Friday, December 21, 2007

Send Sock Lovers Right Over!

Well, isn't it high time to tell you about three new sock designs we added to Figheadh last month? I think so!

The first one is the Red Rover Cable Socks. I think the cables look like little elbows linked to play Red Rover, so there ya go! There must be something very European about these, because I've gotten orders for them from Finland and Germany. Who knew?

I used Angora Extra to make these, so they are really just for show, or for bed socks. The yarn is very delicate and fluffy!

I made my first pair with Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Juniper. See?



You can't see the cables nearly as well, but the socks are yummy and entirely wearable! I love this yarn!

I had help from my brilliant tester friend Tracey with this pattern. She made her Red Rovers with Regia.

Here's a back shot. They have a traditional heel flap and gusset and a wedge toe with Kitchener join. Just your basic sock, but with elbows!


Now, on that note, I think I'd better save the other socks for a different post. I kinda went crazy with the pics (I could have done more!)
Sorry to have been away from blogland for so long, but I am home for the holidays, (like which there's no place), so I have more time to post. More to come!

Monday, December 10, 2007

YY Trunk Show

Folks, we are smack dab in the middle of a huge trunk show of Figheadh Yarnworks designs at Yorkshire Yarns of Lakewood, WA. If you are anywhere near there, stop by and see the 25 samples on display. I was visiting Sonya today and took a few shots of my sweeties hanging out at the shop.

Here's Baloo and OXO on top of the Cascade shelves, appropriately...




...and a medium Rudy and Little Rudy spending time with some very cute little sweaters and Sonya's ever-growing assortment of fantastic knitting and crochet books...








...a gang of Iain, Backbone, Wiggles and Sarah grouped together...




...Interwoven, Honeycomb, Diamond Cable, and Cable Crest sharing the table with other tempting lovelies...








...Marsaili being her uppity self hanging all alone...










...and Lombard Street Gloves warming themselves on the "wood stove" with other luscious mittens and such.
Have you enjoyed your little virtual visit to Yorkshire Yarns? Well, lemme tell ya, it's nothing like being there. This is one of the most comfy, fun yarn shops I've ever been to. Sonya has scads of gorgeous yarn, tables to sit up to and knit and chat, not to mention a big, cushy living room with soft couches and chairs to cuddle up and work on your FO's as long as you wish.
You'll receive all the friendly advice and welcome you could ever want at YY. So, what are you waiting for? Go see Sonya! Check out her class schedule (which will include some of my classes in February and March) and fun knitting and crochet groups, and give YY a try, especially in the next week while Figheadh stuff is there. One word of advice--if you plan to visit the Hooks and Needles group on Monday nights, get there early or you won't get a parking place. I was there last Monday night and it was crazy! Hurrah for knitters and crocheters! We love ya!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Chattahoochee

The January Creative Knitting issue is out. It has my Chattahoochee Scarf! Looky--
In the magazine, you can see more of the scarf--it's looonnnngggg, and with fringe! It was fun to make, and I got to try it with Moda Dea Tweedle Dee. Chunky!

This was just another of my designs with cables made from 2/2 rib...which I have stopped doing (as far as you know...hee, hee). No, really. I stopped. For now, at least.

Grab a copy of the January Creative Knitting and make a Chattahoochee! It's fun! Here's one I made with Gedifra Fashion Stripe.
This is what it looked like before I accidentally sent it through the washer and dryer. Now it has dreadlocks for fringe--kinda neat! The ladies at Yarn Stash saw it Sunday when I was there enjoying a wonderful day of classes. We had a blast! I can't wait to come back, you guys. You are all just the best!
Now back to knitting up some Seagull Socks with Claudia Handpaints Strawberry Latte. As soon as I get my camera back in play, I will show you. Too yummy.
Have fun knitting this week!

Pub Crawler

So many fantastic things happened all at once, I haven't had time to show you the Pub Crawler!

Just before Thanksgiving, Debbie Stoller's Son of Stitch 'n Bitch came out. We were in Hood River when we first saw the book, and I didn't get my complimentary copy until last week (after I put one on hold at Borders and then stole one from Sarah and didn't even know it for a solid week--'nother story). This book is really cute, just like all the SnB books, but this one really goes over the top with projects like Deady Bear and Lucha Libre. My design in the book is decidedly tame comparatively--but it made the cover!


It's a sweater for all those who don't want a permanent tattoo. Tattoo your sweater!




The Pub Crawler is knit in Cascade 220 Wool Heathers. Yes, those are the same exact colors as my version of the Overlay Felted Bag in Interweave Crochet, because I luuuvvv the color combo.
I knit two of these sweaters for Debbie. One is on the trunk show for the book, and the other is with Debbie on her book tour. Before that, I made one with some discontinued Katia Scotch. Yep, me and the Pub Crawler are fast friends.
If you want to see Ms. Stoller and some of the samples, here are her tour dates:

SON OF SNB BOOK TOUR STOPS:
11/26 Chicago, IL: 7:30 pm, Barnes and Noble, 1441 West Webster Avenue
11/28 Grand Rapids, MI: 6:30pm, Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St
11/29 Milwaukee, WI: 12pm, Loop Yarn Shop, 2963 N. Humbolt Blvd
11/30 Minneapolis, MN: 1pm Needlework Unlimited, 4421 Drew Ave. South
11/30 Minneapolis, MN: 7pm, Barnes and Noble, 3001 White Bear Ave North, Maplewood
12/2 Vancouver, BC: 6pm Urban Yarns, 4421 West 10th Ave
12/4 Seattle, WA: 6:30 pm Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St., Poulsbo WA (hosted by Liberty Bay Books)
12/5 Portland, OR: 7:30pm Powell's Downtown, 1005 W. Burnside
12/7 Sacremento, CA: 12:10pm Stitch 'n Ride car on train to to Emeryville
12/10 San Francisco, CA: 7:30pm Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
12/12 Salt Lake City, UT: 7:00pm Barnes and noble, 1104 East 2100 South
12/13 Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 East 400 South
& more to come....

Interestingly, Deb is not doing Seattle, as it intimates. Poulsbo is not Seattle. Poulsbo is as much Seattle as Snellville is Atlanta (for all my Georgia homies). So go to Sons of Norway and see! Still, it's too bad she couldn't go to Elliott Bay Books or one of the amazing Seattle yarn shops for her "Seattle" part of the book tour. Don't ask me!
Well, anyway, get the book and knit you some stuff. If you try the Pub Crawler, I'd love to see!
EDIT: Just found out that Debbie is making a surprise visit to Hilltop Yarn in Queen Anne in Seattle Tuesday, Dec 4 at 3:00 P.M. Now that's more like it!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Noodleheads

Hello, All! Fred and I took a break from repetitive pumpkin pie, turkey, and stuffing consumption to get five new patterns added to the site today. I am going to introduce them to you one by one.

In the spirit of the season, let's begin with a food-inspired design. I give you Noodleheads!

This whole idea started when I realized that a cable I was designing looked like a lasagna noodle. I wanted to put it into a sweater, but I thought I would try it on a headband first. I've been in a headband mood lately, anyway, so I just tried a couple more pasta-type cables (fettuccini in the middle and rotini on top) and here you have it. There's definitely going to be a Noodleheads II and maybe a III. I love pasta--I love knitting, so why not put 'em both together?

Any worsted-weight yarn and size 7 noodles, I mean needles (hyuck, hyuck) will get you a headband in no time. It's a great stashbuster and they would make really nifty presents.

So if you've had quite enough real food, why not cuddle up with some knitted food instead? Try a Noodlehead or two!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanks Yarn Stashers!


Sunday Fred and I were the lucky ones to get to spend the day with Bonnie and Beth and their lovely customers at the Yarn Stash in Burien, WA. We just hung out all morning and I got to talk to some of them about the designs and such. Then, a little after noon we had a fun basic cables class. There were 10 sweeties in the class and I enjoyed spending the afternoon with them, making a cabled headband (or at least getting a start on it.)


Here's some pics. Above, you can see Sandie and Ashlee and Rhonda, and Jenna and Laura and Beth and a couple of customers scooping up goodies before class. See the Figheadh stuff all over the display case?


Here's the shop from the other angle--filled from bottom to top with fibery yummies and tools and books and magazines. The Yarn Stash is just the most warm and welcoming and fun place to be. If you're anywhere near, you should stop in and see Bonnie and Beth. You'll never want to leave! Fred even loves being there and he doesn't knit or crochet. (Of course, he is partial to all the wooliness or he'd never survive living with me!)

One more picture--this is just before class is starting.


They're even going to let me come back and teach some more! We'll be there on December 2 for an intermediate cables class and a felting class. Another day of fun!
I am really enjoying teaching knitting classes. I just want to get better so I can do it all the time!
I'll be back soon with talk about Son of SnB, new Figheadh Designs, and other good stuff.
For now, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Wherever you are, whatever your plans, I hope you enjoy a little rest and peacefulness thinking about all the good things in your life. I'm overwhelmed with good things right now. I hope you are, too!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hood River Adventure

We had the most delightful time last weekend in Hood River, Oregon at Sarah's cutesy shop, Knot Another Hat. We had our first trunk show the week before--here's some shots!


You can see Wiggles, Marsaili, Ciaran, OXO, Woodsy, Flowing Locks, Bobble Cable, Fishernet--the usual suspects.





And here's Sherrod hanging out with another Fishernet, and Mairead getting a little table to herself!



Iain and Calum were also there, and they had a very nice week visiting KAH.


Sarah arranged us a beautiful room at the Hood River Hotel right across the street. Saturday morning we had a casual presentation with six awesome ladies of all kinds of fiber talents, and that afternoon I taught a class on cable knitting.















Here I am at the presentation yammering on about how much I love what I do. Isn't Sarah's shop luscious? I could hang out there all the time! Those big windows overlook the Columbia River and the shop is up off of the street in the heart of the Hood River action on Oak Street.


After this fun time of just sitting around talking about knitting design, then we had a yummy lunch at the restaurant just below the shop. Fred and I got to know Julia, Mary, and Nichole a lot better over turkey sandwiches and such, and then we went back in for a three-hour cables class. Being that it was my first time to teach this particular class, I tried to put in way too much info and made no accounting for the disparate skill levels of the 13 students. Yep, you read right--13. This just shows that there are tons of folks who love cable knitting! I'm sure the attendance was upped by this lovely blog post on the Oregonian. They actually have a knitting blog on the paper's site! Anyway, it was a juggle, and if it weren't for the presence of Nichole and Yvonne, expert teachers themselves, I couldn't have made it through. I was a little under the weather and by the next day, I had lost my voice completely, but besides that, it was a blast! Thanks to all you guys!!


So, listen. If you are anywhere near Hood River, Oregon, go on over and see Sarah. You'll also find a wealth of divine food establishments and cozy places to spend the night, not to mention the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge with its colorful autumn foliage and funky cliffy obeliscal thingys sticking up from nowhere. Okay, I'm not a travel writer and certainly not a geologist, so go here and read more about it. I just know I want to go back and do some hiking and camping there.

Back to getting well, tightening up my cables class notes, working on a hat for Vogue for their upcoming On the Go: Grannies (as in granny squares) book, and awaiting my own copy of Son of Stitch n' Bitch, which some people have and some don't. It's supposed to be "out," but it's only minimally so. Do you have it?

Thanks for visiting!



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Good Press

Just popping in to say there's more good press gathering for Clara Parkes' book! This morning, I opened my e-mail and there was the "Potter Craft News" with The Knitter's Book of Yarn as its featured title for this November issue. Looks like they decided to give away one of the patterns and it's my Princess Mitts! If you want to sample a pattern from the book, go here and print the pattern. It's an exact photocopy of the pages from the book, so if you don't have the book yet (but you're gonna buy it, aren't ya now? Hmmmmm?), you can see a little (just a smidge) of what it's like.

Here's another blogger talking about the book, and another (scroll down). And then lo and behold, Fred opened up the TNT Monday and what should he see but a small article critiquing two knitting books. Egads--yes, right there in the lifestyle section. Look here at the online version. Yes, folks are catching on more and more. Clara's book is awesome. (I want that other book, too--actually, I had dreamed of writing a book like that.)

Just wanted to share!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sarah

Sarah Zip Cardigan Pattern
Figheadh Yarnworks
Cascade Pastaza
Color #017
Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles
Sizes 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)
Here's our latest addition to the Figheadh Yarnworks line. I started working on Sarah early in 2006, finished knitting up this sample earlier this year, and now the pattern is all edited and finally ready. I love these three braid cables and wanted to merge them into a sturdy, yet feminine zip cardigan. It was a very fun knit, and I would even like to do another in Cascade Eco Wool. The cardigan's midi collar is knit separately and sewn to the sweater, and the shoulders are joined with a saddle. Follow this link to see the front (scroll down a bit).
I named this design after my aunt Sarah in honor of her 80th birthday in May 2006. I couldn't be there for what must have been a great celebration of that event, so I wanted to show my admiration somehow. Aunt Sarah is one of the strongest women in a whole bunch of strong women on my mother's side of the family. She was a nurse in an earlier life and went on to nurse her own husband, Uncle Jack, when he had a stroke. He lived for many years because of her wonderful care for him. When he passed away, she just transferred that love and care on to others--family and others--in more ways than anyone will ever know. I have always appreciated her kindness and her calm, wise demeanor. Here's to you, Aunt Sarah! May you live for many more!
On a lighter note, I have been sucked into the Ravelry fun. It's too much! I am having to do a little at a time, but I am building up my "notebook". If you haven't signed up, you should. If you have, then look for me as jenhagan--yeah, I decided not to go the cryptic route.
I hope the time change is messing with your sleep. Enjoy your November knitting!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cable Crest

Thanks to my friend Sue and her fine testing skills, I now have another new pattern ready.


I have been having lots of fun over the past year or so making cables from 2/2 rib. There is an absolutely endless array of cables possible. I have had to stop myself, or I'd just do it forever. I will come back to it--I must! It's so much fun.

This sample is made with the scrumdiddlyishus Malabrigo Kettle-Dyed Worsted Merino Wool. This color, called Melody, kinda looks like I dropped in the Georgia red mud...but in a good way!

I used size 8 needles to give the fat, single-ply (see, I've been learning from Clara--see this post) lots of room to breathe.
Here's a detail shot of the Cable Crest--a little dance of cables choreographed from the k2 bands.

The hat starts just like the scarf, but joins at the back. You could leave it like that, come to think if it, if you just wanted a headband. But if you want a toque kind of hat, stitches are picked up on one edge of the headband and immediately decreased for the crown. It's so comfy!

Doesn't it look comfy on Sue's lovely daughter Rachel modeling Sue's Cable Crest? Sue made hers with Morehouse Farm Merino Wool in a soft lavendar. So pretty! I think she actually got this yarn at last year's Knitter's Review Retreat (yep, it all goes back to Clara).
We were going to use Malabrigo for the test, but wow, we had some troubles. First, I ordered some Tiger Lily Malabrigo from Sarah at Knot Another Hat. In her fantastic-customer-service way, she sent it pronto. But, when I opened the box, I was greeted by Cheetos! It was so bright I could barely look at it. I had to send it right back. Then we tried Cypress Malabrigo and Sarah did the swap for me and sent it straight to Sue. Well, it was almost black. We knew this would not adequately show off the cables, so Sue offered to use stash yarn and replace it with the Cypress, which she will use for something suitable for such a dark color. Whew!
I tell you this story to caution you about ordering Malabrigo online. Neither the colors on the Malabrigo site nor any other site can really give you an idea of the true colors. My advice is to either buy it in person or ask the online retailer for some help.
One more note: As you can see, my scarf is a shortish one at 50", but Sue made hers 74" long so that she could wrap it around her neck and let the Crest ends hang to the waist. You can make it any length you want, because the middle section of the scarf is just the rib.
Okay, enough waxing on. Gotta go. Fred and I are having our Fright Night tonight, since Halloween falls on a weeknight again this year. We must get to the store before all the good pizzas get taken!
Have a very fun Saturday and Sunday, everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Buzz

Clara's book is getting good buzz. Check out this wonderful review by Jen.

Guess what I finally did! I created a Figheadh Yarnworks newsletter. If you'd like to be included in the list to receive the quarterly newsletter, just send your e-mail address to info@figheadh.com, or just leave a comment that includes some kind of link to e-mail. (It's very frustrating when folks leave comments, especially asking questions, and then I can't find their e-mail anywhere.) I promise to keep your e-mail address a secret.

Have a look at Roxane Price's Winter Gem gloves from the Aug-Oct issue of Cast On magazine. (I put these in the newsletter, too.)




Aren't they pretty? She's going to give them to someone special.
Thanks, Roxane! I have been begging for folks to send me pics of their Figheadh Yarnworks projects, or of any of my designs in magazines or books. The request stands, as always. I would love to show off your work!

Send me pictures at yarnworks@figheadh.com!

Thanks!

I also have to show you my new foot! Well, it's my unattached foot--my regular two are still working just fine. I got this one from Sonya at Yorkshire Yarns. She had plenty, and was generous enough to give me one. Now I can show off the socks better. Don't the Cables & Lace Socks look much better when you can see the lace?



Sonya also gave me a man foot. He needs an ankle extension, but I like!










One last thing--we got to add another great shop to the list who carry our patterns! Now you can get Figheadh Yarnworks patterns at the Seattle Yarn Gallery. Head on over and see Virginia and her gang!
Okay, that's all--back to your stitchin'!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It's a (k)boy!















At long last, look what came in the mail today-- my own autographed copy of Clara's book! It was all sweetly wrapped in white tissue with this beautiful, chunky pink yarn tying it together. I felt my eyes well up when I opened it and read Clara's sweet words.

Okay, folks. Listen. To. Me. You must go and buy this book pronto. Buy it, read it, and LEARN. It seems almost too good to be true that there are also 40 patterns (all of which I want to knit) graciously adorning these pages. Just the bounty of information would be enough. You can only believe it when you see it. No, I'm not gonna show you inside. You have to get your own.

Clara tells her story of how this book came to be here. I'll tell you about my small part of the glory. In April 2006, Clara sent me an e-mail, said she had gotten my name from Anjeanette (another terrific person in her own right, and who has done some testing for me), and asked me if I would like to "come out and play" with her on a book she was writing. Of course, I said yes, and she gave me a run-down of some fibers and ideas for yarns that she was bouncing around (the ideas, not the yarns-hyuk, hyuk). I pitched her some of my own (ideas, not yarn--again), she either said "Yeah!" or she asked for tweaking until we came up with five projects. She got me the yarn and I got to work. Boy, did I have fun working with Clara. She was always receptive, always encouraging. I got to knit four of the five projects--the Cabled Tea Cozy, the Cabled Fingerless Mitts, the Baby Cardigan, and the Baby Onesie. As you know, the onesie was cut from the book, and The Cabled Headband was knit by someone else, because time was getting short and Clara wanted to decide between different fibers. She had to hand it to someone a lot closer than Tacoma, WA. Clara's in Maine, you see. Then, since August of last year, when I wrapped up my part of the deal, it's been a test of patience waiting for this day. It was worth every agonizing minute.

I can't tell you how proud I am to be a part of this book. If you see me in the next few months (years), I'll probably be carrying the (k)boy around with me, telling everyone about Clara. This book should be in every yarn shop and on every knitter's reference shelf. I'm not biased--you'll see.

Oh, and I've been calling it (K)BOY for a few weeks, but Clara has for a lot longer, apparently. Read her blog and see why.

I'm hugging myself (and the book) over here!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Fall Fun


In keeping with my current "sock-in-the-grass" favorite photo shot, here's an upgrade of my very first sock design, the Cables & Lace Sock. It's really simple, but makes such a beguiling little sock. The first sample I made was with the old Brown Sheep Handpaint Wildfoote in Desert Grass. Loved the color--hated the yarn. It was splitty and unyielding.






This one is made with the new Wildfoote, which, although heavily prone to twist, is sproingy and fun. This is the Rhapsody colorway (SY-200) and is a mix of jewel tones that the picture really didn't capture. It's actually darker and richer in tone--more like in this picture of the other skein yet untouched. Yep, I need to make the other sock.






But that'll have to wait. I have started work on my next women's sweater--a cabled pullover knit from the neck down. I've been wanting to try that, so I'm really excited. It seems the perfect thing to make sure your sleeves are the perfect length, and to make the body as long as you wish.

Meanwhile, we acquired new shop friends! The Yarn Stash in Burien, WA, now has Figheadh patterns. Yea! Fred and I had a wonderful time last Saturday visiting Bonnie and Beth, the owners, and a few of their very friendly customers. We are going to be there on Sunday, November 18, to do a casual presentation and sample showing. If you are near Burien, please stop in anytime from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M and see us!

Also, stay tuned for more new designs. The patterns are starting to come out of testing and as they get ready, I will show and tell! We have a fingerless mitts & headband design, and a scarf and hat design coming any day now, as well as a cabled women's zip cardigan I hope to be showing you before the month is out. There are also a couple of sock designs on their way and more headbands--good for presents!

I have started submitting to books and magazines earlier than I thought I would, but I just can't resist! It's such fun. Hard work, but fun.

I hope you're enjoying the fall weather as much as we are--I can't wait until Halloween. I want a caramel apple!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Meet Baloo!

Okay, here's part of what I've been up to since the last post--getting a new pattern ready. Here's Baloo!Baloo is a Scots lullaby word, so I thought it would be perfect for this little suit. This design was one I worked on with Clara Parkes for the new book The Knitter's Book of Yarn, coming out on October 16!! It got cut from the book, probably because of space constraints (at least that's what Pollyanna me tells herself), but that's okay. I get to put it in the Figheadh line. I used Cascade 220 Superwash and a touch smaller needle--size 6--to make it close and cozy. Meredith at Write As Rain Editing is also to be credited for helping me get this pattern up to snuff--she's the best!

Stay tuned, because there are more new designs in the queue.

Also, thanks so much to Emy, Kate, twig, and Dawn for your warm comments on the Winter Gem gloves in the August-October Cast On. Just be sure to check their corrections page if you make the gloves--there were a couple more fixes.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Overlay Bag & a Correction

Business first:
It seems there is a small error in the Cast On Winter Gems. Anyone wishing to make them, please note the change in the written instructions for the cable. It should read like this--

Rows 33 and 35: (P2, k4) 4 times, p2. (correction 9/21/07)

Now for some fun. Here is my sample of the Overlay Felted Tote in the fall Interweave Crochet.
This one is made with good ol' Cascade 220 100% wool (no, I swear I don't own any stock nor am I employed by the company--as many of you know, it's just one of the best worsted-weight wools for the price). The base tote is felted, but the French Square overlay is not. Those are colors #8013 and #9452.
Good things just continue...we are going to Hood River, OR, on November 10 to do a presentation and class on cabling at Knot Another Hat! Yea! I am so looking forward to that, because Sarah and Yvonne are my online friends who I finally get to meet in person! Get ready for some hugs, you guys! Also, my trunk show will be there starting the first weekend of November and continuing for the whole month. If you are anywhere near, I hope you will stop in and see us (or at least my stuff!)
I have been happily held hostage with new design ideas the past couple of days. So...much...fun! I'm finally letting myself get back to some freelance submissions--I just can't resist any longer.
Also, with six patterns in test and one in editing stage, there will be some new designs on the Figheadh site soon, so stay tuned!
I hope you have had a good week, and I wish you a fabulous fall weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Thanks YY Ladies!

Monday night, I survived my first presentation as a designer. It's only because of the fabulous ladies of Yorkshire Yarns' Hooks & Needles Club. I was so caught up in the yarny love and appreciation I received from these wonderful folks that I completely forgot to take pictures! Believe me, they were a gorgeous bunch of ladies, all knitting and crocheting a variety of fiber goodies. I should be able to show you the people who, even though I often went down meandering side roads of thought in my attempt to tell them about myself and my work, would gently and sweetly guide me back to pertinence with their questions (and sometimes endearingly frankly, i.e. "Do you make any money?" Loved that.) In a word, they were great! Thanks to you all for a simply lovely evening. I want to see you guys again.

And I will, I hope, because I am about to plunge into another first--teaching classes! Sonya has set up a felting class for the end of the month. On September 29, we are going to learn felting, using my Rudy pattern. It's perfect, because we can begin with the Little Rudy and have all the techniques down for doing the larger tote. I am so excited!

We're also going to have some sort of festivities when Debbie Stoller's Son of Stitch n' Bitch comes out. I'll let you know more about that when I know. The release date is jumping around a bit.

Speaking of SnB, I am working on a second sample of the sweater I designed for the book, because Deb wants one to take with her on her book tour. The other one will be with the traveling trunk show. Like I said, sweet work, baby! No, you don't get rich, but the yarn fun makes up for a lot.

I don't know about you, but I got my copy of Interweave Crochet late Monday. (Hey, look! The fall preview is back!) If you have a subscription, you actually get it before the shops do, unlike some other magazines. I really appreciate that.

Okay, I'm a little apprehensive about a post with no pictures. I guess it's because I'm such a fiercely visual thinker. Please excuse--pics next time!

Tioraidh an-drĂ sta!
(Bye for now!)

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Crochet Too!

This week flew by, whoosh, because I spent it editing new patterns. I finally got the testing materials sent out for six new Figheadh Yarnworks designs this morning. Whew. As Dawn would say...Onward!

I've been itching to share some news all week, too. Last weekend, Interweave Crochet put up their fall preview and look what was in it!That's my Crochet Overlay Tote. It was great fun to work with Kim Werker, their new editor, and Toni Rexroat, Assistant Editor. I can't wait to see this whole issue. Looks fabulous! Funny thing is, the preview was up and now it's not. It reverted back to the Spring issue. Hmmmm. You can see the preview at Dreamweaver Yarns until IC gets the fall issue back on their site.

Another thing that happened was that I finally got my issue of Cast On in the mail. I can show you a better picture of my gloves, which they named Winter Gem. They are knit with Cascade 220 wool on size 4 needles to make them extra warm. I love this whole issue, as well. There are lots of cozy, yummy knits in it.

Also, Fred did a lot of hard work last weekend getting my freelance designs added to our site. Have a look and let me know what you think. It's on our About Us page, so scroll down, please.

We also recently added a great new shop as one of our wholesale customers--Yorkshire Yarns in Lakewood, WA. If you live anywhere near there, you should check it out. She has some gorgeous fibers and Sonya, the owner, is a hoot! I get to go this next Monday night, September 10, to give a presentation, and the pattern of the month at the shop is Mavis. We are going to knit some Mavises and have a fun visit.

I've done a whole lotta knittin' this week, but I can't show you any of it yet. It's all samples for the new designs. Socks, scarves, headbands, hats, baby stuff, and one woman's sweater. Well, I didn't knit all of that this week. I'm pretty industrious, but, golly. That's what new designs are coming.

Let me see if I can dig up a shot of something for ya.
These are some LB Magic Stripes socks (Regatta Blue Stripe) that I finally finished for Fred, and a teaser--a detail shot of one of my new designs. I love this Jewel Cross-Rib stitch from Barbara G. Walker's Second Treasury, and it's made with Cascade 220 Superwash in color #850. The thing I can't tell you about...that's one of my favorite designs ever...that I almost submitted to Knitty but then got stingy and kept for Figheadh...that I have now made three sets of, one for my oldest daughter, the illustrious Emily...okay, I'll hush now.

Gotta knit! (What sweet work.)

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Finito!

(Seagull Socks, my design, J. Knits Superwash Me, Denver; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling)
This past weekend I finished the Seagull Socks and Deathly Hallows. Wow. I laughed, cried, exclaimed out loud, you name it. It was quite annoying to Fred, who was trying to finish Half-Blood Prince. In fact, as soon as I finished #7 Saturday afternoon I handed it straight over to him, because he was ready and waiting for it. We have had a blast reading back through all 4100 pages of this series. (Yeah, I added 'em up.) When you spend that much time with an author, by the end you are not just crying from plot development. You are starting to realize that it's the end...the end. There will be no more. Bittersweet. I think there should be no more, but still I'm sad. I will just have to read at least #6 and then #7 when the movies come out (hurry, please!)
Oh, yeah, the socks. I didn't have to make the pair. These days I am mostly knitting samples, so I really only have to make one. I can't help myself. The yarn and the pattern beg me to make more! I also had to make both of these.
(Zigzag Lace Socks, my design, Lavendar Sheep 100% Superwash Merino Mountain Sunset)

And just to illustrate the benefits of blocking your knits...most of the time, it's a really good idea.

One last thing! Look what finally popped up on my nasturtium plant! Yes, an actual flower, and there are more coming. I'm so relieved.
Thanks for popping by! Have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2007

It's Glovely!

Well, looky here. It's #37. Cast On finally published my Boxed Cable Gloves that they bought last summer and have named them "Winter Gem." Thanks, Cast On! Good news--thanks to Tracey for telling me, because I had no clue. None. Have not even gotten my copy of the issue yet. See, you never know what's gonna jump out and surprise you.

On the home front, I have finished one Zigzag and have started the second.

They washed up perfectly, leaving not the first tinkling of bleeding dye in the bath water, and feeling like baby's cheeks.
Remember, this is the lovely Lavendar Sheep Mountain Sunset.

I am also almost to the heel turn on my second of a pair of Seagulls. Here is the first one, blocked and posing with my little friend.

Also, remember this is the beautiful J. Knits Superwash Me Sock in Denver.

Otherwise, I am nearing the end of Deathly Hallows, it's wonderful (and terrible), I'm finishing up the writing of the new patterns, and I'll have news over the weekend of a new, terrific shop we added to our list. More to come!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Feeling Loopy

I know! Me posting two days in a row? My world must be on its ear--but I had to show you what came in the mail yesterday.


Monday, I ordered some sock yarn to make the sample for a new pattern. I wanted some yarn from a company that made coordinating colors in sock weight and a heavier weight. The design is for men's socks and a matching scarf--great for gifts, huh?


Well, I thought of Mountain Colors and Lorna's Laces, knowing both offer different weights of yarns with the same colorways. I researched and found that I could get some beautiful Lorna's very reasonably priced from The Loopy Ewe. I ordered, and it came yesterday! Not only that, look how cute--each kind of yarn bundled up in a little package along with some goodies. Inside were also some Regia Silk and Regia Bamboo samples and some needle inventory cards. Not only that, but also a nice handwritten note from Sheri was tucked in. We could all learn a lot from her customer service. The site is great and getting this yarn couldn't have been any easier.
And look at this yarn!


That's Mine Shaft in sport weight on the left and Pewter in the sock weight on the right. Boy, I can't wait to get my needles into this!




Speaking of socks (and don't we often?), I finished one of my Seagull Socks samples in J. Knits Superwash Me, color AC #135. It's made such a warm, soft fabric. Do you ever just stop while knitting with certain yarn and marvel at the stitches--just the pure wonder of all those stitches making such a sturdy plane of perfection? I did with these.

Also, I turned the heel and finished the gusset on my Lavendar Sheep Mountain Sunset Zigzag Socks. It's such fun knitting with this yarn! The colors that pop up and surprise you--mostly purple (yum) but with every other color imaginable.

Yep, I am deep in sock frenzy here,
so back to it!
Thanks for stopping by!

Pardon the garden

I promised to show my sprouts, so looky. Since my last post, we went through a period of heavy rains and cool temps, so the plants are doing very well. I have repotted vines in big pots with trellises all ready for them to climb. Lovely! See?

The nasturtiums got moved to a bigger container and are really thriving--but where are the flowers? The reason I love nasturtiums is because the leaves are just as pretty as the flowers, but I want the flowers, too. Time for more plant food, I suppose.









The basil and tithonia I grew from seed are also showing out quite nicely. Gardening is so easy here--anything will grow!



So that's why I asked you to pardon the garden--I had to show off my babies! Now for the yarn babies.

I finished the TLC Cotton Plus socks. You bet I'll be making more of these. They are so comfy.


This is after a machine wash and dry--still good.


That lace panel I showed you has turned into this. I picked up stitches along one long side and fashioned a bodice. It will have little buttons in front at the rib panel, and I plan to work on an edge along the armholes. I haven't decided whether it will have sleeves or not. First, I am going to pick up stitches along the bottom of the rib panel and work down in a similar smaller lace panel so that I can increase in between the panels for the hips. It's just an experiment to try out a little lace top. I probably won't be writing this particular one into a pattern, so I thought I'd show as I go. It's fun!


Of course, I am trying to give it a little attention between writing ten new patterns whose samples have already been knitted. That's what I'm supposed to be doing right now, so I must say Mar Sin Leat, An-Drasta! (Bye for now--I bet you thought I'd forgotten the Gaelic!)