My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Knitprints!

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:

KnitPoster 240x240 Knitprints!

The Knit! Big Softee poster:

KnitSofteePoster 240x240 Knitprints!

Or the Blockout poster:

BlockOutPoster 240x240 Knitprints!

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).

Current WIP

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:

Yarn051814 240x160 Knitprints!

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:

WIP051814 240x160 Knitprints!

Just over 1.25″ inch! But the fabric it is creating is gorgeous:

WIPCloseup051814 240x160 Knitprints!

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.

Loki sez:

Loki051814 240x158 Knitprints!

“Whazzup?”

 

Comments

  1. For a vicarious thrill, how about a photo of the stash room?
    Great posters!

  2. Kristen says:

    That is going to be one amazing cowl!

  3. Rachel Mitchell says:

    Wow! Looks like they got funded in a flash! Can’t wait to see your finished cowl. Great colors!

  4. patricia says:

    Nice cowl.Slipstitch is slow- I made a child’s vest for charity and it took forever! Nice and dense tho- that will be a cowl that can handle the next polar vortex!

  5. Oh please, I second the call for a stash photo!
    Some of us can only hope to live vicariously through the stash of others ;)

  6. Boursin says:

    Ooh. One of those posters would go with my official Writer’s Guild strike poster that hangs over my sewing table.

  7. I would love to win a poster! :)
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Kitten Maryland Shawl – WIP

  8. Jeri Weiser says:

    I will have to look up the Array pattern. Your color choices, as usual, are very pretty. I would love to win a poster.

  9. Me…me….me!!! (arm/hand waving furiously in the air)
    nance´s last blog post ..Awaiting the Yarn Stork….

  10. Melissa E says:

    Yes, yes, yes. Love my array. It’s super thick and warm and gorgeous. The posters are awesome! Thanks for sharing the Kickstarter.

  11. Ooh, fun posters! And that cowl will be great.
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..FO Friday: February spinning

  12. Lisa-Marie says:

    Those posters are awesome!! The cowl will be so lovely once it’s done.
    Love it and the cat!! xoxo

  13. Deborah Gajee says:

    Thank you!!!! Just did my backing transaction!!!! Hey Loki looking cool as always!!!!!

  14. Christine says:

    Oh, I love the prints!! Such wonderfully bold images!

  15. Love the posters! Count me in!

  16. Vasiliki says:

    Those posters are great! Any of them would look great on my wall.

  17. Lestersmama says:

    Love those colours!

  18. A knitting poster? How neat!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Very nice on all accounts! Now back to the post to check out the links! Johnston4kids on rav

  20. Love the cowl. Love the posters.

  21. I think I just found a new kickstarter to support. Love the Classic Poster!

  22. Love the Power Knitting posters!

  23. Being Jap-Am, I was instinctively drawn to the first poster, then in a split second, recoiled in self-horror as I realized it was a rendition of the Imperial Japanese flag under the dictator Tojo: symbol of many, many, MANY atrocities.
    Immediately scrolled down and felt a little less horrified when I saw the second colorway, but then noticed the Slavic-looking font, which reminded me of Stalin. (Possibly that’s just because Uncle Joe and Tojo were birds of a feather.)
    The 3rd poster brought a chuckle, as it depicted a sentiment I have thought to myself. Phew! Upon occasion, a little verbal violence directed toward inanimate objects is acceptable.

    In a lighter note, I love slip stitch colorwork. A little extra work = 2x warmth + so pretty!

  24. Love the posters!

  25. Great posters!

  26. Love the posters, would be a great way to dress up my office at work so they know I am knit-strong!

  27. Amy Schulze says:

    Love the posters! I would also love to see your stash room. I am particularly interested in how you remember what you have!

  28. Midnite Baker says:

    Love poster #3. And the cowl is gorgeous..downloaded the pattern already. Now to find some yarn. M

  29. Love poster number 1 and 2!

  30. Thanks for sharing! I love how kickstarter can help some great projects.
    Angela´s last blog post ..Lady Bathory Shawl

  31. Great posters!

  32. Love the posters and I can’t wait to see the finished cowl.
    I really wish I had a Loki. He’s so perfect.
    Amanda Price´s last blog post ..10 on the Spot Game Giveaway

  33. Those are fabulous! I’d love to hang one in every room…

  34. Eeeeeeee! I love those posters. I also love the beautiful greens of that cowl. So pretty!!

  35. Charlotte says:

    On the rare chance my e-mail “wins”, I do NOT want the poster (sorry, all available wall space is filled with 6′ tall bookcases or pictures).
    Your phrase “all those slipped stitches makes for a very compressed row gauge” got me. I worked on Bruce Weinstein’s Reversible Herringbone Scarf a little at a time every night for two months (very hard on my wrist) – after 1 1/2″ width, gave up & pulled it out. What I’d done was beautiful, just tooooo compressed & tight for me.

  36. What a great company Knitprints! is… such fun products. And yet another cowl you’ve “made” me put in my queue… :)
    Lizy Tish´s last blog post ..Overly Ambitious

  37. Love the Gusler Design items. Thanks for letting us know about this project. Can’t wait for my Yarn Chicken tote:O))

  38. Those posters are great! And I am seriously coveting your next cowl, that combo is gorrrrrgeous!

  39. Two lovely ideas in your blog today – love the company and love the cowl. Now how about a sneak peek into your yarn chicken project tote? ;-)
    And now please, random number generator, do your work! (classic please)
    Thank you for sharing!

  40. Those are GREAT prints, and I have that same cowl on my queue – after I finish my “leftovers” cowl!

  41. Love poster number 3. Pretty much sums up my life!

  42. Louise Waugh says:

    *Homeward Trails* I’m in for the drawing – the upstairs was all dry-walled by my spouse, who is great with real plaster but the drywall skills call for many many posters/needlepoint pictures/magazine covers etc. And rescue animals rock – I had to give up on cats due to severe allergy but all our dogs are “rescue” if you include the 2 we found running on the street and ended up keeping when all efforts to get them “home” (calling every nearby animal authority, running them by the vet to get checked for chips, lalala) failed. If anyone is looking for a companion animal, I recommend Homeward Trails, one of our dogs came from them. She had been in a high-kill shelter in West Virginia (where stark reality dictates that many people cannot afford spay/neuter and the shelters do not have funds to kennel animals long-term) and is now still alive, all these years later, because some folks do the work of matching dogs and cats with their forever homes.

  43. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love the colors you chose for the cowl.

  44. Cecilia says:

    I will be looking forward to the summer knit along. Thanks for including us in your adventure.
    Cecilia

  45. I really want one of those posters!

  46. Oh boy, would that 3rd poster get me in some hot water around here! But it make me chuckle, will have to check out their other products. Loki is too cool for school!
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Home again, home again

  47. I love the posters, especially the last one! That gave me a good laugh

  48. Virginia says:

    Great posters!

  49. Great posters! I just downloaded Array…looks like a fun cowl to knit!

  50. That Blockout poster is hilarious! I’m off to check out the Kickstarter page…
    Carolyn´s last blog post ..My Week in Pictures – Week 19

  51. What cool posters–and the chicken shirt, that is a crack up! :)

  52. the great images !! thanks for sharing

  53. Kristen Machowski says:

    That is extremely kind of her to do. Like you said she’s very talented and I’d love to be lucky enough to win one.

    I enjoy watching you knit up two color items. I would love to do that but I can never get it lose enough. Maybe one day.

  54. It sounds like they are off to a great start! Great to see it as they are so talented.

  55. Great posters. Great company. Hope they succeed. Can’t wait to see the finished cowl.

  56. Mary Beth says:

    Love those posters! And Loki is always adorable. :-)

  57. Whether I win or not, I *need* either poster #1 or #2 for my school knitting club…I think #3 would put me on a “Teacher In Need of Improvement” plan, LOL!