Monday, November 28, 2011

save the date: Knit 1 LA trunk show

For those of you who live in the LA area stop by The Little Knittery December 7th from 6-9pm for the first annual Knit 1 LA trunk show.

You all know how much I love a good super chunky yarn and how much I use Cascade's Magnum Super Chunky! So on hand I'll have new designs using Magnum and the samples for some of my most popular patterns that use Magnum as well.

One of my new designs is this free pattern for an open work infinity scarf. Made using 1 skein of Magnum & #19's it's an easy project and a great gift.


the Openwork Infinity Scarf

Materials:
1 skein Magnum Super Chunky by Cascade (123yds)
#19 needles. The piece is worked flat so either straight or circular needles are fine.
Finished measurements: 8.75"x @67" (before folding)

Cast on 12 sts.
Row 1: Sl 1 (slip stitch as if to purl), *K1, (yo, k2tog) twice; repeat from * end k1
Repeat Row 1 every row until you have enough yarn left to bind off. Bind off.
Sew ends together to make a giant loop (see pic below), wear & enjoy!





 Here's a shortened version of the Openwork Cowl. This I worked for @ 24" and it took about 40 yards of Magnum by Cascade.


I also reworked the Misti Net Scarf in Magnum to have at the show and I really like the results! The Magnum version is very lightweight and lofty for such a large scarf. Again, an easy 1 skein project that makes a great gift! (pattern below)









the Open Work Scarf

Materials:
1 skein Magnum Super Chunky by Cascade (123yds)
#19 circular needles. I would use at least a 29" since the scarf is worked lengthwise.
Finished measurements: 5"(not pulled) x @103" (w/out fringe)

Note: these scarves are worked lengthwise.

Cast on 100 stitches.
Row 1: Sl 1 (purlwise), * yo, k2tog * k1
Repeat this row 10 times. 
Bind off.

I used one strand of yarn per fringe piece. I liked a more raw edge to the fringe so I pulled the yarn instead of cutting it. Attach fringe, wear & be warm!

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

inspiration

When you think of Los Angeles you might think of many obvious things (movie stars, palm trees, freeways) but you probably don't think of things like horses or rivers. Fortunately for me I have both in my neighborhood and I find them to be a source of inspiration.

The river around here is beautifully overgrown with many varieties of birds.

Few people realize how big of an equestrian community exists in Los Angeles with a sizable one right in my neighborhood, actually right out my sister's door. She lives in an area of my neighborhood where you can keep horses on your property and this is where I spend a good part of the day, with my girls, my sister and the horses in our neighborhood.

 
A Roan, Palamino & Spanish/Andalusian

Crazy to think in a major city you can have that; here I live in this sprawling city with all a city has to offer and yet every day I get to interact with these beautiful animals and have access to this wonderful river making me feel I'm not in a city at all. And while you may not see a horse inspired theme in my work (although my girls would love a cowichan style sweater with horses on it) the calmness I feel being around them & the river inspires me.

 The alleyway we walk to get to the arena & the river.

 A couple of new boys.

Valentino, such a sweetheart.

The girls with their favorites.

I  couldn't help post a pic of the roses that are in bloom from our yard. They almost look fake but they smell divine! What a treat and in November!

And finally, nothing will make you feel older than when your niece has a baby making you a great aunt! How is that great aunt sounds older than grandma or grandpa?! Anyway she had a beautiful baby boy and since I can't remember the last time I knit something for a baby boy I'm sure I'll have a new baby design in the near future!



Monday, November 07, 2011

Updates


I'm in the process of cleaning house & updating patterns. I've listed the most recent updates with the changes below. If you've purchased your patterns on Ravelry or on this site you will receive an email notice of the change (maybe you already have). If you've purchased your patterns through Etsy it will take me a bit longer to go through to send the updated patterns; or you can always contact me with a copy of your receipt and I'll send the updated pattern.






For the Reversible Vest/Wrap I changed the fine print to read "OK to knit for resale". I changed all the patterns to read that a while ago, guess I overlooked this one.










Included more photos in the pattern.






Included a child's version to Capelet's #1 & #3 and expanded a bit on Capelet #2.







Finally a schematic!







Good news for this pattern! I have a couple of lovely knitters helping me with the larger size! So glad to have the help otherwise I'm afraid it would have languished forever! What do they say the road to hell is paved with?!


In other news I'm teaching a class on the Magnum Capelet #4 (the crochet version) at my local shop The Little Knittery Sunday, November 13th. If the mood strikes you call the shop to sign up. I'll have a trunk show there as well December 7th from 6-9pm (hopefully with a few new designs!).


I've also started selling patterns wholesale. If you're an interested shop email me for details.

And finally, thanks Michelle for sending me a photo of your finished Cable Rib Mittens! Love to see the completed projects!