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Friday, June 7, 2013

Gingerbread Arm-Warmers are here!


I was so excited today when I opened my email and saw that my new pattern went live on the Knit Picks website.  This is my first contribution to the Independent Designer Program and the experience was so pleasant that I'll definitely contribute again.  These my friends are the Gingerbread Arm-Warmers, knit in Knit Picks Palette.  I have a definite addiction to Palette and I've got a basket full upstairs (no kidding...an entire basket).  I love to use Palette for colorwork because there are just so many beautiful shades and it's so reasonably priced.  It's also a little sticky so it's great for steeking.  I've knit vests, hand-warmers, socks, and lots of other things with my stash.  
These arm-warmers start at the elbow and work down to the hand.  The decreases are spread out over the entire length of the mitt so that it tapers gradually, and the colors are carried up the inside to reduce the number of strand you have to weave in when you finish.  The thumb gusset is placed in the anatomically correct position (where your thumb actually is, rather than on the side of the mitt).  The wrist has a fun fair-isle motif that helps pull it in a bit at the narrowest point without more decreasing/increasing.  If you're uncomfortable with stranding, you could leave that out and just stripe all the way up.  They also have longer than average hands so that they keep the chill away.  There pattern offers three sizes to fit hand circumferences of 8, 9, & 10 inches, and the fair-isle motif is charted. 

The pattern used less than half a ball of each of the following colors: 1988 Bison, 4908 Lady Slipper, ch30 Camel Heather, 2200 Fairy Tale, c850 Bittersweet Heather, & 8140 Cotton Candy.  I had enough yarn left over that I could make another full pair...maybe two more pairs!  However, if you don't have a lot of Palette leftovers littering your stash like I do, you can order a kit straight from Knit Picks or you can simply download the pattern and choose your own yarn to go with it. 

I am so happy with these, and it was a long process to get them published.  They're exactly like I envisioned them to be and I hope that you like them too.  And yes.  I realize that it's June, but fall will be here before you know it and you can get a head start on your next pair of arm-warmers.  You know they'd look amazing with that 3/4 coat/sweater/top you have in your closet ;)  

Stay tuned.  I'll have this baby up on Ravelry soon.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

glamorshots, lol

Yesterday I went up to deep Rhode Island to spend the day with the design team from Berroco.  I got to get all dolled up and try on sweaters for a cool little project that I probably shouldn't talk about right now ;)  But you'll be the first to know what I actually did when I get a green light.  What I CAN tell you is that I've never worn so much makeup in my life, lol.  My father-in-law almost didn't recognize me when he came to pick me up, and my husband replaced my old photo on his phone with this one :) 

I've never had my makeup professionally done before and I learned two things.  First, in order for makeup to look regular on film, you need to look like a floozie in real life, lol.  Second, it takes a heck of a long time to do a smoky eye so any makeup kit that says you can simply sweep it on is lying!  I lost count of how many layers of shadow she put on to get this look.  And boy, have I been putting my makeup on wrong all these years.  I guess that's what happens when you grow up a tomboy and can't be bothered to take the extra time in the mornings.  I'm lucky to do my hair most mornings.

In less fun events, I had to have a tooth extracted today so I can't talk much.  It's always at these times when you feel the uncontrollable urge to get someone on the phone, lol.  School starts again tomorrow, but my classes are online and my fingers work so I'm good.  So between now and when my text book arrives, I'll be finishing a sample knit and sleeping off some very good painkillers.