I'm participating in the first Indie Designer Giftalong. All of my self-published patterns are 25% off with the coupon code 'giftalong'. The code is good through the end of this week.
It's more than a sale though. Much more! The giftalong is a knit/crochet along as well. Pick your pattern(s) from the participating designers, join the appropriate KAL/CAL, and win prizes. There are a bunch of indie designers participating, and there are tons of prizes to be won. Prizes for posting progress photos, prizes for finished projects, prizes for participating in the discussions, prizes for playing the Designer Hunt game. There are so many beautiful prizes to be won. And so many gorgeous patterns to buy too!
Today is the last day of October and the last day of Down Syndrome Awareness month. Awareness, blah. Over it. I'd rather have acceptance, inclusion, and respect.
He is so proud of the fact that he is a Cub Scout. This is the one activity that he so wanted to join. It's all he talked about for a while so we signed him up. He had his first camping trip a couple of weeks ago, and he earned his first badges last week.
He's eating apples with the rest of his class at the school Walkathon. He's with his first grade class, not a "special ed" class. He's where he belongs.
I went to Rhinebeck for the first time this year. Oh, it was so much fun. Everything about this trip was fantastic. Good friends, a nice place to stay, perfect weather, good food, good knitting, and lovely yarn. Instead of trying to explain all the details, here are some pictures.
Our Rhinebeck house.
Beautiful fall leaves.
Me and my sister, who you probably recognize as the model for most of my patterns. I'm wearing a new Holden, which will make an appearance on the blog here sometime in the next couple of weeks.
From left to right: Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood (autographed by Ann Hood), Bittersweet Star Dust in Champagne Blush, Bittersweet Glamour Gams HT in Indian Corn, Lisa Souza BFL Worsted in Amazonia, and 3 little pins.
A big pile of O Wool Classic 2 ply. I had no intention of buying anything in this booth, but before I knew it I had 6 skeins in my arms.
Gambel is a top-down, triangular shawl. The upper portion of the shawl is a very simple k2, p4 rib. The bottom edge has a series of large eyelets that flow organically from the ribbing. The eyelets are created using a series of double decreases and double yarn overs.
The shawl calls for 4 skeins of The Fibre Company Terra. This was my first time working with Terra. It is a heavy worsted/aran weight, single ply yarn. The yarn has little slubby portions in it which brings a lot of interest and texture to the shawl.
The pattern itself is pretty easy to modify. If you want to make the shawl larger, keep repeating the ribbing chart and/or the eyelet chart.
Here are some of the pictures I took before I sent the shawl off to Knitscene. Juliana was my very willing model.
And a close up of the shawl so you can see how the ribbing flows right into the eyelets.
Earlier this past spring, I was contacted by a fellow designer, Tanis Gray, wanting to know if I would like to design a piece for a yarn company to support a new yarn line. Tanis told me a little about the company and gave me one design guideline (a triangular shawl). I was in.
Our Back 40 brings together the finest alpaca from small American alpaca farms to create beautiful, luxurious yarn.
Symmes is the shawl I designed to support their American Class Sport Weight Alpaca. I wanted a shawl with lots of texture that would show off how gorgeous this yarn is.
Symmes is a top-down triangular shawl. Instead of yarn overs, the shawl uses make one right and left to create the triangular shape. Panels of stockinette stitch alternate with broken rib. The bottom edge is a diamond brocade.
Symmes is available as a kit from Our Back 40. The yarn is described as cashmere quality, and it is. It is such a dream to knit with. Whenever I was knitting this project, everyone stopped to pet the shawl and squeeze the yarn. It's so nice. You should treat yourself.
Liam's first day of first grade. He's in school all day now.
A Labor Day weekend trip to visit my family. We spent one afternoon here at Beech Fork in Wayne County, West Virginia. Juliana rode a bike with training wheels for the first time; Liam and my sister did some kayaking on the lake. We took in the first Marshall University football game of the season that evening.
2013 Cincinnati Buddy Walk.
We've been busy. Juliana started her last year of preschool. Liam has homework and spelling tests. We're getting ready to start on a major home remodeling project. Liam had surgery; he had ear tubes put in and his adenoids taken out.
Because this is October and it's Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I'm going to try to blog everyday. I'm off to a shaky start, considering I didn't post yesterday. So be it.
I have a pattern in the latest issue of Knit Now magazine. Redbud is a top-down, triangular shawl with an allover floral lace pattern. I submitted this design way back when it was cold and icy. The shawl takes its name from the redbud trees that bloom all over the place in my hometown once the weather starts to get warm.
You can see I was thinking of warm weather in my submission proposal. Bright colors, pink flowers on trees, lace weight yarn.
Redbud Pattern Submission
The yarn I received to work up the sample was a 100% cashmere yarn called Cashmered in Strawberry. It's a bright, happy pink much like the color in my sketch.
I was thrilled when I received an e-mail from the editor with the pattern proof to review. As I was reading over the pattern I noticed that it was the cover garment for the magazine.
My first cover!
The magazine is based in the UK, but I've found it in my local Barnes & Noble. If you're in the US and want a copy of the magazine (and it's a really nice magazine!), check at your local bookstore in a few weeks. I'll be trolling around B&N in August to pick up some copies.
A new design from me! Finally! It feels like forever since a pattern release. The first half of this year has been full of new designs, but designing for other people means that things must be kept quiet until the pattern release.
Back in March I received an e-mail from Pam Allen from Quince & Co. wanting to know if I wanted to work up this design for them. I had submitted a proposal to them for their Scarves, Etc. call, which wasn't selected for that call; but they had held onto the proposal.
Swatch for design proposal in the color Winesap.
I was very excited to work with Quince & Co. I love, love, love their yarns (I may have some of their yarn arriving in the mail today), and I think their patterns are gorgeous in every way.
Everly is a simple crescent shawl worked from the bottom up. The lace edge is Vine Lace, an oh so simple 4 row repeat. A row of reverse stockinette separates the lace from the body of the shawl. Short rows are used to create the crescent shape. As is the norm for my patterns with this construction method, the short rows are not worked using the wrap and turn method. Decreases are used to close the turning gap instead. An I-cord bind off is worked along the top edge to provide some stability to the edge and to create a smooth and neat finish. Everything about this shawl is simple, but simple does not mean boring. I think we get so overwhelmed by fancy techniques and crazy patterns (which are totally fun), but there's a place for simplicity. Simplicity can be exactly what's needed for a beautiful finished project.
As for the name, I had such a hard time coming up with a name for this project. I went through every iteration of vine and feather and petal (the color of the yarn), and nothing was right. I finally hit upon a blog entry talking about Appalachian vocabulary. Everly means "always" and when I saw it, it was the perfect name for this shawl.
You can purchase Everly through Ravelry or through the Quince & Co. website. You'll need 3 skeins of Quince & Co. Finch. The color here is Petal, but I think the shawl would look great in Glacier, Goldfinch, or Leek for a delicate look. Or go bold with Winesap (see swatch), Rosa Rugosa, or Cypress. You really can't go wrong.