I’m in Knitty!

And when I say, “I’m in Knitty, I’m in Knitty! Here I am modeling my new pattern just published by Knitty. I couldn’t be more excited about it.Inhabit_IMG_9316

Called Inhabit, because its just the kind of sweater that I want. In fact, that’s how the design began. My local yarn store had their Louet Euroflax on sale and I decided to design just the pattern that I would want to knit and wear.

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Simple knitting, stockinette, bottom up in the round. Easy to wear, pop it on over your tank top, collared shirt or even your swim suit. Mostly black, but with a little bit of color. Loose gauge because Summer!

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Knitty is full of wonderful patterns that are free! Go check out this issue, see mine and all the other fun new spring patterns.

P.S. And a big Thank You to my talented daughter who shot the photos. Tamara has learned to compose a shot that makes even a chubby me look nice.

New Pattern: Not Too Sweet Mittens

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Found in my stash was some nice chocolate and bright red yarns. A cute striped mitten was born. A row of red hearts to be a little “valentiney” but not too much–the women in my family are not that sweet.

Easy and fast mittens with well fitted thumb gussets. There’s plenty of time to get these knit before the big holiday for sweethearts.

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$2.99

Mr. Nelson — Take 2

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I’ve never really been happy with how the Mr. Nelson pattern turned out. I chose a yarn I truly love — Shelter, by Brooklyn Tweed. And though the yarn is gorgeous in person, my photography wasn’t able to capture the dark brown with complementary tweedy flecks as well as I would want. But what’s worse, the real Mr. Nelson does not care for the crunchy and earthy 100% wool. Yes, it’s scratchy. The hat and scarf sit in the winter knits box waiting, but are not being worn. Who knew Mr. Nelson has such sensitive skin? Just goes to show you that after 20 years of knowing the man, there are still things to learn.

I’ve tried again. Same easy design, new fibers. Berroco Inca Tweed made of 50% Highland Wool, 30% Super Fine Alpaca, 14% Acrylic, 6% Rayon. Much, much softer. Colors shown are Tierra and Playa. Though Revelry lists this yarn as bulky, it really knits as a heavy worsted.

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Photos taken when the temp was -11F. Can you tell?

Mr. Nelson Hat and Scarf

Suggested Yarn: Worsted
Yardage: 300–840 yards/274–768 m

Shown in Green/Tan: Berroco Inca Tweed [50% Highland Wool, 30% Super Fine Alpaca, 14% Acrylic, 6% Rayon; 153 yards/140 m per 100 g skein] 8958 Tierra & 8901 Playa.

Gauge(s): Hat—15 sts/24 rows = 4″/10 cm; Scarf—16 sts/32 rows = 4″/10 cm

Needle sizes: US 5/3.75 mm, US 6/4.0 mm, US 7/4.5 mm

One size will fit most everyone

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New Pattern: ICEosceles hat

Isoceles [ahy-sos-uh-leez] adj. a triangle that has two equal sides and two equal angles.
ICEosceles [ahys-os-uh-leez] n. a hat knit of triangles to be worn in the icy days of winter.*

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A hat wardrobe is essential for all the different types of winter weather. This one, designed for the chilliest of days, started as a way to use some partial hanks of a great yarn. Though I’ve lived my whole life in the midwest, I’ve never been happy with the cold. Stranded knitting will make a double layer of yarn that will keep any head warm enough to contemplate the geometry of triangles in graphic patterns.

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* I’ve been told the triangles in the hat are not truly of the Isoceles type. But knitting can stretch, like names of hats, and who can resist a little word play?

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Back to work

It’s a cold, grey January here and now that the holidays, and all that goes with them, is over I am back quietly working on some new designs.

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This one is just for me, exactly what I want to knit and to wear. I had sort of a dream about it when visiting my mom in Albuquerque. The next day we went to a wonderful yarn shop (Yarn Store at Nob Hill–do visit if you’re ever nearby) having their annual sale. There I found 4 hanks of Malabrigo Finito in this delicious Natural color. Can I just tell you about this yarn? So very soft and round, yet knits and reknits beautifully. This might be my desert island yarn.

I’ll continue to knit this in pattern to create a long and soft scarf/wrap. And perhaps knit it while attending a Weight Watcher’s meeting? I’m trying to get my attitude together and become a resolutionist. But first, a little more knitting.