Pink Grapefruit Cowl and Mitts are now LIVE!!

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The Pink Grapefruit Cowl and Mitts pattern is now for sale!! This was the exclusive pattern I developed last spring for the  2011 Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour (my month was May).Now that 2011 is over, the pattern is publicly available for $4 (you get both the cowl and mitts patterns together in the download).
Included in the pattern is a video tutorial link on how to ‘unravel’
the dropped stitches portion, so you can see exactly how it works for
the cowl. The mitts include two sizes.

This is my first time adding a not-free pattern to Ravelry, so I wasn’t sure how to link both the Cowl and Mitts. If anyone knows of a better way, please let me know!

Pink Grapefruit Cowl and Mitts

The cowl is more of a necklace style, and is surprisingly warm and wearable. I know it looks more decorative than warm but somehow it just works and is indeed cozy (although I imagine if you use cotton yarn, not so cozy). I knit it again later that summer in blue, using a full skein (220 yards):

Blue Grapefruit Cowl

I really love both the cowl and mitts, and I hope you do too!

Modification Monday: Paris Night Melody

Original Pattern: Melody’s Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sachiko (Ravelry ID)

Mods: The clever construction of this pattern intends for the item to be worked in the round and then cut open like a scarf- Sachiko decided to keep it ‘uncut’ for a modern and stunning infinity scarf.  Project page can be found here.


What Makes This Awesome: I love how Sachiko transformed this clever scarf into an infinity scarf, it’s a great idea that could be done with lots of other scarves, as well- even if it is knit more conventionally, a provisional cast on could be used and ends could be grafted together. But this one really shines for it’s simplicity, and requires a really beautiful yarn to pull it off- her choice of the Malabrigo Lace in ‘Paris Night’ (a truly amazing colourway) really sets off the knit. I want one just like it!

2011 Wrap Up and Final FO

My 2011 knitting goals were to have 28 FOs and design 3 new patterns. I did hit my design goal:

2011 patterns

*These were exclusive for the Tanis Fiber Arts 2011 Year in Colour Club, but will be for sale in January!

I fell short of my overall FO goal, with only 22 FOs, and I didn’t even photograph one of them yet (it was a Stockholm Scarf that I gave to a friend for Christmas, and I wrapped it up the second it was dry)

Here are the 21 I did get photographed:

2011 FOs
And here is the final FO of 2011, a Christmas gift for my cousin Chantal:

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She requested a winter headband that was simple and had a big bow, and I didn’t quite find any patterns that were exactly what I had in mind, so I winged it and made up my own. I really love the final result, so I’m glad I kept notes! I’ll start working on the pattern in the new year.
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I’m not that surprised I missed my target of 28 FOs this year, to be honest. I can pinpoint exactly where the knitting time was lost- my first trimester of pregnancy, when I had to go to bed 1-2 hours earlier than I usually do every night for 3 months. Considering that’s when I do a lot of my prime knitting time, I estimate I lost approximately 90-100 hours of knitting time, which would have definitely been some more more FOs. But hey- that’s life, right? So- my 2012 goals.  For 2012, my knitting goals are to design 5 new patterns, and have 20 FOs.  that sounds a little more reasonable. Especially since the new patterns count as FOs anyways- I’m sneaky like that. Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope that you all have an incredibly happy, yarn-filled 2012.

FO: Oak Grove Fingerless Mitts

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Pattern: Oak Grove

Yarn: Becoming Art Cielo Sport

Needles: 3.25 mm dpns (US 3)

Mods: None.

Notes: these are such pretty mitts, the oak leaf design is really exceptional, and the technique gives it a raised look. My only wish is that I had reduced the stitches around the wrist- I have scrawny little bird wrists (5.5″ circumference) , and there is a bit more room in them than I typically need. It would have been easy, too- just decreased about 6 stitches shortly after the ribbing from the stockinette portion, and added them back in when approaching the thumb hole round. But how can you argue with the results?

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These photos were taken shortly after Christmas at my parent’s home, where the local temperatures were -17 C without the wind chill. Going coat-less meant the photos had to be done in 2 mins or less!

Modification Monday: Tracy Sweater

Original Pattern: Textured Knots


Knitter Extraordinaire: Claudia (Ravelry ID)


Mods: used the great stitch design of the original blanket pattern to create a totally different pullover inspired by it. Her project page with more photos can be found here.


What Makes This Awesome: I love the details, the way the cables for the knots are used to elongate the shape of the sweater for a flattering fit. it would have been easy to go a bit overkill and have knots all over from cuff to neck to hem, but the design elements are right on key.  It’s a stunning knit, and also pretty impressive to turn a blanket into a sweater!