Lady Abernathy KAL! and more!

The Lady Abernathy is up for pre-release here!
About the KAL
The KAL is to celebrate the release of my new pattern Lady Abernathy, which is the “grown up” version of my popular Abernathy Sweater for kids. It will start on January 1st, so you will have all of December to get ready! The KAL will also include the child size Abernathy Sweater and Abernathy Hat, as well. For now, you are recieving this info sheet with yarn requirements and pertinent information. The full pattern will come out either the last week in December. At the very latest, it will go out December 31st.
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There will be prizes in my group, Ninja8tofu’s Tofu Shack.So, I definitely think you should stop by and check it out. I will take the next few weeks to reveal prizes and more KAL information. I want it to be a lot of fun for everyone!
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With Code ABERNATHYKAL this sweater, the children’s sweater and the hat, will be on sale for 35% off through the 10th of December. After that they will be 25% off through the 20th and after that it will be 15% off for through the end of the month. All to prepare for the KAL at the beginning of January!

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Over the weeks leading up to the KAL, I will be posting prizes. They are sure to include, project bags, stitch markers, and whatever other fun things I can find! Feel free to chat in this thread and ask questions. I will put up a KAL sign up thread for your to “officially” sign up.

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Fall is coming…

In some parts of the country, it may not seem like it, but fall is coming. Thank goodness. I love fall. I love every single bit about it. I love pumpkin, sweaters, the return to knits, the crisp air, the spooky evenings…Well, ok I don’t like that it leads into winter. If it could just stay fall all the time, I’d  be totally happy.

 

I’ve spent the past week sending kids off to school and then having most of the come down with some strange cold-like illness the past week.

Off to Kindergarten

Off to Kindergarten

Off to College

Off to College

I am enjoying a bit of a return to knitting myself. I, sort of, took the summer off. I mean, I still designed a few things, but my knitting time was drastically reduced. I chose, instead, to spend time doing things with my kids and just dealing with their day to day ruckus. I hope you don’t all feel abandoned!

 

Ha…well, I am back at it, full force. Right now I am working on a secret project I can’t talk about. It is soo fun. I can’t wait to show you. I am also working on some upsizing of my children’s pattern. I plan on doing a whole series of them. First up, is the Lady Abernathy, which is the upsized version of  The Abernathy Sweater

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The Abernathy is arguably one of my best selling patterns. So, I can’t wait to finish it! Almost done with the body. The sleeves should fly! It is also being knit in DK gauge in Wollmeise DK and I am just loving it. When I start the second upsized sweater, I will let you see that one, too!

 

I also, can’t seem to quit working with chevrons. Currently, I am working on some FUN colorwork charts for some warm wooly bright colorwork hats.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this update. I am thinking of starting a Photo Friday of some sort. We will see what I come up with.

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.

Last week…

Last week was an exciting one. I had the giveaway going which was lots of fun. I hope to be able to do that again soon. I got word back from two submissions that I had sent in and the word back on both of them was positive. I can say that only one of them is a baby design. The other is an adult accessories design. I can’t wait until I can share more information with you! I can say that it will indeed be exciting.

I have many works in progress going as far as free time knitting goes. I am very close to being done with my Macro Lace Cardigan. I just can’t get into knitting it right now because I am on the ribbed edge and it’s sort of like a big blanket right now and well, it’s just too warm for that! I started a shawl last week, the Spring is in the Air shawl by Kristi Holaas. It’s lovely and I was nearing an end when I forgot some yarnovers and surely dropped some stitches. So, I had to rip back some rows. I need to go get some different dental floss so I can run a lifeline before I will continue. Last night, I cast on my mom’s Slinky Ribs. She picked this out in April as her birthday sweater. But, I didn’t have time for it with my sweater and my 8 million other projects. But, I decided to make a go at that now. I don’t think it will take me too long really. I have another hat design that is nearing completion, but is in timeout for the time being. That doesn’t need to be done now as I am about to get very busy with design work anyways:)

Wollmeise 80/20 Twin in Absinthe

Wollmeise 80/20 Twin in Absinthe

I told myself a month ago that I was going to save up to buy lots of Malabrigo Rios when it’s released. I never realized how hard no buying yarn would be. I did manage to buy a few things. So, I can give you a peak here at some of my latest stashed lovlies:

Madelinetosh DK in Molly Ringwald(LOVE THIS COLOR)