The little Momo is not just for kids anymore! Today is a very exciting day for me. I released my first women’s sweater pattern, Momo. I don’t know why I waited so long, really it is just like designing a kid’s pattern, just bigger with an extra consideration (or two) to keep in mind. Not too long ago, I released Momo for the Malabrigo Sock yarn Design contest. Almost immediately, I had many people contact me about upsizing the Little Momo for adults. Well, the more I thought about it, the more I liked that idea. Of course, I wanted to make some modifications to make it “grown up”.
I lengthened the sleeves and made them more fitted. I also did away with the opening around the neck. I also added optional waist shaping. Now, when I knit my Momo(which I am totally planning on), I will skip the waist shaping because you know it’s not what I’d want to accentuate. But, my lovely model (my daughter) has no problems with waist shaping!
I put up a notice on my group that the pattern is published. I also put in a note to see if anyone is interested in a KAL. I could definitely do one if there is interest. So, if you would like this just stop by and post. I am sure we could make it fun with a few random giveaways. I am planning another giveaway later this week in my group. So definitely stop by and say hello!
My daughter being silly!
I am happy to bring you my latest pattern: Cadenza. This is a scarf/shawlette done in Malabrigo Silky Merino. I used colorways Smoke and Manzanilla Olive. I absolutely LOVED working on these. They knit up very easily and literally flow off the needles thanks to the fantastic yarn. I absolutely adore Malabrigo Silky Merino. I adore it so much that I chose it as the yarn for my adult sized Little Momo (which is currently in progress!). Cadenza is knit top down and shaped with short rows. The smaller size is very scarf like and the large size is a bit more shawlette like. The dots of color are worked much the same way bobbles are, back and forth, in contrasting color.In addition to coming in two sizes. It also offers, 3 edging options. There is a lot of room for customization. You could add more of the dotted repeats, if you like. Or make it bigger with more short rows. Or, if you are really adventurous, knit it in worsted!
My daughter did the modeling. What will I do when she goes off to college. She’s only a freshman, so I have time to plan She’s tried stealing my samples several times.
The plus side of having your own kids model is that you have great pictures of them! Who needs those awkward school pictures
We did these pictures at a local coffee shop. The day we shot, it was far too cold for outdoor pictures. We didn’t think that parkas and such would be such a great backdrop for the design.
There you have it. I will try to stop by this week. I am thinking up some sort of giveaway. So, stop back in. I also want to give you a sneak peek at the sweater(s) that I am working on!
I told you! As soon as I put up a post, I knew the Petite Purls Back to Basics pattern would go live! I am so excited to present this pattern to you. The Back to Basics pattern line on Petite Purls is meant to present you with basic patterns for beginners or blank canvases for you to get creative with. My pattern is for a Sleeveless Top. This is knit up in the fabulous Spud and Chloe Sweater. I love, love, love Spud and Chloe Sweater. Just think, at the beginning of the year, I hadn’t even tried it. Now, I’ve designed three patterns in it!
Isn’t the model adorable? This pattern offers a button band on one side to make it easier to get on your little one!
There are instructions for an optional side purl stripe, as well. There are many ways to customize it. You can choose different colors. You could add stripes or a cable. I am planning on knitting one up for my 15 month old. I am thinking about adding a cable down the front. Or maybe I’ll stripe it in some fun colors.
This garment is quite versatile too. You can layer it, as shown, or in warmer months you could just have your little one wear it as a tank top. Spud and Chloe is wool cotton so it breathes wonderfully.
The hemmed bottom edge gives it a very clean look. These are great pictures. I can only aspire to do as well someday. Brandy Fortune of Petite Purls did the photo shoot and what a fantastic job she did.
Well, there you go! That was one of my surprises!
So, I have finally gotten the weather to cooperate and my daughter a day off, so that I could take pictures of this design! This is the same one I took a picture of last week. It is for the Jimmy Beans Wool Misti Alpaca Landscape pattern contest. I really like it. It is simple, but with a lovely stitch pattern, not boring. It’s reversible. It is so versitile! You can wear it many different ways!
It perhaps is a bit warm for the weather. We started our photo shoot at around 9 a.m. and it was already 80 degrees with 95% humidity. Ouch! But, she was a good sport and did all that I asked. We got some lovely shots.
There isn’t much she won’t do for a smoothie. I am nearly ready to send the pattern in. I should get the actual cowl in the mail tomorrow. I am a bit stuck on the name, but I have a few options.
The finicky teen even said she would love me to knit her one for the winter. She likes that she could leave it open as in the above picture. Or wrap it around her neck as in the bottom picture.
Well last week, Baby Ruched was released. It seems to be doing quite well. I am so excited about how well it is doing that I have decided to do a little giveaway! All you have to do is comment on this post and later this week, I will pick a winner! Before I tell you what you will win, I want to show some lovely shots of this little cardigan.
Baby Ruched Cardigan in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal
So, now that I got that out of my system, I want to tell you what I am giving away. I will give away a copy of the pattern Baby Ruched Cardigan along with one skein of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Summer Blooms. One skein is enough to make up to an 18 month size(VERY close on a 2T size as well).
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Summer Blooms
I LOVE this colorway! I will also give a secondary prize of a choice of one pattern from my for sale patterns on Ravelry. So, there will be two winners. Make sure when you post you give me some way of getting a hold of you either your Ravelry ID or an email. Good Luck. If you win the Baby Ruched pattern and you’ve already purchased it, I will give you the choice of another of my patterns and you will still get the yarn! So, there you have it. Just comment to win! ETA: I will keep this giveaway open until 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at which time, I will do the drawing! Thanks!
Oh, she slumbers. I haven’t touched that sweater since June or July. I don’t even remember. That might not seem like a lot of time to some of you. But, I am a compulsive finisher. I like things finished. So for me to have an unfinished object, from last year no less, is just absurd. She is lovely, there is no doubt there. It’s just so. much. stockinette. I knew that going in too. But I went for it anyway. I will not let this sweater be my undoing. What am I talking about? My featherweight. Yes, there she is in all her unfinished glory.
I will attempt to finish this...
She is a glorious, vibrant Bobby Blue in Malabrigo Lace. And yes, Malabrigo Lace is ever so soft. But, what was I thinking? I was not big on thin yarns at the time( I do appreciate them and enjoy them though, really I do!) So, why did I pick a project with so much stockinette. Apparently, to bore myself into submission. I tried varying projects. This soon became my “in between” project. The thing I work on when I am not sure what I want to do next. Then it just went into the snooze pile. I had been presented the opportunity to test knit for Malabrigo and I took it. I had a legitimate excuse to cast this aside! And so I did. I took it off my precious size 6 needle, placed in in a project bag with some lavender and refused to acknowledge it’s existance for months! Then, I heard rumblings about this “Ravelympics” stuff. Well, I heard more than rumblings. Somehow, I signed up to be a co-team captain. I think I did it in October when my defenses were low. If you don’t know what the ravelympics are, I will tell you. In short, they are a knitting event to go along with the Olympics(be they Summer or Winter). You start your projects with the lighting of the torch and finish them by the closing ceremonies. You join teams and enter events, such as, WIP Wrestling. Work in progress wrestling is the one category that I am sure I am joining. I am pulling out this ill-fated, cast aside cardigan and I am going to work on it. I pulled it out today and thought about what that entails. I won’t even let myself work on another project(unless it is a design) during the ravelympics unless I finish this one. I am going to use my sharp focus and abundant ability to use my time wisely (don’t laugh, I can use my time wisely!). I think I may be getting a little excited to work on it again.
Now, you know(if you read the blog) that I have been working on a Saroyan. Well, I took from Sunday until Tuesday off from it for some reasons (designs, I blame the two designs I will be releasing soon!) But, I have made a bunch of progress. It is just LOVELY! I love the pattern and of course, I love the yarn(Silky Malabrigo, a fave!). Tune in next time. I will talk about my tutorial for a pom pom!
Ahh, Matisse Blue, how I adore you.
*sigh* So, I know I promised finished object pictures. So, what’s my problem already? Well, no problem really, except that I left my favorite new finished object at my mother’s house when I visited her! UGH! How, could I not notice that I didn’t have my Buffalo Sabres colored(Buscando Azul and Cadmium, Malabrigo) Turn a Square hat? Hopefully, I’ll get over this weekend so I can remedy this asap. Despite this, I did manage a snapshot of the second prototype of my Minnesnowta Hat in the 3-6 month size. I did this one in Malabrigo Worsted Vermillion instead of Twist. I just had to change the needle to get gauge. I am writing up the 12 month size today and should be able to cast on my adult prototype today(if my black Twist arrives). Then, hopefully, I can get it to testers and released soon! It’s really adorable.
Minnesnowta 2 in Malabrigo Worsted Vermillion
I also have a picture of my Icing Swirl Hat (pattern by Ysolda Teague). I really enjoyed this hat. I knit it in the yarn called for in the pattern Misti Alpaca Chunky. I had only minutes a day to work on this, but I cranked it out in very little time. My daughter has already proclaimed that she needs one too. Of course, she does.
Icing Swirl Hat, pattern by Ysolda Teague
I am also currently working on a cowl design that I am thinking is close to being , “just right.” I am also itching to cast on for a Saroyan (pattern by Liz Abinante) in Mattisse Blue Malabrigo Silky.
I am still looking for some suggestions for my 10 new yarns to use in 2010. I did manage to get my hands on some of The Sanguine Gryphon’s Eidos to try. I am so looking forward to trying it. But, what else? Come on lovely readers, I know you are out there. I know you can hear me!!! Suggest a yarn. Or suggest a non-sock pattern for the Eidos. Gimme some comments! Please? Do I have to beg really?
The thing about the holidays for me is, they seem to bring everything else to a screeching halt. Hence the reason that I haven’t posted here for a while. My kids were off school so I got no peace! Their vacation meant I had 3 times the work to do. Yeah, they are older, but for some reason, they seemed like more work than my 7 month-old. We had a jolly good time over Christmas. Everyone got something that they wanted. I got my stand mixer, finally!!! While, I didn’t get any knitting items, I think I am closer to getting them. People are starting to catch on. So along with the holidays, there was also a snowstorm. Talk about putting a cramp in my plans. Remember that dreary picture I posted? There wasn’t much snow yet. Well, that was remedied by a three day storm that dumped 16-18 inches on us. Yeah, we have snow now. Booo!
In other news, there’s this group on ravelry. They are trying to complete 10 projects in 2010 using 10 different yarns. I couldn’t help it, I joined( I also joined a traveling scarf project and another Malabrigo Swap!!!)This will give me the opportunity to use some of those yarns I have been yearning to try.I know that I will use some Malabrigo, some Madelinetosh worsted. But, I am hoping to get some Madelintosh Eyre, something from Sanguine Gryphon, and perhaps some Shibui sock. But, what else to use? I am really hoping to take this opportunity to use yarns that I haven’t used yet. Have any suggestions? Something I just have to try? Please leave suggestions in my comments. I know people are reading, but so far no one has even said hi…sadness
I will do another update this week, with pictures. I just haven’t gotten around to taking them and I have finished several projects. I finished my brother in law’s cowl, my nieces shrug, started and finished 2 hats for me. So, yeah there will be lots to see!
I do, I do deserve coal in my stocking! Why? I’ve been cheating on knitting. Well, I’ve been knitting too. But, I have been delving into other handicrafts, as well. It’s my poor shattered attention span. I just can’t figure out what to do. First of all, I had to do some sewing for my nieces. I made them these chalk cloth placemats. My older kids are sort of freaking out about how “cool” they are. Well, I hope the little girls like them. I still have one more to make. The other thing taking my time is that time honored holiday tradition of holiday baking. Whew, you have no idea! If you saw my kitchen right now, you’d all be horrified.
I am getting some knitting done though. I finished Capitan # 2(or 5, depending on how you look at it). It is lovely, but hard to capture in a picture. I am trying ever so hard to sneak in a moment here and a moment there for pattern writing. It’s not keeping me satisfied though. So, when the new year rolls around. I need to make a resolution to dedicate a certain amount of time to design every day. A resolution, no one ever sticks to those right? Well, I usually do. It was a New Year’s resolution that brought me to knitting in the first place. This will be easier when I have a space dedicated to my “work”. Of course, first we must get the bedroom and bath done in the basement first. I hate to sound ticked off or anything. But, I am sort of “ticked off” about that situation. But, that’s a whole ‘nother blog, a whole ‘nother time. Finally, I have started my LAST knitted gift of the holiday season. It’s for my brother-in-law, Josh. He is a big Steelers fan and I have dubbed this the Steel City Cowl. Too bad his team is stinky this year.
Well, Christmas this year, may just be my undoing. I am having such a hard time concentrating on my projects. I finished a great majority of my Christmas knitting in October during Malabrigo October Stockpile in the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravely. (I love you junkies!) In fact, I finished so many projects that I won for most fos(finished objects) with 40. Uh, yes I am insane. But, there was Mal test yarn on the line! There was Merino Alpaca to be won! Yes, well I think I messed my brain up. I cannot concentrate anymore. I am having a serious case of Knitting Attention Deficit Disorder. Don’t laugh (well, ok go ahead!). But, I am totally serious. I jump from project to project and amidst my holiday knitting, I started writing a second baby hat pattern. I even started a blog! What is wrong with me? Now, I don’t mean to poke fun at ADD. I don’t really. It’s extremely frustrating. Perhaps, I actually am ADD, that would explain a lot.
I have gotten something done, mostly. I just have to attach the buttons and strap on the Capitan hat for my niece. This was done in Malabrigo Chunky Tuareg. Oh, I adore Tuareg.
I think I can knit this in my sleep
I do think that I can knit this hat in my sleep. This is my fourth Capitan Hat. Everyone seems to really like this pattern. Upon seeing how this one turned out my teenage daughter asked for another. She has two already, but there is something about Malabrigo that makes you just want more. So, I have moved on to my 5th Capitan in Malabrigo Chunky, Stonechat. I hope I get enough knitting time to finish this today or tomorrow. I have a secret cowl that I must knit and some sewing to do, so I really need to clear the fogginess in my brain and get to work.
Finally, what do I love? Oh, besides my adorable baby. Yes, Malabrigo. I took advantage of some Black Friday sales and got myself a few skeins. Yes, I managed to limit it to a few skeins. It was really difficult for me, but I did it. I tried to get the ever elusive Roxana Graman colorway from eatsleepknit.com, but was informed that they were out. So, instead I chose the new Deja Vu colorway and a couple of skeins of Buscando Azul. They are all lovely. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get some Buscando Azul into my stash. Me, Ms. Blue Malabrigo has never owned any Buscando Azul.
Here are the lovelies.
I escaped with only 3 skeins damage!