Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Booklet..sneak peek

For the last couple of months I’ve been working on a small pattern booklet. It all started with the Deep Waffle pattern stitch. I worked up a swatch with this stitch with an idea for a cute little cardigan. However as I was working on the swatch I began to get all sorts of other ideas as to how the stitch could be used. It is a particular pattern that looks dramatically different at different gauges and is a mixture of open work while still using twisted stitches. But best of all it is not very difficult to work. So the idea of a pattern booklet based around a stitch was born.
There will be 4 patterns in this booklet, 3 will also be released as separate patterns but the final small bonus pattern will only be available in the booklet.

The first  pattern is the blue Shawlette that uses Hedgehog Fibers wonderful ‘Cashmere Silk Worsted’ that she gave me when I visited a few months ago (she just lives a few miles from me!).

The second pattern is the pink semi-pi shawl in Artist’s Palette Yarns ‘Cloud’ (this is a fingering weight Baby Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere blend). I picked this yarn up from Artisanyarns at UK knitcamp as I couldn’t resist the softness (or the color!).

The third pattern will be a cardigan with a circular yoke using the Waffle pattern and a front panel of waffle stitch going down each side. The turquoise details shown are knit in Drops Studio ‘Safran’ (100% cotton) but I can only show you front and side details right now as this pattern is almost reknit in Blue Moon Fibers BFL. I redesigned the yoke when I had finished the first sample and it is being reknit by Sue and looks just wonderful. I should have those photos for you within a few weeks.
I hope to have this booklet released next month but before that when I have the finished photos of the cardigan I want to get you all voting for a KAL from one of the patterns and maybe put a little raffle together for you with some free booklets and yarn…so stay tuned! I’ll also be offering a discount for the first few weeks on the booklet and patterns to make it even easier for everyone to get started with the KAL.

Promotion time!

Ravelry has added a new feature that allows sellers to use promotion codes.  I felt that it really needed to be tested out so for all you lucky people out there I’ve set up a 3 for 2 offer until Sunday (19th September)!  Just enter 3FOR2 at the bottom of your shopping card where it asks for your coupon code and it will take off the cost of the third pattern (lowest price of the 3).  So now is a good time to get any patterns you’ve been looking at!

Please do remember to enter the coupon code in as it will not be applied to the cost of your shopping cart without it.

Briseis Pullover and Killarney workshop

(c) Interweave Press

My newest pattern has jut come out in Interweave Weekend 2010 - Briseis pullover.  As you can imagine with the large gauge this is fast to knit!  It is worked from the top down using raglan shoulder shaping. The lace panels break up the heaviness of the chunky yarn nicely..I especially like how the openness worked on the sleeves. This lace panel is worked on both right and wrong side rows so takes a little bit of concentration before you join to work in the round.

The deep v-neck and the waist shaping also create a flattering fit for a heavier gauged yarn.

The sweater is knit using Blue Moon Fiber Arts ThickieThin yarn.  This was just wonderful yarn to work with, the most beautiful color and very, very soft.  In fact I loved there yarn so much my next self-published project will be in their BFL sports weight in the lovely Copperline colorway.  Sue is just finishing up the body of the cardigan and is only now finishing the FIRST hank of yarn!  How’s that for yardage.

The details of this design:

Finished Size 32¾ (35½, 38½, 41½, 44¼, 48¾, 51½)” bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 35½”, modeled with 1–2” positive ease.
Yarn Blue Moon Fiber Arts Thickie Thin (100% wool; 240 yd 219 m/226 g): spinel, 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins.
Needles Size 11 (8 mm): 32” circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); waste yarn; tapestry needle.

I’m wearing the sample with about 1” of positive ease but you can adjust that a little as you work as it is worked top down, add more or less waist shaping to suit your shape well.

CRAFTY ALLEY, Killarney

I’ll be teaching a knitting workshop in Crafty Alley on the 9th of October.  The workshop will be based on my Captiva Wrap and I’ll use the pattern to work through a few different areas; how to read a chart, working short rows and some basic lace.  I’ve put a few more details up here, and you can contact Kathy for more details.