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Entrelac madness

Looking at next month, I hereby declare February to be entrelac month. I’m teaching two entrelac classes at Twisted. One is for Athena, which is entrelac in the round, on Saturday, February 5.

athena 4

mochi close

And the other class is for Infinity, which is entrelac knit flat (so it has side triangles), with a bit of lace in the center rectangles.

infinity

Want to sign up? Contact Twisted. Hope to see you soon!

Hot new colors for spring

color card

At least according to Pantone! These are the top 10 colors for women’s fashion this spring, as chosen by NY designers. I learned about these at a mini-session with Vogue Knitting editor Trisha Malcolm at TNNA. She gave us these color cards. (You may get a truer reading if you go to the Pantone website.)

honeysuckle

The color of the year is honeysuckle, or Pantone 18-2120. Pretty.

What else did we learn? White is the biggest trend for spring. Plan on seeing lots of it, especially with navy, because navy is the new brown. Remember when brown was the new black? We’re so over that. You’ll also see navy with citrus (green or yellow) and honeysuckle.

Other fashion trends for spring: sheer layers, especially lightweight cowls, scarves, and wraps. Less shape: we’ll be seeing comfortable billowy shapes replacing the refined look of fall 2010. Trisha says that the long sleeveless vest will be the “it” garment, and knitters will make it more interesting with embellishments like lace or cables. Sounds good to me.

Here’s the back of the card with the rest of spring’s trends.

card back

And when you’re done with spring? The color for fall is wine. Trisha says that the good news is that wine is a color that looks good on almost all skin tones.

Do you follow fashion colors? I still mostly knit with blue and purple, because I like them. Wine looks good, too. In fact, this reminds me that I should finish my Heather Hoodie. I set it aside last spring when I realized that it wouldn’t be done before the weather got too warm. I’m cold now, so that’s a great incentive to pick it up again, and I can wear it next fall, too, when it’s the very fashion-forward wine color! (Really, it’s called Bing Cherry, but that’s our little secret.)

back to work

Instead of a vest, I’m making this with long sleeves. I’m so glad I wrote good notes before setting this project aside! I picked them up at the shoulder, worked a modified drop shoulder sleeve cap, and am knitting them flat down to the wrist. Yes, I could have done it in the round, but I like my 26 inch circular and didn’t want to have to change to dpns part way down. And I like mattress stitch seaming on stockinette.

sleeve cap

One more tidbit from TNNA: The Noro rep told me that Silk Garden Lite is coming back this spring. I’m pretty pleased, because that means that my Infinity scarf is no longer designed with a discontinued yarn. I’m feeling so au courant…

Tempus fugit

Time flies!

DH and I escaped the pre-Christmas bustle and spent a week on Maui. It was warm, and mostly sunny. Perhaps not the most knitterly weather, but I managed, somehow. Here’s the view with and without knitting.

infinity view

kbh view

It was a perfectly relaxing week, which was just what we needed. The guidebooks all say that you should go up Haleakala (the volcano) to see the sunrise. You’d have to leave at 3 a.m. to make this happen, and drive a long winding road. In the dark. We decided that the only way we’d see the sun rise over Haleakala would be from our front porch. The sky was glorious just before sunrise.

friday haleakala pre sunrise

And the sun itself wasn’t half bad looking, either.

friday sunrise haleakala

We did go up Haleakala one afternoon, and it was beautiful in the crater. There are so many colors of sand and rock! We hiked down a bit; coming back up was a lot more work. We started at 9700 ft., but I forgot to check my iPhone altimeter to see how far down we had gone. (Yes, there’s an app for that.)

cinder cones

On the drive back down, the clouds had come in and the sun was shining on the water in a most hazily glorious way. I couldn’t tell where the horizon was because of the clouds. I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at, because it was so bright, so I just took pictures and hoped for the best.

haleakala descent sunset2

Here’s my other favorite sunset of the week, down in Wailea.

wailea sunset

More in the next post…

New needles

If you read my other blog at LanternMoon.com, you know that the new ebony and rosewood interchangeable needle sets have come in to the warehouse. I’ve been knitting with a prototype of these needles. The joins are really smooth. My yarn doesn’t catch on them, and I haven’t had any come apart while knitting with them. (This used to happen to me with other my Boye aluminum interchangeable needles, a long time ago. I’ve become a wooden needle convert since then.)

The needle tips I’m knitting with are the new Featherlight wood, which is certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. The interchangeables won’t be in this wood, at least not for now. I just happen to have gotten lucky and borrowed these to play with. Check them out.

tips

I knit my Mini Mochi fingering weight Infinity Entrelac Infinity Scarf with the size 4 tips.

And I’m now knitting another Noro DK weight version with the size 7 tips.

I like them a lot. They’re not quite as slick as my ebony needles, but I like the slate gray color and slight texture on them. I haven’t been knitting too much this week; the view is a distraction.

infinity view

Stay warm!

Infinity and beyond

I wore the Mini Mochi Infinity scarf yesterday, doubled as a cowl. It was perfect for the chilly, rainy day: a soft warm cloud of coziness.

mochi cowl

TheTeen took some more pictures for me, because I didn’t love the ones we took before. I had been in a hurry to catch the last bits of daylight on the last non-rainy day this week, and although I didn’t love the pictures, they were all I had. I like these better, so I swapped them into the pattern, and into my previous post.

mochi long2

And I also played with the cowl/hood look. I like it!

mochi hood

I haven’t knit a stitch since I finished on Monday. I’m not ready to start the two design projects I have in my head; I’m too busy this week to put that much thinking into it. I just want to knit something. It’s too strange having empty needles. I think I want to knit another Infinity! I love entrelac; each little square or triangle is like a mini-project. They go so fast, and you can really see your progress. I’ll knit a shorter version of the Noro Infinity in the same yarn. I already have the yarn; I bought a bag of 10 balls at Sock Summit last year. I used four in the original, three are going to a contest winner, and that means the last three can be mine!

Knit on…

Infinity, revealed

We were away for Thanksgiving weekend, and I had some time to knit. There was even a little snow.

snow sentinel

It was cold enough that a tiny snowman might need a scarf.

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The snowman is wearing the fingering weight version of my new Infinity infinity scarf, in progress. No, I’m not repeating myself. It’s named Infinity for the infinity symbols on the center rectangles, and it’s an infinity, or loop scarf. Here’s the first version, in DK weight Noro Silk Garden Lite.

infinity

It’s really long!

infinity long

It doubles up to make a wonderfully cozy, drapey cowl.

infinity even

I finished the fingering weight version; it’s knit in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi. I knit it shorter than the Noro version, and I love the length. It doubles to make an airy, light as a cloud cowl.

mochi cowl

mochi hood

mochi long2

I’ve been dying to show these to you, ever since I finished the first one! The pattern is available through the Infinity pattern page.

To celebrate my new design, I’m giving away two copies of the pattern, along with yarn to make your own Infinity. One will come with 2 balls of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi (in the green and purple colorway shown) and the other will have 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite (as shown above). The Mini Mochi is enough to make the scarf as shown, and the Noro will make a shorter (but still plenty long) scarf (I used 4 balls for the sample, but I think it’s longer than it needs to be). Do you want one? Leave me a comment and let me know which one!

Don’t wait to buy the pattern if you want it now. If you’re a winner, you can choose a different pattern from my collection, and I’ll send it when I send the yarn for Infinity. Of course, you can knit anything you want with the yarn; I won’t send the knitting police after you if you choose to knit something else!

Contest closes next Tuesday, December 7, at midnight. Go!

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Christmas? At least in some circles. I found this in my box of teaching pieces.

snowflake

It’s a Christmas stocking that I started while teaching last year’s Snowflake Christmas Stocking class at Twisted. I’m teaching it again this year on Saturday, December 4, 1 to 3 p.m. The class covers turning a heel, reading a chart, and learning to knit stranded colorwork without tangles. We even cover carrying two colors in the same hand. Contact Twisted if you want to register. Already know how? The pattern is available here.

stocking christmas stocking

Here’s a contest that I ran across (I have a google alert for Lantern Moon, and they’re featured in one of the prize packages): WEBS is having a huge giveaway to celebrate the 200th episode of their podcast, Ready Set Knit. Check out the amazing array of prizes and enter to win!

And don’t forget to check out my drawing on the Lantern Moon blog, too. I’ll pick a winner after Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

knitting like crazy

…but I can’t really show you yet. Here’s a little peek.

tips

Look at this gorgeous yarn I got from Lorajean (Knitted Wit) last week!

gray

A perfect cloudy gray…

sparkle

with sparkles! We have a little project in the works…

Have a great Thanksgiving. I’m not cooking…but I’m in charge of gravy, comme d’habitude. I can handle that. It’s been a rough month, but I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m lucky to have my family, an interesting and rewarding job, and to be able to knit for fun, design a bit, teach knitting, and blog both here and for Lantern Moon. I’m having a little giveaway on the Lantern Moon blog; click over and enter.

Are you knitting for the holidays? I’m not! Too much pressure. There may be gifts, but I’m not obligated to knit for anyone. Gifts happen sometimes, but mostly incidentally or by inspiration. That’s how I roll…

Ain’t no sunshine…

It’s been days since I’ve seen anything this pretty…

bamboo light

I just happened to look out the kitchen window, and there it was. Since then, it’s been rain, rain, rain, and darkness at 5 p.m. with the change back to standard time. But I haven’t been idle. I’ve been making lots of little squares.

squares 3

Here’s what’s left after four balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite. Yes, two little balls, because there was an abrupt color change at a join in the middle of the fourth ball (how very Noro), so I cut it out and joined the yarn back in when the color repeat made sense.

that's all

I really like how this turned out. I’ll be writing the pattern up soon. I need it to stop raining so I can take some modeled pictures! In the meantime, I’m working on a second version in an alternate yarn. I took it to knit night tonight, and finished a ball of yarn. I also brought chocolate chip shortbread, with some crystallized ginger in them. If the combo works for scones, why not for shortbread? Delicious, although I think I like the scones better.

Baby O was at knit night, too, and LJ finished a Meathead hat for him. Cute!

meathead

And Sharon brought her beautiful birthday present from Cathy.

garland

Cathy asked friends to send her 10 words or less about why we love Sharon, and came up with this brilliant presentation. The notes are printed on hand made rice paper, and backed with flags of other hand made paper. A bit of gauzy ribbon ties each note to a grosgrain hanging ribbon. This was hanging in Sharon’s office on the morning of her birthday. (It was more spread out there; the ribbon is very long!) The little lights add just the right sparkle.

What’s sparkling in your life?

still feeling bookish…

I have another new knitting book to show you. It’s 1000 Fabulous Knit Hats by Annie Modesitt. This copy is from the library, but I want to get a copy of my own.

hat book

Why? Partly because it’s beautiful, and partly because I’m in it! Well, not me, exactly, but some of my hats. Last year, Annie Modesitt put out a call for pictures of knit or crocheted hats. She was hoping to get a thousand to put into a book. And she did. She chose 10 to feature with their patterns. The rest are eye candy and inspiration. And there is a lot of inspiration here. A hat is a perfect project; small enough that it gets done quickly, and big enough to be a canvas for a new stitch pattern or color combination. Who doesn’t love a hat?

Here are my Pippi hats:

pippi blue

pippi

And my watermelon baby cap, which is a free pattern here on my blog:

watermelon

And my spiral rib cap, also free.

spiral

My Elsa would have been in here, too, but she hadn’t been designed yet.

I’ve spent some time paging through, and I want to knit more hats!