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Next Up… November 10, 2009

Filed under: designs,New pattern,Uncategorized,Yarn Pics — Hannah Cuviello @ 4:35 am
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I have finished a pattern. It’s done. seedling hat

I typed it up, added pictures, made a chart (with much technical help), put it all together and converted it to a pdf. I have now officially exhausted my technical abilities. That’s all I’ve got- it’s guess-work from here on out.

I am going to try uploading it to my blog. Here goes (remember…guess work).

hmm.

See the empty space? Yeah.

Well, luckily, I have access to someone who has much more computery knowledge than I have. My father has successfully uploaded the pattern to the store website, where it is now available for free download!

seedling side

Click here to go to Download Page

With all this awful computer nonsense accomplished, I think I’ve earned some knitting time! “What’s next?”, you may ask…

Some of you may remember the 5 beautiful, naturally dyed colors that Stevanie at Abundant Yarn (now at Pico Accuardi dyeworks) developed for Cascade.  Cascade colorsWe hosted a color naming contest for these during Sock Summit, and Cascade chose the names a month or so ago.  From left to right, we have Seattle Blues, Sage Honey, Wild Honey, Desert Adobe, and Briar Rose.

I am working on sock patterns for each of these colorways, inspired by the names.

As you can see, I’ve been hard at work.

sock plans

Clearly, I tend towards the technical in my pattern development.

It can’t all be work, work, work, though (go ahead and feel jealous that I call drawing pictures of socks “work”). I actually have some personally fulfilling projects started, the most exciting of which is a new pair of slippers. Now, to understand what this means, you have to realize that slippers are an institution in my family.

Let us start at the beginning, though. I had a knitting Grammy. She was the foundation of all the fiber experiences of my life. Among the many patterns that were her signature creations (well, I don’t know if she really came up with the patterns- they could be everywhere- but she sure knit a lot of them) were a particular pair of slippers.  These slippers were simple and quick to knit, and were among my own first projects.

Grammy slippers

Every year at Christmas, every member of our family would receive a pair of knitted slippers. Such was the voracity of Grammy’s slipper knitting. Pictured above are perhaps the last extant pair of Grammy-knit slippers. I love them, but I want more. Now, of course I could just knit another pair of slippers and have them done in a relative snap. When I say “more”, though, I don’t just mean more pairs of slippers, I mean more slipper in each pair.

I’m going to make Slipper Boots! Sloots! Sloops? sbippers? Whatever.

You see, it is ridiculously cold in Spokane, and I am not used to this. The more of my body is covered with wool, the better. If the wool just happens to be knit in a ridiculous, puffy stitch, well even better still. I’m so excited! I’m knitting them right now, in between letters (is that why my blog posts take so long?).

New slippers

The choice of yarn here was, of course, key. I knew I wanted a worsted weight wool. Working from my stash naturally narrowed the options (OK, so it didn’t actually narrow them that much). I had to choose between Cascade 220 in Green and Gold, Lorna’s Laces Shepherds Worsted (my favorite yarn to knit with- yes, I have a favorite) in some dark variegateds and Imperial Stock Ranch 2Ply in “Black Cherry” and “Heathered Teal”.

When I came down to it, though, the choice really made itself. I already have a couple of projects in Cascade 220 green and gold (one of which happens to be slippers), so that was out.  I have a weird, covety thing about the Lorna’s in my stash (saving it for the perfect sweater), and I just couldn’t let it go, even for such a worthy project.  It came down to the ISR.  Really, this is a perfect wool for the project. It is remarkably light and lofty, while still holding its shape, the colors are lovely, and it come in rather large put-ups. Plus, ISR is an amazing company and I enjoy supporting them.

That said, I have a warm cup of coffee and some knitting waiting for me…

Spokane Cup

Cute novelty cup that I found in Seattle, of all places. It only holds about 4oz of coffee, but it is one of my favorite possessions. Plus extra getting up for refills just means that I work off another slice of pie, right?

 

Baby Steps November 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hannah Cuviello @ 11:34 pm
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Well, I have a confession to make.  In all my life, I have never kept a journal, diary or penpal for more than two weeks. I feel that this doesn’t bode well for my blogging career.  I’m willing to give it a go, though.

Here is what I have been doing while not writing my blog:

I have been making a cable chart…Vine chart

and knitting it.Vine cableThen tearing it out.Green Yarn

I tried inserting it into a hat…Pretty but...

Then tore it out again.Green yarn 2

I repeated this process about 5 times, each time getting a little farther along on the hat.  Ironically, the goal of this exercise was to create a simple, one skein hat pattern to share with all my wonderful friends out there and to celebrate the arrival of the new Cascade 128 Superwash (that is, a bulky weight superwash wool).  Well, the yarn is no longer newly arrived, but I did finally come up with a simple, cabled, one skein hat pattern.  I liked it so much, in fact, that I knit it up again in another color. Now, I have only to write it up and put it in a sharable format.  I have complete faith that I can accomplish this at least in the time it takes me to write another blog post. Hmm…

Seedling hat As for the yarn, I have to commend, above all,  its sturdiness.  As I said above, this hat was knit and unknit numerous times while retaining its structural integrity and pleasing texture. I love it. Plus, it comes in all my favorite colors (at the top-Turtle and immediately above-Pacific).

In between drafts of my hat, I found myself in dire need of a feeling of accomplishment. Thankfully, there were several skeins of yarn that had escaped my detection during the initial packing stages.  One of these sneaky beasts became a scarf.Quickie Scarf

Ok. So it’s not my best work. The yarn was originally an attempt at self-striping handspun, however it turned out that these particular stripes were totally lacking in subtlety or harmony. It was very quick, though.  In the future, I intend to spend some portion of my “immense amounts of free time” improving my spinning and fiber blendig skills. Don’t worry, you will all hear about it.

Coming up next…A hat pattern.