Why is it I’m always a season behind in my knitting? Ah well, there’s just enough winter-ish snow for this lovely, warm sweater to be useful for another week or so. “Mork” is designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. I love patterns that are both relaxing to knit and also interesting. Worked in worsted weight, the knitting progressed quickly, while the cables kept my interest.
Even the back is filled beautifully with cabling and a just-right icord edge.
I used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted for this project. I was worried it might be a bit scratchy, but it softened nicely with washing.
Fans of Knit Picks can now find my “Mixer” accessories in Swish Worsted. The yarn is delightful to work with, and comes in lots of great colors.
The patterns are available individually here: Mixer Hat, Mixer Mittens, and Mixer Scarf. The variety of knit/purl stitch patterns make these cute accessories entertaining to knit!
Any knitter who has known me more than five minutes knows that Alana Dakos is one of my all-time favorite designers. I finally had the chance to make her Gnarled Oak Cardigan from the book she co-authored with Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits.
I used Madelinetosh DK in the Grove color.
I love Alana’s attention to detail.
Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry
You’ll enjoy checking out Alana Dakos’ Never Not Knitting blog and very entertaining podcast
My Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry
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!
Here are the mittens…The little scallop shape on the cuff matches the scallops at the ends of the scarf.
The palms sport a little seed stitch motif
I figured, “Why stop at mittens?” So I designed a hat to go with it too.
All three patterns are available through the AudKnits Pattern Store also on Ravelry.
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.
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.
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.
Not every rooster gets his own toy dump trucks to play with
Thank you, Pattea, for your kindness!
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!
I’m grateful to be part of a talented team who work well together and spend most of the time laughing.
Suite Edna Farmhouse Vacation Rental
Colleen Rosenthal Photography
Cassandra Evangelho, stylist and co-owner of Evaneal
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!
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!
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?
Photography by Gale Zucker
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!
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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):
The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits
Heliopath Vest on Ravelry
Cascade 220 Yarn
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.
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.