A Baby Knitting Giveaway!

Have you seen the new 60 More Quick Baby Knits? Well, if not, follow that link that I just posted and check it out! I have a design in it called the Garter Ridge Hat.  All of the designs in the book are knit up in Cascade 220 sport.

photo by Jack Deutsch

I have, in my possession a copy of this book which I am planning  on giving away. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section about what you like about knitting for babies. Now, to let you know, the majority of the patterns run from 6 months to 18 months. There are a couple larger.  There are some really cute designs! I will pick a winner next Wednesday, May 30th. Plenty of time for entries!

Also, lately I’ve been trying to revive my Ravelry group a bit. Sometime later this summer (maybe July or August), I’d like to do a KAL.  Last year, we did a kid’s knit KAL. This year, I think it will likely be an “accessory” KAL.  Any suggestions? So, please stop by my Ravelry group and say hi. I have a chat thread(and a couple others!!) and a welcome thread. Say hi, hang out. I mostly chat to myself right now and let’s face it, that’s just sad.

In Which I Tell You More…

about my new pattern! Yes, another new pattern. Phew! I am so happy to get these last two out into the wild. Today is all about ZOMBIES! My new pattern is called, Zombie Teeth. Why? Well, I’ll try to explain it.

Zombie Teeth is a sideways knit shawl. It is knit up in Wollmeise Twin in the colorway Amazonas. Amazonas is a lovely variegated green, blue/green/brownish red colored. I had been looking for the right project for it for ages. Those darn variegated yarns catch my eye every. single. time. I have such a hard time passing them by. I literally hunted down this colorway. I know that sounds sort of odd, but it’s true. I even had friends that were “on the lookout” for me. Finally, one of my friends spotted one in a destash and worked out a three way trade! No kidding. Once I got it though, I didn’t know what to make it into.

I didn’t want to do socks. I don’t know, sometimes I am sock obsessed and other times, not so much. I had hit a “not so much” phase. So, I turned to my trusty garter stitch and thought how I would like a lace edge and then thought about how I should add short rows. I literally swatched and swatched until I got the combination that I liked. Yeah! Great…so, Zombies?

Well, so, as some of you know. I love movies. As much as I love movies, I am not much on the horror genre. I’ll watch, but meh…except for Zombies. I flippin’ love zombies. I always have. I still remember watching Night of the Living Dead when I was very very little and loving it. Though, I thought they should move faster. The entire time I knit this shawlette all I could think about was zombies. I don’t know why, but I dreamed zombies! They were everywhere. I flew through this sample. Literally, it flew off my needles like a zombie from the Dawn of the Dead remake. Wildly variegated, hungry to be worn! If I can get it out of my daughter’s hands once in a while…

I honestly think the name came from the colors. It’s just so green and this particular shade of green lends itself to that sort of sickly zombie look (and I mean that in a good way). On top of it all, it has a sort of brownish red in it, like dried blood. Ewwwww, I know. Except that it looks really cool! Oh yeah, and the lace part. The lace part is made by casting on stitches and some lacey tricks at the one end of the shawl. It mades very distinct looking teeth. So, there you go. That is how it got it’s name. Combine all this that I just blathered on about with my very odd sense of humor. The irony is fun. It’s a gorgeous knit and wears beautifully but is name something odd, if not, grotesque. Certainly, not what one would expect when hearing, Zombie Teeth!

I had to throw this last picture in. I had an idea for a fun photo shoot with actual zombies, in a junk yard, total zombie apocalypse and my daughter nixed the idea. She didn’t want to be dirty and sweaty lol. So we did this instead.

It’s a Pattern Release Friday!

Things have been quiet around here since Knit and Crochet Blog week.  I have my reasons…eeegads what a crazy few weeks it’s been. I ended up injuring my shoulder on the Sunday of Knit and Crochet Blog week. Well, it did hurt before Sunday, but I apparently did something to make it worse on Sunday.  I thought I was having a heart attack.  The pain had radiated around to my chest, down my ribcage, I was feverish and had and upset stomach. So, I went the emergency room and they checked me over and found nothing. Now, I have a pretty high threshold of pain but this was nuts. It hurt BAD. They couldn’t find anything wrong though, I was sent home with pain killers and muscle relaxants and told not to use my shoulder at all. Well, the next week is a blur. I’m not sure really what was going on. The meds helped though. My shoulder is mostly healed. There is a point where I do stretch to that I will get a sharp “take your breath away” type of pain. So, I don’t do that. I do need to go check in with my doctor next week to see if  anything else needs further examination.

On to why I am really here! I have a new pattern for you! I absolutely adore this pattern! My daughter also loves it. She keeps telling me each one is her new favorite. I guess that’s a good sign.

Sky Blue Sky is a top down raglan with short sleeves. The waist and sleeves are edged in eyelet cables. The eyelet cables are totally simple and really a nice finishing edge. Sky blue Sky also includes waist darts in the front and back. I like that waist darts are so customizable(is that a word? spell check says no). Myself, I am a bit bigger than my daughter, I might eliminate some of the front shaping and ya know…give my tummy a little more room. Or, one doesn’t have to do it at all. It’s really all how you want it to fit. My daughter is wearing size 35 with about an inch of positive ease.

I really wanted to actually do another photoshoot. When I got home to edit the pictures, I realized my daughter had stuffed her cell phone in her shirt(really?? Who does that?). UGH! So, if you see a bump around her chest area, that’s her cell phone. I told her if I couldn’t get new pics done, that I was going to tell the world what that bump was. She will hopefully never do that again. I was not able to get even one decent day to take pictures and with the name of the pattern, I figured that I should do an outdoor shoot. The weather here has been cloudy, rainy and absolutely insanely WINDY! Seriously, if you can’t stand upright due to wind gusts, it’s not a great day for pictures.

The name! Yes, the name…That is a Wilco song (Album too, actually). When I was designing this pattern, it just would not stop playing in my head. Now, I am a HUGE Wilco fan, so it isn’t unusual for Wilco songs to be playing in my head, but usually it doesn’t coincide with designing a sweater. The song doesn’t directly correlate to the design, but I can certainly relate to the sentiment in the song.

Another nice thing about this sweater is that it does not take a lot of yarn 800 yards for the smallest, 1100 for the largest. Top down sweaters can sometimes get a bit cumbersome, especially in the summer. Sky Blue Sky is knit in Quince and Co. Chickadee, which is a sportweight wool. So, it won’t get too heavy. It’s light, breathable, perfect for summer. Am I the only person who wears lightweight wool in the summer? I can’t be. Anyways, if you’d rather do a summer fiber, a sportweight cotton or linen would be nice too. Though, Chickadee makes a lovely fabric and blocks like a dream.

Well, I hope you like her. She was lots of fun to make. This blog post got long, didn’t it? Well that’s what happens when you inadvertently take a week off and then have to play catch up! I will be back with another pattern very very soon, like next week. I also will be doing a little book review soon too.