The revamped and rereleased pattern for Adumbrate is now up on ravelry. Pics first, but do read on, as I've got yarn to give away!These are another of my early patterns, and I was delighted to redo them. We all know I'm a sucker for fingerless mitts (seriously, I have a whole wardrobe of them, some to match all of my pajamas, and I wear them all winter long). These are quick and fun to knit (they're the ones that did the neat three-pronged thing when I was knitting them), and I am pretty sure most self respecting stashes have [...]
Next up in the the ongoing (dare I say never-ending, all-consuming, perhaps even frenzied) project of rereleasing old patterns, Adumbrate. These will be going up this coming week. Folks on the mailing list will get an announcement (and usually some sort of coupon or other goody) as soon as it's up. Now every time I send something to the mailing list, I get a few very nice emails from folks saying they didn't know about the mailing list and could they please have whatever the special offer is anyways. And that's always awkward. So in the interest of having fewer [...]
Variations on a theme
You know how I've been telling you to block your knits? And showing you how much of a difference it makes? And perhaps you recall that the project I knit most recently was a bit willful when it was on the needles? Right. So you might imagine that this one also benefited greatly from a little relaxing bath. Huge difference, very very little effort. Compared to how much time it takes to knit something, the time to block it is negligible. I'm going to harass you into doing it if I possibly can. (Though i have to say I'm tempted [...]
Shall we conjugate the verb snow? How about weep? Regardless of what mid-April snows do for one's state of mind (or one's sinuses), they do at least provide encouragement for knitting. The first mitt of the re-knit version of Adumbrate is done. I'm awfully fond of them. The thumb is unreasonably tidy. Alas this picture doesn't quite show it off in its full glory (Millicent won't bend her thumb in to show it off, but she has a long history of being a troublemaker). I'll do my best to find a more cooperative model for the proper photos.
Here is the same mitt from last time, just with its tendency to go all three three-pronged reigned in a bit by a handy glove form. This has actually grown a bit since the picture was taken. The thumb gusset is finished (and oh my goodness is it tidy, I love how they work on these). I'll most likely have a finished one to show you early next week. Next week will also likely see some sort of housekeeping/schedule clarifying post. I've got scads and scads of things coming up over the next few months (including, you know, new book), [...]
Knitting is usually pretty accommodating. It will stretch and bend and drape and generally do what you ask if you ask nicely enough. But this? This really wants to be a slightly smushed trefoil, and you aren't going to convince it differently. And you can't really tell from that picture, but it's quite tall. I'm a fair ways in, and it shows no sign of giving up its claim on this shape. This is the re-knit for Adumbrate (in some of Dream in Color's Everlasting DK in a color I will look up later). I'm finding them terribly amusing and [...]
The pattern for adumbrate is up. These are free and are meant as a sort of thank you present to mark the one year anniversary of this website and of my adventures in designing. This has become a much bigger part of my life than I ever thought it would, and I've found it tremendously rewarding. I can't tell you what it means to me that you take time out of your day to knit my patterns, say hi, or even just drop by to read my rambles. Your encouragement means the world to me. Thank you.
So I sort of did it, but only sort of. The official goal was 'don't cast on any new projects.' The unofficial goal (which seemed to follow rather naturally from the official goal) was 'get lots of stuff done.' I totally met the first goal. Despite severe temptation (we went to a fiber festival right at the beginning of the Olympics--this was not a plan designed to foster restraint), I didn't cast on anything new. Alas, I also didn't get quite as much done as I had hoped. I did make some progress. I finished a pair of secret socks, [...]
I enlisted the help of The Boy and waded out into the snow (really waded, it's well past our knees in many spots). Turns out it's surprisingly hard to find a pose that both shows off the knitting and keeps me from looking like some sort of sausage-fingered mutant. We eventually met with success, but we were cold and wet long before we got there. I'll show you a shot of just the mitts now, but rest assured there are pics with actual hands in them coming shortly. The pattern will go up next week, and I'll be back with [...]
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