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Skein to shawlette in 3 days: what obsession looks like

You may recall my stick-carrot post the other day, where I spent time bribing myself with a gorgeous skein of Socks that Rock Mediumweight in the most stunning Rare Gem. It had been living an unfulfilled life in my stash, so I decided to release it and let it become something different. Once I achieved my goals, I wound up …

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Knit it: Stanton Stairway Shawlette

I’m re-releasing a Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Club pattern today – the Stanton Stairway Shawlette! A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to go to Sock Camp, this magical weekend in Port Ludlow, Washington. Many wonderful things happened that weekend, but my very favorite was getting to dye yarn with Tina. I dyed my two skeins and fell …

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Knit it: Tea & Picots

Tea & Picots is my newest pattern – an asymmetric shawlette in BIG yarn. It’s fluffy, warm, soft and snuggly. Just what we need as we look forward to Fall and Winter. Great for holiday gifts, the pattern is quick and fairly easy to make, with lots of bang for your buck. Knitted Wit‘s Cotton Candy is just as tasty …

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Of sticks and carrots

I don’t know about you, but I tend to try to trick myself into completing tasks by engaging in a bit of bribery. Particularly in my creative pursuits, and especially when I’m feeling grumpy about doing something. Like what I’m working on now. It’s not that I don’t like the project, it’s just that I’ve already done it. Like, the …

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Knit it: Mellow Grellow Cowl

Introducing Mellow Grellow! This is the perfect project to have in your purse or pack – skinny yarn, fairly mindless knitting, and a fantastic finished object make this a worthwhile investment. I, for one, am almost wishing for cooler days so I can start wearing mine all of the time. Once I got Donovan’s Mellow Yellow in my head, I …

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Color play

I headed up to BlueMoonLand today and Tina and I played with color. We put together the Mystery KAL pairings we brainstormed last week, in the actual Yaksi, and fell in love even more with what we had chosen. We also chose moremoremore color pairings, and even put a few threesomes together. Seriously, how lucky am I? Tina did a …

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Swatch it, swatch it good

For the Blue Moon Mystery KAL that starts on September 24th (yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, pattern from me!), swatching is not vitally important, gauge-wise. It’s just simply not. True, if your gauge differs greatly from the pattern’s stated gauge, you’ll end up with a smaller or a larger shawlette, and you’ll need less or more yarn, BUT the …

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Shiny new possibilities

Is there anything more pleasing than the possibility of something new? Casting on a new project, opening a new book… I hear there are YouTube channels devoted to people opening CD cases, so I guess I’m not alone in this excitement. Maybe the only thing better than starting something new is finishing something. In that case, I’ve had a really …

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Mystery along!

Whether or not we’re ready, it’s Fall. Schools are starting back up all over, the air wants to be more crispy than sweltering, and I don’t know about you all, but I’m ready to get back into daily, obsessive knitting. To that end, Tina, the color goddess (and everything else) at Blue Moon Fiber Arts and I have partnered up …

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I like big yarn and I cannot lie…

I have this thing for big yarn. There’s something so very satisfying about stitches that are 1/2″ wide. Big, ropey balls of fluffy goodness get my knitterly heart all a-flutter. So, when LJ from Knitted Wit asked me if I’d be interested in designing something with her brand-spanking-new Cotton Candy, there was no hesitation. At all. Winding the yarn into …

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Knit it: Textural Healing Cowl

The Textural Healing Cowl is the cowl-sister to my Textural Healing Shawlette, with the added bonus of using two colors. The picot bind-off makes it a plucky (ha!) little piece. I’m releasing it now in honor of Plucktember, the best excuse ever to bring a bit more Plucky Knitter into your life. And, it’s only $4! Yarn Requirements: Approximately 405 …

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Knit it: Dashes and Dots Cowl

Here is my latest pattern design! Dashes and Dots Cowl is a cozy, squishy piece that can be made as a one-loop or two-loop cowl. Pick two contrasty colors of your favorite single-ply fingering (may I suggest Knitted Wit‘s Single Fingering?), and get to knitting. It’s in the round and goes fairly quickly and mindlessly. Yarn Requirements: Approximately 340 (750) …