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I feel like I haven’t gotten in as much knitting this year as I usually do… here are a couple things I wasn’t yet able to reveal the last time I posted, as well as several things I’ve finished since then.

Kata Asymmetrical Shawl (photos by Evelyn Lamprey for Patternworks)

This is a quick and easy pattern I designed as a free pattern download with the purchase of Queensland Collection’s Uluru Rainbow yarn, for Patternworks. The yarn is now sold out – but I’m planning to make this available as a free download on Ravelry as soon as I get a chance to reformat the pattern in my own template.

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Stripy Miters Baby Blanket (photo by Evelyn Lamprey for Patternworks)

This is another pattern I designed for Patternworks, featuring DMC’s Natura XL cotton yarn. I love mitered squares, and this was a really fun construction. It’s completely seamless, constructed modularly, and finished with a crocheted edging. The pattern is available as a PDF download on the Interweave site.

Hot Flash Cardigan

I think I bought the yarn for this last year, or maybe it was fall of 2015, shortly after Laura Nelkin released the pattern. I loved working with the yarn, Soie et Lin from Knit One, Crochet Too, and I’m in love with Laura’s modular “Novus” construction! I definitely want to make another sweater in this structure – whether that actually happens remains to be seen…

More mittens – Since I had yarn left over from a 2-color hat I knit a couple (a few? several?) years ago for a catalog shoot, I made a pair of matching mittens. These are essentially the same as the red/orange ones from my previous post, but in two different colors of Ty-Dy Wool by Knit One, Crochet Too.

Ghost Ranch Shawlette CAL – Yup, I crocheted something! This was a project for work. I joined in the crochet-along with the Interweave team. You can read the Interweave blog posts about it here, here and here. I really enjoyed the pattern, and it worked up super fast.

B to the Three hat – During a visit to Interweave back in May, Anne Merrow challenged me to spin more. So, shortly after returning home, I got right down to it and quickly spun up some Mad Color Fiber Arts polwarth that was hanging out in my stash. I made this super-squishy, delightfully slouchy brioche hat with a ginormous pompom, which I gifted to my BFF, Mela, during our girls’ weekend in July. (I also spun up some alpaca fiber, which became the Winternet Scarf mentioned below.)

Cat’s Mittens – While hiking Mt. Adams in August, the topic of mittens came up (since we were all wearing mittens or gloves at various times above treeline due to chilly winds). I forget the exact course of the conversation, but it ended with me offering to knit some mittens for Cat. She’s an artist, and truly appreciates handknits, so I was glad to provide her hands with some toasty warmth for this coming winter!

Hiking socks for Devon – So, I’ve knit hiking socks for Lucy, and mittens for Cat. Of course I had to knit something for Devon, who is the fourth member of our core hiking group. I took photos of several skeins, and she picked the Crocus colorway of Knit One, Crochet Too’s Crock-O-Dye. After seeing how it was knitting up, I wanted a skein for myself – and luckily we still had some left (on sale!) in the Patternworks shop. This is my Fill-In-The-Blank Socks pattern, in plain stockinette.

In the past seven months, I’ve also finished a Winternet Scarf (which I had to reverse-engineer from the designer’s photos on Ravelry, since the pattern wasn’t available), knit from handspun alpaca and gifted to my friend Cyn during our girls’ weekend in July; a brioche cowl, gifted to my friend Tina on the same trip; and a pair of plain stockinette socks in Plymouth’s Forever Heathers self-striping yarn for myself, which I just haven’t gotten around to taking a photo of yet. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the scarf and cowl before I gifted them to Cyn and Tina.

Polwarth on the left, Alpaca on the right.

Something old(ish) and something new. The Polwarth fiber was from Mad Color Fiber Arts, purchased at NH Sheep & Wool Festival in 2015 (two years old). Colorway is Berry Patch. I used the larger skein to knit the hat, and the smaller skein became the ginormous pompom of the B to the Three hat. The black/grey Alpaca fiber was purchased from the Skye View Alpaca Farm booth at NH Sheep & Wool this year. I basically returned from the festival, then spun and plied the yarn the very next day! Super-fast spin. The larger skein became the body of the Winternet scarf, and the smaller skein became the tassels on each end.

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Yeah, it’s been quite a while since my last knitting blog post. I’ve been blogging much more about hiking. But I’ve still been knitting! (Just not writing about it.) There are a couple new things I can’t reveal just yet, but here are some highlights of 2016 and early 2017. First, let’s catch up with 2016:

For further details on these projects, see my Ravelry page (login required to see the page, but the specific projects below are set for public viewing).

Next, here’s what I’ve completed so far this year (except for the stuff I can’t share yet):

Further details on these are on my Ravelry page – direct public links to the projects appear below.

2015’s Stats

So I finally got around to entering my projects from the last few months into KnitMeter…

There was also a little bit of weaving, but only one project, so I didn’t count it here.

It’s amazing how low my yardage is when I only knit one sweater during the year. I hope to remedy that in 2016.

2015 in Review

Highlights: Lots of hats, lots of socks, and several projects for work.
Lowlights: Only one sweater done. 😦 And I would have liked to do more spinning and weaving.

Here are some of my favorites:

Click any of the pictures above to enter the gallery and see captions.

Further details available (including links to patterns, where I used one) on my Ravelry projects 2015 tab. (You must be logged into Ravelry to view.)

I already have a good head start on 2016 with a bulky-gauge sweater on the needles. At 3.5 stitches per inch, it’s working up very quickly.

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I’m using the Seamless Yoke – Adult sweater pattern from Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. The majority is knit in Cascade Yarns Eco Wool (Bovska undyed cream colorway), and the contrast color in the yoke is Targhee from Spunky Eclectic that I handspun (purchased at the NH Sheep & Wool Festival in May 2015 and spun the week after). At this point, most was done with one 200-gram skein of Eco Wool and 57 grams of the handspun. I just started the second skein of Eco Wool a few rows back, and I’m planning on using the rest of the handspun for a rolled reverse-stockinette edging on the cuffs, bottom hem, and neckline. Buttonbands will be done in Eco Wool in garter stitch. The whole sweater is garter stitch as well. Easy-peasy.

Quick catch-up

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Back around the end of September, I finished a pair of Trellis & Cable Socks (my own pattern) using yarn gifted to me by a yarn shop friend prior to moving to NH more than 6 years ago.

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In November, I finished up a design for a knitted dog leash (yes, a knitted dog leash). It’s currently only available from Patternworks as a kit in 4 color choices (kit includes the pattern, 1 skein of Peruvia Quick, and a swivel hook).

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Photo by Evelyn Lamprey.

Also in November, I knitted Craig a new Batman hat to match his new Batman sweatshirt with the modern bat logo. “But the greys don’t match,” he said. Tough.

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And just today, I whipped up two mini-cup cozies to fit the teeny 8-oz. cappuccino to-go cups at the local coffee shop. (The standard cardboard coffee cup sleeves are too big!) These tiny cups are approximately 6.75″ circumference at the bottom.

Instructions for the one on the left:

Using #6 (4.00mm) needles and leftover bits of worsted-weight yarn… CO 32, join in round.
Knit 1 rnd.
Rnd 1: K2tog, (yo twice, ssk, k2tog) rep ( ) to last 2 sts, yo twice, ssk.
Rnd 2: Knit around, working double yo’s as knit in first yo, knit in back loop of second yo.
Rep Rnds 1 & 2 to desired height, ending with Rnd 2. Knit 1 rnd. Bind off loosely.
(Yes, pattern biases a bit.)

Instructions for the one on the right:

Using #6 (4.00mm) needles and leftover bits of worsted-weight yarn… CO 32, join in round.
Rnd 1: K1, (p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Rep Rnd 1 until work measures 1” from CO.
Inc Rnd: K1, (pfb, p1, k2, p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Next Rnd: K1, (p3, k2, p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Rep last Rnd to desired height.
BO in ribbing.

Happy October! It’s my favorite month of the year, and fall is my favorite season of all. Just this week, I released two new hat patterns in my Ravelry store:

NavajoHatsForest Fronds Beanie (right) and Slouch (left) hats

A twisted-rib brim flows into panels of baby-fern stitch, each separated by a column of single twisted stitches. The crown decreases are worked into the baby-fern stitch panels for a smooth transition at the top.

These hats feature Tahki Select Navajo yarn, a self-striping, rustic yet soft, single-ply 100% wool. Pattern includes instructions for two sizes for each hat. The beanie takes 1 ball for either size, and the slouch takes 1 ball for the medium size and 2 balls for the large size. Medium size for each is shown in the photo. Slouch is shown in color #3, and beanie is shown in color #5.

Get all the details on Ravelry, and download the pattern from Ravelry or my blog.

And if you’re looking for Navajo yarn, I’d be really, really happy if you ordered it from Patternworks!

photo by Evelyn S. Lamprey

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(My friend and coworker Alison can really rock the slouch hats, can’t she?!)

This little gem was originally the third installment in the Patternworks Essential Accessories club. Now you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry apart from the club. (Clubs are still available – 12 kits, one each month for 12 months – which you can join here!) Hat above is shown in color #3653, Stormy Sea.

I. Love. Big. Cables and I cannot lie! This hat has ’em, separated by columns of garter stitch. It features Ty-Dy Wool by Knit One, Crochet Too (one of my favorite yarn companies run by some of my favorite yarny people, in my neighboring state of Maine). Just one ball is all you’ll need!

Get all the details on Ravelry, and you can purchase the pattern there, too (you don’t have to be a Ravelry member).

photo by Ashley Wakefield

Later this month, I’ll be turning another year older. And to celebrate, I’m offering a coupon code for 50% off my just-released Ziggity Socks pattern! Just use coupon code BDAY50 at checkout on Ravelry. (Sale ends 8/19/15!)

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Originally available as part of Patternworks’ new Toe-Up Sock of the Month™ Club, the Ziggity Socks pattern is now available to purchase separately through Ravelry! These socks feature a zigzagging pattern on the foot and leg, and an afterthought heel to maintain the pattern in self-striping yarn.

Size: Ladies Small (Medium, Large); 6.75 (7.5, 8.25)” circumference, unstretched and approx. 11.5 (13, 14.25)” circumference, fully stretched

Materials:
Stretch Socks by Patons, 2 balls
(This yarn is discontinued, so substitute 100 grams of any fingering-weight sock yarn. Great for self-striping yarns!)
32” to 40” circular U.S. #1 (2.25mm) or #2 (2.75mm), or substitute dps if desired, or size needed for gauge

Gauge:
8.25 sts x 12.5 rounds = 1” in stockinette

Pattern price: $5.00 (save 50% through August 19th, 2015 with coupon code BDAY50 on Ravelry!)