100-Mile Cairn

March 27th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

What is a cairn? According to Wikipedia (the fount of all knowledge on the internet – hehe) describes it thusly:

Cairn is a term used mainly in the English-speaking world for a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. It comes from the Irish: carn (plural cairn) or Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn). Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also in barren desert and tundra areas. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose, conical rock piles to delicately balanced sculptures and elaborate feats of megalithic engineering.

So what does it mean to wear a cairn on one’s head?! Mostly that you are visible from far away. Which is exactly what happens when one takes Ysolda Teague’s Cairn pattern and uses slate grey and searing neon yellow for the colour combination.

Why neon yellow? Well, inspiration can be found in all kinds of place; in this case, my trainer’s shoes.

sean's shoes

I’ve been training with Sean Hayes for almost a year as part of my rehabilitation from my three car accidents (hence the prolific nature of my crafting depends largely on my pain-level etc). He’s been an awesome support and help to me and I wanted to show him some appreciation by knitting him something for his birthday.

Sean loves bright colours to be visible when he’s out running at dawn/dusk or playing semi-professional or amateur sports. So after being blinded by his shoes on occasion (as I’m often on the ground doing exercises), I figured that this hat would be an awesome gift to him.

Hat from front

and from the side:

hat from side

I called my project 100-mile Cairn because I think that’s how far Sean will be visible from!

Pattern: Cairn hat by Ysolda Teague (link)
Yarns: Cascade 220 worsted in neon yellow – 44 yards
              Crystal Palace Merino 5 solid in slate – approx 55 yards
Needle: 4.00mm circular (16”)

This project took me 4 days to knit, really enjoyable! I have lots of yarn leftover, so I’m probably going to make Sean an armband to match.

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Makes me feel like dancing…

March 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

After spending a week on the beach in Mexico not doing much of anything, I finally came home to finish my Mosey legwarmers. I had finished the actual knitting portion, including i-cords, of the project before I left. All that was missing were those essential accessories, pom-poms!


This sounds incredibly silly, but I actually own plastic pom-pom makers (bob bless my local sewing wholesaler, Dressew). It’s silly because I haven’t made pom-poms since I was probably about 8 years old. When I go to Dressew however, it’s ridiculously easy to throw down 50 cents for little notions like pom-pom makers, tape measures, and various coloured grommets that I may never use. My pom-pom makers enable one to make up to 3” diameter fuzzy spheres.


While at my weekly Sunday knitting group, I made 4 x 2” diameter pom-poms. I then sewed them onto the i-cord ties (28” long) using the tails left over from finishing the cords. My weekly knitting group usually meets for 2 hours each week, and all I did was make the pom-poms and sew them on. Afterwards, my lovely knitting friend, Monnibo, took some awesome photos of the finished legwarmers.


Check them out:

from the side

And from a strategic angle to see the back cable panel:

 money shot


I’m glad that I made this project, I’ve been wearing the legwarmers pretty much non-stop (giggling as I dance around) because I’m tired of wearing boots all the time. Can’t wait for winter to be over!


It’s also a pleasure to knit something that I’ve never made before. I’d definitely make these again for a friend or as a gift. My only beef with the pattern was mentioned in my previous blog posting about how the charting wasn’t very evident. To any knitters wanting to make this project, I would highly recommend that you print out the large chart for ease of understanding the flow of instructions.


Now the only thing left to do is to show them off at my dance class on Saturday J. Can’t wait for the oohing and ahhing!

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