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20% off Sale

Just to let you know in honor of many Americans spending tomorrow (or Friday, in my case) stuffing our faces, and then on Friday, all stampeding to the malls and department stores to spend vast sums of money (or not, in my case), I’m offering 20% off all my patterns (no coupon code required) from today (Nov 24th) till midnight (EST) on November 28th.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S., and Happy Thursday to everyone outside the U.S.

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It’s been awhile (again, sorry bout that), lots and lots and lots of stuff has been happening.
The condensed version of events.
Knitting has continued (Icy Fields is this close to being done and Christmas knitting has been started).
Some spinning has occurred (not enough to get excited about though).
Some frogging has happened (the project just wasn’t meant to be).
One project has been finished (Liesl! YAY!!!!)
Another is off the needles (The knitting on Walk in the Woods is done, but I can’t remember if I’ve talked about this yet, I don’t think I have).
I had a design submission accepted somewhere (which will almost definitely be hush-shush knitting and not see the light of day on this blog until it’s published).
Another two designs are being written up then prepping and preening to go off to test knitters (if you’d like to test knit let me know, they’re both fingerless mitts with lacy ribbing along the backs of the hands).
More yarn was acquired (but I ordered it before Rhinebeck, and arrived shortly after, so it’s been hanging around for awhile now).
Four designs were released (but if you follow the blog you knew this already).
I was profiled on another blog (which is where many new people came from [I think], so this isn’t really all that new either).
More design ideas are brewing (but that’s not all that new or strange).
Classes are getting to be kind of annoying (but that happens around this point every semester, so this isn’t new either).

Now,
the longer version (much longer).

In the world of knitting.
I have less than one full round to go before I can cast off Icy Fields. Less than ONE round to go, that means I’m almost done (I’m ignoring the loopy crochet cast off I have planned for now). This shawl has been on the needles (in an astounding number of incarnations) for THREE YEARS, and let me tell you I am ready to be done with this shawl. Oh so ready.
Part of the reason I’m so ready to be done with this project is that, though it has changed a lot (and I mean A LOT), the stitch patterns (all two of them) have remained the same, they have not changed since the finalized swatch three years ago. And I love both of them, but three years is a crazy long time to be working on the same design with the same stitch patterns (in case you’re wondering, it has been the construction that’s changed many many times).
On top of all that I ordered this yarn (Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, color smoke) in one of the first Knit Picks orders I ever did. That was some time around 2003. I think I talked about the life of this yarn before but to recap. I’ve since started and ripped one shawl. Designed, knit, and published a second shawl (A Study in Grey), and am designing, knitting, and eventually publishing a third shawl. I am ready to be done with this yarn too.
So if anyone would like my leftovers, just let me know and we can work something out. There will be at least one or two, possibly three skeins left over along with one or two not complete balls (there might be a tiny amount of cat hair mixed in, I don’t currently live full time with a cat, but I’ve had contact with a lot of cats throughout the time I’ve had the yarn). It is fantastic yarn, I love it to pieces, I’m just sick of it.

Though Icy Fields has been taking up most of my time (I want it done damn it!), because I want to finish knitting it before all of the details about the design that got accepted get finalized and I need to switch my attention to concentrating on that project, I have been knitting other stuff.
Gothic Spires has been quite neglected (poor thing), and has only gotten a repeat added to it, though hopefully that’ll change over Thanksgiving weekend.
I’ve started one of the three things I’m knitting as Christmas presents, a cabled hat for my sister that matches the fingerless gloves I gave her for her birthday in September (apparently I hit the nail on the head with the gloves, and I’m hoping the hat is just as well received). The hat too is my own designs, and once I finish, I’ll write up the pair and release them as a set (after knitting myself a set). This project is progressing along nicely, I’ll probably finish it up in a day or two, after I’m done with Icy Fields.
And I think that’s all I have on the needles at the moment (we’re not talking about Celtic Forests, it needs lots of chart work). I’ve got a bunch of stuff that I want to cast on for, but I’m waiting till I’m done with Icy Fields (this is starting to get to be a theme).

I worked through another 16th(?) of the silk/merino blend that I’ve been spinning since *cough*April*cough*. I told you the spinning wasn’t very exciting.

Belle got frogged. I love the idea. I love the yarn. I hated them together. So now, the idea is waiting for the right yarn, and the yarn is waiting for the right stitch combination or pattern.

I finished Liesl!!! Happy, happy dance. Truth be told the knitting was finished for ever ago, then I managed to weave in the ends about three and a half weeks ago. After that it sat on my floor for awhile until on Thursday I (finally) sewed the buttons on. And now I have a new sweater. I’ll try for photos and a wrap up post soon-ish.
Walk in the Woods is also off the needles, but is now waiting until I go home to get blocked. Maybe over Thanksgiving, but probably not.

I got a design accepted. YAY!! There was a lot of real life happy dancing.

The pair of fingerless gloves and their matching wristlettes (I’m wearing the wristlettes because my room is freezing) I talked about absolutely forever ago (about the same time I talked about the gloves for my sister’s birthday) are getting written up, and double and triple checked, then going out to test knitters (if you think you’d like to test give me a shout).

I got a big box of new to me yarn in one of Susan Pandorf of Sunflower Designs stash sales. They are all sport, DK or worsted weight workhorse yarns, destined to be hats and gloves, maybe a cowl or two.

I released the Crisscross Caps Collection, available through Ravelry or on the Original Designs page in the side bar (I’m working on coming up with a better way to showcase designs on the blog, the one page for everything is quickly getting clunky).
Shortly before that release I was profiled on CanaryKnits’s blog which introduced a whole bunch of new readers to this blog. Hello and welcome to everyone new, pull up a chair, take out your knitting, grab your beverage of choice and make yourself at home.

Once Icy Fields is finished expect to hear about an explosion of yarn and needles
accompanied by a butt ton of new projects.
Until next time, happy knitting.

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The Crisscross Caps Collection is now available for purchase as a download, for $10.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking the buy now button.

Each of the four hat patterns are also available for purchase and download individually for $3.00 each, either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by scrolling down and clicking the corresponding buy now button .

Fast, fun and unisex, these caps, covered in ribbing and simple to knit, fun to follow cables, make fantastic last minute gifts for friends and family. Easily completed in an evening or two of knitting, this collection of patterns aims to make last minute holiday and gift knitting, at least a little bit, less stressful.

Not just for the winter holidays these hats are great for that very important birthday that managed to sneak up on you this year. Or you could even knit one or two ahead of time and stash them away to reduce last minute panic knitting.

Optimally designed for a 22″ head, these hats will easily stretch and shrink to fit a 21″ to 23″ head without distorting the cable pattern.

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Slipped Pillars

Ravelry Link

Yarn: 150 yards (137 m) of Berroco Vintage or another worsted weight yarn

Needles: 1 set of US size 9 (5.5mm) DPNs

Notions: (optional) 1 cable needle, or spare DPN
(optional) 1 stitch marker

Gauge: 4.5sts/inch; 6 rows/inch on US size 9s, in the round, in stockinette stitch

Size: 22″ diameter (though will stretch to fit a wide variety of head sizes)

Skills Used:
cable cast on
knitting in the round
knitting through the back loop
purling
knitting two stitches together
slip, slip, knit
cabling (with or without a cable needle)
weaving in ends

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Standing Pillars

Ravelry Link

Yarn: 125 yards (114 m) of Berroco Vintage or another worsted weight yarn

Needles: 1 set of US size 9 (5.5mm) DPNs

Notions: (optional) 1 cable needle, or spare DPN
(optional) 1 stitch marker

Gauge: 4.5sts/inch; 6 rows/inch on US size 9s, in the round, in stockinette stitch

Size: 22″ diameter (though will stretch to fit a wide variety of head sizes)

Skills Used:
cable cast on
knitting in the round
knitting and purling
knitting two stitches together
slip, slip, knit
cabling (with or without a cable needle)
weaving in ends

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Dancing Pillars

Ravelry Link

Yarn: 150 yards (137 m) of Berroco Vintage or another worsted weight yarn

Needles: 1 set of US size 9 (5.5mm) DPNs

Notions: (optional) 1 cable needle, or spare DPN
(optional) 1 stitch marker

Gauge: 4.5sts/inch; 6 rows/inch on US size 9s, in the round, in stockinette stitch

Size: 22″ diameter (though will stretch to fit a wide variety of head sizes)

Skills Used:
cable cast on
knitting in the round
knitting and purling
knitting two stitches together
slip, slip, knit
cabling (with or without a cable needle)
weaving in ends

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Slipped Pillars

Ravelry Link

Yarn: 125 yards (114 m) of Berroco Vintage or another worsted weight yarn

Needles: 1 set of US size 9 (5.5mm) DPNs

Notions: (optional) 1 cable needle, or spare DPN
(optional) 1 stitch marker

Gauge: 4.5sts/inch; 6 rows/inch on US size 9s, in the round, in stockinette stitch

Size: 22″ diameter (though will stretch to fit a wide variety of head sizes)

Skills Used:
cable cast on
knitting in the round
knitting and purling
slipping stitches with yarn in front
knitting two stitches together
slip, slip, knit
cabling (with or without a cable needle)
weaving in ends

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CanaryKnits

By now this is quite old news but, CanaryKnits recently focused one of her Indie Designer Day profiles on me. I’m flattered, and honored, to be profiled alongside so many other wonderful and fantastic designers. If you don’t already know CanaryKnits, or haven’t gone through and read some of the past profiles she’s done on independent designers, I strongly encourage you to do so there are some really amazing designers there.
And as always, if you find a design or a designer you really love, go support them. Even if you can’t by a pattern, comments, and love are good for the soul. Now go look. Really.

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Photos!

I forgot I had some (not as many as some) Rhinebeck photos. So here they are.

There are some goats, who didn’t seem all that interested in me.

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One goat who was very interested in playing with the clipboard hanging on the stall, and was quite cute because of it.

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And finally one who seemed somewhat interested in me.

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I did get to watch some shearing, but the pictures of that aren’t very clear good.

And finally I leave you with pumpkin catapulting. Photos courtesy of my father.

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So this might be a short post, but I’ll see what I can squeeze in.

First up, Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck, as always, was a whole lot of fun. I bought some yarn, and some fiber, but I was really nice to my wallet and only bought 2 skeins of yarn, and 6 total ounces of fiber. I’m quite impressed with myself.
The first skein is from the Oasis Farm Fiber Mill booth. It’s a lovely 3 ply, two of the plys are a dark (almost navy, but not quite) shade of blue, with the third ply dyed a very light blue. It didn’t come with a tag, and I can’t find it on their website, but from what I can remember it is around 200 yards, 100% wool, and it seems to be about a worsted weight. I’m thinking that this is destined to become a hat and mitt set for me.
The second skein is 665 yards of 100% sport weight alpaca, from Times Remembered. They don’t seem to have a website, but from what I can gather off a quick google search they have a store in Slate Hill, NY. So, if anyone is around there, it might be worth looking into. That is also a blue, but this time an ice blue, almost white/extremely light grey in color. Destined to become a large and cozy lace wrap/stole, probably designed around a winter theme, possibly ice or snow.
The temperature has plummeted in the past few days. Making it very hard to get out of bed in the mornings, and making me wish I had a few more large warm shawls to wrap up in.
The first ball of roving came from Hatchtown Farm. It is 2 oz of 100% Coopworth in a blend of what seems to be a natural dark brown, and a natural cream, just a few shades darker than white. I’ve never tried Coopworth before, so I’m excited to try this, but it’ll have to wait until I get my current project off my spindle, the wool/silk blend that I last talked about at the very end of this post. For now though I’m very content squishing it every now and then.
The last of the purchases was 4 oz of wool fiber from Spinners Hill. 2 oz were in a blend of browns and greens with some reds and yellows sprinkled here and there (much prettier than it sounds). This I spun into a thick n thin two ply, mostly ranging from light worsted to fingering weight, if I had to guess. I’m thinking I want to knit a toy out of this, but I’m not quite sure. The second 2 oz are a very deep and dark, but still slightly, slightly variegated purple. I think I’ll spin this finer and possibly make a hat or some gloves from it.

Well, that’s all I’ve got time for now, but the text post will include what I’m currently knitting, and what I’m finished knitting. Plus some more stash enhancement, and maybe (it depends how soon I get to posting) the announcement of a new set of patterns. Yes, set of patterns (I’m excited). The Crisscross caps booklet (talked more in depth about here) has gone into testing, and is turning out very well so far. Fingers crossed that it continues to be smooth sailing.

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