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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.

(Prepublication and KAL prep price is $4.00 )

 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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Think Spring

Celebrating the Kismet Fiber Works April KAL 
All Month with 20% off any NellKnits patterns.

Shale Nouveau uses that gorgeous gradient set!
Shown here in Wink.

Fusilli takes just one skein of Sleek Fingering, 
shown in Santa Rosa Plum.

And Wheaten.  Beautiful in Soul.  

These are just a few of my favorite projects that are knit with Kismet's amazing yarns.   Simply enter the code thinkspring at checkout,
 starting the crack of April first 
(no fooling)

Good all month long.

Happy Knitting.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chutes + Ladders, revisited.

Chutes + Ladders was the first pattern that I published as NellKnits,
w a y   b a c k   in 2011.
Not really so very long ago.  However, my writing style has changed.  I believe that I have refined my style. And more importantly, as a knitter, I have grown so much!

One small goal that I have is to redo several of my own pieces; to replenish the ever in and out sample stock, and to go over some of the patterns, or update a discontinued yarn suggestion.

Quince + Co Chickadee is the yarn I wrote this for, and is what I cast on with once again.  Here it is in the beautiful shade River -  ready to go.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Make ( + ) Do

Make.  Do. 

My mantra - 2 words, one thought.

There's still room in the Seesaw Tee test group!

Knit with Dance Rustic Silk from Dragonfly Fibers - my size took just 2 skeins.
I have several ideas for small changes, to make this again and again.

Fusilli, newly beautiful, knit with Canopy Fingering.  

On the way to Artyarns - and then to Germany....

A redo of something sweet, Enchanted Evening.

 (Haley Parker, photographed in 2008 by Judith Augustine)

Finally, so much delicious food is made in our tiny kitchen.  
A favorite this week, made with incredible sweet potatoes 
of the most unbelievable shade.

 Purple Sweet Potato Soup in a beautiful bowl by Silvie Grantelli.