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Pattern: Interlocked

Today marks the debut of my new knitting pattern – Interlocked – a buttoned cowl and matching fingerless mittens, knit in luscious Malabrigo Twist for high-touch effect. And Sale!


The cowl, pictured below, is one-size, although you could knit it smaller or bigger depending on how you would like it. I used three different buttons, which I think offers a fun touch:

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The fingerless mittens come in two sizes, small and large, and each feature the interlocking diamond pattern found in the cowl.  It will only take two skeins of Malabrigo Twist to knit both the mittens and the cowl – making it a bargain knit.


I’m publishing this pattern on the day of my local yarn store’s 5th Anniversary – the wonderful Bluebird Yarn and Fiber Craft. Sophie has made it through the tough economic times and continues to keep on the current edges of knitting. I’ll be down there today to help knitters find lovely uses for their sale yarn.

To celebrate, I’m offering a coupon for 50 percent off the Interlocked pattern on Ravelry. Just click the Buy Now button, and use the coupon code Bluebird as you check out. The code will be good through September 30th!

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A New Pattern Preview and Teaching Schedule

This coming weekend is Bluebird Yarn and Fiber’s 5th Anniversary sale! Go here to find all the details:

Bluebird is my go-to yarn store for so many reasons: great selection, great prices, and a wonderful owner, Sophie Kurnik! I’ll be there in Saturday, September 28th doing some demonstrations of beaded knitting and cables-traveling stitches without a cable needle, plus providing pattern selection support with my trusty iPad for those lovely sale finds! As Sophie’s email notes, there will be a ton of yarn and fun to be had by all!

One feature of the sale is the debut of my new pattern, a textured cowl and fingerless mittens pattern. Here’s a preview photo!



The pattern, Interlocked, will be up on Ravelry come Saturday, and those who check back with the blog will find a sale code to buy the pattern at 50 percent off  from the beginning of the sale through the end of the month!

Plus, I will teaching a number of classes over the next couple of months at Bluebird. Check out my classes page for more details. All of the classes at Bluebird offer small sizes and personalized attention. 


Almost a Pattern: A One-Row Scarf

As a budding designer, I find that often my patterns come from playing with stitches on the needles and “unventing” a stitch pattern.

I’m working on a super-secret project, but in doing so, I came across a cool pattern that would really work for the mindless knitting we all need in our lives.  It’s a simple, one row stitch pattern with lace, ribbing, and a stable edge, so it’s perfect for a scarf or shawl project.

It looks like this:

One row stitch pattern And here’s the pattern:

Row 1: k3  (p1,  p2tog, yo, k2,), k3

Repeat Row!

Which means if you cast on a multiple of 5 plus 6 stitches, you can just keep knitting this pattern ’til you run out of yarn, and you’ll have a scarf or shawl.

Enjoy, and please let me know if you try this out!


New Pattern: Stagger Ribbed Hat

The first of a few patterns I’ve designed is out today! Let me introduce the Stagger Ribbed Cowl.IMG_1752

This was a sneak design. I started with the task of knitting a sample for my LYS store for an upcoming class – the Stagger Cowl in the Knitscene Accessories issue.

As I knit the cowl, I realized that the simple stitch pattern would lend itself to a lovely hat, and since stitch patterns are not part of copyright, I created a pattern for a hat to be used either in combination with the cowl, or stand-alone. This cowl is a great introduction to cables, as the cable stitches are in only 2 of the 20 rounds of the stitch pattern. See how pretty the stitches are?


Because this is my first paid pattern in a while, ror the rest of the month, the pattern is available at 50% percent off – a bargain at $2.50!  

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Learning Curves

I’m on a fiber learning curve. Several of them, in fact.

  1. Double-knitting:  this is one color technique that I’ve never done before – and I finally see why folks do it.  I’m working on a scarf (the Mysterious Disappearing Dot scarf pattern by the lovely Lucy Neatby), and although it takes a bit to get the technique perfected, this project is turning into potato-chip knitting.Disappearing Dots scarf
  2. Knit  Companion Software.  This is actually the reason that I’m doing the scarf – I saw a tweet by Lucy Neatby that she is the first designer to have pre-loaded patterns into Knit Companion for the iPad. I received, for $12.50 7 patterns by Lucy, the knit companion software for those patterns, and associated pdfs and videos.  While I had seen this software before, it seemed to me as an experienced knitter to be more work than it was worth – I can read a knitting pattern, use Goodreader with pdf patterns already. Here was an opportunity to try it out with someone else having done the work to load the patterns in (the only sensible use of it for me – your mileage may vary).  I’ll do a review in another post.Beginner singlesLoaner spinning wheel
  3. Spinning on a Wheel.  Yep, I’m trying out spinning thanks to my friend Judy, who is loaning me her Louet S10 wheel to take a class on spinning.  I spent a whole evening not getting the wheel to work, gave up, and thought I’d wait ’til the class.  I was feeling like an idiot even though I was trying to do it with just a short demo by my friend and no class. In the morning that seemed stupid, so I tried again, and figured out how to get the fiber at a rate that sustained the spin, and how to pedal in a way that works (here, I find, my aerobics training comes in handy – moving at a regular beat is something I can do).  I’m now able to sustain spinning a relatively smooth single, and it took about an hour to  get to that point. One coincidence was reading yesterday an article in Entangled magazine about another spindler who learned to spin on a wheel – Rachel Rayner, and she had very similar experiences to my own (including an evening when the she couldn’t get her wheel to spin).  It nice to know that a learning curve is just a learning curve!
  4. SOAR – or the Spin-Off Autumn Retreat – which is an up to one-week adventure in spinning that moves around the country each year.  This year it is at Tahoe City, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.  I’ll be taking a variety of classes – including Beginning Spinning on a Wheel (with a great teacher), Andean, spinning with camelids and Tahkli spindle spinning (used for short fibers like cotton).  A fiber extravaganza, and I might find myself ordering an electric spinner because the honorariums for teaching at Princeton Seminary and doing a memorial service just about equal the price. I think Calvin would agree that it is the providence of God showing itself, I’m sure of that!  It will be good to be with friends, sister fiberistas, and snowy alpine beauty outside!

That’s plenty of learning curves for October, so I’ll leave it at that. I’ll report back from the SOAR retreat and how my spinning wheel class went.

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FO: Handspun Ishbel, and a spindle report

The Ishbel is done, and I must say, I’m so glad that this one will stay with me:



I spun the Pigeon Roof Studio’s Falklands fiber on my beginner 2.2 Schacht as worsted laceweight singles, plied into a plying ball, plied the two strands together on the same spindle. It took a long time, but I’ve gotten to be a better spinner for the effort. See the process in these photos:


And I’m showing off the spindles. I have two reasonably priced ones (the Schacht and Kundert), and a couple of splurges – the Spindlewood and the Amazingly Beautiful Asciano Spindle out of a central american wood (not endangered) that I can’t pronounce:


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WIP Report

Not much completion going on in Casa del Revknits. But there are things to report.

My spinning mojo is quite good at the moment. I’m spinning with Pigeonroof Falkland, and I love the colors. I hope I’m not overspinning the fiber:



The progress on the vest has reached the steek level – I’ve created the armhole steeks. I’m about to start creating the steek for the V-neck – it’s a little scary, knowing what will be happening. And because of all the colors, this is not a portable project. I would like to get it done before Ravelympics begin, but I have a fair amount of travel, so that might be a little beyond me at the moment.



The comfort knitting is my Lacy Prayer Shawl – in Malabrigo worsted in Natural – I might use this project for a dye experiment. Free download through Ravelry – go to this page on my blog, and you’ll see.


And I need to start on a baby sweater project for my boss, that will probably be the travel project…only two colors in a cheap but washable/dryable yarn!

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Back to Afghans for Afghans Knitting

I’m very excited that there is another youth campaign with Afghans for Afghans along with Church World Service. Details of the campaign can be found here.

I’m thinking that I’ll finish (finally!) the blanket squares that have been haunting my yarn area, then work on some sweaters and vests to start with, and finish up with some socks and mittens with any leftovers. I got a bunch of Pastaza wool/alpaca yarn at Bluebird’s summer sale, and there’s more on the WEBS site too, so I think I’ll buy a bit more and have a bunch to play with over the winter.

Updated:  I did buy more Pastaza at the year-end WEBS sale, and while on vacation visiting my Mom, I managed to finish this little vest:


I used the schematics from Sweater 101 to make up a vest pattern, and used the criss cross cable with twists for the central cable.  My other thoughts were that having some ribbing at the sides would be a way for the vest to be close-fitting and warm.  I had the ribbing come up the sides of the armscythe (eliminating the need for an edging), and had the central cable come up along the v-neck as well.  That little cable was continued on its own after I reached the top fronts, then grafted together and sewn into the back neck.


Other knitterly features include:  short rows at about 5 inches on the back to make the vest hang better, short-rows at the top-shoulders with a three-needle bind-off.  The only finishing at the end was the top back neck and weaving in the ends.

I’m pondering writing this up as a pattern – what do folks think – it is worth it?

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Baby item cuteness

Ok, I admit it, I really, really like my Under the Big Top Hat pattern. So much that I knitted these for a friend expecting a baby, and made some socks to match:

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In washable wool (a combo of Aurora 8 and GGH Maxima), they will be easy care for the Mom and Dad.

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Twist, for sure

The addiction continues. Twist has cast a spell over me, and I am helpless to resist. These popped over the weekend:

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And I caught this photo, and I didn’t even know that Izzie was there – kinda cool.
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The improvised pattern uses a tubular cast-on for 36 stitches, then do a mini-cable to go into 2×2 ribbing. I did another mini-twist at the beginning of the thumb gusset, which is done most in 1×1 ribbing.

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The cast-off for the hand is my switch out to a tubular cast-off, while the thumb gusset was done conventionally in pattern.

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