I just wanted to let you know that today is the last day to download or add my telescopic cowl pattern to your ravelry library for free! After today, it will go up to $1.99. You can find it here.
I guess it’s good timing that I have project that I’m mainly keeping under wraps at the same time as when I misplaced my camera. It doesn’t make for very interesting posts, but it makes life a lot easier for me. I’m also in my third week of student teaching, so it’s not like I have time to make much progress on anything.
Still, it’s going pretty well. I’m loving the lace pattern, and the rectangle part of this design went by really quickly. Now I’m on a part that increases, which is a little more tricky. I want to keep the increases within the pattern. It’s been going pretty well, but I’ve been really bad at keeping track of what I do. I know that this is going to make writing the pattern much harder, but I can’t exactly seem to make myself care!
This is another pattern for the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program, so I was lucky enough to get my hands on 7 skeins of Gloss DK (70% Merino, 30% Silk) in a lovely grayish lavender color. It’s simply gorgeous and I can’t wait to see how the FO comes out. I have a feeling that it will be amazing!
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I finished it! Well, sorta. I cast off my design sample (so far known as garter stitch+cables+Malabrigo) yesterday evening. It’s one of those projects that I had really, really high hopes for. In fact, I’m not sure that I could have ever met those hopes, even if everything went perfectly and it was a breeze. In any case, it’s not exactly what I was expecting, but I think I’m coming to terms with what I ended up with.
I mean, it’s Malabrigo, so it just feels like heaven around my neck. Heaven, I tell you! And the texture has made it so thick and warm that I bet I could wear it in the arctic and still be comfortable.
The whole plan was to hit on the “sweet spot” so that the colors from a very, very variegated skein of Malabrigo Worsted would make up and down stripes. In the end, I’m pretty sure that perfect stripes are pretty impossible. I still think the pooling effect that I ended up with is pretty nice!
I don’t think this pattern will come out anytime soon. It still needs to be written and tested (and I already have 2 tests going on right now) before it gets released. I’m thinking of saving it for that collection that’s been ruminating in my head. We’ll see what happens.
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I’ve been working on a lot over this holiday break, but, unfortunately, it’s mainly design projects that I’m not quite ready to talk about yet. And, to be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of energy right now. My battery died this morning, which ended up just being one of those problems that is not all that aggravating but sets your day off- you know what I mean, right? So, instead of writing a whole lot about my woes, I’ll just give you a quick shot of a stitch pattern.
Bam- that’s it! Let’s make this interesting. Whoever guesses what kind of pattern this is (be specific) will get a promo code for a free download for any of my pay patterns. You can see them all at my ravelry store or click the “designs” tab at the top of the page. Don’t forget to leave me some way to contact you. Good luck!
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Can I introduce you to my newest design? This is the Daniela Cowl!
Daniela is a drapey cowl made in a DK weight yarn. The original lacey rib is visually interesting and keeps the knitter’s attention. It works best in a yarn blended with alpaca for a light drape and wonderful halo. Still, don’t take my word for it. Take a look at all of the variations the testers have made on their project pages!
Knit in a circle, there are three sizes- cowl (Small Infinity Scarf, Large Infinity Scarf): 22.5” (45”, 68”) loop by 8.5” tall. It uses 1 (2, 3) skeins Knit Picks City Tweed (123 yd/50g- 55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acyrlic), US 8 (5.0 mm) 16”, (24”, 32”) Circular Needle, and 6 (12, 18) Stitch Markers. The knitter can choose from charted or written instructions.
For the next week (until 10/5) you can get this pattern for free on ravelry here. After next Friday it will go up to $1.99 and it will be listed on the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program for $1.99…eventually.
This Cast On Monday part of this post is easy. I’ve cast on all 376 stitches in LACE WEIGHT for the Coquette Vest from this past summer’s Interweave. I’m actually not at all worried about the timing of when I will finish. You definitely have to wear something under the vest, so I don’t think there will be much of a problem weather it is a long sleeve T or a cami. Anyway, I’m using the requested yarn (entirely by accident): Zitron Filisilk. I’ve never worked with lace weight before, so it’s probably going to take a while to get used to just how little yarn there is to grip. The colorway is a fuschia pinky purple. It wasn’t my first choice, but they only had one skein of the navy blue in stock at Knit Wits, my LYS back home. Still, this will probably be really nice, especially against a light background.
Yesterday morning I finished my gauge swatch, which easily nudged into the right dimensions. I’m hoping that this means it will come out great. And then, I cast on. For another first, this is the first time I’ve used stitch markers to divide up a cast on and make it easier to count. I did every 50 stitches, and it helped a ton. Oh, and can you tell how perfectly I made my tail? The tail was just beginning to get too short to grasp on my second to last stitch. That never happens to me! I usually end up having to rip it all out at least once or twice whenever I’m casting on more than 100 stitches (OK, well, I did rip once, but I had given myself WAY too short of a tail, and realized it before I was even half way finished, so that doesn’t count).
The second part of this post requires a bit more explaining. Remember way back before the summer started, when I did a Blog Week in Review where I linked to some of my favorite posts from the past week? And then I started my crazy (awesome) internship? And then I had computer problems? And they stopped happening? Well, yeah, I apologize for that. Everything that could interrupt Blog Week in Review happened at once, and I just didn’t feel up to it once I got everything straight. But now I’m back! And here it is, your Blog Week in Review.
Of course, what would Blog Week in Review be without a little lace envy? Fern Knits just made a new sample of her design Dreaming Shawl, and I love it. Her photo location is nothing short of divine, too!
Threadpanda also has just tested a new design. I love her version of the Bristol Hat. It has plenty of patterning to keep the knitter busy, but it’s not so crazy that a non-knitter wouldn’t wear it. (Honestly, some of the things they refuse to wear. Don’t they understand how fun cables and lace are?)
I love Feel Good Knitting’s Pole. It’s such a roomy and warm sweater, but it’s totally stylish, too. Now that’s a great combination!
And then, there are the socks. There’s the Pretty Little Fiber Co.’s Vorticity, Minding my Own Stitches’s Morning Glory Socks, Misadventures in Craft’s Star Power, and Tami’s Amis’s Horcrux Socks. So much inspiration. Maybe I should just give up on all of this lace vest silliness and give in to the socks? Hmmmm. We’ll see.
Before I close, I just wanted to let you guys know that I finished my sample for the Daniela Cowl. There are a ton of sizes, so if you are at all interested in testing (pretty, pretty please) the pattern, please click on over to the post in the Free Pattern Testers group on ravelry. I would be eternally in your debt!
For those of you just tuning in, I’m working on a new design, the Daniela Eternity Scarf. New designs always take a little bit longer to knit, so it’s pretty slow going. Two days ago, I got to what I thought was half way through the pattern, decided that I didn’t like it, and ripped. Woops. I’m almost back to where I was before, and I think that I’ll like the finished effect a lot better. Basically, I got rid of the border, and now just do the stitch pattern twice. I think this will provide more flowy-ness, making the ribbing a little less jerky. I guess we will see after I block the finished object 🙂
But, besides that, the project is going really, really well. The yarn, Knit Picks City Tweed DK, is so light and fluffy, with just a little bit of a halo, that I was afraid that there would be problems ripping. There weren’t, and I was even able to pick up the stitches on the second row instead of ripping all the way back to the begging. Trust me, I was avoiding having to cast on over 190 stitches. Such a pain.
That’s about all that’s going on in my knitting world. My attention has been stolen (just a wee bit) by classes starting up. I had my first this morning, and it was so nice to see some of the people in my program (education) again! I ended up having lunch and spending most of the afternoon with them, which severely cut into my knitting time. Still, if I’m almost half way down with the eternity scarf, I think that I’m doing quite well. But if you want to read any other (cough, longer, cough) WIP posts, check out Tami’s!