Monday, August 26, 2013

Chevzam!

Fun to say, funner to look at! (And pretty fun to knit, too!) I figured it was high time I got on the chevron bandwagon...

  Chevzam Cowl 

I'd put this cowl firmly in the category of "low pressure colorwork that looks more impressive than it should" and as you know, I do so love things that look harder than they are.

  Chevzam Cowl 

The doubly-thick layer of Malabrigo Merino is soooo lush, and the color combos are endless (I hit up my fave4ever, Frank Ochre, and his pals Sauterne, Natural, and Pearl. I love how lavender the Pearl looks next to those yellows! Colors are magical!)

  Chevzam Cowl 

 You can check out Chevzam on Ravelry here, or

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Fiber Factor Challenge 3 Sexy Roar Recap!



And we're back! We missed doing a pre-game before this challenge because Sarah and I were both moving into new houses and stuff got a little crazy, but that's okay- we're re-hashin' anyway! With a wee discussion about the next challenge at the end ;-)

Not familiar with the Fiber Factor? Educate yo'self here! Think "Project Runway for Knitters done via Youtube" (So, awesome.) For recaps of earlier challenges, you can catch up #1, #1.5, and #2

Thanks again to the folks at Skacel for letting us use their pictures and putting on the whole shebang, and nice job, contestants- there were a lot of good things going on in this round (and a ton of untapped potential, too, which I hope we'll see expanded in the future when the designers have more time and more colors!)

As always, we'd love to have you guys weigh in too- what'd you love? What'd you hate? Did we get it all horribly wrong?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kotiya

What do you get when you take a bonnet, an earflap hat, and a slouch, and mix them together with some pompoms and a colorway that reminds me of leopards?

  Kotiya 

 Kotiya!! 


  Kotiya

Kotiya 

Kotiya is an easy knit with an unusual structure and slightly exotic vibe (or maybe that's the leopard talking.)

  Kotiya 

Plus it's ripe with opportunities for pompoms (or as I call 'em, "pompertunities"). Possibly a tasseltunity or two, even, if you want to get crazy.


   

 Visit Kotiya on Ravelry here, or

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Paraplu-ish

Parapluie Bastardization

 I almost succeeded in making a Parapluie...

  Parapluie Bastardization 

 ...but I got trapped somewhere without the pattern and had to make up the ending. Oh well ;-)

 (Also split the brim, because...yay split brims!)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Myrta Mitts

Myrta Mitts 


It took me awhile to get these out, as you can perhaps tell from last summer's haircut (and slight greenish tinge, may it rest in peace)- I have no good excuse, really. But the Myrta Mitts are here at last, in plenty of time for the impending gloom. They've been so patient, they really deserve to kick off this fall's patterns, don't ya think?


  Myrta Mitts


They are deliciously soft (as chunky alpaca mitts tend to be), easy to knit, relying on clean, minimalist lines and simple, scrumptious texture.


  Myrta Mitts


Check them out here on Ravelry, or
 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shibui Mix no. 24

**First off, don't forget that my 40%-off-pretty-much-everything sale is still going until Midnight EMT tonight! Click here for details. ***




Photo copyright Shibui Knits

I'm so excited I can finally show you this hat! It was released today as part of the latest Shibui Knits collection- check it out here on Ravelry or here on the Shibui site.


Photo copyright Shibui Knits


Here's my original version:

Shibui Mix 24

Shibui Mix 24

Shibui Mix 24

I need to reknit it (this version went to the publisher) because I kind of love it. The combination of Merino Alpaca and Baby Alpaca DK is super squishy and delightful, especially in the garter and brioche. 


I thought it might be fun to have a peeksy at the design process for this one. The Shibui folks contacted me wanting something cute and a little slouchy, with a split brim similar to some of my other designs. I sent them this poorly drawn proposal:




At that point we were leaning towards the blue version (which ended up being the final choice) but once I had the yarn in hand, I did some intense swatching, toying with different needle sizes, different ways of using the two yarns together, and different stitch combos, before settling on all the details. 







In the end, I'm very happy with the final project and soooo glad I don't have to keep it a secret anymore! Wheee! I am absolutely smitten with Shibui's branding and styling (not to mention their yarn...duh)- be sure to browse through all of their pattern collections, there is some amazing stuff! 

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