Bits and Bobs

I have an e-mail with this title that I use to send myself reminders. It’s the electronic version of writing stuff on a post-it note for myself. I’m sure there’s an app for that, but whatever. I look at my e-mail constantly so having my notes-to-self right there is easy enough.

I’m waiting on some gorgeous yarn from BMFA for the Morning Walk KAL. That’s right, I’m knitting myself a second one.

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This time it’ll be in red (Love is a Verb is the name of their colorway) It’s another leaf-appropriate color but for the fall season. In the mean time I’m making slow progress on my poor, neglected greenery pullover.

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I’ve divided for  the front/back twice now. The first time I followed the pattern. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem. Except I’d added decreases for some bust shaping, which means that my stitch count was not the same as the pattern. So I had to frog a couple of inches of stockinette. But I’m getting there.

And in other news, I did a big (well, big for me) knitting photo shoot with a bunch of designs from some other designers! I’ve mentioned the winter designer’s retreat in passing before. This fall we’ve got a special treat in store. A project that was dreamed up around a delicious breakfast table last February is about to meet the world…

Morning Walk KAL

Happy September! I’m beyond thrilled to let you all know I’ve published a new pattern, you’ve seen peaks before, but here’s Morning Walk, please favorite and queue at will!

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Even better, I’m hosting a Fall Sweater Challenge knit along in cooperation with Blue Moon Fiber Arts: the folks who dye the gorgeous targhee wool I used for this design.

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From now to mid-september the pattern is 25% off, and everyone who purchases gets a code good for 10% off targhee worsted from BMFA’s website. I want to send a huge thanks out to them for supporting my design! I hope you check out their yarn. It’s put up in hanks of over 600 yards each. For this cap-sleeved cardi you need just one or two skeins to knit the whole thing.

As with all my designs this sweater is graded for a wide range of sizes:
27 (30.5, 34.75, 38.25, 42.5, 46, 49.5, 54.5, 58, 62.25)”/ 68.5 (77.5, 88.5, 97, 108, 117, 125.5, 138.5, 147.5, 158) cm.

I can’t tell you how excited I was (when I finished the math) to see that even the largest sizes would only need two skeins of yarn. The targhee wool is soft, lofty, and bouncy which makes it just perfect for showing off the leaf lace pattern in this design. It lends stretch and resiliency to the seed stitch border as well.

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I hope to see your sweater in our knit-along group soon!

Late summer

The corn in the field on my way to work is tall. So are the weeds. Everything looks green. You can smell the green as you walk. But the browns are there too.

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Plants going from bloom to seed. Leaves curling under. Squirrels collecting acorns. Wait. Acorns on the ground, that’s new.

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Burdock, aster, jewelweed, perrenial sunflower. I am learning the plants around me again. Like meeting old friends in a new location. We, plants and humans, are preparing for fall. It’s coming. And I can’t wait to get some more knitting time too.

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Designs in progress

I have some designs in progress and I think they’re finally going to see daylight!

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(Morning Walk – coming very soon)

I’ve mentioned a lot how busy life has been. That’s finally starting to slow down. There was a moving truck involved. Things are definitely looking up in the commuting department. I haven’t had much time for knitting, or design work. But that’s finally starting to change.

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(Multiflorous socks)

The things I have knit this year have been of my own imagining. And now I’m starting to revisit them. Write them up. Check my notes, my photos, dig out my samples.

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(unnamed bunny hat)

Fall is coming. And new patterns will be here soon too! Watch this space!

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(unnamed wine mitts)

All these items are potential new designs. Anything you’d especially love to see a pattern for? Consider signing up for my newsletter if you never want to miss a release!

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(there’s a whole sweater dress like this)

Fall Sweater Challenge

This post was supposed to go up hours ago. But Windsor is home sick which means no breaks for mama.

But I wanted to tell you about the Fall Sweater Challenge today because the first of many cool give aways is happening!

What is the fall sweater challenge? It’s a laid-back knit along started by Buffalo Wool Co. They’ve gotten some pretty awesome yarn folks to sponsor and we designers are stepping in with patterns too.

Today there’s a manic Monday give away featuring a sweaters’ worth of yarn from Bay Haven Short Tails! Follow the link to see how to enter!

And please join us on Facebook or Ravelry. I’m joining in with a WIP pullover. And I’ll be back with details on the KAL for a new design too!

Wine mitts

Here’s a project that has been languishing for months. I picked up this gorgeous skein or aran weight merino from Periwinkle Sheep at Rhinebeck last fall.

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I cast on for the mitts in late winter, and was probably done knitting them by March.

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So why, oh why, did I wait until August to weave in the ends?!? Who knows. But they’re done, finally. I squeezed in some photos yesterday afternoon while the light was good.

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Two mitts, long and cozy, with slightly offset cables. I love these little cables, the bigger twists are offset by little tight twists. The hands are designed long with twisted rib cuffs that can be folded back or up over the base of my fingers.

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I used almost the full skein of yarn. Fingerless mitts are my perfect one skein project.

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Rainy Knit Camp

We’ve been going to Knit Camp for years and years, and this weekend was the first time it was just off and on rainy all weekend (emphasis on the “on”)

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Everyone there was the sort of camper who knew how to adapt. And we had a good time, even when the rain was coming down hard enough that the people sitting at the edges of the tents got wet.

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It is slightly easier to camp in the rain when all your stuff is staying cozy. Maybe not quite dry (it was more than a little humid this weekend) but no puddles in the clean laundry is worth a lot!

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The fire sputtered, but only went out once – and that was after dinner. Hiking and canoeing happened between the showers. And I got some real knitting time!

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July

July was pretty crazy. But in a mostly fun sort of way.

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There was a little poking in tide pools. A lot of hiking.

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Plenty of seafood and salty air.

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More rocks.

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Lots of camping. Light houses.

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And family time.

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We weren’t on vacation the entire month. But trying to pick up all the pieces sure makes it feel that way…

Slowly now

My design work moves at a much slower pace these days. But my imagination is still simmering and occasionally things pop out. A couple of my recent finished projects may someday get written up (like the waistcoat and this hat.)

In progress right now I have an awesome pair of socks.

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They use a simple slip stitch pattern which makes the fabric dense and cushy (perfect for socks) and at the same time it mixes up highly variegated colors (perfect for sock yarns)

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I’ve got a bigger project on the needles too, it’s starting with four inches of gorgeous corrugated ribbing:

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The yarn is from the Unique Sheep and I’m using a gradience set for the colorwork. I love the way it’s looking!

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Winnimere

Hello, hello, how are you? Welcome back! Would you like to see my new hat? Of course you would!

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Meet Winnimere! (queue and favorite on Ravelry, as always.) She’s knit out of Anzula’s new yarn: Ava. It’s a classic MCN (merino, cashmere, nylon – in case you missed that abbreviation until today) except in sport weight! The yarn is highly plied to give good stitch definition and great bounciness. Perfect for stranded color work.

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I had a lot of trouble choosing a color for this hat. I designed this hat to use a dark and light shade of the same color, the sample is worked up in light purple on dark (Irene & Grape). But Anzula has SO MANY COLORS (over 100!!) I think it’d be great to have a red version (Madam & Mauve), a blue one (Storm & Seafoam), green possibly (Spruce & Nimbus). So many options!

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The sample went to TNNA back at the start of June and is hanging out with Anzula now. I kinda love the idea of my design traveling around with them, seeing sights and meeting far more knitters than I will, personally. The pattern will be available through Anzula as well as Ravelry and anywhere Stitch Sprout patterns are sold!

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Winnimere is a warm and loose fitted hat showing off stranded stitch patterns. It features a Latvian braid and corrugated ribbing brim followed by a simple, flecked colorwork pattern which fades to dark before the decreases form the gathered, slouchy crown. This hat is meant to be worn loose and is shown in Large with 1” positive ease.