Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Double Deco Knit Along!

This is exciting! I'm leading a KAL for one of my favorite recent patterns, Double Deco. 

Starting Wednesday October 1st you can knit along with us, learning tips and tricks along the way... and in the end you'll have your very own gorgeous wrap.

Head over to the Ewe Ewe blog to find out how to join in. There's a coupon for 25% off the pattern price!

Once you've got your materials, join us on the Ewe Ewe blog and/or the Double Deco KAL forum on Ravelry!

Here are the colors of Ewe So Sporty I'll be using for the new version of the shawl. What do you think? If you're having trouble choosing colors, check out my color combinations blog post!


Monday, September 8, 2014

cape vertigo - new pattern!

Picture this: You're all dressed up to go enjoy some evening fall festivities. There's a slight chill in the air... what do you throw on over your stylish duds? A winter coat just doesn't quite seem fancy enough.

If you're me, it's a cape. Meet Cape Vertigo, my latest design from the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Holla Knits!

Cozy and luxurious, it sits around your shoulders with a soft shaped folding collar. This simple stranded colorwork pattern is a joy to knit -- worked in the round and then steeked before the collar stitches are picked up. If you've never steeked before, never fear! This is a great first steeking project and will walk you through the process with visual references.

The stranded colorwork creates a strong fabric with clean lines that remains light and soft. It's an easy-to-memorize pattern repeat and surprisingly fast to knit. This flew off my needles in record time for such a large cozy piece.

My light tan and blue version of the cape was knit up in the divine Berrocco Flicker, an alpaca blend with a tiny bit of metallic sparkle. Allyson's beautiful dark brown/blue tweedy version of the cape was knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed.

I love how this pattern turned out in both yarns! This one is so fun to knit, I want to make as many color combinations as possible. I'm thinking a neon pink/gray version is in my future.

Cape Vertigo on Ravelry


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quick Fancy Headbands - new pattern

I'm so happy these are finally available as a pattern-- lots of folks asked about them when I sold them at craft fairs.

it's a headband party and you're invited!

Deceptively simple and QUICK as heck, with yarn ends used as braided ties-- these are the ultimate last-minute-crochet gift.

two head(bands) are better than one

The pattern includes photo directions for the beginning crocheter, making this a simple, pleasurable hooking experience.

tassels are fun

Endless border and color combinations! Also, they make cute bracelets and bookmarks.

gifts for all your lovely peeps

Quick Fancy Headbands crochet pattern PDF

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New crochet pattern! Patches the Elephant

Do these curtains make my ears look big?

Patches is here! I made this squishy, huggable pillow-toy for Ewe Ewe Yarns in their excellent superwash Wooly Worsted.

This happy creature is about a foot long, a nice large size for playing or snuggling at nap time. Patches only has two legs-- but really, how many legs do you need when you're a pillow?

The better to hear you with, my dear

I chose colors that were sunny and bright and unisex (at least in my opinion! I was never one for the pink-or-blue dichotomy). The pattern involves minimal finishing: the belly-ful body is join-as-you-go, stuffed with plenty of cushy stuffing, quick embroidered eyes and sew the ears on-- done. 

It's times like these when I wish I had a handy kid-model for scale. We'll have to settle for this shot of me being a goof.

Do the Pachyderm Rock

Patches the Elephant crochet pattern PDF


Monday, June 2, 2014

Hot Time knitting and crochet

Let's face it, the weather affects what you want to work on, right? Here in Chicago it is a humid 83 Fahrenheit and I am avoiding the presence of my woollier, warmer yarns for the time being.

So, what to do? My answer is usually: Cotton or small or quick or all of the above.

Melt Slouch Hat

Realistic Crochet Octopus

crochet headband party!

Some random tips for making yarn-crafting bearable during the warmer months:
  • Drink more water! (basically my solution for everything)
  • Put your project and/or yarn into a bag so they don't get fuzzies all over you
  • invest in a spray bottle from the Dollar Store or something, mist yourself like an orchid when you get hot
  • stick to smooth fibers like cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, viscose 

I'm getting ready to make a few pairs of cotton socks. Keepin' it cool and small.

Has summer crafting season reached you yet? Got any more tips? Because you know we're not just gonna stop just because it's hot!

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