Posted in fiber festivals, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitting patterns, Ravelry, Rhinebeck

This Pumpkin’s Going to Rhinebeck

This pumpkin’s going to Rhinebeck (AKA the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival)! If you’re going, stop by Weston Hill Farm‘s booth in Building A, 42-43. The pumpkin and some of my patterns will be there. While you’re there, check out their amazing yarn, roving, and Eileen’s amazing felted sculptures!

Weston Hill Farm Worsted Weight Yarn

Eileen and Chris chose the spider motif as their favorite, and I set to work. The darker yarn is their sport weight, which worked fine for the colorwork sections. I held it double for the stem, which created quite the gnarly stem! To go with this stem, a weighty, dramatic button was needed, and I found this button in Mom’s button tin. I’m not sure whether it was Mom’s or Grandma’s, and I’m not sure of the vintage (50’s-70’s?), but it was the perfect finishing touch.

If you go, let me know if you see the pumpkin! Have a wonderful time!!!

xoxo

Carol

P.S. If you’re looking for the pattern, you can find it here, $5.00:

Posted in colorwork, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting patterns, pattern, Ravelry

New Pattern – Large Colorwork Pumpkins

I’m thrilled to announce my newest pattern, Large Colorwork Pumpkins!  Inspired by a love of all things Fall and an enduring love of colorwork, this softee pattern is just pure fun to knit and creates a lovely work of art. One pattern, four motifs. There is also an optional top that makes more of an oblong pumpkin.

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This pumpkin is pretty much life-sized, about 12 by 12 inches, depending on which motif you choose and how much stuffing you use.

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Knit using worsted weight yarn on size 5 needles, you will need about 200 yds each of two contrasting colors and some scrap yarn for the tendrils. You will also need fiberfill – my favorite after making three of these is Cluster Stuff by Morning Glory.

And the button! While the button is optional, I think it really adds personality to each pumpkin. This button came straight out of Mom’s button tin, and I think it was perfect!

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This button is a ceramic button from One of a Kind Buttons.  Her buttons are fabulous!

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Within the pattern are instructions for the various increases, decreases and i-cord. However, the pattern does presume that you have a working knowledge of colorwork and working in the round.

Here is Ravelry user cascott’s Haunted Village pumpkin. Isn’t it adorable? I love how she staged it with her homegrown real pumpkins! I have added more detail to the Haunted Village motif since this pumpkin was knitted.

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For even more options, you can knit this pattern using sock yarn and smaller needles – I would suggest US Size 1 or 2. This pumpkin ended up being about 6 or 7 inches in diameter.

My pumpkin pic by Wanda

Here’s the pumpkin with the oblong top, knit by Ravelry user PLC1. Her button was perfect, too!

Paula

The pattern is available in my Ravelry store for $5.00.  This button will take you right to checkout:

Thank you also to Ravelry user greenhorngirl for the use of her photo of her jack-o-lantern pumpkin at the top of the page.

Thanks for your support.  It means so very much to me!

xoxo

Knit Equals Joy

Posted in Lighthouses, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

My husband and I took a day trip to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, a graceful historic lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.  In particular, I admired the lovely, elegant windows.

As we walked around the structure, parallel windows on either side of a passageway caught my eye, and I attempted to capture the view of the sea on the other side.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Posted in Christmas, knit equals joy, knitters, knitting, knitting swaps, Ravelry

Advent Mini Swap Sign-Ups

Dear knitters,

It’s time to sign up for the second annual advent mini swap in the Knit Equals Joy group on Ravelry. Sign-ups end September 20th.

This awesome swap takes place during advent, with one gift to be opened on each Sunday in advent and the final gift on Christmas Day.  Here’s what our awesome swap organizer, Katherine, says to describe the swap:

This swap will require 5 presents total. One for each of the Sundays during Advent + one for Christmas. Only one of the days will require a handcrafted item although you are welcome to craft as many of them as you wish.

Dec 3 – Theme 1: Tree(s)
Dec 10 – Theme 2: Something with a pointy red hat (Santa, elves, gnomes….)
Dec 17 – Theme 3: Something red OR green
Dec 24 – Theme 4: Something inspired by a favorite Christmas Song
Dec 25 – Theme 5: Something special for your SP….a Notion/yarn/fabric (something for knitting, sewing, quilting…etc) based on your SP’s likes and hobbies.

A small food treat (or other non-edible treat) will be considered “bonus”… and could be opened when the package arrives.

Your one handcrafted item can be for any of the above days. If you want to craft more than one day (or all 5… that is fine too!).

Again, our swaps are “secret” swaps, so you don’t know who your swap partner is until you receive your package in the mail.

If you’d like to join in, come on over and sign up here by September 20th.  Hope to see you there!!!

Memories from the 2016 Advent Mini-Swap

 

Posted in Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting swaps, Ravelry

Autumn Mini-Swap – Sign Up Now

Hello dear knitters!  Just a reminder that sign-ups for our Autumn Mini Swap end tomorrow, September 5th.  We would love to have you join us in the Ravelry Knit Equals Joy group.

Highlights from last year’s swap

Official Rules

Here are the official rules:

You must be a member of the Ravelry Knit Equals Joy group.

Sign-ups end September 5th (tomorrow!!!)

You will send one hand knitted, crocheted or sewn Autumn-inspired gift and one treat valued up to $5.00. The treat does not have to be edible.

Our mailing deadline is October 3rd.

You must participate in the swap discussion at least once a week. This will help your swap partner get to know more about you. You will not know who has you as a swap partner until you receive your package. That’s half the fun!

If you are a new swapper, you must fill out the swapper’s questionnaire. You can find this in the discussion forum.

When you receive your package, you must post your thanks as soon as possible and post a photo as quickly as you can.


If you were thinking of joining us, don’t delay! Get on over there and sign up!

Questions?? Ask me!

xoxo

knit equals joy

Posted in beach, The Coast, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

The structure of this shell is fascinating to me,  and beautiful. It leads me to dream of new knitting designs with cables and ribs and eyelets. Structure, the foundation of a pleasing photograph and a pleasing knit design – no wonder it catches my eye when I find it.

Check out other responses to this week’s challenge here: Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure.

Posted in Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting swaps, Ravelry

New happenings in the Ravelry group: a swap and a month-long giveaway!

Hello, dear knitters!  As we wrap up summer and move toward fall, I hope this finds you well and happily knitting. We are expecting another heat wave through Tuesday, but for now I am pretending that the cooler, crisp evenings of fall are here for well and good.

Autumn mini swap

I am excited to announce that sign-ups are open for the Knit Equals Joy Autumn Mini Swap! To quote the lovely Jen, who organizes our terrific swaps: “This mini swap celebrates friendship and the beauty of the Fall season.  In this swap you will send your secret swap partner a lovely knitted, crocheted or sewn gift reminiscent of Autumn.”

Here are the rules for this mini swap:

You must be a member of the Knit Equals Joy group on Ravelry. If you’re not yet, it’s perfectly OK to join the group so that you can join in the swap. It is a community of like-minded, crafty individuals, so please introduce yourself and join in our community.

Sign-ups end September 5th.

You will send one hand knitted, crocheted or sewn Autumn-inspired gift and one treat valued up to $5.00. The treat does not have to be edible.

Our mailing deadline is October 3rd.

You must participate in the swap discussion at least once a week. This will help your swap partner get to know more about you. As I said, this is a community-building activity, so the discussion is a very important part of the swap.

If you are a new swapper, you must fill out the swapper’s questionnaire. You can find this in the discussion forum. If you need help, just ask.

When you receive your package, you must post your thanks as soon as possible and post a photo as quickly as you can.

Here is my wrap-up post about last year’s Fall Mini Swap.

Month-long giveaway

Okay, here’s the deal, and it’s pretty exciting. The Knit Equals Joy group on Ravelry is just a few members – fewer than 5 – shy of 200 members . Sooooo, once we reach 200 members, we are going to have a giveaway (there, not here) that lasts a full month!!!

So, if you aren’t a member, go over there and join right now!!! If you are a member, invite some friends you think would enjoy the group. I’ll be giving away yarn (of course!) at least once a week, adding in other fun and lovely notions in between. Winners will be chosen randomly from posts – so this means get on over there and start chatting – in our chat thread, The Cafe.  Again, the Knit Equals Joy group is a community, so if you are new, jump right in and introduce yourself.

If you have any questions about how to join Ravelry or how to join the Knit Equals Joy group, just ask!

Summer spa swap III

And, finally, here’s a collage of the lovely swap packages that were sent in our summer spa mini swap. We had a great time!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Thank you to everyone who is already a part of the Knit Equals Joy group. If you are not yet, and you’re a knitter, please consider yourself invited to come join the knitting fun!

xoxo

Carol