Friday, October 17, 2014

Mystery Sock KAL 2014


I'm very excited to announce the Second Annual Mystery Sock Knit-Along beginning November 7th. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to visit my Ravelry group for more information and to sign up for early notification.

New Pattern Available: Luna Loves Neville

Wit beyond measure may be man’s greatest treasure, but if he’s got an eye out for Nargles in the Mistletoe, likes sitting in the stables with the Thestrals, and isn’t quick to dismiss such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or the Crumple-Horned Snorkack, he’s likely to win the heart of a Miss Lovegood, and that is a treasure indeed.
Finished Measurement:
The directions are given for a woman’s sock. Foot length is adjustable. Leg and foot circumferences (stretched): 8 (11) inches.
Yarn Requirements:
Necessary yardage will vary with foot length. Approximately 380 - 400 yards were required for 10 ½” foot lengths in testing over several different yarns.
Shown in Supernatural Yarns Mermaid Sock (400 yards/100grams, 100% Superwash Merino color: Lockhart).
Recommended Needles:
Size 2 (2.75mm) Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or size required to get gauge.
Directions are given using 4 DPNs. Pattern can easily be worked with two circulars or via Magic Loop Method.
Supplies:
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends. Stitch markers may be helpful.
Gauge:
Approximately 32 sts = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch in the round.
Ravelry $3.50USD

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Pattern Available: Willows Which Whomp

Stereotypes implying weakness can be damaging, especially for trees.  Decades of a melancholy cast are sure to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Willows wishing to rid themselves of this emo blight need only whomp any thing or one that thinks them a sad sight.  Many whomping willows have gone on to fulfilling lifelong employ in the security field – proof that confidence and determination will rise above.

Finished Measurement:
The directions are given for an adult hat, worked top down.  Length is adjustable to wearer’s preference. Circumference 22-25”.  Pattern is written and charted.

Yarn Requirements:
Necessary yardage will vary with any adjustments to length. 
Approximately 180 - 200 yards were required for hat 10 1/2” from crown tip to rim.

Shown in Cascade 220 (220 yards/100grams, 100% wool, color: 8407 - Oyster).

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

Supplies:
Stitch marker and tapestry needle.  Row counter may be helpful. 

Gauge:
Approximately 24 sts / 33 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern after blocking. 

No Coupon Needed - Pattern 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.


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.

Needles:
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.

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

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

Available now on Ravelry - $4.00