Sunday, August 30, 2009

And I said "Heeeeey, heey, hey, hey heeeyy..."

Whuz goin' on??

I am a bad blogger and have neglected to make any of a series of semi-unimportant updates, which I will remedy now:

1. A while ago, my friend Max visited. We went to the beach. I failed to take more than four decent pictures during the course of his visit. Fail fail.






If there's one thing I know, it's that people loving having pictures taken of them while they're eating.

2. I got a super awesome merino sampler pack from Greenwood Fiberworks



which I am spinning up with some solids in my stash (to make it go farther.) More on that when it's done.




3. I am having a bit of a jewelry phase, after checking out a book on junk jewelry from the library on a bit of an impulse. For my purposes, I am counting stitch markers as jewelry (they're jewelry for your knitting!)




With the holiday craft fair season on the horizon, I'm starting to grope around for fast, satisfying projects. I don't know yet which, if any, shows I'll be in, but hopefully I'll do at least one good sized one.

4. Jones Halloween soda!!



I'm not a big pop drinker (I only called it "soda" up there because "Jones Soda" is the brand name. It's pop, dammit) but these are kinda tasty and they look like monsters. Rar! I was at World Market to find some beignet mix (which they HAD and I'M SO EXCITED I'VE BEEN LOOKING EVERYWHERE) and they were putting the halloween stuff out already. Crazzzyy. Speaking of halloween, rumor has it that there will be a pretty cool event happening at Twisted...but it's just a rumor, so shhh. You hear nothing.

(Either way, I will finally be wearing my skeleton tights. So you have that to look forward to.)


And 5, because I'm a stereotypical annoying pet owner, this is what it's like to be my dog, as told via a blurry, tungsteny photo essay:







Oh Rocky.



6. I'm sick :-( I knew it was coming, the extra boogers and headaches were a dead giveaway, but still. Ick ick ick. Everybody wash your hands before you eat!!! Don't touch your face! Don't bite your nails!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Free Pattern! Mossy Pebbles Scarf

This pattern is temporarily unavailable while it's revamped












Friday, August 14, 2009

Rules to live by



Fringe: Go big or go home.

(I could have gone bigger, really...but it was scrap yarn and very finite.)

I have a new pattern coming for you! Very soon! And you will really like it I hope because it is easy and it means that you can knit a big squooshy scarf in like, 4 episodes of the X-files (or your hour-long drama of choice). Seriously, this thing flew off the needles, it took about two days (plus fringe time today.)

Did I mention it was squooshy?? And very easy?? And not ribbed?? Yes. It is those things.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bad Oyster - Pattern now up!

Why "Bad Oyster"? 'Cause it doesn't have any purls! (Badumching!! I'll be here all week, folks.)



This scarf/shawl/triangle/whatever you want to call it is knit entirely in the round, and then steeked open, a process which also creates the fringe pretty painlessly (you get to tie them together to avoid future unravelling, but there's no cutting-a-million-little-pieces-and-crochet-hooking-them-on.) It is a super low-stress introduction to steeks, since even if you mess up terribly and cut it open like a ham-fisted baby gorilla, you'll just have a few pieces of fringe that aren't quite right.



It's also wide open to personalization- the stockinette background would be perfect for an interesting stitch pattern or cables, even colorwork, since it's in the round. Would work up easily in another gauge, and you can make it as long or short as you like. You can even change the length of the fringe by putting more or fewer stitches in the "to be dropped" section. As written, it should work with just about any sock yarn and takes less than a 100g skein (which is what they usually are.) Good news for those of us who may have gone nuts at Sock Summit (ahem.)



I'll try to get a better picture of it flat so that you can see the shape a bit better...basically it's a shallow triangle with long arms. I haven't really tried wearing it as a shawl, as I'm not really the type, but it stays on great as a scarf (and you can tie it around your waist if you want to rock the belly-dancer look.)

Find it on Ravelry
or Buy Now

and as usual, it will be available through my etsy shop as well.


(the fine print: Your purchase of this pattern constitutes your agreement to use this pattern only for personal, non-profit use without specific written permission from the designer (just email me!) Items made from this pattern may not be sold without permission, nor may the pattern itself be copied, sold, or distributed in any way. You may print one copy for personal use but may not print multiples to distribute, nor may you share the digital file with others. Thanks guys!)

If you need to contact me with questions, my email address is presentsknits@gmail.com - please email instead of commenting since it's much easier for me to reply that way! Thanks!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Spirally, Stripey!



I've been meaning to knit this hat for ages, and I finally had some yarn that seemed destined for just such a project. I was a bit pleased when the construction turned out to be just what I thought it would be... it seemed to work in theory but I'd never actually tried it before. Hooray! I feel smart.



Pattern: Leethal's Spiraling Stripes Hat, the very first version in the pattern.
Yarn: One of my handspuns from my brief participation in the Tour de Fleece. It's very lumpy.... too lumpy for my tastes, in some places, but I like it anyway.
Mods: Bigger yarn, size 10 needles. I'm not entirely sure how many wedges I did... I just went til it fit around my head. I used the same cast on number, though, so it's a tad slouchy. Even so it actually fits tightly and is a nice thick fabric, and so should be much warmer than the majority of my hats. Yay! I also grafted it shut instead of doing a three needle bind-off, which would've been a good idea with any other yarn, but was sort of a nightmare with this stuff.

I also made these goofy little wristwarmers with the leftovers....I will probably never wear them. Oh well.


I have another Leethal hat pattern or two sitting around that I've been meaning to get to as well...I'm getting a bit sick of knitting with sock yarn so perhaps I'll take another break soon.

And a sneak peak of the pattern that I'll be putting up this week, probably tomorrow:



I'm calling it the Bad Oyster Scarf. I'll send a free copy to anyone who guesses why before I post it ;-)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Just a quick PSA...

This isn't directed at anyone in particular, but it's been happening quite a bit lately...if you guys have questions about my patterns, please please please email me at presentsknits@gmail.com rather than asking in the comments. The problem with blogger comments is that when I reply, it emails that reply to everyone who has ever commented on the post if they have "email follow-ups" on, and if you DON'T have email follow-ups on, it won't notify you. It's just much easier to have an exchange via email (and then if necessary I can update the pattern with any info that's missing.)

I'll update my pattern posts to say the same thing in the next day or two.

Neat!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

To the Summit!

Whew! Sock Summit! There are no words.

...well maybe a few. Like "big" and "crazy" and "omgyarn." I don't know if it was the wool fumes or the florescent lighting or just the sheer amount of prettiness, but my brain is solidly fuzzy, in that warm, happy, "there is sock yarn all around me as I type this" kind of way.

Pictures! These first ones were taken with my iphone so they're not great, but you get the idea.


I was working the Twisted booth this morning and got to have a shiny badge all my very own! Hooray!


Twisted's booth. When I stopped by in the afternoon they'd added even MORE yarn, if you can imagine. If you haven't rocked the summit yet, be sure to check them out, s'good stuff. Booth 812.


The marketplace! Well, more like approximately 1/4 of the marketplace. This place is BIG. I am still not sure I saw it all and I was walking around for over 3 hours.

And now, the goods...


Yay! A breakdown for those interested follows.


Spirit Trail Fiberworks "Brigit" in what appears to be an unnamed colorway. They had another, very similar, very pretty yarn called "Alexandra" but I refused to shell out another $8 just to get a yarn with my name. I think they should have just given it to me.


Wool Candy Meringue Merino, "Moss Rock"


This one's not sock yarn, but whatever. Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted, in Kale. Madelinetosh is rapidly becoming one of my favorite yarns, even if it is a bit pricey.


Mama Llama "Hurricane Mistake"... got a good deal on this one because it has a bit too much pink, or something. Whatever, I like it the way it is :-)

And this is the part where I went overbudget by wandering into the Sanguine Gryphon's stall. Apparently there was a madrush on some particular yarn this morning that I know nothing about. It must've been pretty amazing, because the stuff that was left by 4pm was still friggin gorgeous:


Little Traveller in "Montreal"


Eidos in Dialegsthe (I have no idea how to pronounce that.)

I also nicked these ones out of Twisted's Sock Summit yarn boxes, before the summit even started... I count them anyway, though:


Black Trillium Merilon in Earth and Butterbeer


Black Trilium BFL in Primary (not my normal colors but I was inexplicably drawn to it...possibly because it looks like funfetti, and I love me some cake.)

And...oh! What's that? Could it be another skein of Archangel? I think it might be...


You know, I've almost never bought the same exact yarn twice, but the times when it's happened, it's always been Malabrigo...

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