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New Pattern: Eclectic Shawl


Normally, I would reserve a Wed. post for a WIP. To be honest, though, my entire life feels like a WIP right now. But I don’t want to get into that right now! Instead, I’m just going to come out and show off my newest pattern, the eclectic shawl.


Eclectic is a shawl pattern very close to my heart. The idea originated several years ago when I put together a quick shawl pattern for my Aunt, who had just been diagnosed with cancer and needed something to keep her warm. I hadn’t even been planning on writing this pattern up, but a couple of months ago her disease, which had been in remission, came back. We all knew the end was near, and I wanted a more tangible connection to her.


And that is when I started thinking about putting together the pattern. Since I gave her the original Eclectic, she wore it almost every time I’ve seen her. My Aunt’s personality is nothing if not eclectic so I hope you enjoy this interesting combination of different stitch patterns.¬†P1010028

This shawl includes two different stitch patterns. Each pattern includes both charted and written instructions, so we all get to do our own thing ūüėČ To make the shawl, you need 100g of fingering weight yarn (the sample is knitted in Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted¬†Sock, which creates a lovely halo), US6 needles, and an assortment of stitch markers.¬†P1010040In order to thank my lovely blog readers, I’m offering this pattern for free just for this coming week (until 2/20/13), and then it will go up to $1.99. Of course, you can always just add it to your ravelry library here and download it later! I highly suggest that you check out the project pages of my test knitters- they’ve come up with some beautiful FO’s. The pattern is also part of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program, and will, eventually, be up on their site as well.

WIP Wed: Designing


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 ūüėČ


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.


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.


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

FO Friday: Citron



I am successful! Not only was I able to complete my Citron Shawl yesterday, but I had a couple of minutes after all of the guests were gone to lay it down to block. I probably had enough yarn to do another couple of rows, and in a perfect world I would have done it. With my time constrictions, though, I didn’t want to fiddle around with that. I basically did the pattern as is, which may be a first for me.

This morning, quite to my surprise, it was bone dry.¬†I quickly got it off the board, sewed in my ends, and wrapped it up. My pile of presents for tonight’s early Hanukah is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, the sweater is still a little damp. I have the fan blowing on it (as per Audry’s recommendation), so hopefully it will be dry enough for me to sew up the sleeves and weave in the ends in a couple of hours.

Quick recap: I started this Citron last Sunday with 1 50g skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze. Now, less than a week later, it’s a whole shawl. Yeah me! Hopefully, I’ll be able to snap a couple of picks of all of my presents on their intended recipients tonight.

For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s.

Thanksgiving Knitting


This thanksgiving, I am absolutely thankful for knitting. It is perhaps the only thing keeping me sane. Unfortunately, my deadlines are actually driving me crazy. Hanukah is really, really early this year, and we decided to celebrate it tomorrow while the whole family is in town. So, let’s go through the list of knitted presents.

Daniela Cowl

First, my Daniela Cowl. This is the sample for my newest design. It was inspired and named for my sister, so it’s no accident that it is going to her this Hanukah. I used just less than 2 skeins of Knit Picks City Tweed DK to make the medium size. I don’t know if she’s ever had an eternity scarf before, so I hope she likes it. If you would like to check the pattern out, I suggest here on the Knit Picks site.


I made my father a Windscheif in some wonderful Windswept Farms Knitter’s Choice. It’s luscious and warm, so if my father doesn’t like it, I will definitely steal it. The good news is that I have over 60g left, so I’m definitely making myself something!

Turn of the Glass

My mother’s Turn of the Glass Cardigan is currently blocking. It is almost entirely dry. I may have to take it off while it is still slightly damp, but I didn’t really have to do much tugging to get it to the right dimensions, so I am OK with this. I used a little less than 4 skeins of Berocco Vintage DK, which is a perfect gift yarn: hard wearing but comfortably soft. All I have left to do is seam the arms and sew in the ends. Lets hope that I have enough time for that!


Finally, there’s my Aunt’s Citron. I have been marathon knitting this since I cast on Sunday. I’m on the final ruffle of the pattern. So close! Of course, there are only 540 stitches in each row, and I still have at least 5 to go. Depending on how this afternoon goes, I might try to add another couple of rows for just a little more length. But I’m still going to have to get it on the blocking board by this evening if I want it dry to give. Luckily, Malabrigo Lace won’t take anywhere near as long as DK weight!

Cast On Monday: Citron


I’ve done something silly. Several weeks ago, my father told me that my Aunt’s cancer seems to have returned. This is not good news; she’s been battling stomach cancer for a while, and we thought that, after almost a year of chemo,¬†radiation, and surgery, things were looking up. Unfortunately, it turns out we were wrong. Of course, as soon as I heard the news, the urge to knit hit me. When she was first diagnosed, I made her a lace shawl using some Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in Blues in the Night, a gorgeous colorway. I pretty much designed the whole shawl myself, although it was right when I had gotten started designing, so I did not write anything down. That was INCREADIBLY stupid of me, as it really turned out gorgeous. If I ever get the chance, I am definitely going to write that pattern out! Anyway, my Aunt loves the shawl and wears it all the time, which makes me pretty happy.


Flash forward to the silly thing that I did this weekend. I had just finished binding off the shoulders for my mom’s sweater (more news on that later, I promise) when I had the sudden urge to cast something on for my Aunt. I think most of us would realize that this is not at all a silly urge. I dug out a skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze, which reminds me of Evergreen Trees, out of my stash. I think this is on of the skeins that the wonderful Learner’s Per Knit gifted me with over the summer (thanks again!). I wound it all up and printed out the instructions for Citron.¬†Just in case your head has been buried under a rock for the past few years, Citron is another of the¬†incredibly¬†popular patterns published in Knitty. It uses just one 50g skein of¬†lace weight, size US 6 needles, and quite a bit of stitches to create a wonderful shawl.

Closer up

But what is the silly part? Although Hanukah does not start for another couple of weeks, we are celebrating this Friday, as the whole family will already be together for Thanksgiving. Not only does that mean that I have to block and seam a sweater in the next week, but I also have to knit 50g of lace weight and block that, too. Silly me! Luckily, it’s been speeding off the needles. I’m already half way through the fourth section, so I probably have about 40 rows to go. Of course, those 40 rows include 2 ruffles, which double the amount of stitches on the needle for 5 rows, plus 3 more increase rows. Wish me luck!

A Year in Knitting Review, Part 2



Summer was definitely my season of shawls. They make the perfect light-weight project, and I think I needed a break from socks after my spring sock spree.

Summer Mystery Shawl in Malabrigo Sock

First, I participated in Wendy Knit’s Summer Mystery Shawl KAL. It was one of those KAL’s where every week you get the next part of the pattern, so it’s a complete mystery what it would come out as. I started using some Malabrigo Sock (yummy!) in Candombe, which alternates between a rich purple and a striking lime green (yummy-er!). The shawl pattern was actually what I call a ‘reverse triangle,’ so you cast on for the long sides and then decrease the whole shawl. It’s pretty fun because your rows are actually getting shorter, not longer, so it’s the fun beginning where it seems like every row takes forever, not the end. Unfortunately, this means you can’t just keep knitting until you run out of yarn. For some reason, this made my shawl much more shawlette-like, which was totally fine with me. My style doesn’t really fit with big shawls, but I can incorporate smaller ones pretty easily. Plus, I had enough yarn left for a pair of socks (nutkins, see below).

Second Shawl, from Misti Alpaca Sock

The second shawl was pretty much my own creation. I wanted something for my sick aunt that was special and unique. First, I picked up a skein of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn (50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% Silk, 10% Nylon). The halo from the alpaca content would ensure a beautiful, warm shawl, and the colors (the colorway is called Blues in the Night, so it’s a bunch of shades of blue) really fit her style palette (is that the right way to describe it???). I picked out two stitch patterns from one of my stitch dictionaries and followed a basic shawl recipe: yo’s on the spine and at the sides. After some heavy blocking, I think it comes out great. And judging by the fact that whenever I see her she’s wearing it, I think my aunt enjoys it, too!


Lolita Hat, from Alpaca with a Twist Temptation

As you may remember, I spent lots of time this fall making hats. Well, not lots of time, but I did make lots of quick hats! My favorite is probably my Lolita hat, made from Alpaca with a Twist Temptation (80% Alpaca 20% Silk) in a grey color, using the Lotus Hat pattern from Uptown Purl. Even though I added extra pattern repeats to make it bigger, it’s still on the small side, making it a more fashionable than practical accessory. Still, I wear it a lot more than I would have expected, even considering the dropped stitch that I found on the ribbing!

Nutkin Socks, from Malabrigo Sock

The other accessory that happened A LOT this fall was socks. I think I probably had two favorite fall socks. First, my nutkins. I used my leftover Malabrigo Sock from the shawl and the Nutkin Pattern on these anklets. They’re just a tad small, and the folded over hem on the top doesn’t do much as far as stretch. Still, I love the fake cable stitch pattern. It was a pretty addictive knit and looks really great on!

Diamond Gansey Socks, from Spud and Chloe Fine

No recap of my year would be complete without my Gansey Socks. I love these socks so much that I am actually wearing them right now! First, I want to talk about the yarn- Spud and Chloe Fine (80% Wool, 20% Silk) in a light green color. The silk content gives it a definite sheen, and something about it makes it very, very hardy. As I wash it, it does the opposite of felting and seems to get tougher. While I might not enjoy that quality in, say, mittens, its definitely a plus with my heavily used socks. The definition really shows off the Diamond Gansey Pattern (from Wendy Knit’s Socks from the Toe Up), and the fact that it came in a 60g skein (instead of the normal 50g) means that I can make a pretty substantial pair using one skein without a contrasting color on the toes and heels. Sometimes having midget feet really comes in handy!

Tune in Sunday for the rest of my knitting review and some goals for the new year!