September 16, 2015

Heat Lighting and Socktober

I’d like to introduce my latest sock design, Heat Lighting in Unplanned Peacock’s Cozy Sock. This is a super fun and easy to knit sock that is worked from the cuff down and incorporates a modified short row heel. The lace pattern is simple enough to knit while watching TV or going to a game. Unplanned Peacock’s Cozy sock was a delight to work with. It’s a blend of 20% super soft alpaca, 60% merino and 20% nylon. It had a luxurious hand and literally just glided over my needles.

In celebration of the release of Heat Lighting and Socktober, ALL of the sock patterns in my Ravelry Pattern Shop are 50% until October 1. Use coupon code: Socktober when you check out.

July 1, 2015

Shark Bite

Introducing Shark Bite! Use coupon code: Amity for $2.00 off until July 5th. Don’t get caught with your socks in the water and have a Happy 4th of July!

The Shark Bite socks were inspired by one of my all time favorite movies, JAWS. It’s a tradition for my husband and I to have a JAWS movie marathon over the 4th of July weekend every year. We hunker down in our den and watch the movies from beginning to end. 2015 is the 40th Anniversary of the original JAWS movie and I thought it was an appropriate time to design a pattern in homage to the movie.

Shark Bite is written from the cuff down. The cuff and leg portion of the socks are worked in the flat, and then joined at the ankle. The heel, foot and toe are worked in the round.

If you aren’t familiar with knitting colorwork, links to tutorials are provided in the pattern. While the colorwork details might look difficult to knit, they are really only over a small portion of the sock and some of them, like the swimmer and shark’s teeth can be done in duplicate stitch once you are finished knitting.

The sample was was worked using KnitPicks Stroll unless otherwise noted. This is a perfect project to use mini skeins and left over yarn for the smaller details.

Marshwood

I’ve just released Marshwood, a lovely two-skein shawl in Bare Naked Wools Confection Sport. The pattern is available on Ravelry, and Bare Naked Wools will be offering a kit including the yarn and pattern on their website later this week. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this! If you already have some Confection in your stash and just need the pattern, use coupon code BNW for $1 off through 5/11 in my Ravelry pattern shop.

I’ve also updated my Etsy shop with some new bags, a…n…d I’m introducing my new gradient yarns that I dyed. They are available in a sock kit that includes two center pull balls of dyed-to-match sock yarn, a sock-sized bag and your choice of any one of my sock patterns. Single skeins for shawl, scarf or cowl knitting are available separately. Use code freeshipping for US orders, good through 5/11. I’m so sorry that I can’t offer this on international orders. If you would like a quote to ship outside of the US, please convo me — I don’t mark the shipping up from what I am charged.

Here is a bit about the yarn: It’s a lovely base of 440 yards of superwash Merino blended with 25% nylon in a three-ply fingering weight. Each skein is dyed individually by hand using colorfast acid dyes. The skeins are wound into center pull balls and are ready for you to knit from. You can choose to knit from the center or the outside depending on how you want your item to look — darker to lighter or lighter to dark! This yarn pairs well with any of my shawl patterns and would also look wonderful knit up as a cowl or scarf. The long color repeats blend from one color to the next.

April 1, 2015

Tyrion’s Gift

I’m so pleased to announce the release of Tyrion’s Gift, the fourth shawl patten in my Game of Thrones inspired series.

Tyrion’s Gift is a top down triangle shawl that is deceptively easy to knit. With resting rows on the wrong side, it’s a perfect project to take to knit group or work on while you watch the Game of Thrones Season 4 Premier. This tribute to Tyrion and his lady friend Shae is knit up in Miss Babs Tarte, in the Volcanic Eruption colorway. Tarte has a wonderful hand and is a generous 500 yard skein. Miss Babs dyed some up just in time for the pattern release and you can purchase directly from her site: missbabs.com

A huge thank you goes to my test knitters Margi and Helen who whipped through this pattern in no time and gave it raving reviews!

Like most couples, in the beginning Tyrion and Shae were truly in love. They were both quite happy until Tyrion’s father forced him to marry another woman.

Shae refused to leave Tyrion, even at the risk of her own safety. Tyrion was forced to resort to sending her away in a rather brisk fashion. As a parting gift to show how much he cared for her, Trion commissioned a shawl in deep reds of the Lannister colors.

A single, simple gift to keep Shae warm was what Tyrion intended to give to Shae. The betrayal that he got in return was most unexpected.

Use coupon code: Gift for $1.00 off of Tyrion’s Gift in my Ravelry Pattern Shop, good through Easter.

February 25, 2015

Babalicious

I’m so excited to release Babalicious! Babalicious is a three piece set that includes mitts, a cowl and boot toppers that can all be made from just one skein of Miss Babs Yowza! This fun set was inspired by Miss Babs herself; her likeableness and charm come out in the beautiful yarns that she dyes. I thought it was very fitting to name this pattern after her. The cable pattern adds a bit of texture that works well with Miss Babs colorways in both solid and variegated.
The set is specially priced at $5.99 on Ravelry.

February 12, 2015

Sundance

I’ve just released Sundance, a fun venture into colorwork. The Sundance mitts are designed to keep help keep your hands and arms warm in those sub zero office temperatures that we all know and love. These cute mitts are knit up in Knitted Wit’s Victory DK in Wild Orchard and Naked.

Use coupon code: stupidgroundhog for $1 off of Sundance in my Ravelry pattern shop. Don’t wait because it expires on Midnight 2/15!

Wintertime is my favorite time to knit colorwork patterns. The longer nights and shorter days of winter seem to beg for brighter colors and patterns. The Sundance mitts are inspired by classic Norwegian mittens and sweaters with a touch of modern design.

Sundance is written in one size, but can easily be altered by going up or down a needle size or two, or by using a lighter or heavier weight yarn. Make sure to knit a swatch to check your gauge and to ensure you will like the fabric if you are altering the size of the mitts. My test knitter Julia, aka Sapphirechild on Ravelry, used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool and altered her gauge to make them a bit smaller.

January 14, 2015

Sugarplum

I’m super excited for the first pattern release of 2015! The Sugarplum infinity scarf has a simple stitch pattern creates a spiraling lace reminiscent of the pirouetting dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This fun project is perfect for that that special skein of fingering weight yarn that you have tucked away in your stash. The lace pattern really shows off in hand painted yarns while is interesting enough for semisolid colorways.

Sugarplum is the perfect three season accessory. Wear it this winter on the outside of your coat or wrapped twice around your neck to keep the chill out. During the warmer months pair it with your favorite top for a pop of color.

Introductory priced at $2.99 on Ravelry until January 20th. Grab that special skein of fingering weight yarn and get your knit on in 2015!

October 31, 2014

Stash Bash

If you are like me and have little balls of sock yarn hidden away throughout your home, then it’s time to cast on for Stash Bash!

Knit or Treat!! Stash Bash is just $2.99 on Ravelry until November 5th and then it will be $6.

Stash Bash comes in two versions: Mild or Wild. The Mild version was knitted with two full skeins of Kismet Fiber Works Fingering yarn. The Wild version was knitted with one full skein of Bugga and varying amounts of left over sock yarns.

The pattern includes directions for both and how to adjust the sizing if you would like a larger or smaller shawl.

October 17, 2014

The Arya Collection

Needle is a small, slender sword that Jon Snow had made by Mikken for Arya Stark before he went away to the Night’s Watch. The sword is suitable to Arya’s slight build and the style of fencing known as “water dancing” used by the bravos of Braavos. Arya named it Needle as an ironic reference to her hatred of needlework. She sometimes refers to her use of the sword as needlework. Eventually, Needle also comes to represent her previous life at Winterfell and symbolizes the happy childhood with her family, which she still yearns for.

Earlier this year at Maryland Sheep & Wool I was able to spend a little bit of time chatting with Miss Babs. We talked about our favorite characters from Game of Thrones and tossed around a few ideas for a new Game of Thrones inspired pattern. Babs and I both really like Arya’s character. She’s smart, spunky, and doesn’t really back down from anything. On the trip home I worked up a small chart and some sketches of Arya’s Needle and then got to swatching. After a Skype meeting with Babs and Jen, Babs created a limited edition colorway called Arya in Yummy 2-ply. It will be available in limited quantities this weekend in her booth at Rhinebeck along with a hard copy version of both patterns. The Arya yarn will also be available for pre-order at missbabs.com.

Arya’s Needle is a versatile shawl pattern and can easily be knit with three different looks. The edging and center sections have the same number of stitches and can be interchanged if you would like. You could have a shawl with three swords, two swords and lace in the center only, or lace in all three sections. The choice is yours!

The long and slender point of needle will let you Subtly wield your sword with Arya’s Mitts. Instructions are included for a shorter version if you would prefer to wield a dagger rather than a sword! The pattern has two sizes: S/M and M/L and is very easily adjusted by going up or down a needle size.

The patterns can be purchased individually or in ebook format on Ravelry.

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