I frogged my prototype Twin Leaf Crescent on New Year’s Eve, and cast on New Year’s Day.
I’m looking forward to re-knitting this yarn into the shawl it wants to be. The twinleafkal2016 is going on in the Ravelry Black Trillium Fibres group, if you’d like to join. The KAL runs through March 31, but in order to be eligible for prizes, you’d need to cast on by the end of January. I’ll be knitting along with everyone over there.
New Year’s Day was sunny, bright, windy and cold! We had a lovely walk on my favorite riverfront path.
Two days later we had snow, and then freezing rain on top of it. I saw this Buddha in a neighbor’s yard.
He looked serene, but maybe a little lonely, so I brought him some friends.
Waiting for things to thaw out. Everything is coated in ice. (Bird pic courtesy of Son2)
Speaking of snow, I’m looking forward to releasing a new take on Snowy Woods soon. I just can’t get enough of those lovely trees! It’s been to the tech editor, and just needs someone else to knit it as a confirmation. Soon!
I have one other project on the needles right now, an easily memorizable cowl design that can be knit in public or at knit night, no crazy charts to follow or beads. This balances well with the Twin Leaf Crescent, which needs a little more attention.
What’s on your needles this year? Is January Selfish Knitting Month for you?
We had a great vacation in December, and coming back to rain was tough! Missing this:
But we brought a little aloha home with us.
It seems like looking back on 2015 is the thing to do this week, so here’s mine.
I published 12 designs in 2015 (up from 9 in 2014). I began the year playing with a fun stitch pattern, and designed 4 accessories with them: The Criss Cross hat, beret, mitts, and cowl. It was also the year of the poncho, and I had two, Tilt Shift and Summertime Blues. Snowy Woods came back as a hat, and there’s more Snowy Woods in my future. I ended the year going down the gradient rabbit hole with Lobelia (Knit Circus yarns) and the Twin Leaf Crescent for Black Trillium Fibres.
There’s more in the pipeline, and lots of ideas rolling around in my head!
Are you on Instagram? You can find me there under the name pdxknitterati. There’s a cool end of year thing going on over there, #2015bestnine where you can see your nine most liked pictures. And everyone else’s, too. Here are mine:
All knitting related except for a lone camellia, seen on a walk. The Rose City Yarn Crawl is represented twice, and my lovely Edin Cardigan (design by Bonne Marie Burns) is also there twice.
I hope your 2015 was good to you, and that 2016 is even sweeter! Cheers!
Last week I went to knit with Pelehonuamea. Pele, the fire goddess. Her home is in the Halema’uma’u Crater in the Kilauea Caldera. I was afraid that we wouldn’t see the volcano at all; it was rainy and misty when we arrived. We were encouraged by occasional glimpses that afternoon.
I lost this game of yarn chicken, and I didn’t even care. The view was worth it! We booked just one night at the Volcano House, because we’ve visited the volcano several times, but never at night. (Previous visits here and here, if you like scenery.)
The clouds eventually cleared, and we watched the quarter moon set over Kilauea.
The morning glow just before dawn was stunningly beautiful, but hard to photograph. Don’t try to focus on the glow; it’s vapor.
Morning brought more rain, and a double rainbow.
The Meditation Room at the Volcano House was a great place to knit!
Ripping and re-knitting. I want this piece to be knittable with 1 skein each of 3 colors, not 1.2 skeins. Plotting and planning.
How’s your knitting? Where’s the most unusual place you’ve knit?I know I said I don’t gift knit, but I have one tiny thing to finish before Christmas. Onward!
Have you signed up for the Twin Leaf Crescent KAL? Dyer Melanie Dilworth of Black Trillium Fibres tells you how in this post.
The KAL begins January 1, 2016, and runs through March. But we want the fun to begin earlier than that, so join us in the Black Trillium Fibres group on Ravelry for discussion and fun.
We’ll be giving away beads from Fire Mountain Gems to two lucky participants, and a set of Bead Aids to three lucky participants before the knitting begins. What color yarn and beads do you want to knit with? I generally stick with clear beads, but if contrast is your thing, go for it!
Special thanks to Sarah Lajoie, the maker of Bead Aids, for donating these for the giveaway. They make beading so much easier.
I’ll be knitting my Twin Leaf Crescent in Mallow, which is shades of mauvey-pink. I guess I should say I’ll be re-knitting it. I’ll be ripping out my original prototype so I can make it perfect.
We had fun comparing these at knit nite last week. The gauge on this was too loose, I had a lot more decreasing in the lace section which made it narrower at the top than I envisioned (not enough wrap around), and the lovely top edging wouldn’t stand up. But I wasn’t ready to frog it all until I knew I had a better version. Melanie was kind enough to send me the Periwinkle gradient so I could work things out. Now I’m happy, and I can frog and re-knit the first one.
So join the KAL and knit along with me in January. It’s selfish knitting month. Or if you’re feeling unselfish, give the yarn/pattern combo as a gift to a very good knitting friend. Everybody wins! Details on the KAL are on Ravelry in the Black Trillium Fibres group. Sign up by December 22 to be in the beads and Bead Aid drawing. Are you dreaming of colors? Go!
Introducing….my new Twin Leaf Crescent Shawl.
I designed this for Black Trillium Fibre Studio’s Q1 2016 Knit Along. It’s knit with Melanie’s gorgeous Lilt Sock gradient yarn, 85% Superwash Merino, 15% Mulberry silk. This yarn is heavenly to knit with, and the drape and hand of the knitted fabric is amazing. Beads are optional, but highly recommended, for additional drape and sparkle.
This shawl is knit in the periwinkle colorway, five gradient shades of the loveliest blue-purple. The gradient kit is 165g, 675 yards, which makes a lovely large shawl that you can get cozy in. You’ll want to check out all the available colors; I had a hard time choosing.
The leaves on the lower edge…
are echoed at the top of the shawl. A ribbon of shell lace is set off by a garter stitch frame.
The pattern is available exclusively through Black Trillium Fibres for the KAL that runs from January 1 to March 31, 2016. Check out the Ravelry page for info on the KAL, or the Black Trillium Fibres page for more info on ordering the yarn and pattern. Fun and prizes await. Treat yourself in the new year!
I’m taking a cue from Kay and Ann over at Mason-Dixon Knitting, and having a Lazy Sunday. (If you don’t read MDK, you should. They’re back in force after a hiatus, and have been blogging DAILY. Delightful.)
I’m sitting in bed knitting and reading, with cat, at 9:45 a.m. Or I was, until I felt the need to make this post. I’m closing in on the top of a worsted weight version of my Kilter Hat, and winning a game of yarn chicken.
It would have been a more exciting game if I hadn’t already finished once, and decided the hat was too short. I figured out via yarn scale and math that there was enough yarn to add one more section before the decreases. But I never trust the math until I’m really done.
Done! But I had started wih a short skein of Malabrigo Rios (93g instead of 100), so this hat ends with a knit center instead of purl. I’m not even sure 100g would have given me one more section; it’s too close to call and I’d hate for the knitter to run short. But I like the way it looks! I think it will be knitter’s choice.
Why do I want a worsted weight Kilter? I taught a Kilter class at Twisted recently, and it was fun. But a worsted version would make for a quicker knit/less homework between class meetings, and would also make it more likely for the student to have a completed project at the end of the second class (fewer rounds to decrease in class). Everybody wins! I have a couple things to work out, and then I’m planning to update the pattern to include both weights. (And before you ask, I think bulky weight would be too…bulky.)
How was your Sunday? Lazy? Not? I hope it was lovely, either way.
I finished the quilted lattice band of the Heladas Hat that I’m knitting for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long, and moved on to the pinstriped body. The stripes are made with a combination stranded colorwork/slip stitch technique. But I noticed that the lovely stripes were sinking into the stockinette stitch so that they were barely visible. Hmmm.
I thought about yarn dominance in stranded colorwork, so I decided to change how I was carrying my yarns. I usually carry two colors in my right hand, and the position of the yarns doesn’t make much difference as long as they keep their relative positions. But it was making a difference in this case, so I switched. I had been carrying the main color in my favored (usual) throwing position, and the contrast color above because it doesn’t get used as often. Swapping them made all the difference. You can see that the first stitch of the contrast color stripe is kind of buried in the stockinette stitch, and above that they pop out. Yay!
I don’t particularly like carrying the MC in my non-favored throwing position; it’s a little more cumbersome. So for this project I’m carrying the CC in my left hand and picking it continental, which still puts it in the lower position, and lets the color pop.
Do you know about yarn dominance? It’s a fun fact and useful thing to know. Your particular knitting technique may end up making the upper yarn dominant instead of the lower; you’d have to check and see. But after you decide which one is dominant and like it that way, keep your yarns in the same relative postion as you knit your colorwork. Have fun!
And don’t forget that the pattern sale for the GAL ends on November 27 at midnight; the coupon code is giftalong2015. The knitting/crocheting/prizes continue until the end of the year.
I recently found this sweater at the back of my closet, mostly unworn. I finished this Heather Hoodie at Crafty Moms weekend in February 2011. It was designed as a vest, and I adapted it to include sleeves, because a jacket makes more sense to me than a bulky vest. This is one big bulky sweater, 9.5 skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, which means 950 grams, or 33.25 ounces, or nearly two pounds. I think it felt too chunky for me to want to wear it often.
I recently blocked my Edin cardi. I wore it yesterday, and I’m completely happy with it. It’s a perfect fit. The fabric relaxed a bit and it feels like I’m wearing a cloud. Modeled pic someday!
But it gave me a brainstorm: What if I could get the monster cables on this Heather Hoodie to relax a bit, too? I just looked up the Ravelry page to get the link, and it says, “The cable pattern pulls in as you knit, but will relax upon blocking.” I can’t believe I never blocked it, but it was knit at a time before I became a blocking evangelist. Into the sink it went. It soaked up so much water (and ran some excess dye, too), it was really heavy when I hauled it out. I couldn’t just roll it in a towel and expect to get most of the water out, so I put it in my washing machine on delicate and spun it for 30 seconds at a time, rearranging often so it couldn’t stretch out.
I patted it out to size, and immediately it felt smoother, nicer, more relaxed. The cables no longer pull in. Blocking is magic. Three days later, it’s finally dry, and it fits so much better. What? Two new (ish) sweaters to wear this season?
I’m feeling empowered. Maybe I should rip back the almost complete first sleeve on my abandoned Honey cardigan and make them the way I want them (fitted, not belled), and then I’d have three new sweaters…
Last night I cast on my first Indie Design Gift-Along project, the Heladas Hat. I love the clever 2-color quilted lattice stitch on the wide band. A very fun stitch that adds a lot of interest!
The Heladas (frost) Hat is designed by Beverly S, yarnintercept on Ravelry. I’ve followed Beverly’s blog for many years; back in 2011 she even interviewed me for her blog!
Beverly is a middle school math teacher who also designs knitting patterns. She’s not afraid to use math in her design work! She designs accessories: hats, mitts, socks, and shawls. Her asymmetrical Bricktown Shawl is a very appealing use of slipped stitches and eyelets using two complementary yarns.
I had been planning to cast on Beverly’s Frozen Spires Cowl. This lovely cabled cowl would be perfect for the extra skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted that’s left over from my Edin cardigan. Even better, I have an extra 1/5 skein from the sweater, so I can make this cowl one repeat bigger and even squishier than the original seen here.
And I still may. But right now, the hat is humming along. I’m using Malabrigo Arroyo in Purpuras and Borrajas, and I love the way it looks.
Check out these designs and more on Beverly’s Ravelry designer page. And stock up during the Indie Designer Giftalong sale!
(All photos by Beverly S/Yarn Intercept Designs, except my cast on.)
Last year’s Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry was so much fun, I’m particpating again this year as both a designer and a knitting participant.
These are just a few of the 20 designs I’m including in the event.
What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion through Ravelry to help you kick-start your holiday gift-making! It begins with a pattern sale, and then the fun and games begin on Ravelry, with KAL/CAL activity and prizes. You don’t have to belong to Ravelry to buy patterns, but you do have to join if you want to participate in the KAL/CAL games and prizes.
The pattern sale runs from Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US EST – Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST. The KAL/CALs will run from Thursday, November 19 at 8pm (US-EST) through our New Years Eve party, Thursday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST). Check out the Ravelry group for all the details.
Here’s a link to my featured patterns for this event; scroll down to the Giftalong 2015 bundle (fuzzy Thrumbelina picture) and click. The discount is 25%; use the code giftalong2015 at checkout. Remember that it starts working tonight (Thursday, Nov. 19) at 8 p.m. Eastern, which is 5 p.m. Pacific. (When we lived in New York, my PDX Mom would always ask “What time is it there?” when she called me.)
Ready, set, KNIT! (or crochet…)
Are you knitting gifts for the holidays?