FO Posts, Patterns Released

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!

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Patterns Released, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday

Hi all!  I just finished up my fingerless mitts that will be in the next Cast On (sorry, can’t show them to you yet) – so now I can pull back out my sweater and finish it up!  It’s not any farther along than it was the last time I talked about it, so no photos of it either.  But hopefully it’ll be done in just a few days, so I’ll show you the finished sweater next week! Then I need to find the next thing I want to work on…. decisions, decisions.
Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, TKGA just came out with a Tech Editing certification course – so naturally I signed up for that!  I’ve finished up Lesson 1, just waiting to hear if I passed. There are three lessons/levels (much like the MK certification).  I’d really like to add tech editing to my wheelhouse, so this was perfect – and I’ve learned quite a bit already!

In publishing news – the next Knit Picks collection that I have a pattern in has been released!  Luxurious Lace is a collection of 14 gorgeous shawls. (I haven’t gotten my comp copy of the book yet, but from the photos it looks like a lovely book!)

My ‘Feronia Shawl‘ is in the collection, and I am super pleased with it – it was so much fun to design. (I love designing lace – I really need to design more shawls!!)

I hope you enjoy knitting as much as I did designing it! Here’s a photo of my personal sample (knit in a different color):

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

EDIT: Oooh, I just received my copies of the book, and I have an extra one – so I’m going to do a giveaway!  To enter, comment on this post with what you enjoy most about lace.  I will do a random number generator to pick one person to win the copy of ‘Luxurious Lace’!
I’ll take entries from now until midnight ET July 5th (so – for 2 weeks) and announce the winner on July 6th!  Good luck!

(Rules, etc: Only one entry per person please.  Valid only for continental US addresses!)

Patterns Released

Quatrefoil Shawl

My most recent pattern is out!  It’s in the Summer 2017 issue of Cast On (and it made the cover!)

Quatrefoil Shawl is an Estonian lace inspired shawl loaded with nupps and star stitches.  I had a lot of fun designing it (and writing the accompanying article as well!)

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I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Knitting!

Patterns Released, Teaching

New Pattern, DC trip and sickness

Hello all!  So sorry for my long absence – I was pretty sick all of last week, so I was unable to post an update.  Now I’m feeling much better, so I can get that update to you!

I had wonderful students for my 2 classes at the Carolina Fiber Festival!  Both classes went very well, and hopefully my students enjoyed themselves and learned some things. 🙂  My next teaching appearances will be on April 22 and May 6th at Baskets of Yarn – teaching ‘Sweater Basics’, and at the Unwind Retreat in Blowing Rock April 28 – May 1.  I hope to see you at one or the other (or both!)

I have a new pattern out!  Light the Torches Socks are in the newest edition of Cast On magazine – I hope you like them!  They were lots of fun to design and knit.

They are knit toe up, in 2 colors, with a round toe and afterthought heels.

I’m finishing up my most recent design – a lace shawl.  It’s turned out lovely, I’m quite excited about it.  It’ll be in the Summer issue of Cast On, along with my article on Estonian Lace.  Keep your eyes open for my other lace shawl to be published around June as well – I’m excited about that one, too!  This summer is going to be a summer of lace for me. 🙂

We spent the last week in March in Washington DC for an award my husband had won at his work.  We had a wonderful time, and were lucky enough to see the cherry trees in bloom!  The highlight of our trip had to be getting a private tour of the Capitol Building and getting to sit on the House floor.  Running a close second was our private dinner at the Air and Space museum – it was so nice touring the museum with so few people!  (And the food was excellent as well!)

 

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

Patterns Released

New Year, New Designs

Hello! Happy New Year everyone!  🙂

I’ve had a couple new designs (and an article) published since I last checked in!

An article on Thrumming and a pattern for a thrummed cowl and hand muff (Arctic Cowl and Muff) was published in the newest Cast On.  This is the first all-digital Cast On issue – and it is a great issue! Chock full of great patterns and articles.

More recently I had a hat and cowl set published in the newest Knit Picks publication – Quick and Cozy.  The Mirzam Hat and Cowl:

I had a lot of fun designing this set. It’s knit in a bulky yarn, and the stitch pattern is a fun one!

I really hope to do better about more regularly posting here this year! I’ve got a big pattern in the works due to come out in the summer that I’m very excited about (a lace shawl!) and more lace for the summer issue of Cast On, and some socks in the works, plus some teaching opportunities I’m working on as well! It’s all set to be a fantastic 2017!

Happy Knitting, and I’ll be posting again soon! 🙂