Scatterling (plus giveaway)
Sometimes, you just want a big cable. A big, bold cable that knows who's in charge and isn't afraid to boss you around a little bit. Scatterling fits the bill, and I'm delighted to have them back out. These are one of the very few projects I've ever knit twice. I made the first pair for my grandfather way back in 2009. Then I made a second pair for the initial pattern release in 2010. There's just something about the big cables that sweet talked me into being willing to do them again. (Someone else was kind enough to make [...]
Ran Away, Part 3
When last I left you, The Boy had spotted the Schaefer outlet sign, informed me of this discovery, and graciously redirected the car. We pulled up and saw the yarn waving at us through the open doorway. Someone was out front working in the garden. I asked if we could go in, and stepped inside. Should you ever be in this part of the world, I highly recommend you find a way to do the same. The room is tiny, but it's packed floor to ceiling with lovely yarn. One of my favorite things about Schaefer is the wide array [...]
I feel a tiny bit bad that it's been so long since I've put out a pattern. The last one was Chamfer in what, February? Now to be fair, the e version of The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet did go live in March, so it's not like you've not got something to keep your needles busy. But still, I'm used to putting out an individual pattern every month or so, and the longer time frame is making me a bit twitchy. But never fear, it's all in the service of a bigger project! After seeing how much fun Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet [...]
After the Rip
The rip fest mentioned the other day has been accomplished and the yarn put to much better use. See? It's ever so much happier now. Of course there is the small issue of Rosamund's wrist being slimmer than mine (freaky man hands, that's me). When it's on me, it opens up a bit more and shows off the fancy stitch work. I've got the second one on the needles and should have it banged out with a few more hours of knitting. The yarn is Nichole by Schaefer in Dian Fossey. There's a lovely gray bit hidden in among all [...]
So Much Better (Plus Giveaway)
So, as promised, I'd like you to meet someone who really knows her way around the bead shop. May I introduce the lovely Laura Nelkin? I got to know Laura when she was design director for Schaefer Yarn. She got in touch with me when I was very new at this pattern thing and asked if I'd like to do a design for Schaefer. This was an incredibly generous thing to do. I was a complete newbie and was totally making it up as I went along. Her encouragement was a tremendous help. Laura has recently made the switch to [...]
Book Yarn, Part VIII
It's been an awesome day at Chez Violence. As of close of business today, I have sixteen (out of an eventual twenty) of the projects for Book the Second here and blocked and petted and cooed over and tucked away safe out of reach of mischievous kittens. I know it is unbecomingly immodest, but if you got me alone in a quiet corner, I might just confess to being really really pleased with all of these projects. On the left is Schaefer Yarn Company in Chris in the color Pomegranate. This is a soft, lofty, 80/20 merino nylon yarn. It's [...]
Perhaps not surprisingly, we somehow managed to slip into a few yarn stores on our trip this past weekend. Imagine that. Shocking I know. Our first stop was the Cultured Purl in Erie, PA (what, it was on the way...more or less). It was the first time I had seen Sweet Georgia yarns in a store. Luckily, I have quite a bit of SG sitting around here, so I was able to grab something new. I picked up two skeins of Filigran by Zitron in what seems to be collor 1603 (such an evocative name). This is a single ply [...]
So it seems I've not completely forgotten how to make socks. I know, it seemed for a while there as though I'd lost my way, but I'm now back on track. See? An actual, fresh off the needles, still damp on the blocker, sock. And to speak in my own defense, I haven't really ignored socks for the last two months. I actually have (yet another) super secret sock on the needles. These socks are awesome. Alas, they will have to remain secret for a while yet. You'll have to content yourself with these guys in the meantime. Now that [...]
Hey, know anybody who might want a sock knitting book and some yarn? The lovely Laura Nelkin from Schaefer Yarn is having a wee giveaway of the book and a skein of Nichole in the color Chamomile. My love of Nichole is well documented. If you've not had a chance to use it yet, this might be the perfect excuse!
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