Category Archives: Yarn

Baby’s Primary Blankie

My sister in law Heather is expecting, and I’ve been working behind the scenes on something for my new little nephew to snuggle in when he arrives:

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A bright and warm blankie for someone who is sure to be a bright and warm little boy.

 

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Creative Reuse: Yarn-Wrapped Jars

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I’ve collected quite a few of these glass jars over the years, thinking they were too useful to just toss into the recycle bin.  I use them for drinking glasses, loose change catch-alls, bud vases and of course, storage for my double pointed knitting needles.  I decided to snazz these up a bit with a little leftover yarn.  It’s super quick and easy- I just taped the beginning of the yarn towards the top of the jar and then used  small dot of super glue to secure at the bottom end.  Hooray for reusing instead of tossing and hooray for sprucing things up with wool!

 

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New Pattern: Wood, Stone, Straw & Bone

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When I designed this shawl, I was inspired by the colors of wood, stone, straw, & bone- colors that are a reminder of nature’s perpetual beauty and of our own transient presence on this earth.

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The Wood, Stone, Straw & Bone shawl is worked flat from the top center out, increasing each right side row to gradually form a triangular shape. The finished size can be easily adjusted by working more or less rows of the main color sections.

The pattern can be purchased via instant Ravelry download HERE or you can visit the Ravelry pattern page to add it to your favorites or queue it HERE.

MATERIALS:

Sport weight wool yarn – approximately 453 yards/414 meters total (328 yards/300 meters of the main color and 25 yards/23 meters of each of the five stripe colors)

Sample shown in Cascade 220 Sport (100% Peruvian Highland wool; 164 yards/150 meters/50 g) in the following colors:

• Main Color (MC): 8010 Natural

• Stripe Color 1 (SC1): 4002 Jet

• Stripe Color 2 (SC2): 8400 Charcoal Grey

• Stripe Color 3 (SC3): 4010 Straw

• Stripe Color 4 (SC4): 8012 Doeskin Heather

• Stripe Color 5 (SC5): 9408 Cordovan

US 6/4.0 mm 32”/80 cm (or longer) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle for weaving ends

Crochet hook size G/6/4-4.25 mm for attaching fringe to the shawl

 GAUGE:

19 sts by 35 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Gauge is not crucial but will affect finished measurements and yardage

FINISHED SIZE:

40”/101.5 cm wide along top edge and 20”/51 cm long from the top to the center point, not including fringe

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Insta April

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This April, Joey and I were up to our usual escapades and getting out to enjoy the pretty spring weather a little more. I bought some pretty yarn for a new knitting project, enjoyed some wine on a Friday afternoon at work, and spent some good times with good friends at our favorite bar. We spent a weekend at the Ranch and met my parents’ sweet new cow dog, Camo, and had a fabulously fun time at a Louisiana-style crawfish boil with the band. My friend Felicia and I did a woodsy photoshoot for my new knitting pattern and we came across a snake while trying to get a good shot. I started up my new knitting project while sitting at Redwood Studios and listening to some really great violin being recorded for one of Joey’s new projects. We have had plenty of new bunny sightings in our back yard and one time Henry even sat next to me, the two of us spying on them together. Joey invented a delicious new apple flavored New York Whiskey cocktail for the bar that I named The Big Apple Sour, and I got to listen to a sneak preview of the new Midlake album that is coming out later this year. I marveled at the prettiness of brown speckled eggs in my new egg tray, and had an epic fail when I attempted to bake my own pizza dough. Joey bought me a pretty gardenia plant to cheer me up after the pizza incident, and we spent many an afternoon on the tennis courts having a blast and enjoying each other’s company. And as always, love was all around us.

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Sneak Peek: Wood, Stone, Straw & Bone

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I’ve always found a sense of peace when spending time in nature– a walk in the woods reminds me to slow down and helps me become re-centered.  I designed a shawl that was inspired by the natural colors I often come across on these walks– the colors of wood, stone, straw & bone.  The lightweight yet wooly shawl is perfect for keeping the chill away when you are walking through the woods.

My lovely friend Felicia was kind enough to model the shawl for the photos and I am finishing up the pattern and having it tech edited.  Stay tuned for the pattern’s release!

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New Pattern: Zip-n-Zag Bag

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A perfect accessory for Spring, the Zip-N-Zag Bag is a zippery, zig-zaggy, tassely pouch perfect for stashing your makeup or a small knitting project on the go.

BUY IT NOW via instant Ravelry download or visit the RAVELRY PATTERN PAGE for additional details

MATERIALS

300 yards/275 meters of worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors (150 yards/137 meters of each color)

• Sample shown in Berroco Vintage Worsted (50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% Nylon, 217 yards/198 meters/100g) in #5145-Cast Iron (Color A) and #5102-Butter Cream (Color B)

Needle A: Size US 8/5.0 mm 16”/40 cm circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Needle B: Size US 5/3.75 mm 16”/40 cm circular needle (or 3 sizes smaller than above)

Tapestry needle for weaving ends

Stitch Marker

9”/23 cm plastic zipper

Fabric for lining, cut to 9.5”/24.5 cm wide x 12.5”/32 cm long

Sturdy thread for sewing zipper and lining

Sewing needle

Pins

GAUGE

22 stitches and 25 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stranded colorwork pattern, worked in the round on larger needles

FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 9.25”/23.5 cm wide and 6.25”/16 cm tall

TECHNIQUES USED

Provisional cast on, knitting stranded color work in the round, basic bind off, three needle bind off (instructions included), sewing in a zipper, sewing in a fabric lining, making a tassel

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Hofsós Hat

If you haven’t seen Stephen West’s latest KAL collection, Westy’s Besties, you should probably drop what you’re doing and go take a peek.  I’ll wait.

Gorgeous, right?  Well, it would kind of have to be when its a collaboration of Stephen West designs, Brooklyn Tweed Yarns, Cirilia Rose styling and Jared Flood photography all set to the amazing backdrop that is Iceland.

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The pattern I fell in love with the most is the Hofsós Hat, which has really interesting construction and amazing textures.  It is knit using three different colors of yarn, with two strands of alternating colors held together throughout.  While I didn’t have any LOFT on hand, I did have three shades of Palette in my stash that are similar to the ones used in the pattern, so I went ahead and cast on using those.

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The pattern was so addictive because each time I finished a section I couldn’t wait to start the next one and would just keep on going.  It even rekindled my love for seed stitch, which is a stitch pattern I love for its look, but hate for its tediousness while knitting.  Using two shades of yarn just amplified the textural aspect that I love so much that my mind is now whirling, wondering how I can put this to use in other ways.

As soon as I cast off Joey tried it on and then I tried it on.  And even though I made it for Joey, I told him we’d just have to share this one.

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Test Knit: Zip-N-Zag Bag

I’m looking for a couple of people to test knit an upcoming design I’ve been working on, the Zip-n-Zag Bag.

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Details:

I’m looking for two testers that can complete the item and provide feedback to me by 3/15/13.

Skill level: Intermediate.

Skills required are: knitting stranded color work in the round (only two colors are used), provisional cast on, knitting, purling, basic bind off, three needle bind off, sewing in a zipper and fabric lining by hand, making a tassel.

Experience: Experience using stranded color work is preferred, but not required.

Finished size: 9.25” wide by 6.25” tall

Gauge: 22 stitches and 25 rounds = 4”/10cm in stranded colorwork pattern, worked in the round. Gauge is important to this project to ensure that your zipper will fit into the finished pouch.

 

Materials:

Yarn requirements: 300 yards/275 meters of worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors (150 yards/137 meters of each color). Sample was knit using 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage Worsted in Cast Iron (#5145) and Butter Cream (#5102). Other brands and colors of yarn can be used, but I would prefer you stick to a worsted weight.

Needle sizes: Needle A: One 16” circular in size needed to obtain gauge (Suggested size US 8/5.0 mm), and Needle B: One 16” circular three sizes smaller than Needle A (Suggested size US 5/3.75 mm)

9” plastic zipper

Fabric for lining, cut to 9.5” wide x 12.5” long

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, sewing needle and thread for zipper and lining, pins.

 

Any questions you encounter as you are knitting, please feel free to email to me. I would like feedback at the end of the project regarding your gauge, what size needles you used to obtain gauge, finished size, and your thoughts on sewing in the zipper and lining.

 

Compensation:

A copy of the final tech-edited pattern will be provided as compensation.

 

If you’d like to test knit this, please leave a comment below letting me know and I will be in touch via email!

 

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Gettin Zippy With It

I’ve been working on a design for a little zig zag bag since before Christmas and I’ve been putting off the finishing- sewing in a zipper and a fabric lining.  I have to admit I have always been a little intimidated by finishing things.  You spend so much time knitting something and if you do a shoddy job at finishing, it can ruin the whole thing.  (See here for the story of the Five Year Sweater that literally sat around unfinished for years because I was too afraid to sew in the sleeves.)

Well today, I armed myself with needle and thread and just dived right in.

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I unzipped the zipper and pinned one side of the tape to the inside edge of the bag and just stitched away.  Then I pinned the other side and stitched that down too.  And lo and behold, I sewed in that entire zipper in with no major catastrophes.

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Now on to the lining!  And finishing up the pattern I’m writing for this 🙂

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Psst….

Just wanted to share the sneak peek teaser that Pom Pom Quarterly have released for their upcoming Spring Issue:

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I have a travelogue article featured in this issue and maybe even a teensy little pattern to go along with it!  I’m very excited to be a part of this issue, as Pom Pom is such an exciting new publication for the knitting community.

PRE ORDER  Issue 4 or SUBSCRIBE to the next four issues.

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