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24 Feb '14

New Pattern: Sweet Bea

Introducing my latest knitting pattern, Sweet Bea. This hat features a one-row-per-color stripe using Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Worsted and has several textural features including a lattice stitch brim, slipped stitch highlights and a cute (and optional) top knot. The mild conical shape adds a light-hearted touch. The versatile nature of this hat allows for lots of color experimentation, from the very bright combined with the very dark to similar colors and shades. The pattern has instructions for four sizes and gives clear written instructions for both the brim texture and the alternating colors and slipped stitches in the main portion of the hat. This is a relatively easy pattern, you'll need to be familiar with I-cord, knitting, purling, reducing and slipping stitches.
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:
04 Jun '13

Castanets is a Go

The Castanets knit-along kits went so well in pre-order that I've been dyeing just to keep up, which means I haven't had time until today to decide what colors I'd like to knit for myself. My hydrangeas and newly cast on Castanets: There are still kits available for pre-order (just between you and me most colors are in stock and ready to ship) in my Etsy shop. I need to order another swath of patterns from Melissa, but I plan to keep the kits listed until July. If you saw the immense collection of colors Happy Knits ordered in Merilon Sock, you'll love what they're getting in Pebble Worsted. I'm about two-thirds finished with the 45 (yes, forty-five, eep!) different colors Tai and Sarah asked for, and I'm happily surprised by how fast each color gets checked off the list when dyeing in batches of 10! The first of this crazy big shipment should see the UPS man around June 10th, but this means I won't be coming up for air social-media-wise much until July. Which leads me to one more quick heads-up: I am taking July off to be with my kiddos. This is the first time I've really taken time off for vacation in six years, and I'm happily anticipating not dyeing anything in Oregon's hottest weather month. I took a month off when I had my second baby, and had to take two months off when we moved last summer, so I've had breaks but never a vacation. We're going to be beach bums for a month. What this means for my Etsy shop is that you have until July 1 to order, and then I'll shut my shop, make sure everything is shipped and then high tail it off to sandier climes. I will return emails intermittently and the Etsy shop will come back up sometime around then end of July, no later than August 1st. Happy knitting, and don't forget to send me links to your Castanets! I really want to see how all those combos knit up.
07 Feb '13

Galanthus KAL - Details

With the beginning of the Galanthus knit-along nearly here, I thought it might be nice to have some details & guidelines in bullets.
  • We're knitting Galanthus by the glorious Star Athena.  I would describe it as a cozy little matching hat & mitt set that is perfect for our Pacific Northwest spring weather. Two colors are used so you can have a low or high contrast set that matches all your outerwear!  Even the name is perfect - Galanthus are snow drops, some of the first little spring bulbs to peep their wee blooms out of the newly thawed earth.
  • Star and I chose to work with Pebble Worsted for this project because we wanted a quick and satisfying way to work with two colors in a multi-step project.  For the KAL, you will need to choose from the pre-order colors available on my Etsy site or two colors from the regular Worsted section, although please note that if you do the latter you will need to convo me so we can arrange for you to buy the pattern as well.
  • This KAL will last from February 15th to May 31st, 2013.
  • All kits include 2 to 3 skeins of yarn, the pattern, and a coupon code good for your next purchase from Black Trillium Fibres' Etsy shop.
  • The pattern is designed so that your main color choice on the hat (or mitts, whichever you start first) is the contrast color for the second piece(s).  If you would prefer to have the main color stay the same throughout you will need to choose the 3 skein option and leave me a note with which color is your MC.
  • The pattern has 3 sizes.
  • The pattern includes charts as well as written instructions, and at no point are you working with two colors in the same row (stranded knitting).
  • A Ravelry chat thread has been initiated so you can post pictures of your cast-on, progress and finished wearables.  See here.
I'm very happy to be working with Star again, as I'm sure I've said before.  I really enjoy her innately creative use of simple textures to give a pattern visual as well as knitterly interest.  As always, please feel free to email me at blacktrillium [at] popculturezoo [dot] com if you have any more questions.