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Aran Meets Lorna

August 15

Aran Reversible Scarf

Over time I’ve been releasing individual patterns from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I’ve re-written the “Aran” design to use Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. I chose the yarn because it has just the right combination of great stitch definition, good drape, and a huge selection of beautiful solid colors.

This pattern looks complex, but in reality is very easy. The six-row pattern repeat is simple to memorize and fun to work. Using a ribbed reverse cable technique, cables are formed on both sides of the scarf simultaneously as you go along.

Aran Reversible Scarf detail

The pattern is now available for download on Ravelry.

Photography by Gale Zucker

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OTN (On The Needles) Rally Day

August 7

I’m super-excited to be teaching at OTN (On The Needles) Rally Day in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on August 13th. This is a fun-filled day sponsored by the wonderful yarn store, The Artful Yarn. There several great classes to choose from, with morning and afternoon sessions. Check out the various offerings here.

I’ll be teaching reversible cable technique at 1:30. I’ve re-written the “Aran” pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues to use Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn; the store has several colors in stock. My students will get the pattern as part of their workshop material, and we’ll start the pattern in class.

Aran reversible scarf

Between class sessions, from 12:00 to 1:30, I’ll be signing my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Pick up your copy either that day or ahead of time – the store has several copies in stock. Also, you can stop in during store hours from now until the end of the day on the 13th to see the trunk show from the book.

Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to register, or have questions, please call The Artful Yarn at 440-321-9754

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Warming Up for Ravellenic Games 2016

August 5

shawl

As many of you know, Ravelry holds a crazy-fun event during the Olympics called the Ravellenic Games. We will cast on during the Opening Ceremonies, and aim to have our projects finished by the time the torch is extinguished at the end of the Closing Ceremonies.

Ravelry has concocted silly names for different kinds of “events”. I’ve entered “Shawl Sailing”. I’ll make Romi Hill’s beautiful Lyrica Euterpe pattern, using Alpenglow Yarn’s SMerF 4000 fingering weight merino. I’ve had this project in my stash for forever, and am glad to have the perfect excuse to make it.

Getting ready for the Ceremonies to begin!

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Trunk Show at The Artful Yarn

August 4

I’m delighted as can be to have the trunk show for my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues featured at the beautiful shop called The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

ArtfulYarn Trunk 1

I hope you’ll come by and see the sample scarves from my book and browse the store’s beautiful yarns.

I will do a book signing during OTN (On The Needles) Rally Day in the store on August 13th from 12:00 to 1:30. If you can’t make it to the book signing, but would like an autographed copy of my book, you can purchase the book ahead of time, leave the book with the staff at the shop, and I’ll be happy to sign it for you. Please be sure to leave a note saying how you’d like me to make out the inscription (“For Mom” or “To my Best Knitting Buddy” or “Happy Birthday to Lisa”). You can pick your autographed book up later at your convenience.

The Peonies Have Started!

June 24

For the past few weeks I’ve felt like a little kid happily anticipating Christmas. All spring I look for my peonies to start blooming. I’m crazy for them!

This is the first plant to bloom. I should have some other colors come along before too long.

Peonies_3

I like the paper-y petals. There are so many subtle color contained in them!

Peonies_1

I didn’t realize how complicated the structure within is.

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Rios Linen – Carrying the Yarn

June 7

Even after making it a bunch of times, I’m still obsessed with the linen stitch scarf pattern I included in my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I turn to it over and over when I travel because it’s a super-portable project and is easily memorized.

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I love using it to experiment with my favorite variegated yarns. On airplanes, I am happy to knit the simple pattern, admire new colors as the appear on my needles, and listen to my favorite podcasts. For this scarf, I used Malabrigo Rios in the “Diana” colorway.

Rios_Linen_Alt_Yarn_2

Both the front and back textures are lovely, and really show off the beautiful colors.

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Some hand-dyed yarns are wildly different in color from one skein to the other, even when dyed at the same time. Take these two balls of Rios in the Diana colorway, for instance:

Rios_Linen_Alt_Yarn_3-2

If I were to work the scarf until one skein ran out and then start the second skein, my scarf would end up with two distinctly different colors. For the scarf above I carried two very different skeins of “Diana” up the length of the scarf. I worked one skein for 2 or 4 rows, then alternated the other skein for 2 or 4 rows, resulting in a nice blending of the two.

I think I’ll do the next scarf with 2 skeins of Diana and change skeins every 3 inches or so and see if it makes a striped effect that I like.
Experiment on!

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Early Spring Wildflowers – Daisies

June 3

These sweet daisies are everywhere. They’re the best reason ever for not manicuring my lawn. I love them!

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Free Spirit Knits Winner

May 31

Celeste from California is the winner of the Free Spirit Knits giveaway. I hope she enjoys the beautiful patterns in this wonderful Southwest-inspired book!

Free Spitit Knits Cover

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Early Spring Wildflowers – Jack In the Pulpit

May 28

These are one of those plants that make me marvel at nature’s strange adaptations. The flowers are contained under the hood. I can’t imagine how or why the plant evolved as it did!

JackInThePulpit_Bridge_May_2016_1

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Early Spring Wildflowers – Purple Pretties

May 26

I’ve been busy designing new patterns, but they’re not yet ready for prime time. In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy some wildflower photos. I’ll post one or two every few days.

Here’s a field of purple pretties. I don’t know what they’re called. If you know these, please leave a comment!

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Giveaway: Free Spirit Knits

May 14

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the beautiful book, Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest. I’m thrilled to be able to give away a copy of this book. There are many lovely patterns to make, including some great sweaters for guys.

Free Spitit Knits Cover

Let’s celebrate Memorial Day by leaving this drawing open until midnight Eastern Time on Monday, May 30th. To enter the random drawing, simply leave a comment here on this post. Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.

Many thanks to Interweave Knits for making this giveaway possible.

Publisher Info:

Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest

By Anne Podlesak

Interweave/F+W; $25.99

http://bit.ly/1M5c5IM

144 pages

Free Spirit Book Review

April 19

Free Spitit Knits Cover

I love the Southwest. The colors and landscapes have a unique beauty and spirit about them. No wonder I was immediately enamored with the book Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest.  The author and designer, Anne Podlesak, lives in northern New Mexico. I can easily see the influence of her surroundings in her Santa Fe Wrap:

Santa Fe Wrap

This photo for the Grand Canyon Coat shows off the scenery’s subtle colors and its influence on the pattern. Motifs evoking the waters of the Colorado River set off the golden colors of the rocks. I love Anne’s choice of a tone-on-tone main color for this coat. The subtle striping reminds me of the striations of rock in the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Coat

My time in Arizona taught me some history about sheep ranching in the West. Knitters tend to love all things sheep-y, so the Churro Sheep Cowl is appealing. (A knitter’s note here…if I make this cowl, I think I’ll try a different top and bottom edging to discourage the fabric from curling.)

Churro Sheep Cowl

Free Spirit sets itself apart by offering a number of nice patterns for men. The Salt River Sweater’s traditional cabling, combined with a motif that echoes Native American art,  would appeal to a lot of guys:

Salt River Sweater

Anne’s book includes several techniques, from lace to stranded knitting to cables. There are small projects as well as the stunning sweaters, coats and wraps.

As you may remember from my previous post, I made the book’s Petroglyph Socks.

petroglyph socks

I enjoyed making them so much, I looked up Ann Podlesak’s patterns on Ravelry. I love discovering designers whose work I like so well!

I’ll be giving away a copy of this gorgeous book in May. Stay tuned!

Publisher Info:

Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest

By Anne Podlesak

Interweave/F+W; $25.99

http://bit.ly/1M5c5IM

144 pages

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