Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Still Kicking!


So, along with all the knitting projects I'm cranking out (and believe me, I'm cranking out a lot), I've become hopelessly hooked on spinning my own yarn! My first piece of eye candy is some single ply lace-weight merino which will become the Vernal Equinox shawl. Isn't it lovely?

Here's the other project I'm working on. It's some Navajo-Plied Corriedale cross from Wooly Treasures in shades of black, eggplant purple, blue, and light green.



I fantasize about painting my own roving and rehabbing thrift store sweaters into lovely fiber, but those are way on the back burner behind all my folks on the list.

If you get a chance, check out my etsy shop for an easy way to purchase my patterns, and bookmark it! Soon there will be much more loveliness.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Worldwide Knit in Public Day!

This Saturday, June 13, is Worldwide Knit in Public Day. If you have any interest in knitting or other crafts, check out the website at http://wwkipday.com. If you search the events for Boise, Idaho, you will notice that yours truly is hosting a knit-a-thon! If you're in the area and would like to swing by and say hi, please do! I'll have knitting supplies to swap/share/give away and some goodies too, and I'll be glad to teach anybody new who shows up how to knit. If you're interested, check out the facebook event (search Worldwide Knit in Public Day) or drop a comment. :)

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bonnet Praise!

Updated waiting list info. My waiting list has dwindled (mostly due to the economy), so hopefully wait times will shorten up considerably.

In other news, I am currently working on the following projects:

Some slipped-stitch colorwork socks in Noro Silk Garden Sock
a cotton mesh tote bag made from some odds and ends from a thrift store
heart cable kilt hose (my design) for Arlen (pattern will be available eventually)
putting a new collar on a sweater of my mom's
a socktopus for my niece
a secret project for a friend
another bonnet for HF

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Free Pattern!



I don't have time to post many patterns, and I certainly don't share every project I knit. However, I thought it was high time I shared a free pattern with my friends. I am on a major dishcloth knitting kick at the moment, and I prefer lacy dishcloths which can dry quickly to avoid mildewing. This dishcloth manages to do just that.

Lace Cable Dishcloth



Materials: worsted weight cotton yarn, size 6-8 needles (gauge isn't crucial), yarn needle, cable needle.

Seed stitch (with odd number of stitches):

All rows: k1, p1 across (you will be knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches)

Lace cable stitch (multiple of 11 sts plus 7):
Row 1 (and all odd rows): purl
Row 2: k1 *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k6 rep from * to last 6 sts before border, yo, sl1, k1, pss0, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
Row 4: k2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, sl next 3 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle, k1 rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 8: k2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k8, rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2.

Pattern:

Cast on 37 stitches. Work in seed stitch for one inch.
Work seed stitch over first and last four stitches of each row. Work lace cable stitch over central 29 stitches. Work to desired length minus one inch, work another inch of seed stitch for the border, bind off loosely and weave in ends.