. Remember, if you don’t want all six patterns, mixing and matching is allowed! When you buy two patterns from the collection you save $3. But get the best deal when you buy the eBook for just $18.

Crystal Collection – eBook with 6 patterns – $18


P.S. Wondering about my new knitwear model? THAT’S MY MOM! Thanks for helping Mom!