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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This Weekend : Sheep in the Shade

We are heading back to beautiful Claytor Lake for Sheep in the Shade.

Classes include Indigo Dyeing with the awesome Kismet FiberWorks gals, 
Margaret Radcliffe, Author of "The Circular Knitting Workshop", "The Knitting Answer Book" and "The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques" 
will offer a class on fitting knitwear, 
I'm teaching a cable and lace class, and will demonstrate and 
answer questions about various tips and tricks throughout the weekend, 
creative mastermind Stephanie Woody of Providence Handmade will inspire us with an embellishment workshop and have her very awesome bags at the market.  
Also, Haley Parker will offer a workshop on taking better images with your phone.
These images were taken last fall, by Haley, with an iPhone 5C.

I hope that you can join us in the beautiful Virginia mountains.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Stranded Color-work, Changes + Jogging a Join

I'm working on a new hat with Quince + Co's Lark using leftovers from my Cracker blanket, a yet to be released cabled wrap and 
that one skein of Honey I'd been wanting to do something with.
The brim of the hat can either roll, as shown - or be turned to the inside and tacked down craeting a heavier band.  
This second option also envelopes the back of the stranding completely.

First I wanted to show how I weave in the ends of the color-work strands to jog the join.
I'm securing the Honey tail from right to left, then the top Slate tail from left to right, crossing over the beginning of the round.
The bottom Slate tail went right to left, while the Carrie's Yellow went left to right :

I love how the Slate, Honey, Carrie's Yellow and Poppy worked together 
in the first band - but did not love the tiny fleck of Honey 
in the center of and between the Poppy crosses.

I found a bit of Aleutian... which was perfect.

  Now to replace the Honey flecks - 
Because it was just one round of color-work and just 1 stitch in 5, 
I decided to replace the round, rather than rip back :

One side of the stitch is pulled out

Carefully following the path one bit at a time.

 I find the Aleutian to be a much better pop of color here.

 Stay tuned for the release of the hat, DoubleCross, very soon.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

Crete KAL Progress

I am just crazy about how these tonal colors are working together in my own Crete.  
(Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in District 12 and Silver Fox)

Collar before blocking, raglan markers in place.
Project bag prototype (made by me) of hand printed linen by Angelia Armstrong.

Raglan Increases.

 Sleeve Stitches Held.

The end of the first 2 skeins.  Blocked and unblocked.

Check out the Dragonfly Fibers Forum on Ravelry for notes, tips, tricks and other Crete's in progress.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

KAL with me!

The Crete KAL begins 1 September - 

I've been swatching again, trying out a new edge.  
Dragonfly's Traveller, in Winterfell, continues to be a favorite!

Simple shaping (marked with coil-less pins), reversible stitch pattern, beautiful fabric.  

Do join in.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What I did this Summer.

 I created this classic topdown raglan jacket - simply shaped reversible fabric with a slight A-line body and overlapped front.  Crete's design is perfect for balancing hand-dyed yarn variations.  Nearly every stitch is a knit as you alternate skeins from opposite ends, every two rows. It's one of my newest designs, the tests are wrapping up and a KAL, 
sponsored by Dragonfly Fibers, will begin the 1st of September.  

Here are the specs to be sure you have yarn on hand :
Sizes 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)
Actual measurement is 36 3/4 (40, 44, 48 1/2, 52, 56 3/4, 61 1/4) inches at underarm - which includes the overlapping front.  
This garment is made to be worn with a little positive ease.
4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7)  skeins Dragonfly Traveller, 100% super wash merino, 280 yards per skein.  

Shown in color Winterfell

Another pattern in the works is Cracker 
I have just to add some technique pictures and it's ready.  Here is a little info on what you might need to make one for yourself :

Bottom : A 26 inch square blanket of 16 blocks was made with 9 skeins of Quince Lark :
4 MC Poppy
1 each of Blue Bird's Egg, Aleutian, Glacier and Belize
1 border Carrie’s Yellow

The gauge was 18 stitches and 36 rows to 4 inches in garter, with a US8 needle.  
The border is Garter.

Top : A 28 inch square blanket of 16 blocks was made with 5 skeins of Cestari Cotton :
3 skeins Dandelion 
2 skeins Oyster Gray

The gauge was 20 stitches and 40 rows to 4 inches in garter, with a US6 needle.  
The border is crocheted.

I had 2 patterns published in Kismet Fiber Work's Rooted Collection 
My favorite, Gracie, is shown here made from 1 skein of Quince And Co Chickadee - ready to be wrapped and gifted...

Wheaton Wrap was reknit + reshot

Most of my days were spent in the company of (many) children.  
Callanwolde's Summer Camp was so hands on and busy that I took very few pictures.  
Every week each camper dyed their own skein of wool with koolaid.  
The children were amazed and delighted 
- and I was stunned at the wild variety of shades they were able to achieve.  

We also dyed with Indigo, and I tried out a fructose recipe.  
I think that the blue was deeper and even more magical.  
The campers brought tees and socks to transform. 

They also used old swatches, abandoned projects along with sticks, old tees and other found objects to create new things.  I was thrilled to be a part of a wonderful summer adventure for so many children at Callanwolde's Camp program.

How was your summer?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Rooted Collection

Each piece is knit with lovely family raised Alpaca.  Their story is here.

My contributions are :

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sweet Redux

This sweet little tank is back!

Enchanted  Evening 
An elegantly beautiful tank with a hint of glitter throughout, and the 
Shimmer of stars around the shoulders.

Sizes  30 (34, 38, 42, 46) inches / 76 [86, 96.5, 106.5, 116.75] cm
This garment is meant to be worn with zero or negative ease.  
All sizes, 1 skein each:
Silk Rhapsody- A,  260 yards [238 meters] 3.53 oz [100 grams] 90% Silk 10% Mohair
Silk Rhapsody Glitter - B, 260 yards [238 meters], 3.53 oz [100 grams]
Beaded Rhapsody & Sequins - C, 128 yards [117 meters], 3.53 oz [100 grams]
Stitch markers, assorted colors- 1 each of 2 colors for sides, 4 of another color.
3 Stitch holders or extra needles.
US8 (5mm)  24” circular needles - or size needed to achieve gauge
Size G (4.5mm) crochet hook, or size to correlate with needles used.

Gauge 16 stitches and 24 rounds = 4” [10cm] in stockinette stitch with Silk Rhapsody
Take time to check your gauge.

Photo by Judith Augustine