Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Patterns and Stitches

Now that my knitting for StellaPop is finished, I can focus on my own designs. I returned to a design I had started before the push of knitting full-sized sweaters in sock weight yarn hit, and here it is: my Unisex Striped Hoodie, available (again) on Ravelry.

The construction of this sweater required taking detailed notes so that it made sense, and there was a certain amount of frogging and re-working. Also, my initial concept of varied stripes didn't look as good in reality as it did in my mind (what does?).

I feel like I've gotten my design mojo back as I'm going full speed ahead with another design. That will have to wait until I get back from.....

Stitches East!

Tomorrow, Colleen and I drive up to Hartford for classes, shopping, knitting talk, hanging out, shopping, touching yarn, shopping. We both feel like kids on Christmas Eve.

And speaking of Christmas, New Year's follows, and for this year, my resolution is start to knit my way through Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and write about the patterns and the experience here. There are 500 different patterns in this book which means more than one a day; I don't think that's going to happen, so we're probably looking at a two-year project. And along the way, I'm going to learn more about how yarn sits on the needles than I ever imagined, even after all these years of knitting. Between this and my 50-Sock project and designing, I think I can keep myself busy and out of trouble.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Current Work, Patterns, and Yarn

I've been busy, working on knitting for StellaPop and also working on my own designs.

My Sunset Lace Stole is in my Ravelry Store (and you all know how easy it is to join Ravelry). This turned out very well, and I'm pleased because I can wear it as a stole or as a scarf in this transitional weather. The yarn is Article 960 from Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing, color #128 Passion, and it is wonderful: fine, light weight mercerized cotton with a great hand and an amazing color progression.

I also put out my pattern for Binky Buddy, also available in my Ravelry Store, and I think it's a good one, too.