Spotlight – Star Wars Storm Trooper Hat

Star Wars is a “thing” in my household. I’ve always liked Star Wars, but my husband… he LOVES Star Wars. He owns every film in I think triplicate, INCLUDING the three original films on LASER DISK! LASER DISK!!!! To be able to watch them he had to buy a flipping laser disk player! Just let that set in for a moment. In addition to that he has built himself a scale model of a Super Star Destroyer (with no instructions, just made it up on his own). We incorporated Star Wars references in our wedding vows, and I even had the bag piper play us out to the theme to Star Wars  (yes, on bagpipes) as a surprise for my husband. The laser disk thing I can’t get past, but you know, I can’t fault his level of dedication. I have probably done similar uber fandom things before, especially in relation to Harry Potter.

Today is May 4th, as in “May the fourth be with you”, aka. Star Wars day, and in honour of this event I looked back in my favourites and found one of the first things I favourited back when I first joined Ravelry – The Star Wars Storm Trooper Hat by Sheila Toy Stromberg. I think this hat is obviously crazy dorky and nerdy, but it is also just FUN. And free. I loves me a free pattern. And you know, while I really like the storm trooper motif, what I think what it brings it up to 11 (and makes it extra appropriate for today) is the “MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU” written around the circumference. This is a pattern that I got excited about at the beginning of my Ravelry membership, and it is a pattern I look back on fairly regularly with a bit of a “Soon….” sort of attitude. My husband is a dweeb and doesn’t wear toques (a failed Canadian, I know) so knitting him this hat would be useless as he would never wear it, but for me? Yeah, I’d wear it.

Happy May the Fourth day, everyone!

Spotlight: Shirley Brian Yarns

I am always keeping an eye out for new and fabulous gradient yarns, and, as I have said in the past, I do have people in my family who are allergic to wool, so non-wool gradients are pretty appealing.

Flashdance - Shirley Brian Yarns -

Flashdance – Shirley Brian Yarns (

Today I discovered Shirley Brian Yarns – it is 100% cotton fingering yarn and it comes in quite a spread of different colour gradients. It looks pretty similar to Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton, a yarn that I have experience using and like rather a lot, though if I have one complaint about Wolle’s it would be how limited the supply is, and therefore difficult it is to get your hands on the nicest colourways. You also have to place your order by email and just sort of hope your selection is still in stock. Shirley Brian Yarns sells their yarn directly online so (presumably) you’ll know immediately if you’re placing an order for something in stock. On top of that it is made in Canada and there seems to be a larger selection of colourways.

Speaking of colourways, I am absolutely in LOVE with a couple of them. Wolle’s has some really nice colourways, but I am really drawn to the colourways Shirley Brian Yarns offers. The bright, super saturated, high impact colour transitions appeal to me more than more subdued ones, and Shirley Brian Yarns has some pretty phenomenal colourways (especially Flashdance (acid green – mauve – jeweled purple)… LOVE IT!).

The one thing I am unsure of is whether they offer smaller balls of end colour in case your project takes a bit more than one ball. It is one thing that Wolle’s does that I find pretty hugely convenient, so if Shirley Brian Yarns doesn’t that would be the only downside I can see.

Spotlight: Tiny Alpaca! by Anna Hrachovec

Tiny Alpaca! is one of the most adorable patterns I have ever seen. I can’t handle how cute these are. I don’t knit (or particularly understand the appeal) of amigurumi  but these absolutely slay me in their adorableness. I went to the designer’s website (Mochimochi Land) and discovered a world of other ridiculously cute knitted things.

I also can’t handle that in her pattern pictures she includes on where the little alpacas are playing Twister. I mean, seriously, who comes up with this!? First she creates the most adorable little knitted alpaca ever, and then turns it up to eleven by posing them on a tiny game of Twister?! I want to high five the designer for her brilliance. I aspire to be as awesome as she clearly is.

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