November 17, 2017

Crunching Leaves Cowl

The Crunching Leaves Cowl is a simple cowl that allows two yarns to interact and create a woven effect. I used my favorite stitch, along with bulky yarn and some seed stitch to create a simple but cozy cowl that is a striking addition to a winter outfit. Made with two skeins of Dragonfly Fibres Super Traveller (shown here in Golden Compass and Silver Fox), or two skeins of bulky yarn, 100 yards each.

November 8, 2017

Knitmas Kits from Marianated Yarns

Celebrate the 12 Days of Knitmas with a limited edition striped DK cowl kit. The kit comes complete with a mixed set of yarn (there are color choices, because we love choices!), a cowl pattern from Katy Carroll of Katinka Designs, notions, treats and fun extras, too. All you need are knitting needles.

The cowl design, which is being kept a mystery until you purchase the kit (because who doesn’t love a holiday surprise?) is for the basic to intermediate knitter, with three options in the pattern to appeal to different ability levels.

It’s the perfect gift for you or your favorite knitter. Make gift-giving easy by sharing this link.

To complete the kit, a Knitmas Cowl Knitalong will start on 12/26 in the Katinka Designs Ravelry group — join in the fun and prizes!

Ordering deadline is 11/30.

November 7, 2017

Fluffy U Fiber Farm

Fall is the perfect time to try Fluffy U Fiber Farm’s yarns. We are a small farm located in Dover, Pennsylvania. We raise various British breed and heritage breed sheep whose fiber we use to produce our line of yarns. We hand-dye all of our yarns and roving. Our goal is to provide quality yarn and roving from our farm to ewe. Small Business Saturday is fast approaching and we will be offering some incentives for our shoppers.

November 1, 2017

The Woolen Rabbit “Women in History” Yarn Club 2018

This year we are going to take a brand new journey down that Rabbit Hole….
“Women in History”

Five popular yarn designers have agreed to join along and create a pattern based on a woman in history that made an impression on them.

As always, the yarns, patterns and the colors are completely designer driven and the yarns they have chosen are nice ones. The colorways will be created based on the color inspiration that each designer sends me, whether with pictures of descriptions. I love designing colorways this way!

The names of the women and yarns will be listed as they are given to me by the designers.

Each shipment will contain the yarn, a unique pattern and a special art card tucked in.

This is the order of the mailings:

January ~ The Healthy Knitter ~ Sporty Grace
March ~ Skeinwalker ~ Opulence
June ~ Paulina P Designs ~ Single Ply Yan fingering yarn (brand new yarn!)
September ~ AliciaPlum ~ Heron
December ~ Blue Bee Studio ~ TBA

The yarn colorway in that base and the pattern will remain exclusive for six months after it is shipped. Each shipment will ship out approximately the third week of each month. We will allow for an additional skein of yarn to be added to save on shipment at the same time. 🙂

You can order this extra skein for all shipments or for just one… you choose. (U.S. only — due to high shipping costs we will have to charge additional postage on international packages.)

We will also offer a choice of two forms of payment, either a one time payment that is discounted or a bimonthly installment.

October 28, 2017

New Cathay Williams Shawl Pattern

In a time when U.S. Army regulations forbade the enlistment of women, Cathay Williams enlisted under the name William Cathay on November 15, 1866. She told the recruiting officer that she was a 22-year-old cook. An Army Surgeon examined her and determined she was fit for duty. Cathay Williams then became the first documented black woman to enlist in the Army. She was assigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry and traveled throughout the West with her unit. She was discharged in October 1868 when an Army surgeon found out she was a woman. She is the only known female Buffalo Solider.

The Cathay Williams shawl is a crescent shaped shawl knit flat with sections of mesh and textured slip stitches. It uses two skeins of sock yarn to create a cozy shaped shawl that is perfect for chilly nights. The slipped stitch texture shows off highly variegated yarns. The length of the shawl is adaptable if you would like to adjust the size of your shawl or the amount of yarn used.

Supplies: Approximately 825 yards of fingering weight yarn (sample uses Fresh From the Cauldron Schoodic Sock in the colorway Poe’s Absinthe Induced Dream), US 4 circular needle in a length of 32″ or 40″, 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins

Finished Measurements (After Blocking)
32″ wide
44″ height (or depth) including wings

October 27, 2017

Book Release: South

It has taken two years of collaboration between two crazy English teachers from Georgia and Washington state, but just in time for holiday knitting, my first knitting pattern book is finally LIVE! I have designed seven of the patterns in the collection, and the photography and bunny-soft beret pattern are courtesy of my partner, Michelle Guilmet-Buck.

South is a collection of modern accessory patterns that blur the lines of culture, gender, and generation. The eight patterns in this collection are designed to be adaptable to any situation or social event, as well as being relatively straightforward and easy enough for even the knitting novice. The collection includes four patterns for women and four patterns for men. Although the book is available in its entirety electronically, because we have elected to first make it available online, it is also possible to purchase the patterns of the collection individually. The pattern collection is available on Ravelry, as well as the individual patterns. Craftsy offers the individual patterns for purchase as well.

October 25, 2017

Heart of Glass Pullover pattern

Worked seamlessly from the top down with one of the prettiest lace patterns ever (both charted and written out), this versatile, drop-shouldered pullover can be worked either as a sleeveless top in a lightweight fiber for warm climes, or with sleeves to keep you cozy in chilly weather.

Short rows shape the shoulders so that they angle downward (no dreaded “wings” at the shoulders!) and reduce bulk at the underarms. Slim sleeves keep the look modern and sleek. A photo tutorial lets you check your work, and Lyrical Knits’ popular Some Thoughts About Fit section is included to help you modify to your tastes.

October 23, 2017

Here be dragons: two one-skein cowls

Did you ever wish you could channel the strength of a dragon?

I admit it’s a lot to ask of a knitted accessory. But that’s what I was thinking of when I designed Haku and Chihiro – companion one-skein cowls using the dragonscale stitch pattern. I love the thought of casing my vulnerable neck in steely yet elegant dragonskin. And I really love how this looks.

Haku uses silky fingering yarn and beads for a glamorous, grown-up accessory with a flared base. Chihiro is a straight tube in worsted weight that makes a quick gift knit for kids or adults. You can buy the set for just €6, more than 25% off the price for each separately.

Incidentally, the names come from Miyazaki’s anime classic Spirited Away. It took me ages to find a named dragon who wasn’t scary – which probably shouldn’t have surprised me, and yet. Do you find the idea of wrapping your neck in protective but totally elegant dragonskin as appealing as I do?