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Autumn leaves

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a UFO?!? No! Wait! It’s an actual FO!

This is my second Morning Walk vest, this time knit in vibrant red! If you can remember back two years I cast on as part of the knit along for this pattern back in October 2016 (according to Ravelry)

The problem was that I tried to add length. I knit the green sample out of one skein with a little yarn left over. But apparently not enough to add length below and above the button hole.

So I knit up into the yoke, ran out of yarn, and frogged back to the underarms to remove the extra above the button hole. Ran out of yarn again, and frogged back to below the button hole to remove all the extra length.

Then I ran out of yarn AGAIN when I was working the seed stitch at the top of the yoke. I shouldn’t have, but either my gauge, or the skein, or both were off slightly. These things happen.

I frogged back one last time, worked less of the leaf lace in the yoke and no short rows. This vest has a completely different neckline from the first. But it worked!

Then it sat for a couple months. Then I wove in ends and blocked it. Then is sat for a couple MORE months. Then I finally added the button.

Given how many times I had to frog, it’s a miracle the thing ever got finished at all…

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Knit camp

Vermont’s longest running* fiber-related camping event happened once again this year! The forecast called for rain, but we were prepared.

And with all that Saturday was dry! I have to admit I don’t know about Friday or Sunday as I was a day camper this year. I decided against trying to fit myself, the girls, and everything you need to go camping with a one year old into my little red LEAF. The car is surprisingly roomy. But maybe not quite that big.

The girls and I arrived mid morning and stayed through suppertime. I love slow cooking ham and bean meals, and nothing is classic like doing them in the dutch oven by the fire (even if the cast iron plus a touch of ash makes the a little blackened.)

And I started my stripy shawl hoodie cardi! So far, so good…

*this claim is completely made up. But may in fact still be true.

Shawl cardi

I have a slow burning case of startitis. I’ve been giving the side eye to the hoodie shawl cardigan since January. But knitting moves slowly these days.

(c) Susanne Sommer

But seriously, look how cute! And I love the idea of knitting garments out of crazy sock yarn. And I have many crazy sock yarns in my stash.

The olive green won for color A based on yardage. This is the only stashed skein I have with over 550yds. It will replace the gray in the striped yoke/hood and at the bottom. The blue/purple will be starring as color B in the yoke/hood and sleeves.

I did the black and white test, and it looks like they’ll contrast well enough:

The blue is a touch darker (while the green has exactly value as the grass!)

But which yarn should be the body?

I love the red against the green, and I love reds in general. But will there be too many colors? Will it be a technicolor dream cardi?

Against the blue I think the gray wins. Although the brown is a good neutral color too, and not quite as dark.

Which do you prefer? I’ll be over here knitting a green and blue striped triangle while I decide.

Lazy

I knit these socks in, May? I think… Maybe I started them even earlier. Clearly I photographed them when the bleeding heart in my garden ran rampant.

The yarn is some Mountain Colors that I’ve had stashed, possibly for a decade. The pattern, well, I didn’t really have one. Just some ribbing, some stockinette, a heel flap, foot, and my favorite toe decreases.

The point of these socks was to have something to knit at the movies. And in a conference. Both places where I don’t want to be reading a pattern. And they fit that bill perfectly.

Sadly, they are not my favorite socks. I mean, they’re my only pair of hand knit socks currently. So in that way they’re my favorites. But they don’t fit quite right.

For plain socks I usually knit 2×2 ribbing, or a slip stitch pattern. But so many knitters knit plain stockinette socks. I figured, how bad could they be?

Well maybe my calf is too wide, or my heel too pointy, but whatever the cause these things slip down my legs and wad up in my boots if I walk very much. They’re lazy socks. So I mostly just wear them to bed. Or when I know my whole day will be spent sitting at my desk in the office.

I suppose even lazy socks have their uses.

(lookit that, a Ravelry page. Socks were knit in April and May. Yarn has been in my stash since 2011.)

This week, on the needles

What am I knitting this week, you ask? More olive roots sweater. It’s big, it’s dusty green, and it’s still in progress. These days I’m on a sleeve!

But, it’s only the first sleeve.

The other thing in this photo is a swatch. And actual swatch for a garment in a gorgeous marled yarn that’s not quite available yet.

You know what that means? It’s a potential new design! Yippee!

Good news, bad news, good news

To start, here’s the very important good news: I’m having a pattern sale! This is a good one: buy one, get one free! Just put “upgradetime” in the coupon code box of your Ravelry cart.

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So what’s the bad news? The rights have reverted from the publisher back to me on my book. This means Cast Iron, Cast On is currently out of print. And to make matters worse, my computer died.

Wait, why are these two things related? Because I can’t release the ebook back onto Ravelry, or make single PDFs available, until I get a new computer. So, that’s what the sale is all about. I need to fund this new computer. So buy patterns! Spread the word!

The final good news is that I have FIVE new designs that have been knit and photographed. Once I have my new computer I can get rolling on the layout and you should be seeing some brand new patterns from me this year! And I do plan on releasing all those book patterns in single PDF format as well. So 2018 should be a fun one, designwise. If I can just get past this broken-computer-hump.

Sale details:
The sale applies to any of the patterns in my store – including the ebooks. (It will always be the less expensive pattern that is free.) You can use the code more than once – but you’ll need to check out more than once. If you put four patterns in your cart at the same time the system will only give you one free. The sale runs from today through March 8th.

Thanks for sticking around!

 

Oh so cozy

I do actually have a recent FO I want to share with you! This past weekend I was at a knitters’ retreat and I finished my Hudson shawl.

I started this back in November as part of the indie designer gift-along and wrapped it up during the knitting olympics (how’s that for double dipping?)

I love it. I’m not usually one for simple projects. But I needed the meditative qualities of stockinette. The simple stripe pattern meant I could go stash diving for all the colors. And as an added bonus I used a couple of things from the deep stash.

The main color is a dusty rose peace fleece that I’ve had around since 2014 when I bought it for a baby sweater. Clearly 2 skeins would not cover the child who is now 4 years. So a shawl is a good use. The tan is leftover harrisville wool & flax which I picked up at a yarn swap somewhere around 7 years ago. The brown in the border? Bartlett wool that I bought online at least a decade ago. Yup. That’s some deep stash diving.

GAL selfish knitting

I knew I wanted to do a little knitting for myself this month, but I didn’t know what. That’s pretty weird since I’m usually a product knitter. But I knew it needed to be quick and I didn’t have my eye on a specific accessory.

Instead I picked out a special skein of handspun I’d been gifted. Shannon at Spun Monkey provided yarn support for my book. Except she sent not one but two lovely skeins of bulky weight handspun! Usually I would try to design something with the second to honor her generosity. But since she’s not selling handspun right now I decided to find the perfect pattern for this variegated yarn. (check out her blog linked above anyway. She’s moved on to some fun new projects and if you like what I’m doing here you’ll love her new blog too!)

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This is the slip stitch beanie by Sarah Cooke. It’s an amazing gift project because it knits up fast and looks SO PRETTY in multicolored handspun or solid colored commercial yarn. It uses under 100yds of bulky yarn and with the slip stitch pattern it is perfect for blending and mixing the colors of the yarn.

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I love how squishy the hat is. The fabric is dense and cozy and warm. And I think this pattern would be perfect for any soft yarn with so many gorgeous colors that you might have trouble with it overwhelming the pattern.

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Gift along 2015

I’ll be participating in the Indie Designer’s Gift Along again this year, and it starts this evening!

If you haven’t heard about this before it’s a group of indie designers (over 300 this year!) who band together to offer you a brilliant pattern sale right before the holidays. All participating patterns will be 25% off from tonight at 8pm until November 27th at midnight (Eastern time).

Along with the two week sale, and continuing until the end of December, we have a group knit along, fabulous prizes, and support for everyone during the holiday knitting rush.

My Bundle of sale patterns is on ravelry and I hope you’ll check it out. I included eight patterns and tried for a broad sampling from the very new:

Kinsman
kinsman closeup

To the very old:
La Moelle
lamoelle vertical

The popular:
Clarina Irene
soft focus

And the hidden gem:
November Guest
November Guest draped

Being careful not to twist

This is a short story about a cowl. A couple of weeks ago I needed a quick project. And since I knew my dad needs a new cowl* for Christmas that seemed like the right choice. I’ve been wanted to knit my November Guest at a much larger gauge, so I grabbed a lone skein of imperial ranch and cast on. (note: this isn’t my november guest pattern, after all)

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The first time I cast on far too many stitches. But I knit 10 or 20 rounds to figure that out. The second time I cast on a few too many stitches, and I only knit 6 rows before I figured it out.

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The third time I cast on just the right number of stitches. But 6 rounds in I discovered a different flaw. Know how most patterns, including mine, direct you to “join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.” Well, I missed that second half.

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I contemplated starting over a fourth time. But by now if was Rhinebeck weekend, I was exhausted. And honestly I needed some very simple knitting. So that’s how my twisted garter stitch cowl was born. It’s squooshy and I’m considering the twist a feature.

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*he calls them neck gaters