Thursday, 24 December 2009
Yup. That's Sarah, our dressmaker's doll, standing in for a Christmas tree which are just a bit too pricey to bother paying for this year. Next year!
In other news, LostCityKnits is having participating in the 10 shawls in 2010 group (so tempting...still haven't decided if I'm going to go for it!) and is having a giveaway on her blog if you want to suggest a pattern.
Friday, 18 December 2009
With gifts finished, today was the Christmas Shop with my husband. This is our first Christmas together as a married couple, and on our own, so we're making it special with special treats, like enchiladas and cereal from back home (Tesco's is sadly lacking in Panda Puffs, but I managed to get my paws on Gorilla Munch). Also, Britain is waking up to the wonder of peanut butter and chocolate, as I managed to score a 3-pack of Reese's Peanut Butter cups at Tesco's today (55p...fantastic).
I've also managed to get a new pattern up: the Leiden Lace Scarf.
It's available for £3.00 at my Ravelry Store.
And if you're not on Ravelry, here's a doesn't-matter-link (Which will take you to Paypal:
Friday, 4 December 2009
Includes both charted and written instructions.
Flintshire is an intricate yet quick to knit cabled hat suitable for both men and women. It’s easy to pick between sizes; simply use DK-weight yarn and smaller needles for the smaller size, or switch up to Aran-weight yarn and larger needles for a large woman’s/men’s hat.
Small/Medium (for 18-21”/46-54cm head
Large/X-Large (for 21-24”/54-61cm head
15”/38cm circ. of brim, unstretched; 8”/20cm
18”/ 46cm circ. of brim, unstretched; 8.75”/22cm
Thank you to StephCat, NifferJJL1980, faeriesandpixies,
scoochiesmom, MsKniterrific, SheKnitsToo, JenAus0524, WallflowerGirl, and Meggiesgran for test knitting for me!
Flintshire is available for 3.00 GBP (about $4.98 USD at today's exchange rate) as a Ravelry Download (link will take you to Paypal).
Monday, 30 November 2009
My newest pattern is up on Ravelry!
It's Marquess, made with US 8 needles (5.00mm) and about 200 yards of Aran or DK-weight yarn.
It's available for 2.50 GBP (about $4.11 USD at today's exchange rate) as a Ravelry Download (link will take you to Paypal).
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Marquess, Pattern Coming the First Week of December
Flintshire, Pattern Coming the Second Week of December
Monday, 2 November 2009
It's the Butterfly Forest Shawl, and I have to say I'm a little bit in love with it.
It's available for 3.00 GBP (about $4.92 USD at today's exchange rate) as a Ravelry download (link will take you to Paypal).
A hat pattern that shall not be named, just in case the intended recipient happens to stumble onto my blog, has been posted on Ravelry. It's a simple man's knit, and even better, it's free!
Also finished up another Christmas present: Elijah by Ysolda.
Done with 1.5 skeins of Mirasol Yarn Samp'a, an AMAZING organic cotton yarn that is nowhere near as splitty as most organic cotton I've used. Plus the proceeds go to supporting community projects in the Andes in Peru, which has a very special place in my heart.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
And, as many veg box customers tend to find themselves at least a few times a year, I was completely confused, until I told EllaJ about it and she said, "What about borscht?"
Duh. As I have a very lovely Russian side of my family in my darling sister-in-law, and have enjoyed her and her mother's borscht on many a find occasion, I don't know how that delicate point escaped me.
So last night I made borscht. And while making borscht and seeing how brilliantly fuchsia everything within five feet of me was, I thought, "Oh yeah, people use beetroot to dye things."
Bluefaced last weekend, and shoved it in.
It's a lot more orangey/rusty than I expected, which is good, because I was fearing it would turn out to be a bit more like candy-floss (which I hate the color of). And because it's kettle-dyed, and because I never fished the beetroot peels out of the boiling water, they ended up clinging to the yarn like leeches and leaving little darker splotches all over it, which I quite like.
I fully expect it to fade and bleach in the sun, but even if it's anywhere between this color and its natural shade, I'll still be happy with it.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Fortunately, we're blessed to have my husband's student loans and a frugal lifestyle (besides the chocolate, and the occasional skein of Fyberspates), that I've been able to devote some time (a lot of time) to both my writing, and, of course, my knitting.
I'm waiting to hear back on the fate of my two newest books from my agent, so in the meantime, it's really all knitting:
My Workspace, with desk thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of my husband and to the cool Swedish stylings of EllaJ, who has IKEA in her blood.
Monday, 12 October 2009
I have a new pattern up in my Ravelry Store!
It's the French Braid Cloche, and it's available for download as a PDF and is only 2.00 GBP, (at current exchange rate, about $3.16 USD or 2.14 Euro, or 3.48 Aus, or...)
Available in Adult sizes Medium and Large, it's a fun, comfy cloche hat for all seasons, with a cable-created ruffle for snaz and eyelets that are just begging to have ribbons run through them.
Thank you to KarateKid, Hobobird, and PocketDanielle for test knitting!
Friday, 9 October 2009
Though it's not for me, but a friend, EllaJ. Since my time is abundant and otherwise useless, since no one feels the need to contact me about volunteer opportunities that I've applied for (I mean...really?), I've been mostly knitting. A lot.
Fortunately, this means quite a few designs should be coming up soon:
French Braid Cloche:
A few other hats, and somehow (har har) managing to work in a little Cookie time into my schedule:
Friday, 7 August 2009
I've been trying to justify my unemployment by busying myself with potential-income-generating things like working on my book(s) and working on some designs. But when I don't have the patience to finish anything in one go, I end up casting on for seven different projects on one time, four of which don't have any sort of official patterns (at least, not yet), and using up all my spare needles.
In the meantime, I'm quite pleased:
This is the start of my Victoriana Coat, a coat I began because I had a hard time finding a coat that was A. a cut I liked and B. not made in China. Solution? Make my own. Of course. And it's going surprisingly fast. Though, come spring time, when the thing's thrown in a heap in a corner with a piece of half-arsed lining sewn to only one sleeve...well, I might have broken down and bought a coat, by then. But I'm determined. By golly, I'm going to finish what I started! For once.
I think all I need now, really, is one of those pointy 1920s-inspired hats like the Beauxbaton girls wore in Harry Potter and I'll be set.
The pattern for this and its fraternal twin sister, the Bacchus Shawl.
And a hat.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
In the mean time, here's a quick sampling of some FOs (all links lead to Ravelry):