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WiP Wednesday 5/23/18

Hi all!

I finally casted on my Vitamin D cardigan!

Pattern: Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmeir
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted Yarn Linen Lace in colorway Tranquility

The beads are actually doll buttons! 3mm Swarovski crystals with an actual button shank on the back. I did 10 of them at the first set of radial increases for the back neck. I may do a few more on the lower fronts, we’ll see. I only have 10 more left, so they’ll need to be used sparingly. (They are from Horsman – and they are called ‘Crystaletts‘.) They were a bear to get on the yarn with the crochet hook, the 5mm ones would have been much easier I think, but I wanted the tiny ones so the bling is subtle.

The linen yarn is quite stiff, but I know that it will soften up considerably when I block it. The sample that Claudia had in her booth of this in the linen lace was so soft and lovely!

And I finished a baby sweater yesterday for my TKGA Instructor certification as well — here it is blocking today:

Pattern: Flax by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Paints in colorway 9875

I’m hoping it dries enough for me to mail off my binder on Friday – it was a lot of work preparing and assembling all of the materials for the certification program! Hopefully it’s all up to snuff and I’ll have that certification soon! 🙂

I received my yarn several days ago for the next pattern I’m doing that will be in Cast On for Fall, so those will be started soon! And I’m putting the final touches on the pattern for the ribbed socks that I finished a while ago too, so that pattern should be ready in a week or two. Plus I have lots of classes at Cheers to Ewe coming up! Lots going on here!

Upcoming Classes at Cheers to Ewe:

June 2: Learn to Fix Your Knitting Mistakes (almost full!)

June 16: Needle Tatting, Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs

June 23: Tisket Tasket Entrelac Basket

July 7, 14, 28: Graphite Socks

August 18: Beyond Basic Cast Ons and Bind Offs, Beaded Amulet Purse

Have a class idea? Shoot me a note in the comments or via the ‘contact me’ form!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!


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FO Friday 5/11/2018

Hi all!

I finished my squishy socks during Unwind, but never posted a photo of them done! Here they are blocking:

Pattern is well on its way to being done, so expect it to be published soon.

I am also re-working my Playbook Sweater Vest with a non-discontinued yarn, and will be revising the pattern along with it. I’m almost done with the front:

This time I am making the large, to fit my youngest son – who actually modeled the previous (small) version too, so the photos should be a neat then vs. now kind of thing once I get to the photo-taking-for-pattern stage. 🙂

I started on a pair of plain socks using my String Theory Colorworks ‘hippocampus’ colorway, these are so fun – I love them.

And my Vitamin D cardi keeps sitting in the corner whining. I have yet to cast it on. I hope to soon, though, because I really want to work with this linen lace yarn from Claudia Handpaints!

My two recent sub call submissions to one publisher were rejected, but one of my submissions to Cast On was accepted (another pair of socks! I love socks) 🙂 so I won’t be as busy with designing over the next couple of months as I thought I would be, which is actually fine. No, more like good! I’ve just been appointed as a TKGA MHK Co-Chair, so I think I will be a bit busier with committee business in the future! 😀

My one design idea that was rejected is a nice one I think (an Aran sweater), so I may try to get the bulk of the math figured out and the pattern bare-bones written so I can submit it to the next Cast On call – I think it would fit really well there, but we’ll see. And I have a Fair Isle sweater pattern brewing in my head too…. So many ideas, not enough time!

Oh, and if you are in the area (Charlotte, NC area) and want to take a sock class – my May Day Flowers socks class starts at Cheers to Ewe in Huntersville, NC tomorrow! Come join me, it’s not too late to sign up!

Anyway, that is it from me for today! I’ll pop in again next week sometime. I’d love to hear about what you have on the needles!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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FO Friday

I finished my wrap!

Pattern: ADVENTurous Wrap by Ambah O’Brien

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock in Natural (White) and Sweet Georgia Party of Five (five solid blues in gradient shades) and various stash sock yarns.

Needles: US 5 (I think!)

Started: December 17, 2017

Finished: February 7, 2018








Edited triangle 1: followed pattern for section 1, then changed section 2…
Section 2:
C1 garter rows 1-2 once,
C7 garter rows 1-2 once
C1 garter rows 1-2 once
C7 garter rows 1-2 once
C1 garter rows 1-2 once.
(RS) Then, K171 sts to center, BO (suspended BO) the second 171 sts. put 171 on holder.

Edited Triangle 2: Followed pattern for section 3, then changed section 4…
Section 4:
With C1, garter rows 1-2 once.
With C13, garter rows 1-2 once.
C1, garter rows 1-2 once.
C13, garter rows 1-2 once.
C1, garter rows 1-2 once.
Cut working yarn. (RS) Place 171 sts on holder. Join working yarn at center, BO 171 sts (suspended BO).

Then, garter graft two triangles together. (See my post here on grafting in garter!)

Garter Graft (center row in middle white stripe)

Another modification I made was to add two rows of single crochet edging in the white yarn around the entire shawl, after blocking it first. It really needs a second block to even out the crocheted edge, but I wanted to wear it right away so I haven’t done that yet.







I’m really happy with how it turned out! It’s a different shape than I normally wear, so I’m still a bit unsure how to style it when I wear it. But it is a lovely squishy piece that will keep me warm – and because it is made up of all different colors it will match lots of outfits!


Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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FO Friday

Hi again!

I just finished an item, and it’s not even blocked yet, but I have to show it to you!

Pattern: Pincha Shawl by Pinpilan Wangsai
Yarn: Yarn Love Juliet in color ‘Bayfield Apple’
Needles: US 5
Started: October 7th
Finished: October 31
Modifications: None. I ended up doing 22 feathers, and had about 1 yard of yarn left!! Using markers helped immensely. After the first feather is complete, you place a marker after the first stitch at the tip of the feather, then after the next 5, then after the next 10, then after the next 15. You then do the sets of short rows until you wrap a stitch after the next marker. This project has helpful notes for placing and using the markers. I slipped the first stitch in the bind off sections purlwise, and I used Jeny’s SSBO for all of my bind off stitches. I think this will allow it to block out really nice, I’ll be sure to post a photo of me wearing it after I block it!

I’m in the middle of another pair of plain socks. (I always have a pair on the needles!) I’m loving the pooling stripes I’m getting on the cuff! I think I may try to do a solid color heel and toe, but I need to do some stash diving to find a good solid color to pair with it. The yarn here is Twisted Owl 2-ply Sock in colorway ‘Midnight at the Oasis’.

I’ve got a really busy Fall/Winter lined up. Two articles (with accompanying patterns) to write for the next issue of Cast On, and I’m doing the TKGA Teacher Certification program, and I’ve got class ideas lined up for teaching at Cheers To Ewe that need to be turned into actual classes, as well as retreats and conferences to plan for! I guess my November/December/January is just destined to be my super busy time! This time last year I was crazy busy as well. Ah well. I have a great planner system that I use now that is keeping me on track, so I’m stressing out a lot less this time around, thankfully. 🙂 (Maybe I’ll show you that in a post? Any interest in seeing a Designer/Teacher/Tech Editor’s planner system?)

That’s it from me for now! Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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FO and a new Pattern!

Hi all!

I have a new pattern out! Zick Zack Fingerless Mitts . These were released in the newest issue of Cast On magazine. I had a lot of fun designing them! The fabric on these is nice and dense, which should come in handy when the temps start to drop (hopefully we’ll get cooler weather soon?? Pretty please??)

So, I also finally have a FO to show you on this Wednesday. 🙂  (It’s too hot for a modeled FO photo – when it cools down I’ll have to post an update with a photo of it being worn! It looks even better being worn – it has some negative ease so it fits snugly.)

Pattern:  Ryrau by Steinunn Birna Gudjonsdottir
Yarn:  Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport in colors Natural and Dark Teal
Needles:  US4 and US5
Start Date:  April 18, 2017
Finish Date:  August 5, 2017

Modifications:  I made quite a few modifications. I knit the sweater flat instead of steeking the opening. I added one stitch at each side as a purl stitch for a fake ‘seam’ line. I casted on one extra st at the opening edge once I got to the colorwork section (Just to give me two sts for the selvedge there.) Knitted the size large, since I went down a needle size for better drape on my fabric.  I adjusted the chart so that it is symmetrical on the fronts (I decreased one stitch) – and started chart on column 2 instead, and then ended on column 34. (The non-symmetry really bothered me!) I added two sets of short rows at the back after the colorwork section to raise the back neckline a bit. (As it is I should have done even more.) Also the decrease rows (19 and 21) on chart are incorrect as written! There should be ‘no stitch’ next to each decrease symbol for the chart to work correctly – I adjusted where I decreased to make it work out correctly. (Also, technically the row #s should all be on the right hand side of the chart since you’re supposed to be knitting in the round…it worked well for me though since I was knitting flat.)

Overall I’m somewhat happy with it. I really love the colors. BUT… the armscye opening is way too shallow – I really don’t like that much negative ease at the armholes. And I’m unhappy with the top neckline. When I wear it I just won’t button the top two buttons, but the top edge comes up too high for my comfort, while the back sits lower. I suspected that the armholes would be too shallow, but I thought blocking might remedy it enough. Blocking helped a good bit, but not quite enough.  I might wear this come winter (with a snug tee on underneath) or I might not. :-/  So – lesson learned. From now on I’ll just knit my own designs since I know they will fit me. LOL!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!