Danielle Shawl

Last week, I told you all about my new pattern Savanna made with Done Roving Frolicking Feet Transistions yarn. Well, this week I'm happy to tell you that my Danielle shawl, which uses the same yarn, is now available for individual download! Yippee!


This shawl uses half-pi construction to form the shape. The same lace pattern is used throughout the whole shawl, making it a great choice for this yarn, which transitions from solids to variegated throughout the ball.
 This shawl was knit out of the Pumpkin Botanicals colorway, and will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe this fall.


And, while I love the transitional yarn that Done Roving has done, I have seen some very pretty ones on Ravelry where just one skein of a striped or variegated yarn was used. This shawl is great for whatever might be in your sock-yarn stash!


Stitches Haul

It's possible that I overdid it on the yarn buying at Stitches this year.
Um, that is a lot of yarn (and project bags too...oops). There is one ball from KnitCircus that is missing - I already have turned it into a new shawl design.

Included in the haul was KnitCircus (I bought two balls of the gradient yarn), and another gradient from Apple Tree Knits. I got four (!!!) skeins from Fresh From the Cauldron, and four (again, !!!) skeins from Bijou Basin Ranch. There's the custom Stitches skein from Three Irish Girls and some Lost City Knits. I got Kristin Omdaul's new Bamboo so fine yarn and some Fiber Story. Finally there were a couple of shawl pins, some project bags, and some new needles (for the new shawl I started over the weekend). Yikes.

One of the highlights of the weekend was seeing my Wayfarer shawl in the Fresh From the Cauldron booth. I had no idea they used my pattern for a sample. I love it!
It was a great weekend full of fun with my friends and some great classes. Did you make it out to Stitches Midwest this year? If so, did you get anything good?


New Pattern - Savanna

I'm so excited to tell all of you about my latest pattern. It's Savanna:


Paula at Done Roving Yarns asked me to create a new shawl pattern for her latest yarn - Frolicking Feet Transitions. I had used the yarn for my Danielle shawl in Love of Knitting magazine. I really loved working with it, so I was happy to design another shawl!

This time I used the colorway Spring Meadow. I loved the yarn in the ball, but once I started knitting the shawl, the colors just stood out beautifully.
I designed this shawl so that the variegated portions would contain an eyelet-y pattern while the solid portion would have a larger lace motif. This way the yarn and the pattern don't fight each other. They work together to make a pretty shawl.
With 480 yards in one ball of this yarn, you can get a pretty good sized finished shawl. I am so happy with the way it wears!

I have another design in the works for this yarn. It's been a fun challenge for me to work with this changing yarn!


Stitches Ready

Stitches Midwest is this weekend. I am so excited to spend another year there with my friends, taking classes, and having a good time. I'm taking two classes again this year. One with Myra Wood (Crazy Lace Borders and Edgings) and one with Edie Eckman (Around the Corner Crochet Borders). I am border-obsessed, so I think these will both be great classes for me!

I've been trying to plan out my knitting and crochet projects for the upcoming weekend. I haven't made a final decision on something to crochet, but I have decided that my knitting project will be a Moonraker. I was looking for something garter stitch-y, because those are usually good projects for convention knitting. This is my yarn choice:
Gotta stash dive for this project to make room for all the new yarn I plan to acquire this weekend.

If you're at Stitches Midwest this weekend, come say hi! I'll be around all weekend, and I'm doing a book signing on Saturday 8/9 in the Yarn Barn of Kansas booth (Booth 501). I'll be there at 2pm!


The Hat Pile, It Grows

Over the last couple of weeks, the hats from my Hat KAL/CAL for Hope have been arriving. I have 42 hats so far, and I know of at least another 18 that are going to show up. It's so incredible. It's why I love knitters and crocheters so so much. So kind and generous. Makes me happy.

Laura gave me 5 crocheted hats.
Rachel and Sharon each sent me 3 hats:
Kandy sent me 7 hats!

Jody sent 2 hats. I love the one on the right. It reminds me of my college days at Loyola. Go Ramblers! :)
Marolee sent me 6 crocheted hats!
And Sally mailed 8 (!!!) hats. She was one busy lady!
It's so amazing what the crafty people can do when we all work together.

Happy hat knitting & crocheting!

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