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Shhh…

Tue 10 Apr 2018 12:04pm

I’ve got a secret!

I’ll share it with you on Thursday April 12!

Stay tuned!

It’s super exciting!

 

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Sólbein Pattern Available!

Fri 06 Apr 2018 11:04am

My Sólbein Cardigan pattern is available for individual sale in my Ravelry Shop. Previously only available in Making Magazine No. 4 Lines, a gorgeous magazine worth picking up if you can still find a copy.
Sólbein is knit in the round, top down, so it’s easy to customize length. It is steeked, so you will have to cut your knitting, but no worries! A steeking tutorial is included.

Come on! It’s empowering to cut your knitting, soon you’ll be cutting up all your swatches!

New Newsletter!!!! A sign up for my newsletter at left or here.

I’ll be announcing new teaching dates, new patterns and all kinds of fun stuff. I won’t send too many I promise, but just as exciting BREAKING news happens and at least once a month in during the slow times.
Come on! Join the fun!

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Scandi Cowl

Wed 07 Feb 2018 02:02pm

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Scandi Cowl by popular demand! A cowl designed with motifs found in my book 150 Scandinavian Motifs.

Now found on Ravelry!

The prototype was spotted on the dress form during my Craftsy class Modern Stranded Colorwork. The poor girl was naked when we were showing the class project on screen so I wrapped her in the knitted swatches from my book. People clamored for that faux cowl! They were not satisfied with the fact that it was literally pages from my book. So I caved and I’ve written a pattern. To be honest, there was quite a bit of designing involved for the patterns to flow, so YOU WERE RIGHT!

I hope you like it!

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Ps. The hat is Pine Star also found on Ravelry.

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Oorik Swatching

Fri 02 Feb 2018 12:02pm

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I’m impulsive. I started my new Oorik for the KAL with ribbing from a WIP that had languished. Just the right number of stitches, a gorgeous Moss Heath green from Uradale Yarn, a 100% organic Shetland wool. Since I only have a few colors, the challenge is to make them work in a pleasing manner.

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I didn’t think I’d be able to just swap color for color to good effect. In the original there isn’t as much of a difference between darks and lights as my new group of colors. Three of my new colors are in the middle-dark range, with a big leap to the white. In the black and white image the red appears super dark, but we know by our eyes that it won’t just read as a neutral dark, it will pack a punch if knit in any great amount, just a single row of pattern stitches in the first border pattern illustrates this.

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That first border pattern is what I love. It’s exactly what I was looking for. The little bursts of red in the center cheer me to no end. I like the zigzag peerie pattern with green as the background too.

What comes next? I didn’t want to think. I was LAZY. My only thought…I need an instagram post! STUPID. Well actually the knitting was fun. Mindless zipping away…I knew the second border pattern wouldn’t work, but I thought maybe I’d surprise myself. Um…no.

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I think the red “cuts” the pattern, creating a red line, in large part because there are so many pattern stitches in that round. I also believe the lacy curves of the pattern don’t show up because they are only one stitch and they get lost. See the difference two stitches of the same color side by side makes in the first border pattern?

I also really dislike the wide white stripes between the border patterns and the peerie pattern, they become an annoying “feature” that does not occur in the original colorway.

So what have I learned? What do I teach my students? SWATCH FOR COLOR. You can wear your swatch as a wristlet! I could keep this swatch as a hat. It does not offend me that much…we’ll see…I’ve got the urge to rip. Ripping back can be cathartic.

I will indeed swatch on 48 stitches and go from there. Stay tuned!

Links

Oorik Pattern

From the book A Year of Techniques

Join the Oorik KAL

Steeking Tutorial on Mason Dixon Knitting

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