I really thought that once the wedding planning and festivities were over that I would have all the free time in the world to knit, blog and/or publish everything that has been piling up these last several months. I’m finding it to be the complete opposite, and now I have even less time than ever…and I’m sure it will only be compounded by the holiday season soon enough, so I’m going to get myself in gear and tie up these loose ends once and for all.
I had intended to post the twin’s in their sweaters first, but thanks to my brand new, sparkly clean, and eerily fast new iMac, (squee!) I was able to finish this pattern last night and couldn’t wait to share.
Douglas is finally written, photographed, charted and uploaded to Ravelry : ).
Douglas is a Norwegian style stranded mitten pattern with a little New England flair. These mittens are knit super quick in Cascade 220, or any other worsted weight yarn, and are lined with Misti Alpaca Lace. Douglas were originally submitted to Knitty…but due to an overwhelming submission count…were graciously sent back to me, with the self publishing rights intact (yay!).
Like the Candy Corn Mittens, these can be knit on DPNs, a pair of circulars, or the magic loop as I prefer. They are worked completely in the round from the picot-turned cuff to the pointy-tip. They work up to be super warm with the alpaca lining, however, if you’d prefer to forego the lining, drop down a needle size to tighten the gauge and the mitts will fit as snug as a bug!
Douglas is Raveled here and is available for $5 USD by clicking the button below.
I can’t wait to see your take on it : )
So it’s official. I am a Mrs., or, Ms., as I much prefer : ) And for as lovely as it all was, I am quite content to shake off the crumbs and pack away the shoes and wait for the pictures…but all the while get myself back into the normal routine of life. I was a bit harried in those last few months, but now I feel light and new and can’t wait to celebrate our first holiday as newlyweds. So, now with the hub-bub behind me and our all too short honeymoon over (and lets not forget the 3 full work days already under my belt!)…I am ready to re-assume my blog reading and writing responsibilities once again. As it is, my RSS feed was at nearly 200 for knitting posts alone, so I’m making my rounds slowly as I catch up.
In the past month, a whole mess of knitterly things occurred at eeknits. Some things new, some things in the making, and some things revisited. So, let’s start off slow and let me introduce to you something that I’ve been holding out on : )
A few days before the wedding, I got a confirmation email that I had been waiting on with bated breath for weeks and weeks: These lovelies had finally been published!
By the time they were published, it was a smidgeon too late to knit a pair for Halloween 2010, but there is ample time to knit a pair (or 6) for next year! They were very well received by both the staff at Y&F as well as the Ravelry community and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support.
There mittens feature a geometric, yet whimsical pattern of candy corns in a traditional Halloween color palate using Ivy Brambles 2-ply Shetland wool…however I would LOVE love LOVE to see them worked up on a teal background. They are knit in the round on either DPNs, a pair of circulars, or magic loop as I like to use, however I would recommend DPNs to turn the cuff as it can get a bit fiddly with two circulars (instructions for the cuff turn are included in the directions). I designed these mittens with a gore thumb for a more natural fit but chose not to carry the color-work across….gives it an extra punch, don’t you think?… and then I finished them with a smooth tapered top. And for all of Shetland’s amazing color options, sturdiness, and crisp definition, it isn’t known for it’s luxurious softness so I lined ‘em with some Misti Alpaca Lace for good measure : ) (The Y&F version substitutes it with it’s Ivy Brambles 2-Ply Cashmere…yum!)
So, I’ve said it before but I am determined to find the time in the upcoming year to knit a second pair of these because I simply cannot imagine another Halloween season without my own set…but I’m a little mittened out at the moment.
Next up: Twin Budgies (in person!)
Ugh. Three weeks ago I think I mentioned something about wanting to have a set (or 2) of mittens finished to go in, uh….2 weeks. I will learn not to make any more promises, at least not until after October 31st (the big day for any one who’s counting!)
I’m quickly approaching the point of just saying that I won’t even enter a 10-foot radius of anything yarn related over the next 2 weeks…but a knitter knows not to make that promise, either : ).
However, truth be told, I think this will be the last post you see from me for 3 to 4 weeks, until the craziness dies down. That probably means I will have to wait until November to get the two mitten patterns moved, but that still leaves plenty of time to knit a pair or 2 before the big chill sets in. In the mean time, head over to Elli’s blog and check out her Sprig Mitts for another dose of leafy fall goodness. The foliage muses are working over-time this season….and aren’t her colors luscious?!
Before I sign off for a stretch, I want to mention a few exciting things in the knitting sphere that have really gotten my creative juices flowing:
- I received my copy of Mandy’s Red Collection last week! I am so completely inspired by Mandy’s ambition and upstart attitude (not to mention her crisp and classy design sense) and I absolutely can’t wait to cast on for a Ziggity Hat. What’s even more exciting is that I snagged this copy gratis for being lucky buyer #100. Go me! Even more so, go Mandy for being so successful!
- While I’m missing out on the fun of Rhinebeck and Stitches East this fall, the inaugural Fiber Festival of New England in West Springfield is coming up on the first weekend of November….and I wonder if the new hubby will agree to a romp out west during our tour-de-New England honeymoon.
- Last but most definitely not least is Jared’s new yarn line, Shelter. I’m really at a loss for words here. Lately it feels like I’m stuck in a continuous loop of no sooner being over the yarn crush of his latest design publication when he throws another curveball into the mix. But just look at how soft and down-right gorgeous this yarn is. It blows my mind, but then again, would anyone expect anything different from him? Of course, I already have two pairs of mittens and a hat pattern in mind for this yarn, but, I HAVE to finish what’s on my plate first. Sigh
Oh, almost forgot! Who’s the lucky duck who’s going to Harrisville for the “Discover the Possibilities” retreat in November? Oh yeah. I’ll refrain from gushing with excitement : )
See you all in a little bit…wish me luck!
Do you remember a little peek of these mittens from way back in June?? Well, I do…and they’ve been burning a hole in the back of my brain.
It’s been a while since I finished these, but I can remember sitting there, knitting away at a summer cook-out, burger in one hand, mittens in the other, all the while dodging the disapproving glances from a particular friend of mine who continues to have a hard time wrapping her head around the concept of “welcoming fall”, even despite being a (newbie) knitter herself. She has much to learn : ) (e.g., bring mittens to a barbeque, not an aghan!).
Me, I would be content to dwell in the fall year round, in some magical place somewhere where crisp mornings melt into warm afternoons by the autumn sun, and cool nights dew the fallen leaves that sweetly perfume the day’s air. Where twigs crackle beneath your feet and there is always the scent of something warm and spicy in the oven, and something soft and woolen on the needles.
Ah : )
But, now to the real world where there are only about 3 more weeks to go until the trees are bare, daylight is but a mere memory and I will have to pile on the hand knits in horrendous combinations to stay warm. Heh! So, I’m going to savor these moments of autumn and enjoy my fall knitting before it turns to winter. On that note…now that I’ve finally had a chance to revisit this pattern, I’ve realized I forgot to chart the thumbs as I went along. So, I’m going to work-up another pair to refresh my memory. While I was knitting the first pair, I kept thinking to myself how lovely they’d look in berry colors, so I’m using a juicy and vibrant palette for this second pair, which offers a nice contrast to the neutral shades in the first pair. Don’t you just love knits that look equally well in all sorts of color combinations!
Of course since I first began version 2.0, I’ve been interrupted 2 dozen times (and I still have Douglas, which I promised to deliver shortly), but my hope is to have these finished and available within the next 2 weeks. Hmm. Though, lately my ability to perform by deadline has been laughable, but we’ll see.
Back in July, I mentioned having had sent in a submission to Knitty for the deep fall issue, going live October 2010. That was a whole 3 months ago….eek. Sure, I haven’t mentioned it at all, but I was secretly sweating this one big time.
Unfortunately, the good people over at Knitty did not choose my pattern this go-around. So sad : (. But, Amy Singer did respond with a very nice email complimenting my style and explaining that there were just too many submissions sent in, and they couldn’t publish them all. It’s a bummer, but I understand. After all, it is the fall issue, which I can imagine, is one of the most popular for submissions. Perhaps I’ll have better luck next time.
On the bright side of things, this means I get to publish the pattern myself, under my name, and not have to wait! I am however going to rework the written part of it before it’s release, but it shouldn’t take long so check back soon. In the mean time, here are some of the other shot’s from the photo-shoot.
I am pleased to share with you Green Tea Beret & Mitts, a hat and mitt pattern set that I designed and knit in Ivy Brambles 4-ply cashmere especially for my local yarn store, The Yarn and Fiber Company.
Materials | Approx. 350 yds of DK weight yarn. Shown in Ivy Brambles 4-ply Cashmere, Spring Green. For beret: US #1 (2.25mm) 16 in. circular, US #2 (2.75mm) 16 in. circular. For mitts: US #2 DPNs. 14 stitch markers. Tapestry needle.
*As always, regard needle size as a gentle suggestion, and swatch thoroughly as you may need to adjust needle size according to your own personal tension.
Gauge | 30 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch (after light blocking)
I’ve been waiting for so long to share this pattern, and I am very pleased to announce that it has been published and made available as a PDF download at the Yarn and Fiber Company’s website, or in print through mail and in-store. The stitch pattern is a fun and simple combination of yarn-overs, slipped, and pass-over stitches with a bit of give to fit a range of sizes. If you have larger hands or prefer an even slouchier beret, swatch with a needle a size-or-two larger in order to increase the gauge and achieve your perfect fit!
I have a few deadlines that are slowly sneaking, but once they are met, I look forward to knitting a set for myself in anticipation of fall, perhaps in a steel grey : )
Tags: colorword, knitting, mittens, stranded
It puts a damper on my blogging when most of my projects are those that can’t be shared in-progress… but just a little peek won’t hurt : )
Spring has definitely sprung, marked with terribly allergies that won’t subside. And while I do enjoy the warmth and outdoor activities associated with the upcoming seasons, it saddens me that I’ve had to pack away my knitted goods in exchange for shorts and tanks, that is, until next fall when wearing woolen caps and scarves are no longer socially inappropriate : ) And I’m not overly fond of cotton/flax/linen yarns, so summer knits don’t really invoke my enthusiasm. Eh, we all have our things. At any rate, I am going to take the next several months to play with some ideas for next fall. It’s just too bad that the yarn manufacturers don’t plan like clothing stores and provide their fall colorways months in advance!
Last week I took a little trip to my LYS and finally dropped off my secret knitting. As a fledgling designer, there is absolutely no better feeling in the world than when someone (or several someones!) gushes over something that you’ve designed and knit, painstakingly, with your heart woven into each and every stitch. Even the horrendous dental work I had done that day was no match for the smile I wore from ear to ear all afternoon. Hmm, makes me wonder if yarn love is key in reversing the many years of negative memories associated with the dentist. Future experimentation needed : )
As soon as the pattern is tech-edited and available in-store/online…I will link and share my own personal photoshoot. Until then, it will have to remain a secret!
Also, despite my personal reserve before I even entered the store that I wouldn’t take new yarn for another pattern until I had finished what was going on at home, I left with this:
The entire color-range of Ivy Brambles hand-dyed 2-ply Shetland for my personal designing pleasure. Stranded mittens, anyone?
I am treading on dangerous territory here…oh, and I could easily get used to this : )
…euphemism for “I make a lot of mistakes,” particularly with my knitting.
This weekend, I finally completed half of my secret knitting project. I’m very pleased, although it did take 3 or 4 goes of it because my math skills are atrocious and I suffer a glitch to the logical portion of my brain that would otherwise allow me to retain mathematical concepts past my nose. (I can’t imagine that it’s of any benefit to me or my knitting/designing that the mere mention of the word ‘math’ or ‘number crunching’ makes my ears hot and eyes go a little blurry. Ho-hum!). So, in the spirit of consistency, I cast on for the second portion. Twice. And then a third time… ; )
Besides the above mentioned, I haven’t cast-on anything new, although I do have quite a few items in my queue. These are among the top of my list:
Cakes upon cakes of Raspberry Cascade 200…
I have so much of this left over from a few months ago and I think it would look perfect knit up into the February Lady.
Hopefully I’ll have some time soon to get one of these cast-on. Though, this
thing “time” has been a hot commodity lately. I’ve been trying my best to split it equally among knitting, designing, and now yarn reclaiming…but I feel rather unsuccessful. (Of course there’s also the dinner cooking, lunch packing, and a daily cat de-fur-ing of the house now that the warm weather is turning…but who’s counting??) Does any one else out there crave a handful-more hours in the day? I feel that if we tack just two more onto the evening…or more reasonably, if I could learn to sleep less (ha!) maybe I would have something more to show for it.
But then again, if my math is poor on typical sleep. *snicker*
I’ve been pretty lazy about updating lately, partly because I’ve been engaging in more stash enhancement than knitting, and partly because my main project on the needles is an original pattern for one of my LYS’s and it is still in the conception stage, so there isn’t much to show. Furthermore, I’m not 100% on the etiquette with regard to what I can and cannot share prior to it’s release, so I won’t say too much besides it’s being knit in super soft cashmere (yum!). Here’s a teeny peek : ).
I am still plugging away on the alpaca sox legwarmers, but they have definitely taken the back seat. I figure at this point they won’t be weather appropriate again for another 9 mos. anyway, so I’m in no rush.
So, about LYS’s. I’ve been living just outside Lowell for my entire life—and only a stone’s throw for the last 3-years–and have never stepped foot into the Hub Mills until about 2-weeks ago. If there are any knitting nuns out there, I should be slapped on the wrists for such a transgression!
For any of you non-Greater Boston/Merrimack Valley residents, the Hub Mills is the factory store adjacent to the CEY Headquarters located in an old textile factory building located on the Merrimack River. The place is wonderful. While it’s not a large store, every crevice is carefully and lovingly stuffed with yarn treasures, books, and needles–and I’ve spent probably 4 or so hours over my last couple of visits discovering them all. Of course the staple yarn brand is their own label (CEY) but they carry some others as well, such as ShiBui, Madeline Tosh, and a wall full of specialty sock yarns that I’ve only ever read about.
Oh the possibilities!
My discovery has perfectly coincided with a recent climb out from my Cascade comfort zone, as well as having become overly enthusiastic about experiencing other yarns (the Manos, and now the Cashmere). It certainly explains the 3 trips to Hub Mills in one weeks time : ). As a matter of fact, I even purchased several hanks of Premiere, CEY’s cotton/tencel yarn in the most electric blue colorway. Typically I can’t stand cotton, but this yarn is like butter and I just couldn’t resist. I have plans to knit it into a fun spring kerchief–an idea I kept putting on the back burning for lack of a something breezy and non-wool, but luscious and non-synthetic.