Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Finished: NaKniSweMo Vianne

I finally got FO pictures of my Vianne, and friends, I love this sweater SO MUCH. It's perfect. It is the softest sweater I own, hands down, and it came out exactly how I wanted.

I got this yarn for my birthday a couple years ago, and I'd had some trouble figuring out the best pattern for it. Because of the 50% alpaca content, I knew that whatever sweater I made would need some lace to keep it from being to warm to wear all the time, and after a couple of false starts I decided Vianne would be perfect, with some modifications.

I probably toyed around with different mod ideas for a year - I debated making it into a pullover, adding lace on the sleeves, but ultimately I decided to keep it as a cardigan but make it a super cozy grandpa cardigan. I knit this two sizes up for some positive ease, I lengthened the body, and I made long sleeves. It's almost exactly like my big grey Eddie Baur sweater that I adore and wear all the time, which is exactly what I was going for.

It took a while to find the perfect buttons, but I loved this yarn and the finished sweater so much that I had no intention of half-assing the buttons, and I found these cream and blue beauties from ButtonHive and they're perfect.

Ravelry Page: Vianne
Pattern: Vianne by Andi Satterlund

Monday, December 11, 2017

New Pattern: Bone Cabin

Happy Monday! I have a new pattern out today, my second one inspired by North American fossil beds.

Bone Cabin is a snug cap worked in a simple textured stripe pattern. Bone Cabin is named for the Bone Cabin Quarry in Wyoming, which was a rich source of Jurassic fossils during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The quarry was so named because of a nearby shepherd’s cabin, which had been almost entirely constructed out of the Jurassic-era bones that littered this area.

Bone Cabin is available in four sizes, and it's $1 off through Sunday, December 17th!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Stripes Upon Stripes

I'm still working steadily on my Leventry for the GAL. This is my dedicated lunch/choir knitting, so it's growing pretty steadily. The one gift that I'm working on as part of the GAL is more complex, so that's relegated to the evenings, when I can hide in my room and work on it with conspiracy theory documentaries in the background.

I have about eight more stripes before I can start the lace border here, and I keep trying to convince myself that shawl rows don't get longer and it'll be no problem to have the striped section done this weekend. It's going to be a busy weekend for me- my choir's carol service is Sunday morning, and we have a two-hour rehearsal on Saturday to prepare for it, plus we're singing again at the town carol service on Sunday night. Plus I have auditions for the community theater dinner theater show on Saturday afternoon, so I'll be lucky to get much knitting done at all.

Are you participating in the GAL? What are you working on now?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Announcing the 2018 Easy A-long!

New year, new sweater! 

Easy A is perfect for the dead of winter- it's an easy knit, it works up quickly, and the finished project is super cozy. To usher in the new year, and help us get through some of the doldrums of winter, I am happy to run the Easy A-long in my Ravelry Group

The Easy A-long will start January 1st, so there's plenty of time to pick our your yarn. Easy A is a blank canvas, so it's a great project to try out variegated yarns or play with stripes.

The KAL will run through February 28th, which gives you just over eight weeks to finish your sweater. Knit at 14 stitches and 24 rows to 4 inches, this sweater goes by pretty quickly!

Easy A is knit in pieces and seamed, and the whole thing is finished with an i-cord neckline. Easy A also has tons of options: two body lengths, two sleeve lengths, afterthought pockets, split hem, longer back, and you can mix and match to your heart's content. Easy A comes in twelve sizes to fit busts 28-61 in / 71-155 cm and is designed with four inches of positive ease.

The pattern is 20% off leading up to the KAL using code EASYALONG at checkout on Ravelry. There's also a thread in my Ravelry Group for chatter, and be sure to use the hashtag #EASYALONG on social media!

Happy planning!

Monday, December 4, 2017

GAL the First: Gentle On My Mind

Over the weekend was a baby shower for one of my friends, and I finished my first GAL project for the incoming little guy. I debated what I should knit for a couple of weeks, and I'm so glad that I decided on Gentle on My Mind by Lee Meredith. It's modeled here by Skelly, because I don't really have a lot of things that are newborn-head sized, and Skelly is a good sport.

This hat has such an interesting construction, and it really challenged and entertained me. I was super confused for a while at the beginning, but I decided to just trust the instructions and follow them line by line, and of course it worked out perfectly.

I used some Knit Picks Swish that I had in my leftovers bin- this is probably going to be a January baby, so he needs a wool hat, and it's superwash in case it gets thrown in the laundry due to mom/dad brain.

Ravelry Page: Gentle on My Mind
Pattern: Gentle on My Mind by Lee Meredith
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted "Squirrel Heather" and Swish Brights Worsted "Hot Tamale"

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Friday, December 1, 2017

All GAL, All the Time

For those of you following along at home, I did manage to finish my NaKniSweMo sweater with two days to spare! Buttons are en route, and I'm planning on blocking it this weekend, so hopefully I'll be able to share real pictures of it soon.

Now that that's done, I can really dive in and focus on GAL fun. Last night I finished the Top Sekrit baby knit for my friend, and I'll be able to share that with you next week, and I've been going to town on my Leventry. I've been in love with this pattern for ages, and I'm having such a blast knitting it up in the GAL forums.

I have one actual xmas present that I'm knitting, and I started that one last night. I am a little bit nervous about finishing it on time, but as long as I work on it for at least an hour or two every day I should have no problem getting it finished.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Pattern: Chandler Bridge

I have a new cowl pattern out this week!

Chandler Bridge is a quick lightweight cowl with a textured chevron pattern and features a garter stripe section. Chandler Bridge is named for the Oligocene formation in South Carolina, which is a popular fossil hunting site, and a rich source of information about prehistoric marine life, including sharks, whales, turtles, crocodiles, and marine birds.

Chandler Bridge is worked seamlessly from the bottom up, and the texture pattern has both charted and written instructions.

Chandler Bridge is currently $1 off on Ravelry, through Monday, December 4th!

Monday, November 27, 2017

About 90% of a Sweater

Fellow USians, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving filled with food and friends and family! We ate Thanksgiving dinner three days in a row, and our leftovers are finally down to a manageable level. Anemone came down for a few days, and we squeezed in plenty of baking and crafts while she was here.

I managed to get quite a bit done on my NaKniSweMo Vianne over the long weekend- I have about half the second sleeve left to go, so hopefully I'll be able to bang the rest out tonight or tomorrow. I do not have buttons for this yet, as I have not found the perfect ones despite looking everywhere, but as soon as this sleeve's bound off and the ends are woven in, I'm calling this one done.

Last night I wound up my GAL yarns in anticipation of finishing this sweater soon. I'm really looking forward to actually knitting some GAL projects instead of just commenting on everyone else's!

Quick reminder that Tuesday, November 28, at 11:59 pm US-EST is your last chance to save 25% on select patterns for the Indie GAL with code "GIFTALONG2017"! My sale bundle is here, and the big bundle of all eligible designs is here. Happy Gifting!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gift-A-Long Time!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Last night was the launch of the 5th Annual Indie Design Gift-A-Long, and I'm so excited to be back as a participating designer. I participated back in 2015, and I missed last year for a whole bunch of reasons, and I can't wait to make up for lost time. We're in the sale period now, and the GAL Sale Bundle is full of amazing patterns that are 25% off with code "giftalong2017" through Tuesday, November 28!

I'm looking for a few different things this year. I need a gift for my mum, and I need a quick baby knit for my friend's baby shower in a week and a half. I do have two selfish projects already picked out: I'm going to be knitting a Viola by Noriko Ho and Leventry by Sarah Jordan. I've had my eye on these patterns for ages, and I'm super stoked to finally make the time to knit them up.

I'm definitely keeping my eye out for more great patterns to stock up on and knit during all the fun. The KAL/CAL portion lasts through December 31, so there should be plenty of time to cram in as much knitting and fun as possible!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Still NaKniSweMo-ing

I ran into a hiccup with my Vianne yesterday- with just one more row left on the button band, I convinced myself that I really had picked up too few stitches for it. So, I ripped the whole thing out, picked up 50% more stitches, and plowed through again. It looks much better now, and my buttonholes are spaced out better, and I am really happy that I ripped it out and started over.

I started the first sleeve cap last night, and I'm really happy with how it's looking so far. I'll be able to start knitting the sleeve in the round sometime this evening, and I probably need to get the first sleeve done by this weekend in order to stay on track. I don't think that will be too much of a problem, and I should have plenty of time to finish and block this before the end of the month.

I did find a dropped stitch yesterday morning when I was working on the button band for the second time. It looks like it got missed when I was trying to do a k2tog in the lace section, and while it could have been in an easier place to hide, it should be a pretty quick fix. I didn't have a locking stitch marker on me at the time, but I found a rubber band in my purse and secured the loose stitch with that- thankfully I found it before it dropped down further!

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