Monday, July 11, 2016

Knit Progress Report 1

Hue Shift blanket at 23% (at least by the end of the day):

The rainbow color way is moving along. I found a good way to mark the center stitch of the mitered square. The pattern called for a locking marker and I had one, a plastic one, that wore out quickly and broke. Then I got a bobby pin and it did the trick! I can move it easily every couple of rows to mark that center stitch.

Felici Socks in the Glacier color way with Stroll contrast toes, heels and cuffs  >50%:

I caught the Knit Picks Felici bug again this year! While waiting for my, ahem, new order, I started in on last year's haul. This is a plain vanilla toe up sock but it surprised me how fast it went! My dear daughter who so far has turned her nose up at most of the wearable knits that I've made has started whispering sweetly in my ear that she suddenly likes blue socks. Imagine that! (These are mine mine mine all mine! Okay she might get a pair of ankles out of my leftover yarn.)

I have to get to finishing though because next up is a shawl kit that is still in the swatching stage and further on the horizon, yarn support is a comin'.  :-)


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Time off to knit

A lot of the sad has been happening here this year. We have lost two family members and even though it was to natural causes, the grief takes a wearying toll.

I have decided to take time off from design to just knit some fun things, to just be. I will still blog (as irregular as usual), but it will mostly be a progress parade of blankets and socks and possibly the shawl kit that I just purchased.

I bought (at least for me) a ridiculous amount of yarn. The Knit Picks Hue Shift afghan kit spoke to me and for some reason I had to have two.

That's enough yarn (I hope) for the Rainbow and the Decor color versions. I hate to do the math on my productivity, but there are 100 small miter blocks in one blanket and I'm reasonably able to knit one a day. So there I am with that eternity. LOL!

It would be all good if I hadn't also started a pair of Felici socks. Heh heh.

Both projects are really addictive and good therapy knitting. I'll post progress pictures in a couple of weeks.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

On Impulse

A couple weeks ago my neighbor texted me that there was yarn at our local weekly farmer's market. I was like, yarn whoa! That has never happened in the years I've lived here. So I had to go see it.

Now this may surprise a lot of you but I find buying yarn at a marketplace actually difficult. If I don't know how much I want or what I want to make, I get overwhelmed, shutdown and don't buy. (Okay I've learned to buy and stash sock yarn, that's mostly a one skein easy so I get a souvenir.) But what to do with the beautiful DK or worsted variegated hand painted pet-able 200 yard skeins? I can't always think on my feet and I hate expensive regrets.

Fortunately, I had a design on my mind for just that sort of yarn market buy. So I came home with this beauty.

(I think I had Prince on my mind but I also know my daughter likes purple.) Yarn is from Iria Yarn Company in the color way Inspiration.

It quickly knit up into this cowl.






It worked better than I expected, to show the beauty of the colors as well as the stitches. I'm thinking of naming the design Soft Serve, as in soft serve ice cream. It is summer here after all.


Still in testing. Still to come.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Year for Patterns on Paper

As much as I love digital media, I do still like paper; especially for printing out that one important pattern chart to jam into my knitting bag. I know a bunch of other knitters that prefer paper as well so I found a site that will let me wholesale printed patterns to craft shops.

 

ICG Crafts

I only have a few patterns up at the moment as a test run. I'll put more of my collection up there as time and interest tell.

Of course I'm really waiting for my pattern-I-can't-tell-you-about-until-the-end-of-July to come out in a book. Mmmmm paper.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pattern Release: Little River Scarf

When I swatched and blocked my first sample of Preciosa Tonal Worsted, I noticed how relaxed the stitches became and how there was an ease and coziness to the fabric. I knew it would be laid back about any fancy stitch work so I thought, bring on the cables and lace! Let it flow like my local Little River.

My first sample was made in a single skein and it was pretty cute.


But I wanted more. What if it were gloriously longer? And had beads for sparkle like sun on the water?!




It's your choice.

Pattern is now available in my shop on Ravelry. It should be coming to Knit Picks soon.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A quick update

The Little River scarf pattern is almost ready to go. I have to do a few more touch ups before sending to my tech editor. This pattern has options for beads and length. For fun I put the finished one-skein cutie version on top of my pinned out longer sample.

The Preciosa Tonal skeins are generous. The bottom scarf could have gone much much longer. But I realized that I'm short, so I allowed myself to stop before it dragged on the ground!

Thanks for looking, must get back to it!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Evening Tide Scarf in Diadem - Behind the Needles Design

I just saw that Knit Picks Diadem is on sale this month! I know I haven't been very diverse with my yarn recommendations but Evening Tide actually looks pretty good in Diadem as well as Hawthorne.
In fact I developed the scarf using the one skein of Diadem that had come in the sampler pack I purchased way back.

Diadem is very soft and somewhat delicate. IMHO it doesn't take ripping back very well so it is best to have a solid pattern for knitting with it. The evolution of Evening Tide started with experimenting with lace bias to see if I could get an interesting twist. But something strange happened.

The left side is unblocked and giving the interesting texture that I was looking for but as I was knitting I felt uneasy so I blocked the right side. The yarn just relaxed on down, so chill. It stopped looking good to me. Darn!

I decided then I needed to force the twist, thus the cabling was added.

Did I rip and re-knit when I had the pattern? Ah no. I didn't think that the yarn could take it. I saw Hawthorne and thought, bounce, twist, and color, yes! I finished the development of Evening Tide in Hawthorne.

My Diadem Evening Tide scarf/swatch went to my up and coming top model.

The fabric is so light and wispy. Every time I pick it up I rub it on my cheeks. If I had more time, I would knit another properly in Diadem for myself. It is that mmmmmm.

PS: Knit Picks did not ask me to advertise Diadem. But if they would like to send a skein my way, they have my address! Ha ha!  (Yeah I know, I have to develop another pattern for it for yarn support. Whew! On my list.)

PPS: I can't recommend Diadem for Evening Tide Mitts. I don't think it has the durability and I'm not sure about the blocking droopy factor for the mitts. 

What's on your needles this spring?