1.26.2015

New Pattern: Beddington

When Paula at Done Roving contacted me about designing a shawl with her new Frolicking Feet DK Gradients yarn, I was happy to help. My love of gradient yarns grows more each day, and I was excited to design a shawl with it. So here it is - Beddington.
$6.50
It's a top-down crescent-shaped shawlette. It uses just one ball of the Done Roving Frolicking Feet DK Gradients, but there's pattern notes on how to make the shawl larger if you want. I think a giant DK gradient shawl using 2 balls of yarn would be so beautiful!

$6.50

The color I used is #4 Maine Wild Blueberries and guess what? I have a second ball to give to one lucky winner! Just leave a comment on this post and I will be selecting a winner at random on Feb. 5, 2015. Just leave your Ravelry name in your comment so I have a way to contact you should you win.
Tomorrow I'll be posting some photos on how I like to block these types of shawls. The top-down shawl is so fun to knit, but I think the blocking is the best part! I'm excited to show everyone how I block my shawls and I'm interested to hear how other people like to do it.
 

Hope you enjoy this new pattern and I can't wait to give away that ball of yarn to one of you. Good luck! :)

$6.50

1.23.2015

Needle Review: Knitter's Pride Trendz Interchangeables

Recently, I was sent a set of Knitter's Pride Trendz interchangeable needles to try. I was excited to give these needles a test run - I've never knit with acrylic needles before!
First I gave the US Size 8 a try on a worsted weight shawl:
I loved knitting with them! The point was sharper than I was expecting it to be, making it easy to work all those lace stitches. The needles also have a little bit of flexibility to them. That was something I hadn't really experienced with other needles before and I also liked. When you have to perform a lace stitch taking up 3 or more stitches at a time it turns out that flexibility is nice! I liked the needles so much that when the worsted weight project was done I cast on for a DK weight shawl with the US Size 5 needles:
I'm having the same enjoyable experience with this shawl! I'm glad I worked up a second project with these needles before I posted my review: with other interchangeable sets I have the problem that no matter how hard I tighten the cord to the needle I manage to unscrew it while knitting. I had no loosening/unscrewing of the cord to the needle with either shawl. I'm considering that a total win! I don't have to tell you that having a needle fall apart in the middle of a lace project is just about the worst thing ever in knitting. I also found the join from the cord to the needle extremely smooth.

You can get the Knitter's Pride Trendz Interchangeables as the deluxe set (pictured above), as a starter set (US 6, 8 & 10 needles) or as a chunky set (US 13, 15 & 17 needles). Something for everyone! The deluxe set retails for around $40, making it a very affordable option for a needle set. If you are looking for a new interchangeable needle set, I think you should give the Trendz a try!
 
Disclaimer: I received these needles for free in order to review them. My review is 100% my honest opinion. I did not receive any payment for this review nor did I agree to publish a positive review. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

1.21.2015

Sock in Progress

I mentioned in my TNNA recap post that I had started a new pair of socks. Self-striping, big surprise there. :)
Another bright, cheery rainbow pair. I'm loving the stripes on these socks so far.
This yarn came from Webs. My knit/crochet group has caught the self-striping sock yarn bug again, and we placed one giant order of self-striping sock yarn (and other stuff too....gotta love the Webs discount). This yarn is the Regia Stripemania 6-ply in 6367 Rainbow.

The stripes are definitely keeping things interesting. I love watching the yarn change while knitting!

1.20.2015

The Dangers of Destash

Last week I found myself checking out destashes of Knit Picks Felici on Ravelry. This is dangerous. You will end up buying someone's yarn.
Knit Picks Felici in Schooner

Knit Picks Felici in Martinique

Oops.

Then, over the weekend, I found myself going through my stash of self-striping yarn. My stash of the striping yarn isn't really low enough to justify this purchase. In fact, I found enough to make about 6 pairs of socks out of Felici or Felici Sport alone. Plus some hand-dyed. And some other random yarn whose stripes were made by machine like the Felici. I guess now I'm prepared for should all yarn companies discontinue all the self-striping yarn on the planet! :)

1.19.2015

A Sneak Peek

Over the last few months, I've been working on a little collection for the early part of 2015. It's a collection of gradient shawls! I love the gradient yarns so much that it seemed like a fun idea to do an ebook containing shawls knit out of them. Here's a little sneak peak:


I sent the shawls off to Mari, who works for Stitchcraft Marketing, and she planned a photoshoot with Caro Sheridan. She sent me this photo of Caro shooting one of the shawls:
I can't wait to see the final photos and get these patterns out to you! My plan is two release a pattern every two weeks starting mid-February. Lots of fun shawl shapes and color choices to explore with these shawls!

Have you caught the gradient yarn bug like me? If you have a favorite, let me know. You know me, any excuse to add to the stash. :)

1.16.2015

FO Friday: Rustic Cabin Socks

While at TNNA, I managed to finish a pair of socks. They were the perfect easy knitting to take with me on a work trip.
Like my rainbow socks I finished up last week, I knit these toe-up using the the Fish Lips Kiss heel. I think now that I have knit two pairs using this heel I have it memorized. The ultimate mindless knitting! :)
I used two skeins of the Knit Picks Felici in the Rustic Cabin colorway to make these. I used almost the whole ball for each sock. I stopped when I was getting to a point where I would have to increase to make the long cuffs fit properly.
I really love this yarn. I picked up the Rustic Cabin and two other colors when Knit Picks put the Felici back up on the site a few weeks ago. I hope they bring it (along with the Felici Sport) back every now and then. It really is one of my favorite yarns to use for simple socks!

1.14.2015

The TNNA Recap

This weekend I went to Phoenix for TNNA, the trade show for needlearts professionals. I had a great time, as usual. I don't have tons of pics, but here are the ones I got:

The flight there it was all about sock knitting and listening to Landline.
I loved seeing the Halos of Hope display at the convention center. I'm already thinking about my Hat KAL/CAL for Hope this year!
 This display was super cool too:
Halos of Hope President, Pam, stopped by my book signing at the Madelinetosh booth and snapped this photo of me signing her book:
I got some lovely yarn from at Anzula. I'm pretty excited about this Cole yarn and what it all will become:
I also got some Bearfoot from Mountain Colors. I think I'm going to turn this skein into a little shawlette (surprise, surprise):

There was some alcohol involved in the trip. Corrina, Heather and I enjoyed some Tequila Sunsets while out with the Anzula crew on Monday night:
Tuesday it was back home. That plane ride involved starting a new pair of socks and watching A Mighty Wind, one of my favorite movies.
When I arrived back at the airport in Chicago, I had to get my coat and hat and warm things out my suitcase.
It's good to be home, but I'm definitely missing that nice Phoenix weather today! 

1.09.2015

FO Friday: Rainbow Socks

I believe everyone should knit rainbow socks. They really improve your mood when knitting/wearing them!

As I talked about in a post last month, I decided to try the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for these socks. I am so glad I did. They fit my feet perfectly!

The yarn I used is KFI Luxury Indulgence Cashmere in color 609. I knit the second sock with the color sequence going in the opposite direction as the first sock. I'm not one that cares about super matching socks. It kept things a little interesting while working on the second one. I ended the socks with a K3, P1 rib and a yarnover bind off that was nice and stretchy.

I have some other rainbow yarn in the stash. I'm sure I'll be casting on more rainbow socks with this heel very soon!

I would love to hear if there are other sock heels you have tried and loved. I'm loving the FLK heel and will be using it again, but would love to hear about other ones too. I'm hoping that 2015 will be the year of the stripey socks for me!

1.08.2015

Wayfarer

The rights for the Wayfarer shawl have returned to me and it's now available as an individual, self-published pattern from yours truly.
$6.50

I love this shawl. It was so fun to knit! You knit up each half of the triangle shawl separately and then use ribbon, leather cord, whatever you want, to seam them together at the center.
I've blogged about this shawl a couple other times. You can read all about it here and here.
I think the whole entire Doomsday Knits book is great. The book is still available and you can find it on Ravelry or on Amazon.
$6.50
I've seen it knit up in a variety of colors and yarns. There are lots of options on how to make this shawl special and unique for you! I love the idea of seaming shawl pieces together. I'm going to have to explore this idea further in coming months. It's so fun and there could be a lot of cool shawl possibilities!

Photo credit: Vivian Aubrey

1.06.2015

Sock-Yarn Shawls II is here!

The day has finally arrived! Sock-Yarn Shawls II has starting shipping to yarn store or book store near you!
There are several ways you can get your hands on the book:
I also added a few tutorials to the blog that may help you with knitting shawls:
We will be having a little Sock-Yarn Shawls II KAL in February on Ravelry. So, if your haven't already, join the Ravelry group so you can join in the fun!

I am so excited that the release day is finally here. I hope you love this book as much as I do! 

Happy shawl knitting!


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