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Friday, July 13, 2018

Sagittarius Moon & A Break in the Weather

Sagittarius Moon
Drawing inspiration from the 9th sign of the zodiac:
Sagittarius, the Archer.

This hat and crescent-shaped shawl feature bow and arrow motifs within the knitted fabric. Both pieces are knit seamlessly from the bottom-up.

Grab your PDF copy of Sagittarius Moon Shawl/Hat Set here:

Cast On Sagittarius Moon

A Break in the Weather is a fun, 3-color stocking cap which features a removable pom-pom to make it even more fun!

Knit in the round from brim-to crown, this cap is a breeze to knit and a stylish way to face the elements! Sizes: Baby (Child, Adult).

Grab your PDF copy of A Break in the Weather here: Cast On A Break in the Weather

All of these patterns feature Lani's Lana beautiful hand-dyed yarns. Lani's yarns are thoughtfully produced with wool grown using sustainable natural methods rooted in tradition with respect for earth, animals, people and the product created for future generation...Full circle, natural, organic, and without harmful dyes or chemicals. 

This thoughtfulness and care shows in every stitch. The color, hand and stitch definition of the yarn is incomparable! 

Find out more about Lani's Lana (and how to get your hands on a few skeins of your own) here: 
Lani's Lana Fine Rambouillet Wool Yarn

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Acrylic Yarn = A Near-Death Experience

True Story:

The yarn shop where I work has a loft devoted to acrylic yarns. I was recently up there assisting a customer select the perfect yarn for a baby blanket that she wished to make.

She settled on some lovely pale blue, which she then loaded into my arms so that I could carry it downstairs to the register. At the top of the stairs, the toe of my shoe caught the metal carpet-guard thingy on the first step. I pitched forward abruptly....

To Die For yarns featured: 
Cloud Nine from Blue Moon Fiber Arts,
 Sun River by Alexandra's Crafts 
& Smooshy with Cashmere 
by Dream in Color Yarns. 
Find these yarns (and so much more)
They say that when you have a near-death experience, your life flashes before your eyes. Let me tell you: It Does! In this moment, I fully envisioned taking a header down those stairs, arms full of baby yarn! Not a pleasant thought. In fact, the thought pissed me off! There was no way I was going down like this!

You may think that the perfect end for a yarniac such as myself would be to die in a yarn shop. But not in this way: Arms full of someone else's yarn? Acrylic Yarn??

Absolutely not! If I am to plunge to my death in a yarn shop, I had better be clutching CASHMERE!!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

2 Stones

What's in a name?
There's always a story.............
This pattern got its name from my husband. He frequently messes up the old idiom "To kill 2 birds with one stone." When he did so again recently, I laughingly told him that I was going to name my next pattern after him.

Driven by the desire to create something new, coupled with the need to lighten my stash load...just like that, a shawl was born! (and this one "kills 2 stones with one bird")!

Ready to lighten your stash-load and Cast On 2 Stones? Grab your pattern here:

Cast On!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year = New Pattern!

Schofield Pass, located in the Elk Mountains of Colorado has an elevation of 10,707 feet and is the high point on Gothic Road, which connects the towns of Marble and Crested Butte. 

This cap pays homage to a long-ago camping trip along the pass. Rugged texture and jutting points emulate the landscape of this beautiful place.

Knit in one piece, from brim to crown, this cap knits up in a flash in super-soft Malabrigo Finito yarn (a luxurious, superfine merino wool). 2 sizes available: Children (Adult). *1 skein of each colorway will yield one hat of each size.

Ready to Cast On your "Schofield Pass Cap"? Grab your PDF downloadable pattern here:
Cast On!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017: A Year in Stitches

A reflection on the patterns released in 2017 (pictured from Left-to Right): Solar Eclipse Shawl, Thamarai, Lupine Fingerless Gloves, Between the Lines cap, Medicine Bow Cap, Sunlight on Chrome (Center), Runes Cap, Leather & Lace Capelet, Lupine Hat & Cowl, For the Trees Cap, Empire Hat, Blustery Day Baby Poncho, and Temptation Sweater.

Happy New Year to you all and may 2018 bring you much joy, a bit of adventure, good health, peace and a whole lot of knitting!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rush Hour Knitting

In my hair
Shifting and drifting
Mechanical music
Adrenaline surge
Well-oiled leather
Hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome
The blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware

Red Barchetta
from the album: Moving Pictures
New Pattern Release:

Sunlight on Chrome was inspired by one of my favorite songs, and has been nearly 2 years in the making!

I roughed-out the original idea for this pattern after watching Rush in Rio (amazing!!!) which sparked a renewal in my somewhat obsessive Rush fandom. Red Barchetta has always been my absolute favorite Rush song and so I let it be my inspiration for this piece.

To fully exemplify Red Barchetta, I knew the piece needed to be shiny, have loads of beads and just the right yarn--which did not necessarily need to be red, but absolutely had to be chrome-like!  The rough-draft of this pattern sat patiently in my folder waiting for a yarn that would bring it to life--and along came Teresa Ruch Designs' gorgeous, hand-dyed tencel yarn. It was a perfect match!

In a Rush to Cast On your very own Sunlight on Chrome? Grab your PDF downladable pattern here: Cast On!