Knitting

Birthday weekend!

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I turned 26 on Friday and I had a super-fun day/date night with my Bear. We hung out in the down town, got some pizza and rented We’re the Millers (hilarious, by the way). Other than Friday, I basically knitted all weekend! Hooray!

Earlier last week I went a little crazy on the yarns and got me some pretty Debbie Bliss felted tweeds, ShiBui sock and some MadelineTosh Vintage. Mmmmmm….

Knitting some swatches (pattern submission central)

Working on a handsome hat for Bear since the last one got accidentally washed. I’ll post a pattern for this one once it’s done. Pretty simple and classy rib hat out of MadTosh Vintage.

Fun (if not a little late) news: I just had my second pattern published in Knitscene Summer 2014! They named it the “Krypton Hat” and it’s looking pretty great! I’ll have a follow up post in a bit in that one. Check it out on Ravelry In the meantime!

I’m just so excited…

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Hello dear readers, I have fantastic news and some super cool links to share with you today…

♥I’m published! I’m published! I’m published! I’m published! I’m published!♥

At the book store
That’s my hat, in a real live magazine!

My first published pattern is available for purchase from a news stand near you! Details and pictures are as follows, enjoy.

Knitscene loves me!
Photo: Knitscene/Harper Point

 

Below is a list of things you can do related to the Heliotrope Hat published in Knitscene Winter 2013!

  • Check out the Ravelry page! (Add it to your queue while you’re there)
  • Purchase a copy of Knitscene at a bookstore or online!
  • Get yarn to knit it with!
  • Knit it!
  • Wear it!
  • Tell people how much you love it and share with them this great list of things!
  • Repeat!
So cute!
The first hat, originally called Pathfinder

 Stay tuned for more crafty goodness!

Temporary Failures Drive Success

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As you may or may not know, I have been on one serious knit pattern submission kick. Most recently, I sent away my Dana Leigh Cardigan (DLC) for consideration. Unfortunately it was not one of the chosen ones for the collection up for jury but I won’t be letting that get me down. The plan is to work and re-work the pattern so it turns into something so perfectly fabulous it will have to be chosen somewhere! Great plan, right? I thought so, too.

So dotty!
DLC submission materials, plum with lime green dots!

Don’t worry, I know that my designs don’t suck just because they don’t fit into a collection for one reason or another, I’m not that silly. It’s a temporary failure that will lead to success down the road. As long as I learn from the feedback I get from publishers and collection curators, I can’t lose. In the meantime, I’ve got this gal telling me to knit, knit, knit!

Knit knit knit!
Knitmaster Freyja, on the look out for slackers

Check back this week, I’ll be posting a couple of free hat patterns to get your creative juices flowing. Free patterns will include a simple ribbed beanie with the sleekest decreases ever and a cute knit hat with simple stranded hearts. Adorable!

I’ve got to go for now, this little lady needs me to crochet her a sunhat for the warming weather!

Boop
My head is looking particularly hatless today, would you say?

A look into the life of a Jaunty Bear

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A Jaunty bear is something of a treasure. Something to be respected, held close to your heart and protected from unsavory influences. If you should meet a jaunty bear, do not play dead or run away, instead invite him to lunch and a walk in the park. You should count yourself lucky to befriend such a creature, don’t ruin the opportunity with fears or doubts.

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Jaunty bears like to knit, dance, and wear sweaters.

 

To help you in the process of fitting in with and befriending the bears, I present to you … Bear Ridge Scarf. Now I’ve never met a real jaunty bear in person (or a grumpy bear, for that matter) but from what I understand a lot of them live in places that can get pretty cold. I know they have fur and all that but some bears may be more sensitive to cold than others and need an extra layer or two. Humans differ, after all, so why not bears? Maybe grumpy bears are just uncomfortably cold bears. Besides, if a bear did want to wear a scarf, I’m pretty sure it would look something like this; simple, elegant, classy and cool. Ok, ok, without further hubbub, here is the Bear Ridge Scarf and pattern.

 

The Bear Ridge Scarf is a shallow, triangular scarf knit back and forth in garter stitch. It features a small picot edging along the two bottom edges. 
sooo cozy!
bear scarf is about 12″ deep and 52″ wide

 

 

Here’s what I used:
1 pair of size 9 circular knitting needles, 32″
1 darning needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends
2 skeins Noro Silk Garden (45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lambswool) in colorway #349

You can use 220 yards of any worsted weight yarn you’d like, sky’s the limit!

What’s my gauge again?

Gauge is not important with this project. If you don’t want to use a worsted yarn, just make sure you adjust your needle to a size appropriate for the yarn you end up choosing.

Here’s how I did it:

CO 3 sts

Row 1: knit

Row 2: Using the cabled cast on method CO3, BO1, knit until the end of the row.

Row 3-?: Repeat row 2 until your scarf is as large as you would like it or until you run out of yarn, leaving some yarn for BO (if you want to be a rebel, knit yourself out of yarn and BO using the crochet hook method) and weave in those nasty ends.

 

Block your scarf by pinning your picots out and steaming the hey out of it (trust me, blocking this project makes a world of difference).

 

Wear and enjoy! My favorite way to wear it is modeled below but feel free to be your own person and make your own decisions on the matter. Don’t worry, we’ll still be friends.

Rararararrr!
Blending in with bears

 

Grrraaararararrr
Obligatory bear pin (to indicate I am friend, not foe)

 

scarfs have ridges!
Bear Ridge namesake: garter stitch for days!

Now I can do anything!

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Hey there friends! A goal of mine for this year (and beyond) is to become an officially published knit/crochet designer. I’ve decided to fill my calendar with as many magazine and collection deadlines I can find and stick to as many of them as I can. It’s only March but I’ve already met my goal! I’ll tell you that I have a mystery pattern in a mystery publication that will be available for purchase later this year. When I get my legal contract in the mail, I’ll update you with as many details as I’m allowed… I want to announce everything now but I don’t want to get in trouble 😉

To distract you from the exciting information I am actively withholding, Oh! Look over there! It’s a great book that just came in for me!

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My favorite new design tool

This book is brand new to me and to the world, just published! Where have you been all my life? Oh yeah, being written. Ok, ok, ok… Down to business. This book is amazing and I’m so excited to put it to use that I’m having trouble forming sentences. It is what it advertises: methods to adapt and draft original knitting pattern with a singular focus on sweaters. There is a complete chapter dedicated to each major design element of a sweater and you basically just flip to what is relevant to your design and get going. If you have a picture of what you want to make in your head but just need help figuring out the technical aspects of the pattern then this is the book for you. Math and equation heavy, it really gets to the knitty gritty of the nerdy part of pattern design. I love it!!! I know it will help me in my goals of pattern design.

Where My Stitches At?

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In Santa Clara, Ca! A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to go to Stitches West with my good friend Dana. We were a little overwhelmed at first but only because there was so much to see! Armed with our matching mini notebooks and our love of fiber, we went in.

Dana loved the trims and buttons booths and I was instantly drawn to any booth that had spinning fibers. We found new patterns, fibers, yarns and books to order for the store and my goodness, it’s exciting! I ended up pinched between buying a enormous braid of merino wool hand dyed with red, purple and blue and a beautiful skein of sproingy wool yarn in dark blue and greeny grey. I went with the yarn… 420 yards of gorgeous aran weight deliciousness! How could I resist? That’s right, I couldn’t 😉

Dana laces it up
Dana looking at vintage trims
Knitting!
A Verb for Keeping Warm. This booth was beautiful!
Spin Spin
A Clemes & Clemes Spinning Wheel
Woolies
Hand Painted Woolies from Wonderland Dyeworks

Alpaca Farmer Scarf

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When I grow up, one of my hopes and dreams is to be an alpaca farmer. My ultimate plan is to run the Noah’s Ark of magic farms. I will have two alpaca, two cows, two sheepsies, couple of cashmere goats, angora rabbits, Fiberous Joys!  James said he’s cool with all the animals as long as I do all the cleaning after them.. Eh, we’ll see how that goes.

Alpaca Farmer

Here’s what I used:
1 pair of 24″ knitting needles in size 10.5
2 pretty little stitch markers
1 darn useful darning needle
1 beyond soft skein of Cascade Eco Duo in grey and charcoal

What’s my gauge again?

5 sts / inch (gauge is not super important with this project)

Here’s how I did it:

CO 3 sts

Row 1: knit into front and back of first stitch, k, knit in front and back of final stitch (4 sts)

Rows 2-14: rep row 1 (17 sts at ent of row 14)

Row 15 (RS): sl as if to knit, k7, pm, yo, k, yo, pm, knit to end

Row 16: sl first st, k until first marker, p until second marker, k until end

Row 17: sl first st, k up to center stitch, yo, k, yo, k until end (beyond the 8 sts for your border, the number of stitches between the markers and the center stitch will increase by one with every odd row. For example, for this row you will have 1 st between the marker and the center stitch, for row 19 you will have 2.)

Rep rows 16-17 until your scarf is about 2 inches shy of the size you would like ending after completing a wrong side row (I stopped at 108 sts)

Ending border

RS: slip first st as if to knit, knit in front and back of second stitch, knit until last two stitches, knit in front and back of next stitch, knit last stitch.

WS: Knit even across

Repeat these two rows 8 times (ending after a WS row)

Now that you’ve finished your Farmer Scarf, wrap it ’round your neck and go tend to your flock!