Look – I have actual knitting!

Hi again!

January was great, because I did some actual ‘me’ knitting for a change!  I squeezed it in among my design submission call swatching and whatnot.  And I finished a couple things, too!

First up: I had these socks on the needles, and had completely forgotten about them until I went looking for my needles to knit another pair of socks! lol!  So – those got finished first (just the one sock was done to start).

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Pair of Socks #1

Yarn:  Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Silky Sock in color Beach House
Pattern:  none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels. Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Then, I knit up a second pair of socks.  I used some of the oldest yarn in my stash (so that I could play along with the TKGA KAL prompts for the month – check it out on Ravelry if you want to play along too – there are new prompts each month!)  These are just another pair of plain socks with short row heels.  I did wrap and turn short rows and didn’t bother to hide the wraps at all – I love how they turned out!

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Pair of Socks #2

I was knitting merrily along on the first sock and ran out of yarn before I got to the toe!!  The skein was woefully short of yardage – ugh.  (It’s in 50g put-ups, so you need one skein per sock.) So I rummaged and found some leftover blue to knit the toe.  Then on the second sock I would have had enough yarn to finish, but of course I had to make it match, so I used the blue again at the toe. 🙂

Yarn: Claudia Handpaint Yarns Fingering yarn in color Toast
Pattern: none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels.  Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Short Row heels

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‘Frozen Icicles’

Anyway….  And wonder of wonders – I have casted on another ‘me’ project!  This will be a lace shawl using some new yarn I got as an xmas present from my secret santa.  She knows me well, and got me a very ‘Frozen’ looking yarn. ❤ 🙂 The yarn has silver sparkle running through it!

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Yarn:   CTW Hunter Yarns Sparkle Sock in color Frozen Icicles
Pattern:  Sacre Coeur
Needles: Size 6

I’m knitting this to fit one of February’s TKGA KAL themes, but I really don’t know if I’ll get this done by the end of February.  I’m busy swatching madly for a couple new calls that have deadlines mid-February, and I have to get working on two patterns (and samples) and an article as well.  So, sadly my ‘me’ knitting time is going to dwindle again in February and into March. 😦  Oh well.  I do tend to love my design knitting as well, so it’s not that much of a hardship!

Happy Knitting!

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I got a new Stitch Dictionary!

Hello again!  I hope your January has been a good one.  Mine has!

In preparation for doing research and writing an article and pattern on Estonian Lace, I’ve ordered a few books directly from Estonia.  The first one arrived earlier this week: Pitsilised Koekirjad by Leili Reimann (2nd edition 1986).  (As near as I can figure out – the title means Lace Knitting.  But I do not speak or read Estonian, so that is just a guess!)

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This is an Estonian Lace stitch dictionary.  I found this second edition from a seller in Estonia on Etsy.  It was reasonably priced for such a hard-to-find book, even with shipping!

Although the beginning pages are all in Estonian (it is a book for Estonians after all) – the rest of the book is simply pictures of swatches and charts.  The pictures are mostly in black and white – the first few are in color – which is fine for showing stitches.  Some of the pictures are of a pretty low quality, which makes seeing the actual stitch pattern difficult, but that is the exception.  The charts use a different set of symbols than we here in the States are used to, but thankfully there is a pdf translation of the symbols available online.

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I’m excited to start swatching from the book and trying some stitch patterns out!  After discovering that the first edition has some different stitch patterns in it, I’ve ordered a copy of the 1st edition off ebay as well. 🙂 (I’m a sucker for a good stitch dictionary, especially lace!)  I’ll post about it when it gets here!  I do have a couple more Estonian books headed my way (and some yarn as well) – I’ll post about those when they get here as well- hopefully they will arrive soon.  I’m really excited to delve deeper into this topic for my article!

Happy Knitting!

 

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New Year, New Designs

Hello! Happy New Year everyone!  🙂

I’ve had a couple new designs (and an article) published since I last checked in!

An article on Thrumming and a pattern for a thrummed cowl and hand muff (Arctic Cowl and Muff) was published in the newest Cast On.  This is the first all-digital Cast On issue – and it is a great issue! Chock full of great patterns and articles.

More recently I had a hat and cowl set published in the newest Knit Picks publication – Quick and Cozy.  The Mirzam Hat and Cowl:

I had a lot of fun designing this set. It’s knit in a bulky yarn, and the stitch pattern is a fun one!

I really hope to do better about more regularly posting here this year! I’ve got a big pattern in the works due to come out in the summer that I’m very excited about (a lace shawl!) and more lace for the summer issue of Cast On, and some socks in the works, plus some teaching opportunities I’m working on as well! It’s all set to be a fantastic 2017!

Happy Knitting, and I’ll be posting again soon! 🙂

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Indie Designer Gift A Long (GAL) 2016!

The Indie Designer GAL starts TONIGHT!  Who’s ready?
graphic-master-logo-800-600x600What is the Indie Designer GAL?
It’s a once a year event where knitters and crocheters and designers participate in holiday gift-giving knit a-longs and crochet a-longs.  There is a sale portion of the event, which runs from 8pm tonight through midnight Nov 30th.  A portion of each participating designer’s patterns are on sale during that time for 25% off.  (There are 335 participating designers this year!)  The KAL/CAL portion runs from 8pm tonight through midnight December 31st.  There are prizes and fun and games galore!  Any non-free pattern from participating designers are eligible for prizes.  It all takes place over here in the Indie Design Gift A Long group on Ravelry.

I’m super excited to be a participating designer this year!  I found out about the event last year, but at that time I didn’t have enough published patterns to participate.  How cool is it that this year I have more than enough patterns to be able to participate?  (I think it’s pretty cool!)

gal2016-photoFrom 8pm (EST) November 22 to midnight November 30, here are the patterns I will be offering at 25% off.  Just enter ‘giftalong2016’ as a coupon code when you check out!
Flare and Square Scarf
Moissanite Shawl
Playbook Sweater Vest
Winding Roads Aran Hat
Turritella Socks
Graphite Socks
May Day Flower Socks
Leaf & Trellis Socks
Autumn Wheat Socks
Pavo Socks
William’s Socks

I hope you’ll join me in the fun and games!

Happy Knitting!  And gifting!!

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Fiddleback Cowl and Hat

Hi all!  My Fiddleback cowl is now available for purchase – and it’s now a Cowl and Hat set!  Check it out here.  I really loved designing this one, I hope you enjoy it!

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