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Pink, pink, pink!

Posted on April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

(from left to right) Koigu KPPPM P147, P210, P457, P642 and P744.

These are the new additions to our Koigu KPPPM family. These 6 colors are 15% off until April 30th.

I love these colors and I'm not normally drawn to pink.  I envision so many projects that will show off these colors.  Each color way has light pink or dark pink... so perfect for "little girl" projects.  My grandniece is expecting a baby girl late summer and any of these 5 colors can be used for a baby sweater or a baby blanket.

I can see the lighter colors (P210, P744) for shawls and skinny scarves which are perfect items for combat air conditioning.  The bolder colors (P147, P457, P642) work well with spring pastels and bold summer colors.

And speaking of summer, what happens with your knitting when the weather gets warmer?  Do you work on smaller projects?  Or work with thinner yarn? Or do you take a break?  

Posted in baby blanket, baby sweater, P147, P210, P457, P642, P744, scarf, shawl

The Leila Pattern is now available!

Posted on July 23, 2009 | 1 Comment

Thanks for your patience folks! I came home after a long day at work yesterday, mostly filled with editing a huge Word file, and sat down to edit my own (not that huge) file! There were some final corrections that needed to be made but now the pattern is finished and ready for you!

Introducing Leila!

The pattern includes instructions for both the full size shawl and the shawlette size. All instructions are written out (yes, every single line!) and charted. The large shawl is knit in light fingering weight yarn, I used 2 skeins of Cashlana (sadly discontinued) for the sample you see above.

For the shawlette size, my aim was to write a pattern that could use sock yarn and required no more than the amount of yarn needed for a pair of socks. We all have way more sock yarn stashed than we'd like to admit, right? This shawlette took less than one skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight, and would work equally well with other sock yarns you may already own. At least for me, knitting this shawlette took much less time than knitting a pair of socks does! It's a great way to knit down your stash (if you're into that sort of thing that is).

Both sizes are included in one pattern for $5.00. Purchase from my e-junkie shopping cart or from Ravelry.

Here's a link to the official Leila Pattern Page with all the yardage and size measurements.

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As always, please do not hesitate to contact me (click "Contact" above and fill out the form) with any questions!


Posted in Chiagu, knitting pattern, leila shawl, shawl

Leila Pattern: Coming Soon!

Posted on April 03, 2009 | 2 Comments

Leila went with us to Aruba so we could take pictures for the pattern . . . but somehow we ended up shotting in a corner of the hotel that hardly denotes the location! Oh well, at least it was sunny and the picture came out well! I wish the top edge hadn't rolled like that, but I think this picture shows the shawl off pretty well. It won't be the only shot of the shawl in the pattern, but it's currently the top contender for the front cover. What do you think?

I've been fighting with the chart for this pattern and think I've finally found a compromise between giving a chart but not leaving out the words. Unfortunately I think the pattern is going to be over 10 pages long because of all the different charts, but I've never heard of a knitter complain that a pattern was TOO detailed before, so I'm thinking this will be OK with most people! I'm including instructions written-out as well as the charts, and both versions (shawl & shawlette) will be included.

I've given myself a deadline to publish . . . now let's see if I can meet it!

Oh, and volunteer test knitter? Your pattern will be in your inbox this weekend! I promise!

Posted in knitting, knitting pattern, lace, shawl

One More Shawlette!

Posted on March 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

I'm definitely, 100% completely and utterly on a shawl/shawlette kick right now! This one is another new pattern that I hope to release soon (soon, soon!), I'm naming this one Chaya and she'll also be offered in a full-size version and a shawlette version. The original idea for this shawl came to me, oh, 2 years ago, and I even knit it up, but then one thing after another went wrong and I never got around to publishing it.

The pattern itself is great and so easy to modify for any size/yarn amount/gauge, but the color of the yarn the sample was in was impossible to photograph (road-cone orange, anyone?) and the original had something wonky in the middle that made it look like it was crooked. My friend Shana is currently knitting a new full-size sample for me using Kureyon Sock, which I think will show the directionality of this pattern to its fullest potential, and I whipped up a sample of the shawlette size in just a day using a skein of Colinette Jitterbug in the Bright Charcoal color, which just happens to be my favorite Colinette color of all time. I think I see a few more of these in my future . . .

Posted in jitterbug, knitting, shawl, shawlette, sock yarn


Posted on March 08, 2009 | 2 Comments

Folks, that's the second knot in my skein of Colinette Jitterbug! I've knit a bunch of projects with this yarn and I love it, I've even defended it on Ravelry boards when others have complained of short yardage, bleeding colors, KNOTS, and who knows what else . . . I realize the ball of yarn has no way of knowing it's just done the equivalent of stabbing me in the back, but I still can't help but feel betrayed.

There's something so supremely annoying about having to weave in 4 extra ends in a small, quick project that uses less than 150 yards of yarn!

In happier news, I blocked the Leila Shawlette and I'm very pleased with how it came out:

I used less than one skein of Socks that Rock and it's a pretty good size shawlette, the perfect size to wear as a scarf during the spring. It's kind of amazing to think that you can get this much shawl out of one pair of sock's worth of yarn!

The STR softened up significantly in the wash, I was actually really surprised. The only other thing I've knit with it is socks, which are definitely soft enough, but since they're knit so tightly the yarn only relaxed so much with washing/wearing. This loosely-knit fabric feels amazingly soft in comparison! And I just love this tone-on-tone purple, I wish I had more of it in the stash!

Planning to wear this to work tomorrow, I wonder how many coworkers will ask if I knit it?

Posted in jitterbug, knitting, shawl, sock yarn, STR


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