Coming attractions

I’ve been working on a secret project for awhile now.  It’s a large garment, so it’s been eating up some of my knitting time.  I’m working on a men’s sweater design.  Naturally, Matt was putting in orders for fall and winter sweaters and I really wanted to come up with a new design, so it worked out well.  I’m nearing the finish and the pattern has been sent to the tech editor, so I feel like I can make some mention of it now.matt's fall sweater-3It’s an Aran weight men’s pullover with some cable details.  I hope to have the pattern released by mid-late September.

matt's fall sweaterI’m still working out name details.  Feel free to make suggestions!

When I’m bored on snow days…

…I decide to write up hat patterns! This is the little hat that I whipped up for Z when her other one went missing. I got to use up two leftover partial skeins of yarn that I loved. The bright yellow is Manos Maxima in Highlighter and the other is Malabrigo Worsted in Water Green. The hat took approximately 90 yards of each color.

family hat-4If it stays in our possession, this could potentially fit Z for a good long while, because it can also fit me and Matt:

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I decided to call it Magic Hat for that reason. It reminds me of the little “magic gloves” I seemed to have many pairs of as a child. They fit me or my mother.

family hat-5I love this highlighter yellow yarn so much. I was running out of yarn, so I decided to make the pom pom half of each color. I used up all but a couple of yards of green in my partial skeins.This baby is soft too.

family hat-2The hat goes pretty quickly. It can be finished in less than a day, so it could make a great last minute gift for almost anyone! If you want to read more about it, you can see the Ravelry page here, or

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Kiddo Kicks!

My fever and ickiness is still creeping away more slowly than I would like, but I couldn’t resist getting these sock pics and the pattern ready to go. toddler socksHere are some of the kiddo socks I’ve been diligently working on for my Socktober project. There is still plenty of time in October, so the sock fun isn’t over, but I thought I’d show what I’ve done so far.

I also wrote up the pattern, since I make almost all of my socks toe up, and there wasn’t a pattern out there that had all of these elements. I put in some step by step pictures for the heel turn and gusset pick ups for working the socks two at a time.  If you’re new to working socks toe up or two at a time, a smaller foot size is a great way to learn. The pattern is called Kiddo Kicks and it’s included in my 30% off sock sale till the 16th. Use the code SOCKTOBER at checkout to apply discount.

toddler socks-2The pair shown above used Shibui Knits Sock in Teal for the foot and Wasabi for the cuff. These are all the 1-3 yr size. They used about 24 grams of fingering weight for the foot, and 13 grams for the cuff. I like to maximize the use of leftover sock yarn, so I thought I should make contrasting feet and cuffs.

toddler socks-3These were my first pair. I ran out of Shibui Knits Sock in Rapids right at the end of the heel flap, before the heel turn, so I switched to some Koigu KPPPM in P312 at that point to finish the sock. I kind of enjoy the oddity of the color change placement anyway.

toddler socks-4The final pair uses Colinette JItterbug in Ochre on the feet, and Jitterbug in Whirly Fig on the cuff. These are leftovers from two of Z’s sweaters from last year. All of these yarns are super soft and snuggly, and relatively easy care. I’ve found with any of my knitted socks that I’m comfortable with a delicate machine wash, but they don’t wear as quickly if I let them air dry. Now Z can have some warm feet for winter!

I have so many leftover sock yarns. I can’t wait to whip up more color combinations. If you want to pick up this pattern, you can . The 30% off sale continues until next Wednesday.

Socktober Sale!

I just released my Girl with the Purled Toes pattern on Ravelry!

GWPT finished-6It’s a pretty basic toe-up sock, with heel flaps, done two at a time using magic loop. The purled toe gives a roomier feel to the toe, and adds a little contrast to the rest of the sock.

This is the first time I’ve included some photo tutorial elements, showing the order for picking up the gussets when you work two socks at a time, since this seems to be the most confusing part for those new to toe-up two-at-a-time techniques. Doing socks two at a time from the toe up lets me use all but the last bits of yarn. For this pair, I knit the cuff until I had 6 grams left in each ball, then I started the ribbing.

GWPT finished-3To celebrate Socktober, my sock patterns will all be 30% off until the 16th of the month. Use the code SOCKTOBER when you checkout to apply the discount. This applies to Girl with the Purled Toes, Prufrock, and TuxedoGWPT finishedFor this pair I used Koigu KPPPM in color P140. I love the way it striped. Colinette Jitterbug usually gives me a similar effect when I use their striped colorways.

If you’re feeling the sock love, go and buy a pattern here. Happy Socktober! I still have to decide what I’m casting on, but there’s still plenty of time.

Blocking with bowls

This shawl collar is done. Really. This is as good as it gets, people. Reworking this was the last element of the design. Everything else is written, charted, etc. Matt helped me create a schematic because I thought I was going to go out of my mind trying to learn Illustrator. I’m hoping he can be my live-in graphic designer for future projects too.

blocking with bowl

I’m not really sure to how to block shawl collars. They throw me for a bit of a loop. I read this post by the talented Amy Herzog last week, and I decided I should try something a little different for blocking the collar on Matt’s sweater. Rolling up a towel along the collar would probably work just as well. This was just the first thing that occurred to me.

Now, for a teeny bit more pattern writing, button sewing, and picture taking. I plan on sending the design to the test knitters and tech editor by the end of the week! I think I might rework it to be a ladies pattern too at some point with more feminine shaping, but for now I’m ready to stick a fork in it and be done!

Sneak peek

I finished a little baby dress for Z. It’s made out of Euroflax sport. I had leftovers from Kit and Liesl, so I made a dress that complimented the styling of Kit, without being too matchy matchy.

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It needs a name. I will be writing up the pattern very soon. It was a lovely distraction from the dissertation proposal work I was supposed to be doing. The colors remind me of Smurfette, but I’m sure if I called it that I would probably be breaking some copyright.

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Matt will take pics of both of us in our linen wears very soon!

To evoke your senses

m rib hatIntroducing Evoke, a unisex ribbed hat in handspun yarn. I loved the way this yarn looked knitted in this rib pattern so much. The yarn is Pretty Southern handspun in Movement. The ribbing works well to highlight the texture of the handspun, and the constant color changes of the yarn keep the ribbed pattern interesting.

m rib hat-7The pattern takes about 160 yards of yarn. This could work well with a heavy fingering yarn or sport weight yarn. The ribbing accommodates head sizes from about 20″-24″.

m rib hat-6The ribbed pattern isn’t tight against the head, so it won’t mess up your excellent hair if you take it off indoors. But if you’re like me, sometimes you just need the hat to cover up some slightly unsightly hair, so it can comfortably live on your head all day long if you like that too.

m rib hat-3If you feel like whipping one up, the pattern is available on Ravelry. Read more about it here or .