Jun 13, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Mosaico

Mosaico
A while back I had one of my submissions accepted into a book collection. I was working on the sample during the winter months of last year, and the book took a bit longer than anticipated to be published, but finally it is available to purchase.  The collection is just amazing. Check it out and see for yourself.

You may purchase the individual pattern here:

Mosaico

or you can purchase the entire book here:

Malabrigo Heritage

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May 31, 2018

Life....

After storm
Life can bring unexpected twists and turns at a whim. On Tuesday May 15th I went for our regular afternoon hike with the puppy into the woods. I was with a friend and her dogs. Suddenly the weather changed and fast approaching storm caught us in the middle of the woods. We made it back to our cars just in time to avoid the large hail. Then we tried to get back home. Our usual 10 minutes journey turned into a chaotic search for a way out from being trapped on a road between fallen trees. We were not the only one trying to find our way home. There were many other people trapped who were searching for their way home. In the end we parked our cars and walked home. We had to walk around fallen trees, downed wires and sometimes walk around an impassable sections of the roads. It took me about two hours, while my friend had to walk an extra hour to reach her home. I guess our dogs got quite an exercise that evening.  
The storm lasted about seven minutes or something like that, according to the weather channels and news reports, but the destruction it left behind will take months to recover.
For us personally, we were without electricity for a week, without Internet for two weeks, and we are still to this day without phone. We were lucky that our home didn't get damaged, while so many other homes in the area were damaged by fallen trees.
In the time after the storm I have experienced compassion and kindness. People were helping each other, neighbors pitched in and helped those who couldn't do much due to their age or health. It was wonderful to see this kind of collaboration and help among the view of destruction the storm left behind.
Life is slowly returning to normalcy, though there is still a lot of work to be done.
In the quiet moments in the past few weeks I have tried to find a sense of tranquility and peace by taking up the knitting needles and knit. I cannot share the pictures of the knitting projects that kept me calm during those weeks yet. I will do that when the patterns are released by the yarn companies.
In this collage picture I have a sneak peak at one of the projects I was working on, and few of the heart shaped images I saw during those days when I went on the walks with the puppy.
 
May 2018
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May 5, 2018

Work in progress II

Owls

Somehow it seems to me that the past few months just run by without me noticing. One morning I woke up and it was winter, the next day the calendar said it's May 1st. I guess the only way I can see the time slipping by is in the things that I have managed to knit.
A few years ago I picked this one skein of yarn, from our local yarn shop. It's Cascade Yarn Heritage Paints, a fingering weight yarn with 473 yards (400 meters) on a single skein. I didn't know what I wanted to knit from the yarn, I bought it because I liked the color. At some point, I knitted an owl from the yarn.
It was Miranda. When I created another owl pattern, I knit Ollie, the owlet from the same skein of yarn as well. Then in January I had the toy mystery KAL for Otto, and I knitted him in the same yarn as well. In the previous year I had another toy mystery KAL for Helga, and I just had to knit here in the same yarn as well. After I posted a picture of the four owls on my FB page, two of my friends asked if I can knit them two Miranda owls. So I did, and there is still some leftover yarn on this one skein of yarn. Therefore I will try to knit another owl from it. All of the owls posed for a picture with the remnants of the yarn. I am curious if there is enough yarn left to finish another owl.


After receiving a box with this beautiful yarn from Cascade Yarn Company I started to swatch for the new and upcoming pattern for my Voyager sweater. I finished my yarn swatch and started to work on the sample.  I hope to have the sample done for a photoshoot in June. Then it's all about writing the pattern, editing, and test knitting. I hope that the whole process will be finished sometime in late August or early September, so the pattern is available for early fall release.

Yarn
Voyager Sweater WIP I.
Voyager Sweater WIP II.

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Apr 25, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Ralph, the rabbit

Ralph, the rabbit
Ralph, the rabbit was a special request from my local children library. They wanted to have a rabbit as one of the prizes to win in the next fun contest for children. The display is as always eye catching and children are very happy to participate in the contest to win one of these two toys.

Ralph, and Grace

The knitting pattern for Ralph, the rabbit is available now in my Ravelry store or you can purchase the pattern by clicking on this button:



T-Bone and Ralph
Before I gave away Ralph and Grace to the library I snapped a picture of our 15 months old puppy and the rabbit. T-Bone has been a wonderful addition to our family, since we adopted him from animal shelter last year in April. Somehow I did not imagine that the tiny puppy we brought home would grow up so much.....
T-Bone
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Apr 10, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Gaia Wrap

Gaia Wrap
This rectangular Wrap is worked flat, with columns of cables and seed stitch. The pictured sample is done in Knitpicks Color Mist Yarn, 4 skeins of yarn total, in 3 colors.
This wrap can be done in solid colors, or by using self stripping yarn. The options and creativity are endless.

Gaia Wrap
The pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:





Gaia Wrap

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Apr 4, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Ocean Breeze Wrap

photo by Knitpicks
As we are heading into the warmer seasons I cannot wait for the evening strolls along the seashore or just sitting outside by a campfire.
This Ocean Breeze wrap will be a perfect project to knit. A rectangular shape, with some simple stripes and worked in sections of knit and purl stitches in bulky yarn is a fairly easy project for the newbies and a perfect TV watching project for the more experienced knitters.

The pictured sample is done in Knitpicks Billow yarn, a wonderful bulky cotton yarn.
For this pictured sample I have used 2 skeins of Natural color and 1 skein of Cadet color.
The wrap is 42" (107 cm) long and 20" (51 cm) wide.

You can purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:




Ocean Breeze Wrap

Apr 2, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Bramble Cowl

Bramble Cowl
We all have that one skein of yarn that is squishy and soft and wants to be turned into something special, like a cowl for example.

For this Bramble Cowl I have used one skein of Knitpicks Preciosa yarn, a single ply merino wool.

The pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store, on Knitpicks website: Bramble Cowl  where you can buy the yarn as well in your favorite color.

Or you can purchase the pattern by clicking on this button:



Bramble Cowl