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!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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
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
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!