Posted in beach, Oregon, Oregon Coast, The Coast

Florence Mood

Florence, Oregon, is a small town on the Oregon Coast.  It’s been a good 25 years or so since we’ve visited, so we thought it was time to check it out again.  We’ve enjoyed some great seafood and walked along a beautiful beach in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.  We’re staying in a riverfront hotel on the Siuslaw River, and today we spent a very pleasant afternoon walking through Old Town Florence.  Florence is definitely worth a visit!


Back to work next week!  New pumpkin design is finished except for the tendrils…so close!!!

Happy weekend, everyone!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in Arizona, art, inspiration, Nature

Sedona Mood

Sedona, Arizona is such a beautiful place.  Its beauty is in stark contrast to that of our Oregon home, which is influenced by the maritime climate of the Pacific Coast.  I’m basking in the heat and sunshine, shoring up my reserves for our long, dark PNW winter.

It’s been a wonderful and relaxing few days, spent hanging out with family and taking in the scenery.  The red rocks are stunning and awe-inspiring.  I’d love to share some of my favorite images with you.

Right before sunset
Interesting flora
After sunset – I love the retro look these colors created
At sunrise
Giant black bees
Oak Creek, Sedona
Bikes

Art abounds in Sedona:

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My favorite! Family is everything!

On the knitting front, I have been working away at the next pumpkin pattern.  I completely redesigned the shaping last night and hope to have a completed pumpkin this week.  Pattern soon!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll catch you again soon!!!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in cable knitting, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitting, knitting pattern, sweater knitting, sweater pattern

Bold Sweater Now Available

Good Monday evening to you all!   I am so thrilled to let you know that the Bold Sweater is now available.

Bold is a comfy cropped sweater with fun texture detail on the extra-long cuffs, knit top-down with the stockinette side out. The jumbo cables are reversible, which means that if you weave the ends in carefully, you will have a completely reversible garment.  It knits up quickly on large needles in Aran weight yarn, making this sweater a joy to make and to wear.

The sweater is written with a couple of inches of positive ease. Actual measurements are 34.25, 38.25, 42.25, 48.25, and 52.25 inches (87, 97, 107, 123, and 133 cm) at bust.

The cable is a 24 round repeat and the sweater ends with a round 24 of the cable, so plan on extra yarn if you want to make a longer sweater.

This pattern is currently free – through the end of July 2019.

You can find Bold here: Bold Sweater at LoveCrafts.

Lindsay Newton Photography
Lindsay Newton Photography
Lindsay Newton Photography

The original name of this pattern was Bold…with undertones of chocolate…because that’s how I like my coffee (and the cables remind me of the swirls in my coffee).  But it works for beer, too.  Coffee or beer…you decide.

Thank you for your support and I wish you a most excellent week!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in knit equals joy, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting

Moderation

Hi everyone:

If you know me, you probably know that I am moderate in all things.  Drama does not become me.  In my politics as well, I am moderate.  I prefer to keep my political opinions to myself.

I believe in treating everyone with respect.  This does not depend upon anything they do, say, believe, or are.  Human beings deserve to be treated with respect because they are human beings.  People deserve to be treated with kindness – because we are all in this together.

I believe we can discuss even difficult things if we are kind, if we are open to the other’s point of view, and if we allow for the foibles in us all.

The things that make me shine are those things that are beautiful, pure, kind.

So my heart sank when Ravelry made their anti-Trump proclamation.  Not because of what I think or don’t think about Trump, but because of the blanket statement that anyone who supports the Trump administration “undeniably supports white supremacy.”

Of course racism is bad, wrong, and evil, and it should be eradicated.  I think we all can agree on that.  But the Ravelry statement is guilty of that which they are purporting to fight.  My dismay was with the prejudicial nature of their statement, prejudice being “…feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group”  (Dictionary.com) [emphasis mine].  My disquietude was at their stating that everyone in a certain group (supporters of the Trump administration) is a certain way (undeniably supports white supremacy).

This makes me so very sad, because I have loved Ravelry over the years.  Casey is a coding genius.  There’s nothing like Ravelry in ease of use.  The many, many functionalities are amazing.  The site has made it possible for me to meet knitters from around the world.  It’s where I got my start in pattern publishing.

Anyway, all of this to let you know that I am in the process of closing my Ravelry storefront.  You will still be able to find my patterns here on  knitequalsjoy.com.  They are also available on the LoveCrafts website.  I’m not sure what the Ravelry Knit Equals Joy group will look like or even if it will continue to exist.

Other places to find me and to check out what’s happening in my design and knitting world are the Knit Equals Joy Facebook Page and the Knit Equals Joy Facebook Group. I’m also investigating other avenues and will keep you posted.

This post was not intended to change anyone’s mind, but to give everyone a heads up.  If you must leave, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the years that you have supported my design work and my blog.  If you are staying, thank you so much – you will never know how much your support and friendship mean to me.

All my best, and hoping that knitting continues to bring you joy,

Carol

xoxo

 

Posted in cable knitting, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, lovecrafts

Summer Musings

Hello dear friends,

Can you believe it is July already?  I guess we never cease to be amazed at how quickly time seems to pass.  I’m listening to a great novel on Audible, A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute.  My hubby and I first saw it many years ago on PBS.  The show was terrific; the book is even better.  What an amazing story!

If you have seen my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I battled migraines in June.  I’m hopeful that they’ve run their course for the time being and that it will be some time before they come back.

About a month and a half ago, I thought that it would be a good idea for me to extend the outlets at which my patterns may be purchased.  As a first step, I added my patterns to the existing two or three I had available on the Lovecrafts site.  This is a different market for me, and folks who shop there don’t really know me yet.  The more favorites that my patterns receive, the more likely they will come to the attention of knitters who visit Lovecrafts.  If any of you feel so inclined to “follow” me there and/or to like any of my patterns, I would be ever so grateful.  Projects can also be linked to the patterns.  My Lovecrafts designer link is here: Knit Equals Joy on Lovecrafts.  Thank you, if this is something you’d like to do.

We are wrapping up the test knit of Bold.  It will be released by mid-August – possibly sooner!

photo by Lindsay Newton Photography

I’m working on some more goodies for you!  Be on the lookout for a Bold KAL and the Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long within the next few months.  I hope you all have a fabulous July and I can’t wait until I can share some of these fun things with you!

xoxo

Carol

 

Posted in Nature, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, photography

Astoria Mood

Last week I was fortunate to spend some time in Astoria, Oregon.  It’s a small port town on the Columbia River, near the Pacific Ocean.  It’s a great place for great views, and here are a few that caught my eye:

May you enjoy the sights around you this week!

Carol

Posted in knitting, knitting pattern, poncho, sweater pattern

Willow, Bold, and the next thing

This weekend, our weather app predicts 100% chance of rain.  Usually they’re not so certain and like to hedge their bets a bit, but rain must be a pretty sure thing around these parts today and tomorrow.  (And, actually, it’s pretty much been raining non-stop since I started the first draft of this post earlier this morning).

This changes my plans somewhat, but it’s always a pretty safe bet that my weekend forecast includes chance of knitting: 100%.


You may have seen that I recently published Willow.

The name Willow evokes all things graceful: willows are strong and elegant, and, well, willowy.  I find myself wearing my Willow often.  It’s great to throw on when I get home from work in the evenings; I often get chilled, but if I can get my shoulders warm, the rest of me is warm, and Willow does that for me.

Willow is worked flat using bulky/chunky weight yarn, then seamed together with two quick seams.  There’s even a tutorial for the seaming, here: Cabled Poncho Seam. This would be a great pattern for someone just starting out with cables.

Beth made this beautiful purple Willow.

I love what she says about her Willow:

I finished my Cabled Poncho test knit for @knitequalsjoy and I LOVE it! I thought I wasn’t a poncho person…turns out I just hadn’t found the right one. I knit mine in @blueskyfibers Extra, (alpaca and merino blend) which has beautiful drape and will keep me warm! And of course, it’s purple.

Such beautiful knitting!  Thank you, Beth!


Currently in testing is Bold…with undertones of chocolate.  Now, whether you interpret that as referring to coffee or to beer is up to you!

Bold is an oversized sweater knit top down, seamless, and stockinette-side-out. It took a bit of engineering to get the sweater to be reversible and to include a giant cable, so I was thrilled when I was able to make it work.  If the ends are worked in carefully, the sweater truly is reversible, and can be worn with either the stockinette or the reverse stockinette side out, depending on your whim.

The pattern will be available for 5 sizes ranging from 32-50 in. (bust measurement).  If in between sizes, one can choose from the actual finished sizes for the best fit. It’s worked on size 8 and 9 needles, so it’s a pretty quick knit.

I’ve worn my Bold to work a couple of times and have felt like a million bucks in it each time.

The pattern should be released sometime in the summer or early fall.


Finally, I’m working on a new sweater design.  I recently found this yarn by Yama Fibre Arts and was smitten by its colors and textures. This is the YAMA Merino Linen Singles in Grey Sage and Nomad B3.

I’m using the two colors together.  It’s a subtle contrast, and I love it, but I can see this sweater in so many different color combinations.

 

A few designs seem to write themselves (like last year’s Autumn Spice Pumpkin ) – and this one seems to be doing that as well. I think the color, fiber content, and spin of the yarn must suggest what will work for the yarn.  It doesn’t always happen; sometimes the yarn puts up a stubborn and dogged fight against my ideas for it, but that’s another story…

This is worked in fingering weight and small(ish) needles, so it will be in the works for awhile before it’s ready for testing.  I’ll probably be posting lots of progress pictures on Instagram, so you can catch those in either the Instagram feed or the Knit Equals Joy Facebook page.


I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that the chance of rain wherever you are isn’t 100%!  Maybe your chance of knitting is.

xoxo

Carol