Panda Knit Love and More

I’m smitten with a panda in the Atlanta Zoo who gave birth to twins a few weeks ago—can’t stop watching PandaCam!  She is such a good mother, gently positioning her babies and tending to them so sweetly.  Check it out, and join me in my obsession. If you watch regularly, you’ll see the tiny babies beginning to get their panda markings.  

Pattern 1:

Panda HatWhen I saw Pandamonium, the hat pattern by Karin Michele, I knew I had to make it.  It’s similar to the sheep hat that I made last winter, but this hat has pandas on it!  What could be better?  I used Rowan Super Fine Aran for the two contrasting colors and scrap yarn for the pandas, but any worsted-weight yarn will do.

 

Pattern 2:

I attended a post-yarn crawl meeting last week and saw a shawl in person that I had previously only seen on Ravelry:  The Joker and the Thief by Melanie Berg.  I’ve admired this pattern for a while.  I love the reference to “All Along the Watchtower” (one of the greatest rock songs of all times), but I also love the use of gradient colors, and the stitch looks really interesting.  I’m going to scour my stash for the gradients, but use our new Madelinetosh BFL sock for the main/contrasting color. 

 

 

Pattern 3:

And because I don’t have enough on my plate (just kidding), I’m going to cast on a pair of socks.  September’s almost over, and I want to get a head start on garb that’ll keep me warm and cozy in the winter.

Owlie Sock PictureOwlie Socks is a pattern designed by Julie Elswick Suchomel.  I have a special affinity for owls because my mother loved owls, and these socks not only rock the owl design, which is surprisingly easy to knit, but also include beads for the eyes.  The pattern for these top-down socks is free on Ravelry, and we have many sock yarn options for you.  I’m going to use Rowan’s Fine Art yarn in lavender because I have so many purple beads.

 

 

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