Mikey's In My Kitchen

Who is sick of the weather temp screenshots, hashtags about ____beria and overall complaining about how people are so sick of winter?

Obviously I’m not…(that’s a joke). Friends, we need to embrace this weather for the dirty, dirty rascal that it is and make the most out of it. I have a few tips for you being the northern Wisconsinite that I am. Here they are:

1. Layers. Stack your layers until your boots don’t fit and you cant bend your arms. Seriously. You can always remove them. Wool socks. Fleece lined leggings/jeans. Everyone looks fat under those puffy coats. SO fill that puppy up as thick as you can and I promise that commute (walk to Starbucks) will be a little less brutal.

2. Cover your butt. If you have a lot of junk, or a little junk, in that trunk, cover it. A warm butt is a happy…

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its a mad world that we in inhabit…sometimes a little order is necessary. mind you a little madness every now and then works a charm!


All in order of colour. Don’t do what I did and throw them all in in one go.
There was riots until I put them back in their colour groups.


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Mirkwood Clue 4

they’re beautiful!!!



We have come to the edge of the forest and there is light ahead of us and whilst we wandered, we did not get lost!  Are you ready to complete this journey and knit some toes onto your Mirkwood sock?  This is your last clue.  I hope you have enjoyed this knit-a-long with me because I really have.


Mirkwood Clue 4

(Errata:  If you are knitting the smaller size then please tick back 2-3 rows until your foot is desired foot length minus 1-3/4” instead of 2”)


Beginning of rnd starts from middle of heel with instep sts on needle 2.

Needle 1:  14(16,18) sts

Needle 2:  28(32,36) sts

Needle 3:  14(16,18) sts

Rnd 1

Needle 1:  Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2:  K1, ssk, work to last 3 sts, k2tog.

Needle 3:  K1, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 2

Needle 1:  Knit

Needle 2:  Knit

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Who’s ready for a fun hat KAL?

Dark Matter Knits


Yesterday, the yarn company Knit Picks released its 2015 Spring Accessories Collection, and I’m proud to say that I have a hat design (pictured above) in this lovely, 26-pattern book.

The hat is called the Bloccare Cap (direct Knit Picks link / Ravelry link). The name comes from the Italian word for block, since the overall effect is of color blocking.

This is a really fun knit that involves a number of interesting but not complicated techniques. The main body of the hat starts with a provisional cast on and is worked flat and sideways, using short rows to shape the crown. You join the whole thing by using a three-needle bind off and then pick up stitches from the bottom edge to work the ribbed brim.


Does this look and sound like something you’d like to try? I’m getting quite an enthusiastic response to this pattern…

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