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Sea Urchin Treasure Bag

Wed 16 Nov 2016 05:11pm

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Sea Urchin Treasure Bag is a new pattern of mine found in Making Vol.2: Fauna. My essay describing the magic of the annual sheep shearing on Nash Island, in downeast Maine is also included in the issue.

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Making Vol.2: Fauna, is rich with projects and inspiration, as is always the case with Carrie Bostick Hoge’s publications. For me FAUNA is an especially compelling subject, a tribute to the various creatures that intrigue and inspire us, either at our homes or in the wild. I’ll leave you with some eye candy. I suggest ordering your copy today before it is sold out!

©Carrie Bostick HogeFox ToothStag Pullover
©Carrie Bostick Hogebutterfly and cocoon©Carrie Bostick Hoge

Making is a bi-annual themed publication for knitters and makers. 

Order your copy here:

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All photos @Carrie Bostick Hoge

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Sigla

Fri 14 Oct 2016 08:10am

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I’m  honored to have been invited to contribute a design for the Istex 25th Anniversary Celebration. You know them as the makers of your favorite Icelandic yarn, Lopi,Léttlopi, Bulkylopi, Einband lace yarn and Plötulopi, unspun roving.

For Sigla, I wanted to make a sweater that was as quick to knit as Stopover. I wanted a graphic modern geometric look, being influence from working on Geo Knits, my new book. I chose a pattern motif that I think looks better from the top down, triangles shapes – like sails. The very top of a top-down triangle motif is especially crisp and sharp, exactly what I wanted. So as a result the sweater is knit entirely in the round from the top down. I made the triangles encircle the yoke like a fleet of sailboats! Hence the name, Sigla means sail in Icelandic!

Sigla is available in my Ravelry shop where I hope you’ll buy it, and also on the Istex website.

I had delusions that I would make a new one for Rhinebeck this weekend, but no…unless I can make one on the drive there…never say never!

I’ll be signing copies of my new book Saturday.

 

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Sigla, an Istex 25th Anniversary Celebration Design

A lopapeysa with a modern geometric yoke. Worked entirely in the round from the top down. The loose gauge promises a quick knit and an exceptionally lightweight garment.

Finished Size S (M, L, XL) Bust 37 (40½, 44¼, 48) in, 94 (103, 112.5, 122) cm.
Length to Armhole 13½ (13¾, 14, 14¼) in, 34 (35, 35.5, 36) cm.
Sleeve Length 17½ (17¾, 18, 18½) in, 44.5 (45, 45.5, 47) cm.
Yarn Léttlopi 1.7 oz (50g) balls, 109yds (100m); 5 (6, 6, 7) balls in
#56 Light Grey Heather (MC), 1 ball each in #1414 Violet Heather, #1416 Moor, #9427 Rust Heather, and 9426 Golden Heather.
Needles US 10½ (6.5mm) 16 and 32 inch (40cm, 80cm) circular needles and 1 set dpns, US 9 (5.5mm) 16in (40cm) circular needle and 1 set US 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles – or needle size necessary to get gauge.
Gauge 13 sts and 18 rounds = 4x4in (10×10) cm in stockinette st on US10½ (6.5mm) needles.
Notions Stitch markers, 2 stitch holders or pieces of scrap yarn, tapestry needle.

Note Body is worked in the round from the top down. Stitches are put on holders for each sleeve while the body is knit to the bottom ribbing. Sleeve stitches are then picked up and knit down to cuff.

This pattern is released jointly with Istex and Mary Jane Mucklestone and is formatted with Istex branding.

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MJ’s Vogue Knitting Live Instagram Takeover

Tue 11 Oct 2016 10:10am

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Instagram Takeover of Vogue Knitting Live! Tuesday October 11! Celebrating the upcoming Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis, my @mjmucklestone Instagram followers can get 50% off all Marketplace tickets by entering the code: MARYJANE

Hope to see you there!

Vogue Knitting Live Minneapolis
November 3-6
Registration, classes, and shopping will be held in the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.

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Hello Station Wagon Blanket!

Mon 10 Oct 2016 02:10pm

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I’ve got an easy-peasy super fun project in Mason-Dixon Knitting’s Field Guide No. 1: Stripes.
You got it – stripes – Stripes are what I always knit before I knew how to do stranded knitting. You might say stripes drove me to stranded knitting, because I eventually got tired of knitting them and branched out. I enjoyed knitting many many projects featuring stripes though and I’ve come back around to them. There are so very many variations you can do, endless joy and experimentation  with color, proportion and texture.

When I was little my grandparents lived across the Sound at a place in the woods called Harper. It was dreamy land, a little cordwood house tucked in the wilds (you can see a picture of it on my Pinterest). Of course their car was a Woody. Kids and dogs would pile in the back and we’d bounce down to the beach and spend the day. On our return, with hair full of sand, salty skin smeared with seaweed, we’d bundle in the back swathed in colorful camp blankets that lived in the car – pure comfort and shimmering stripes.

When Kay and Ann asked me to design a blanket, I thought of those endless beachy days and those blankets. I wanted the making of the blanket to be as carefree as the memories. I’d just fallen in love with stripes all over again after working on my new book (yes!) Geo Knits. Squishy 3-D garter stitch stripes are my current favorite, I love the wrong-side-is-as pretty-as-the-right-side aspect. I made a decision for the strips to be joined from the wrong side, making Station Wagon Blanket even more reversible – now each side has a “wrong side” element. Choosing the colors and experimenting with the stripe patterns was really fun, I hope you like them. There’s lots of room for your own color choices and flourishes for a custom Station Wagon Blanket.

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides are just my thing. I love a sweet little book, like a cozy blanket they bring comfort and a feeling of security. Honesty. I’m going to collect them all.

Field Guide No. 1 has other really great projects you’ll want to make too.

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Left: Breton Cowl, Antonia Shankland  Right: Squad Mitts, Ann Weaver

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