October 6, 2016

Starshowers – a shawl for the sky

Starshowers is the third installment in my themed shawl club. This year we journey along the Silk Road:

On clear dark nights, I often sit,
and spend a quiet hours wake,
just marveling at the sky above,
so infinite so deep and dark.
the countless stars revolve in silence
and here I lay, a tiny thing,
all insignificant and small
under the milky way so tall.

If ever you’ve beheld the stars
beyond mountains or in deserts far,
you know what wonder I describe,
it silences the busy mind.

This asymmetrical crescent shaped shawl uses short rows to create the illusion of sweeping stars and star showers above, and gradient yarn colors to evoke the nightsky with just a hint of light at dawn, and the milky way still visible overhead.

It’s not too late to join the club! Starshowers is the third installment of Silk Road 2016 Shawl Club: Explorer featuring 4 full size shawl designs and 1 smaller holiday surprise (there are 2 clubs, the Wayfarer and the Explorer paths! This is from the Explorer path) and is available as part of the pattern club for $30 on Ravelry.

As a club member you will get these fabulous patterns before anyone else can get them, and you enjoy a member exclusive 10% off coupon good on any of my patterns or collections, all year!

Yarn
Miss Babs Yarns
1 Yummy 2-ply Toes 6 skein Gradient set (100% Superwash Merino; 133 yards /122 m per color; 798 yards / 730 m per gradient set),
and 1 skein Yummy 2-Ply (400 yds /366 m per 113g)
Sample in Carmen and Oyster

May 26, 2016

Upland Socks

Upland from the stream stand the tall old trees, vines twisting around aged branches and gnarled roots appearing out of underbrush so dense only the occasional glimpse of the stream can be seen. The twisted cable pattern on these socks reminds me of those old branches and twisting roots, and the rows of little eyelet lace, show the occasional glint of sunlight, reflected on the nearby creek.

For years I had gotten bored before getting to the second sock, until I realized one day that a little bit of a pattern would keep my interest far longer than endless stockinette in the round! So I started adding patterns to the front of the socks, where it’s most likely to be seen, and voilà, no more second sock syndrome!

These are the perfect middle ground for those wanting a bit more than a plain sock, but would rather not deal with complex patterns worked all through the shaping of things!

These toe-up socks are worked with a bowtie heel, a version of a short row heel that I prefer to use, and tutorials for the Twin stitch short rows are linked in the pattern.

The stitch pattern on the Upland Socks is both written as well as charted in the pattern.

February 29, 2016

OwlCat Designs: inspired by nature… for today’s handknitter

The creative force behind OwlCatDesigns, Simone, lets her love for nature and the hidden beauty in the world around us speak through all her designs. Be it intricate lace shawls, garments with nifty detailing or a simple accessory collection, her designs always have a story to tell.

Originally from Switzerland, Simone grew up with a different approach to knitwear and knitting design, having learned to design sweaters early on in life. Her designs are creative yet classic, sometimes with a touch of retro thrown into the mix for good measure.

Simone is the author of ‘over mossy stones…’ a collection of patterns inspired by a walk in the woods, ‘Karyai’ a pattern collection around classic greek style and mosaic knitting and her latest ‘Full Fathom’, released in German as well as English, a collection with a maritime theme.

She brings her enthusiasm for the creativity of yarn and her love for teaching to all her workshops and classes, while her passion for fine arts and her ability to speak several languages have helped her understand and relate to students of varying levels of expertise and have shaped her ability to create patterns that are easy to read yet result in creative and classic designs.

You can find more of her patterns on Ravelry or on her website.