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WIP Wed: Secret Design

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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!

For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

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WIP Wed: Designing

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Without any sort of push from me, this break has become swallowed up by designs. That might be part of why I’ve been feeling a little stressed: there’s this sensation when I’m designing that it has to be perfect, which seems to lead to a lot of ripping. Let’s not even talk about the stress from writing patterns. Anyway, I think I’ve come up with some great ideas. There’s the stitch pattern that I showed you guys a while ago. I guess it’s time to admit that it is becoming a hat! I don’t think I’ll release this pattern too soon: I’m envisioning it as part of a collection. We’ll see 😉

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And then there’s this shawl, which is currently blocking on my floor. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish getting this pattern written up in the next couple of days before I start looking for test knitters. This is a Knit Picks design in their Imagination Sock Yarn, and I’m actually very pleased with how it is turning out.

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Last but not least, there’s this little garter stitch-cable number. I’m not even going to say what it is, except something that is DRIVING ME CRAZY. I know that it will be amazing when it is complete, but let’s be honest- that’s a far way off. A far, far way off.

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Well, that’s my current WIP’s. I’m going to enjoy our strangely amazing weather! For more inspiration, check out Tami’s.

Cast On Monday: New Design!

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I’ve started working on a new design. My sister is a self-proclaimed scarf whore, so I thought I would work on a signature pattern just for her. I’m calling it Daniela. She’s fairly fashion-forward, so I decided on doing an infinity scarf instead of a plain old rectangle. From there, I submitted a proposal to Knit Picks’ Independent Designer Program (which is officially the coolest thing in the world), and they sent me back 2 skeins of City Tweed DK (55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acrylic) in Basil, a nice light green, to work with.

The swatch in what I swear is GREEN

It really is a lovely yarn, perfect for a scarf. It’s going to be light and drapey, but the fiber contents will probably give it plenty of warmth, which is completely perfect for my sister, as she is currently attending school out in the mountains, and I’m pretty sure she has no intentions of moving to a tropical climate anytime soon. The stitch pattern is a lacey rib that I’m pretty sure is from my own head (that is, it didn’t come from another pattern or a stitch dictionary). In the final product there will be a slight difference from the swatch (the decreases on the top knitted rib section will come from the outside), but it will match a little bit more with the wrong side. While it’s not identical on both sides, it is pretty reversible, which is always nice in a scarf.

I have a whole inch to show for myself!

My biggest problem has been coming to a decision about the sizing. Eternity Scarves are such a new fad that there doesn’t seem to be any standard sizes floating around out there. As of now, I’m including three options: a 22″ cowl, 45″ medium (what the sample is going to be), and an extra cozy 68″ large size. They’ll all be 7.5″ from top to bottom. If any of you have knitted anything like this, do those sound like standard sizes? Don’t be afraid to let me know if they seem strange- I’m perfectly happy to rip!

New Design: Swirch Hat

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So, my parade of new designs is finally coming to town! I finished my sample for the Swirch hat over a month ago, but with the testing (thank you to all of my WONDERFUL testers) and some computer problems, it’s taken me until now to post it.

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The Swirch Hat is made from 2 skeins of Knit Picks Swish DK (100% Superwash Wool, 50g). It’s super slouchy, although the sample is made a size bigger for EXTRA slouch. It’s available in four sizes: child, teen, adult small, and adult large. The are charted AND written directions, so whatever your preference, I’ve got it 🙂

Closer up of the cable pattern

The unique, swirly cable, matched with the adult large size, make it a great gift for the hard to shop for males in your life, and the smaller sizes make simple, stylish accessories for everyone!

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For the next two weeks (until July 27), the Swirch Hat will be available for free, but after that time it will go up to $1.99. Find it on ravelry here or directly download the pdf here. Eventually, it will also be up on the Knit Picks Independent Designer’s Program, also for $1.99.

What’s going on in my knitting world…

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Usually, I’m (gasp!) a pretty monogamous knitter. Maybe it’s my attention span- if I don’t love a project enough to work on it right away, I probably don’t love it enough to come back and knit it. After about a month, I generally have to admit that any project that I haven’t worked on is probably never getting finished. Usually, I’m OK with that. At this point, though, I have a bunch of different things happening in my life and my knitting, but that doesn’t mean I love any of them any less.

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First, the hat out of Freedom Spirit. I was kind of winging the pattern. I felt like plain stockinette would get the best effect out of the pretty busy yarn, and I was right. It looks self-striping and awesome. Still, I have a couple of grams of yarn left, so I’m probably going to rip out the decreases, add a couple of rows, and then re-knit them. Of course, this is going on the backburner until I can get some of my other WIP’s finished.

Mostly, mostly finished.

Second, we have the design for Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. It’s coming along really well, but, as I’m pretty much writing the pattern as I go, it’s taking longer than I’d like. I’m just using Wool of the Andes Sport (100% Wool) in Sagebrush, so the yarn is just a simple, satisfying wool with no fancy-ness. It’ll really show off the stitch pattern well, and I’m excited to get some test-knitters on it to see how it’ll look in different sizes. I’m thinking I’ll range it from baby to adult, because it would be really, really cute on some adorable children!

Although I’m not knitting anything else, there’s a bunch of other things taking up attention that COULD be spent on knitting. One of my design projects is in the test-knitting stage now. All of my testers are being SUPER understanding around my struggles. See, the stitch pattern is extremely intuitive, but not, as it turns out, very easy to write. I think, after three or four different versions of the pattern, I’ve found a way of presenting the decreases, which continue the stitch pattern, a lot more easily. Still, it’s taken time and a whole lot of effort to get here. Hopefully, this will be shown in the finished pattern.

And then, of course, there’s all the projects that I’ve planned to do with my new yarn delivery. After these two hats are finished I’m FORCING myself to work on the mittens. It’s getting pretty cold here, and stuffing my hands in my pockets while I wait for the bus or walk from the far reaches of campus isn’t going to cut it anymore. The sweater-making urge that’s been taking over me in the wake of finishing Livingstone will just have to wait. And I think I might get a chance to hit the yarn store this weekend…