Patterns Released

Noctilucent Shawl

Hi again!

Have you gotten the newest issue of Knitscene?  Well, you should!  It’s a fantastic issue!  But, on top of that – I have a pattern in it!!

Check out my ‘Noctilucent Shawl’ on page 49.

It’s a bottom up 2 color shawl.  Shawl begins with a ruffled bottom, and then moves into 2 different slipped stitch patterns.  I’m super happy with how it turned out, and it’s a fun knit!  I hope you like it!

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Happy Knitting!

Oh – I’ll be teaching next week at the TKGA conference in Charleston SC. I’m really excited and can’t wait! I’ll be posting from the conference throughout the week, so keep an eye out here!

Happy Knitting!

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FO Posts

FO: Sheherazade

I finished my Sheherazade shawl a while ago, but never got around to posting about it!  Well, here she is!

Pattern: Sheherazade by Anna Victoria
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Findley Lace (50% silk, 50% merino) 1.5 skeins
Needles: (Can’t remember – I think it was a US4 or 5)
Started:  April 3, 2014
Finished:  June 26, 2014
Modifications: none.

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I used gold beads, and I think they look lovely against the green yarn.

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I still don’t have any pictures of me wearing it, though!  I took it to NH  and wore it one day.  It’s a very nice size, and the silk gives it a really lovely sheen, too.

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately, I’ve been busy with my new job of reviewing MK notebook submissions, and we’re getting into a very full swing of things with our homeschooling!  I also have a few designs in the works, so there’s not much knitting I can show you yet. 🙂

We have a fantastic Disney World trip coming up, so I’ll pop back in after that and fill you in on all our fun!

Until then, Happy Knitting!

WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday

I’m still waiting on the mailman to bring me my Master Knitter Level 2 binder.  It’s been over 7 weeks since I mailed it in, now.  I’m holding out hope that it’s a good thing it’s taking so long – maybe that means I’ll have less re-work to do?  That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.  (While another part of my brain is telling me that it was already delivered and someone stole it!) o.O  

Anyhow – my Celestarium is keeping me quite entertained while I’m waiting.  I’m done with the star charts and I’m now on the edging!!

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A little over 1/8th of the way done with the edging…

I decided to do a different edging than the one in the pattern.  I added a row of eyelets with dark blue beads and then did an adaptation of an edging in Gossamer Webs.

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Hopefully you’ll see the beads better post-blocking

It’s still an applied edging (knit perpendicular to the shawl edge and ‘applied’ on to the edge as you go) which is making it seem to take forever, but it really is going fairly quickly.  I am going to run out of yarn, though, so I went ahead and ordered another skein – hopefully it will get here soon because I think I’m going to run out in just the next day or two!

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I’m really happy with how this is turning out and I can not wait until I’m done and can block it!!

I am still plugging away at my Faberge shawl, too, but much more slowly since the stars keep calling my name. 🙂

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I’m not enjoying this as well.  I’m not sure if it’s the fiddly slipped stitch rows that are making it less enjoyable, or if the Celestarium is just that much more of a draw that it’s making the Faberge seem like a chore.  I do love the color combo, though.  And the Bugga yarn is just so scrumptious.

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Well, that’s what I have this week.  I hope to have a finished Celestarium to show you next week!  (And a Master Knitter binder?)  Go check out Tami’s Amis for more WiP Wednesday posts!

Happy Knitting!!

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WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday

I’ve been knitting like the wind on my Celestarium this week.  I’m at the last increase row between the E charts and the F charts! Yay!?

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It’s just a blob now – but I can’t wait until I can block it!!

Just 55 rows with 576 stitches each left!  (Plus the edging.) o.O

The yarn has been leaving blue dye on my hands like crazy.  I really hope it doesn’t bleed too much when I block it, but I have a feeling it will.  I would soak it in vinegar, but I worry that would ruin the beads.  I love the dense, dark blue of this yarn, though, so I would hate it if it fades at all.

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Faberge – at about the same point as last week.

My Faberge has stalled, since I’ve been concentrating on the night sky instead. 🙂

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Close up of beads. I’m really loving this color combo.

In other crafty news, I broke out my sewing machine yesterday and made myself an interchangeable needle case.

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The zipper was a pain in the butt, and I didn’t do that great a job with it, but it works, so I’m happy!  Now my Knit Picks needles have a pretty home.

That’s what I’ve been up to – why don’t you take a gander over at Tami’s Amis to see what other folks have been up to?

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Happy Knitting!

FO Posts, WiP Posts

WiPs, a FO, and an Interview!

So, I’ve been killing time as best I can while waiting for my Master Knitter Level 2 binder to come back to me.  The waiting is the hardest part, I think!  What will I have to re-do? Is my vest up to snuff? Did my sock pass? … and so on and so forth.

BUT, I found a project that is doing a pretty good job of taking my mind off of it.  I’ve started a Celestarium!  If you haven’t seen this pattern – you have to take a gander at it.  It’s the night sky in a shawl – how cool is that??!!

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I’m doing mine in Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in the colorway ‘Nebula’, and I’m using several different beads including  two sizes of silver lined crystal, a size 4 bead for the higher magnitude stars and a size 6 for most of the rest.  I have some orange/red beads for the red giant stars like Betelgeuse, and some silver lined pale blue stars for non-constellation stars that I’m adding in just for kicks.

I’m past Row 57 already:

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It just looks like a blob right now. But there are constellations in there!

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This is a Pi shawl, where you start in the center and double the stitch count every so often to get a circle – which means it starts off fast, but eventually gets to be a HUGE number of stitches.  I’m at the section after the 5th increase – and I have 288 stitches on the needle.  I have quite a few rows until the next increase, but it will then have 576 stitches – those rows will be LONG.  Other than paying attention to the chart to know where to put the beads and the yarnovers, it is not a difficult pattern – but it sure is fun!!

I finished a pair of socks on Tuesday, too:

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These had been on my needles for a while, and I decided it was time to finish them up. (And I needed my smaller needles for another pair of socks I’m designing!)

Pattern: Rattlesnake Creek Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn:  Black Trillium Fibre Studios Merilon Sock in colorway ‘Galen’
Needles:  US 2.5 and US 0
Started:  June 15, 2012
Finished:  Feb 19, 2013

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I used the smaller needles on the heel and the sole of the sock – since I didn’t like the loose density of the fabric there on the larger needles.  I love this yarn – it’s so soft!  And the color was perfect for these, I think.

I have another shawl on my needles now, too – a Faberge shawl.  I’m doing this as a KAL with my Thursday night knit night group – so I’m anxious to see everyone’s shawls-in-progress tonight!  I’m just into the slip stitch and bead portion:

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I’m doing mine in DragonFly Fibers Djinni Sock (pink) and Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (green).  I’m really liking the color combo so far.

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In other news – I’ve been interviewed by Deb Buckingham a.k.a. Dishcloth Diva!  Check out her website to see my interview.  She knitted my Beginner’s Socks recently and liked the pattern – so she approached me to do an interview. 🙂  I was so flattered to be asked!

So, that’s what been going on with me!  Guess I’ll go back to trying to not stalk my mailbox…  😉

Happy Knitting!  (and waiting…….)