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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?

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