It’s summer somewhere

What with viruses (does anyone use the plural viri?) and near-constant migraines for the past week, I’ve been a little out of the loop. Maybe more than a little, if we’re being honest. Well, logged into ravelry and noticed another design had been added to my designer profile:

Buttoned Up in Lace Shrug
The Buttoned Up in Lace Shrug from Creative Knitting, Summer 2013.  This design was a source of pride at the time (not that I could talk about it), because it utilizes three traditional reversible lace patterns (two are Madeira and one is Shetland), worked on a garter ground with two sets of knitted-on button bands so the “shrug” can be worn in several ways as different garments.  Which is why I was a little disappointed to see it only modeled as a shrug (love the photos, though, they did a fantastic job styling!).

Good thing I snapped some pictures on Gertrude before sending it in, eh?

as a wrap, to the side

as a cowl

For other ideas, see my ravelry notebook listing.  The yarn was Imperial Yarn’s Tracie in 114 Dusty Rose.  Loved the color and the yarn – and currently have quite a bit stashed.  The buttons are antique shell lovelies from my grandmother’s stash.

In other news, several patterns are imminently forthcoming from Rose City Knits.   Keep an eye out!

Bonnie Kellswater

So, a couple months ago I received an inquiry for a pattern from none other than Interweave Knits. Not that I’m bragging, I’m still rather perplexed over why they contacted me. Anyway. This week, the Spring 2012 preview went up and the issues went out, so now I can share images!

The first two are courtesy of Interweave Knits

Kellswater

Kellswater

The second two are from the photoshoot I did with Lindsay and Eva in September, as the pattern was originally going to be a Rose City Knits release :)

Bonnie Kellswater 2

Bonnie Kellswater 4

The name, Kellswater, comes from a traditional Irish song which just makes me think of fishermen’s knits every time I hear it (read the lyrics or, better yet, listen to Loreena McKennitt’s version and you’ll get me). The design itself includes some of my favorite Gansey stitch patterns, particularly the Tree of Life and the anchor. I have to admit that I am inordinately proud of this pattern, since I literally made it up on the fly while attending Sock Summit (seriously, TheBon and SinisterSpinster can attest) and then it somehow ended up published.

Weird.  But cool.

If you’d like to fave it or add it to your queue, it’s up on ravelry.

I know I’m terribly behind on the blogging and oh so much has happened since my last update, so look forward to more posts in the coming days – really!

Migraine brain

I spent most of the weekend (yep, the 3-day one) down with a migraine, because I just know how to have fun. Which added up to very little achievement in the not  “laying in the dark” arena.

Though I did finish one thing – the prototype of a new design:

Caulking preview 3

From the front (modelled by Gertrude)

Caulking preview 5

From the back (modelled by Gertrude)

Caulking, so-called by Opus and her Mum because it fills in the gap where your coat leaves off :)

I literally could not make these things up.  (See more photos here)

Sample #2 is currently underway – both knit with Tactile Fiber Arts Sierra Sport.  I quite like this yarn (possibly too much), which is probably going to become ridiculously obvious this Fall.

But that will have to wait as I need to get back to charting.  Knitting will be my reward in a little bit… hopefully.

Worth it. Totally.

It took two hours, but I finally managed to get all the photos from today’s impromptu photoshoot onto flickr in a set: Photos at Picchetti Winery.  If you’re a flickr contact (friend or family), you can see the whole set, including photos for upcoming patterns.  If not, well, here’s a sneak peak at one of the patterns*:

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They just don’t come any cuter than TT.

Not that I’m biased or anything.

*Or you can add me as a contact, and I’ll totally friend you.  Completely depends on your level of curiosity and/or patience!

Purple mystery

Remember that purple thing from my last post? Yeah, it’s now blocking on the dining room table:

Purple mystery - corner

Came out MUCH bigger than I thought it would. Due to truly pathetic sun turn-out (the sun wusses out on us above the 45th parallel this time of year), I could only get a couple of detail shots. Maybe I’ll get a full photo tomorrow.

The pattern is my own and I have duly written it up. Now all I need is a tech editor… Hm. I think I might even knit it again, as I did go a little crazy and stock up on the Tosh Merino Light last week.

… I couldn’t help it – it was so sqooshy.

In other news, I wrote up two or three patterns today (brain… melting) and am beginning to wonder how I ever got patterns done without a full day a week devoted to designing. It’s so much easier now, and there are definitely fewer errors on my part.

Continuing on the News theme, we had a lovely Thanksgiving:

Simple Thanksgiving

And I can’t find my size 5 24″ addi Turbos. I KNOW they’re around here, I just can’t locate them. Little monsters.

Because I had time (between basting the turkey and mashing potatoes), I also knit a hat on Thanksgiving Day for our (the store’s) Handknits for Hard Knock Kids clothing drive:

Thankful hat

Knit with Shibui Knits Merino Worsted held together with Handmaiden Casbah Sock for a super-soft and cushy hat. Here’s hoping some little girl out there really LOVES the pink as much as I do :)

I also have collected quite a bit of machine washable yarn…

Yarn for hats

In the hopes of making at least a dozen hats this year. It just breaks my heart to hear how many children are in foster care. I might even make matching mittens, if I have the yarn/ time.

If you’d like to join me, you’d be very welcome, and there’s no denying that the kids deserve something warm and soft and made with love.  Feel free to email me at my work email saram(at)knit-purl(dot)com for details.

But now I must away.  Have to proof the pattern booklet for this yarn before it goes to the printers this week.  Why? you ask – because I have four patterns in it that I am quite proud of and have been slaving away on for months.  Maybe next time Shibui will have given me some spoiler photos.