Finished some things last night. New things start today.
Archive for the ‘Shrugs’ Category
I’ve been neglecting this blog, and I feel awful for that, as it’s usually a big highlight of my week to sit down and write an entry. All I can say on that matter is do not get the flu, no matter how nicely you’re asked to. I named mine Charo and she was an unwelcome guest for nearly a month. And then we went away for Thanksgiving and that was another week of no writing.
But I’m back, Charo is gone, and things are pretty darn good. So many items of business to attend to that got lost in the time I was busy lying in bed and hating life!
One, I got to test knit a wonderful new pattern from Pam at Flint Knits. And I can’t post the picture here right now because it’s a surprise for Mr. Kninja, who doesn’t look at my Flickr stream unprovoked, but who does read this blog. If you’d like to see the awesomeness of this adorable pattern, though, here’s a link to my Ravelry project page. If you’re interested in the pattern, Pam should be releasing it very soon and it’s so fast that you still have enough time to whip up a few before the holidays are upon us in earnest.
Two, now that I’m well and upright again, I can get some modeled shots of the new Susan Scarf I made for the sake of creating a PDF version of the pattern that is charted and much clearer than my original messy “here’s what I did” instructions. I knit the new version in Rowan Kidsilk Aura, which I really like for this scarf as it is lightweight, warm, and blocks well. And since I used only two skeins it makes for a luxurious project that doesn’t break the bank. I’m hoping to get the PDF up in about a week as a holiday gift. There may be another little freebie depending on how fast I can work.
I’m starting work on my yearly unsolicited gifts for knitters list. I figure that while no one has ever asked me to do it, two years in a row makes it a tradition, and I enjoy looking up fun stuff to recommend.
There are a couple more finished projects that have gone unmentioned on the blog. I knew I wanted to knit something for my mother in law for Christmas, and after coercing my husband into interrogating his mother and spending an ungodly amount of time lurking around on The Fiber Fix‘s website, I settled on Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in Luminous Heart, a gorgeous purple and brown combo. I had intended to make a Milkweed Shawl out of the yarn, but Mr. Kninja told me his mother would like something I’d designed myself, so I whipped up my fifth Clothilde. Holy cats! Much to my pleasant surprise, the variegated yarn looked good with the Clothilde pattern.
Luminous Heart really is luminous. This is some truly gorgeous yarn, and I can’t wait to get ahold of some for myself, perhaps to finally make that Milkweed Shawl! Small shawls really do make excellent gifts. They knit up fast, hold interest for the knitter, and can be made using a single skein of sock yarn. I’ve got a little shawl crazy this year with the gifts, but I can’t resist.
I also whipped up a little bolero for Eleanor on a whim, using slightly less than a skein of Malabrigo Gruesa and some handspun held with RYC Soft Lux for the edging. It was an excellent stashbuster and looks super cute on Nora.
That’s all for now! I hope to get a lot more modeled shots in the days to come and will have my Unsolicited List of Gifts for Knitters up shortly. Take care!
Finally released! I had wonderful test knitters for this one, and a great tech editor, Lauren. I hope you’ll enjoy knitting Entrechat as much as I did. This is a pattern that looks considerably more complicated than it really is. The bulky yarn means it knits up fast, and the cables look impressive, but are not terribly difficult.
In ballet, entrechat describes a jump in which the dancer leaps straight upward, crossing his or her legs several times in the air. The cables in Entrechat are reminiscent of this beautiful movement, crossing and uncrossing from arm to arm. Entrechat is knit flat in one piece and then seamed before the ribbed edging is picked up and knit in the round. You’ll want to pick a soft, thick yarn like Malabrigo Chunky, that feels great against the skin and makes for a luxurious winter cover up. This is a great garment for holiday parties, where you may want to wear a short sleeved or sleeveless and garment without freezing.
Small (28-34 inch bust), Medium (36-42 inch bust), Large (40-46 inch bust), Extra Large (46-52 inch bust)
Width at widest part of arm: 12”, 13.5”, 15.25”, 16.75”
There is some overlap between sizes. As the shrug does not actually cover the bust, the arm measurements may be more pertinent.
- 400 (450, 500, 560) yds bulky weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Chunky Merino 100% merino, 104 yds per 100g skein in color Emerald, 4 skeins used
- 1 set of U.S size. 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles, straight or circular
- 1 U.S. size 10 (6 mm) circular needle, 30 inches
- cable needle
- stitch markers
- tapestry needle
11 sts by 17 rows on size 10.5 needles = 4 inches in stockinette stitch (Remember to wash and block your gauge swatch.)
A note on yarn selection: Be sure to choose a yarn that will feel soft against your skin. The shrug is close fitting, and if the yarn is at all scratchy, it will become very uncomfortable when worn over a short sleeve top.
Requires ability to read charts.
$6.50 US dollars
Entrechat is finally out for test knitting and tech editing, so a big old woot! on that one! I know it’s not when I’d hoped to have it released, but it will be out soon.
I finished the February baby sweater in Wool Candy. I love the yarn very much – it blocked out nicely, the color is marvelous, and it is so, so soft. Perfect baby yarn. I have enough leftover for a bonnet and booties, so I’m going to make a full set.
I need to get a close up on the buttons. They’re very pretty. I originally bought them for Maude Louise the first, but they were far too small, and I had to change them out. I’m glad to finally put them to use, and especially on a garment I’d hoped to make very special.
There’s not a lot to be said about the pattern that hasn’t already been said. This is my second February baby sweater, so I was more ready to change things to suit me. And I remembered to start the button holes early on, rather than waiting for the pattern to tell me to. It’s important to read through the whole thing before you start, so that you won’t be surprised when you realize you’re several inches in and haven’t placed a button hole. At least it is if you happen to be me.
I don’t have a current picture, but I’m also working on a fun test knit for Stephen over at Westknits. These are mitts with a cool stripe and lattice pattern called the Diamondback mitts, and they are so quick, and such a great stashbuster. I’m using leftover RYC Soft Lux together with Kool Aid dyed Rowanspun held double with Shibuiknits Sock. I love how they look like crazy candy canes! The first mitt is done and Mr. Kninja surprised me by asking for a pair – two pair, actually. He loves the way the lattice looks like architectural struts, holding up the striped material. He’s planning on rooting through my stash later to find the perfect colors.
Here’s what it looked like when I was just getting started and also could not focus my camera. Because I am awesome that way.
I think these will match my coat, which is very, very red. Plus they are festive and warm and wonderful. The pattern will be released very soon, so keep your eye on the pattern page at Ravelry.
I’m very far behind schedule on the Entrechat pattern, but we’re getting close to the finish line now. Mr. Kninja and the kids and I went down to the beach this morning to shoot pictures for the pattern. I felt pretty silly wandering around Albany beach in a flowing white dress, but I wanted something that would contrast with the teal nicely. Here are some of the pictures. You can click through to see the rest!
Lesson of the day: hair that stays relatively flat at home is not necessarily going to lie flat on a windy beach!
I started a Ravelry group, Dangerous With Pointy Sticks, for anyone interested in Knitting Kninja patterns, whether as a knitter, test knitter, or just as one of my friends! I figured that with the number of emails and private messages I get regarding my patterns these days, it might make more sense to run individual threads for each pattern so people can search for tips and ideas there. I plan on offering test knitting opportunities to the group first, and this way the test knitters will be able to consult and compare with each other as well as with me.
The kids have started back at school, but so have I, so while I have a little more time during the day, it’s still pretty busy around here. Nonetheless, I hope to keep moving and to have more patterns available on a fairly regular rotation. Happy knitting, and I hope to see you in my group!
Oh, and here’s a picture of the front of the shrug, as per requests, complete with the slightly strained smile of a woman wearing wet wool in August.
This isn’t a real picture. Or rather, it is a real picture, but it’s a placeholder until I can do a detailed photo shoot. I finished the new version of the Erin Shrug and am now getting to work on writing up a pattern. Whee! I’m very, very happy with the Malabrigo Chunky used for this version, as it has just the right gauge and stretch for what I wanted. I have not blocked the shrug yet, because I’m a little afraid of smushing the cables, but I think I probably will get to that this week.
You can’t see it in this picture, because well, this is what happens when you demand that your husband take a picture as he’s heading out the door in the morning, but the collar has been altered from the previous incarnation and is now, with the help of short rows, tall and sophisticated. The sleeves are seamed, but the sewing required is fairly simple and minimal.
Now, normally when I write up a pattern, the name is all picked out, but in this case, I’m feeling like the Erin Shrug doesn’t really work, and I need your help. It’s a minor contest. Post a suggestion of a name in the comments section of this post, and I’ll pick three people at random (and one at not-so-random) to win a free copy of the Clothilde pattern. The main feature of this shrug is the cables, of course, and the way they flow from one side to the other. It makes me think of dancing and of water, but I’ve got nothing so far. With luck, and your help, the pattern will be pulled together soon, and I can get it out for tech editing and test knitting right quick!
Edited to add: I’ll run this for a week, which I forgot to mention up front. Also, if your name is picked and you already bought a copy of Clothilde, please let me know and I can send you one of my other patterns, or you can give the Clothilde pattern as a gift.