Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Works in Progress

It has been an exciting and busy week here, and it is only mid-week!

Unfortunately most of it has not been knitting busy.

There was a graduation ceremony.

And building a new top to my patio table.

And just a little tiny bit of knitting.

A newly installed outside faucet and a new garbage disposal.

So, lots of things happening, just not much knitting!

What's happening in your world today?


Sunday, May 21, 2017

"Children Of The Sun"

Parallel to life
There's a wisdom that seems out of reach
Like a figure of speech
In a maze of white lies
So elusive it's hard to recognize
With naivety's eyes
It's like running with a knife
The thought steals away with your peace
And high on that trapeze
You hold on to me
You hold on to me

And I'll be singing you
Songs of tomorrow
And then dawn will follow
And our sorrows all undone

When you're done with all the strife
When they echo the minds in the streets
You know your heart beats
A solitary call
For a change in the tone of it all
You'll be scaling that wall
And the higher you climb
The more you can see of this life
On the edge of that knife
You hold on to me
Hold on to me

And I'll be singing you
Songs of tomorrow
And then dawn will follow
And our sorrows all undone

Yeah, I'll be singing you
Songs of tomorrow
And then dawn will follow
We are children of the sun

And you know you can take this story
Take your glory
Make your own way
Yeah, I want you to shake this story
Take your glory
Find your way
Make your own way

And I'll be singing you
Songs of tomorrow
And then dawn will follow
And our sorrows all undone

Yeah, I'll be singing you
Songs of tomorrow
And then dawn will follow
We are children of the sun

Friday, May 19, 2017

Special Offer Friday

I am so happy to be able to tell you that Skein Shop, who provided me with the opportunity to design The Second Saturday Shawl has put together a limited number of kits to make your very own Second Saturday Shawl at a discount!

Run over to her store here and you will get:

  • A printed copy of the Second Saturday Shawl knitting pattern
  • Large kits come with seven balls of Katia Lino yarn
  • Small kits come with four balls of Katia Lino yarn
  • Within 24 hours of your order you will receive an email with a coupon code to get the Second Saturday Shawl pattern on Ravelry - you will need a free Ravelry account to redeem this code
You will need to supply:
  • Size US 5 (3.75mm) circular knitting needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Smooth waste yarn for the provisional cast on
Pattern Info :
Size: Large: 34 inch drop and 66 inch wingspan (85 cm by 165cm)
Small: 24 inch drop and 48.5 inch wingspan (60 cm by 121 cm)
Required Skills: Chart reading, k, ktbl, p, yo, k2tog, ssk, RT.
Pattern presented in charted form, no line by line written instructions.
Extra Bonus - The coupon code for the electronic copy of the pattern on Ravelry comes with a bonus printable Linen Swatch Cloth pattern.

About the yarn:
Lino is a good, simple linen.  The smooth finish and round twist makes this yarn a joy to work with.  As with all linen, it is important to remember that it softens considerably with wash and wear.  The subdued color range suggests summer tanks, market bags, and home d├ęcor.  This would also be an ideal weaving yarn!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We Interrupt This Blog

There I was, all set to hit publish on my pattern on Ravelry...and our internet went out!  (I am blaming it on construction down the road, but who knows!) So please forgive the delay in the Newsletter and Pattern Release!


Second Saturday Shawl, by yours truly!

The invitation said “You’re Invited! Second Saturday, event to be held outside weather permitting.” But, what to wear? You want something elegant, but not too dressy, comfortable to wear inside in air-conditioning and outside in the sun, but not too casual. A linen shawl, with a lot of texture and a little bit of lace will fill that need. Shown here in two sizes, a big wrap you up shawl and a smaller accent piece, will have you covered for any weekend spring, summer or early fall event. Equally at home for a casual jazz concert in the park or an elegant wedding on a beach, this shawl will be the one you
reach for time and time again.

This linen shawl is presented in two sizes, but of course can also be made larger through careful repeating of the charts.

Large: 34 inch drop and 66 inch wingspan [85 cm by 165cm]
Small: 24 inch drop and 48.5 inch wingspan [60 cm by 121 cm]
Yarn Katia Lino 100% Linen 164 yds [150 meters] 50 gms [1.75 oz]
Large: 7 balls, Small: 4 balls
Needles Size US 5 [3.75mm] 47 inch [120cm] circular needle or size required to obtain gauge
Stitch markers, large eyed tapestry needle for weaving in ends, smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on.

This pattern is presented in charted form only, no line by line written instructions.

Special Shout Out to SkeinShop, who provided the yarn, models and photography for this pattern through their Independent Designer Program.

If you subscribe to the newsletter you got (or will get shortly) a printable copy of the second pattern that was created during my "adventures in swatching and designing with linen yarn", The Linen Swatch Cloth, but for those who don't subscribe already and missed out, it does come free with the pattern, or is available for individual purchase.  A non printer friendly version is available as part of a blog post I wrote for Skein Shop as well.

Paired with a nice soap it would make an excellent teacher gift for that special teacher!

I hope you like the shawls and the swatch cloth as much as I enjoyed making them!

Happy Knitting!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Feathers! Again

But not a cardigan this time!

As many people know, on Saturday afternoons and Sundays I am making it a point to knit the designer of other designers.  There are many good (for me at least) reasons to do that, not the least of which being I can play along in the knit along that I am co-hosting with Evie Scott Designs and Peggy Jean Kaylor on Ravelry.

My first project for the KAL was Attack of the Killer Rabbits cowl, by Peggy Jean Kaylor, and you got to read all about it last week in a Finished Object Post.

So on Saturday afternoon I cast on a Quill Cowl by Evie Scott Designs.

I am not very far into it yet, with feathers going both directions it is not tv/movie watching knitting.
But it is an awful lot of fun and I can't wait to pick it back up Saturday afternoon!

In other news, if you hurry up and sign up for the newsletter, today, you will be getting a discount code for my next new release shawl and a special free pdf pattern for the Linen Swatch Cloth that was posted on Skein Shop's Blog last week.

Want another teaser picture?

Skein Shop found some great models....but more about that tomorrow!

What's on your needles this week?


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday on Saturday

Sorry about the delay, I had a bee in my bonnet about cleaning out the pantry and actually taking stock out what I had out there before going to the supermarket this week.  So a day late, but....

Presenting Attack of the Killer Rabbits Cowl by Peggy Jean Kaylor, knit by yours truly!

I knit mine with some Wool of the Andes Superwash in Bittersweet Heather (a pretty dark brown) and some mystery yarn from the thrift store.  A burn test says that the mystery yarn is wool, a quick wash of a swatch test says it is not superwash!  In fact, it would be great for a felting project!

I did modify the pattern a little.  In the original, you use the darker color for one edge, then swap to the lighter color for the other, but...well...I am a matchy, matchy gal at my cowl is brown on both sides!

This would be a very easy pattern to adapt to any gauge yarn, the pattern stitch is simple enough to memorize, yet holds your interest during the knitting.  It can be worn just casually looped around your neck, or doubled for a double thick, warm, cozy cowl. with so many of my hand knits, I waved good bye to it after the photo shoot!

Having finished this knit, it can only mean...another item in the 2017 Small Accessories KAL jumped on my needles.  Tune in Wednesday to see all about it here, or join us for the KAL and read all about it there!