Happy Belated Birthday Brenna!

How’s that title for some alliteration? I whipped up yet another pair of 70 Yard Mitts, this time for my brother’s awesome long-time girlfriend, Brenna. She’s pretty much a member of the family at this point.

She made me a lovely cowl and gave it to me in January. She made herself the same cowl in the same color. I think she was sick of the color at that point, because she gave me the leftover yarn. I thought I should put it to use making her an accessory to match her fabulous cowl. The yarn is Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the color Mariposa.

brennas mittsThis is my third pair of these mitts. I gave another pair to my friend Jenni. I haven’t taken a picture of those yet. The pattern is super easy and these fly off the needles. However, I am almost always resistant to knitting something precisely when it has a deadline. I just strain and stomp and resist the project, and basically act like Paul Rudd in this scene in Wet Hot American Summer.

Brenna: I love you and I’m sorry your present is so belated. Luckily, she lives in Minnesota, so it’s probably still full-on winter up there and these are a transition-to-spring accessory that can still get quite a bit of use this year.

 

When Black Friday comes, put your Tuxedos on.

Make yourself some socks instead of shop! Or shop for sock yarn…no judgement. This Black Friday I’m releasing Tuxedo. This pattern is a toe up lace sock, done two at a time and magic loop for the sock adventurer. The sizing is custom as you go. I love knowing all of the elements that go into sizing a sock, and these type of custom patterns are helpful for that learning process. You better understand the construction of the whole piece when it’s over.

The lace is a very simple repeat that you can easily memorize, and it is stretchy enough to accomodate several foot widths. You can also add additional stitches on the leg and continue until you are able to use all of your sock yarn.

I made these out of Malabrigo Sock, aka deliciously buttery merino, in a color called Alcaucil. This color is shown as a dark green on their site, but it actually appears to be much more black in person. Regardless of the color differences, the yarn is heaven to knit touch while you knit.

The pattern is available on Ravelry. You can read more about it here or but it directly by clicking on this button:

Photos by Matt Petty.

Bibbity Bobbity!

Howdy.  This is my first attempt at providing a pattern for the knitting masses.  Thank you to my test knitting ladies for their input on the pattern. I didn’t have them test knit the small or large sizes, because I hadn’t written that into the pattern at the time, so please let me know if you find any errors so that I may correct them. You can send any pattern input to cassandra.dominick@gmail.com.

Here is a pdf version: Bibbity Bobbity

All photos by M Taylor Long. This pattern may not be sold or used for profit without permission of the author. Please email me at cassandra.dominick@gmail.com for permissions.

Clapotis meets the parents

I’m at my parent’s house for the weekend, hanging out and not doing much, which is exactly what I wanted from the weekend. This is just a quick hello and an update on the progress of my clapotis. I love the way it’s turning out. I’m going to extend it by 2-3 repeats before I decrease. I’m really glad I didn’t rip anything back in an obsessive attempt to control the color changing because it looks nice now.

In other news, I had surgery on my lady parts and it went well. No cancer. I just have to get checked in 6 months. I also received my final reiki attunement on Thursday. I was really excited to do that. I’m writing this on my phone, so I don’t know how to make things link, but you can google or wiki reiki if you’re curious. It’s basically a form of energy healing used hands on or from a distance.

WTF?!

I started Clapotis, ubiquitous in the blog world, but nevertheless something I desired. I was thoroughly in love with the yarn and this project until I started the second ball. Can you see the color difference? It’s driving me nuts. I could tell that the ball on the left was a bit darker, even though they’re all the same dye lot. Has anyone else had this experience with Malabrigo? I really don’t want to tear this out, but this may make me crazy.