April 11, 2018

Marianated Yarns from head to toe!

I love sending yarn to designers and then waiting to see what they come up with. Sometimes I am asked for input and sometimes it’s just a fun surprise. I had a happy realization a few days ago — a few patterns were recently released (and some will be out soon!) that cover you in Marianated Yarns from head to toe!

Katy Carroll from Katinka Designs is releasing the Millcreek Canyon Hat in mid-April. It’s knit in Playtime Worsted with a pom pom on top!

She also designed the Pero Shawl, which was released today. The photos were taken on the Salt Flats in Utah — one of the places to visit on my bucket list.

Julie Hart’s Crossing Over cowl features cables and lace with garter stitch ridges. It’s knit with either one skein of Playtime DK or a gradient set of Jujubee DK minis.

Sheila Stromberg released the Oliviana Cardigan knit in Playtime DK with Jujubee DK minis for adorable ruffles. The pattern is sized from baby to 16 years old.

I love sock knitting, so I was especially excited when Sarah Jordan designed her Undamo Socks with Practicality 75/25 and a contrasting Marianette for a little bit of stranded colorwork.

There are more designs in the works and I’m excited to see what comes out next.

I’ll be setting up a pop-up shop at Chelsea Yarns in Red Bank, N.J., during the New Jersey Wool Walk from Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22. I’ll have lots of yarn and samples — be sure to stop in!

April 11, 2018

Local Yarn Store Day

Since Local Yarn Store Day is April 21, let’s celebrate our small business owners who specialize in yarn! Not only do they create havens of inspiration, friendship and learning, small businesses are so important for the fiber of our community (in more ways than one).

If you buy yarn for my pattern “Local Yarn Shawl” on April 21 from any of the participating LYSs, you will be given the pattern for free. Many local yarn stores are doing special yarns for this, or you may of course choose your own.

The shawl comes in two sizes. Here, it is shown in one 560-yard skein of Fifty Shades of Gradient by Fiber Studio (the small shawl) or you may use two skeins of fingering weight yarn with at least 360 yards each. The large shawl is shown here in Primrose Yarn Company Sophia (the peach and pink) and Anzula Cloud (the white and purple).

Please take the time to visit your local yarn store on April 21 and support them with some love and yarn purchases.

April 9, 2018

A Cardigan of the Galaxy

The second installment in the Cardigans of the Galaxy series, this comfortable, open front cardi is inspired by the character of Rocket in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie series.

A genetically modified raccoon, Rocket makes an unlikely superhero. He’s irritated that he doesn’t fit in anywhere, but there’s no confusion over his feelings for money (spoiler: he loves it). Rocket’s cardigan is a nod to both: He gets a top-down, cardi that’s the color of money (gold and green) with a diamond lace-and-cable motif that weaves in and out of a broken rib pattern. And hey, who isn’t a little broken?

Enjoy 30% off Rocket’s Cardigan of the Galaxy pattern now through April 15th with the code Oogachaka.

March 22, 2018

Stepstone

I love knitting and designing hats. They’re portable, useful (especially in New England winters) and a great way to try out new techniques.

In Stepstone, I combined some of my favorite things, a sideways band, a woolly yarn and elongated slip stitches.

First the band is knit flat, then stitches are picked up for the body and crown. The button flap is worked last.

This is a fast and fun knit.

This design uses ~150 yards of sportweight yarn and two 3/4″ buttons. I used Swans Island All American Sport in hibiscus with buttons from Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry.

Introducing Kadigan – fun with short rows!

I had so much fun with Kadigan, my newest design. (Kadigan is an old placeholder word – a thingamajig, a wotsit. How could I resist using that?) I love the style, which offers three different looks, but the making is the best part. It’s a bit quirky, but so rewarding.

You start with a basic shrug, then pick up stitches and work the skirt sideways using garter stitch short rows, ie basically the most enjoyable knitting there is. This construction has two great benefits. One is the simplicity of it: you follow an internal logic rather than the numbers, so although there’s always something going on, you don’t have to check the pattern much. The second is the adaptability. You can adjust virtually any part of it to fit your specific shape, without any maths, and I wrote the pattern specifically to encourage knitters to make the most of this.

Start by picking your size based on upper arm measurement, because that’s the most fixed aspect. Adjust the sleeve length if needed. Try it on as you go to get a perfect fit across your shoulders. Then grab an inchtape and choose the right size for the front pieces. Follow a different set of instructions depending on whether you want to lengthen or shorten the back, and by how much. See? Perfect custom sizing, and no calculator required!

It’s surprisingly addictive. My testers are already talking about their second Kadigans, and I’m planning at least two more. I hope you have as much fun with it as I have!

March 12, 2018

Your Slip Is Showing

Your Slip Is Showing is an opportunity to make a large statement piece using a simple slipped stitch technique. It is meditative to knit as it flows from one color combination to the next in 12 different sections. It uses four different colors of yarn and lends itself to speckles, tonals or variegated colors, fade sets, or gradient colors. There is a schematic that allows you to plan your shawl colors using colored pens; use it to determine which color will show up at the beginning, middle and end of your project. Directions for this are described in the pattern. Make it bright or subtle, but make it your own!

Spring in your Step!!

Stripe sock yarn… inspiration for my stripes is thinking about spring coming and thinking about it not getting here fast enough. As I am writing this there is a Noreaster storm hitting us and leaving us with a foot of snow! I am dreamimg of spring and the beautiful colors it brings us. As winter is winding down it is great to think about all the things spring brings. The Daffodills, Tulips, and Hyacinth will soon be coming up and everyone will be ready to get back out side in the fresh air.

I have been dyeing all kinds of fabulous fibers this winter and producing some new colors for customized Fades for customers. Also started making stripe Sock with the help from my math guru Husband. So much fun with color. Wish I could knit faster to create more colorful FOs!

Since I only sell at shows and to LYS you will only see all of my colorways and fibers at those locations. Check out my show & LYS locations on my website under the news and events page. If you own a shop and would like access contact me and I will provide you with a access code.

Show to start off the Fiber Season: Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase in Clermont, N.Y., on April 21st.

Blue skies, warm sunshine and birds singing…. I hope everyone had a wonderful winter and now…. On to spring!!!

February 26, 2018

Amid the Snow

Amid the Snow is a two-color, corrugated-rib pattern with a few simple left-cross and right-cross cables thrown in for interest. It is a fun knit that is worked entirely in the round with no seaming. Instructions are both written and charted. The height of the hat is easily altered by working more or less rounds.

Yarn 65 (80, 105, 125, 135, 145, 155) yds of DK weight yarn in Color A
50 (65, 85, 100, 110, 115, 120) yds of DK weight yarn in Color B

Yellow and gray hat shown in Adult L using Rohrspatz and Wollmeise Merino DK in 47 Ag (Color A) and Zarte Knopse (Color B)

Red and gray/blue hat shown in Adult L using Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte in Dark-Eyed Junco (Color A) and Bog Cherry (Color B)

Sizes Fits head circumference up to 15 (17.5, 19.25, 20.5, 21.75, 23, 24.25)“

Gauge 26 sts by 30 rounds = 4 inches in Two-Color Rib Pattern Unstretched on US 6

22 sts by 30 rounds = 4 inches in Two-Color Rib Pattern Stretched on US 6

I tend to be a tighter knitter in the round, so you may find that a US 5 may also work to achieve gauge.

February 14, 2018

Checkpoint

Hello. My newest shawl pattern, Checkpoint, is now available on Ravelry. It is a sideways triangle with a center spine. Lots of garter with a little bit of (easy!) intarsia.

This design uses 400 yards of a main color and 200 yards of a contrast color (fingering weight). I love how this looks in a yarn with color transitions but it would also wok in two tonals.

I used one skein of Spincycle Yarns dyed in the woo in Overpasses and one skein of Magpie fibers domestic fingering in Harpoon for my first sample and one skein of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in the Saddest Place and one skein of Madeline Tosh Sock in Silver Fox for the second sample.


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