Happy New Year!

It was a busy year with my yarn dyeing and general family life.  I didn’t realize my last post was last May!  Geesh!

So you may ask what I’ve been working on.

Firstly, I’ve been design a triangular shawl and have finished my prototype. I started the project after taking a Craftsy class from Miram Felton on Lace Shawl Design.  I also took a class from Jen Lucas, when she was in town at the Yarn Garden in September 2017.  It was great to get Jen’s help to finish up some of the final points on my design.  I plan on making the shawl in a light gray yarn I’ve dyed so that it goes with my wardbrobe.  My goal is to get the pattern and physical project ready for the 2018 Fall Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, MI.

My second project is a project that is worked with a solid color yarn that coordinates with a set of mini skeins.  I’ve just finished the prototype and now have to write up the pattern.  Be on the lookout for that pattern in the next couple of months!

Both patterns will be available on Ravelry.com.  If you want to be alerted to when my patterns are published as well as other news regarding my hand-dyed yarn business, Splash of Color Yarns, LLC, then sign up for my newsletter.  Trust me, I don’t spam or fill your inbox.  I typically send emails 1-2 months depending upon new details I have to share.

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Sneak Peak at my new shawl

Over the past few years, I’ve designed socks, cowls and fair isle hats.  One thing that has been on my “bucket” list of things to do someday was to design an asymmetrical shawl. I started this in August 2016, when I was traveling to and from the Stitches Midwest conference and I finally finished it last week.  It uses two skeins of sock yarn in contrasting colors.

I was very good to take notes and a stitch count every row.  Yes, it was somewhat tedious but I’m really glad that I did because it’s making the actual writing of the pattern much easier.

Here are some photos.

I am in the process of actually writing the pattern and hope to be able to have it ready to post for test knitters on Ravelry’s Free Pattern Testers forum.  If you’re interested and are a Ravelry member, then contact me at the top of this site or private message me on Ravelry (username is mom2bsa) and I’ll contact you when it’s ready for test knitting.

 

 

More butterflies!

i wanted to share my next project with you. It is another pair of my latest design, Split Butterflies.  I gave my first pair away to my best friend, Michele, so I needed to have a pair to keep for me. The yarn I am using is Malabrigo in the “Color of Love”. 

  

Are you frozen yet?

I wanted to share with you my newest design, called Frozen Flakes, to celebrate winter. Hmmm.. there are a lot of us lately who’ve been dealing with sub-zero temperatures lately. Brrrrr……

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Frozen Flakes - side view

Frozen Flakes – side view

Frozen Flakes - top view of crown

Frozen Flakes – top view of crown

Thanks to my Ravelry test knitters for testing this pattern.  You can see their projects here.

Video Resources:

Old Norwegian Cast on from Joan Laws

Latvian Braid

Facebook post from Cascade Yarns

My friend just texted me to tell me that Cascade Yarns updated their Facebook page with a link to my pattern and photos! My design is still in the top 5 this afternoon.

I’m not trying to “brag” but I’ve been dreaming about having a “famous” pattern on Ravelry and to me this is so cool. 😃

Have you ever used these?

Hi there! I am working on another pair of soon-to-be released socks on Ravelry. I needed a better picture for the pattern. So here I am at work in my lunch hour and I don’t have any stitch markers. Hmmm…..

So I decide to get creative and use these!!

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So paper clips work for the time being and let me enjoy the relaxing art of knitting at lunchtime.

If any Raveler out there is willing to participate in the Free Pattern Testers group for this sock pattern, here is the link to the thread.

Not really a gift but I’m pushing!

I’m working on a new fair isle hat design since my husband asked for another hat. I figured I could accomplish two things at once! Even though it is not a gift, I’m still pushing to get it done. It’s easier for me to do fair isle when it’s not noisy so over the course of the next few days, I envision family and noise.

Here is a sneak peek. My design includes a Latvian braid of sorts. I hear it’s also called the Herringbone stitch.

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Well, Merry Christmas to my blog readers and I hope you enjoy the holiday and remember the REAL reason for the season.

New designs published!

I wanted to share that I’ve just recently published two new designs at Ravelry.

The first one took a few months of design work using Intwined Pattern Studio and then I moved onto swatching the design with old sock yarn in case I had to do some frogging. So, here it is – Botanical Scarf. There are actually flower motifs in the chart repeat and then of course the leaf edging helped me name the design.

I used Opulence from the Woolen Rabbit and the yarn is so yummy being that it’s 50% wool and 50% silk.
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My other design was a “spur of the moment” hat. I really like the way the blue fair isle design coordinates with the gray background. I was not sure what the call the hat and I went for a walk and all of the sudden, the name, “Winter’s Morn” popped into my head. I used two skeins of KnitPicks yarn, Wool of the Andes Superwash.

Winter's Morn Fair Isle hat
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A change of pace – crocheting

Yes, the Knitwit can crochet! Actually, I have many more years of crochet experience than knitting although I much prefer knitting. I wanted a change so I decided to do some stashbusting and make a few hats for charity. The result? A new hat pattern published on Ravelry.com this morning called “Banded toque with shell edge“.

turquoise hat

lavendar hat

The hat uses a specialty yarn from Jo-Ann’s called Wave. I’ve had it in my stash for a few years because I hadn’t figured out how to use until I realized I could embellish a plain hat with it! Crocheting with it required me to slow down and make sure I pulled each of my loops through the stitches so I wasn’t crocheting too tightly. I suppose the other option would have been for me to increase my hook size for the decorative band.

What kind of colors can you make in this pattern? Use up some of your stash and share the results. I can’t wait to see what people create. Enjoy!

Keeping cozy with my new cowl

Boy, has this been a cold winter so far!  Brrrrrrrrrrr.

My latest design, Cozy Slanted Cowl, is free for the month of February.  Happy Valentine’s day!  Here is a link to download the pattern even if you aren’t a member of the fantastic Ravelry community.

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Cozy Slanted Cowl

  
cozy slanted cowl being worn

Modeling Cozy Slanted cowl

I have made a few of these cowls and they are really nice to have around your neck and the softer the yarn the better!  While the cowl in the pattern was made using Loops & Threads Charisma yarn from Michael’s, any chunky yarn would make a nice cowl.  For me, there’s something relaxing about having a soft cowl rub up against my cheeks in the cold.