Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 5

Well, we are getting near the end, and just in time for the holidays! If you haven't yet joined in on the MKAL fun, head over to Ravelry to get your pattern!

For the third section of the cowl, we are going back to knitting the slipped stitch pattern from the first section. The beginning of the row is moved over, creating a new, staggered tab closure. This time though, it is purely decorative, since it will be in the middle of your work! As with the other tabs, you can definitely use a button rather than a bobble, it is totally up to you!

Some people have been wondering about how to make the cowl wider. Before I give info on that, I want to stress one thing: you need to have more than 2 skeins of Shepherd Worsted. In clue 4 (section 2), the Star Stitch section, you can definitely add more repeats for a wider cowl, IF you have more yarn than called for. If you aren't sure how much extra you will have, you can wait to the end to widen the cowl. Since it is done in sections, it will be very easy to add more sections at the end, and you can potentially keep going until you are out of yarn. If you are unsure of which way will work best for you, send me a message on Ravelry or ask in the JBW group and hopefully I can help!

Have you finished your mitts yet? Spoiler Alert!! Here is a pic of my finished mitts so you can see what they look like :)

Once Upon A Time Mitts

 

Ripple Effect Shawl

My latest design, the Ripple Effect Shawl, is now available! Ripple Effect Shawl

Two alternating solid colors are striped together, with feather and fan lace sections in a third, coordinating variegated color. The garter and lace sections get larger as the shawl grows, a bit like ripples on the water. Hence the name Ripple Effect!

Ripple Effect Shawl

This long crescent shaped shawl can be worn draped cozily across the shoulders or wrapped scarf-like around the neck. The garter stitch stripes are super squishy and cozy, while the lace sections add a bit of airiness and drape. In fingering weight yarn, it is the perfect light- weight spring accessory!

Knit in Madelinetosh Dandelion, the linen adds a lovely drape to the yarn, as well as a slightly tweedy look. Tosh Merino Light would also be a great yarn choice! The sample is knit in Hosta Blue, Cousteau and Seawash. I purposely choose a variegated yarn that matched well with the two solids, however for a higher contrast look try using 3 solids for an equally lovely effect. Stay tuned for some other color combinations I've come up with in the next couple days!

Madelinetosh Dandelion Bouquet

Have you seen the yarn bouquets from Jimmy Beans Wool? If you purchase one of the Madelinetosh Dandelion or Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light bouquets from Jimmy Beans, a copy of the Ripple Effect Shawl pattern will be included!

The pattern is $6.00 and available to download on Ravelry here.

The Spangled Tote

spangleTote400x350 I’ve decided to revive my blog! I sort of let things trail off last year when my life got super busy, but recently I have had so many moments where I thought to myself “that would be such a good blog post!” that I just had to start back up. Since I last blogged I have moved into a purchasing position with Jimmy Beans Wool. Yes, that means I literally buy yarn for a living all day, though not with my own money of course! It is a super exciting job for a person like me, because I get to see what is new before it hits the market. I also have a small bit of influence over what we will and will not carry, and occasionally I am just forced to do research on Ravelry and by reading blogs. I know, it’s a hard life!

In the last few months I have decided to give knitting pattern design a try. I have flirted with the idea before and certainly gone off-pattern for easy designs, but now I want to give it a real effort. This is in part because I have already had a couple designs accepted for publication (coming later this year and next!). But it is also because sometimes I am smacked in the face by inspiration and just have to put what’s in my head down on paper. I suppose it is becoming my latest way for creative release. Unfortunately pretty much all personal knitting has been set aside in favor of designing. At first I thought this would make me sad, but it turns out that I am just as happy knitting my own designs as I am knitting someone else’s. I guess I am more of a “process” knitter than I thought!

With designing, more than anything else, I worry about rejection. It’s a hard thing to do, putting yourself out into the world, and hoping that people will like and accept what you have created. I must admit that having a couple acceptances under my belt definitely boosts my confidence, but that’s not to say I haven’t been turned down! I certainly have and if there is one thing I have learned so far, it is to not feel bad or take it personally! Rejection, as it turns out, is part of the process and I am doing my best to learn from it. For example, I didn’t completely read the instructions for one of the design submissions and I was over the yardage allowance. Of course that one was turned down! And you can bet I will carefully read all submission guidelines from now on.

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It helps that I work somewhere that is very supportive of my decision to try and launch an independent design career. I am excited to say that earlier this month JBW released my first design, the Spangled Tote. As you can imagine, it is knit in red, white, and blue and is representative of an American Flag. And of course it is felted which makes it nice and sturdy for carrying around all your summertime accessories. I used Cascade 220, but any wosted weight 100% feltable wool will do! Also, if the flag design is not really your thing, you could totally knit it in a solid color, or stripe two colors all the way to the top. The possibilities are endless! You can download the pattern for free here, or purchase the kit with everything you need to make the flag version here! There is also a matching crocheted water bottle sling to go with it designed by one of my wonderful co-workers.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!