One of our knitting buddies, Beck, known on Ravelry as Lemonhalf, has with her husband launched a Kickstarter project: Knitprints! by Gusler Designs.
I am a long-time fan of Beck’s work — she has crearted the graphic for my summer mystery KALs for the past couple of years (and she agreed to create a graphic for it again this year!) and is a talented graphic artist. The Kickstarter project, in her own words:
We’re doing the Kickstarter as a way to meet minimums for printing and purchase some much needed equipment (like a 2nd computer) to get setup for a more full-time business. It gives us an opportunity to set up a shop to sell some of our designs at shows and online but also to work more easily with LYSes. A lot of them can’t pay to print 100 exclusive bags for their own shops, but if we partner them with a shop in a different region we can make it work. There’s no reason for knitters to not have awesome printed items like so many other hobbies.
Take a look at their Kickstarter page — there are a lot of clever, cute items displayed there. If you are so inclined you can back the project and get something awesome.
And because Beck is awesome, she has offered up one of her posters for a giveaway here on WendyKnits. Leave a comment to this post by 11:00am Eastern time next Sunday, May 25, 2014 to be entered in a drawing to win one of the following three posters (the winner gets to choose which one he/she would like):
The classic Knit! poster:
The Knit! Big Softee poster:
Or the Blockout poster:
So please take a look at the Knitprints! by Gusler Designs Kickstarter page and add your support — be it monetary or simply the sending of good vibes! Gotta love a small American company, particularly when the people involved are awesome (and have taken in several rescue animals, I might add).
I have some top secret knitting I am working on but also wanted something fun and mindless to knit when I’m not working on that, to decompress. I took a look through the cowl patterns on Ravelry since I am currently obsessed with cowls. I found Array, a free pattern from Shibui Knits. Cowl? Check! Two-color? Check! Pretty? Check! Check! It met all my requirements so off I went to the stash room to find the perfect yarn. I decided on this:
This is Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Water Lily and Malachite colorways. I had two skeins of each, so this seemed perfect.
The original is knit from worsted weight yarn and my yarn is sportweight, so I quickly winkled together a swatch and adjusted the number of stitches I needed to make a nice big cowl — approximately 60″ around. I cast on 420 stitches (!!!) and got to work.
The pattern is simple and fun to knit. It involves slipping every other stitch so you are only ever knitting with one color at a time. The downside is that all those slipped stitches makes for a very compressed row gauge. After a lot of knitting, this is what I have:
Just over 1.25″ inch! But the fabric it is creating is gorgeous:
I can tell that this is going to be one of my favorite cowls next winter. And right now, it makes a great “fill-in” project. Definitely a long-term project, but I am in no hurry. Because it is such a simple pattern I can pick it up and put it down in between other projects. And I’ll just knit until it is wide enough. I have plenty of yarn so I’m thinking I can knit to 12″ wide.