FO — Echo Flower Shawl

My latest FO, an Echo Flower shawl for my sister Hannah!

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It’s finished, it’s finished!  My latest Finished Object, and perhaps the most gorgeous thing I’ve EVER knit, is this Echo Flower shawl knit in celebration of my little sister’s engagement!  Congratulations, Hannah and Nick!  I was lucky enough to gift it to her in person last week, and am so thrilled that she loves it.

Now, the knitterly details:  Echo Flowers is a beautiful, easy-to-follow pattern, and I can’t say enough good things about it!  Clear charts and a good overview make it accessible to most knitters.  The nupps are a little more advanced, simply because you need to be careful working 7-9 stitches together, but a determined newbie can certainly be successful.  I followed the beading placement recommended by wriggle on Ravelry — check out the neat little pyramids of beads, and the single bead at each point along the edging!  All credit goes to her!  If you’ve never…

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Cast on for the New Year!

My New Year's resolutions lists are written, new knitting and designing projects are lined up, and the baby's room is ready for whenever he decides to arrive . . . 2014, here I come!  Thank you so much to my friends, family, and publishers for an amazing 2013.  I am so grateful to each and … Continue reading Cast on for the New Year!

FO – Mystery Shawl 2013

My latest finished object, a lacy shawl designed by Jen Lucas!

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 NovemberKALShawlI love lacy sock yarn shawls!  And for so many reasons. . . the yarn is just a bit heavier than lace weight, making it a more substantial knit without being too warm and heavy to wear indoors this time of year.  I can buy just one of that super-special one-of-a-kind skein and have a fabulous statement piece to wear from it.  Sock yarn is often washable, making it safe to give a sock yarn shawl as a gift to a non-knitter friend or family member.  Finally, shawls and shawlettes are just so much fun to make!  This lovely example was knit from a mystery pattern over the last month.  Jen Lucas of Knitting Like Crazy released the pattern in 4 stages, one each week for the month of November.  It was so much fun to knit without knowing exactly what the finished result would be — a knitting…

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Workshop Thoughts and Thanks!

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I can’t believe it was nearly a week ago — how time flies as we count down to the holiday season!  This past Sunday I taught my first-ever workshop for my Rocky Peak Ridge hat pattern at Sage Yarn, and it was just awesome to see everyone’s enthusiasm!  We spent the first part of class reviewing the chart and directions, focusing on rules for knitting in the round.  Then it was time to jump in to working with two hands — and everyone did an absolutely fabulous job!  Just think about how many thousands. . . millions . . . of stitches your dominant hand has had to practice on, and you’ll understand how huge it was for everyone to try working with their non-dominant hand for two hours!  I was so impressed, and I think some folks even impressed themselves!  By the time we were wrapping up, there was…

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I’m really excited to be teaching my latest hat pattern, Rocky Peak Ridge, at Sage this coming Sunday!  I love color knitting of all kinds — striped, stranded, intarsia, mosaic — but there’s something so satisfying about working a stranded pattern using two colors, one in each hand.  This hat features quick color changes and easy-to-memorize pattern repeats, perfect for practicing knitting with both hands.

It’s also a fun one for playing with color dominance, as the background color changes with each pattern band.  See how it alternates as the hat progresses from brim to crown?  Keeping the background color in the right hand allows the “pattern” color to POP!  Try changing your yarn position with each band and see what happens — the shift is subtle, but definitely noticeable!  We’ll talk about yarn dominance and more on Sunday.  Won’t you join us?  Check out the full details below!

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Jen and I face copyright questions on a daily basis — whether it’s a customer hoping to knit an item for sale at a local fair, an instructor wondering whether a published pattern may be used to teach a class, or wanting to make a “working copy” of a pattern to write on as we’re knitting on a project!  Copyright laws can be intimidating and confusing,  so we wanted to help clarify things!

Our example is my most recent pattern, which appeared on the cover of Interweave’s Holiday Gifts issue.  Currently, Interweave holds the rights to the pattern.  In their words, the “instructions we publish at Interweave are intended for personal use and inspiration only – not for commercial purposes.”  This means that even as the designer I am not allowed to sell the pattern on my own, or sell finished items made using the pattern.  I am, however, allowed…

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As if on cue, the foliage in my front yard is changing! Let me be the first to welcome you to the first day of fall knitting . . . bust out those cowls, shawls, and sweaters, wrap up those pesky UFOs, and run straight for your lys!

Pantone has put together a lovely palette of “hot” colors for fall, all of which come in yarn form from our favorite companies (of course!):
Now, you won’t catch my “English Rose” complexion running around town with Bright Chartreuse or Tangerine Tango (darn my sister and her olive skin!), but I’m pleased to say I already have a good bit of Olympian Blue, French Roast, and Pink Flambé. . . now, to add a little Rhapsody to my wardrobe! I’m thinking of a shawlette and a lightweight sweater in fingering yarn. . . or maybe I’ll design something new! What are…

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