Introducing my newest pattern, Willowmere!
This cowl is without a doubt my new favorite accessory. Knit using the incredible Cephalopod Yarns Traveller, which provides an amazing depth of color and mind-blowing stitch definition, this cowl drapes perfectly on the neck without being too heavy or bulky. The cowl is easily made longer by simply adding rows to the main color sections, or by adding additional chevron colors. Make it your own!
Available now on Ravelry and Craftsy!
Available for individual purchase now on Ravelry and Craftsy! Updated pattern includes instructions for a larger, 2-skein shawl, in addition to the original 1-skein instructions. This simple shawl is a fantastic one-skein project, perfect for showing up a subtly variegated skein of special yarn.
And I mean it is seriously, ridiculously, bone-chilling COLD. This polar vortex nonsense can stop right now because this California girl does not do cold weather. I fully realize that there are places where cold like this is the norm, and yes, it is winter and cold is to be expected. But this cold is abnormal for this area.
Complaints aside, I’ve been hard at work knitting away at another sample for my Spring Wrap which was published in the May 2013 issue of Knit Now! magazine. I’ve finished the instructions for a larger, 2 skein version to accompany the instructions for the 1 skein version. It finished blocking yesterday and all that’s left is the photography before I can self-publish now that the rights have reverted back to me!
This sample is knit using Madelinetosh Pashmina sport and took closer to 1.25 skeins. I still need to knit a second 1 skein version as the original is gracing the neck of a lucky person somewhere in the U.K.
I’m also in the early stages of developing a new collection. The theme has been decided upon, sketches have been sketched, and swatches have been started. This collection will include my very first sweater pattern! EEEEEKKK!!! I’ve been planning for a few years now to design my first sweater and the theme that I am working with has genuinely inspired me. I can’t wait to see it come to fruition!
In other knitting news, check out my new knitting buddy:
My 7 year old daughter has been begging me for months to teach her to knit. So I finally worked up the patience to be able to sit down, cast on 20 stitches for her to work from, and teach her what to do. She’s still not 100% confident in herself yet, but watching her work on it is so indescribably amazing. She wants to be good at it, and when she’s done with her homework after school she insists that she wants to “sit down and knit a row.” Of course like any good knitter, one row turns into several. She comes to me to fix her mistakes and asks if she’s doing it right. It’s so beautiful to see her enjoy it. I’ve given her a partial skein of some Patons Classic wool and a set of US 8 needles to work with. Last night I let her shop from my stash to help her plan her first real project- she chose a ball of yellow cotton to make her sister a washcloth. My heart melted!
Stuck indoors while the Polar Vortex dumps snow and blows sub-zero winds? Well you might as well knit something lovely! These mitts are warm, soft, and QUICK!
Available now on Ravelry!
My newest hat pattern was just released this morning! Introducing Samarah:
Samarah is a loosely knit, dk weight hat that knits up quickly and beautifully. The lace is easily memorized and simple for beginners, yet satisfying enough for advanced lace knitters. Cozy up your noggin with the luxurious Malabrigo Silky Merino, which provides incredible stitch definition and will help you to create a beautiful new hat.
Purchase Samarah on Ravelry or on Craftsy!
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Have a lovely new years!
It’s finally winter, but you wouldn’t know it by stepping outside here in northern Virginia. On Saturday, the first official day of winter, we hit 65 degrees and it was warm and sunny. Not 2 weeks ago we were watching snow fall while our fire roared, keeping us toasty. Yesterday, the temperature was nearly 75 degrees, and as I was driving home from the grocery store I watched summer-like thunder clouds roll in. Fat raindrops began to fall and hit my windshield and I actually had to turn on the vehicles air conditioning. What in the world is going on here.
I’ve got a new design coming soon, and it’s in final testing right now. It’s a dk weight lace hat that will be a great beginners lace pattern. It’s getting great reviews on Ravelry where I’m having it tested, and I can’t wait to be able to release the final pattern. I received yarn support from Malabrigo for the sample in the form of 2 skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino. The stitch definition that this yarn provides is making me swoon, guys. It’s love.
I’ve got tons of fun stuff planned for 2014, and I hope that you will try to be a part of it. Be sure that you are signed up for the Must.Knit.Faster Birthday Club- you’ll get a Birthday Club exclusive pattern (or 2) around the first of the month of your birthday. The only stipulation is that you have to still be a member of the group when your birth month rolls around to get the free pattern(s). It’s gonna be fun! Sign ups are now open in the Must.Knit.Faster Ravelry group, so check it out!
… but the yarn is so delightful!
Today is the first snow day for the 2013-2014 school year! Yesterday our northern Virginia town was hit with about 2″ of snow and a subsequent ice storm, and since we don’t live in a snow-heavy place, it’s a pretty big thing. And we have a forecast of 2-4″ of more snow tomorrow! Yikes! Time to buy a snow shovel and start working these arms!
The woods behind our house, covered in ice
The bush in front of our front porch
And since my 2 younger children are both sick- though the older of the 2 is recovering- I’ve had to resist the urge to run out and play, I mean, LET MY KIDS run out and play in the snow. Yeah, that’s what I meant… So we’re all stuck in the house, my kids are busying themselves with important things (Little Big Planet) and I’ve decided that today is a perfect day to finally wind the yarn for my upcoming Spring & Summer designs.
These beauties are from the incredibly generous Sarah at Cephalopod Yarns. I am forever humbled when my yarn support requests are accepted- for someone to have such faith in me as an indie designer is probably one of the best feelings that a designer can have, and when that support comes from such an incredible company it amplifies the experience 100 fold. And you guys, this yarn is amazing. It is 100% super wash Merino (not that I would ever have the gall to put merino wool in the washing machine, but it’s nice to know that the option is there), and it is so buttery soft. The colors are so saturated and vibrant. Dark Waters is easily my new favorite color. I want to knit a sweater for myself in this base and in this color. I can’t wait to show you all what these 3 colors are to become!!!
This hat is knit in Malabrigo Worsted in Frank Ochre. Guys… this hat is ridiculously cozy. I don’t even want to take it off! It’s warm, and it’s so soft. The harsh chill in the air here in northern Virginia the past few days has given me the perfect opportunity to try out this hat, and it does not disappoint. The pattern is written out, and fits most adult heads up to 22″.
Belvedere is available on Ravelry here, and the pattern is eligible for the Indie Gift-a-long!
It’s W.I.P. central around here right now, and I’m pretty sure that it’s the same way around any crafters house right about now. Normally, I don’t knit for other people. Call me selfish or whatever, I don’t care. But after years of spending hours slaving over hats, scarves, mitts, etc. for others as Christmas gifts or birthday gifts, then never seeing those items again until the person calls to ask how I can fix a wool hat that went through the wash with the bath towels and felted, I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of my gift list could be better served with a gift card. Last year I started a new tradition of knitting the kids each a winter hat for Christmas. This year I will be continuing that tradition, plus adding a pair of mittens. The Mr. also gets a hat and mitten set, and his hat is complete, thanks to the gift-a-long on Ravelry:
It’s kind of a crappy photo, but it was taken prior to 7am and I hadn’t had enough coffee by that point to have been able to fake a decent selfie. I’d apologize, but I’m pretty sure I just did you a favor by snapping this quick pic. The pattern is Earthen by Alicia Plummer.
The next gift-a-long project was a pair of boot toppers for the mother of a kid in my daughters class. She’s a photographer and we agreed to trade the boot toppers for a pattern photo session coming up. I used the gorgeous skein of hand dyed teal that I dyed a few weeks ago. I modified the bulky-weight pattern to accommodate the worsted weight that I had on hand, and they turned out great:
The pattern for these was Boot Candy Boot Cuffs/Boot Toppers by Sara Gresbach.
Then finally, I knit a Wabi hat by Alex Tinsley for myself. I have since changed the pom-pom to something a little fuller and a bit smaller, but it’s gotten a TON of wear in the past week since I’ve finished it. Just a W.I.P. pic:
Next up are 3 hats, 3 kids mitts, 1 adult mitts, and a hat that I am currently designing for a friend. Oh, and plus all of the actual design work that I’ve been working on through all of this gift-a-long madness. My fingers are killing me.