Thursday, March 20, 2014

Octo Shawl all purty and finished

The colors, they are strange.

It's no secret at this point that I am a big fan of all things Grellow (grey + yellow). This color combination was what inspired my Kitefish Shawlette, and as soon as I designed the Octo Shawl I knew I'd make a grellow version at some point. 

With my grellow Malabrigo Lace in hand, and the addition of a purpley deep mauve, I got started on this version for the Octo Shawl KAL last fall. Deviating a little from the stripes in the pattern turned out to be very fun (whew!) and I adore how it turned out.

Blocking this shawl is really satisfying. Is it weird that blocking is my favorite part of the process?

Eight pins, that's it!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Floaty mohair perfection - Parfait Scarf(ait) pattern

I am an intermittent blogger. What we have here is an overdue post on Parfait Scarf(ait), a "new" pattern (shhh let's pretend it's not almost a year old) that I adore. It has come in really handy during this Chicago-Winter-From-The-Frozen-Depths-Of-Hell.

Los Angeles flashback photos! This is NOT my Chicago winter wardrobe.

Parfait has 3 keyholes, so there are many ways to wear it. I like options, what can I say!

About the yarn: how good is Shibui silk cloud?

So good.

It's the finest, silkiest silk/mohair blend I've encountered. Gorgeous sheen, super soft mohair (not too fuzzy and not itchy), I am a serious convert after years of using another hazy silk/mohair blend that shall remain nameless for now. It's the one from the British company named after a tree.

Parfait Scarf(ait) pattern PDF

Friday, March 7, 2014

On Silence

I noticed something today. After about two hours of working in the studio, sunlight streaming in the windows and the humidifier quietly simmering, I realized that I was being unusually productive. My mind felt clear, tasks were started and completed without distraction, everything was just flowing.

What's this about? I asked myself. Usually I struggle with sticking to one duty at a time, and get sucked into thinking about the entirety of my day's work all at once. It's overwhelming, stressful, and counterproductive.

I sat quietly for a moment, pondering what was different today. And then it hit me -- I forgot to turn music on. It was quiet.

Total Aha Moment. I love listening to music while I work... but maybe it's really that I love listening to music. Maybe it's better to save it for mindless tasks like cleaning and cooking and winding yarn. Giving my brain room to breathe in silence has (accidentally) proven to be the key to focusing. In place of my morning caffeine (which, it turns out, leads to migraines), this will have to do.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Double Deco Shawl knitting pattern!

I'm so excited to share this with you: My new knitting pattern Double Deco is now live on Ravelry!

It was designed with Ewe So Sporty which is just lovely to work with. A soft, springy merino sport weight and it's washable... can't beat that.

Tina (my dressform) can't help being bootylicious

This shawl is looong, perfect for wrapping yourself up on these chilly afternoons. It's a simple knit (deceptively so) with a bold graphic style. The knitting is mostly very very easy garter stitch (knit stitch forevaaah!) -- If you can increase (kfb), pick up stitches, and knit, you're good to go on this. TV knitting at its finest.

Like wings!

There are so many ways to wear this. And think of all the 4-color combinations you could do! I want to make a more pastel version at some point. 

Thanks to Heather Walpole at Ewe Ewe Yarns for the yarn and inspiration.

I hope you enjoy this fun pattern!

Double Deco Shawl knitting pattern

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dirty 30 pattern sale!

Today is my 30th birthday.

*breathes in*


Ok, it's not that bad. I am feeling more and more like an adult every day! I'm sure I'll spend today filing my taxes, eating kale and dusting the mantelpiece, or something!

To celebrate this new decade, let's have a pattern sale, shall we?

30% OFF all of my patterns TODAY ONLY. Use coupon code DIRTY30 at checkout.

If you've got some patterns in your cart already, click here to apply the discount.

Discount is valid Midnight to Midnight on February 25th, Central Time, where I now kick it on the regular. Tell your crafty pals before the witching hour is over!

And if you are so inclined, send me an email confirming that I should not be freaking out about this.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ewe So Sporty, gurrrl.

Hi fiber friends.

Lest you think that I've fallen off the face of the earth since moving to Chicago, here's a little sneak peak of an upcoming project. I am working on a pattern for Ewe Ewe Yarns' new sportweight, Ewe So Sporty! I love this yarn, it is so soft and smooth... and 100% merino superwash (score).

I can't wait to share this fun knitting pattern! Stay tuned.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Knit and Crochet Pattern Sale!

I think it's time for a little winter sale on ALL my patterns. 30% off is taken automatically at checkout!

Click here to see the patterns. If you think a crafty friend might enjoy this discount, please pass it along... I thank ye kindly.