New Release! This is my Moss Brioche Cowl. This cowl is designed to be reversible, which means it has some different brioche stitches to make it work in the round. The brioche gives the cowl a fluffy appearance, while also allowing a heavily variegated yarn to be the star. If you aren’t using a variegated yarn? Then the brioche gets its time to shine. This cowl is knit with a single skein of sport weight yarn, approximately 335 yds. I designed the cowl to use up as much of this skein as possible, to create as little left over as possible. This will involve a bit of calculating as you go, just to make sure you are left with enough to work the bind off.
New Release! My Lace Argyle socks have been released. The testing was completed so much faster than I expected, so I was able to get these out a week ahead of schedule. My testers were rockstars!
These socks have the look of argyle, without the colorwork. The lace gives them an airy feel that is great when warmer weather starts to creep in. It makes them nice socks for lounging in the AC, or for cooler evenings when you need to keep those tootsies warm, but it’s just not cool enough for a full knit sock. I honestly wear my knit socks all year long, and love the lace ones for inside in the summer when the AC makes me a bit chilly.
I hope you love them!!
I released a new pattern today, called Ripple Socks. These socks are designed to create movement in through the cables, regardless of the yarn. I wanted to be able to add texture to yarns that are normally very busy for a regular pattern or something lace. I hope everyone thinks that this has been successful! I enjoy these socks because the pattern is easy to remember. It’s quite short with only a couple cables every once in a while to deal with. The simplicity makes them a faster knit as well.
One of the first patterns I launched was Diamonds at Sea. They were fun, but a bit ambitious for one of my first sock patterns. I wasn’t able to actually figure out how to do sizes other than medium, which is what I wore. This week I sat down and pulled everything together and gave that pattern a total overhaul. I have changed design programs since I launched this pattern, and now use Word for all the actually pattern stuff, other than charts. That meant I could actually change all the font details and things to be more in line with industry standards. I also changed the pictures, and over all just made the look of the pattern more appealing. Then I jumped in to the sizing changes.
You can now purchase this pattern for all the main sizes! I have added the small (7.5″) and large (9.5″) sizes to the pattern, and modified the chart to accommodate the change in sizes.
This pattern was designed with a bobble pattern to resemble blueberries that you would find in a muffin. I wanted something with texture that was also unisex, so you could make it for anyone in your family. There is also a bit of an openness to the pattern as you go, because of how the blueberries cause a bit of a stretch. This means that it can be used quite well as a fall or spring hat, or on those winter days where you don’t need your arctic gear, but definitely need your ears covered.
This pattern does have quite a bit of stretch, and can be forgiving. I made the size large for my husband, who has a 23” head, but it also fits me quite well, and I have a 21” head. This will give flexibility with gifts, if you aren’t quite sure of someones size.
New Release! These socks are now officially listed on Ravelry and various other crafty sites. 😀
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!
For Novembers featured pattern, I decided on the Leaf Slouchy. This hat is a great addition to your winter wardrobe. It has a leaf design to give it interest, but it isn’t crazy bulky either. If you live in a climate, where you don’t need a hat for -30F right now, this is great.
Just use the code Feat11 to get your 10% this pattern. This is a one time use code, per customer, but there is no minimum purchase requirement. This coupon will be valid until the end of day December 1. I hope everyone enjoys it!