All that is good in our knitterly – and creative – lives.
In this blog, you will find not only an exploration of all that is good in our knitterly lives, but also a variety of posts tying together my passions for writing, photography, and my home state of Oregon.
Hello, dear knitters. The Bridgetown Cowl pattern has been published and is now available on Ravelry! This link gives you 25% off the regular price of $5.00 through Friday, June 8th (11:59 pm Pacific Time): Bridgetown Cowl.
The show-stopping Bridgetown Cowl is characterized by movement, color, and grace. This is the perfect pattern for that special skein of speckled or variegated yarn.
Make the two-color cowl for a color block effect or the four-color cowl for a stacked effect. The cowl is knit in the round from the bottom up, and the colors are worked by slipping stitches, so you only work one color at a time. This is one of those “bang for your buck” patterns!
• Use yarn with low to moderate twist, such as a single-ply yarn. The slipped stitch pattern works best with yarn that has some give and will relax in blocking.
• Use variegated or speckled yarn as the Background Color (BC).
• Use solid or tonal yarn for the Contrasting Color (CC) or Colors A, B, and C.
For Two-Color Cowl:
Background Color (BC): 1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (Fingering, 100% Merino, 420 yds/100 g) in Beautiful Liar. If substituting yarn, 190 yds (174 m)fingering weight yarn.
Contrasting Color (CC): 1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (Fingering, 100% Merino, 420 yds/100 g) in Coquette Deux. If substituting yarn, 145 yds (133 m) fingering weight yarn.
For Four Color Cowl:
Background Color (BC): 190 yards (174 m) fingering weight yarn.
Color A: 65 yards (60 m) fingering weight yarn.
Color B: 20 yards (18.3 m) fingering weight yarn.
Color C: 60 yards (55 m) fingering weight yarn.
I hope you will come check out this fun knit. This makes a great gift – but you should make one for yourself, too! Don’t forget to check out the knit-a-long while you’re at it.
I am so excited to introduce this upcoming design to you. This cowl pattern was so much fun to design, and it’s very fun to knit. I just want to share pictures with you right now. The pattern is to be released next Monday, June 4. Then I think I’ll tell you the story of its genesis and the inspirations for the design. For now, pictures. And an invitation to come join the KAL also starting June 4. We’ve started a thread in the Ravelry group, here: Bridgetown Cowl KAL. As always, there will be prizes and encouragement.
And now, pictures!
Katherine’s beautiful cowl:
Paula’s beautiful cowl:
This is my two-color cowl:
And the four-color cowl:
Tempted yet?? Look for the pattern release on June 4th. And come knit-a-long with us. You’ll be glad you did!
I hope this finds you well and enjoying the time of year when school is over or nearing its end, the flowers are blooming, and the temperatures are warming!
The Willamette Valley Tee is finally completed and photographed. I love how it looks on my friend Hydie. She’s so adorable and she’s an artistic soul herself. I think that shows in these pictures.
It has also gone through its first set of tech edits and is currently awaiting the final okay. Before the pattern can be published, however, it also needs to be test-knitted. A few lovely friends are testing it for me. These friends are wonderful test knitters, and their sweaters will be knit lovingly and well. However, I am looking for 2 more colorwork knitters to knit the size small (32-34 inch bust measurement).
The size small has about 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches positive ease built into the pattern.
The sweater is knit in the round, top-down, on size 4 circular needles using fingering weight yarn. The pattern calls for 10 colors, but fewer colors may be used. It also would be great for stash-busting.
If you are interested in testing the pattern or would like further information about test knitting, please contact me. You can leave me a message here on the blog or I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a fun cable-and-lace spa cloth. It knits up quickly and the stitch pattern is engaging. The vintage stitch pattern, Tilting Ladders, looks somewhat like the TARDIS, hence this pattern’s name: Wibbly Wobbly. If you’re not familiar with these allusions, I refer you to Doctor Who. Start with the Ninth Doctor (2005) and work your way through the seasons. Some of you probably grew up on Classic Who; the series has been around for over 50 years.
You can purchase this pattern for $1.50 on Ravelry. It will be free through 4/19/18; use the coupon code TimeyWimey at checkout.
I hope you have as much fun knitting this spa cloth pattern as I did. As always, it was test knitted and tech edited.
I’ll also be hosting a knit-a-long of the Wibbly Wobbly Spa Cloth in my Ravelry Group through May 15th. I’ll be offering some fun yarny prizes and some coupon codes. Come check out the group here for more details.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, and I hope to see you at the KAL!
It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to participate in a weekly photo challenge, so I’m happy to have had a few moments today to find these sunset captures to share with you.
In February, I took a few days of quiet retreat in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is a fishing port sitting on the mouth of the Columbia River near the Pacific Ocean. It has a great downtown for shopping as well as a boardwalk right on the river. These pictures were taken at the end of a peaceful and reflective evening walk – with peace and reflection being the essence of “sunset” to me.
Hello, dear friends! Easter is nearly upon us, and Holy Week is here. This means choir rehearsals and much singing for me over the next six days. It also means many happy memories of coloring Easter eggs, egg hunts, dresses made by Mom…
Every year Mom made me an Easter dress. I always loved the pretty fabrics and the pretty dress designs. Looking at the fabrics she chose – maybe she influenced me in my love of color. Did anyone else have this Easter tradition in your family? What other Easter traditions did you or do you have?
Speaking of Easter, my friend Torunn designed this adorable Easter egg hat pattern.
Good news, the Willamette Valley Tee is in testing!
After much thinking and problem-solving – and practically throwing in the towel – I realized that the pattern was already nearly written for size 38 – and I was confident that it would work in this size. So why not move forward and write the pattern for sizes 35 and 38?
Therefore, this design is available for sizes 35 and 38. The actual measurement of the sweater is 37 ¾ in. (39 ½ in.) at the bust, and could also work for those in the 32-34 in. range, if a looser fit is acceptable. The pattern uses fingering weight yarn on size 4 needles. It is written to use 10 colors, but fewer colors may be used. It also could be a stash buster.
A couple of people are testing the pattern, but I could use a couple more experienced colorwork testers. If you would like to test this sweater in one of these two sizes please let me know. I expect the test knit to run about 2 months.
Here’s the pre-blocking photo:
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Easter!