I made this silly little cartoon for Malabrigo March and their Most Creative Photo contest.Check out all the other fun pictures here. I don’t know why these things come into my head I am really good at lame jokes!
The past few months, I have flirted…no, become obsessed with neckwear. I do go through phases sometimes and this is/was definitely one of them. It was probably spurred on by the ample opportunity to don neckwear this winter. It has been, and still is pretty cold around here. In comparison, March 10th, one year ago here was 65 degrees and I took my son to the park to play. This year…like 20 degrees. ACK!
Most of my obsessiveness has come in the form of cowl design. It didn’t start out that way this time, though. What You Wish started with my desire to knit a scarf that didn’t bore me to tears and didn’t take forever to knit. I had to keep it interesting. So, I first picked out a cable and took that element and added stripes using intarsia techniques. OH NO!!! Did I say, “intarsia”? Yeah, I did. Don’t let that scare you though, because it isn’t difficult at all and before you know it this thing will fly off the needles. I used Worsted/Aran weight yarns. The small cowl took me a day of knitting.
First, the scarf:
Oh hey, that’s me! Of course, I am wearing a hockey t-shirt hah. This scarf version was knit up with The Plucky Knitter Plucky Rustic. What a fun yarn. It’s soft, yet rustic…
I used the colorway, Flannel, for the main color. The accent is Icey Audrey. And now the cowls:
These were knit up in Malabrigo Worsted. You provisionally cast them on and then join later by grafting. You could also just use 3 needle bind off, but grafting makes the seaming invisible! The short cowl used Frost Gray as the main color and Bobby Blue for the contrast.
The long cowl version was also done in Malabrigo Worsted. I used Frost Gray again as the main color and Sapphire Green as a contrast.
So…has my obsession abated. No, it really hasn’t. I still have new ideas, but have to move on to other things at the moment! I will be back again, likely later this week. I have one more pattern to release this March.
My first official design of the year, the Carrock Cowl. While I was designing this and knitting up the sample. I couldn’t help but think of Tolkien. Since The Hobbit movie was releasing at nearly the same time I was working on this, the association was probably planted in my head by my desire to see the movie. The Carrock, in Tolkien Lore, is a stony eyot (small island) in the upper reaches of the River Anduin. The name Carrock was a bit of a joke by Tolkien as the word car in Anglo-Saxon means “rock”.
The yarn is Malabrigo Rastita, a new DK weight from Malabrigo Yarns. This stuff is quite lovely. It is so soft and lofty. These cables are wonderful. It is a single ply yarn and like it’s “big” sister Rasta, slightly felted. The colorway that I used is Plomo. I think this colorway also played a part in the patterns naming. Rocks may seem boring to some, but I’ve always thought that the tones in different types of rock were very interesting and held a lot of depth. This yarn is the same way. It has so many tones and they just all blend so wonderfully together. Though, this did make it a tad bit difficult to photograph. You can see in my photos that when we changed light, the color changed too!
I just love the cabled texture. I’ve had this idea for a while and was waiting for the perfect yarn. I think I found it!
The pattern has written and charted directions. So, if you like one or the other, you are covered. I hope you have enjoyed the look at my newest pattern. It certainly was a joy to knit up!
Do you see that charcoal-ish color sweater underneath the cowl? That’s a new sweater design I am working on! I am absolutely in love with it and I hope you will all like it too. It (and another couple designs I’m working on) actually sparked an idea for another blog post next week on sleeves. I hope you will stop by and check that out too!
Hello! I’ve been absent again! I apologize. We were wiped out by sickness and then after we got better, I had to catch up on work. Again, I put in my request for more hours in a day, but I think it was denied.
I am excited about this post though, as I have a new design to show you! This morning, I released my Hyde Park Cardigan.
Hyde Park takes it’s name from one of London’s Royal Parks. The top down cardigan has a garter edged collar, lovely twisty cables. The front edges are knit as you go in garter and button loops and buttons are added later. This sweater has very minimal finishing, just button loops, buttons and weaving in the ends.
The back features a lovely trio of cables.
Well, thanks for stopping by to see it. I hope you all like it!
Yes a KAL!!! I’m talking about a KAL…in a minute. First off, I thought I’d let you all know that I got that cool day that I wanted. Got some fabulous modeled pics of the sweater and it is nearly ready for release!
Now on to this KAL business… During October, the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry has a big KAL, called October Stockpile. It’s always lots of fun and has a lot of participants and PRIZES! It’s designed for people to start their holiday knitting and focuses on 1 skein projects. To go along with it, they let designers and yarn purveyors a chance to run sales. I am happy to let you know that I am participating in this sale and will be offering 20% off any of the single patterns in my shop using the code STOCKPILE2012 at checkout. Sorry, the ebook isn’t on sale as is already a really good buy (more than 20% off the cost of the single patterns) What I would also like to do is encourage anyone knitting my patterns in October (using Malabrigo or any kind of yarn) a place to stop by and KAL. I will host this in my group here. So, come by, join my group and later today I will be posting a thread about the KAL. I’ll ask you to sing up in the thread by stating which pattern you will be knitting and I’ll add you to a list of Stockpile participants. At the end of the month I will have a couple of random yarn giveaways and every participant in the KAL will receive a coupon code for 50% a future pattern purchase!
Now, just to be clear, I am in no way trying to steal Stockpile participants. If you are knitting one of my patterns in Malabrigo, by all means, participate in both! It’s lots of fun!
Now, I will leave you with a shot from that photoshoot, I mentioned earlier:
I am so excited for this month! I can finally show you all the large project I’ve been working on most recently. I can also now breathe a HUGE sigh…and take a day off(maybe…). Anyways, have you heard about the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project? Well, if not, let me introduce you! Every month for a couple years now, Malabrigo has been supporting independent designers by sponsoring indie ebook releases. The past releases can be seen here.
My Ebook, The Vintage Ice Cream Truck, was started with sketches last year. Actually it’s been one year exactly. So, this has been a long term project, but it has been so. much. fun. My theme was Ice Cream Truck. So, I tried to thing of a way to relate my pattern to ice cream. I also decided to take inspiration from vintage children’s patterns but, I also wanted them to have a bit of a modern twist.
First up, the pattern named after my favorite treat, the Limepop. I love lime popsicles. They have always been my favorite. Nowadays, I opt for the “real” lime flavored ones over the fake flavored ones of my past.
The Limepop sweater has a textured body and stockinette sleeves. It is worked from the top down, in the round. I used Malabrigo Lettuce to knit up this sample. It’s a simple knit, but there is enough going on to keep you interested.
Up next is the complimentary hat, Limepop Hat. This pattern isn’t just for the kiddies, it’s for everyone! It’s unisex and comes in sizes 3/6 months- Adult L.
Next up is, Make Mine Strawberry. This is my ode to strawberry ice cream, my daughter’s favorite. Sweet little details make this sweater a fun knit. Malabrigo’s Arroyo make it absolutely dreamy. I love knitting with this yarn!
Next up is Blueberry Swirl. Stripes and a larger gauge make this a fun and quick knit. This baby knits up FAST and of course, delicious in Malabrigo Twist. I think the sample took me under a day. Not kidding! Very much an immediate gratification type project.
Up next is the adorable Sammie! This cardigan was inspired by the ice cream sandwich. Who doesn’t love an ice cream sandwich (my favorite are tofutti cuties!!). Knit up in Rios, from the top down, this cardigan has wonderful details that make it a fantastic choice for those months when you are waiting for ice cream truck season.
Last, but not least is the Sammie Hat. This hat has the same stripe and texture pattern as the Sammie sweater. Just like the Limepop Hat, Sammie has a wide range of sizes! So, it is not just for the kids either!
So, I hope you have enjoyed my pattern collection. I sure enjoyed putting this together! Oh! and for the month of August, the ebook and single patterns are 10% off on Ravelry with the code ICECREAM. Happy Knitting!
ETA: Ack! I forgot to mention! Stay tuned for more MFPP this month. It will be a full month for the Freelance pattern project with two more ebooks coming this month!
Hello all! Wow! Has it really been over a month since I posted? It’s been a busy month, that’s for sure. The blog is always on the “list of things to do”, but it always seems to be the very last thing and I never seem to get to the very last thing on my list. I must move it up on the priority list! One of the things I’ve been working on is today’s release!
Malabrigo is a fantastic company. Earlier this year, I did an interview on the Malabrigo website telling everyone just how much I love them. Recently, they added a fun new feature. Approximately every two weeks, there is a release for a “quick” pattern done in Malabrigo Yarn. The feature is called, Malabrigo Quickies! This week, my pattern is the new “Quickie”.
The sideways shawlette/scarf is knit up in Malabrigo’s sportweight yarn, Arroyo. It comes in two different sizes A shorter/wider and long/skinny version. This bias knit shawl/scarf knits up super fast and each one takes less than a full skein making it a great project for those single skeins that some of us seem to buy impulsively (not that I ever do that).
Generally, when I choose a name for a project, I use the project as inspiration. This time, though, it was the colorway. I used Arco Iris. Arco Iris is a variegated colorway. It is gorgeous and can vary a lot due to the hand dyed nature of the colorway. I have always thought it was one of the loveliest of variegated colorways. I wanted to find a way to use this colorway to it’s fullest advantage. That’s why I chose a garter body. Pairing that with the bias construction, you can virtually eliminate odd pooling. The knitted fabric made me think of Monet’s The rose-way at Giverny by Monet. So, that is what I decided to call it, The Roseway.
Both versions can be worn a variety of ways: bandana style, wrapped several times, or worn over the shoulders.
I hope you like it! Stop by the Malabrigo Junkies for the official Malabrigo Quickies thread on Ravelry to see all the Malabrigo Quickie releases. Also, stop by my group and post in our chit chat thread. We’d love to see you! At the end of the month, I pick one random chatter to receive a free pattern.
I will try to make more time for my blog. I really should. I am always happy after I post:)
I think about color a lot when I knit. I think about it even more when I design. I have a natural affection for several colors. Though, as of late, one might call them an obsession.
Green is my happy color. I love the color green and all of it’s shades. Right now, I am really feeling those bright vibrant greens. Malabrigo Worsted Merino comes in a few greens that just absolutely make my day. There is the jubilant Sapphire Green and it’s slightly moodier cousin Verde Adriana. I just got 4 more skeins of green today. Here and here(you may need to be logged into etsy to see these, I’m not sure) are a couple of greens that I may have gotten a hold of just today. Don’t they just sing? There is the added benefit that I look good in green.
Blue is a “safe” color for me. My kids, my significant other, and I all have blue eyes. We are all relatively pale skinned. We all look fantastic in blue. I can knit something in blue (hat, scarf, cowl) and I know someone can use it. I design in blue a lot, as well. My daughter and toddler son do most of the modeling for my designs and they both look awesome in blue. Also, everyone likes blue. I can’t say that about orange. None of my kids like the color orange.
I really like the color( or value) gray. It goes with everything. I don’t have to worry about it clashing with my wardrobe because most of my wardrobe is also gray. Even if I pull out that rare shirt that isn’t gray, it will likely coordinate with gray. Also, I can knit a gender neutral item and it could go to either my daughter or my sons(or let’s face it, me) because anyone can pull off a good gray!
The dreaded salmon…I just can’t do it. I’ve talked about colors that I like, now it’s time for that one color that I just cannot stand. I told myself earlier this year that I would like all colors, or I would try to. I stopped short when I thought about that coral, peach pink shade. I just cannot do it. I don’t like it. It’s one of those colors that makes me look completely hideous. I can’t really do light yellows either, but they don’t cause me to look away, salmon does. I look away fast.
What are some of your favorite colors? Have you seen any greens, blues, grays, that I need to know about? Please tell me! I love finding new yarn!
Hey guys! I know I’ve been promising this button post for a while and the day has finally come. Though first, I’d like to direct your attention to the Malabrigo Yarn Blog, where I have done an interview! I hope you will stop by and check it out. It was lots of fun and let’s face it, I love Malabrigo.
Now, let’s talk buttons! I love buttons. They may be the one thing that could rival my yarn stash. I thought it would be fun to show you all some of my buttons. Note, I said some and periodically, like say when I acquire some new buttons, I thought I could do blog posts dedicated to buttons. There has to be other button fanatics out there.
My button sources are as varied as my yarn sources. I look online at etsy or ebay. There are several button shops online too. I also shop for buttons when I get to an LYS. Sometimes, they have really cool buttons. Other places that I’ve found buttons, my Grandma, garage/auction sales, and thrift stores. I once actually bought a shirt in a vintage shop just because I wanted the buttons.
One thing that I really love is this knick knack that my Mom recently gave me. It was my Grandma’s button holder. She had a lot of buttons. I’ve used several out of here! This thing holds tons of buttons, every drawer is stuffed full. It’s a sentimental piece, but practical too.
These buttons were acquired when I was working on a sweater(not released yet). I ordered the wrong size. These were a bit small. Now, I must find something for them. I actually ordered 3 sets of buttons before I came to the ones I wanted for this project. I can be a bit indecisive sometimes. It’s ok though, I don’t mind having extra buttons.
The buttons below are the buttons that I finally settled on for the a fore mentioned buttons. Notice, they are bigger.
These buttons are slated for a knitting project that I just haven’t gotten to yet. They are such a lovely set. Look at the details!
Last(for today), but not least, below are the buttons that were first seen on my most recent publication, The Michaela Tee in Knitscene Summer 2012. I had to really look for these buttons. I had a hard time deciding what to do. The yarn color used in the sweater is not one that is easy to find buttons to “match” and I wasn’t sure I wanted them to match anyways. So, I thought perhaps I’d go with a nice crisp white button for summer. I came across these on etsy and I knew they were prefect.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I will be back next week with a post, hopefully. Make sure you check in the week of April 23-29th as I am planning on participating in the Kniting and Crochet Blog Week 2012 and it should be a lot of fun this year!
Phew, yes, it’s been a crazy couple weeks around here. Busy knitting my rear end off , writing patterns, getting sick, getting well and now nursing sick kids. I need to do a giant blog post of all the stuff that’s been happening. It’s kind of crazy!
First of all, I have a sale going on. For those of you who know all about Malabrigo October Stockpile, you know that it’s a great time for all things Malabrigo. The fabulous Mal Junkies group on Ravelry holds the most fantastic events. In honor of this event, I have put everything in my shop at 15% off with the coupon code: ninjastockup . Stop by the Junkies group and join in the fun. There is a thread full of sales postings.
Secondly, there is another group doing great things on Ravelry. The Candy Skein Addicts group is running a Rhombi KAL for October-December. I am really honored they liked the pattern so much they wanted to do a KAL. If you haven’t seen Candy Skein yarns, you need to get on over to the group I linked. She has some very lovely yarns. She is offereing $2.oo off each skein of yarn ordered for the KAL. That is a seriously great deal! Check out her lovely stock here and don’t hesitate to ask for a specific color!
Now, a little news about the Anonymous Vampire shawlette. It was featured on the Indigodragonfly blog here, recently. I used her Merino Sock in the pattern and it is absolutely wonderful yarn! I love it. So, if you would like to use the same yarn, be sure to check out her available yarn section. it is worth every penny. See my finished shawlette…it had been knit, blocked, frogged and reknit when I decided to make a design change. Yeah, you can’t tell, because the yarn is so AWESOME. Now, Anonymous Vampire didn’t win the pattern design contest for the Indigodragonfly KAL, but that’s ok! It’s been a big hit and I hadn’t even planned it as a design so it was lots of fun to do.
Last, but not least, the Itty Bitty Kiddie KAL is well underway. FO picks are rolling in! I gave away and random skein of yarn last week. This weeks random skein will be Malabrigo Rasta in the Coronilla colorway! So, come by and join in. Post away for the most chances possible!
So as not to leave you pictureless, I give you a shot from my photoshoot for my most recent pattern to head to test knitters. I am calling it, “Go Buffalo!” Why? You ask. Well, I am a big hockey fan…and I LOVE the Buffalo Sabres. I wanted to knit my son a striped cardigan in old school Buffalo Sabres colors. Since I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked enough to modify. I just made one up and then decided that I might as well grade it while I am at it!