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Friday, July 11, 2014

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Zingibers.


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, June 27, 2014

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Matsudana socks.

Matsudana
Matsudana


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Friday, May 02, 2014

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Matsudana socks.

Matsudana
Matsudana


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Friday, April 18, 2014

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Zingibers.


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two more for the road

I wanted to show you a couple photos of the Mixed Tide shawl in the Stitches West Fashion Show. What a thrill it was to see it on stage, modeled so beautifully. Look at that drape.


Mixed Tide in the Stitches West Fashion Show
Photo courtesy of XRX.



Mixed Tide in the Stitches West Fashion Show
Photo courtesy of XRX.


After SW, I was motivated to finish the project I had on the needles, the Mixed Tide for me. This one is also worked in Valley Yarns Colrain Lace in Grey Olive, a cone that I purchased at Stitches West 2008. Working from stash FTW!
Here's the obligatory "before blocking" photo:


Mixed Tide before blocking

And here's the blocking photo--notice the curved shape of the shawl. That's achieved by constantly decreasing at the top edge, working in a few short rows on either side of the "points", and staggering the bottom edge so each point is lower than the last.


Mixed Tide, blocking

Wendy was kind enough to model the shawl at Spinnity's spin-in this month. The funny thing about that is, Wendy has modeled my shawls before and each time she has just happened to wear a solid colored top in a contrasting color that was perfect for showing off the stitch pattern. We don't coordinate before hand, it just happens. Simpatico.


Mixed Tide shawl
Project details on Ravelry



Mixed Tide shawl

Last but not least, here is a photo of the prototype for Mixed Tide. It is worked in Universal Yarn's FibraNatura Whisper Lace, a lovely Merino/silk. The wedges are worked in alternating colors of Natural and Cloudy Morning. This is the piece where I worked out the decrease rates, the increases, and the points. There's a bit of wonkiness in the beginning, but it all worked out in the end. I just wish I looked a little happier in the photo, lol.


Mixed Tide prototype
Project details on Ravelry
Photo courtesy of Universal Yarn.


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Introducing the Mixed Tide Shawl

ETA: Mixed Tide is available on the WEBS web site:
Buy the pattern from WEBS
Mixed Tide pattern on Ravelry
Mixed Tide Blog Post on WEBS

I am happy to introduce to you the Mixed Tide Shawl, designed for the WEBS 40th Anniversary celebration. The shawl is worked in Colrain Lace, a blend of Merino wool and Tencel that has a beautiful drape and a subtle shimmer. The seafoam stitch pattern is at the heart of Mixed Tide, with decreases along one edge and short rows and rounded points on the other, resulting in a gently curved shawl.


Mixed Tide Shawl

Look for Mixed Tide in the Stitches West Fashion Show tomorrow night. You can find the pattern in the WEBS booth (404, 406, 408, 410, 412, 503, 505, 507, 509, 511) and it will be available for purchase from the WEBS web site soon.

I stopped by the WEBS booth at the Stitches West Marketplace preview to meet Kirsten Hipsky who was kind enough to tech edit the pattern before leaving for the show. She greeted me with a smile and showed me the pattern--the first time I saw it with in print. How exciting!

I had to take a photo of Kirsten with the pattern.


Kirsten and the Mixed Tide Shawl pattern

Special thanks to Kathy and Steve for giving me this opportunity. Happy Anniversary!

Related posts --
Must See at Stitches West: My short list of "must see" vendors.
Stitches West 2014 Discount Coupon: 50% off Stitches West Coupon
Coming soon: Stitches West 2014: Passport Game and Marketplace maps, updated 2/15/2014

Stitches West 2014
Feb 20-23
Market Hours
Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA

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Friday, November 29, 2013

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits are you wearing today? I'm participating by proxy. R is wearing his Zingiber socks (the socks on the left).


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, November 15, 2013

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Zingibers.


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, September 06, 2013

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Matsudana socks.

Matsudana
Matsudana


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Friday, July 12, 2013

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits are you wearing today?

I'm wearing the "I'm ready for my close-up" Matsudana socks knit in Leafy Seadragon:

Matsudana
Matsudana

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Introducing Matsudana on HKF

Knitty, First Fall 2013 went live this week and it includes my new design, Matsudana. It's been exciting to see people queueing and favoriting the pattern in Ravelry--the feedback has been very positive.

Matsudana
Matsudana


This design started with the need for a "mindless" knitting project. I was getting ready for Stitches West and my active project was a cobweb lace shawl--definitely not a project suitable for convention knitting. So dove in my stash, pulled out some sock yarn, and started swatching. True to form, it wasn't a simple stitch pattern that spoke to me, it was a 36 row repeat with cables and lace. To top it off, I added twisted stitch and lace panels. Even with the heightened level of complexity, it was still more workable than the shawl so I had that going for me.

Well, I finished the socks and wrote the pattern, then I had to name it. I turned to the yarn and the stitch pattern for inspiration. The original socks were knit in a colorway called "Willow". Hmmm... willow, curling cables, ahhh Curly Willow. But that was too obvious, so I looked up the scientific name for the plant--Salix Matsudana Tortuosa. Done!

Today's Hand Knit Friday features the original Matsudana socks knit in Willow:

Matsudana
Matsudana

I can't resist posting additional photos that Bill Walker took for the publication. This colorway is called Leafy Seadragon. Stunning!

Matsudana

Matsudana

Matsudana

Matsudana

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Friday, June 07, 2013

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits are you wearing today?

I don't have a photo for you because the hand knit that I have on will be published soon. (Don't you just hate that?) Stay tuned for another pattern!

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Friday, March 01, 2013

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Zingibers.


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, September 21, 2012

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today? I'm wearing

Laced-Up
Laced-Up socks
Project details on Ravelry

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Friday, August 24, 2012

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Zingibers.


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, August 03, 2012

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing yellow.


Goldilocks Clog socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, June 15, 2012

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing traveling stitches.


Goldilocks Clog socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, June 01, 2012

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Zingiber socks.


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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Friday, May 11, 2012

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today? I'm wearing

Laced-Up
Laced-Up socks
Project details on Ravelry

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Friday, April 20, 2012

HKF

It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Zingiber socks.


Zingiber socks
Free knitting pattern

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