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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.

knitting pattern, reversible, reversible scarf, cables, reversible cables

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.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 4

December 3

Congratulations to Linda for winning yesterday’s 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 three days down, every day for three 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 Thursday 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.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 3

December 2

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 two days down, every weekday for four 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 Wednesday 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.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 2

December 1

Congratulations to Brandon of Virginia for winning the first drawing! Everyone has five more chances….

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 one day down, every day for five 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 Tuesday 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.

It’s A “Newt” Day

November 30

newt

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Blogiversary Giveaway Day 1

November 28

To everyone who tried to enter the giveaway yesterday (Friday, November 28) I apologize for the glitch that prevented you from leaving a comment. It should all be fixed now, so I’ll run the giveaway today (Saturday) instead. I’m sorry for the confusion!

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. Today and again for the next five week 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 Monday 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.

6-Year Blogiversary Reversible Scarves Giveaway

November 25

The AudKnits website and blog turned six this year! To celebrate, I will be giving away signed copies of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I’ll give away six copies to celebrate each of the blog’s six years, and to thank you, dear readers and fellow knitters, for making it possible.

Reversible Scarves Cover

Here’s how it’ll work. Starting on Black Friday, and then each weekday next week, I will run a giveaway for one book. One winner will be chosen each day from among the comments from that day. Check back starting Friday, November 28th, to leave a comment for the random drawing for that day’s book. The cutoff will be midnight Pacific Time each day.

Another Pair of Lockhart

November 4

I wish I were better at photographing red. If I was, you’d be seeing the true gorgeous ruby color of my latest pair of Lockhart fingerless mitts. The design is by the talented Leila Raabe.

This was my first time using Baah Sonoma yarn, and I am smitten. It is soft as can be, but doesn’t lose its oomph during blocking. The lovely ply makes for great stitch definition in the twisted stitches.

fingerless mitts, Baah yarn

I made a few little modifications. I made the short version of the pattern, but wanted a bit more wrist coverage. I added two rows to the beginning and two rows to the end of the cuff chart. I bound of all stitches purlwise, since I like the way it blends into the rows of garter.

I love this pattern. It is well written, and fun to make!

 

Stripes for Fall

October 20

 

I had a blast playing with color combinations to come up with a Fall variation for the “Bold Stripes” scarf from my Reversible Scarves book.

reversible scarf, Rowan Felted Tweed DK

 

As you can see, I had a Spring color palette in mind when I designed the original “Bold Stripes” scarf for the book. Quite the transformation, isn’t it!

Bold Stipes, reversible scarf, knitting pattern

 

 

I love Rowan Felted Tweed DK. In case you’d like to make one of your own, here are the colors I used to replace the ones called for in the pattern:

A: 154 Ginger
B: 150 Rage
C: 151 Bilberry
D: 161 Avocado
E: 145 Treacle
F: 160 Gilt

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Spring palette photo from book by Caro Sheridan

 

 

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