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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Caleb's Dominion

My son never asks me to knit for him unless it's something nerdy.  For example, this Halloween he requested a quick and simple Ninja cape and hood--three days before Halloween!  I've also made him a knitted lego-man and have talked at length with him about design ideas for a complete knitted Star Wars set.  So when he came to me with a request for a simple vest, I was ecstatic--finally, something normal!!  Then, the rest of the story.............

His Challenge:  to design him a vest that he could covertly wear to a civil war reenactment but would actually be "modern" in that it would feature the image of the firebird from the video game he is currently lusting after.  

Challenge accepted my son!



Knit from the bottom up, this is a quick and seamless knit designed to fit boys and girls.

Ready to Cast On?  Grab the pattern here:   

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cuff em' Danno!

New Knitted Cuff Pattern Just Released!




"Danno" knits up in a flash and uses only .2 ounces of fingering weight yarn.  This is a great pattern for cleaning out your stash basket.  Need a gift in a pinch?  This bracelet can be made in an evening!

Ready to Cast On?  Grab the pattern here: 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pseudotsuga

New shawl pattern just released today!


Named for its lovely pine color reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest’s layered hills of lush fir trees. 

“Pseudotsuga” is also the name of a delicious, hand-crafted beer from Seven Brides Brewing, a very talented Oregon brewer.  This beer boasts a delightfully woodsy taste with the slightest hint of pine.

Want to Cast On your Pseudotsuga?  Grab the pattern here:  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wandering Forth

Trees go wandering forth in all directions 
with every wind, going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far.
-John Muir


"Wandering Forth" is a new bracelet design that uses a mere .1 or .2 ounces of leftover fingering weight yarn.
For the above bracelet I used .1 oz of 100% silk that was expertly hand-dyed by the amazingly talented Laura Macagno-Shang, owner of Textiles A Mano in Eugene, Oregon.  You can find her online at http://textilesamano.com/

Ready to Cast On?  Grab the pattern here:  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Better Together

Just in time for your Holiday Knitting:
Better Together e-book is now available for download.




Two-by-two or Three-at-a-time...Better Together is a collection of Hats, Cowls and Fingerless Gloves that form complete ensembles.   
  

Monday, November 3, 2014

At Lakes End

My "Lakes End" pattern series is now complete with the addition of 
"Lakes End Fingerless Gloves".
This has been a fun set to work with.  The stitch pattern gives you loads of texture and is completely reversible allowing for more versatility.  The patterns are available individually at present but I am working on an e-book collection that will include these three patterns along with 6-8 others at a discounted price--stay tuned for updates on its release ;-)

Happy Knitting!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lakes End

Lakes End 


Inspired by a recent camping trip, “Lakes End” pays tribute to the view from our canoe:  deep, crystal-clear water and its enchanted depths filled with the rich color and texture of twisted tree roots. 

Beautiful hand dyed yarn and twisting, winding cables give this cap similar texture and interest with an added bonus:  It’s completely reversible!

And it's available for download here: 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wishing you "Luck"



"For Luck Cowl" has been resurrected from the heap of UFO's, and in keeping with my New Years Resolution, has finally taken it's full shape.



It has been tested by the fabulous Debbie Engelhard and is ready for release.  This cowl was designed to pair up with the "For Luck" Tam (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/for-luck) and uses a beautiful merino/silk blend yarn, expertly hand-dyed by the amazingly talented fiber artist Melanie Dilworth of Black Trillium.  Here's another piece of "luck":  A single skein of this yummy yarn will yield both the cowl and the hat!

See my "Cast On" page for order information, or get it here:




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Game On!

Continuing my New Year's Resolutions' UFO Countdown............

"Half-Time Cowl" is finally finished, tested and ready for release!


Show off your team spirit--in style!  Knit this cowl in your favorite team's colors.  Double it up and wrap yourself in the warmth of beautifully hand-dyed yarn as in this one made from Wonderland Yarns, "March Hare".  


Stay loose, and wear it as one long loop...


or keep it soft and simple, as in this single color version knit in Cascade Yarns Eco Duo.  


No matter how you make it, "Half-Time Cowl" is a whole lot of fun to knit and is guaranteed to keep you cozy during those chilly night games!
Get your copy here:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rimrock Shawl is Tested and Approved for all audiences!

Rimrock Shawl has been put to the test and is now ready for download!

Thank you to all of my wonderful test-knitters who volunteered their time and energy to make this shawl possible: Barb Barraclough, Darrel and Becky McClure, Becky Smith and Jill Rue.  You are all truly amazing!

And another equally large "Thank You" goes out to the fabulous Mill Stream Knitters Guild for giving this shawl its name.  You ladies ROCK!

Want to knit your own "Rimrock" Shawl?  Get the pattern here:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Alchemy & Roses

At long last, Alchemy & Roses shawl pattern is now available for download.


This is an intermediate/advanced knitting project--and I think, well worth the extra effort!
The finished piece is lightweight and feminine while the shape is very practical for a shawl in that it stays square on your shoulders and doesn't slip around like some shawls.



buy now

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

There's a Half-Full Moon rising!

Half-Full Moon pattern is now live!


This has been a fun one to knit (in fact, I have made 3 of them so far)!  Half-Full Moon is a quick little crescent-shaped shawl which sports a pretty lace border.  It packs a whole lot of drape and color into its frame as well!  Shawl can be made up in any weight yarn which will make this an all weather favorite!  

See my "Cast On" page for info. on where to find a downloadable copy of this pattern.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cover that Campers Hair -- Knit a Sand Dollar Hat!

Sand Dollar Hat is now available as a PDF Download (See my "Cast-On" page for details).

This is a great summertime knit comprised of rustic and cool cotton/linen blend "Zooey" yarn by Juniper Moon Farms.  Highly textural and airy--just the ticket for concealing campers hair while maintaining your sense of style!

Pattern includes two sizes:  Children / Adults.  Easy care (just wash and wear).


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Upside Down / Inside Out

"Upside Down"
Jack Johnson

Who's to say
What's impossible
Well they forgot
This world keeps spinning
And with each new day
I can feel a change in everything
And as the surface breaks reflections fade
But in some ways they remain the same
And as my mind begins to spread its wings
There's no stopping curiosity

I want to turn the whole thing upside down
I'll find the things they say just can't be found
I'll share this love I find with everyone
We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's songs
I don't want this feeling to go away...

"No Stopping Curiosity" is a new reversible hat pattern that will be out this week.  Sized to fit Children and Adults, this is a great cap that's loaded with texture--just right for showcasing hand dyed yarns.  It'll have you flipping your lid!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

"Collection". A Definition.

My daughter came to me the other day and told me that it was her "Sharing Day" at school next Friday and that she thought she'd share her fairy collection.  Not realizing she had a collection of fairies, I asked her how many she had.  She answered:  "Just the one, but I thought you could make me some."  

"Some"..........
How many is "Some"?  
This is where she informs me that her teacher told her that a "Collection" meant 9 things.

NINE!??!





Not to worry mom, she said.  You have til next Friday.

So, here is the start of her "collection"of "Garden Sprites".  Each one has her own unique personality (with the help of varying clothing and hair colors and facial features). Thankfully they knit up in a flash--so hopefully I can meet the boss' deadline!

I really love my daughter ;-)

Pattern is available for FREE via Ravelry and Craftsy.  See my "Cast On" page for more info.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Give it a Good Turn!

"Good Turn" bracelets give you the shot in the arm you need to spring into summer!

Loads of color and texture make up every bracelet and each one is a One-of-a-Kind creation--never to be duplicated.  Named "Good Turn" because no matter how you turn them, there is something wonderful to look at!

Get your Good Turn bracelet here:  www.kisdesigns.etsy.com
Oregonians can find more of these bracelets at Stone Buddha 
http://www.stonebuddhamarketplace.com/

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Meadow Hopper Jumps in with Both Feet!

Meadow Hopper is now available online (see my "Cast-On" page for order information)


I knit these in The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze and I now know that I don't want to knit socks in anything else!  His yarns are so sproingy and wonderful to knit with!  They give amazing stitch definition--and his colors!!!  
Wow! 
Heavenly.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Shrug (for) Your Shoulders

Testing is complete and "Carly's Shrug" is Ravelry-Ready!


This is a great little project that is just in time for the sunshine! 
Designed at the request of my daughter who loves to wear tank tops--but isn't allowed to in school.  With this little shrug, she can wear her favorite sparkly tank under these little sleeves.  Pattern includes sizes from Children's XS to Adult XL.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Don't let your cuppa catch a chill!

Knit from the bottom-up, this is a simple and eco-friendly project designed to keep your coffee warm, while keeping your hands cool. 


Project is small and portable and works up in a snap—they make great gifts too!

Free Pattern:


  

SIZE
One

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
4 inches tall  X 4 inches at its widest point after blocking

MATERIALS
 Yarn: Worsted weight, washable yarn.  I used Cascade 220 Superwash; 100% Superwash Wool; 100 gr/3.5oz ; 220 yds/ball; Color: Really Red.  One ball will make several.
Needles: One set US size 4(3.50mm) DPN’s

GAUGE
6 sts =1 inch

KNITTING THE COZY
CO 45 sts and divide evenly onto 3 DPN’s.  Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist your sts, work 5 rounds in k2, p1 rib. 

Step 1:  *K1, k1f&b, k10, k1f&b, k2; rep from * around.  6 sts increased (51 sts total).
Step 2:  *P1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1, p1, k1, p1; rep from * around.
Step 3:  *K1, p1, k13, p1, k1; rep from * around.

Repeat Steps 2 & 3 eleven times more.

Step 4:  *K1, k1f&b, k15; rep from * around
Step 5:   Work 5 rounds in k2, p1 rib.  BO all sts in pattern.

FINISHING
Weave in all ends and block lightly to around a hot cup of coffee (or tea)!

ABBREVIATIONS
BO (bind off)
CO (cast on)                            
K (knit)
K1F&B (knit one front and back)

P (purl)
SK2P (slip one st, k2tog, pass the slipped st over)
Rep (repeat)
YO  (yarn over needle)

*This pattern has been downloaded from KIS Designs. It can be printed for your personal use only. This pattern is the property of KIS Designs, and may not be redistributed without permission from the designer.  It is not nice (or legal) to copy any part of this pattern for the purpose of distribution.   Please contact KIS Designs for more fine patterns and products you are sure to love.  www.kellykisdesigns.blogspot.com 
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Good Turn!

Spring has sprung!

As my tribute to this lovely season, and all the beautiful fruit trees in bloom, I have created one of my "A Good Turn" bracelets.  (I call these bracelets this because, no matter how you turn them--there is always something Good to look at)!

This type of bracelet takes several hours to make--and sometimes several months.  I like to gather the materials, unhurried, and customize them to the wearer if possible.   The bracelet below was made for my friend Sharon and features copper & brass (to help her hands/wrists when knitting), silver, vintage glass, sea shells, serpentine, carnelian, jasper and quartz (just to name a few) as well as beads fashioned from old record albums (because she loves music)!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Naiad Breaks the Surface

Though I get a little side-lined (okay--distracted) I continue my quest to conquer my UFO's.  This week, "Naiad" rose to the top of the literal heap and became Finished Project #3!  It only took two years, but I think this lovely scarf was worth the wait!




Naiad is ethereal and whisper-soft with subtle lace and delicate ruffles that had me thinking of a mermaid the entire time I was knitting.  Romantic and light--it would be an ideal bridal accessory while being equally at home in less-formal settings. 


Scarf is knit in two pieces which are grafted together before blocking.  




Friday, March 7, 2014

A Little Something Sweet!

"Saccharine" marks my 60th pattern, so to celebrate this landmark I have decided that it needs to be available, as Adam Sandler says: " for FREEEEEE! "
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0y9DkJcxH4



Okay, now that I have your attention, here is the link to the pattern:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/saccharin

"Saccharine"  is a sweet little shawl/wrap that knits up at lightning speed!  In fact, you could have one completed in a weekend!  

So, what are you waiting for??  Cast On!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It's a Wrap!

It's a Wrap is a collection of 6 knitted bracelet patterns



Each bracelet knits up quickly using up even the smallest bits of left-over sock yarn.  They are a great way to showcase a favorite button or even an orphaned earring!  Loose your imagination and get your bling on!

If you would like to purchase this collection, please see my "Cast-On" page for ordering details.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sweet November

New hat pattern has been tested and approved!


Sweet November

This is a quick-knit which includes sizes to fit babies-adults.  Best part:  It's completely reversible, so you will always have a cap to suit your every mood!

*See my "Cast-On" page for pattern ordering info.

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Paula" Jumps In!

While burried in my Knit-Flix UFO 's
... along comes "Paula".  





This was a custom order request, that I tried to say "No" to... but there was this lovely yarn, and a fair amount of arm twisting...add my being a spineless yarniac to the edquation and "Paula" was allowed "cut-sies" in line.

Good news is that this is a very enjoyable knit which comes together very quickly despite the scarf's loooooooong, slinky length.    

Tassels:  Knit em' or Fugget about em'!

*Pattern available online:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/paula-9

See my "Cast On" page for additional ordering options.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Finished Project #2!

Meadow Hopper Socks 


I am diligently checking off my list of 14 UFO's, and here is #2 on the list:  Meadow Hopper Socks.  
I am happy to announce that they are off the needles, blocked and out for testing!  We are making progress here!

Pattern will be available soon...so stay tuned.
Now I am off to work on UFO Numbers 3-14!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Netflix = Knit-Flix

New Years is the time for resolutions, and I have deemed 2014 to be the year of
the UFO's (Unfinished Objects):  Finish em,  or Fugget about em!


I have gathered all of my UFO's in one location and discovered that I have a staggering 14 of them!  FOURTEEN!  

Chalk it up in part to knitters A.D.D. or the fact that I work at a yarn shop and have way too many options, or just plain insanity (yeah, that's our last option), but I have started each of these projects with the intentions of finishing them--honest!

Some projects have gotten set aside due to other's jumping the queue (shop samples, pattern requests, custom orders, etc) and others have simply been forgotten in a basket that I tucked away all too well.  Still others have been gathering dust (figuratively) for over 3 years and I believe it's time to take a close look at these and make the hard decisions:  Will they be finished--or will they be yarn?

Let's Start with the "current projects" category.  These are the projects that I carry to work with me in my knitting bag with the hopes of getting a few rounds in.  They are the ones I curl up with in front of the TV at night-- My husband calls this practice "Nesting with Netflix", but let's face it--TV Knitting gets the job done!  They are as follows:

1.  Sugar Frost (Bunny Love) Shawl:  this is a shawl from one of my older patterns which I am knitting for a friend using handspun angora yarn that she's had in her stash for something like 9 years!  (Is it wrong for me to find this figure to be somewhat comforting?)  The yarn sheds like mad, but is incredibly beautiful and smooshy-soft (like hugging a bunny)!

2.  Meadow Hopper Socks:  This is a new pattern I am working on and I have made it to Sock #2.  It won't be long until it's finished.  The pattern is already typed up and ready for testing as soon as I can gather some testers.  Soon you will be warming my toes--very soon!

3.  Herringbone Jacket by Debbie Bliss:  I am knitting this beautiful, highly-textured sweater for a friend.  I am loving the way it looks, but it definitely does not fall into the "TV Knitting" category with its bobbles, zig-zags and cables.  May take awhile, but I have challenged myself to dedicate time every day to this project until it is completed.

Now we move to the projects that have been set aside (until the more pressing ones are completed) category :

4.  Breathless Shawl:  This is a new pattern I am working on using a gorgeous red skein of Breathless DK yarn that I won on a FB contest.  I can't wait to get back to knitting this shawl--which is exactly the fuel I need to knit faster on items 1-3!

5.  Silken Wings:  Another new pattern in the works using 100% hand dyed silk yarn by Textiles A Mano.  I am still in the "figuring" stage of this pattern and am anxious to return to it.  This yarn is so amazing to work with and I really want to do it justice.

6.  Half-Time Cowl:  Yet another new pattern in the works.  I love the way it's working up, and really need to be able to devote the time to completing the piece.  I have a two testers waiting on the pattern, so it may be one that I can hand off to another knitter to complete.  It still counts!

7.  Your Song Cowl:  I love the look of this cowl, but I can't seem to find the time to knit it.  It's a simple 2-row pattern which definitely falls into the "TV Knitting" category and will work well as an in-between pattern when I need a break from the intensity of the Herringbone Jacket.

8.  Mermaid Scarf:  This is a pattern I started writing 2 years ago....but have misplaced the notebook I was using at the time.   It's nearly half done.  I made it with Cascade Kid Seta which is nearly impossible to unravel, so I think I will have to reverse engineer this one and complete it.

9.  Sweet Little Swing II:  Sweater pattern I am working on.  I just need to write up the sleeves and complete the darn thing!  Maybe a couple of hours tops to bind off.  Just Do It!!

10.  For Luck Cowl:  Made with Black Trillium's Lilt Sock.  Love the yarn, and the pattern--just need the time to complete it.

11.  Swirl Jacket:  I started this sweater (from the book:  Knit-Swirl) 3 years ago.  The yarn is now discontinued.  Do I have enough to finish??  This has been tucked away in a basket (with the book) and completely forgotten.  Sigh.............  I will move it to a more prominent location and see if the guilt gets to me.

Most Likely to be Yarn Category: (Thank you for playing, now it's time to go)

12. Yoga Sock:  One finished.  Not that interested in making the second--like the yarn though, so it will have a second life--next year!

13. Gecko:  Can't find the pattern, and I have removed the needles to use on another project--sorry buddy, you are going back to the ball!

14.  Half-Time Cowl:  First run with Eco Duo yarn.  Love the yarn, but doesn't do the textured pattern justice.  You will be something wonderful some day--I promise!

My resolution is to work on each of these in turn, with mindless knitting from the easier patterns in between until they are all bound off or wound up!  So let's brew up the tea and load the Netflix Queue.  It's time for a marathon Knit-Flix session.  Let's turn these mother's out one by one!!

p.s.  Success story # 1:  Sugar Frost Bunny Love is finished (and it only took 6 episodes of Being Human)!