My current work in progress:

Geiger by Norah Gaughan, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the “Schwefel” colorway, using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles.

Now Available! Plaid Cowl Pattern

Fir the first time in a very long time, I’ve released a new pattern: the Plaid Cowl.

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It is available for sale in my Ravelry store, here. The pattern is written in two sizes and beyond that is is very easy to change the size to suit your fancy — full instructions for doing so are in the pattern. Here’s the smaller size:

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In celebration of having released a new pattern for the first tie in forever, I’m selling it at the reduced price of $3.00 for the first week. Next Sunday (July 22) the price will go up to $5.00.

Here is an incentive for you to feel sorry for me and purchase my pattern:

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I broke my foot on Wednesday morning. Just kidding about the “feel sorry for me and buy my pattern” bit. Well, you can still feel sorry for me and you can still buy my pattern. But you know what I mean.

Fortunately it is a “simple” break so no surgery or anything necessary. It just needs time and rest.

My little nurse is worn out from taking care of me.

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I’m going to give away a few copies of the Plaid Cowl pattern. To enter to win a copy, you need to do this:

Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what colors you would use to make the cowl, and also tell me your Ravelry name. I’ll give away several copies throughout this coming week, so be sure to comment before next Sunday!

Persistence

It’s amazing what you can achieve with some persistence. Well, persistence and some days off from work where I did nothing but knit.

Behold:

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My Goldfish Memory Shawl. (Cat added for scale.)

Knit from Hedgehog Fibres Sock in three colorways: Nutmeg, Guppy, and Copper Penny.

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Here’s what I had left over when done.

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I calculate that I used approximately 1184 yards. I did extra repeats in the last three sections to use more yarn. I could have used up more, but I was afraid I’d end up with an overly huge shawl.

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As it is, it is 104″ long by 22″ wide.

Here it is:

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Piece:

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by:

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Piece:

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I think I’m all set for next winter with warm snuggly shawls!

Speaking of warm and snuggly:

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July

It’s July 1 and that means one thing:

July Camp Loopy project time! I am knitting Casapinka’s Goldfish Memory Shawl out of Hedgehog Fibres Sock:

The three colorways are Nutmeg, Guppy, and Copper Penny.

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The shawl consists of a lot of different stitches and textures in different sections. Here is the first section:

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In other news, I got my copy of the newest Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide yesterday.

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Check it out — some cute patterns there! I love the Sail-Awat Shawl, and the cute Bodhi Leaf Washcloth looks like something I’ll need to knit multiple times. I’ve got lots of leftover Euroflax linen that will be perfect for it.

In other news, Loki still has impressive toe floof!

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Plaid Cowl

Here is my Plaid Cowl, completed.

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My own design, this is knit from Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool in two colorways: Devilish Grin and Nostalgia. It’s 48″ in circumference.

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I do plan to release the pattern, but I want to knit another one at a smaller circumference, in a totally different yarn. This yarn:

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This is Shibui Birch, 100% merino wool. It’s a single-ply sportweight. It seems quite fine to be considered sportweight but it has a nice halo, and I think that halo will make it knit up at a sportweight gauge quite nicely. There are currently 273 projects knit from this yarn posted in Ravelry, and the reviews of the yarn are very good, so I look forward to working with it.

The Little Prince says hello.

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Double Fun

Upon completion of my June Camp Loopy project, I pulled out a kit I had purchased a while back: Double Basketweave Cowl.

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The pattern is a freebie by Karen Templar of Fringe Association. I purchased the kit from Fringe Association. It consists of 2 skeins of Sincere Sheep Luminous DK, a wool/silk blend. The yarn is held double and the pattern calls for a U.S. size 10.5, but I knit mine with a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

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The yarn is wonderfully soft and squishy, and this cowl will be a welcome addition to my winter wardrobe. right now it’s har to think about it being cold enough to warrant such a warm cozy cowl.

But I’m working on another cowl.

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Loki is helping.

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