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Colorwork Tee Update

Hi dear knitters and friends!  I am happy to report the progress on the Colorwork Tee! Sleeves have been placed on waste yarn, and I’ve worked about an inch more.  Testers will be needed before long (for size 38, and possible for sizes 32 and 40).  I need to work out some technical difficulties (i.e., purchase a new laptop with better capability, as currently the charting software makes my computer freeze up), and then I can get the tester’s pattern ready to go.  Yippee skippy!!!sleeve

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Tinking

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Posted in colorwork, Oregon

…and we have color!

And we have color in the Colorwork Tee!  I’m at a place in the design where I can just start working from the needles (as opposed to drawing out a chart first).  I am excited to be working with Bronze again as well as to be adding in some Marine.   Unfortunately last weekend I got ahead of myself and divided for sleeves too early, so a lot of time was spent placing stitches back on the needles.

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My younger son claimed this green Wayfarer The Wayfarer Hat as his own.  I think it fits his style…

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Jen finished her hat and posted this pic on her Ravelry page.  Love this picture!

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Also over the weekend, DH and I went to the Coast and the weather was perfect for hiking and photography. Here is one picture of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  More pictures will follow in a future post.

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!  I hope you have a joyful week!!!

Posted in Color, fiber festivals, knitting, The Creative Process, The Design Process, yarn

2016 – Possibilities

The last six weeks have been a whirlwind.  Finally now I’ve enjoyed a few moments to catch my breath, to reflect, and to look forward to possibilities for the new year.  Not to go into too much detail right now, as the upcoming designs are still shadowy and lurking around in my brain, waiting to take form…but I wanted to share with you the palettes I will be playing with…and I’m sure that other ideas will crowd in and push some of these further down the line, but for now, here are some possibilities for 2016.

These are a few of the skeins I picked up at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival in November.  I believe they will become a two-color yoked sweater, with the green as the main color.  I haven’t decided whether the yoke will be striped, a stranded design, or some sort of mosaic knitting.  I’m sort of picturing a honeycomb type of pattern using slipped stitches for the yoke – maybe.

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These yarns are also set aside for sweaters, perhaps with a lace or cable panel.  I couldn’t decide on color, so picked up both:

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I also want to experiment with an allover lace pattern for this lovely Shibui yarn.  You can see the ready-to-wear sweater that’s inspiring me in the upper corner.  I may or may not knit the linen and the mohair together.  The colors are amazing in real life.

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And I am so thrilled to be working on the colorwork tee again.  Christmas knitting, among other things, took me away from it.  But I’m back!  And my tension is more even now.  Woot!  I am hopeful that testing can begin on it once I have placed the sleeves on waste yarn and joined for the body.

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Other possibilities: fingerless mitts related to the colorwork tee, fingerless mitts inspired by this design inspiration session with friend and fellow designer Marie Greene, a pencil skirt related to the The Wayfarer Hat and the Passport Mitts, and, possibly, a cabled home decor project using Weston Hill Farm cottage spun yarn.

On a related note, I am hoping to attend Rhinebeck New York Sheep and Wool Festival in October and the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival in November.  I have written before on how wonderful fiber festivals are: Fiber Festivals as Travel Destinations.  I hope also to hit the Rose City Yarn Crawl March 3-6 and the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Barn Sale this summer.

I would love to hear from you if any of the above colorways/palettes speak to you.  And are you planning to attend any fiber-related events this year?  So many possibilities!

Posted in design, knitting, knitting patterns, pattern, The Creative Process, The Design Process

What’s in the Hopper

Hi everyone!  It has been a busy week as I’ve been working behind the scenes getting the Passport Mitts pattern ready for general release.

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I’ve been working with the large size to get that motif centered on the back of the hand, and I’m very happy with the solution.  Now to finish up the rewriting and to send the draft to the tech editor tonight.

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I will announce the release here as well as on Ravelry.  I can’t wait!!!  We’re also having a knitalong in my Ravelry group starting October 1st.  Look for more information here in the days to come!

Although it has taken a backseat for a few days, here is the progress on the Colorwork Tee:

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This weekend I will be playing with numbers, measurements, calculations, and ordering some more Sunday Knits yarn.  I can’t wait to move ahead with this!

I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you soon!

Posted in colorwork, design, knitting, The Creative Process, The Design Process

Colorwork Tee Progress

Progress

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I’m pleased to report that progress is being made on the colorwork tee design I’m working on.  Fabric is taking shape!

The Sweater

Here is the back of the sweater so far, designed using information garnered from the swatch discussed in What I Learned from the Swatch.  Soon the sweater will transition into the Espresso and Carrot colorways (see end of post).

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The sweater front is top secret for now (!)

I’m planning to write the pattern in at least three sizes which will approximate women’s small, medium and large.   As I get further along, I’ll know whether I will be able to add in any other sizes.  If you are interested in test-knitting, please let me know – although right now, given that the unexpected often occurs during the design process, I don’t know exactly when the test will start.  More info to come later.

I’m so excited to see the finished sweater design and pattern!  Thanks for taking a look with me!

Sand, Espresso, Pickle, Black, Lagoon, Melon, Earth, Carrot, Moss, Bronze, Rose, Mist