FO Friday: Olive Garden Beaded Shawl

The shawl has been finished, blocked and ooh-ed and ahh-ed over and I’m very happy with the finished project.IMG_2729

I am so happy with how the yellow beads pop against the blue background. This was, of course, my original intention but while working the border I found myself concerned that maybe it would be too much. IMG_2745

Now that it’s been blocked and out for it’s first photoshoot with my photogenic friend Amelia, I can see that my original goal has been accomplished. IMG_2752

So even though knitting with beads was a goal for 2014, I’m glad to have finally finished this project – more than a year in the making but looking great! What are you working on this week?

Larimer Scarf

If you want a cozy, massive scarf-wrap-cessory, my latest design which will be published in the Knitscene Fall 2014 issue could be your match!

(C) Knitscene/Harper Point

The Larimer Scarf bares a striking resemblence to the over-sized scarf worn by Mr. Kravitz and even calls for epic fringe-y bits on the ends too.

Bonus: If you wrap this scarf around your neck a few times, it can double as a neckbrace.

The scarf calls for 8 skeins of FibraNatura’s Llamalini in the lotus colorway.  I was a little worries about how the yarn would feel with that mix of fibers but it’s actually very soft and even seems to do well if you throw it in the dryer!

(C) Knitscene/Harper Point

Even with it’s gigantic size, this scarf knits up super quickly on size US 9 (5.5 mm) needle.

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?

New Pattern: Sailor Stripe

I’m pleased to finally announce that a shawl pattern I’ve designed for Universal Yarns has been released as part of an ebook named Contrarian Shawls, it’s also available individually.IMG_1040

Sailor Stripe is an interesting shawl that gave me the run-around during the design phase but we came to an agreement after a few arm-wrestling matches.IMG_1046

The first part, the red block, is knit with gradual increases and a chevron lace border, then stitches are picked up and knit on the bias for the larger, tan block with bright pops of red periodically thrown in as it decreases to the point.IMG_1055

I think the interesting shape of this shawl/scarf is going to lend itself to a really unique look and the color combination options are endless!IMG_1043What colors would you make it out of?

 

Pattern Release: Mottled Daydream

I’ve been teasing,IMG_8840

and taunting,IMG_9135

and not letting any real details out about this piece…IMG_8838

until now!

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This little shawl is part of the Malabrigo Quickies Program and, let me tell you, the yarn is to. die. for. It’s soft and it’s gorgeous and it’s subtle and it’s absolutely perfect for summer knitting and year-round wear!IMG_9446

The entire shawl uses just shy of 2 skeins of Malabrigo’s Silkpaca, but ends up a generous size that looks great wrapped around your neck bandana-style or draped over the shoulders with a nice evening gown (or at least I imagine it would look nice this way, I don’t have any reason to wear evening gowns…)IMG_9645

I’m especially pleased with the shape this shawl makes,IMG_9444

The center point is deep enough to add extra coverage or warmth, but isn’t as deep as most shawls which can be overwhelming sometimes.  I think it’s good practice to have a variety of neck accessories in one’s wardrobe.IMG_9649

The shawl pattern can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

FO Friday: A few small things

Although I’ve been too busy to blog much, I have been knitting lately!  This week I’m just sharing a few recent FOs that have been added to the pile for things for upcoming shows, I have to stay stocked!

slouchy, earthy beanie

It’s also a really fun and efficient way to use up leftovers and random stash inhabitants.

can you see the dragon on that Etcha-Sketch? it’s crazy!

So, for those of you aren’t of the knitting variety, I’ll be having periodic shop updates to add these items, or you can come see them at a few craft shows this season!  Knitters, I’ll be back soon with more design-oriented content 🙂

These fun scarves are great for a burnt out mind

Linking up with Tami as usual!

WIP Wednesday: Greys and Sunshine

The weather lately has been sunny and rainy, sunny and rainy, all within the same day (welcome to Colorado) and my knitting has held a similar color scheme, not on purpose but I did notice it yesterday afternoon whilst it was raining after having been sunny and blue skied all morning.

I’ve been working on some stash-busting scarves for show stock for the upcoming season:

easy pattern, fun result 🙂

And I totally finally got suckered into the quilt extravaganza that is the Beekeeper, although I am a smidge concerned about how the size, the fluffiness of the end quilt affect it as a quilt, is it stiff?  too warm? has anyone had experience with the finished blanket?:

the first of many, I’m sure

Not to mention the secret designs going on in the background, a pattern that will need test knitters soon (hint hint) and cleaning, organizing and making my studio space motivating and work-able!

What have you been up to lately?  To see more WIPs, head to Tami’s blog!

FO Friday: Orange Hooded Scarf

I shared this as a WIP a week or so ago and it’s here today as an FO!  This scarf was a custom request and I really like how it turned out, and The Gentleman didn’t even do a bad job taking pictures of it 🙂

Trust me, it was colder than this picture would lead you to believe
doesn't that look cozy?

This hooded scarf was knit out of a variety of materials in colors ranging in the oranges and browns with a few creamy endeavors.  Now, it’ is on it’s way to Joshua Tree to keep the recipient warm and colorful.

long enough to wrap a few times

To share your FO and read more, check out Tami’s blog!

WIP Wednesday: A Project of Warrior Proportions

Happy Hump Day!  The week is half over and the weekend is coming.  I’ve got a few different projects on the needles right now including the scarf from last week, a new hat on needles (still in baby phase) and a helmet that I’ll share the details with once I get over my frustration of uneven sewing jobs that I was too anxious to complete and now have to dis-complete (it’s a word. I’m too frustrated with the project for it not to be a word).

To see more WIPs and share your own, check out Tami’s blog!

WIP Wednesday: In My ‘Hood

Happy Wednesday!  This week I’m sharing a project that’s been on needles for longer than it should have been but between getting a new day job and what not, it’s been my relaxing knitting and I don’t have as much time to relax.

comin' along

I’m making a scrappy orange version of a hooded scarf similar to the one I shared with you last week.  I really like this style of knitting, random and fun, using up lots of odds and ends of yarn and coming up with something 100% totally unique, cool, fun and one of a kind.

cozy colors, cozy fibers

What are you working on this week?  Share yours and read more on Tami’s blog!

*P.S. Are any of you having problems looking at yesterday’s post? I’ve gotten reports of a few people not being able to see the awesome picture but when I pull up my blog it works just fine…