It’s my birthday! So to celebrate, all my patterns are half price today only! No coupon necessary -the discount will be applied at the checkout.
Things are slowing down for me this summer. I got all the major deadlines out of the way by the end of May… just in time to have major surgery at the beginning of June.
GOOD surgery, though. I finally had a breast reduction, which I have needed for years. The recovery so far has not been easy, I won’t lie about it – but the end is in sight. I had 6lbs total removed, which should take me from about an F cup to a B. The pain that has plagued me every single day in my upper back, neck and shoulders, is gone.
Customer service will, understandably, be slow. Right now you should expect a significant delay in responses to emails – although I will try to deal with urgent matters as quickly as possible.
I’m looking forward to getting back to designing and knitting again in time for sweater weather rolling around once more – with the hope now that I’ll be able to model some of my own designs in the future!
It’s been all go here! I’m trying to clear the knitting decks for an upcoming project that will need my undivided attention over the next few weeks, and then the prospect of having surgery in a month or two. The good part about the latter is that I have big plans to spend at least a week in bed recovering with the Craftsy classes that I have signed up for but haven’t had the time to take. The down side is that I feel like I really have to get the house spotless for what folks are telling me will be at least 6 weeks of non-activity post-op. So from here on in there will be less knitting and more cleaning… that’s the plan anyway.
I have a couple of patterns just released, and they couldn’t be more different really.
First is the Papa Bear Hoodie, a handsome and comfy sweater constructed seamlessly from the bottom up. It has a knitted-in kangaroo pocket and a hood — both edged with an easy to learn cable motif. I particularly love the hood — I used short rows, the Fibonacci Sequence and Kitchener stitch to get a lovely head-hugging curve that does not stick up in a point at the back and make you look like an elf. I feel like a knitting genius (please, don’t burst my bubble!).
And then we have Loie – named after Loie Fuller, a dance artist of the Art Nouveau era who created stunning swirled effects on stage with colour and movement.
This Loie is a sophisticated and dressy silk-blend top with barely-there sleeves and an elegantly draping cowl neck. The focal point, though, is the column of 575 glass beads (I get my beads from Cherrygon’s Beading Gallery, and recommend them), knitted into the fabric in a curling abstract Art Nouveau-inspired motif.
This piece is also worked seamlessly in the round, and uses a provisional cast on and knitted hem to keep the flow of stockinette stitch intact and the lines simple.
If you have a moment, I’d thoroughly recommend googling Loie Fuller, she was quite an icon!
I’m breaking my habit of ignoring my blog to announce a new pattern up – a cross between a scarf and a cowl… which is a scowl, of course!
This scowl has a beautiful cable motif dead centre, and an unusual i-cord fringe. Because it’s knit in super bulky yarn, you can have it done in a weekend! OF COURSE it’s still scowl weather (isn’t it always??)!
In other news, the toddler sweater that I meantioned in the previous post has been released as part of Willow Yarns Seedlings Collection for spring. I used Cub – a really lovely, squishy easy-care cotton blend that has a hand like chenille (and you’ll need to have your smelling salts ready when you look at the price – in a good way). But really, you have to check out all the yarns on this site – right now I’m in love with the merino/silk blend. Who wouldn’t be?? I hope this new company goes from strength to strength as they are certainly great to work with.
Papa Bear Hoodie – a comfy grown up version of Baby Bear – is out of test knitting and there were no mathematical errors found across 13 sizes (yayy!). The operative word is “found” though, heehee. It should be appearing here within the next week or so, so keep an eye out if you like hoodies and especially if you need larger sizes as this is sized up to a 60″ chest.
Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted!
My trip to Ireland was wonderful and eventful, the rest of the summer flew, the girls started school full time in September… and you’d think that would give me more time. Well, it does, but seemingly blog posting isn’t a priority for me.
Anyway, I certainly haven’t been idle – and just yesterday I received my free copies of a new book in which I have 3 designs!
Apparently I’m up-and-coming, which is better than down-and-going for sure.
The designs that I have in there are also available as separate patterns right here on my website:
I have a LOT of classes going on at Joann Fabrics in New Hartford, NY – and might soon be starting to teach at Michael’s too. Attendance is growing every month and we always have a good time – so do check out the class schedule if you live in the area! There is also the exciting possibility of classes being held in the new studio of a local independent dyer (who happens to also be a good friend) in the new year.
I have a number of designs on the go – including companion pieces to the Baby Bear Hoodie above. Papa Bear Hoodie is about to go into test knitting – so if anyone wants to sign up for that, please go to my Ravelry group and do so!
There should be a cute little toddler sweater pattern I designed for Universal Yarns coming out soon to showcase a new yarn of theirs called Cub – which is a really cushy, velvety, scrummy yarn that I will be buying lots of once it goes on the market!
And I also have a beady thing on the go, as well as a dangly thing, and am thinking about some shiny things. I could be less abstruse, but there’s limited fun in that – and limited scope to submit for publication, LOL.
I’ve been in the US for 11 years now and I have to say that some have been better than others, LOL. I’m pleased to say that since I moved to upstate NY and met my clique, they have been good years
BUT, today I get to go home to Ireland, and I get to bring my 5 year old and 4 year old with me. I honestly thought that this day might never come (immigrating to the US is a lengthy and expensive process, even when you are married to a citizen – and plane tickets are astronomical).
I’ll be gone for 3 weeks – of course I won’t be empty-handed. I have 2 new designs on the go that are coming with me, and a project for the NY State Fair. So I’m calling it a “working holiday”, LOL.
However, if you have any questions or emails for me, please remember that I’m technically away until July 26th and though I will have my laptop with me, I mightn’t get back to you in as timely a manner as usual.
Now, off to the cooler side of the pond (hallelujah)! Going from 90 degrees F to 60 sounds great at this point!
I have had several people email me today saying that they weren’t able to download the Pattern for the Easy Stay-On Bib.
As far as I could possibly make out, there wasn’t a problem with the file download – it was downloaded over 2000 times yesterday without incident. I also had some people test it for me to be absolutely sure.
However, as I’m unsure if people are unaware that they are supposed to click the logo button on the top left to get the download – I have made a new, clearer download button. I have also removed the old pattern file and re-uploaded it to the site, just in case there was a problem with the file.
So – the pattern is definitely good to go – BUT, I have the printed rights to it only, not the online publishing rights which are still owned by About.com. So if you want the pattern, you must download it for yourself – the pattern page gives information about gauge and materials used, but I cannot re-publish this pattern online. You have to click the download button and get it for yourself – and if nothing happens when you click, please turn off your pop-up blocker!
I’ve been quiet on the blog-side, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy!
After a couple of pressing deadlines for a pattern booklet publication and a yarn company design – I have time to breathe again now and self-publish Athena.
The yarn – Mia from Tahki Yarns – is absolutely to-die-for. Although it’s a simple knit, the unusual construction keeps it interesting. It’s knit seamlessly in the round, with cabled gussets up the sides and at the shoulders joining the pieces together.
In the dark days prior to learning about the über-ingenious German Short Rows (see what I just did there??), I used to wrap and turn with the best of them. Usually my short rows looked OK… more or less… but I hated the bulk I would invariably get when picking up all those wrapped stitches.
Well, then I learned German Short Rows, and I’ll never, ever, ever, ever, EVER go back to wrapping (or pinning, for that matter) – I mean NOT EVER. I believe the method has a few other names, including “Double Stitch Short Rows”, but there isn’t really that much info out there on them that I came across.
Of course, for all I know they could be known as “Timbuctoo Short Rows” and there could be a gazillion You Tube tutorials, and I just wasn’t searching under the correct name. But to me they will always be German Short Rows – the name just conjures up a precision, ingenuity and elegant simplicity that is certainly evident in this technique. If so, one more tutorial isn’t going to end the world.
In any event, there wasn’t a lot on the technique, and there especially wasn’t a lot on doing a double set of these short rows to make a short row heel (my favourite type of heel to make when the rare urge hits me to make socks), as opposed to single sets to make darts or shape shoulders.
Anyway, as I have a new design using this technique, I thought it best to have instructions on site, as it were – so the tutorial on this technique is now up, under the Tutorials tab.
Here’s a wee sneak peak of an eye-catching bag, appropriately called the Over The Rainbow Bag – watch out for the pattern release over the next week or so.
I’m very happy to announce this new pattern release – a traditional aran sweater sized for men and women called O’Casey.
It only took me 7 years to get around to writing this pattern up after designing the first incarnation of it, but I’m very pleased with the final result, and even more pleased that it’s part of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership.