Knit List

As is the case with many a knitter, I’ve got eyes bigger than my stomach (if you take “stomach” to actually mean “knitting time”).

Although I have culled my stash some over recent years, I do still have a large amount of yarn that won’t be knit up in the next few weeks or months and some of it will likely remain in stash for years. In an attempt to at least have a plan, I want to start a somewhat regular Knit List in which I’ll pair up some of my stash yarn with a pattern or two.

And maybe if any of these patterns look like good pairings for your stashed yarns, we could do a mini Knit-Along!

So without further ado, here is the first Knit List:

This fingering weight yarn I picked up at the Estes Wool Market a year or two ago. img_9651

I think it would make a great Odd Couple by April Klich.odd-couple-shawl-1_medium2

I’m thinking this combination of half mystery yarn/half Shibui Knits Stoccato should be…thumb_img_4624_1024

The Saudade by Ysolda Teague. I’m thinking my white for her dark grey, my middle grey for her white, my black for her yellow and my green for her orange – whaddya think?fair_isle_hat-1-3_medium2

An additional bonus to these lists will be that it’ll force me to get an accurate stash updated in Ravelry so that I can find patterns more easily!

What’s the state of your stash? Do you have projects planned for your yarns or do you work as the inspiration comes?

 

Cozy Fall Light: A Collaborative Ebook

Earlier this year Teresa Gregorio, Kirsten Singer and myself decided to work on an ebook together. Cozy Fall Light is the culmination of those efforts and in it you’ll find 3 fun, sophisticated and cozy sweaters. There are two cardigans and a cropped pullover in this collection.

Kat is Teresa’s sweater and I think it is equal parts young and sophisticated. I love how she’s styled it in these photos!

Kirsten worked up Carlee. The details really make this sweater, in my opinion. The cables on the cuffs and collar as well as the ribbing on the side are a great pairing.

My contribution is Midnight Stroll. It’ll get it’s own post with details about my inspiration but let’s just say that this has become a fast favorite in my closet rotation!

Check out each of our blogs this week to learn more about our individual designs and the processes behind them!

New Pattern(s!): Leaves Hat and Mitts Set

Here is the second installment of the collaboration that Kirsten Singer and I have embarked on!  This time around we focused on colorwork and slipped stitch details.IMG_7335

A slouchy beret-ish style hat and fingerless mitts featuring stranded colorwork leaves and a linen stitch border.  These patterns are sold as a set – one price for both!  The hat is written for one size that should fit most adult heads.  The linen stitch keeps the brim from getting stretched out and the larger-gauge stranded colorwork in the body of the hat adds so much warmth!IMG_7359

The mitts are written for two sizes and, again, the linen stitch cuffs are snug and hold their shape perfectly.IMG_7350

When working linen stitch, you’ll notice that the fabric is *much* tighter than normal stockinette or rib.  It may seem tight during the knitting but once you block, the Malabrigo Twist softens slightly and everything seems to let out a sigh – as if it too wanted to loosen up a bit.IMG_7369

This set can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy 🙂 Kirsten published her next pattern set today as well so don’t forget to check out her interpretation!

Looking Ahead to Spring – Some of My Faves (Part 1)

Even though it’s snowing outside today and we’re in the depths of January, the magazines are previewing their spring issues and I can’t help but look ahead!  Today we’ll just talk about one of them and why I find it especially appealing.

Interweave Knits Spring Issue looks like it’s going to be a good one.  Part of the fun for me, personally, looking through any of Interweave’s products (Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit.Purl, etc) is looking at the photos and trying to pick out where they were shot!  Living in the same state and having lived all over it (Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Loveland, Fort Collins, etc) means that I’ve been fortunate to visit a lot of different places.

(C) Interweave Knits

The story including the Timetable Pullover by Andrea Sanchez was shot in the newly-renovated Union Station in downtown Denver – a quick drive or lightrail ride from my house.  The setting and this sweater itself are beautiful.

© Interweave Knits

The story including Joan Forgione‘s Beech Leaf Shawl was shot in a pottery studio in Fort Collins called Smokestack Pottery.  This little space is so cute and fun to visit – I even have a few bowls made by the artists who work there in my collection!

© Interweave Knits

Seeing these gorgeous knits in settings that I myself have been in multiple times makes me smile.  They bring to mind happy memories with great folks.

That bowl in the background is from Smokestack, I find it makes a perfect yarn bowl!
That bowl in the background is from Smokestack, I find it makes a perfect yarn bowl!

Are you looking at spring patterns yet or do you prefer to remain in the current season?

Guest Post by Kirsten of KleverKnits – A Happy Announcement!

Today we’ve got a special post by Kirsten Singer of KleverKnits announcing a very special project! 

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I’m very excited to be guest posting on Holly’s blog, and to be able to announce such a great joint project is very cool!
The two of us are putting together an e-book of several designs meant to keep you warm this winter, and into spring.  At first we took one concept – Chevrons – and thought it would be interesting to see how two designers would interpret this theme.  But of course, we felt one design wasn’t enough, so we quickly added two more: slipped stitches and color work.
 Still Water
I don’t want to tease too much, but the color work designs couldn’t be coming at a better time, it seems that color work is on the bucket list for a lot of knitters this year.   There are posts on Karen Templer’s blog for mosaic knitting, one of which highlights a spread in Vogue Knitting’s new Fall & Winter Issue.  Plus there are a slew of samplers being sold, perfect for quick Fair Isle projects (check out Knit Pick’s sampler deals for Palette)League
The first pattern we will be launching will be the chevron-themed set this Wednesday.  When I first started thinking of ideas for this theme, I definitely got way ahead of myself.  I was struggling trying to come up with a way to make chevrons somehow different.  And then I realized that I needed to embrace the pattern’s simplicity: very graphic lines could be easily juxtaposed with soft and muted colors, knit with a thick yarn at a large gauge.  And after several swatches and a visit to my LYS, Still Water was born.
 Tabernas
I know I can’t wait to share everything in this collaboration!
Coming Up – Still Water pattern launch; League; Tabernas

New Year, New Knitting! – A KAL

Welcome to 2015!  I hope you’ve all made it to this side of the holidays happy and healthy and ready to knit something new (selfish knitting maybe?).New Year new knitting kal badge

I want to start this year off with a bang and part of my plan for that includes hosting a Knit-Along!

From now until January 31st, get 20% off any of my self-published patterns using the code: 15SLLKAL.

The KAL will run from February 1st through March 31st.  That gives you two whole months to knit up a thing or two – just for yourself, for your favorite knit-worthy friends and family, for whomever!

All finished projects knit from any of my patterns posted in this thread in my Ravelry group will be eligible to win the prize package. Garments, accessories – they all count!  And if you finish more than one of my designs and post a photo to the thread by the end of March, you’ll be entered more than once!  A winner will be chosen the first week of March and announced here on the blog and in the thread.

The Prize Package includes:

  • Everybody’s favorite – yarn!
  • A $15 gift certificate to my Ravelry store (only my self-published patterns are eligible)
  • Buttons
  • Stitch markers

What are you looking forward to making this year?

Tech Editing vs. Test Knitting

Working with designers and knitters of all skill levels, I’ve come to find that there seems to be a lot of confusion about what exactly a Tech Editor does, what test knitters are expected to do, why they can be helpful and who to choose. Sometimes even the differences between the two can seem blurred. Tech Editors and Test Knitters are expected to do completely different jobs and, although not all designs need both, the input from each can be invaluable.IMG_7700

In the process of designing a knitting pattern, it is highly suggested that designers seek out the help of a qualified Technical Editor (TE). This person will not only copy edit and seek out spelling mistakes, but a TE should always double check every single number – stitch counts, row counts, measurements – and verify that the pattern will, in fact, make the thing it says it’ll make. This includes checking the math on every stitch calculation, confirming the gauge and that the stated stitch counts correlate with the measurements given in the schematic. Tech Editors should compare the pattern draft to a style sheet or previously published patterns to maintain consistency between wording and format and should also have a grasp on industry standards. Tech Editors can sometimes assist with schematic and chart creation, perhaps even grading for pieces that come in multiple sizes.

Test knitters, on the other hand, will knit up a sample of the garment or accessory using the pattern. Good test knitters will knit the thing exactly as written and not make their own alterations so that the designer can get good feedback on the clarity and construction of the piece. Test knitters can help a designer with confusing wording or to check that all sizes meet the expected measurements, yarn quantities, etc. One of the major benefits of having test knitters for a design is that once it’s uploaded to Ravelry, testers can link their projects to it and this will give future knitters an even better grasp of what the garment or accessory looks like in various colors, sizes and yarn choices.

Both Tech Editors and Test Knitters can be valuable to designers for entirely different reasons.  In order to get the most accurate pattern, I recommend using a Tech Editor first, then a few test knitters to use that tech edited pattern to create the thing.  If they come across any issues, the TE can revisit the pattern and get everything corrected before it’s published for the masses.

(Are you looking for a Tech Editor for upcoming patterns?  Feel free to send me an email (sillylittlelady(at)gmail(dot)com and we can pencil you in!)

New Updates to Old Patterns

The past few days I’ve been learning a new program and making a new pattern template and style sheet.  All of my old patterns have been re-done with the new template, charts have been reworked, words have been slightly changed.  Nothing has been dramatically altered, you’re still able to make the same project, it just all makes more sense now, and we want patterns to make sense yea?Pattern overview

Now they’re more user-friendly, more consistent and pretty too!

Both the Craftsy and Ravelry shops have been updated with these new editions, so if you have an old one feel free to “upgrade” and if you haven’t tried one yet, please do!