Right, knitting, where were we? Oh yes! The Hitch book blog tour! Have you checked out all the designs in the Hitch book yet? All the designers in this collection did a great job channeling the fashions of the era into designs that you want to knit right now.
I love them all. But my favorites (well, besides my own) right now are the Alicia tam and mitts. I love the colorwork and mid century styling all tied into the theme of the book (reds, blacks, suspense!)
© Nick Murway
And yes, I love the Hitchcock theme – even if I’m not a huge fan of suspenseful movies. It’s probably because I can channel the costume design class I took back in college. But I love the construction of these garments and how they channel the artistry, the costuming, the acting, the MOOD of the Hitchcock movies. And yes! It’s possible for me to research and learn all those feelings without having to sit down and scare myself silly by watching the Hitchcock movies (I’m sleep deprived enough with a newborn as it is)
So, which is your favorite design? Leave a comment below telling me which, and why! Next wednesday (11/13 noon EST) I’ll choose one comment randomly to win a digital copy of Hitch!
And make sure to check out the rest of the Hitch book blog tour:
9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
10/05/13: Knit One, Heart Too Podcast
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/22013: A B-ewe-tiful Design
I’ve talked before about how magical wool is, how it keeps you warm even when it’s wet (for example). But now I have a new proof that wool is magic, and it revolves around baby’s bum.
I’m going to talk about wool diaper covers. They’re magic. I read about them before Windsor arrived and the whole principle sounded like magic. But since I know wool, and it is kinda magical, I figured I’d give these things a shot.
The idea is this: wool diaper covers go over cotton diapers. They keep the pee in, keep the onesie dry, and still don’t need to be washed nearly as often as the diapers. The wool is part of the magic, but extra lanolin added to the fabric is key to the water beading up like you see above. I’m lanolizing my diaper covers just exactly as described at Green Mountain Diaper.
So the wool has to be NON machine washable (have you seen my stash? That’s the easy part) It gets washed just like you’d wash any handknit. Then I leave it in the room temp water.
Meanwhile I melt a little lanolin in hot water, and add just a drop of dishsoap to emulsify the oils. This gets dumped into the sink and the wool soaks up the extra lanolin.
The result? Soft wool covers that keep the pee in. The diaper can be soaked, but the wool still feels dry to the touch. I can put it right back on the baby. They’re clean enough so long as I can sniff and it smells clean and woolly. Yup, welcome to motherhood, I’m checking peed on covers by holding them to my face… But it’s ok, because wool is still magical.
Life continues on at the slow pace that a newborn requires. I’m spending a lot of time on the couch. But I have also discovered that I CAN KNIT with a napping newborn in my lap. Good news.
It’s slower knitting, just like the rest of life is slower. But that’s good.
Well, I’m trying to remind myself that it’s good. Some days I can’t imagine why I’d want to move any faster. But you all know me, I tend to keep busy… And sometimes the slower pace of these days feels confining.
But I’m adjusting, and learning, and overall very happy with my days.
Also, I have a new pattern that’ll be coming out soon, so that’s always exciting! This one has been in the works for months, been pushed back more than a few times, and so I’ll be really glad to set it free into the world. Not yet, but soon. You’ll all have to learn a little patience, just like me.
I have approximately ONE sale you can count on each year, and it’s time! It’s my birthday, but I have a present for all of you
31% off all my self published patterns! Can you guess how old I am this year?
The sale applies only to my indie designs, you can see all the options right here. No codes are necessary, just buy the pattern and the discount will be automatically applied!
This sale applies to my ebook of hand patterns too! For a short time you can get all NINE patterns for $12.42
The sale will run from noon EDT today until noon on Friday. (My birthday is Thursday, the 12th, in case you were wondering.)
I’m really pleased to announce that I have another new pattern to show off! This one is the Three Second Kiss sweater in the Hitch inspired collection published through Cooperative Press.
As always you can favorite and queue it on Ravelry (and click through the rest of the collection! It’s all amazing work by some great designers!) The book will be available for pre-order (in both hard copy and PDF!) September 5th on CP’s website. Once the PDF is available you could purchase it through Ravelry as well.
Three Second Kiss is a bohus inspired pullover. I’m calling it “inspired” because I had been itching to try some knit and purl colorwork as is used in traditional bohus designs. but colorwork is tricky enough (both to design, and to knit) with two strands per row, so I limited myself to that. Traditional bohus sweaters from the mid 1900′s often used three or more colors per row as well as knit and purl stitches in their patterning!!
The sweater harkens back to the original bohus designs in the yarn choice as well. The Sunday Knits yarns include merino/angora (traditional) and merino/cashemere blends. I commented while knitting this that it’s a really ROUGH life when the harshest yarn in the sweater is the pure merino…
I do think the “inspired by Alfred Hitchcock” part of this book might be a BIT of a stretch in my case. While I appreciate the gorgeous styling and costuming of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies I can’t bring myself to watch one all the way through. I’m fine with blood, but scary suspense is the WORST for my brain. It’ll keep me up for days, and I value my sleep too much for that…
Remember Ondulation? I’m sure you do!
Kristi over at Shalimar Yarns is dying up some GORGEOUS kits for my pattern! If you wanted to knit Ondulation for yourself, but you’re uncertain of what colors go well together, check out her combinations. She’s got 5 kits from a bold, blue “Indigos” kit, to a neutral “Aspens in Winter” theme. All the kits are in her Homage base, which is a cushy merino, silk, and cashmere blend. Wouldn’t that be perfect to wrap up in this winter?
Each kit features a solid CC and a series of gradient mini-skeins for the MC stripes. If you know anything about Shalimar updates it’s that they sell out fast. But the good news is that these are custom dyed kits, so she’s not going to run out! I hope you like them!
If you’ve been reading the Yarn Harlot’s blog recently, there’s been a lot of talk about knitting for babies. It’s probably just the hormones, but some of it is making me teary… For instance the discussion on Heirloom knitting includes this piece of wisdom,
anything that a baby receives that is handmade with care is heirloom quality. I’ve crocheted many a baby layette and it still amazes me how few babies get handmade gifts anymore.
Well Random Internet Commenter, prepare to have your faith restored, because my friends have been knitting up a storm! I am honored that my baby has received so many handknits. Honored and more than a little blown away.
My friends at camp outdid themselves, along with cake and tree garlands they managed to put together this piecework blanket right in front of my eyes without me even noticing! Friends who couldn’t make it to camp this year mailed in squares while others were knit and crocheted on friday before I arrived. Saturday morning the crocheters assembled everything. It’s beautiful, don’t you think? I’m told they didn’t even try to coordinate colors…
Along with the blanket my not-yet-here baby has also received sweaters, booties, a hat. SO MANY wonderful things.
This little top is especially precious. My awesome boss Marcie died last spring. She knit this top for a coworker’s new little girl the summer before. And this summer my coworker passed it along to me, with Marcie’s original note and one of her own saying that of course Marcie would want me to have it.
Stephanie herself said,
Knitting for impending humans feels like improving their chances. It feels like throwing a line out into the ether and towing them in. Preparing the path, paving the way, and making it clear to the fates that there are people looking out for this kid, and expecting them.
Thank you everyone. You’re all amazing.
Whew, this has been a busy week! Which is too bad because I have so much to tell you about! Let’s start with last weekend, when I went to the 5th annual Vermont Knit camp.
Except for Neil and I it was day camp, not overnight camp, this year. I was almost 34 weeks pregnant, and sleeping in a lean-to (with a long walk to the bathroom) seemed like a poor choice.
We still managed to be there from lunch through night time s’mores!
And we happily went geo-casheing
And yes, knitting
And the biggest surprise (for me anyway, apparently EVERYONE else was in on it. Including my mom, and Neil) was the adorable woodland baby shower! The younger girls managed some amazing decorations, and had made a cake ahead of time! And there was knitting, and crochet, and I really need to be home during daylight hours so I can properly document everything and show it to you…
Another baby sweater! The pattern is Wee Ambrosia by Gudrun Johnston.
I love it! Love love love. It’s Peace Fleece, and these colors* are closer to aran than worsted weight, so they worked perfectly as a sub for the Osprey yarn.
The pattern is supposed to have a hood. I wanted a hood. But then I ran out of the MC yarn halfway through knitting the hood. Rather than trying to track down more I just left the sweater with a square collar, it’s all good!
Oh yeah, the two color thing. It worked perfectly! The garter trim part is easy, but the two color yoke isn’t really hard either. The hexagon stitch pattern is done with slipped stitches. To work it in two colors you simply need to carry both yarns for all rows where those slipped stitches are knit. Conveniently they’re always done in pairs so you can just carry the MC up the edge and work it into the rows where it’s needed.
Taking pictures of this gorgeous woolly sweater in summer is kinda odd. This one has a 22″ body, so it’s more of a 12ish (?) month size? Maybe? We’ll see! I’m sure it’ll fit our little girl at some point. And since Neil and I were SHIVERING** while watching the Perseid meteor shower earlier this week I know she’ll get a chance to use the sweater, whatever season it is.
*Peace Fleece gauge can vary depending on the color, the dye process apparently affects the final yarn.
**Vermont: Where at least once in August it’ll be cold enough for a sweater. (or every morning, depending on the year)
You all know how much I’ve been looking forward to this! I finally have a new pattern to share!
It’s the Ondulation stole! As always you can read the details and buy the PDF on Ravelry. This stole is designed using two different yarns, a semi-solid and a gradient yarn. They’re actually different weights as well. I think there’s a lot of possibility here for substituting yarns and using up scraps. I cover some options on the pattern page.
This shawl has been in progress since April, which is a LONG time for me to release such a simple design. But you know my excuse: that whole book project thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my book patterns, I just don’t love waiting to show them off. Nothing about indie designing could be considered instant gratification. I have to make the design fit around other deadlines, I have to wait on other’s schedules for photos, editing, and even my own schedule can make it hard to find time for layout and editing.
But once it’s all done there’s no waiting around for publication! And one of the great things about the internet is feedback. That really is instant gratification.