Lemming? Me?

So the knitty world of Ravelry is a-buzz (pun fully intended) with the new pattern The Beekeepers Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits. 

It’s gorgeous, it’s colorful, it’s handy for using up those leftovers, and it’s apparently highly addictive!  I’m not typically the type to follow trends.  I’m my own person and I will only knit patterns that appeal to me or would suit an individual for whom I am gift knitting (which I no longer do for those I do not love enough not to give a dirty look to when said gift is not well-recieved.).  I’ve only ever knit one blanket in my entire knitting life, and that was the wonderful Autumn’s Delight Blanket (http://www.eatsleepknit.com/cshop/product/Autumns-Delight-Blanket/3084/) by Erin Walker from Eat.Sleep.Knit.  I knit it for Hubs to take with him to Afghanistan to keep him warm during the cold Afghan winters.

But I dunno… this Beekeepers Quilt is so fantastic.  I want it.  And I will have it.  I bought the pattern today and plan to get started soon.  But first the kids have requested new washcloths, because, as my Son says, “The ones from the store feel like crusty feet.”  That’s my kid, folks.

So I will be back tomorrow with my latest installment of Must Have Monday.  And to fix the apparent linking issue.

New Pattern- Honey!

Introducing Honey mittens!  These mittens are knit using Malabrigo Chunky in Frank Ochre in size US 10 needles.  They feature a beautiful honeycomb pattern throughout the body of the mitten, and the instructions offer the option to include a hole for quick thumb release for texting, calling, impromptu thumb wrestling, etc. 

Honey is for sale at Ravelry for $2.00!  BUY IT HERE! 

New Pattern- Pacific Pine!

Im pleased to finally be able to release my latest pattern, Pacific Pine!  I originally designed this cowl last year, and used the beautiful Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed to knit the first sample.  Shortly thereafter, I was introduced to the STUNNING handspun yarns from Ceylan and Sarah at Plied Together.  After seeing a skein of 2-ply handspun in the colorway Deeply Green, I knew I had to knit a second sample in their yarn. 

The resulting cowl was amazing!  The yarn and its colors really made the lace pattern pop, and it seemed that this yarn was meant for this design.  The Shelter was amazing, of course, but the Plied Together yarn was perfect.  The pattern is on sale at Ravelry.com for $2, so check it out!

In other pattern news, look for my Marine Layer cowl coming soon!

And also a fresh new surprise!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Must Have Monday- August 15, 2011

This weeks Must Have Monday features a recent favorite of mine- Knit Picks CotLin yarn.

Per Knit Picks description on the CotLin page, CotLin is a dk weight yarn made up for 70% Tanguis cotton and 30% Linen.  “Tanguis (tan-gwiss) cotton has a very soft hand, excellent absorption and, because it is a naturally white fiber, a high affinity for dyes. Linen adds the characteristic flecks and additional absorbency with very low elasticity – helping to alleviate stretching in the finished knit. Summer linen has an extended growing period which results in a longer, stronger fiber. When blended with the already strong Tanguis cotton, it makes a durable, wearable, and soft yarn. The knit fabric will get softer with each wash too.”

I bought my first few balls of CotLin shortly before our recent move.  There was something comforting to my soul about knitting new dishcloths and kitchen towels for our new kitchen.  After knitting up a few, I decided to buy more of the CotLin in blues and tans to coincide with our beachy kitchen theme.  I quickly found that 1 ball of CotLin could make one Basket Rib Hand Towel with only a short 2 yards left over.  Virtually no yarny waste, which I love.  One ball could also make one Grandmothers Favorite Washcloth, plus one Squidge cloth, with just enough yarn left over to knit up a small potscrubber.  In fact the Squidge cloth is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  It knits up quick, but also has an interesting design, which is great at scrubbing non stick pans. 

Im knitting this one in Knit Picks CotLin in Planetarium on size US 4 needles.  It’s only my second Squidge, but as you can see from above, I have many more in the plans.

Must Have Monday- Faith

I have to apologize for missing MHM last week.  I have come to an interesting challenge in my personal life, which has in turn led to this weeks Must Have Monday. 

Faith is an essential must have in my life.  I dont mean strictly religious faith-  although my religious faith is certainly an essential in my life, I find faith to be so much more than religion.  I have faith in myself, faith in my childrens potential, and faith that there is a purpose for everything that happens. I have faith that when my child tugs at my knitting, causing me to drop several stitches off of my needles, that I will be able to pick them all back up.  While my Husband was deployed to the farest regions of the world, bombs exploding around him and bullets buzzing above him, I had faith that he would be ok.  And now I have faith that this current issue will be resolved without causing further harm.  Sometimes you just have to believe- whether your faith lies in God, Karma, or what have you.  But for me, faith is definantly a must have.  Which brings me to something else…

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of Deans neice and her new Husband coming to visit us.  Since it wasn’t as terribly hot as it was last time we had visitors, (it was only 108 as opposed to 117!) we decided to take them out to a place we had been hearing alot about- Salvation Mountain in Niland, CA.

ONE man built this place using large amounts of hay, tires, and ALOT of Paint.

Sadly, this place is less of a “Jesus love you” vibe, and more of a “The Hills Have Eyes” vibe.  But upon entering the small town, there is this lovely message that I want to share.  Have a wonderful week.

New Pattern- Sequoia!

Im SO excited about my newest pattern, Sequoia

Sequoia was knit in fingering weight yarn and on size US 6 needles.  I used Squoosh Fiberarts Ultra Sock in Brazen, which I fell deeply in love with.  But really this pattern can be knit in any weight yarn from lace-worsted.  Lace will create a more narrow scarf-like version, while dk and worsted will create a wider, more wrap-like version.  As knit, it creates a slightly wider scarf than average which makes a lovely smallish wrap.


But I really love it as a lovely cabled and lacey scarf!

You can download this lovely pattern from Ravelry HERE!  It is on sale for the month of August ONLY in celebration of my birthday!  Buy it now for only $3.00, as the price will go up to $4.00 on 1 September!