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: 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?

Blocking

After teaching my latest class at Yarn & Coffee on the Sweet Summer Rays Shawl, my students asked how best to block the finished project.  The conversation ultimately led to the decision to host a blocking demonstration at the Yarn Store at Nob Hill this past Saturday.IMG_0707

I want to thank everyone who came out, I was expecting a small group – maybe just the students, even – but we had a great turnout and I’m so glad that so many knitters were able to come and ask their blocking questions!IMG_0693

Here you can see my basic blocking setup – my blocking mats (kids’ playmats), my safety pins, blocking wires (welding wires, really) and my spray bottle filled with water.  An un-blocked Sweet Summer Rays lays on top of my blocking one, so you can see how much this shawl can grow with some aggressive blocking!IMG_0698

I love using the wires to block my straight edges, they keep the edges super clean and neat while also allowing me to save time by not using a jillion pins instead.  These wires are also flexible enough that they’ll allow for blocking of curved edges too!IMG_0710

When I block things like this shawl, I pin first and spray with the water bottle second, then re-adjust the pins if necessary and play with the shaping until I’m perfectly happy with it.  Many knitters will soak the knit first and that’s just fine, it’s only my preference to pin first and water second.

What are your favorite blocking tools?

WIP Wednesday: Sweet Autumn Rays

This week I started a new project.  That sweater I mentioned last week?  On hold.  For now. But not for long!  I’m almost to the sleeve divide and I can’t wait to do that (mostly because I want to see how the top is fitting so far).

But onto my new project!

I’m knitting another of my Sweet Summer Rays shawls and this time I’m knitting it in Cascade Heritage Silk Paint yarn in this gorgeous colorway that reminds me of autumn leaves and grasses, so I’m dubbing this my Sweet Autumn Rays shawl.IMG_9931

For those of you who’ve purchased the pattern or are thinking about it for a future project – I’ve updated the original version to hopefully make it clearer and easier to understand on which rows the increases are placed!IMG_9971

Linking up with Tami as usual!  What are you working on this week? Something new? Something old?

New Design and a KAL!!!

IMG_8019As I’m sure you know that I’ve been working on a design with some Sweet Fingering yarn from Candy Skein.  That design is now finished and we’d love to offer a KAL for it!IMG_7969

Sweet Summer is a small shawl that uses only 1 skein of Sweet Fingering (438 yds).  It’s great for a first shawl project or something to use up those gorgeous single skeins you have in your stash.  It features basic knit and purl stitches with simple increases and yarn overs.  Textural changes reveal a graphic sun ray pattern branching into an easy lace border meant to mimic the way light and heat radiate from the sun’s surface.IMG_7965

The Details:

  • Start Date: April 15, 2013
  • End Date: May 15, 2013
  • The KAL will be held in SillyLittleLady’s Group
  • Coupon Code for 20% off the Ravelry pattern and 15% off yarn from Candy Skein: sweetsummerkal
  • The coupon code will be valid until April 16th for those participating in the KAL
  • There will be a giveaway package mailed to one lucky winner chosen by random number generator of those who link pictures of a finished project by May 16th to the Pattern Projects.

Please play along on Instagram!  Take a picture of your yarn, wip, anything about the KAL and tag both @candyskein and @thesillylittlelady along with the tag #sweetsummerkal.IMG_8018

All members who produce a finished shawl will be entered to win a giveaway package, just don’t forget to link it to the pattern page on Ravelry so that I can enter you!IMG_8021

Pattern Release: Sunny Grey Skies

I told you I had a surprise for you today!  I’m releasing my Sunny Grey Skies Shawlette Pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy – so pick your favorite venue and scope it out 🙂

a perfect light layer

Details:

A perfect layer for when the sun and the clouds are battling it out and you want something soft around your neck and shoulders, this shawl is sure to become a fast favorite.  The lace border is knit first then stitches are picked up and worked inward to the center.  Momentum is gained rather than lost as the number of stitches per row decreases the farther in you get.

Easily sized up or down depending in gauge

Finished Measurements: 49 inches (124.5 cm) across x 18 inches (46 cm) deep after blocking

 Materials

36” US 6 (4.00mm) Circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

500 yards of sock or fingering weight yarn in Color B

300 yards of sock or fingering weight yarn in Color A

4 Stitch markers

Gauge: 6 sts x 7.5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Projects Going MIA

I bet you’re all wondering what happened with that secret lace project I was teasing you with a while back huh?

Well, after I decided that the sample I’d knit was too small, I frogged back a ways then began to reknit it larger.  This didn’t bother me, I’d rather rip back and create something that utilizes the yarn efficiently and will keep me warm this coming winter.  I don’t know if you’ve ever frogged anything that’s been blocked before, but it left me with some of the cutest, most uniform little crimps ever.

Little yarny zippers

Aren’t they darling?

So there I was, happily re-knitting along and one day I came home from work to find this mess:

Sorry for the crappy photo, let just say the entire situation was crappy

The dogs had decided to “unwrap” my frogged package and let me tell you, they’re lucky it was salvageable and they didn’t cause too much damage.

I might be dog-less if they did.

Needless to say, that took a while to figure itself out but the shawlette is back on track and things are coming along swimmingly if a bit slowly what with work and Christmas knitting already underway.  I promise to have more to show you soon, I’m working on the life-work-knitting-having-fun balance and I think it’s starting to work itself pretty well.

How do you balance everything?

WIP Wednesday: KISS

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I was having some difficulties with the Malabrigo lace project that I keep teasing you with and so I put it down for a while (“a while” means for an evening, didn’t even make it 24 hours before I had to pick it up again) to try and let the creative juices flow and magic to happen.

I decided that I was trying to make it too difficult and it wasn’t necessary to whip out complicated patterns and numbers to prove to the knitting and designing world that I’m capable and instead I’ve opted to Keep It Simple Silly (yes, yes, I know how that acronym usually ends, but, I mean, I am Silly Little Lady afterall).

today is the morning after the rain, can you sense that in the photo?

The shawlette/scarf is plugging along whenever I have the time to knit on it some and I gotta say, I am very pleased with this simplicity and awesomeness that is unfolding.  As I’ve mentioned before, this will also need test knitters sometime in the hopefully-near future and if you’re interested in helping me out, drop me a line!

Wanna see more WIPs?  Skip on over to Tami’s blog to read other yarny adventures!