Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stitchjones Design Challenge Pattern Release: Pow!

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Aside from a moment in college when I wore slacks and plain t-shirts every day, I've noticed that I choose things based on a deep, irrational pull that I've felt towards them, even - or maybe especially? - if they're the weirdest thing I've ever seen. Glittery trapeze dress? Yes. Pants in a neon tropical fish print? Yesss. This boxy rayon dress with pockets and a checkerboard/rose/watercolor design on it? Yessssss!!!!

And thinking back on it, I had these kinds of clothes as a kid, too: a turquoise t-shirt with frolicking dolphins on it, a white crocheted dress, a pair of hot pink jelly shoes. I couldn't describe why I loved these things, only that I did.

More and more, I've grown to trust that intuition - to design based on what I feel pulled towards, like a weirdo plant leaning towards the sun.

And so, in honor of that: here's Pow! It came to me as a feeling: a sense of joy and playfulness, a picture drawn in comic-book dots - and for an extra bit of fun, Sharon from Stitchjones and I chatted and decided to name the colorway Jelly Shoes. :D

I hope you like it as much as I do!

It's available for download for $6.00, or you can check out the details on Ravelry on the Pow! pattern page.

Happy Wednesday, friends - and if you haven't already, don't forget to check out the other Stitchjones Design Challenge posts below, including the link to Noriko's awesome mitt pattern, Torrance!


Stitchjones Design Challenge

Part I: Interviews with Stitchjones

Part II: Styling Brights

Part III: Patterns!
Noriko - Torrance mitts (Ravelry)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hatamaran 2016: I'm on a BOAT!


A few weeks ago, my friend Sara and I were hanging out and talking about our yarn stashes - y'know, as one does - and the topic of a hat challenge came up. I had just finished some work knitting, and she was in between projects, so we decided to come up with some projects and a silly name featuring a boat pun (cause why not), and thus:

HATAMARAN 2016 was born!

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Our challenge, if we chose to accept it:

5 hat patterns of our choice.
5 skeins of yarn each.
7 days.

Did we do it? HECK YEAH WE DID.

(I may or may not have gotten too big for my britches and cast on for an extra Hatamaran project, and theeeennnnn I might have been up until 2 am the night we finished because of my stunning brilliance and foresight... but we're not going to talk about that.)

And so, without further ado, here are the HATAMARANS: conveniently organized from least to most silly!


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Pattern: Talus by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Bello Worsted, colorway Ogre
Ravelry page

Pattern: Reversus by The Restless Knitter
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK, colorway Sugar Plum
Ravelry page


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Pattern: Lazlo Beanie by Danielle Morgan
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Cachet, colorway Steel Horse
Ravelry page

Pattern: Pip by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: Black Trillium Fibre Studio Pebble Worsted, colorway Super Happy Fun!
Ravelry page


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Pattern: Camas by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted MCN, colorway Rainwater
Ravelry page

Pattern: Camas by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: House of A La Mode Stunning DK, colorway Forest Nymph
Ravelry page


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Pattern: Cairn by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran, colorway Good Old Days
Ravelry page

Pattern: Cairn by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky, colorway Edison Bulb
Ravelry page


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Pattern: Lolo by Jared Flood
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Scholar 2.0, colorway Magnet and Steel
Ravelry page

Pattern: Fidra by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha, colorway Plomo

And because I had an extra Hatamaran project, here's the last one!

Pattern: Breony by Kat Riddell
Yarn: Black Trillium Fibre Studio Quadra, colorway Black Opal


Hope you all had as much fun following along - in this post or on Instagram - as we did sending each other photos of hats and boat puns! :D

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pattern Release: Lelia Hat

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Way back when I was still in design school, I sketched a cute little hat with a coffee bean pattern on it, and was positively smitten with the idea of it.

Fast forward a couple of years, and that same motif kept on coming up in my sketchbook, again and again. So when I volunteered to work up a design for the Fiber Gallery at Madrona this last year, I was super delighted to find the right balance of yarn and design to finally make the idea come to life, in the form of the Lelia Mitts.

But in my head, Lelia was always meant to be a hat, too. So I put that idea in the back of my noggin for a second while I finished up some other projects, thinking that I'd get back to it as soon as they were finished.

And thennnnnn we got a puppy. (Good-bye, free time! Hello, adorable poop-troll!)

But once the Corgmonster had finally settled in a bit more, and learned important commands like "sit," stay," and "holy crackers, dog, don't put that in your mouth" - a constant work in progress, let's be real -  the Lelia Hat seemed like a great way to get back to it.

Knit up in the same yarns and colorways as the Lelia Mitts, with the same gorgeous color changes of Dyed in the Wool, this hat was like a little potato chip of happiness coming off my needles.

And today, the Lelia Hat pattern is finally ready for its debut! Hooray!

It's available for download for $5.00, or you can check out the details on Ravelry on the Lelia Hat pattern page.

Happy Tuesday, friends!