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Pointer!

The first {Among Friends} club shipment has gone out, and now I can show you what I’ve been working on. If you’re waiting for your shipment and don’t want to see, come back later.

This is Pointer, a fingerless mitts and hat set worked in DK weight yarn.

The design began with the mitts. I knew I wanted to use this sweet loop stitch that I learned in Gayle Roehm’s “Designing with Japanese Stitch Dictionaries” class at Sock Summit. But straightforward columns of loop stitch would be boring, so I graduated the columns to echo the fingers on a pointing hand. I tried a couple different thumb treatments, and this is the one I liked best.

I still had a lot of yarn left after the mitts were done, so I decided to add a hat. I’ve been eyeing berets for a while; it seems like they’re more wearable than other hat styles for me. I don’t like to hide all my hair; it makes me look like an egg! Berets solve this problem by sitting back a bit.

beret

Isn’t it amazing what a good blocking will do? Here are two berets, one before and one after blocking.

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For those of you who like a more traditional hat, that option is here, too. I love the loop stitch, so I featured it on the hat band as well as the body of the hat.

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I’m really pleased with this pattern, and pleased to be the designer for the launching of the {Among Friends} Yarn and Fiber Club. This club is the collaboration project of Lorajean Kelley (Knitted Wit) and Brooke Sinnes (Sincere Sheep). You can find more information on the pattern on the Pointer Mitts and Hats pattern page. Thank you to my friend Bobbi for modeling!

In the excitement of the launch, I forgot that I had signed up for the club, too. My package came yesterday. Brooke is the dyer for the first club shipment. Her DK weight yarn, Luminous, is 85% Polwarth Wool, 15% Tussah Silk. The color this month is Damson Plum, and it is luscious.

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Because I signed up early for the club, there was a special treat included. These stitch markers are lovely!

And clearly, I already have the pattern for this month. I’m currently finishing a pair of mitts in Orchid to match the beanie hat. I have my Azulite and Beaujolais beret and mitts sets in Lorajean’s DK already (same yarn base). What should I knit with Brooke’s yarn? I’m not sure I need another set, but I do love knitting with this yarn base!

Playing “Beat The Clock?”

Or maybe it’s a case of March Madness. I’ve been knitting away on my Leif Slipover, wondering if I can finish before it’s too warm out. This morning the weather is suckering me into thinking there’s time.

crocus

I’ve finished the left front, and even slipped it on to check shoulder height. It’s OK on, but it may be just too bulky for me. I’m having “meh” feelings. It will take at least a week for me to finish, and I’m not sure I want to invest the time right now.

leftfrontleif

Should I set it aside for fall?

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I ripped out the String Theory on size 3 needles, and started again with a US 5. Now it’s just flying along. Sometimes ripping is just the right thing! This doesn’t look like much right now; the fun is in the finishing. I’ll keep you posted; I’m looking forward to the finished product.

What else? I’m looking forward to the launch of Among Friends, a pattern and fiber club that begins in April. I’m the designer for April! And I can assure you that the design is stellar, fun to knit but not overly challenging or overly repetitive. There’s still time to sign up; the club closes on March 25. See details here. Come join the fun!

And now for the fun: I’ve picked the winner for my blog anniversary giveaway. Congratulations to Linda Gaylord! I’ve emailed her and will be sending her the yarn and VK Socks book.

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What’s on your needles, winter or spring?

Among Friends

February, and time for the big reveal! Or at least a partial reveal. My hot off the needles new design is for a yarn club with Knitted Wit (Lorajean Kelley) and Sincere Sheep (Brooke Sinnes). The club is called Among Friends, and I can’t think of a better name for it. Brooke and Lorajean are friends, having met and bonded at many yarn events. I’ve known Lorajean for several years through our knitting group. I’m thrilled to be a part of this club, and now you can knit among friends, too.

Join us as we knit with Sincere Sheep’s naturally dyed yarn in April, Knitted Wit’s candy colored yarn in June, and a skein from each dyer in August. Each bi-monthly shipment will feature a pattern written just for the Among Friends Club. April’s designer is Michele Bernstein of PDXKnitterati (that’s moi), in June we’ll feature Carrie Sullivan of Irish Girlie Knits Designs, and we’ll wrap up in August with Michelle Miller of Fickleknitter. It’s a great lineup, with wonderful yarn. You can find out more details here. Sign-ups are open from now through March 25th, but there’s an added bonus if you sign up by February 29.

My design is the featured design for April, so I can’t show it to you yet. But I can tell you that I absolutely love how it all turned out. The yarn is a pleasure to work with, and I learned some new techniques along the way, which I think you’ll love, too. All the designs are for either one (April, June) or two (August) skein accessories, which is just perfect for the busy knitter. I’ve always loved designing accessories because they are quick to knit, and who doesn’t love a finished project? Also, a one skein project means never finding out that your two skeins don’t match…

I hope you’ll join us and knit Among Friends!