Author Archives: Kiersten

Pattern Release: Anderson, Bluemont & Eisenhower

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It’s always exciting to release a pattern, and this time it’s triple the fun!  These patterns were a fun excursion into the land of Fair Isle, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing, knitting, testing, and editing. My girls were a big help this time as well. Katie picked out the color palette for the brown hat and the navy/grey/teal hat, and Ellie picked the bright colors of the purple and green hat. Their more sedate mother chose a 2-tone version of Ellie’s hat.

All the hats are designed to be used with fingering, sock, or sport weight yarn.

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Bluemont Pattern Link

 

 

 

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Eisenhower Pattern Link. I love how different color choices make such dramatic differences!

All three patterns are also available in the eBook Alma Mater. My fellow K-State alums will recognize the names of these prominent buildings on campus. I logged a lot of time in these buildings!

Forecast: Grab all your woolens and hunker down!

My sons say they are done with this winter. This morning they had the pleasure of digging my car out of several inches of snow and removing the 2 and a half foot, hard-packed snowdrift created by the very efficient city snow plows at the end of the driveway. One of our neighbors was kind enough to use his snow blower to clear the whole sidewalk on our block. He’ll be getting homemade cookies later today, no doubt about it.

I was supposed to work in the library this morning, but even that was shut down by the snow. So instead, I took some photos of some finished objects.

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My winter wardrobe is not adequate to these sorts of winters. Where we now live, you can’t have too many sweaters, cowls, scarves, hats, mittens, socks. It’s a knitter’s dream. This is the first of several of these wrap cardigans I hope to make for myself.

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This is made from the very popular Color Affection pattern. Most of the ones I’ve seen have been very dramatic with highly contrasting colorways. I wanted to use yarns I’ve picked up in St. Louis when I’ve gone there with Sean, but they blend instead of contrast, so I’ve got more of a really really long garter stitch scarf.

a1The yarn couldn’t be any softer, and I know this scarf will get a lot of use.

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After making one of these for my friend, I knew I wanted one of my own. Katie’s tried to snatch it and is making plans as to when she’ll be wearing it in the near future. I think I’d better make some more!

We’re in for another week or more of temps below freezing. Stay warm, friends!

 

 

A little help from a friend

helpThe last week or so has been pretty fun. One of my New Year’s priorities was to get back to designing. I was in a groove two summers ago, and then school and sports and moves and Bob’s your uncle (Where did that phrase come from?), and designing was pushed further back than the back burner. My goal this year was to release 3-4 patterns. So far, I have a cowl in testing phase, a sock pattern prototype almost finished (this one’s a carry over from a couple years ago), and I just cast on for a prototype of a hat pattern.

I am really enjoying the process of coming up with these patterns. There’s been a lot of swatching, charting, and math.  My artist in residence has given me a lot of input into the element balance and color palette of the hat, and it’s been really cool to bounce ideas around with her. She’s already claimed the hat prototype, and she may also lend her nickname to the final pattern name.

One of the children (not the “baby”) decided I needed a little help with this one and brought Monkley for encouragement. I think he’s double checking my math.

The Knitter’s Family is Cold

How can it be that my family doesn’t have enough woollies to stay warm during this Arctic blast? Monday we had wind chills in the neighborhood of -45*F and I couldn’t find a cowl. I think one of the next orders of business for me is to stock up our bucket of hats, gloves, etc., so we are better prepared for this Hoth-like weather.

My oldest son is working at a local grocery store as a bagger. Unless the roads/sidewalks are impassable, he bikes to work and back. He’s been getting really cold lately, so I’ve been working on a couple items for him.

cowl2 This is the City Creek Cowl, modified a bit. He didn’t need a lot of bunching at the neck, so I cut off a bit of a repeat. I also used different cast on and bind off methods. This only took a few hours to whip up, and I think it’s a good one for men. The cabling even gives a bit of double thickness here and there for extra warmth.

gloves  I started these back in September, but Christmas knitting pushed it to the bottom of the knitting bag. I finally finished them last night. The pattern is from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, one of the best tools available for knitters. I always recommend it to people who ask for a suggestion for a book with basic patterns. These gloves were made from sock yarn, and are thin enough to layer under some other bulky stuffmart gloves.

Both projects were knit with stash yarn. It’s been a great couple months for using yarn from the stash. I’d love to keep that going this year, though a new pretty now and then would still be a treat!

Whew!

Holiday knitting is all over for 2013! It was actually officially over December 23, when the last piece was blocked, but I’m thrilled that no one had to receive a work in progress in a gift bag this year. (Yes, that has actually happened, and I never want to do that again!)

I have a bunch of photos to share. Some of them are pretty poor because modeling had to be done on the sly, but here they are, for better and/or for worse:

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fh1 fh2  I’m sure I’m missing some items, but those photos give a good idea of what occupied November and December. I really love the hustle and bustle of holiday knitting. I love that I surprised several people with their gifts.

Next up: Figuring out why we don’t have nearly enough woollies for the ridiculously cold weather we’re having.

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A Coat for Tallis

It’s that time of year again! I am knitting like a woman possessed and can’t show much of anything because I love surprises. My knitting bag is too full of projects to close properly, and there’s a nice little stack of things piling up in the guest room. If I remember to photograph them before they find their new owners (I am horrible about forgetting that), I can share them later.

This little lovely, though, met its owner last week, so I can share my latest contribution to my effort to wrap all babies in wool:

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This is the Latte Baby Coat knit in Cascade Ecological Wool. I love the border, the hood, and especially the buttons.

 

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Is it weird to love the non-knitted part of a knitted project best of all?

The pattern was nicely written and I would knit it again. It was a pleasure to make it for Tallis.

Now, back to Christmas knitting!

 

 

 

More mitts

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It’s been a regular mitt factory here with the hand spun yarn! This is the second pair from the same skein.

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I almost had enough for a third pair, too, but I put the rest of the yarn into the bag with the other handspun remnants and started these lovelies with another skein from this summer’s Tour de Fleece:

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The second one will start with blue on the cuff. They will be very obviously fraternal twins. Subtle, no.

I love seeing the hand spun yarn grow up!

 

 

Mitts!

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It’s project starting season around here, so finished anythings are worth celebrating!  These mitts make me smile all the more because they’re knit from yarn I spun  myself.

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I had no idea what this yarn would grow up to be while I was spinning it, and it had two trials as a scarf before getting serious and settling down.

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I absolutely love that they are not identical.

These green mitts are also hot off the needles:

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They await some companions before winging off to their future home.

I’m not done with Christmas knitting by a long shot, but it sure is nice to have a couple things crossed off the list in early October!