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!

WIP Wednesday: Zarena Cowl

I wanted another quick project in my WIP pile a few weeks back and decided that a hat would be a nice addition. I picked out this gorgeous blue mystery stash and cast on for Zarena.

It wasn’t long before I decided that a hat wasn’t going to work and I ripped out, found slightly bigger needles and re-cast on for a cowl. I wanted to get the most out of the yarn and a hat might leave me with a few odd yards left. Besides, the yarn is a bit bigger than the DK called for in the pattern and trying to knit this closer-to-worsted on US 4 needles was going to give me wrist pain.

So this and Soren are rotating depending on what I feel like knitting at the time. What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Adding a Little Color

Within the past two weeks I’ve started two new projects and crunched numbers for a new sweater design. I wanted more color in my knits and the Boboli Lace from my FibreShare package jumped out at me from the beginning so, naturally, I picked it up and got to knitting!IMG_1956

This is a new cowl design and I’m loving the way the colors are working up in this yarn. I’ll be needing some test knitters for the pattern soon too, so keep your ears open for that call!IMG_2715

I’m also working on a white Lacy Slouch to be followed up with a black version and sent off to a new owner.

What are you working on this week?

Spring Blossoms Cowl – A Pattern Release!

Just as Kirsten said on Monday, I’m here to release a new pattern into the world!  It seems like it’s been FOR.EV.ER. since I’ve released a self-published pattern and I’m thrilled to be doing it again!!!IMG_6407

The Spring Blossoms Cowl is my interpretation of the Chevron theme we picked to kick off this collaboration.  I wanted to really highlight the ziggy-zaggy stitch pattern with some colorful stripes and texture.IMG_6502

It is begun like a triangular shawl and worked back and forth until it is joined in the round and finished like a cowl.IMG_6401

The Himalayan Trail by Bijou Basin is so soft and cushy to work with!  It comes in an awesome ranch of colors so I highly recommend making your own combination for your version of the cowl.IMG_5554

Making your own version of the cowl and posting a picture to this thread in my Ravelry Group is a good way to make sure you’re entered for the KAL prize package too!IMG_6486

The pattern is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy for $5.00 or you can get your copy now!

FO Friday: I Finished A Thing!

Sorry for the radio silence this week, I meant to blog – I really did! I have things I want to tell you and show you and I just haven’t had made the time to blog about them.

The other day I finished a thing, the first thing I’ve finished in what seems like forever. This cowl was started YEARS ago to use up leftover yarns, have something simple on the go all the time and make something one of a kind.IMG_5730

I started another one immediately after binding off for the same reasons – using up leftover yarns, having something simple (squooshy garter stitch!!) on the go all the time and having a one of a kind result when it’s finally completed.  Hopefully this one doesn’t take me a few years.IMG_5727

What are you working on this week?  Do you have fun weekend plans?

FO’s: Cowl-centric

Because the cardigan is laceweight and requires my ability to focus, I’ve been throwing some easier projects in the mix for purse-knitting and social knitting.

These two cowls are examples of those projects.

Both are made from yarns that have been in my stash for years, one of kind handspun skeins made by KittyGrrlz and LMS Studio Arts. As with most handspun yarns, I wanted to show off the yarn’s natural beauty.

I like the way each cowl turned out, they’re very different and super cool!

Both cowls are now available in my Etsy shop.

What have you knit up lately?  Do you knit with novelty yarn very often?

A Few Quick Weekend FOs

After wrapping up a long-term project (that I’ll talk about more on Friday!) I wanted to knit up some quick, mindless, instant-gratification projects.  Saturday afternoon I cast on for a new hat at Knitting Brew Crew and managed to finish it before we left the brewery!IMG_20140301_143125

Sunday I started and finished this chunky lace cowl:IMG_3241

(it’s really hard to get an accurate photo of this yarn, it’s a beautiful, complex blue with pink fibers and other bright colors throughout)

Huge needles (huge in comparison to the little ones used for the other project) and chunky yarn were definitely some welcome features to have this weekend.

Both projects have been blocked and will be added to the Etsy shop.  I can’t design anymore, given my current position at work, but I can continue to knit things and sell those!

When you finish time-consuming projects do you like to offset them with quick knits too?

FO Friday: Mom’s Clapotis Cowl

So there was that seekrit project floating around before the holidays, remember?IMG_2111

I finished it in time but the recipient, for various reasons, didn’t get it until recently and now that she has, I can share with you all what it was!IMG_2110

I made my momma a circle-scarf based on the Clapotis pattern out of Lisa Souza Sock! in the Mardi Gras colorway.  This was a super special project for me for a multitude of reasons

  1. She ordered this yarn when we were at Stitches South in 2011 on a mom-daughter trip.
  2. She originally wanted to use it to make the Clapotis but decided to give me both skeins to make her a Citron with, that only took one of the skeins the other has been waiting patiently for me to knit it up since then.
  3. I didn’t want to knit it into anything for myself, it’s her yarn and she deserved it!
  4. On a recent mom-daughter outing, we saw a lot of these circle-scarves in stores and she was interested in and curious about them.

Cue the light-bulb moment!IMG_2115

I would make her a cowl like these ones we’d seen in the Clapotis pattern out of the yarn she’d originally intended for said Clapotis!IMG_2121

Obviously, there were a few mods, I didn’t make it nearly as wide as the original pattern and I made it a bit longer so that I could sew the ends together and she can wrap it around her neck a few times but not so long that she can’t wear it singled.IMG_2124

Have you done any gift-knitting recaps yet?