FO: Water St. Cardigan

My latest finished object is actually a revisiting of a pattern that I’ve worked with before and dearly love-Glenna C’s Water St. Cardigan. I made this cardigan for myself a little over a year ago, and this spring, I decided to make one for a friend. IMG_2074 I’m the model in these pictures because I still need to mail this to the intended recipient. But that’s on my to-do list for the day.IMG_2077I used Madelinetosh Sock yarn in the Cousteau colorway. I love the yarn and the color. The yarn is a good lightweight, sturdy yarn that will be great for the recipient’s lifestyle. And the color, oh my gosh, I love this color. It’s to die for gorgeous. I have another skein of sock in cousteau and a skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina in cousteau still in my skein, and I can’t wait to knit with them. The color is seriously beautiful. IMG_2078 IMG_2080 The pattern is brilliant, and I have plans to work with it again. IMG_2081More details can be found on my project page.

 

A Fortnight of Birthday

On July 1, I will be celebrating my 26th birthday. And since I am a big fan of Tolkien’s works, I believe in celebrating my birthday like a hobbit. How do hobbits celebrate their birthdays? They give presents to others.

Therefore, in honor making it 26% of the way to my centennial, I will giving you 26% off the purchase price of any of my patterns on Ravelry. Furthermore, because I’m a hobbit and I like to celebrate my birthday, this sale will last a fortnight-or fourteen days. Therefore, from June 25 until July 8, you will be able to get 26% off the price of any pattern simply by entering the code: happybirthday2ewe.

FO: Laramidia Cowl

On Saturday, I finished another summer cowl. This project used the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color May color and pattern. The pattern was Laramidia, a shawl, and I adapted it slightly to turn it into a cowl. The color is mellow, a delightful mix of yellows, greys, and greens/blues. And the yarn is TFA’s red label, which I love ever so much. It’s so soft; it’s like wearing a kitten around your neck.

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FO: Solaria

You have no idea how long I’ve wanted to write that as the title of a blog post. I haven’t produced a finished object (FO) post since February, and I haven’t had a finished object since about March 27. But finally, after months of waiting and knitting and working, I have something to show off to you. That something is a Solaria cowl in Tanis Fiber Arts blue label in the 2014 Year in Colour January colorway, orchid. I love the color; I’m usually not a huge “pink person,” but I like this shade of pink. The pattern was a challenge for me because I’d never knit nupps before, but I did it. While they aren’t easy, the product is definitely worth the effort. I’m definitely planning on revisiting this pattern soon.

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A (Very) Brief Update

I’ve been gone from the blog since mid-February. I’m not entirely sure what all of my reasons for that are, but it is what it is. I have been busy with work and a few other things. (I went to Jamaica, for example.) But suffice it to say, I’ve been more than a bit remiss in my blogging.

I’m not entirely sure how to fill in the gaps. My knitting life hasn’t been terribly productive of late. I have been knitting, but I don’t have much to show off at the moment.

The only thing that I can really show off at the moment is my recently published pattern Oliver. Oliver, which I published in late February, is the final piece of my Swan Thieves collection. I’m pretty proud of Oliver, and I really like the pattern. In fact, I like it so much that I knitted it twice. I’m only posting pictures of the second time at the moment, but I might actually get around to showing off the first one (which I actually finished in early January) at some point. Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.24 PM Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.25 PM Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.25 PM #2I’m hoping to resume blogging with more regularity at some point in the not-too-distant future. But for now, I’ll say that I’m busy but happy at the moment.

 

FO: Suncrest Shawl

While the Winter Olympics have been playing out in Sochi, Russia, I have been participating in the Ravellenic Games-the knitting/crocheting/spinning equivalent of the sporting games.

This year, I only competed for one team and only worked on one project. (I’ve done more in other years, but this year, I chose to be realistic.) My project was Tanis Lavalee’s Suncrest Shawl, and I knit it up using a skein of Tanis’s red label silk/wool/cashmere blend from a One of a Kind Update in her Etsy shop back on Boxing Day. The color was (rightfully) named sugarplum. The finished result is divine. It’s soft and beautiful. And I have a feeling this baby is going to get a lot of use in my wardrobe.

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FO: Clear Creek Pullover

Last night, I finished a sweater that I had started thirty days earlier. It was the Clear Creek Pullover from Carol Fellers. The pattern is written for sport weight yarn on size 7 needles, and I modified it for fingering weight yarn (TFA Red Label in Ravine from one of Tanis’s Etsy Updates) on size 6 needles. And I love it.

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FO: Allegheny

“Miss Hendricks, I like your new dress. It’s purple.”

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“Miss Hendricks, that dress is really pretty. Did you make that?”

IMG_1882“Miss Hendricks, I love your dress. Actually, I just love purple sweater-dresses. I have one too!”  IMG_1885

Those were a few of my students’ reactions to the new dress that I wore to work on Thursday, our first day back after a deliciously long winter break. The dress that was so fabulous? Allegheny by Thea Coleman in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran Weight in Plum. Green label is one of my favorite yarns in this world-although I should admit that I’m kind of a Tanis addict in general. And the yarn worked amazingly well with a great pattern. The pattern is easy to follow and well-written.

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Raveled here.

FO: Marlow, Round Two

When I initially designed Marlow, I created the pattern sample as a gift for someone else. But I knew that I wanted another one for myself. And I also knew that I had the perfect yarn in my stash for what I wanted. So, I grabbed my size 9 needles and two skeins of Madelinetosh Chunky in Betty Draper’s Blues, and I went to work. A short while later, this is what I had.
IMG_1874 IMG_1878I finished it yesterday, and I’m in love with it. This baby is going to get sooo much use this winter.

Raveled here.

Pattern here.

Pattern Release: Marlow

The character of Andrew Marlow from Elizabeth Kostova’s novel, The Swan Thieves, inspired this cowl. Marlow is a simple but intricately worked pattern designed to reflect the contrast between Andrew’s simple exterior and complicated interior.

IMG_1826 IMG_1827 IMG_1828 IMG_1829 IMG_1834Andrew Marlow, the narrator of The Swan Thieves, is probably one of my favorite characters in the book, and so creating this design was a great joy for me. I can’t wait to see other cowls knit up.

This pattern is truly unique in this collection. I have envisioned each of the other characters through shawls, but I’ve always known that Andrew was not a shawl person. And when this cowl came to me, I knew that it was perfect. Using either aran or bulky weight yarn, it is the heaviest weight project of the collection, which is why a December release is perfectly timed. But I think it is beautiful, and I love it.

You can purchase the pattern here.

ETA: The “feliznavidad” promotion can be applied towards a purchase of Marlow or of the entire Swan Thieves collection.