Saturday, March 15, 2014

St. Patrick's Sale!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Changes, Adjustments and Progress

I know. You are shocked. You were sure I had either died or dropped off the planet. Neither is true, but life has changed, to be sure.

In January I started a new job. This position, unlike my last, is full time and doesn't offer the same "knit while you work" luxury as the last. I very much enjoy my new occupation, but it has definitely abbreviated my knitting and design hours. During the first weeks, while I settled in, I enjoyed nearly no knitting. Now that I'm more confident and past training, I'm back to my true passion.

The Forbidden Forest Shawl is in the final testing stages. This is my first crescent shaped shawl. It is also my first bottom up design. I've created a lovely leafy pattern that starts large and becomes increasingly smaller as it works toward the body of the shawl, much like walking from the forest edge into its depths. Each of these are reasons to be proud, but it's the neck edge detail that really sets this design apart.

I'm working with Shannon Shaw of Supernatural Yarns to release this design as a kit. Details will follow as they are hammered out.

A new sock design is in the works - Phoenix Tears. This will be a unisex design in multiple sizes. The lace is understated, running in a singular pattern up the foot top, allowing the texture to read with some strength around the leg.

Finally, I'm excited to announce that Cherokee Rose socks are now available for individual pattern purchase. This pattern was originally available in exclusive cooperation with Shannon Shaw's Supernatural Yarn's release of a colorway by the same name as part of her Daryl Dixon sock yarn club. I'm very fond of Supernatural Yarns. Shannon is an exceptionally talented yarn dyer and has an exquisite eye for color.  Be sure to visit her online on Ravelry and via her Etsy shop where you can find her Firefly, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games inspired colorways.

Available via Ravelry - $3.50 USD.

Now, if I can just figure out how to knit in my sleep...

Friday, January 3, 2014

First Donation

Today I proudly made the first donation to Mercy Hospital of 50% of the proceeds from the sale of Claire - Women's Hat pattern during the month of December 2013.  The donation was not a large amount - $13.12, but any amount I can contribute to a good cause and good people providing my mother-in-law with excellent care during her cancer treatment is money well spent in my book.

Please remember, and tell others, that 50% of the profits from the sale of this pattern will be donated to Mercy Health System of Maine in honor of the pattern’s namesake, my mother-in-law, Claire, who is bravely battling cancer.

Available now on Ravelry - $3.50

Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Pattern Available: Michael

It’s cold in St. Paul in November - really cold. You’ll wish you’d brought your hat kind of cold. Lucky for you, someone who knits loves you. This masculine, reversible, bottom up hat offers “roll it up and stuff it in your pocket just in case” flexibility for the traveling businessman. Oh, and it’s warm.

Yarn Requirements: Approximately 185 yards of worsted weight yarn. Shown in Nature Spun (color: Irish Shamrock) by Brown Sheep Company.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needles and a set of double pointed needles (DPNs) in the same size.
Supplies: Stitch marker, tapestry needle. Row counter is helpful.
Gauge: 22 sts/28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch Change needle size as needed to obtain gauge.

Notes: Hat is knit in the round, rim/bottom up. Pattern instructions are written and charted.

Extra special thanks to LeslieM80 and her husband, Michael, for the inspiration.

Sizes: Men’s - Will fit head 22-25” Available now on Ravelry - $3.00

Class Listings Updated

Please be sure to check the Classes page.  Classes for January - June 2014 have been listed. All classes are held at Village Wools - 5916 Anaheim Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
To register, either stop in or call 505-883-2919

Sunday, December 1, 2013

New Pattern Available: Slipstream

This scalene shaped shawl will remind you of paddling down the river, coasting along in the white, bubbling slipstream flow between rocks and over shelves into the quiet pools of deep peaceful blue on a sunny afternoon.

Finished Measurements and Yarn Requirements will vary based on your yarn & needle selection as well as chosen number of Body Chart repeats. As a general guide I offer the following:

Sizes / Blocked Dimensions:
Small: (11 body chart repeats) 50” wide x 28” deep
Large: (16 1/2 body chart repeats) 73” wide x 40” deep

Yarn Requirements:
Small: Approximately 420 yards of fingering weight yarn
Large: Approximately 840 yards of fingering weight yarn
Shown in Merino Light (color: cousteau) by Madeline Tosh.

Size 4 (3.5mm) 40-47” circular needles
Note: For cast on and setup, I prefer to work on either short straights or DPN’s. It provides more control and less clutter, allowing you to establish your setup with more stability.

Cable needle, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, and row counter may be helpful.

Approximately 24 sts in pattern = 4” (10cm).
Your gauge will vary depending on your yarn and needle choice.

Available now on Ravelry - $4.00

New Pattern Available: Claire

Just because I love surprising you and hearing you laugh.  I love that you’re married to Roger.  You are such a beautiful example of unconditional love and generosity.  Look carefully.  There are a lot of things woven into this design – your kids, their spouses, your grandkids, and lots of love.  Just because.

Women’s – Will fit head 22-25”

Yarn Requirements:
Approximately 200 yards of worsted weight yarn.
Shown in Cascade 220
(220 yards, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, color: 9419 – Vermeer Blue).

Recommended Needles:
Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle and a set of double pointed needles (DPNs) in the same size

22 sts = 4” (10 cm) in pattern
Change needle size to obtain gauge.

Cable needle, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, ruler and four (4) stitch markers.  Row counter may be helpful.

50% of the profits from the sale of this pattern will be donated to Mercy Health System of Maine in honor of the pattern’s namesake, my mother-in-law, Claire, who is bravely battling cancer.

Available now on Ravelry - $3.50

Friday, November 22, 2013

Coupon Code!

Pattern Design in Progress

I've got a new sock design in progress.  This time, I've given myself the challenge of creating a design that can be knit in two sizes and worked either from the toe up or top down.  And just because that seemed entirely too simple, each foot is a mirrored pattern (left/right specific).  Essentially this design will be four patterns in one.  I'm working with techniques to make the patterns in such a manner that you can knit one sock toe up, the other top down, and have them appear as a proper match.  It's a fun challenge.

Do you have a directional preference when knitting socks?