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“Mixer” Accessories Are Up

January 30

An enthusiastic fan of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues asked whether I could design some mittens to go with the Mixer Scarf from the book. What a great idea!

Here’s the original Mixer Scarf from the book. It is now available as an individual pattern as well!

Mixer Scarf

Here are the mittens…The little scallop shape on the cuff matches the scallops at the ends of the scarf.

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The palms sport a little seed stitch motif

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I figured, “Why stop at mittens?” So I designed a hat to go with it too.

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 All three patterns are available through the AudKnits Pattern Store also on Ravelry.

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Resources

Many thanks to Gale Zucker for the wonderful mitten and hat photos.

Kudos, as always, to Caro Sheridan for the scarf photo from the book.

Old Edna Photo Shoot

January 26

I love getting to be on hand for photo shoots of my designs. I do have a tendency to fret like a mother hen, and I’m fortunate to work with people who have patience!

We were soooooo lucky to use the fantastic Old Edna Townsite for Saturday’s session. Set in the Edna Valley Wine country, just south of San Luis Obispo, it’s a collection of historic buildings lovingly restored by “The Mayor” of the town, Pattea Torrence.

For out-of-towners there is a beautiful, restored farmhouse and adorably cozy cottage available to rent as part of a “farmstay” vacation.

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Wouldn’t it be fun to hang out in 2 acres of an old town? My hat is off to Pattea for having the vision and considerable talent to create such a unique and character-filled place.

Old Edna, photo shoot 2015

Not every rooster gets his own toy dump trucks to play with

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Thank you, Pattea, for your kindness!

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Colleen Rosenthal shot our lovely model Ali Peters, wearing some accessories that I’ll be publishing soon. Cassandra Evangelho kept us all organized and the outfits styled to a tee!

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I’m grateful to be part of a talented team who work well together and spend most of the time laughing.

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Resources:

Old Edna

Suite Edna Farmhouse Vacation Rental

Colleen Rosenthal Photography

Cassandra Evangelho, stylist and co-owner of Evaneal

Tea Leaves Cardigan

January 20

You might remember the Tea Leaves Cardigan I used for my experiment in stabilizing top-down sweaters. Here it is, completed. The pattern was well-written and fun to knit. I use Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Amber Trinket colorway.

 I’m pleased to say that after wearing it many times, the neckline didn’t stretch and the shoulders didn’t droop. My stabilizing experiment worked!

 knitting cardigan, Tea Leaves Cardigan

I’ve seen this cardigan made out of a large variety of yarns, worn by a lot of knitters with different body types. It is brilliantly appealing!

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Matchy-Matchy

January 6

Do you have my Reversible Scarves book, and wish that you had accessories to match the scarves?

The new year will bring new designs that will do just that. I will be releasing mitten, hat and/or sock designs that will go with the lovely scarves you’re making. The accessories will not be reversible (after all, who needs reversible socks, right?) but will complement the reversible scarves.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Anybody want to guess which scarf pattern these mittens and hat go with?

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Photography by Gale Zucker

2015: Resolution-free New Year. Sort Of.

January 2

I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a good start. I have some fun plans, knitting and design-wise, for 2015. I’d say they were resolutions, but my plans have a way of getting derailed. So here are my hopes….

I adore Maggie Righetti’s book Sweater Design in Plain English.  I often use her book as a reference, but that involves just dipping in a toe. This time, I want to jump all in. I’m going to launch my own “Maggie Project”, working my way through the entire book, designing sweaters as I go. I can hardly wait to get started!

Righetti sweater design

Six Word Memoirs

December 29

I want to share a particularly entertaining and thought-provoking book with you. Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure is a gem. Part of the book’s description is, “Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.”

It’s amazing the way short little sentences can be used to sum up big ideas.

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My husband and I get a kick out of reading these six-word gems to each other. We even signed up for the Six Word Memoirs web site where you can post your own little literary creations and read the clever posts of others.

My six-word memorialization of 2014 is

“Knitted my way through every adversity.”

I hope you’ll go to your locally owned book store and ask for the book. You’re sure to enjoy it.

Happy New Year!

 

Holiday Indulgence – Sweet & Spicy Pecans

December 24

Once a year I go crazy for sweet and spicy pecans. This year I tried making them with maple sugar. They’re not overly sweet. Traditional winter-time spices and the hint of maple…

YUM.

spicy pecans

I thought you might like to make them, too, so here’s the recipe:

MAPLE SUGAR AND SPICE PECANS

Preheat oven to 225 (convection) or 250 (conventional).

In medium bowl, beat one egg white with 1 tablespoon water.

In a larger bowl, mix together 1/2 cup maple sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Toss 1 pound of raw pecan halves in the egg mixture. Stir until evenly coated.

Transfer to sugar mixture and toss thoroughly.

Spread nuts on baking sheet with rim. Bake 44-48 minutes (convection) or 50-60 minutes (conventional), stirring every 10-12 minutes. Remove them from the oven when they have the desired amount of crunch. Cool in the pan.

You can download the recipe by following the links here: Maple Sugar and Spice Pecans Recipe

I don’t know whether maple sugar is available in regular grocery stores. I find it at my local natural foods store.

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas

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How Buttons Become Vests

December 22

It all started with buttons. My friend Katy and I were playing in the button section of our local yarn shop in Cambria, the Ball & Skein & More, when we fell in love with the same buttons. She had a penchant for the green and gold version, while I liked the red. Katy, being brilliant and creative, immediately latched onto the Heliopath Vest as the perfect pattern to show off our buttons.

knitting, vest, Harry Potter knitting, Heliopath Vest

I thoroughly enjoyed making the Heliopath Vest. I wanted the vest to look holiday-ish, so picked a white Cascade 220 yarn. It gives wonderful stitch definition.

 Heliopath Vest, Harry Potter Knits

Heliopath Vest, Harry Potter Knits

I did make a modification to the pattern. Where it calls for dropped stitches in the purled sections between sets of cables, I used all purl stitches (5 to get the same gauge):

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Resources:

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits 

Heliopath Vest on Ravelry

Cascade 220 Yarn

Holiday “Aran” Scarf

December 9

I’ve been saving this one for the holidays – the deep red color is perfectly festive! I used Swans Island Natural Colors in the fingering weight to make the “Aran” pattern from my Reversible Scarves book. This is one of my favorite patterns, as the cables are truly reversible. The scarf took me less time to make than I would have thought. The pattern looks complicated, but is actually very easy to memorize.

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I’m not usually a fan of using tone-on-tone yarn in a cable pattern. The Swans Island color variations were so subtle, though, I love the end result.

San Simeon State Park

December 7

Thank you to everyone who commented on my blogiversary posts. It was fun celebrating with my blog readers. I appreciate you all!

You know how much I love nature. Here are some shots from a hike on the east side of the San Simeon State Park in the Central Coast area of California.

San Simeon

While the beach is nice, I enjoy the peaceful riparian habitat as well.

San Simeon

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Blogiversary Giveaway Day 6

December 5

Congratulations to Anne Marie for winning yesterday’s drawing. Today is the final day!

If you’ve been following this blog lately, you know that I’m conducting a Most Excellent giveaway to celebrate the 6-year AudKnits  blogiversary. With five days already down, this is the last day I’ll be holding a drawing for a signed copy of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues.  It’s been great fun to give away one book for each of the six years!

reverstible, how to knit, knitting book

To win today’s book, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day (midnight Pacific Time). 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’ll be conducting a random drawing using a computer random number generator.

Even if you haven’t won, you might like to keep my book in mind as the holidays approach. Wouldn’t your knitting friends enjoy making some of these? Or perhaps some of the other 20+ patterns in the book?

Reversible Scarves, trunk show, Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, kniting scarves

The 132-page book is chock full of great reversible patterns for a wide variety of skill levels plus sidebars describing how to design your own creations. The book is available in print and digital formats. Please support your local yarn shop and ask for the book there. Additional information can be found on the Reversible Scarves web page

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 5

December 4

Congratulations to “knittingdancer” for winning yesterdays drawing!

If you’ve been following this blog lately, you know that I’m conducting a Most Excellent giveaway to celebrate the 6-year AudKnits  blogiversary. With four days down, for just two more days I’ll be holding a drawing for a signed copy of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues.

reverstible, how to knit, knitting book

To win today’s book, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day (midnight Pacific Time). 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’ll be conducting a random drawing using a computer random number generator.

If you don’t win today, come back Friday and try again!

And you might like to keep my book in mind as the holidays approach. Wouldn’t your knitting friends enjoy making some of these? Or perhaps some of the other 20+ patterns in the book?

Reversible Scarves, trunk show, Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, kniting scarves

The 132-page book is chock full of great reversible patterns for a wide variety of skill levels plus sidebars describing how to design your own creations. The book is available in print and digital formats. Please support your local yarn shop and ask for the book there. Additional information can be found on the Reversible Scarves web page.

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