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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Chatty

Is it just me, or is time moving at really strange paces this year?

My days seem to be melting into weeks and nearly a month has gone by since I last checked in here!

I got bitten by the Fall Cleaning bug a couple of weeks ago, so my non-working time was filled with washing curtains, walls, windows and scrubbing those areas of the house that are usually hidden by furniture (how does so much dust and cat hair end up on the baseboards of my walls? Or hot cocoa spills behind the sofa?)  I reorganized the pantry...someone keeps putting back nearly empty containers of things...and washed all the winter quilts that (although they had been stored clean) needed a bit of a refresh before being put on beds.

My family made jokes about my being very early for next years Spring clean, but, with 2020 being the year it has been, I think that a good Fall Clean Up is just as, if not more, important than cleaning out the winter dust when we can open the windows and let the fresh air in again when the weather warms.  The sensible among us will be spending a lot of time at home, with the windows shut through the winter this year.

Not that there hasn't been knitting going on...mostly secret things though and starting to prep for the Indie Gift Along, which will feel a bit different with the issues that Ravelry still has with accessibility.

 

Sneaky Peak at secret knitting...

 


 

For those of you who have participated in the After Party Gals Christmas MKAL in the past, yes, we are doing it again!  I have so much fun collaborating with Annina and Tanja to bring you a special pattern.  We all have such different strengths and design "looks" but they somehow just seem to mesh so well together!  I can't wait to share pictures of what we designed this year...I think it is our best year yet!

And in just a week NaKnitMo starts, so I hope you will join me there, counting stitches through the month of November! 



One last plug for my Dissent Pattern, available on Ravelry, Payhip and Love Crafts...all proceeds through election day will be going to charities near and dear to my heart...once we see who has won that election I will pick new charities to donate proceeds to.


Until next time, hopefully at least next week, but time...you know...wibbly, wobbly, timey, whimey, stuff!


Stay Well!


~M

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Scream and Shout

I was interviewed for Woolly Madly Deeply...read the interview here.

 

And you can buy the pattern here (Ravelry) or here... LoveCrafts takes a little longer, I'll update this post when they are live too!


Dissent.


Proceeds are being donated to Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center and Planned Parenthood through (at least) election day in the US.




Sunday, September 27, 2020

Testing Dissent- a not silent post

You may remember that during the summer I knit a collar for a scavenger hunt.  I originally didn't have many plans for it, but interest by private/direct messages and comments on Instagram had me bump it to the head of the queue for pattern development.  (My time lines are long...so that took a couple of months to hit the Tech Editor's inbox.)


 

A week ago, we got the sad news that the Justice it was designed in honor of had passed away from complications related to an ongoing battle with cancer.  Just the day before the test knit was scheduled to be announced.

I dithered for a while about if it was even the right thing to put the test out there...but was talked into it.

Several knitters are already through the lace panel that says Dissent, and thankfully have caught a couple of things that the "rapid turn around" tech edit didn't, but there is still time to join the test knitting if you would like to.

Either speak up in the Ravelry thread...here.

Send me a message through Instagram...here.

Or comment on this post, all comments are moderated so if you put your email address I promise not to publish you comment...but instead to send you a test file for the pattern!

Size:
3.5” (9 cm) Deep
16” (40.5cm) Top circumference
29” (73.5cm) Bottom circumference

Materials:
Shown in Shepherd Baby Wool 2 ply, 100% wool, 372 yards(340 meters)/ 50 gms (1.76 ounces)

US 2 (2.75 mm) needles.
2.75mm crochet hook for chain bind off.

Gauge: 36 sts and 48 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in lace patterning after blocking.

Notions: 3 small buttons, large eyed tapestry needle.
Optional Notions: Smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on, stitch markers to mark letters and pattern repeats for leaf lace edge.

Pattern Notes:
Instructions are provided for using either a provisional cast or any cast on of your choice and two different bottom edges; a loopy chain bind off or a stretchy lace bind off.
Sample used 13 gms or approximately 100 yards (92 meters) of yarn.

 

Cheer!


~M



Sunday, September 20, 2020

Now is not the time

 Now is not the time to be silent.


While I try to keep my political thoughts to myself..if you are a US citizen and not registered to vote...please fix that...like now!

And then..vote like your life depends on it.

Because it does...


¬M

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wip Wednesday

 Are you playing with us in the Around the World Stitch Along? (That's a Ravelry link, only click if you know you don't have issues with the new site or have already clicked to switch back to Classic)...here's a non-Ravelry link for you...IG


I have been making (very slow) progress on a pair of socks for it...



Rainbow Wanderer (which I keep wanting to type as Rainbow Warrior) by Rachel Ferguson (currently only available on Ravelry, but, if you want to get a copy of the pattern let me know and I can contact the designer for you to work something out!)


 

I'm quite a bit further than that now, nearly to the toe of the second sock!


It's ever so much fun to see the rainbow arc across the top of the foot of the sock!


Lot's of other "behind the scenes" knitting, writing, charting and editing going on.  We got a quickie (at home) photo shoot in this past weekend for three upcoming designs and I have two others that are really close to needing testers, so maybe life is settling into the new "normal" that will actually have me finishing things I started months ago!


I hope you are safe and healthy!


Until next time....


Knit Happy!


~M


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Hushed

 










Shawls to come....

Sunday, August 30, 2020