Monday, May 11, 2015

Iridophore now available

Well this is a fun little pattern I have to say, Iridophore makes full use of two skeins of Abracadabra by Hikoo, the  new color changing yarn. What's really neat about this yarn is that it is only available in two colors because they haven't actually invented any other ones. And it changes color rather quickly in bright sunlight, not like the old color changing technology (read hypercolor shirts) which always seemed to take forever to change. My kids are absolutely obsessed with the results and if yarn can outrank computer games and t.v. shows then Hikoo did something right!

Iridophore is the scientific name for the crystalline cells on a chameleon that change color

The pattern uses one skein of each color, white to pink and white to purple, but since the headband only uses about 30 grams and the bracelet more like 10 grams you can easily get 3 of each from 2 skeins. The headband is worked lengthwise with a border of stockinette stitch that curls up to make a nice squishy edging, the center area is worked with garter stitch short rows that are not wrapped and uses beads! This was a huge selling point for the kids as BEADS make it more like JEWELS and PRINCESSES wear JEWELS, and since it is a headband it really is mostly like a TIARA WITH JEWELS. The beads are placed using a small crochet hook onto the stitch that is different than stringing the beads on the yarn first. Of course you could just string the beads on and it would work fine but you would get a slightly different looking result. Don't be intimidated by the short rows since really it is just turning the work mid row and continuing back the other way, no wrapping of stitches. Both the headband and the bracelets are finished with buttons, the buttons you see are shell buttons from Joanns that actually match perfectly! So if you do use the Abracadabra check out the button aisle at your local Joanns. 

The bracelet is also worked lengthwise with a curled stockinette border, the beads are placed on an eyelet row with garter stitch on either side. The headband calls for a color change between the border and the main body but the bracelets are worked in one color, not to say that you couldn't change color if you wanted to.  Also this pattern is available from BABY to ADULT, the samples are knit in the child sizes (except for the Adult Small headband on the giant head of my eldest daughter).

The Headband Ravelry Page is here and the Bracelet page is here

Of course you can work this in any yarn you choose, and the two test knitters did some adorable projects using striping and vareigated yarn, you can see their projects here

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tamazya is now available

This blanket was such a delight to design and knit and it all began with the center stitch pattern and a cold January day. I was flipping through my stitch dictionary just browsing for inspiration and kept flipping back to the page with the center motif on it. Something about that geometric pattern was so appealing to me, it spoke of warmer places, of sand and sun and dry warmth. Perhaps tents in the desert with deeply patterned textiles, the smell of smoke and reverence for nature and the divine in tandem. With the dreary January rain outside the window in my poorly insulated upstairs studio I dreamed of red heat, of travel to distant places, the clatter of a well traversed bazaar and friendly crowds. Since a trip wasn't really in my immediate future I figured I could just bring the experience home with a deep red worsted weight wool combined with a lace weight mohair for halo and a romantic lace pattern that would take me travelling from my own couch. The initial center section is that self same stitch pattern that so captured my imagination. The border rounds were created by marrying two stitch patterns together, creating a motif that speaks of mosaic tiles, embroidered pillows and peacock feathers. 

Tamazya is begun with a provisional cast on for the center section and worked back and forth. Then stitches are picked up along the sides and the work is joined to work in the round for the border. Don't worry about picking up the stitches, all the math has been worked out for you so you can pick up the correct amount the first time and avoid frustration on your warm vacation. The bind off is a picot bind off worked on the WS of the work, this means that you will turn the work to bind off with the wrong side facing you and use the tail of the yarn at the end to seam the small gap.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cottina Cowl now available!

Oooh I love releasing a new pattern, this is a one skein cowl pattern that uses Noro Taiyo Sport, which is actually a DK weight. The pattern is worked in the round and has a combination ribbing and lace pattern that moves the yarn around with yarn overs and stacked decreases. This creates waving stripes in the pattern and it looks pretty darn nice in whatever yarn you use, either striping or variegated. You can find the Cottina Cowl on Ravelry here. 

One size 22” circumference at top, 30” circumference at bottom, 14.5” tall

Noro Taiyo Sport [60% cotton, 15% silk, 15% wool, 10% nylon, 349yds/100g ] color #06 1 skein
1 set US #7/4.5mm 24 inch circular needle and 16” circular needle
1 set US#7/4.5mm dpns if not using 16” circular needle.
Tapestry needle

19 sts/22 rows = 4” over charted pattern.
Gauge is not critical for this pattern.

This cowl is worked from the bottom up in the round. To increase the circumference of this cowl you can add stitches in increments of 16 and work additional repeats of the chart.

The Cottina Cowl is a quick knit and I actually knit the entirety of it on a last minute trip to Tacoma in February. We made a jaunt to the coast so I could check out the marketplace at the Madrona Fiber Retreat and also to take the kids to obsess over Sharks with me see the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Which was fabulous by the way and the perfect size for kids over a morning. I though it might be neat to take some in progress photos since I was in the same place for the knitting of the cowl and you can see them below!

(yes we have a disability placard lol)

Because really, sharks need cowls too.

New Test Knit: Porifera Cowl

Now this is a fun pattern, I mean I know I might be biased but still, I sure had a  great time designing it. This super adjustable pattern is now ready for test knitting and needs testers who want to get creative with yarn and sizing. It calls for an Aran weight handspun but can be worked in any weight yarn with the desired amount of increases. This design would look amazing in a plain yarn, loads of texture and simple enough to satisfy, but it also shines when worked with a crazy skein of handspun or vareigated. I have a habit of buying the wildest skein of yarn in the store and so am constantly looking for something with a varying yardage requirement that works with crazy yarn. If you would like to test knit this pattern hop on over to the Ravelry Forum here.

If you are unsure about what test knitting actually is I can outline it for you. Click the link to the forum and leave me a message stating that you are interested in testing the pattern, also pm me your email. I will sign you up on the list and email you the pattern. You knit through the pattern, making any notes on your project page about alterations you have made. You can ask questions by posting in the forum and make sure to keep an eye out for any mistakes in the pattern. Any changes to the pattern or corrected mistakes are added to the original post so check there first before asking a question. When your sample is complete post a picture or two to your project page along with weighed finished yardage of the sample. Then I say thank you, thank you, thank you, finish editing the pattern and send you a fancy mistake free complimentary copy when it is released. Beware though, test knitting can be highly addicting so begin at your own risk :)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sibling Revelry Cardigan

I have a new pattern available for purchase, the Sibling Revelry Cardigan, worsted weight yarn, 10 sizes, 2 colors, I-cord edging, texture and stripes.

The Sibling Revelry Cardigan is just exactly that, my children, husband, and myself reveling in the perfection and joy of our expanded family. Our oldest with her springy curls, sweet intelligent smile, astute observations on the world and outrage at injustice of all sorts. Our middle gal who cannot decide whether to be a princess or a rock star, or maybe both, all razzle and frazzle, funny jokes and sassy dancing. And finally little guy with his unending love of chickens, trucks and dogs, his toothy sharky smiles and weird wookie howl. Everyday it is a wonder that they are all here and get to love each other fiercely.

This particular design began with a rather special skein of yarn given to me at my Baby celebration with my closest friends. The dark red and browns of the Marte were just lovely and my friend was all smiles when she admitted she just couldn't pass it by because she loved it for me. I combined this treasured skein, with a lush heathered brown, textured cables, 2 color stripes and plush garter stitch. It simply had to be in a huge range of sizes so that the kids could have matching Cardigans, and it needed a hood to balance the rest of the design, and what kid doesn't love hoods? (Okay maybe some kids, but mine love them)

The Sibling Revelry Cardigan is available in sizes 3m (6m, 12m, 18m, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12), it uses worsted weight yarn and 5 buttons. Instructions are given for both girl and boy sided buttonbands and the pattern has charted instructions.

You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Test knit: Sibling Revelry Pullover

Hello! Been working away at the second garment in the Sibling Revelry Set, a pullover with cables stripes and texture. Worked in pieces from the bottom up this color blocked pullover has a cabled front, moss stitch back and striped sleeves with saddle shoulders continuing the graphic stripes along the upper back of the garment. There is significant seaming in this garment but I'm sure we can all agree that the nifty colorwork is worth it. If you would like to test the garment head on over to the Ravelry forum and let me know! This garment is available in sizes 3m (6m, 12m, 18m, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)  and is shown below in size 10.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Test Knit: Cottina Cowl

Now really I know that there hasn't been much in the way of Spring in most of North America so far, except... and no one in Spokane really wants to admit it verbally... (here) Shhh... don't tell anyone, or even think it too loud, we are enjoying some not totally buried in snow weather and have had a delicious amount of sunshine so far. I even roto-tilled my garden two weeks ago and planted a spring cover crop. But of course if I tell you this it will all come crashing down in a blizzard of doom sooo really I am not saying anything about the weather... we are talking about a spring cowl didn't you know?

Cottina is a pretty cowl worked with long striping Noro Taiyo Sport, which isn't really a sport weight at all actually a sneaky DK, kinda like our conversation about the weather.. ahem cowl. This cowl uses one skein and when worked out of Taiyo is perfect for the warming breezes of spring, just enough wool and silk to be warm but enough cotton to be cool. The pattern includes instructions on how to increase repeats if you want to use a thinner gauge yarn and if you test it I am fine with a smaller gauge yarn with notes on the pattern page. 

You can check out the test here and all the pertinent(s) are below. 

One size 22” circumference at top x 30” circumference at bottom, 14.5” tall

Taiyo Sport (DK weight) [60% cotton, 15% silk, 15% wool, 10% nylon, 349yds/100g ] color #06 1 skein

1 set US #7/4.5mm 24 inch circular needle and 16” circular needle
1 set US#7/4.5mm dpns if not using 16” circular needle.

Tapestry needle

19/22 rows = 4” over charted patter, gauge is not crucial for this pattern.

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