Knitting, travel, vacation

Vacation Knitting

How many projects does a knitter need to bring on vacation???

That’s a very good question. [I suspect the answer may be different for every knitter, and every vacation! πŸ˜‰] This time around, I packed four projects that have been in progress for some time in the hopes that I’d finish or come close to finishing one or more of them… πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ˜†

Project #1: Fox Cub Sweater Set Hat & Booties

I finished the sweater portion of this set a month or so ago, in time to gift it to the parents-to-be at their baby shower!

I’ve been working on the matching hat & booties over the last few weeks, hoping to finish them before the baby arrives!

Booties just need foxy ears, and embroidered eyes and noses now! πŸ˜„

I feel like the hat came out smaller than I was hoping… I usually knit 3-6 month size for new babies because they grow so fast! Maybe I mistakenly knit the Newborn size? Or accidentally used smaller needles? Not sure what happened there… πŸ€”

At any rate, I think (hope!) the hat will fit the Newborn for a couple of weeks at least, so I’m going to go ahead and send it!

But I’m giving serious thought to casting on for a larger size hat to send along as well… 😊 So much for finishing, right?! πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ’—

Got the ears and faces on the booties done, though!

Aren’t they cute?!

I confess that I like them so much that I could not stop taking photos! πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚

I find knitting for babies SO gratifying! πŸ˜„πŸ’—

Project #2: Blanket Square for Carrie

This one I did finish! The knitting was already completed, so I just wove in my ends and blocked my square!

Project #3: Cowl/Snood Sample

That’s Pepper snuggled up on my lap there, “helping” with my knitting! πŸ˜‰πŸ’—

This one is for a new design I’m working on; a chunky, cozy cowl/snood. Part of my process is that I knit as I design, and there were a few specific design features I wanted to work on… so I knit until I ran out of yarn. Then I ripped it all out, made the changes I wanted to make in the pattern, and started all over again! It’s all just part of my process. Sometimes I have feel/see/do something in order to make a decision about it. πŸ˜‰ So this counts as progress in my book! 😊

Project #4: Capelet Sample

And last, but definitely not least, I also brought along a sample that I’m knitting for a new capelet design. I think this may be the third time I’ve knit this sample πŸ˜’… It happens that way sometimes! 😜😊 Anyway, it’s a great traveling companion, and ended up being my go-to project for on-the-beach-knitting as its very portable and I’ve thoroughly memorized the pattern! πŸ˜†

How many knitting projects do you like to take with you when you travel? Do you prefer to cast on something new, or continue/finish WIPs?

~Happy Knitting!

Knitting, new patterns, Puppy

Knit & Chew!

Our morning Knit & Chew (usually out on the back deck) has become something of a ritual for Sunny and I. In fact, Sunny can get quite bossy about it if she thinks I’m taking too long making the coffee… πŸ˜‚β˜•οΈ

Knit & Chew: The unreasonably early morning version (indoors because it’s so early there’s not enough light outside yet for knitting)…

Would you believe me if I told you that getting up so early was originally Sunny’s idea? Sometimes I think she pretends she needs to go out just because she misses me! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’— Apparently, sleeping next to our bed isn’t close enough! πŸ˜‚πŸ’—

Wait. What? How did this get in here?!

It’s the “I’m so cute when I’m napping that Mommy can’t help herself” nap time photo bomb… πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

Knit & Chew: The totally reasonable morning version…

And some sneak peeks at swatches for a new design I’m working on! More details forthcoming! πŸ˜„

The needles are Knitters Pride Royales, (the 10″ / 25 cm single points)…

And the yarn is Knit Picks Palette!

What’s on your needles today? What’s making you happy right now? We’d love to hear all about it! πŸ˜„

~Happy Knitting!

Knitting, patterns

Β New Pattern Released!

Today, I’m celebrating the release of my new pattern: Twin Leaf Gloves!

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Delicate, yet warm, Twin Leaf Gloves are theΒ perfect cozy accessory for all of those slightly chilly mornings/evenings in Spring & Fall when you just need a little wooly comfort to keep you toasty!Β Knit in the round on double pointed needles, they fly by quickly with just enough lace to keep you focused.Β Designed for a fitted look and sized for women’s hands in small, medium, and large, I bet you (like me!) won’t be able to knit just one pair! πŸ˜‰

 

 

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It’s been a dream of mine, for many years, to begin writing out my knitting patterns so I can share them with you. So today is a very exciting milestone for me! πŸ™‚

This particular pattern, Twin Leaf Gloves, has been in the works for quite a while. The first inspiration for them came about nine months ago at the end of last Summer when I was obsessing over leaf-patterned stitches and fingerless gloves (one of my all-time favorite accessories!). Looking at leaf shapes, it occurred to me that they might go gracefully with hand and thumb gusset shaping for a pair of fitted gloves or hand warmers. As I played around with the idea, sketching and swatching, the Twin Leaf Gloves were born!

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Along the way, I discovered that pattern writing can bring with it a rather steep learning curve… i.e.: Knitting what’s in my head, for myself or a loved one, takes some time, but is relatively uncomplicated compared to writing it down and/or charting it out in a way that makes sense for communicating it with others.

Most of the months between then and now were spent in developing and refining the pattern from my original scribbled notes to a detailed pattern with both written instructions and charts.

And of course, then there was the checking and re-checking of the pattern for accuracy; the first step of which (for me, anyway) involved knitting sample gloves in all three sizes = a lot of time and a lot of math! πŸ™‚

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Overall, I have to say that pattern writing has been a very exciting and rewarding experience for me, even with the rather larger-than-expected learning curve involved! πŸ˜‰

My deepest thanks go out to Allison O’Mahoney of Kniterations for her patient advice, support, and superb technical editing; and to Beth HarnettΒ (Hatknitter on Ravelry) for her heart warming enthusiasm and fabulous test knitting! Ladies, you are a joy to work with, and I am deeply grateful for your input and contributions. ❀

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And now, to spread the joy and celebrate this pattern release, I’m offering two discount options on my Twin Leaf GlovesΒ pattern:

1) Β and enter discount code: New20 to get 20% off your Twin Leaf Gloves pattern through April 25th, 2017!

Or…

2) Get 50% off your Twin Leaf Gloves pattern through June 30th, 2017 when you subscribe to my Newsletter!

Happy Knitting!

Family, Knitting

Road Trip Knitting

Last weekend, my family and I traveled to Pickerington, Ohio to celebrate my Grandmotherβ€˜s 80th birthday!
We threw her a surprise party…

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Surprise!

 

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Grandma’s stories are the best!

It was so great to see her laughing and smiling and telling stories!

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We were able to spend time with family members that we don’t often get to see!

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Melody & Aunt Peggy are such jokesters!
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My cousin, Pearl and her husband, David…
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My sister, Hannah & brother-in-law, Everitte…

Since the trip is about 8.5 hours one way, I packed lots of knitting & crocheting to keep me busy!

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Finishing a sample for my first knitting pattern, which will be available soon!

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Knitting in the car is definitely not as easy as it sounds!

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It’s bumpy and swervy no matter how good a driver you have at the wheel…

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…But it’s still a huge chunk of mostly uninterrupted knitting time, which is fabulous and nearly unheard of for me lately! Even with vast numbers of bumps and swerves, knitting can get me through just about anything! ☺️

What about you? Do you knit in the car on long trips? Why or why not? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with us for dealing with the bumpiness of the car ride while knitting?