Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mystery Cowl Knit-along!

Yes, yes, yes! This is going to be so great!

Tina's Silver Lining

I have teamed up with the talented Tina at Blue Moon Fiber Arts to bring you a fast and fabulous knit-along.

I can't actually show you anything but I am telling you this pattern is cool. It works with variegated yarns. You read that right. I have knit three of them so far and I am going to make more. Perhaps you don't know me very well but this never ever happens. Ever.

Tina took this picture, obviously

The pattern is divided into three clues to be released on three consecutive Tuesdays:

Clue 1: November 13
Clue 2: November 20
Clue 3: November 27


Yarn: Bulky-weight yarn. Suggested yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts De-Vine [100% Wool; 225yd per 200 gram skein]; 1 skein for small or medium size, 2 skeins for large size.

Edited to add: The large will wrap around the neck twice easily, the medium will do so snugly, and the small not at all.

Needles: 1 set US #10/6mm, 1 set US #13/9mm, AND 1 set US #15/10 mm 24” or longer circular needles, or size to get gauge.

Notions: tapestry needle, five 3/4”/2cm or 1”/2.5cm buttons

Gauge: 14 sts/20 rows = 4" in stockinette st using smallest needles. NOTE: Gauge is not critical.

De-Vine is luxuriously squishy in the best way

You get a discount code to use to purchase the suggested yarn at a 10% discount. De-Vine has already been discounted online around 10% which gives you nearly 20% off of the original price. 

Tina and I have picked out ten great colors that we know will look beautiful in this pattern. They are being dyed up right now, so that when you order them, they will ship FAST. You are free to use any yarn you like, just keep your eye on the calendar and secure yours soon.

Tina's Silver Lining
Currier and Ives
Just Jack
A Very Scummy Christmas
Hobbit Garden
The Kracken

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Want more? Join my Ravelry group for the chatter and knit-a-longs here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October the what?

Hi friends,

Where have I been all summer? I have no idea. But here it is, drizzling, snappy October once more.

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause
between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. - Carol Bishop Hipps

I always reflect when the seasons change and especially so when the chill hits. I am watching the birds in their V-formations leave the Pacific Northwest. I am drinking hot tea just about every day now. There is no denying it. It's knitting weather, people.

I have a few exciting knitting things to share with you soon (Mystery Knit-along!) But first, may I tell you about a pair of socks that are associated with this season of change?

Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Socks

These socks here are in honor of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). It's a holiday to be spent gathered with family and friends to remember loved ones who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2).

We can gather online if we can't gather in person. This year I am remembering some people who have come and gone in my life. I am struck by the fact that if I loved you once, I love you still.

Also, life goes on.

Day of the Dead Socks

Traditions connected with the Day of the Dead include building altars honoring the deceased using decorated sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. The Day of the Dead is not necessarily a time for mourning, so knit and decorate these socks using bright, festive colors and wear them to party!

This here pattern is written for multiple gauges and you can knit the sock as they are, or add embroidery when done! What a great use for bright scraps of sock yarn leftover from other projects.

Paper Craft Skull

At the end of the pattern you will find a sugar skull paper craft pattern. Decorate that too! These socks give the knitter options. A simple sock can be decorated by embroidering marigolds along the eyelets. A skeleton can be embroidered along the side if desired.

Sizes: This pattern is written for four sizes: (See foot circumference chart to determine appropriate size) 1. Women’s Small (2. Women’s Medium/Men’s Small, 3. Women’s Large/Men’s Medium, 4. Women’s X-L/Men’s Large)

Foot circumference: 7 (8, 9, 10) inches 17.5 (20, 23, 25.5 cm) unstretched. Will stretch to fit 8 (9, 10, 11) inches 20 (23, 25.5, 28 cm).

Yarn: This pattern is written for four gauges: (See yardage requirement chart to determine yarn selection) Sample shown: sport-weight: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight [100% SUPERWASH Wool; 380yd per 155 gram skein]; color: Pallas Athena: 1 skein.
Day of the Dead Socks

Needles: 1 set of 32” circular needles (magic loop), 2 sets of 24” circulars or double pointed needles in size to get gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, scrap yarn or embroidery floss, tapestry needle.

Because of the large file size, this time the "extra" is in a separate pdf file. Both the pattern and paper craft are available to you through the link.
Day of the Dead Socks

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Day of the Dead Socks