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Cuff Chuffed

I’ve been keeping my knitting a little behind-the-scenes lately. The truth is, I’m planning a collection of knitting patterns and I don’t want to give all my secrets away before its even finished, but today I have a little peek at something I wanted to share.

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This cuff has been a little bit of a learning process for me over the past few months. It all started out with a pretty basic idea for a pair of fingerless mitts with 1×1 twisted ribbing. Twisted ribbing is one of my favorite cuff/hem treatments, as I think it looks much neater than regular 1×1 ribbing. I started out working the mitt idea that was in my head and halfway through I ripped it back, knowing that I wanted to revise my stitch counts, but also because I became convinced that my design needed a little reworking. The idea was super cute but also super simple, and didn’t have enough “wow” factor that I felt it would entice people to purchase the pattern.

I needed to add an extra little kick to the design, so I started playing around with traveling twisted stitches and came out with the cuff you see above. In the end, this version of the mitt has been scrapped for with something totally different that I think works better, but I’m still in love with these traveling twisted stitches. I’m pretty sure this idea will work itself into another design soon, though maybe not on a pair of fingerless mitts.

 

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Saturday Swatching

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Coffee and Quince & Co.

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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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Whiskey and Wool

I am working on a sort-of secret knitting project right now; a gift for someone I love.   I realized yesterday that my deadline for finishing this gift is closer than I thought, so I’ve taken to working on it anywhere and everywhere.  Last night I even worked on it at the bar during happy hour.   A classic cocktail in one hand and my knitting in the other- it wasn’t a bad way to spend the evening!

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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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Spring Pattern Love

I wanted to share a few patterns I’ve been ogling on Ravelry lately:

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Sperry by Amy Miller

Sperry  by Amy Miller is a classic fitted raglan sweater with trendy stripes and a pretty shirttail hem.  I think the choice of a springy, robin’s-egg blue is perfect for this time of year (as are those great 3/4 length sleeves).

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig  is another robin’s-egg blue, 3/4 lenth sleeved sweater I’m in love with right now.  This one is lightweight and would be perfect to wear over a spring or summer dress in an overly air-conditioned office during the summer.

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Boxy by Joji Locatelli caught my eye with its oversized slouch factor paired with slim fitting dolman sleeves.  I’ve been seeing this shape in lots of tops lately and I love this relaxed and breezy look for spring and summer.

Relax by Ririko

Relax by Ririko

Relax by Ririko has a similar shape as Boxy and also has the dolman style sleeves that quickly narrow to a fitted 3/4 length.  This looks like it would be perfect for wearing with brightly colored ballet flats to go to a lazy saturday brunch.

Can you tell I’ve been itching to cast on for a springy sweater lately?  I have a few other things in the works that have to be finished before I’ll let myself start yet another new project, but these are definitely on my to-knit list.

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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

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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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