The latest pattern from the TFA Year in Colour (September) was Framed Slouch using the utterly divine Orange label (merino, cashmere, and silk in a worsted weight that is somehow related to fuzzy darling baby kittens. The colour was “mosaic,” a unique and lovely blend of yellows and oranges and blues. I loved the yarn and the color. And the pattern was super cute too. But there was a problem. I am not a hat person. At all. So, I fiddled about with things and made myself a cowl instead. And now, it’s finally done. And it is delightful like kittens and snuggling with kittens. More details can be found on my ravelry project page.
At the end of March, one of my favorite designers published a new sweater pattern, the Jackson Creek Cardigan. I fell instantly in love with the pattern (which I immediately owned due to purchasing the Urban Collection, vol. 2 when the first pattern was released) and I immediately went over to TFA and bought six skeins of yellow label (dk weight) in frost, a wonderfully icy blue with just the loveliest hints of grey.
And then I left the yarn in my closet until about two months ago when the TFA group on Ravelry started a Knit-A-Long for the Urban Collection. (The KAL ran from September 14 to October 14.) I immediately set to work knitting my Jackson Creek, and while I didn’t finish within the time limits set for the KAL, I’m finally done. I finished the sweater on Friday night, blocked it, and I wore it to work today for the first time. I’m in love with it. Another teacher told me it was lovely. (There was also the coworker who told me it looked terrible when the first teacher told him that I had made it, but I’m going to ignore that comment.) Long story short? I love it. I absolutely love it.
I made a few modifications for this. I lengthened the sleeves to make this a more wintery sweater rather than the spring sweater it’s written to be. I also knit the body as one pieces because I wanted to. For more info, see my Rav project page.
Below are two photos (taken on my iPod, so please excuse the quality) of my newest project. I’m modifying a pattern that I have previously published to be larger and to use a heavier weight yarn. I’m double-stranding two yarns together to create an interesting color effect. And I can’t wait to show you the finished product.
The character of Kate Oliver from Elizabeth Kostova’s novel, The Swan Thieves, inspired this lightweight shawl. Kate is a crescent-shaped shawl worked top-down in simple garter stitch and ending with a simple lace pattern. It is designed to reflect Kate’s practical nature and determination to persevere against all obstacles.
Kate calls for 350-400 yards of a fingering weight yarn. I used Stricken Smitten Smitten Merino Twist in Splendor. However, it appears that this yarn is no longer available. I would recommend using Tanis Fiber Arts either blue or purple label or Malabrigo sock instead. In fact, I intend to knit another Kate in at least one of those yarns.
You will need US size 4 (3.5mm) needles to make Kate.
Pattern available for sale here.
Last summer, I was privileged to visit one of Michigan’s little bits of heaven, Mackinac Island. While there, I asked my lovely friend, Kathleen, to model a cowl I had just designed that I was going to name Elise McKenna after the main character in the classic film, Somewhere in Time (Collector’s Edition). Kathleen was, naturally, a wonderful model, and the cowl flowed beautifully with the beautiful waters of Lake Huron. The cowl is worked flat and then seamed at the end. It uses US Size 6 needles and about 300 yards of fingering weight yarn. It is a relatively simple pattern, and I hope that you’ll give it a try. I have decided to publish this pattern as a free pattern until the end of 2013. The pattern can be found here and you can see my project page here.
About two months ago, I released the first of my five patterns inspired by Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves: A Novel. Today, I am releasing the second pattern of that set, Beatrice. The character of Beatrice de Clerval from Elizabeth Kostova’s novel, The Swan Thieves, inspired this shawl. Beatrice is a half-circle shawl worked top-down in garter stitch with alternating colors and concluding in a simple lace pattern. It is designed to reflect Beatrice’s delicate but resilient grace.
Beatrice was written for two different colors of yarn. I used Tanis Fiber Arts blue label fingering weight for the sample. You will need a whole skein (420 yds) of the main color (sand in the sample) and a bit more than half a skein (~250 yds) of the secondary color.
As I’ve mentioned before, this year, I decided to join (as it were) the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in the Color Club. I’ve shown off a few of the items I’ve made using club yarns and patterns over the past few months, but this month’s pattern and yarn are the ones that I’m most excited to share with you.
This month’s yarn was Tanis’s Red Label (a wool/cashmere/silk blend) in a color she named Papaya. It is the perfect blend of red, pink, yellow, and orange. And I love it. It is also one of the softest yarns I’ve ever held in my life. Yesterday morning after Liturgy, I was finishing up the shawl while my friend’s five-year-old was petting the shawl/yarn because of how soft it is. The yarn is like a dream. And the color is amazing. As soon as I saw the yarn, I couldn’t wait for the pattern because the color was so beautiful.
And Tanis did not disappoint with the pattern. The Papaya Shawlette is beautiful. It isn’t a difficult knit-although it did help me to conquer my fear of provisional cast-on. For me, that was the hardest part of the whole pattern.
I finished my shawl in less than two weeks just by working on it in evenings and on weekends while rereading the Harry Potter books. (FYI, I finished the shawl yesterday. I’m still not quite done with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yet. But the day isn’t over yet.)
The pattern calls for size 6 needles, but I accidentally grabbed my size 7s instead. I think it created a slightly looser fabric than the 6s might have. But regardless, I’m pleased with the end result-a soft, lightweight shawl that adds a pop of color and whimsy to my wardrobe.
For more information, see my Ravelry project page.
I have a gorgeous new hand-knit to show off for you today. On Sunday, I finished my Fairy Mist cowl. (Pattern by Julie Crawford for Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club) And since Sunday, I’ve been waiting for the weather to finally cool down so I could take pictures to show off. This morning, it was finally cool enough (a delightful 75 degrees Fahrenheit) that I put the cowl on without sweltering and I went outside to take pictures in my parents’ backyard. The pattern is written for TFA’s Pink Label lace weight, which is 100% wool. It is so soft and so lovely. The name of the colorway is “moonmist” and the name of the pattern is Fairy Mist. It’s perfect. The cowl looks and feels like it’s made out of fairy mist. The pattern is written to use half of a skein of pink label, so it’s written for 500 yards. I shortened it a bit and only used 400 yards because I have a short neck and I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by the cowl. And I love the finished result. I can’t wait to wear this again. For more information, please see my Ravelry project page.
The following post comes to you after three years of wishing, dreaming, and knitting.
The problem was simple. I was not a good enough of a knitter (yet) to make this sweater. To make it, I would have to be able to cable without a cable needle, follow two (reasonably complex) cable charts, and a few other things. In 2010, there was no way I could have made this sweater. So I queued it and bided my time. Then, last summer, I decided that my skill level had caught up to the sweater. I bought the pattern. In October, I bought seven skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in the shadow colorway. And on a snow day in January, I finally started the sweater. It took me five months and two days to get from that snow day to the sweater I’m wearing in these pictures. It also took me 5.2 skeins of yarn.
But regardless, the sweater is done. It fits like a dream. The cables are gorgeous. As you’ll see in the following pictures, I had fun playing with it in the backyard. (It was 84 degrees Fahrenheit when I took these pictures.) So I met my challenge. I completed the sweater after three years of dreaming. And I love it.
Next, I’m going to learn how to do colorwork.
On July 1, I will be celebrating my 25th 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 25% of the way to my centennial, I will giving you 25% 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 24 until July 7, you will be able to get 25% off the price of any pattern simply by entering the code: happybirthday2ewe.