It was very exciting to open up the Miss Babs newsletter this morning to read about their Rhinebeck booth and to see my Loop shawl right in front of me! I hd such a good time making it, watching the contrast skein of Perfectly Wreckless dole out its intense colors.
Loop has been done for a while but I had to get a new computer - and the new computer likes to turn "STS" into "STD" (great abbreviation to have in one's knitting patterns) and various other small nuisances, so it took a while to publish. Then Junior was using it as a cape for a while and when we were trying to photograph it, we got kicked off of a (non) private beach near our home! I kind of wondered if it was doomed but it looks like it's still kicking. It's knitted from the top down and the loop sts (STDs) are just slipped with k2togs. Yarn is carried up the side.
Right now I have this gorgeous Malabrigo Mecha on my needles. I'm trying to finish a pullover with lace arms on size 10 needles in time for Stitches East this weekend.
It was supposed to be a long cabled vest (last year) but I lost interest. I ended up frogging it last weekend, winding it into large skeins and washing out the kinks so it could be reworked. People don't have a true understanding of how much time goes into designing knitting patterns. Of the ones that do work, many have been pulled out and reknit mutliple times. Luckily, I think this sweater is going to be a good one - my 11 year old has already requested one for herself which is preferable to "Ew - who's going to wear THAT?"
I just put up a new pattern for sale, the Ranelagh Cowl. These cool crisp days remind me of the several years I lived in Ireland. I had some friends who lived in Ranelagh and I remember some cold days, visiting them after walking through wind and raindrops, burrowing down in my scarf.
Many of those days in Dublin I would have appreciated a snuggly cowl like this. It's unisex, reversible, and requires 2 skeins of Juniper Moon Moonshine or Cascade Eco Duo, or similar yarn. A good "first" colorwork pattern since only one color is carried at a time.
I've had a number of requests over the years for a pattern for this coat:
Shortly after designing it the yarn was discontinued so I never reknit it and published the pattern. I just finished knitting another one in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and now want to do it in something with some more depth, hence The Verdant Gryphon. I'm considering the top two colors, Purple Hibiscus and The Cathouse. I love Gryphon's yarns and I probably can't go wrong with either of the colors. Trying to decide on yarn colors is such a fun endeavor that I really need to string it out a few days, although Rhinebeck is fast approaching.
I could do it in Love Bug, but it's another bright pink. Do I really need another pink coat? Well, yeah...
River in Paradise would make a nice contrast with The Cathouse, the deep blue, above.
I was under the weather today so I spent some time binge watching Netflix and making crochet flowers to hang at the Wilson Collective in Portsmouth, RI, to help out my friend, Rhonda Fargnoli. It is opening this week and will be a makery, where Rhonda will sell her own yarns (and no other yarns) and host workshops for knitting, crochet, sewing, dyeing etc. There will also be a tea bar and I'm not sure, but it's rumored you can get your dog washed there as well!
I saw this reclaimed wood piece, part of some machinery from a factory in Atholl, MA, at my studio. The creators of Silver Hippopotamus, who also work out of Mad Dog Studios, were selling it at their show, and this vision of organized circular needles came into my head, so I bought it. It's difficult to describe Silver Hippopotamus, but this sister team takes industrial machinery or junked out pieces of farm equipment, maybe an old tractor part of child's tobaggan, and sculpts them into a new life. A piece of lucite here or there, something rethought into a light fixture, legs added to make a table. It is more than upcyclling because they transform these abandoned "things" into something that imprints in one's brain after the show is over. This was the simplest of their pieces - one day I'll have to take some pictures and show you more.
My find was marketed as a colored pencil holder and I loved how that looked so I combined the needles and the pencils. Now, it sits in front of our fireplace, where kids grab colored pencils at whim (and actually put them back) and I have my circular needles organized by size (and sometimes I put them back, too.)
I just joined the studio - a haven of space and sun, with individual areas and a huge common room with floor to ceiling windows and a hammock. A hammock! Great for knitting, as you can imgaine. There are kilns and equipment for metalsmithing, easels and saws. Artists can have a 2 or 3 day per week membership or their own small studio and work in the common space at will.
Junior brought his sister a little bouquet of zinnia when we picked her up from the bus, her first time riding it. She is at a new school this year and has to take the bus a fair distance. Cute, this sibling stuff because within 2 minutes the bouquet was incorporated into the Dead Chicken game and everything went awry, which, is to say, became normal. Today will be spent at my studio and two new patterns will be released soon!