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Behind the Scenes

I've been hard at work in lots of stealthy ways these days. I've been updating the pattern listings on the website - hopefully you will find them more informative now. I may tweak them further still to add more info. I have also rebranded all my patterns so they have updated contact info and are all stored in the same program. They look so matchy now! If you've purchased a pattern of mine you should have received an email informing you of the updated files.

 

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And because I can't only do clerical work, I've also been spinning and dyeing like a madwoman so that there will be all sorts of wonderful offerings available at Fibres West. I think you'll like what I've been up to!

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That's some gorgeous Moon Snail in the pots, soaking up a last layer of dye. Love it! That giant yarn there is a fantastic handspun that I have 7 whole skeins of. If I can bear to share it with you, that is. Hmm.

I promise I'll be able to focus on projects and fun blogging again soon! 

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New Patttern: The SABLE Scowl!

New pattern guys! I'm really in love with this one. The samples were a pleasure to design and knit, and they came from an idea I've been mulling over for a long time. I wanted a shawl-cowl (Scowl - get it?) that would work up in any weight of yarn, show off all the cool striping things that handspun has to offer, and be a relatively quick knit in heavier weights. Also important: a simple, non fussy lace edging that can pass as feminine, or not so feminine, depending on your styling, enough texture and detail to look fab in a solid colourway, and the ability to use the entire single skein of yarn. I can't be the only one drowning in leftovers, can I?

From the pattern:

Do you have a large yarn stash? I do. An appropriate knitterly acronym has been coined, I believe, by the incomparable Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. Pretty grim, eh? My real stash weakness is single skeins of handspun. I love spinning beautiful colours and fibres, but it can be tricky to find a single skein project that shows off my yarny handiwork. Enter the SABLE Scowl - a single skein project featuring the wearability of a cowl and the styling of a shawl. It uses 100g (3.5oz) of any yarn weight, uses every last yard of your precious skein, and shows off gradients, stripes, and texture. It's everything you need to avoid SABLE! Not a spinner? Imagine the possibilities in variegated, hand dyed, or

striping yarn!

Size: 

61cm (24in) at neck opening. Bottom varies depending on yarn weight and gauge.

Gauge: 

Depends on your yarn choice. Choose a dense enough gauge that the cowl will stand up a bit at the neck.

Materials Required: 

Yarn: 100 grams of anything! The pattern allows for any weight of yarn. The samples are worked in handspun super bulky and heavy worsted weight.

6 stitch markers.

Needles: 

Depends on your chosen gauge.

Difficulty: 

Novice - intermediate. Requires the ability to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, work flat and in the round, and work simple lace. It helps if you are confident enough to chose your own gauge and read your knitting.

So many thanks to Amanda and Hayley for bringing the "lesbian heat" (ask Amanda, I don't know) to our impromptu knit night photoshoot, and to Kathryn and Rebekkah for test knitting! My knitting ladies are the bomb.

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The Possessed Printer Mitts!

I released a pattern today! The Possessed Printer Mitts are inspired by my crazy colourway of the same name. I wanted a pattern that would show off the yarn, but had enough interest to carry a simple colourway just as beautifully. I couldn't find anything so I created something! I'm particularly in love with the stitch pattern I made up - I haven't seen anything quite like it before, and now I want to use it on all the things.

Kudos to my sister for looking like a rock star all the time so I can spring surprise photoshoots on her.

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New Pattern: The Cat's Paw Cowl!

At long last, and just in time for Fibres West, the Cat's Paw Cowl is available for purchase in both my Ravelry and Etsy stores!

I've always called it a "cat's paw" when a small patch of smooth water is roughened by an errant breeze. The diagonal mesh and symmetry of this cowl, combined with a soft blue yarn, reminds me of ocean ripples and spring sailing.

This cowl is a pleasant, simple knit and would be a great first lace project if you haven't taken that dive yet!

It's designed to use my Paragon 100% Merino sock yarn (which I adore working with), but any fingering weight, or lace weight doubled, would work! The large size uses an entire 400yd skein, so you have to make sure your gauge is accurate if you don't want it to run out early.

I was hoping to get a picture of a nice cat's paw at the beach yesterday, but the weather wasn't cooperating. Frankly I'm lucky it wasn't raining. WHERE ARE YOU SPRING?!?!

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FO Parade: My Second Angelus!!

I actually finished my Angelus in time to use it as a shop sample at Knit City! I needed it for the morning of Saturday the 13th of October. I finished it at 1:30 am that day. It didn't get blocked til after the show, but that's ok, it was done!!

The pattern is my own design,

Angelus

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The yarn is also my own -

Everything Old Kashmir Sock

in Crab Apple Jelly and Vintage Wedding. I used 75% of each skein - 326 yards per colour. I know I have a vested interest in you liking this yarn, but OMGHOLYCRAPSOFT. I really liked working with it, and I think you might too.

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