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26 Feb '14

New Pattern: Ombre Baby Blanket

Having a new yarn and whole new series of colors pretty much required I design something to show them both off. I'll try my hand at sweater design down the road, but to start us out I've put together a baby blanket that I think will be a great way to make use of the full sized gradient kits as well as the semi-solids. Ombre Baby Blanket To knit this blanket, you'll need a mid-length 4.0mm circular needle and six skeins of my Black Trillium Fibres Sublime in six different shades of the Whimsical Solids. You'll need to be familiar with following a written pattern using abbreviations outlined in the notes. This is a relatively easy knit, great for an experienced beginner. The blanket in the above pictures is worked up in two Whimsy colors, Buckthorne and Snapdragon. One skein of each of 3 shades was used. I have a ton of ideas for great color combinations besides the one I used in the sample. I'll try to put together a few different combos here so you can get the idea. Wisteria and Truffle Sprout and Rosewater Surf and Flint Or, one shade each of six colors. True Rainbow - Cardinal 3, Buckthorne 3, Pineapple 3, Sprout 3, Pacific 3 and Wisteria 3. With 36 different colors in the Whimsical Solids to choose from, I'm sure we can all come up with some really spectacular ideas. You can put together your own choices by selecting from the dyed to order listings on Etsy. If you'd rather try with a regular Gradient kit, send me an email with your color preference and we'll get a custom order in the queue. I think a full-sized gradient kit would look great with an undyed skein as a sixth color.
05 Dec '13

KAL Preview: Iris Electra

It's already time to talk about knitting in 2014, if you can believe that! For the first quarter knit-along, and for the first time ever, we're using one of my own designs. What makes this pattern extra special is that I've written is to make particular use of one of my Arco Iris Spectrum Gradient kits. Add a few beads as you knit, sew on some buttons at the end, and viola! a cheerful rainbow to get you through the cold times. Here's what will be in each kit: - 1 Spectrum Gradient kit in Pebble Sock (100% luxuriously soft superwash Merino) in Arco Iris - 6/0 Glass Beads - 1 paper copy of the pattern What you will also need: - 9 small buttons (3/8" to 1/2") - US 3 circular needles or similar to get gauge - a small crochet hook, suggested size .8mm to 1mm (for applying beads) Iris Electra is a cheerful, convertible scarf that becomes cowl with just a few buttons. Knit flat and on the bias, the pattern is easy to memorize and simple to execute. Added skill comes with attaching the beads as you go using a crochet hook rather than pre-stringing them. To see more about ordering yourself a kit, click through here. KAL Details: - Runs Jan 1 2014 to March 31 2014 - Pattern exclusive to kits until April 2014 - Get helpful hints and ask questions via the Black Trillium Ravelry group
28 Oct '13

Wavelength Cowl

I started a cowl last weekend to get through a few skeins of my Pebble Worsted leftovers. Talk about immediate gratification, this project took way less time than a pair of socks and I'm very happy with the way the colors turned out. The pattern is Wavelength by Kate Ray. It calls for a few more pattern repeats than I used, and smaller needles. I'm happy with mine, and apparently a little too into the whole chevron "thing" to maintain my usual aloofness to hip. We have our jack'o'lanterns-in-waiting on the front porch, and it has been so sunny I think we might hack these babies open out back and let the youngest boy have a good time with his art. I love being able to let the kids roam free with their messes and then have the hose ready when things wind down. If you're in the market for a gradient kit and you're wondering what to do with them, Debbi Stone has published a lovely new pattern specifically for the kits. Spectral is available through Ravelry, but here's a preview: