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Diary

The Treehouse patterns

Treehouse mitts
Treehouse mitts
Treehouse hat
Treehouse hat
Treehouse hat
Treehouse hat
 

 

These two sweet little patterns are my newest contribution for the 6 bits storybooks magazine, issue 2, Dwell. I cannot tell you how much fun it was to create this set of pattern, and how much of my soul has been captured into them (aka my horcruxes).

A couple of months ago, Melissa shared her idea of having a photoshoot in the woodsy state of Oregon, and I remember precisely the expression on my face, and how much I wanted to cast on for this project. As soon as the yarn arrived in the mail, I immediately cast on for the hat and used the Stonehedge Fiber Mill, Shepherd's wool in the sage colorway. Designing this pattern was a lot of fun, and to be honest I don't really remember the creating process. It happened very suddently and I don't have very clear memories of sketching or doing anything else than knitting cables to create the branches of the tree. It's as if my mind was in pilot mode, and the only thing that I had to do was to coordinate my hands.

When the hat was done I cast on the mittens. This part was a bit more challenging because I already had a pattern in my mind. But I guess the tree stitch that I repeated so many times on the hat hadn't left me completely, and I happened to be craving for more. So I reused the pattern and adapted it for the mittens. Oh and did I mentionned that the yarn used was Camelia Fiber Company, merino sport in the Sylvan colorway? It couldn't have been more appropriate than that.

As for the naming, the patterns for this issue are named after specific places. Melissa has been living all around the world, and so she used that as an inpiration for her own patterns. For my patterns, I tried to imagine what my perfect place dwelling would be. And my answer for that is either a hobbit hole or a treehouse. Since the photoshoot took place in the middle of the woods, I thought that the treehouse was more appropriate, and who knows, maybe next time we will be shooting in hobbitown!