Kennemerland

My patterns, hat, cowl, mittens, are up! They are published at Twist Collective and didn’t Twist do a great job with photos!?

photo: ©Crissy Jarvis
photo: ©Crissy Jarvis

All the details are there in the pattern page, so I won’t repeat it here.

Just today I finished a cowl in some hand dyed and hand spun yarn. The fiber is Blend A, soon to be available in the new web shop.

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Of course since it’s Brioche, it’s reversible.

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I wore it this afternoon, when it was ALMOST snowing outside, but inside this cowl it was fuzzy and warm and cozy!

Hosta is Finished

Here is my just finished scarf! I’m very happy with it and I’m sure I’ll make another one.

The brown yarn is Madelinetosh 80/10/10 (wool/cashmere/nylon) in color Sand Dune.  The green yarn is Madlinetosh Vintage (100% merino) in color Terrarium.  The pattern is Hosta, designed by Nancy Marchant, sold on Twist Collective.

It was really fun and fast to knit.  I finished it in exactly 1 month, even with THREE OTHER projects going on! I know! THREE!  I actually finished one of those projects today, but I can’t show it to you because I’m going to submit it for publication.  If it’s not accepted you’ll be the first to see it, and I’ll publish it myself.

Meanwhile, I have a new job!  Yes, I will soon (in September) be working full time again, which will take some getting used to.  No more trips to the beach in the mornings, or knitting all afternoon.  I also won’t be teaching English anymore.  I might just write a post about THAT adventure sometime soon.

The good news is that I will be able to afford to do the fun things I love doing again.  Like traveling and eating out at restaurants a lot more often.  Now that I know I’ll be working, I’ve already started on a little pent up retail therapy.  Mainly shopping for work clothes since I don’t have ANYTHING to wear to a new job.  And a little yarn.  Always a little yarn.

Still in Love

Even after spending a lot of time knitting these days, I’m still in love with it.  I have so many ideas in my head for new designs, or for other people’s designs I want to make!  If only my hands worked faster so I could get more done.

Here are some progress photos.

Yesterday I blocked the back and one of the front pieces of my Smocked Cable Coat (link is to a nice youtube video showing the model).

If you remember from previous posts, I had to buy more yarn to finish the sweater because the back piece was sucking it up so quickly I knew I wouldn’t have enough to finish it.  I bought 4 skeins from the Loopy Ewe, which arrived very quickly, and I carried on alternating new/old skeins of yarn.  I started with that alternating at the point where the cables begin (looking from the bottom up).  Can you tell that I’ve done this?  Yes you can.  You can see that from the point of the cables the color is definitely grayer.  What am I going to do about it?  Absolutely nothing.  I think that wearing it in real life you won’t notice.  I had the same issue with the cardigan I made last summer using Madelinetosh Sock yarn in color Celadon.  I was ready to rip out the entire thing after looking at photos of it and seeing decided color changes.  But you know what?  Now when I wear it, and look in a mirror, I don’t notice at all.

I’m also busy working on a brioche blanket/afghan.  I’m about 3/4 finished with it.  It’s made in the round, starting with the center and working out.  Each round is so long now!  I’m making it with Madelinetosh DK yarn in colors Moorland, Lettuce Leaf and Lepidoptera.  The finish blanket will use 2 skeins of each color.  Here are some WIP photos, both the front (dark green dominant) and back (light green dominant).

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front, brioche blanket
back, brioche blanket
back, brioche blanket

Stay tuned for finished photos of both projects, and a published pattern for the brioche blanket.