This year I have decided to participate as an indie designer in the annual party of knitters and crocheters on Ravelry: Gift-A-Long 2015.
What does it mean? The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by 335 independent designers. From November 19th at 8pm (US-EST) through November 27th at 11:59 pm (US-EST) these 335 indie designers will be discounting between 5 - 20 of their patterns 25% for this event.
I am super excited to be a part of it! Hope you do, too :)
The fun is almost started, only two days to go.
Just do not forget to use the coupon code: giftalong2015 at the checkout!
Happy knitting for everyone!
I really love how these cables turned out. Although they look a bit complicated, in fact they are rather easy to knit, and work beautifully with textured background.
The cowl is knitted separately and its pattern is included in the pullover file as a bonus pattern.
In the last two years my long-term goal was to reduce my yarn stash as much as possible. So for every project I did my best to use what I had. That didn't always worked for me so I've decided simply to stop buying any more until there is no other option.
I have been on a yarn diet for six months, since the end of January to be exact.
I am proud to conclude that not only I didn't suffer too much from it but I also managed to use over 7,600 yards / 7000 km of yarn till today from my own stash. Something to be proud of, right?
To celebrate a half-year anniversary (and a finished Cordova) I decided to use an opportunity of a good sale and to purchase Malabrigo Yarn Sock from Loveknitting.com.
Since I already have a project in mind my choice was 1 skein of Natural (063) and 4 skeins of Cote D'Azure (807). The package arrived in two weeks, everything seemed to be ok until I saw the color of the yarn:
My dearest friend recently had a baby boy.
He is so tiny and sweet, and already has the cutest hairstyle :)
Although he doesn't know this yet but he is about to be very fashionable young man.
And this is my contribution:
The design is quiet similar to the Sweet Heart tunic I made for my younger DD when she was about 6 months old.
Minus the ruffles, of course.
I used the same Lion Brand Cotton-Ease only in different color.
And added two buttons to one shoulder to make it easier to put the vest on.
This winter I have decided it's time to knit more for myself and less for others. I see so many beautiful sweaters and cardigans in stores and on the street, it makes my fingers go bzzzz with urge to knit something immediately. (Isn't this the first sign of an addiction?)
After finishing Stowe I was a little concerned that any new knit for me will take another year and a great deal of patience. But then I made Gale in less than a month so my faith got uplifted... slightly. Let's be honest, with 8 mm needles it wasn't too hard.
So I began to search for the next big project. There were a few conditions:
I have to use my stash only
no small size needles otherwise it would take me forever to finish
it has to be more classic than trendy but not boring
It is mostly finished now. I am in the middle of re-knitting of the left sleeve. After this I will make the neckband and that's it.
The yardage is quite big on this one. And it's heavy.
But this doesn't bother me as much as the fact that all 10 skeins I have are of the same dye lot on paper. They are SO DIFFERENT in real life. I had to alternate skeins most of the time, it's so frustrating and truly slows the process.
In a few skeins I found knots and broken strands that I had to weave - you don't expect to find those things in the yarn that costs so much.
It is so great to have a family.
And not just any family but those who love what you do and appreciate it even if they do not share your obsession passion for knitting.
Since the fashion trend has shifted (back) to oversized I began to wonder if I should adopt some of it.
I have stated previously that normally this is not my kind of look and it never has been (even when I was much thinner).
But all those square pullovers got me into thinking that I might be missing something. After all, there are so many beautiful designs on Ravelry and even more beautiful sweaters knitted by my fellow Ravelers from all over the world.
Both of my girls love hats.
So one of the quickest and the easiest ways to make them jump happily in front of the mirror is to knit a new hat. With a pompom, of course.
And so here is the new addition to my elder girl's collection - Citrus.
It features the same main cables as Winterberry Cowl so they can be easily become a set.
The pattern is now 20% off till the end of March 12 (GMT +2).
I have always looked at ponchos with a thought that it's not something I would put on myself. It didn't look comfortable or flattering, or even practical.
This one is different in so many ways.
First of all, it is not your ordinary rectangle with a hole in the middle. It is much more sophisticated with all the shaping for shoulders and a neckline.
The buttons on the side make it look sweater-like and do not let the wind to get in.
Love it, love it!
And the Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash is so soft like a kitten. My daughter has actually asked me to knit her something with a yarn like this. That means more fun for me :)
I had mixed feelings about BBB's New Master from the beginning. I remember reading on knitting forums that it's rather itchy and unpleasant to work with. That didn't stop me from buying it though.
I've used NM for several projects:
So now I can conclude that the yarn holds up perfectly whether it is used for cables or texture only. It requires some serious steam blocking at first. Then NM's memory will do all the work.
Regarding the itchiness, I guess, it depends on the individual sensitivity. To be on the safe side, I would say that cardigans/sweaters would be just fine, even hats are ok, but cowls - wouldn't risk it.
Durability of NM is really great.
The red cardigan from Phildar has been washed countless times for the past two years and still looks like new - no pilling (even underarms!) whatsoever.
The best part, of course, is that with the right gauge you get garment that no one would think of asking if it is handmade (unless those people know about your addiction:). For example, I wore Stowe for a couple of times and already have been asked where I bought it.