Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


Marty's Unfortunate Sweater - RFO (Refinished Object)

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The end (hopefully) of a 6-year journey:

To recap very quickly: Marty and me, dating. Adopted a dog. Second day, the dog ate Marty's sweater. Sweater was one of the only 2 sweaters he had. The knitter girlfriend promises a sweater. Girlfriend becomes wife. Finally at 4-year anniversary, she casts on the sweater. Finishes the sweater in December 2014. Sleeves don't fit right. Baby born. Sleeves refinished now in November 2015.

The said dog who ate Marty's Sweater in this picture:

he has been very good to our sweaters since then so I hope no more unfortunate incidents. :)

otherwise, Marty will have to wait another 5 years for a new sweater.


Pattern Release: Bagel's Rainy Day Hat & HOLIDAY SALE!!!

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Bagel's Rainy Day Hat, in Anzula Handdyed Yarns For Better or Worsted in "Keola" colorway.

Bagel's Rainy Day Hat, in Anzula Handdyed Yarns For Better or Worsted in "Keola" colorway.

Bagel is a Taiwanese Mountain Dog that traveled over 6,500 miles on a plane to be part of our family when my husband and I were dating. And good thing we are in sunny Southern California because he is really afraid of the rain. Whenever it rains, he looks up in the sky wistfully and then looks back at us like we are doing something terrible to him. When we walk out the door, he turns back and heads for the garage as if to say, “hey guys, it rains over here, let’s try the other door!”

On one stormy day few weeks ago, I was designing this hat and Bagel wouldn’t leave my side. When I finished the sample, I wore it to go outside with him for a few minutes so that he could get used to the rain a little more and sniff around. I am dedicating this 4th piece to the First Love Collection to the little furry boy who gives us so much unconditional love and made our family so complete.

I think this hat will be a great last-minute gift for the holidays! Which is why I am offering 40% OFF sale for this and all of my other self-published patterns. Also if you're new to cables, this would be a great practice piece. It's easy to complete this project without a cable needle, if you would like to try cabling without cable needle

Yarn: Anzula Handdyed Yarns For Better or Worsted in "Keola" colorway (80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon. 200 yds / 182 m per 100g skein.

Needles: US 7 / 4.5mm circular needles, longer than 32" for magic loop technique or DPNs.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in 4" in Cable Chart pattern.

Size: T fit head circumference 21".

Pattern Available Here

As you can see, the cast on was done in tubular cast on. You can use any type of cast on method, I guess, but I really like Tubular Cast-On method for my socks and hats, and my favorite is Long-Tail Tubular Cast On these days. I did not include my own tutorial in the pattern because I learned from the Purl Bee's Tutorial and think it was pretty awesome. 

By the way, the yarn I used is one of the softest and strongest worsted yarn I've ever used. Anzula is sort of local to me, as they are in California, and I love supporting local dyers. The hat takes 1 skein, and I had about 20g leftover when I was done with the sample. I am super careful about choosing yarn for hats because I think my face is mildly allergic to scratchy wool. The part that touches my forehead always gets red and itchy, and by 30 minutes into wearing the hat, I usually just take it off and spend the whole day with that awkward hat hair.

This yarn has none of that. I have been wearing this hat almost every other day! We are having warm winter season but for our morning walks with the doggies, I always need some extra wool layers. I have been switching between this hat and my Quick Moss Hat. And even when I come back inside our home, I keep wearing this hat until it gets too warm. This is my new favorite yarn, especially for hats!

So more on the HOLIDAY SALE! From December 24 through December 26, 11:59PM PT, all of my self-published patterns are on sale, 40% off! No coupon code is necessary, everything should work automatically. :)

I am going to my husband's cousin's wedding today, which is a great event to start Christmas vacation. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, if you celebrate Christmas; otherwise, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!