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?

KAL Winners!

My Fall KAL was a lot of fun – the knitters who participated make me feel so loved and surrounded with good company, so thank you to you all!

In order to be in the running to win the KAL, FO pictures needed to be posted by last Friday night and as there were only 2 knitters who posted, I want to send them both packages!  Surprisingly, they knit the same pattern and I really love how both of them turned out.

I really like how babsknitznbitz If The Sun Refused to Shine shawl showcases a variegated yarn that she dyed herself:

rubyringz knit hers up in a similar bright color and would definitely add a cheerful element to any outfit or grey day:

I am really liking how electric colors are becoming a “thing” and a small pop of colorful accessory can really make an outfit.  Have you knit anything bright lately?  What do you think of the growing trend?

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the KAL!

FO Friday: Black Lace Slouch

I told you I’d finished something earlier in the week, and here it is!IMG_1152

This is the second black Lacy Slouch I’ve knit up, but the first was in a wool/mohair blend and the recipient wanted something that was more suited for warmer weather.  IMG_1162

I decided to work with Elsbeth Lavold’s Hempathy yarn and it knit up beautifully on needles that were slightly too large for it – the fabulous-ness of lace: getting even more out of your small amounts of yarn!   It took less than a single ball to knit up this version.IMG_1116

It felt good to finish something that I can actually show you, I came to the realization earlier that that sweater I was working on might not actually work…more to come on that next week, and a vote on what I should do with it!

What are you working on to wrap up this week?

Linking up with Tami as always!

Recent Project

Knitting content on a knitting blog?  No way!

After I finished fixing the fiasco from former fixations (I have a serious love in my heart for alliteration), I had a request come in for another Lacy Slouch.

This time around, she wanted something that was more fit for warmer weather but had the same nice drape and deep black color.  I chose to work with Elsbeth Lavold’s Hempathy – a hemp, linen and rayon blend that I’ve worked with before on this fun project:

The hat is a super quick knit that I never get tired of whipping up.  I’ve probably made at least 7 or 8 of these hats!IMG_1116

This newest version is all finished and blocked with the final touches already placed, but I’ll share those pictures on Friday!

More knitting to come this week and exciting news to be shared very soon!  Also, in relation to my exciting-news-to-be-shared-very-soon, I’ll be having a destash sale and pattern sale, so stay tuned for more info on that 🙂

FO Friday: Sweet Autumn Rays

I have an FO to show you!  Can you believe that? Surprising, right?  It’s been ages probably.IMG_0717

The Sweet Autumn Rays shawl was done with the knitting part more than a week ago, but I waited to block it until this past Saturday when I did the Blocking Demonstration that I mentioned earlier this week.IMG_0724

I remembered why I enjoyed designing this shawl the first time around, it’s simple and fun to knit – perfect for TV knitting, car knitting, social knitting with a brew or two – it’s got just enough interest that you won’t get bored, not so much that you have to pay loads of attention, and it’s an FO fairly quickly!IMG_0726

I exchanged this one with the original being hosted at Yarn & Coffee, so I won’t see it much, but it’s in good hands!IMG_0732

Pattern: Sweet Summer Rays

Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk Paint

Mods: None

Linking up with Tami!

What are you knitting this week?

KAL Giveaway Winner!

First and foremost I want to thank everyone for participating and congratulate everyone who’s managed to finish their shawl, whether or not it was during the KAL period! (Hint: clicking any of the photos will take you to the Ravelry pages of the makers)

twiglee's Sweet Summer Rays Shawl
twiglee’s Sweet Summer Rays Shawl

Special mention to NMStacey who got a late start and knit her hands off to get as close to finishing the shawl as she could before time was up!

AdrialysHC's Sweet Summer Rays
AdrialysHC’s Sweet Summer Rays

The shawls in the KAL were all knit in awesome colors, some from Candy Skein and others not, but I really like how the textural differences really pop with different yarn choices

moritz52's Sweet Summer Rays
moritz52’s Sweet Summer Rays

And now, the part I know everyone is interested in, the giveaway!  According to the group thread, we had 10 participants who finished and posted pictures in the group before time was up, and the winner, chosen by Random.org, is:

kolorswkrayons' Sweet Summer Rays Shawl

kolorswkrayonskolorswkrayons' Sweet Summer Rays Shawl

I love this version of the shawl, I love the colors she chose and that, even though she had to bind off with a separate color, it all looks so deliberate and funky!

I think it’s so awesome how international the internet, knitting and Ravelry are, I know to be on the lookout when I visit Australia and keep my eyes open for a Sweet Summer Rays shawl!

Omlair's Sweet Summer Rays Shawl
Omlair’s Sweet Summer Rays Shawl

Have you made this shawl yet?  Or used any of Candy Skein’s yarns? (They’re fabulous, you totally should).

Christmas Gift Round Up 2: Knick Knack Knucks for the Mister

Originally, I’d planned on making my guy a hat, but after hanging out with him on a few chilly days, I learned that he had a “favorite” hat and there was no way I even wanted to pretend to compete with that.  The next best thing?  Knucks to match his “favorite” hat (he’d mentioned once how he thought mine were cool – gift idea stowed instantly).  I used the same pattern, my Knick Knack Knucks pattern, to make his pair with a few modifications.DSCN0245

In order to match his hat as best I could, and in an effort to be sneaky about it, I based the patterning on this photo, zooming in as far as I could:0812021829

His hands are fairly similar in size to mine, so that was easy-ish as far as sizing the mitts went and I used Frog Tree yarn for the main part of the glove.  I’d never used the yarn before, but it’s so soft and luxurious!  Surely he’ll love them, no?  The contrasting colors were stash yarns.

I didn’t have enough to knit two mitten flaps out of the red so I knit them using the white/grey as the main color and I really like the contrast!DSCN1662

I also gave him thumb flaps so he can use his phone with the mitts on if he wants to, that’s one thing my mitts don’t have and sometimes I wish they did.  I added little dark grey buttons to the wrist bands, wove in some ends and they were done!  More Ravelry details here.they fit!

Again, the only thing I had to stress over was whether or not they would fit.

Are you doing a Christmas gift round up yet? I want to see what everyone else made 😀

A Hord of Vikings

Since I released the Viking Helmet Pattern, it swiftly became my best seller.  I want to thank each and every one of you who has bought a pattern from me at any time, I appreciate the support and you’re allowing me to continue doing something that I love to do!  I’m hoping to make a career out of this and each time I sell a pattern, it brings me closer to my goal.

Ok, enough with the sappy, back to The Hord.

I really do enjoy (as I’m sure many other designers do) seeing pictures of other knitters’ versions of my patterns!  Here I’m showcasing a few of the Vikings, for more click through to the pattern page.

Viking Princess!

by ebargoum

she wore it to the game!

by cahalvorson

he won the costume contest

by legknits

WIP Wednesday: Knick Knack Knucks

Welcome back for another WIP Wednesday!  Want to join in?  Head on over to Tami’s blog to share your own projects.

This week, I’m in the middle of making myself a pair of Knucks, following my  currently-being-test-knit pattern.  The first set I made went to a friend for Christmas and my hands are just so cold and I had enough of the yarn left over to make some for myself.

Comin' along, slowly but surely

I really hope to have this pattern released in the next few weeks, just as soon as I find the time to make the edits that were suggested by one of my fabulous test knitters, MrsMouse.

What are you knitting this week?