Saturday, July 31, 2010

Timberline- B&W edition

I've got more yarny-related sorts of things to photograph and post and otherwise ramble about, but I haven't yet, so here's some pictures from my recent trip up to Timberline with Travis and his parents (thanks guys!!)

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Travis took these ones:

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(Though I black & whited them.) My body doesn't handle altitude as well as it apparently used to, so I was pretty lazy while we were there (I've been higher places during roadtrips and been fine. Weird.) But it was very relaxing, and I got lots of knitting done and soaked up lots of lovely sunny-breeziness (and barely burnt my face at all, somehow.) Amazingly perfect weather. And I do so enjoy hanging out with the Schuster gang (which is probably a good thing, as I expect they'll be around awhile, what with me marrying into the bunch.) Travis hiked his face off and somehow magically avoided falling off of things and horrible sunburn. He's tricksy like that.

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'd say I have a tassel problem...

...but is it really a problem when it's so awesome? I mean, it's like being addicted to huffing sheer radness. Amirite?

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(My tassel enthusiasm may be reaching eccentric levels.) I don't do a ton of test knitting, busy little bee that I am, but when miss Sarah Burghardt asked me to test a hat knit out of Malabrigo....well hot damn, that's pretty much my thing.


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It was a super speedy little project, and much easier than it looks. Very satisfying. You can wear it with the brim up or down, and there are buttons on both sides (well, there would be, if I had found enough buttons that I liked. Right now the inside is still buttonless, but I know in my heart of hearts that I'm going to wear it brim-down all the time anyway, 'cause I kinda love it that way. And in Polar Morn! It matches everything! This one's gonna come in handy.


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The hat did not, originally, have a tassel. But c'mon. I'm gonna add a tassel. C'mon. Though I did seriously consider a pom pom.


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The pattern isn't out yet, but I'll let you guys know when it is!


Fun fact: Sarah is dating my ex, and both of Travis's major exes have been knitters also. Do we have a "type"? Or maybe we ARE a type! You know, "I like my girls to enjoy quiet nights of television during which they will ask 'what just happened?' a lot because they aren't looking at the screen.... and also, I'm cold a lot, so if they could maybe do something about that... and if they could hit me in the face with their flailing elbows occasionally, that'd be great."

Or maybe there are just a lot of us. I don't know, man. It's crazy.


Speaking of Travis:

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Yeah, I know.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Physical Copies of Go Go Malabrigo Now Available!

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I recently discovered Magcloud, which is this excellent little printing website where you can have such things as, oh, say, knitting patterns or booklets of patterns printed on demand! I just got my proof in the mail today and I'm happy to say that it looks pretty darn good. So I'm pleased to announce that the complete Go Go Malabrigo pattern set is now available as a real, hold-it-in-your-hands type booklet!

Go Go Malabrigo on Magcloud!

The price is an eeensy bit higher to help offset the printing fees a little bit. But it looks lovely and sturdy and you can carry it places! Hooray!

I hope to get my other patterns up there soon. I'm in the midst of reformatting all the old ones so they're all pretty and fancy like the newer ones. The only trick with Magcloud is that things have to be a multiple of four, and it takes a little finagling. But I think I can make it work ;-)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Meet Vahl!

Yay new pattern! It's been a while.

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Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Antler, Tilli Tomas Disco Lights in Jade, one skein of each.
Needles: US Size 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular, plus a spare needle for a 3-needle bind off.

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Vahl is an easy little hat using two deeelicous yarns that have been languishing in my stash for awhile. The Tilli Tomas was supposed to be my reward for using up the rest of my stash (ha!) but I dragged it out when I was putting together magazine submissions, and these two became friends and, well, just had to be stuck together. The "Antler" colorway is a very strange white, with a pale, only-slightly-visible green cast. I sort of love it, and it worked well with the Tilli. Any light worsted or DK weight yarn should work, though, and you should only need one ~100g skein of each color. The top has neato little ties which you can crochet, icord, braid, whatever and then embellish with tassles, pom poms, feathers, beads or whatever else you can think of. I'm in a feather phase, personally.

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(I am so thoughtful and pensive. Clearly.)


More info on Ravelry
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In other news, it might be awhile before you see those other two patterns...but I ain't sayin' anything yet.


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. Items made from this pattern may not be sold, 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.

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