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tweed revisited

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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january presents a tough challenge—with holiday glitter a mere memory and not nearly time to tell ourselves that “spring is just around the corner”, we need something fresh to brighten the days and our moods.

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playful—but warm—accessories in fun colors are just the thing to fill the lapels of a classic coat, show off at the end of bracelet length sleeves, or wear at your desk if it happens to be placed in a chilly spot.

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our fall clubs usually end in january and each year i aim to design a package with a surprising colorway to knit a project with a hint of spring.

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i had turquoise on the brain for last january, when our 2013 fall in full color club came to a close. we invited brooke sinnes, the dyer behind the sincere sheep label, to devise a custom turquoise colorway for us using her natural dye process.

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the resulting colorway—heather’s gem—was absolutely perfect. being hand dyed with natural materials, each skein was slightly different, with the whole lot representing the entire range of turquoise shades. and on the polwarth/silk base we chose, it fairly glows.

i loved it and was completely inspired to make the best use of the large skeins we got.

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because the january package is also a sort of goodbye at the end of the club, we wanted to include a special goodie to incorporate into the project. we approached my friend sarina at moving mud to come up with a custom button design.

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she and brooke got to meet and commiserate at TNNA that spring, with the result that we ended up with a spectacular package.

now to create.

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the plan was to design a pair of fingerless mitts and a slouchy hat with buttoned detailing on the cuffs and brim. i decided to go with a longer style glove, something to wear with short sleeves when it’s chilly.

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there is a largish knit/purl houndstooth pattern in a few of the stitch dictionaries i have that i’ve always wanted to use on something. the yarn is so soft that i wondered if i’d achieve good stitch definition for this, but that turned out not to be the case—it worked up a treat.

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i’m always happy to design something with a classic tweedy feel in a surprising color or shape and this concept drove the pairing of this yarn and pattern.

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i knit the hat first and thought it looked adorable on several different people. and the mitts followed, which i realized could be worked long or short as desired (and as yarn supply demands).

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but for all that, i used up just one skein of yarn and i knew we had plenty of double dippers among our club membership (clubbies who buy in for a double serving of yarn).

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so, at the last m inure, i devised a rectangular cowl piece that can be buttoned several different ways to reconfigure it for a new effect (without moving buttons around). fun, right?

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shown here are the natty cap in size small, the natty cowl in size large, and the tweed set mitts in size medium. all knit in sincere sheep luminous, a polwarth/silk blend DK in colorway hathor’s gem, the custom dyed colorway for our club.

we have some extras skeins listed in the store for those that might might need a hit of turquoise about now. One skein will make the cowl or the hat/mitts combo; two skeins will make everything.

oh, and we have those moving mud buttons as well; one card required for the hat/mitts and one for the cowl.

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these patterns are also included in the 2013 fall in full color eBook, which compiles seventeen total accessory patterns from the 2013 fall color collection—that’s a lotta patterns! anyone looking for a knitalong around these designs need not look further than the ravelry clubhouse where our color clubs meet—all are welcome and appreciated.

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if it’s the single patterns or more information you’re after, click to view our online store pages for tweed set, natty cap, or natty cowl. you may also view or purchase them in my ravelry pattern shop by clicking here for tweed setnatty cap, or natty cowl.

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in the process of writ in up this post, i got to thinking that this cap would be SO handsome on david knit up in one of our soft yarns— our cooper sportstone soup DK, or better breakfast DK—due out in about a week (and we could use a sample to show it off).

i think my weekend knitting is settled then, how about you?

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speaking of clubs, there are still spots left in our blanket statement club which will begin shipping on february 7. (i would say be there or be square, but it’s all aBOUT squares!)

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anachronaut and toffer

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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ready for a light, lacy project with a hint of spring to get you through january?

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selfish knitting month is half gone now—maybe you still need to cast on something for yourself . . .

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and this pretty pair holds plenty of possibility. they are both designed with the same stitch patterns—an open, lacy cable-and-lace motif for the hems with a more solid, garter-based pattern for the body.

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toffer is a little more than a half-circle, with shaping that allows it to sit nicely on the shoulders and a bit of a collar to finish off the neck (that’s optional; it may also be finished off with a round neck if desired). anachronaut is rectangular and can be knit as a scarf or stole (and is easily enlarged to a blanket or wrap!)

the detailing gives the pieces a little bit of a victorian feel, but doesn’t lock them into being worn any particular way—the larger ones can still function as both scarf or wrap.

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toffer, the crescent shawlette, begins at the hem with the lace portion and is worked to the neck, where it is finished with a collar or a narrow band. anachronaut, the rectangle scarf or stole, is worked from hem to center back and grafted.

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the lacy hems are worked on larger needles and with more sts to give them a little flare.

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something for the breeze to pick up and play with.

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shown here are the toffer shawlette (above, one size), all knit in miss babs isadora, a merino/silk blend singles in colorway allium, the custom dyed colorway for our club. we have some extras listed in the store for those that might want them.

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shown below are the anachronaut scarf (top) and the stole (below), also knit in the isadora lace yarn.

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if it’s the single patterns or more information you’re after, click here to view our online store page for anachronaut and here for toffer. you may also view or purchase them in my ravelry pattern shop by clicking here for toffer and here for anachronaut.

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if working with fine lace yarn is challenging for you, these pieces can be knit in light fingering yarn on larger needles to be more manageable. they would be lovely in our chebris lace, stone soup fingering or better breakfast fingering—not to mention the luscious pura mongolian cashmere (i would guess needles size 6US/4.0 mm and size 5US/3.75 mm for that weight).

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and don’t forget that help with grafting is just a click away; with my free craftsy class, the ins and outs of grafting can be yours forever. need a hand with blocking a shape that’s new to you? i also offer a complete blocking course in a handy DVD format—put it on the TV while you are pinning out your lace and follow me step by step.

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many thanks to our friends and coworker, sheyanne, quentin, and faith, who modeled these pretty pieces for us in the fall; we really appreciate you taking the time to do this for us!

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glasstower

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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with all this january cold and wind, you might tiring of the same old rotation of scarves.

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or possibly (like, ahem, me) you never really got around to sorting out your warm woolies and are making do with a rather flimsy fall scarf (though you never thought it was, back in october).

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if your own comfort fell victim to december gift knitting, i think you are well within your rights to take advantage of the holiday weekend just about to begin—time to put your feet up and indulge in a couple of afternoons or evenings filled with selfish knitting.

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this trendy little accessory cowl is just the thing—fun and quick enough to complete in an evening or two, warm and cuddly enough to fit the bill for outdoor wear, and—if you haven’t ventured into color knitting yet—a neat little gateway project to introduce yourself to a new skill.

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glass tower, in size small (shown here) or large (to wrap twice or wear long) can be knit in any combination of two natural shades or dyed colors of DK weight yarn that you desire.

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ours is knit in two shades of stone soup DKtravertine and river rock—which has a soft, flannelly surface, but would be equally handsome in kent DK, breakfast blend DK, or Confection Sport.

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to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the glasstower page in the knitspot pattern shop or click here to see specs and purchase in my ravelry pattern shop

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erica put together a kit which may be purchased in size small or large and includes the pattern plus your choice of two yarn shades.

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that’s bound to make someone you know happy!

many thanks to our friends darpan and kedric for giving this release such a handsome look.

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fat tire mittens

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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looking back over the posts for the month of december, it’s been a month of joyful red—why stop now with one last pattern to squeeze into 2014?

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here we have a little something to match the snow tire scarf, our 2014 red scarf scholarship fundraiser pattern.

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which is also now finished and complete with final photos—if purchased previously, you can redownload the final version any time now from wherever you purchased it.

sheyanne and laura have created a little video demonstrating the many ways you can wear the snow tire infinity scarf.

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and if you haven’t bought one yet, please consider doing so now—here or here—every dollar of the retail price will go into the scholarship fund, but only through midnight on december 31st!

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emily has been tallying the numbers for the scholarship fund and says, “it looks like we have collected $2,665 total so far.” we have not quite met our goal yet, so sales from the mitten pattern and kits would help out a lot.

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the fat tire mittens are textured in the same patterns as the scarf and knit up in a jif in worsted weight yarn (or any yarn that knits to the right gauge). we all just love them—so cozy and warm, perfect for the freezing weather that’s about to descend on us.

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and for the next two days, we will add the proceeds from this pattern to the scholarship as well—we’ll wait while you scurry over to our online shop or our ravelry shop to get a copy.

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here we show the mittens in size medium, on the right in our cream ghillie sport DK and at left in our red festivus worsted (now sold out for the year), sorry.

HOWEVER . . .

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remember that gorgeous kent DK in mussel shell that i showed you yesterday? well, just after i posted, fourteen boxes of yarn arrived at knitspot headquarters, some of it in this very deep gray.

david and anastasia got it listed in our online shop right away so it would be available for this pattern release.

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erica B has created a fat tire kit option with yarn and pattern—click here to purchase.

many of the snow tire scarf kit options include enough yarn for an additional pair of mittens as well.

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i think these would make an excellent valentine for someone special, don’t you? maybe the mitts for someone you like and the whole set for someone you REALLY like, haha.

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i’ll let you decide.

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i hope you have a VERY happy, happy new year’s celebration. we’ll be cooking and ringing in the new year with friends; i am very much looking forward to it.

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tomorrow i have a special post to bring you from our scholarship recipient brandy, who sent me a beautiful note and some additional photos from her life at school.

and i’ll be hoping that the morning of january 1st brings the good news that our scholarship goal will be met—please let’s move it forward with one last great push.

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thank you all so much for another incredible year!

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