Have the time change and winter storms gotten you down? Well, there is good news on the horizon! Spring is almost here! So, to celebrate the last week leading up to the Spring Equinox, everything in my Ravelry store will be 20% off, starting on March 14, 2018, and will run until March 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm. No coupon code is needed, and no minimum purchase is required. Thank you for your support! The featured picture is for “Dreaming of Spring” fingerless mittens. This great bobble design gives a bit of air to the mittens, while still making them warm on a cool spring evening.
These socks are coming along nicely. They are currently in testing, but the deadline was put to the end of March to allow for the Ravellenic Games. For those who aren’t aware of what this is, Ravelry sponsors a competition to finish a project (or many projects) during the period of time that the Olympics are happening. You can’t start until opening ceremonies, and you have to finish by the closing ceremonies. That means that that two week period is rough for getting testers. I am going to post the testing sign ups again, though, to see if I can get a few more people.
So, these socks have an antler stitch up the front of the leg. It gives it the look of deer antlers all the way up. I didn’t include it on the back of the leg, because the cable made it super tight.
I should be able to release these pretty quickly after testing, since there are very few changes so far. So, keep your eyes open for the end of March!
I am working towards completing a blanket in a log cabin style, for my first pattern of the year. This is the first project in the color theme. Right now, I am on block 8, but I’m not sure how large it will end up being. I planned for 52″ X 52″, but I’m not sure I can pull off the long blocks needed for that, without buying new needles. hehe I’m going to play it by ear, and see where it goes. It is a square design, with the blocks just going around and around until it’s the desired size. The goal is to have this complete in the next couple weeks to begin testing. It would be nice if I can get it complete before the winter games. I plan on knitting a new sweater for myself, while spending all the time watching the events.
For now, here is a sneak peek of how the blanket looked a couple days ago. It looks a bit wobbly on the edges, but it evens up as I pick up the stitches for the next block. Either way, it will need to be blocked when it’s finished.
I chose to use Knit Picks Brava Worsted. It’s an acrylic yarn, which was very economical for a blanket. I plan on putting this in the living room, so something that is durable and easily cleaned is a must. I also like this yarn. I have another blanket I am working on in the same yarn. It’s soft and smooth, which is nice when you are knitting with it for months on end. It also feels just warm enough.
New Release! As of today, the Celtic Cables Cowl and Scarf pattern is released! It took me a while to get everything finished up, and I had some technical difficulties that included ordering a new computer (which will be here next week), but it is done. 😀 I do love how the cables look.
This pattern is 4 patterns in one. You can choose how you want to make this one. It has both the cowl and the scarf pattern, but it is also written for both DK/Sport and Fingering weight. The length of each is completely dependent on how long you want your accessory to be. The finished width was about 6 or 7″ wide for me, but yours will depend on your gauge and how hard you block it. A firm block got me to 7″.
Be sure to check it out! With all this cold weather, something warm around the neck and face is awesome. Thanks everyone!
The past year has been great fun. I began my design business at the end of 2016, but really got things rolling in 2017. I managed to launch 7 patterns, and have one more that has finished testing and is ready to launch. I also have one more in the pipes that needs testing. That overlap is bound to happen every year, especially when dealing with gift knitting for Christmas. I have been honored to have some fantastic testers this past year. They have been so great to work with.
I have a great work space that I can now enjoy. That unfortunately meant things were put aside to get it done. We worked hard on two bedrooms upstairs to create my husbands office, and our art/design studio. Here is my work space before I put in all my stuff.
The studio is working great for me. I have a large table and lots of space to spread out all the papers. This has meant some new designs are just about finished their draft process, and are ready to be knit by me.
So, what does 2018 bring? Well, for starters, more patterns. I’m sure that the pattern needing launching, which is the Celtic Cable Cowl/Scarf will be delayed until sometime in January. The scarf still needs completion, and even though I knit on it every day it doesn’t seem to get any longer. It has to be getting longer, but it feels like it’s taking forever. I’m hoping one more week will see this scarf finished and get its fringe. Then it’s pictures, pattern edit, and launch.
The cowl has been done for quite some time. But, I just really need pictures of the scarf version.
I also have a pair of socks that I completely dropped the ball on. I am almost finished the first sock, and will be putting them up for testing in a few weeks. They don’t quite fit the 2018 theme of color, but as my husband says ‘they do have color’. hehe These are my number one to do after the scarf. Sort of. (Pardon the Moose pajamas. I don’t plan on putting on real pants today, at all. lol)
The sort of portion of those socks is that I am starting the knitting on a blanket design starting next week. It’s a log cabin style blanket, and fits with the 2018 theme of color. It will be color blocks that get picked up off the other blocks. The yarn for it has arrived already. I chose Knit Picks Brava Worsted for a couple reasons. One is that I already have the grey that I wanted to use, and two it’s machine washable to the nth degree. I love having a blanket that I don’t need to be concerned with. I want to just toss it in the washer. We also have 2 cats, so being able to easily wash it is a must. They love knit items and shed like crazy! This is all the yarn I purchased for the next two projects the balls are for the blanket, and the skeins are for a fingering weight double knit scarf.
Be sure to stay tuned as things get rolling for the new year. I hope everyone enjoys their New Years eve celebrations! Make it a safe one!
Now that the gifts have been opened, I can post about what I made my parents. Mom requested a vest, so I cast on Gamine for her. I used Madeline Tosh Vintage in the Arctic colorway, and was so happy with it! It’s a heck of a knit, with a ton of pattern, but is so nice. I absolutely loved the pattern.
My dad wanted warm gloves, so I ended up designing something for him. So many patterns just weren’t working out for me, so I decided to make something that seemed to fit what I wanted. Problem number 1 is that knit gloves are not that warm. The wind will go through the holes from the knit stitches very easily. My solution was to double the knit. I knit 4 gloves, and then put them with their wrong sides together. After stitching them in a few places to hold them together, I crocheted an edging to hold the wrists together and not have them looking ragged. I think they turned out okay, but it was not an easy endeavor. It took me a couple months of fooling around with them and knitting and frogging to finally get them to a stage that they A) looked like gloves, and B) would fit. It would have been easier if he had wanted mittens. hehe
Now I am on to socks for myself. I needed something else to work on, and ended up with a case of start-up-itis. I am making Take Five socks in my November 2017 sock club yarn from Into the Whirled.
Thanks for reading! I hope you have been enjoying your holidays, and that 2018 fulfills all your yarny dreams!
One of the things that makes the end of the year even crazier, as if getting Christmas knitting finished isn’t enough, is the planning for the next year. I have two separate lists…maybe three…that are going for next year. First is the personal knitting. There are things I want to make in my free time, and I tend to set some goals there. Second is my business knitting. It’s good to get a few things planned out, so I can hit the ground running. The maybe third is a gift list. I like to get a running list of gifts that I want to make for people this year. That can be for Christmas, birthdays, or just surprises. For example, I have plans for making socks for a couple folks next year.
To start the year I have plans for a log cabin style blanket. It is already mapped out, and I’ll be starting it after the holidays are done. The pattern is mapped out, but I still need to do my gauge swatch to see what I need for stitches and things. I also haven’t quite decided on needle size. I do, however, have the yarn!
This is a pile of Brava Worsted from Knit Picks. There are 4 colors here, and I have a fifth down in the craft room that is all set to go. I also have a couple skeins of Cloud Alpaca in there (also Knit Picks), for a cowl that is not planned out yet. The needles are for socks, because I am always short on the 2.25mm and 2.5mm needles. hehe For now, I am off to get some work done on this scarf for the Celtic Cable Scarf/Cowl pattern that I really need to get out by year end this year. 😀 I am about 1/3 of the way through, but I keep getting distracted by other things. I’m so terrible for that this time of the year anyway.
Thanks for reading!