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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Busy busyness (business?) either way.

My friends, I've been updating like crazy around here and I'm sure you've noticed.  You're probably wondering where all this productivity is coming from.  Well, I'll tell you.  First, school started so naturally I'm knitting more instead of focusing on my studies.  I honestly don't know how I got through my undergrad work with a GPA as high as I did, lol.  Second, these are projects that I've been keeping quiet for a while.  Secret knitting is now being revealed! 

These are the Kinnikinnick Mitts, which are part of an ebook containing a matching hat and scarf.  I knit the sample about a month ago for Carol Sunday of Sunday Knits.  She is a very talented designer with her own yarn label!  These were knit with one skein each of Eden 3 ply and Nirvana 3 ply (well, more like half a skein, but since you can't buy half a skein we'll just call it one each).  The yarn comes in pretty, subtle colors which remind me a bit of the darker, more sophisticated colors of yarns like Debbie Bliss and Rowan.  They felt soft in the skein but got much softer as I knit with them.  And they're warm!!  Like, crazy-warm.  I seriously considered asking her to skip my payment and to let me keep the extra two skeins of yarn I got when we thought the post office had lost the first ones.  Seriously.  But unfortunately, Christmas is coming and I've got to buy gifts, lol.  Knit gifts alone don't cut it around here.

Anyway, the mitts (which are closer to arm-warmers in length) are quite comfortable, and feature an extra long cuff and a "welted thumb".  I'd never knit a thumb welt before and I had to pay close attention to that section.  I actually had to rip back because I was on autopilot and started working a traditional gusset.  The increases on a welt are placed on either side of two stitch markers, and the increase rounds are worked at a different ratio.  It was easy to do, but I had to pay attention.  The resulting thumb has a relaxed and comfortable fit.  The hand portion is also a little longer than usual, but I liked that.  These would be great for chilly mornings when I walk Alex to school.  I could definitely see myself wearing this (unlike some of the samples I've knit before, lol), and it was hard to mail these back.  As soon as I get time, I'm going to knit myself a pair.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Mabel's Closet

photo is property of Hannah Fettig aka Knitbot
Hannah Fettig, of Knotbot fame has a new pattern book called Mabel's Closet, which is soon to be released.  It's inspired by her new baby girl, and features the cutest, prettiest, most classic garments you could ever knit for a baby girl.  I was really excited to see the preview, so I entered a contest to win a copy...AND I WON!!  Shut the front door people!  I've never won a blog contest, and if I was ever going to win one, this is a good one to start with, lol. 

You see, there are a lot of people having babies right now, and I love having simple, elegant patterns to knit pieces that can pass down from one baby to the next.  This little collection includes an adorable swing coat, and a jumper, and the cute little beret you see on the cover.  Oh, and a simple little blanket.  There is no shortage of cute in this collection.  And thanks to Hannah, and Quince & Co, I'll have a pretty little tote to carry it around in too :)  Thanks again Hannah!!

Oh.  And in an unrelated note, the Elizabeta Knee-highs are now available to the public, lol.  You can find the pattern download here

Thursday, November 15, 2012

more expressions

So you think angry eyebrows are hilarious, but you're not all that impressed yet.  Maybe you don't want everyone to think you're ticked off all the time.  Maybe they already do and you don't want to confirm their suspicion (happens to me all the time, lol).  Well then, have I got a deal for you!

Introducing expressions hats, now with even more expressions.  (Sounds just like an info-mercial, right?)  These represent most of the other designs I worked on in secret this fall.  Starting from the top and working our way down, we have the Groucho Marx eyebrows for the perfect bushy-man-eyebrow expression.  Next up we have the Girly eyebrow, perfect for the lady of the house.  Finally we have the Unibrow, because every small child should experience the self-esteem shattering effects of a unibrow...how else will they grow up to be a productive, neurotic member of society, lol.  I've got one more hat with one of my favorite expressions still to come.  Alex wore it to school today so it wasn't available for photos.  He wears it every day.  He loves this thing, lol.

Test knitting has started and I hope to be able to release these before the end of the year.  Then you can make a bunch, and use them like mood-hats!  No one will ever have to guess how you're feeling ever again ;)


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Express yourself

I've been working on a sweet little pattern in secret, and I'm really excited to share a little bit with you.  You may recall my obsession with the Incognito Cowl from Knitty.  I even knit one for each of the boys but they found the yarn too itchy and I had to rip them back.  It was a sad sad day for all concerned, but I digress.  I remember thinking "you know what would be awesome?...a matching hat with eyebrows!"  Then I got off the computer and went to do something, never following up on that sweet, sweet idea.  Every time I'd scroll through Ravelry and come across one of those cowls, I'd remember my idea, and then get up to go make lunch. 

Finally, the day came that I could stand it no longer!  I contacted the designer of the Sweetest Cowl In The World, told her about my idea, and asked her blessing to move forward on my own design (because it was clearly inspired by her original work, and frankly it's more polite to ask first).  She graciously agreed and I cast on IMMEDIATELY.  I sketched eyebrow charts and embroidered hats, and striped, and decreased, and ripped back, and started over again.  I knit hats for 10 straight days.  Everyone in my house now owns a hat with eyebrows on it.  It was so much fun.  I've got five different eyebrow motifs to choose from, and one (a reject from one of my four attempts at the perfect 'angry eyebrow') is sure to be a popular selection (think reality t.v., and New Jersey, lol).

My original plan was to submit this design to Knitty so these patterns could live happily ever after, together under the watchful eye of Amy (the super-sweet editor).  But then I thought about it and realized that I just couldn't wait and I really wanted to release them sooner than that.  And I put the baby hat on an actual baby and took a picture and I really wanted to show everyone how hilarious it all is...so I've decided to release this independently.  Testing starts this week.  I hope to wrap it up by December 1st and have this pattern out in time for last minute gift ideas, lol. 

So with that in mind, I give you... The Angry Baby