Meet Wicket!

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Introducing the new member of the Family- Wicket!  We’re a family of full-on Star Wars nerds, so the naming process was (fairly) easy.  We adopted this incredibly sweet pooch last weekend from our local county shelter.  He had been picked up as a stray.  The shelter staff said that when he was brought in his hair was so badly matted and dirty that it was impossible to tell what breed of dog he was until they gave him a quick haircut.  Once they had him cleaned up and his hair cut it was pretty obvious that they had the sweetest, most adorable Yorkie on the table.  He is absolutely perfect for our family.  He is sweet with the kids, excited to see us every morning, and already house and crate trained.  How anyone could throw this sweet dog away is beyond me- he is so wonderful.  He’s still very timid towards me, which leads me to believe that he may have been abused by a woman, but he is obsessed with my Husband.  And it’s so funny to see my manly-man Husband loving on this tiny little guy.  It’s adorable!

So now that I have a little doggy, I obviously have to knit for him right?  It’s still fairly chilly here in the DC area, and every time we go out to take care of business he is very sensitive to the cold.  So I’m thinking a doggy sweater is in order.  Even if he won’t wear it much longer for this season, he’s already fully grown so he can definitely wear it next winter.

There’s this one from Coats & Clark:

And this one from Diana Levine:

Both seem pretty easily customizable.  I will have to check out my stash of easy-care yarn.

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

New Pattern: Willowmere

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!

Now Available: Spring Wrap!

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.

Guys, it’s COLD.

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:

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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!

New Pattern: Samarah

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!
XOXO, Becca

Winter

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.

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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!

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

… 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 woods behind our house, covered in ice

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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.

Hello, Beautiful!

Hello, Beautiful!

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!!!

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New Pattern: Belvedere

Introducing Belvedere!

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!

Happy knitting!