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
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.
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.
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!
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
Spring palette photo from book by Caro Sheridan
As the October air takes on a chill, I’m reminded to start knitting scarves for the upcoming winter.
One of the patterns I have the most fun knitting from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is the double-knit “Surprise Stripes”. Here, I chose Universal Yarn’s Classic Shades in the Grapevine colorway. I love how the colors blend from one to the next. For the solid, I grabbed some white Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK from my stash.
Everyone who sees the pattern expresses delight when they realize the stripes are horizontal on one side of the scarf and vertical on the other. How can that be?!
This is one of those designs which looks complicated but is actually very easy. It’s simple to memorize, making it excellent for social or travel knitting. And it’s fun to try different kinds of yarn.
Here’s a sample I made from Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted. I was excited to get to try this yarn, since tone-on-tone colorways are a relatively new addition to the Pediboo line. Frog Tree has created gorgeous colors in both the worsted and sock weight.
This is the reversible “Feather and Fan” pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. In the partially worked ball of the yarn, you can see the subtle variations of lighter and darker blue:
I love the “Feather and Fan” pattern – it’s a fun and easy knit. It always makes me nervous at first, though, since it looks like a jumbly mess as it comes off the needles. After wet-blocking – giving it a good stretch – it transforms into a beautiful, feminine creation! You can see the beautiful color variations of the new Frog Tree tone-on-tone line:
This scarf is on display at the Ball & Skein & More in Cambria, California – it was one of the first shops to carry the new tone-on-tone version of Pediboo Worsted. I loved getting a sneak peek of all the gorgeous colors available! The Feather and Fan scarf uses only two skeins.
“Feather and Fan” pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues :
Frog Tree Yarns
The Ball & Skein & More – the amazing yarn store in Cambria, California
There’s nothing like an easy knit in party colors to ring in the New Year. I made this Composite Stripe scarf (from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues) out of Feza Alp Oriental in the #13 colorway. The great thing about the yarn is that it comes with all kinds of different yarns on one ball. Mixed in with plied solids are bouclé’s, metallics, and even a subtle trace of eyelash yarn. The colors are a delightful mix of reds with some turquoises, a hint of teal and some yellows thrown in. Each ball is like a party unto itself. Just one ball of Alp Oriental makes the entire scarf.
If you have a bunch of fun yarns in your stash, you can also create this super-easy scarf by holding different yarns together as you knit.
Happy New Year!
Composite Stripes pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues
Feza Alp Oriental yarn
John Kieger Photography
I like patterns that can be can easily evoke different seasons or moods. My ZigZag pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is like that. There are so many gorgeous self-striping yarns out there, it’s easy to whip out a scarf that is exactly right as a gift, to match a certain outfit, or for a different time of year.
Here are a couple of variations I made last year. I had Spring in mind for this one made from Wisdom Yarns Poems:
Then Summer came along and I was drawn to the inense blues of some Noro Kureyon I found:
And now I’m finishing up my Fall version, made from Plymouth Yarn’s Gina. For this one, I liked the way the colors worled out when I increased the cast on to 36 stitches. (I include a “Make It Your Own” sidebar in the book so you can adjust the stitch counts any way you’d like to accomodate whichever yarn you want to use.) The pattern gives options for either the pointy or the squared-off ends.
You can see I get carried away sometimes…I was inspired by our red maple tree, then just had to toss my WIP into its branches. I got kind of matchy-matchy with the fall leaves pallette!
Next time you’re in the mood for a quick, fun knit, you might enjoy the ZigZag pattern. It uses easy short rows, and it’s fun to watch the colors emerge as the knitting progresses.
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues ZigZag pattern
Wisdom Yarns: Poems
Noro Yarn: Kureyon
Plymouth Yarn: Gina
I love getting a chance to work with new-to-me yarns. I had the pleasure of making two sample scarves from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Both used Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted, a lovely blend of machine washable worsted and bamboo. Here’s the first of the samples (I’ll blog about the other at a later date):
You can see that the yarn lends nice stitch definition to my “Cables and Knots” pattern…
…I also love the way the little scallops along the scarf’s edges held their shape after blocking.
Like many of the patterns in my book, the “Cables and Knots” design looks more complicated than it really is. The knots in the center of the cables are very easy to make (unlike bobbles, which I find to be kind of fussy). The pattern repeat is easy to memorize, too.
This particular sample will be on display at the Ball & Skein & More yarn store in Cambria, California. It took three skeins of yarn.
I like it so much, I may have to make another to keep myself!
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues “Cables and Knots” pattern:
Frog Tree Yarns
The Ball & Skein & More carries a wonderful selection of Frog Tree yarns and my book. You can see the Cables and Knots sample, and they always have my book available.
I adore thick, warm socks to wear around the house in the fall. You may remember my Cushy Chroma Socks design. When I’m in the mood for a quick knit, this is the pattern I turn to. Knit Picks is always coming out with new colorways for it’s Chroma Worsted yarn, and I’ve amassed quite a stash of it. This time I was in the mood for the Soft Rock colorway. I used the second of two versions for the “Rolled-Edge Cast On for K2, P2 Rib” from Cap Sease’s book, Cast On Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting.
The free pattern offers womens’ small, medium, and large sizes and are simple enough for social knitting. They’re perfect for making gifts for friends.
This super-simple pattern is available for free through AudKnits, Ravelry and Knit Picks.
Cast On Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting is available from the following sources:
Please support your local yarn shop and see if they carry the book!
My nephew and niece-in-law (I call her our “nice-in-law) are avid photographers. They love catching early morning light, but it can be mighty chilly! Fingerless mitts are just what they need to keep their hands warm, while their fingers are free to move the controls on their cameras.
I adapted my Kellie Fingerless Gloves pattern, replacing the fingers with ribbing at the tops.
The good thing about having a big stash of sock yarn (well, my husband might call it “justification”) is that I had some great jacquard patterned yarn on hand. My nephew and his wife each picked the color that appealed to them for the hand section, and I chose some solids to match for the ribbing.
Kellie Fingerless Gloves patttern
Lang Yarn Jawool Aktion Color
Regia 4-Ply solids
I’ve been snuggling up under my Page Turner Throw as the evenings turn cool. I think (and I admit I’m totally biased, here) it has the perfect combination of qualities – the worsted wool gives it warmth and a bit of heft, while the pattern lends a soft appearance.
This version of the pattern can be found in the Knit Picks Independent Designer Patterns. It’s made of Wool of the Andes Worsted, which comes in 100 colors!
The throw is framed by icord, which reflects the cabling between the Calla lily motif.
I want to thank Knit Picks for including another of my patterns as part of their Independent Designer Partnership program!
Knit Picks IDP Page Turner Throw
Wool of the Andes Worsted
My newest patterns explore texture.
Featuring twisted stitches and winding cables, Emmalina provides plenty of variety to keep the knitting interesting. The pattern uses sport weight yarn, shown here in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Baby.
Knitters will appreciate little details like cables that grow out of the ribbing, and the flower design formed by the crown’s clever decreases.
Emmalina Hat – $3.99
Snuggling up in a hand-knit throw is one of the best things about winter. How do you like to use a throw? Maybe to wrap around your shoulders as you fumble for that first cup of coffee in the morning? Maybe as a lap robe while watching TV or posting something funny online? Me, I love books and use my Page Turner Throw to complete my favorite nesting spot where I cozy up to read. When winter wears out its welcome, the pretty calla lily motif is there to remind me that spring is not so far off.
The finished piece measures approximately 44″ x 54″, just right for warming a lap or pulling around the shoulders. The throw is worked across the width and finished with an attached I-cord border. The pattern calls for worsted weight, shown here in Quince & Co.‘s gorgeous Lark.
Page Turner Throw – $4.99
Do you love Knit Picks? Both Emmalina and Page Turner Throw are availble throught the Knit Picks Independent Designers Program, using Knit Picks yarns, of course! I’ll be blogging about these versions of the patterns in a future post, but in the meantime you can find them here
Photos by Colleen Rosenthal and John Kieger