FO Friday: Another Shift Knob Cover

I published my free pattern for shift knob covers in August of 2011 (crazypants!) and I periodically get requests from non-knitters to make some custom ones for their cars. The other week I got one such request – a black cover with a red pom on top.

I used some stashed Malabrigo Rios (look familiar?) and some stashed Malabrigo sock to make this request come to life.

These are a quick knit, especially if done in a single color, and are fun to make while using up small bits of stash yarn! Sadly, my car doesn’t have one yet – what is that saying about the cobbler’s kids having no shoes? That’s how my car is. I spend all my personal knitting time on garments and accessories for me and not my Suza-roo. 

What have you been knitting this week? Any fun finished objects to share? Do you knit accessories for your car?

 

A Mushy Post

So, it’s Valentine’s Day. I generally am not a huge fan of this particular holiday but I celebrate in my own way (which means not at all, some years). This year, Nick and I did end up celebrating in a casual way and I want to share with you what we did because my project involves knitting and his is so sweet and I wanted to share.

A few months back, probably around Christmas, Nick mentioned off-handedly that he wanted a double-thick beanie to keep his head warm when snowboarding. The knitter brain carefully archived this comment and started marinating different ideas for how I could accomplish this. The Double Black Diamond Beanie is the final manifestation and I’m so pleased with it!

It is a reversible beanie knit up in worsted weight yarn. The Malabrigo Rios I’ve had in my stash for probably four years. It’s a perfect tonal neutral and it’ll go with whatever warm-weather outfit he’s wearing. Plus, it’s black and plays well with the name Double Black Diamond along with his favorite runs on the mountains.

The fun color is Outlander by Voolenvine on her new Cocoon base. This is my first time working with Voolenvine and I gotta say, I’m smitten. I was quite pleased to see that the ribbed half of this beanie only used about half a skein so I can use this saturated, beautiful color for another project! Nick has a lot of orange and blues in his wardrobe and finding a suitable, fun color was a little tricky. I happened to see a picture Kristin posted on Instagram the day she dyed this color and I knew it was perfect immediately, scheduled her next update in my calendar and waited with my hands on the keyboard for it to go live. It was awfully serendipitous.

I’m currently seeking testers for this pattern so if you know anyone who would love their own version, check out the thread in my Rav Group!

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Nick’s project, on the other hand, is not fiber related (no surprise, he doesn’t knit).

He found this gorgeous music box at our favorite local antique store the other day and although the music part didn’t work, the box is so pretty he bought it anyway. Just look at those adorable details! The windy legs on the corners, the painted details and the instrument on the top, the red velvet on the inside!

When I opened it up, he’d filled it with “100 Reasons [I’m] Amazing” and even took the music box apart, fixed it and put it back together. The charm of this box and his thoughtfulness totally slays me. And I’m not a gushy romantic.

So, that’s a little bit of mushy stuff that made me happy this weekend. How was your weekend?

Pattern Release: Nederland Beanie

Two patterns in one month?! Yes please!

I’d like to introduce you to my Nederland Beanie. Knit up with a squooshy DK weight yarn (Bijou Spun), this beanie comes in 3 sizes to fit your kiddos (like my tester Emily made) to the adult men in your life (like my tester Linda). 

Nederland is a small town west of Denver that was first established as a trading post between Ute Indians and European settlers. It has a history of mining, a beautiful reservoir and an annual festival called the Frozen Dead Guy Days (not kidding). It’s one of my favorite destinations when I just need to go for a drive and get out of the city – I can make a loop out of it and drive all day without following the same road twice! 

The texture on the body of hat resembles the rocks and mountains around the town with its rich texture while the braided cable is reminiscent of the river that runs through the middle of town. The yarn used is also Colorado-local coming from yaks south of Denver and with a blend of cormo and yak it will surely prevent you from turning into a frozen dead guy or gal.

I hope you love this pattern as much as I do! What are some of your favorite places to go for a drive?

New Pattern: Paintbox Cowl

My first pattern release of 2017! This is the Paintbox Cowl and I’m in love with it.

The sample was knit out of very special hand-dyed yarn by Erban Studio on Etsy (also, go follow her on Instagram, she’s got cute dogs and fun adventures). I held onto the yarn for a little while and waited for it to tell me how to best showcase it’s colors and softness. 

I knew that with a single 400 yard skein, I wanted an accessory to go around my neck that would use as much of the yarn as possible. I’d recently knit a similar cowl and wanted to apply everything I loved about it in a slightly different shape and with more interest while knitting.

This cowl starts off like a triangle shawl knit flat and joined in the round to finish off as a cowl. I’ve got another design in my Ravelry shop that has a similar construction and I just love these! They are so easy to wear and they don’t fall off like some of my shawls do.

It’s the perfect project for using up that special skein of hand-dyed, hand-spun or speckled yarn!

New Pattern: Clover Blossom Top

The ideas behind this top percolated in my head for quite some time before I was able to figure out exactly what I wanted out of it and I’m so glad I didn’t rush the process! Let me introduce you to my latest pattern: the Clover Blossom Top!img_4809

The construction of this top is unique – you cast on at the lower back and knit up and over the front. Then you block it to dimensions, seam a little bit and pick up stitches around the bottom hem.img_4797

I love the stitch pattern for this top too – simple and easy to follow (both charted and written instructions) but the impact is a bit boho and a bit graphic. To be honest, sometimes I wear this ponchette as a cowl! Gotta love multipurpose knits, amirite?

I want to say a huge thanks to my sample knitter Linda and my test knitters Kristen & Juliet!

WIP Wednesday: Purple Knucks

See? Keepin’ right on rollin’ with this here blog. Not taking another 3 month break, no-siree.

This week my main project (I think I currently have 3 WIPs total – not counting the cross stitch) is a new set of KnickKnackKnucks. This is an older pattern of mine that originally came out in 2011. I’ve knit quite a few pairs of these and I still have my originals and wear them every winter! img_4611

I wanted this pair to be in the same yarn – Pattons Kroy – but I wasn’t able to find a colorway that would work for the recipient. I ended up choosing Premier Yarns Serenity because they had a pretty purple colorway that is knitting up beautifully. The yarn is softer than the Kroy and I’m a little concerned about it’s hardiness but only because I haven’t worked with it before (and obviously the Kroy can hang with the big dogs and still be my main pair of gloves after 5 years). Have any of you knitted with it yet? Does it hold up well?img_4610_medium2

I’m working on the first glove but it’s going quickly! Compared to my latest projects that were all pretty hefty (sweaters, shawls, etc), gloves are a quick knit!

What are you working on this week?

Test Knitters Needed

Crimeny it has been a loooooonnnnggggg time, hasn’t it? I’m sorry. I could go on and on about what happened and why the blog fell to the wayside and how I promise to keep it up this time around but let’s skip that and just get back into the swing of things, shall we?

Conveniently, the last time we chatted here I was talking about the projects that I actually currently am looking for testers for! Yay! The Universe does work in mysterious ways!

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The Clover Blossom top is an easy-to-wear pullover that has a unique construction. It’s knit flat, there’s a little seam and then stitches are picked up for the waist ribbing. This sample was knit out of a linen blend and I’ve got another sample out of 100% wool so I’m excited to see what other sport weight yarn knitters will choose to work with!

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I’m only looking for one or two testers for this and more information about it can be found in my Ravelry Group.

Ideally it won’t be another 3 months before our next chat, I hope your summer went well and that your fall (these seasons assuming northern hemisphere) is starting off well!

WIP Wednesday: Coming Soon

These past few weeks have been crazy around these parts – travel over the 4th to see my family, travel for a wedding this past weekend, house guests, dog injuries (she’s fine, but a princess) and a busy week of meetings and classes and showings and squeezing in friend-time this week. That doesn’t leave a ton of time for knitting but I am getting a little bit done here and there.This week I’m working on the bottom ribbing of the first of two sample tops for a new design I’m working on and hoping to have released before the weather turns cold again! It’s hard to see the construction of the top here but it’s fairly straightforward knitting followed up with some minor seaming and then picking up stitches for the lower bit. Hopefully it’ll all come to life better on a model when it’s done!

What are you working on this week? Is summer a crazy time for your schedule too?

Pattern Release – Mountains Beanie

I’m happy to announce my 2nd pattern of 2016! The Mountains Beanie is another tribute to my favorite places. This pattern features six mountains in three sizes (and only two charts!). The mountains grow out of a ribbed edging and into a stockinette skyline on the crown of the hat.

The yarn is Kona Sport from a local, Boulder-based yarn shop called Gypsy Wools and it’s fabulous. I love the depth that the colorway has and the stitch definition is just perfect.

Being in the mountains is meditative for me and so was knitting this hat. The ribbing is a great starting point then the mountains start growing and there’s a little bit of excitement watching each peak take shape. Understated but special, rhythmic but not boring – my type of knit!

The Mountains Beanie can be found on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Craftsy and Etsy!

Pattern Release: The Forest Cardigan

Happy Friday knitters! Today I’m excited to announce that the Forest Cardigan is available for download on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Etsy and Craftsy!

The Forest Cardigan was inspired by my favorite place – the mountains (I try to be really creative with my pattern names, can you tell?). The colors in my original sample, the woolly texture of the yarn, the stitch patterns are all reminiscent of the rocks and trees that I love so much. My buttons even speak to the inspiration being made of wood!

This sweater is knit from the top down with raglan shaping, then stitches are picked up at the end for the button band and collar – no seams!

Materials:
Worsted weight wool: 300 (350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650)yds in color A & 200 (250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550)yds in Color B
Size 9 (5.5 mm) circular needles (cir) 32-40” depending on size being made and set of double-pointed needles (dpn)
4 Stitch markers
Darning Needle
7 1.5”/3.75 cm buttons

What are the colors of your favorite places?