Current Projects, Daily Life, De-Stashing yarn, Designing, Knitting, Paid Knitting Patterns, Reviews

The Circle of Yarn

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From the day we arrive at the yarn store, and blinking, step in through the wool, there’s more to knit than can ever be knit, more to spin than can ever be spun; It’s the cirrrrrrrcle of yarrrrrn, and it moves us allll…

Speaking of the circle of life, I’ve been trying to film a new episode of my video podcast for the longest time. Apparently, however, having three children makes it difficult to find an hour of quiet in which I also look presentable to be on camera. Who knew?

So, I’ve decided to update my podcast via blog. That’s not to say videos are gone forever, but at least you won’t all think i’ve disappeared into my stash, never to be seen again!

Today will just be a general progress update, but be on the lookout for future posts about fun things like trend alerts, tips & tutorials, and maybe (if I get the courage up!) even some interviews with some of my favorite indie designers!

For now, let’s talk about some designs that have been published since the last podcast, as well as what’s in store for Everyday Yarnworks.

Trust Fall

“Trust Fall” is a new sock pattern that features spiraling dropped stitches over the front of the leg, and comfy ribbing on the back of the leg and sole. It’s a fun design in which I ask you to be a little brave and trust me – let the stitches drop!

 

 

In the projects category, I decided to try my first Stephen West design when I saw the Marled Mania Cardigan .

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The colors are a bit outside of what I would normally use, but I decided on this project because I have quite a few partial or whole skeins of yarn that are either leftovers, or that I purchased from dyers with a design in mind and the design didn’t work out. These are all yarns that have been sitting in my stash for a few years (with the exception of the one all the way to the right in this photo! That was a swap skein), and I want to make sure these pretties actually get used!

My thoughts so far: The pattern lists total estimated yardage, as well as yardage if you use the recommended specialty yarn (Quing Fibres Melted Baby Suri), but because it doesn’t specify the amounts for JUST the yoke, JUST the cuffs etc, I had to re-work the yoke. I wanted it to be the plain royal blue you see below:

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(Yarn is Knit Picks Capretta in the Celestial colorway)

But, obviously I didn’t have enough. So I frogged the entire yoke (let me tell you, frogging a double stranded knit into two single strand balls, which is what’s happening in that photos, was almost enough to make me ditch the project altogether!) and started again with 1 strand of blue and one of a variegated indie dyed skein.

This is definitely going to be a longterm project, but it works well when I need something to knit on in the dark while I watch a movie at night. It’s basically just garter stitch with ribbing under the arms and smidge of basic shaping, so if you can knit by feel and use distinguishing stitch markers it’s a great potato chip knit.

 

More projects will come, but for now I hope you enjoyed catching up a little!

Is there anything from the podcast you miss that you’d like to see here? Drop me a comment and let me know!

 

Current Projects, Daily Life, Designing, Housekeeping, Knitting, Paid Knitting Patterns, Yarn & Fiber Dyeing

Concept Exhaustion

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I believe it’s important for small business owners to be transparent about the way running a small business really is. Now, my businesses are VERY small; I believe they’re what are called micro businesses, since i’m the sole proprieter, operator, designer, dyer.. you get the point! The above photo is a pretty good representation of my designer brain today, so buckle up!

I’ve been pushing pretty hard on the design front for a little over a year now, having been designing off and on for about 3-4 years, and let me tell you, sometimes you just hit a roadblock. My current roadblock is having too many ideas to choose from design wise, and pretty much zero time to make them happen.  (Granted, many designers would take all the ideas as a blessing, as dry spells come too; then you’re waiting around for inspiration to hit!)

I have a notebook full of ideas, a spreadsheet of at least 18 designs i’m 100% sure I want to make a reality, and more i’m not sure whether I want to pursue or not. I know designs and projects can only be worked on one at a time, but I want to pursue them all while raising 3 small children (4.5 years, 2 years, and 10 weeks). Oh, and i’m also trying to keep up with an Indie dyeing business. And clean the house and feed the people who live in it.

See what I mean?

Today, for example, I think I knit about half a row of a 100 stitch project. So maybe 50 stitches today. Do you have any idea how long a fingering weight shawl would take at that speed? I’ll grant you, today involved food shopping, a business chat with other designers, and kids who wouldn’t nap, BUT, it’s easy to focus on what isn’t getting done. (Told you guys this was partially about processing!)

So, anyway, where do you go when you’ve got a spaghetti brain, a zillion ideas, and no way to make them a reality? That’s a good question, and i’ll let you know when (if!) I find the answer.

I imagine that design-wise my plan will be to pick the design that sings to me and work on it from start to finish. Just one. I’m the queen of a zillion WIPs (I literally have 30 entered in Ravelry, and i’m sure there’s a few lurkers that I haven’t entered (or that are from my pre-Rav days, which is frightening, since I got on it when it was in beta testing). So, for me, working on one project start to finish is a challenge, but possible.

For now, it’s 11:30 pm and i’m going to go to bed.

Current Projects, Designing, Free Knitting Pattern, Knitting

New Free Knitting Pattern: Mitts for Juliet

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Sneaking out on a balcony at night to whisper (or shout) sweet nothings to your love can be chilly business! These thick Mitts will keep you warm! They knit up quickly, and would make wonderful gifts for friends and loved ones.

This pattern is written for two sizes: a Women’s Small/Medium, and a Women’s Medium/Large, which also fits a Men’s Small/Medium. Instructions for the larger size will be in parentheses. Where there is only one set of instructions, they apply to both sizes.

Materials:

  • 100-115 yds Super Bulky Yarn (I used Paton’s Colorwul)
  • 1 set US 10.5 (6.5 mm) DPNs
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 15 sts/20 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch Knit in the Round.

Stitches and Abbreviations:

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • St – Stitch
  • M1R – insert left needle from back to front into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop.
  • M1L – insert left needle from front to back into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop through the back loop.
  • Cast off- use your preferred cast off method. It needs to be a little stretchy because of the k1, p1, ribbing.

 

Pattern

Left Hand:
Using a cabled cast on, Cast on 24 (28) stitches.
Place beginning of round marker, and work a k1,p1 rib for 6 rounds
Next 14 (16) rounds: knit every stitch

Thumb Gusset:
Increase Round: k9 (11), place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker k14 (16) – 26 (30) total sts
Next round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go
*Increase Round: k9 (11), M1R, knit to next Marker, M1L, k14 (16) – 28 (32) total sts
Next Round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go*

Repeat rounds from * to * until you have a total of 9 (11) stitches between your markers, ending with an even knit round.

Next Round: k9 (11), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k14 (16)

Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches
Work k1, p1 rib for 4 rounds

Cast off.

Right Hand:

Work as for left hand, but reverse the thumb placement in this manner: k14 (16) sts, place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker, k9 (11).

Continue to increase every other round, but begin each round with k14 (16), and end with k9 (11).
Next Round: k14 (16), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k9 (11).
Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches
Work k1, p1 rib for 4 rounds

Cast off.

Thumb (Both Hands):

Move all 9 (11) held thumb stitches from waste yarn on to DPNs
Round 1: K1, p1 around, picking up 3 stitches over cast on gap to close the thumb hole 12 (14) total stitches
Round 2: (k1, p1) 4 (5) times, k2tog, p1, k2tog (this ssk is worked over the last stitch from this round, and the first stitch of the next round. Beginning of round moves one stitch to the left. 10 (12) total thumb stitches.
Rounds 3-5: p1, k1 round

Bind off and weave in all ends.

 


 

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