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{Est. 2008} So much good stuff, you won't know where to begin.

12 Mar '14

BMC and Sunstruck

With just enough time to get the thing blocked and tagged for my booth at Vogue Knitting Live (#221, come see me!), my Betty Mouat Cowl is finished! In case you have a yen to do the same, here are the details of what I knit: Once I got the hang of purling 15 stitches together at once, the knitting went gloriously fast.  Kitchenering the two finished pieces together was an entirely new skill for me as well, but was also surprisingly easy.  I would give one caveat to the finishing: do your grafting when there aren't any distractions or noise, because paying attention is essential. Sunstruck is also finished and ready to go to VKL. I used 1 skein each of Surf 1, 2, 3 from the Whimsical Solids series as well as 1 skein of Hedwig for the border, all in Lilt Sock. I haven't weighed what was left, but I have at least half a skein of Hedwig left as well as a good chunk of Surf 3. I went up a needle size, which may have been a mistake. The shawl is lovely and large, but my short row pickup is totally visible in each section. I would happily knit this pattern again, though, and just about anything else Laura Aylor publishes. I feel a strong affection for designers that put a lot of work into clarity and description, and Laura's patterns very well-explained. I'll have quite a few copies of the Sunstruck pattern with me along with the yarn this weekend. Just FYI, I'm going to shut down my Etsy shop tonight or tomorrow, depending on when I have a moment. If there's something you really want, get it now because it may not come back home again from the show. I should be ready to open back up again mid-next-week. Happy knitting!
01 May '13

Castanets Preview

Meeting Melissa Goodale of Stick Chick Knits at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle was a hoot, and the pattern she's created from my newest yarn, Lilt, was a total smash. Here's a preview of the pattern: Today, pre-orders went up for the Castanets Knitalong kit. I've made several 2 skein options, see here and here, as well as a one skein kit option here. All kits are dyed-to-order and will arrive at your door (assuming there are no shipping hiccups) around June 1st when we begin the KAL. Here are a few more gratuitous pattern previews, because the photographer Mariana Kajlich, Melissa and the surprisingly cooperative Seattle weather did such an amazing job!: Here are a few important details about the Knitalong: - Our Castanets KAL will run from June 1 to August 31. - More information, pictures, chats and generally the super-fun social end of the KAL will be happening via my Ravelry group, Black Trillium Fibres. - The KAL kits include either 1 or 2 skeins of Lilt Sock (85% SW Merino and 15% Mulberry Silk, 405 yds per 100g skein), the printed pattern and a coupon code for your next purchase in my Etsy shop. - Castanets is available exclusively through kit pre-orders until September 2013.
15 Mar '12

Lacey Listings

There's been a stash of Merino Lace (running around 1100 yards per 100g, I might add) hanging around waiting to be dyed for some time now. Getting to into the dyepot has afforded me the chance to play with colors, specifically I need a couple more good greens in the warmer range. Here's a preview of today's Etsy listings: [nggallery id="7"] For better views & info, click or hover. See listings here!