What’s my name?

I’ve dyed a few more skeins of yarn, which I may blog about, but one of my recent color ways is yet to be named.  I’m trying to find something whimsical relating to the color of the yarn and thought “Why not ask my blog readers for assistance?”  So here goes….

The picture on the left is more the true color with the deepest turquoise at the top and right part of the hank.

We can’t have a skein of yarn unnamed!  I realize that this matches four tops I have that could use some sort of cowl or shawl which, of course, would be in my projects on Ravelry at some point.

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Twisted Stitches fascination

I’ve realized I’ve fallen in love with twisted-stitch designs! I’ve been trying to understand how they work and found a lot of examples in the April 2015 Sock Knitter’s Anonymous thread on Ravelry. From there, I started looking at various patterns to see which stitches are used to create the various types of designs. In my on-line travels, I ran across a set of German books detailing typical Bavarian/Austrian designs and motifs. One problem though — I can’t read German! So I continued to look for images and websites for information on the technique. I ran across a reference to this book, Twisted-Stitch Knitting, which was a translation of the German ones.

It’s arrived at my doorstep and I’ve gone through the book a few times, tagging various pages and the ideas are flowing!

Knitters jewelry idea

My best friend, Michele, is very creative. My birthday was last month and I was joking around that I play with sticks and strings. Guess what?!  

She made me this pendant for my birthday!

  
She is also selling them in her Etsy store, Chelster’s Creations, here.  

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

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.

Another Botanical Scarf

One of my pattern testers posted their gorgeous blocked scarf they made for the pattern test I ran on Ravelry.

Here it is.
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One of the neat things about designing patterns is seeing how people use different types of yarn and how the projects turn out.

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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Starting to heal

Well, I’ve not been able to knit for a few months because of an injury to my right elbow which I had surgically fixed last week.  Now, I’m in the healing process.  I tried knitting two days ago, after I got the cast off, but I only made it 6 stitches before I had to put the work down.

I’ve completed another design for a cowl with sock-weight yarn and will be publishing that soon in Ravelry.

Fair Isle and Catching Floats

I’d like to share a video I recently found which explains how to catch floats when you are doing fair isle or as it’s sometimes called, stranded knitting.  As you knit, you basically are catching the yarn on the back of the work.  Some fair isle tutorials have you pulling the second color up and around the main color you’re working to capture it, but I’ve found that causes more tightness in your project and it’s easier to cause puckering.

The video explains how to hold one color in each hand and how to catch the float from either the left or right hand.  I hope this helps you with your next fair isle project.