Ordway

The stripes are finished. And they are fabulous!

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I’m so very happy with how this turned out. It’s the first time I’ve used the asymmetrical shaping, but I will definitely be using it again. This is one of those designs I kept second guessing as I went along. But I’m so busy right now I didn’t have time to start it all over. So I just kept going. And I’m so glad I did. I love it!

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It’s worked from tip to long edge with a coin-cable / eyelet rib that makes a nice strong diagonal against the gorgeous color stripes. Twisted Fiber Art makes amazing yarns, and I can’t tell you how many times at TNNA or knit-night folks have stopped to admire the colors and the softness. The stripes never get so small that they are obscured and the edging is applied after the main body is done. It’s a quick knit and a lovely result!

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Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)
Yarn: Twisted Fiber Art Tasty Striping in the Phantom Colorway plus a coordinating skein of Vapor – 380 yards of fingering for the body and 90 yards for the edging
Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette
Size: Approximately 56″ wide and 28″ deep

 Ordway is available on Ravelry for $6.00 USD! 

Bryndis

I have a love/hate relationship with variegated yarns. Love the colors, the combinations, the life in them. Hate the way they mess up my designs. Hate it! But I’ve been experimenting more and more with variegated yarns. Fortunately Rachel of Dyeabolical supports my research with yarn grants.

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This is the lovely custom color she dyed up for KnitCrate – over at KnitCrate they do all sorts of fancy yarn and pattern packages. Extras of this particular package are available still!

So I took that yarn and turned it into this:

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It’s a sideways shawlette with short-rows and eyelets to break up any pooling and make the most of this gorgeous multi-colored yarn. It’s a written pattern, but the short-rows and eyelets become pretty intuitive after you figure out how it works.

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The sport-weight yarn makes up a generous shawl – 84″ wide and about 22″ deep. Nice for wrapping around yourself during these last chilly dregs of winter. It’s even cold here in Jacksonville, Florida – we had a freeze last night!!!

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Needles: Size 8 needles (5.0 mm)
Yarn: Super Ego in the KnitCrate Cafe colorway, 440 yards to 150g, sport weight
Gauge: 16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette
Size: Approximately 84″ wide and 22″ deep

Bryndis is available on Ravelry for $6.00 or as part of the KnitCrate package.

Want to be seen green?

I want to be seen green

Wouldn’t be caught dead red

‘Cause if you are seen green

It means you got mean bread

For some reason that lyric from The Wiz always plays in my head when I hear the word green. You’d think I would have totally blocked it out, because that subway scene scared the bejeebers out of me when I was a kid. Worse than the witch from the original Wizard of Oz.

But we’re here to talk about happy, beautiful green things. Not things that scarred me from childhood (don’t even get me started on Poltergeist or It). So let’s look at some gorgeous green yarn.

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I’m not sure I captured how utterly glorious this yarn is – it’s really just the perfect green. And it’s on a supremely squooshy MCN base from Stitches ‘N Rows. And guess what? We are doing some mystery knitting! And the green queen’s name will be Evadine. That’s the Ravelry link to pre-order the mystery knit at a mysteriously delicious price!

I haven’t done a mystery knit-a-long in ages, and I just felt like I needed to. I feel like every shawlette I design is the best one yet, so I have high hopes for this baby! So are you in? You need 400 yards of fingering weight – green is good, but if you ain’t a green lover it’s ok. And I highly suggest something from the Stitches ‘N Rows shop of course! We’ll be starting March 8th, with 4 clues released throughout the month. So get your green yarn ready ’cause it’s coming up fast!

Sleepy stripes.

Actually the stripes aren’t sleepy, but I sure am sleepy while knitting them. Recovering from my trip has been a bit rougher than expected. I arrived back in Jacksonville, Florida at around 9:20 on Tuesday morning and basically slept until the next morning. And I’m still a bit groggy!

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But the stripes are gorgeous. And the plan is in place for all sorts of happiness with the edging. I’m actually leaning towards something Estonian-ish with the coordinating skein of teal.

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This super squishy yarn from Twisted Fiber Art is nothing short of amazing. So many folks at TNNA wanted to know what it was and squish it. This pattern will be available soon and you will not believe all the gorgeous yarn I brought home from TNNA! And even more gorgeous yarn is winging it’s way to me – I can’t wait! So many projects planned for this spring – I’m so excited!