Gift 1 Pattern, Get 1 Free

It’s that holiday time of the year. I am finishing up my gifts and mailing them out around the country. I’m also dreaming of the unencumbered knitting I will get to do when I’m finally done with the gifts.

I’m going to be warping my loom on the Solstice (Dec. 21), and I like to start a new project with the new year, so I’m making all sorts of crafty plans. To help you with your gift list AND your crafty plans, from now until the end of the year (Dec. 31, at midnight Mountain Time), if you gift one of my patterns via Ravelry (maybe to someone in your knitting group or to your favorite forum moderator), then send me a PM (to mimknits on Rav) and tell me what pattern you would like for yourself and I’ll gift it to you. Gift 1, Get 1.

Gifting ImageIf you’ve never gifted a pattern, just look for the box with the purchase and download info. See the little present in there? It allows you to send the pattern as a gift. Just click “send as gift” and fill in the recipient and message. Share your favorite pattern, or give a pattern that your knitting friends have been eyeing. For every pattern you gift, you can get one for free. So go nuts :D

And another hint… If you click on your friends’ profiles, you can view their queue or their favorites list to find patterns they might be wanting. :D

Happy Holidays (aka Cookie Time)!
M

Granny Log Cabin Blanket

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Knitting and crochet fit together perfectly, with the bounce and thickness of garter stitch balancing cushy granny squares. These motifs are fun to work and a wonderful way to play with color. Adjust the number of squares to alter the size, or try making them in a larger yarn with larger hooks and needles.

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Yarn: Fingering weight yarn. Shown in a mix of Anzula Squishy (80% superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon) & Dreamy (75% Superwash Merino/15% Cashmere/10%Silk). Samples uses colors Seaside (C1), Lipstick (C2), Rootbeer (C3), Olivia (C4), Prudence (C5), & Aqua (C6). Each block took 14g of yarn.

Gauge: 23 sts & 56 rows = 4 inches (10cm) of garter stitch, 7 shells & 14 rounds in 4 inches (10cm) of Granny Square stitch.

Needles & Hooks: 3.5mm (US4) circular or straight needles for flat knitting & 3.5mm (Size E) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Finished Sizes: Each block is 6 inches (15cm) square (each 5-round granny should be about 3.25 inches (8.25cm)). Finished afghan is made of 56 squares, laid out 8×7 with a finished measurement of 44 inches (112cm) tall & 50 inches (127cm) wide.

Techniques Used: Knitting; knit, purl, slipped stitches. Crochet; chains, slip stitch, double crochet, single crochet.

Tips & tricks for this pattern can be found here.

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Tips for Granny Log Cabin Blocks

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1. If you’re new to crochet, I recommend checking out the series of articles Amy O’Neill Houck and I have been writing for knitty.com. Specifically this one on Granny Squares. Keep in mind that the version of a granny square you’re working in the pattern is slightly different, but the techniques are the same. This one on joining might also be helpful.

If you’re more of a video person, you should check out Kim P. Werker’s Craftsy Class. It walks you through all the beginning and intermediate crochet techniques with Kim’s signature charm.

2. I’ve got a handy video for picking up stitches on my YouTube channel..

Remember to pick up your stitches with the back side of the granny square facing you to get the pretty chained edge on the front.

3. If you’re finding that your granny squares aren’t laying flat, try working your corner chains a little looser. It can make a big difference.

4. Remember that your tension with a hook and your tension with knitting needles can be very different. I used a hook the same size as my knitting needles, but that is not necessarily the case for everyone. Try making your granny squares with different sized hooks until they meet the size requirements listed in the Finished Sizes section.

Bow River Pullover

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Bow River is a fitted long sweater, perfectly cozy for nippy fall days, or layered with a top underneath for deep winter. Casual enough to pair with jeans, or dressed up with a skirt and a pretty belt, Bow River will become a wardrobe staple. Bow River features darted waist shaping for a subtle and feminine fit.

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Yarn: 970[1100, 1230, 1350, 1470, 1600, 1730] yards (890 [1010, 1125, 1235, 1345, 1465, 1585] m) of DK or sport weight yarn. Sample shown in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate (70% Wool/30% Outlast viscose, 270 yds per 100 g skein) in ‘Waistcoat’.

Gauge: 22 stitches & 32 rows in 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

Needles: 3.75mm (US 5) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need a 16- or 20-inch (40- or 50-cm)circular, a 24-inch (60-cm) circular, and your preferred method for working smaller circumferences for the sleeve (see note). For the larger sizes, you might also prefer a 32-inch (80-cm) needle to work the majority of the body.

Notions: 4 stitch markers, plus 1 that looks different for the beginning of round; scrap yarn or holders to hold live stitches; tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] corresponding to bust circumference of approximately 30 [34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches (76[86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137]cm). For specific measurements see schematic.

Techniques Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, kfb, short rows with instructions for the Shadow Wrap method, use of markers, m1, working stitches tbl.

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Happy S-Oc(k)tober 1st!

IMG_20140918_185342Last week saw the first of the series of storms that usually brings our cold weather on, and it was so lovely to wear boots for the first time in a long time. The only thing that could make it better was the addition of hand-knit socks inside the boots.

I have a whole drawer (albeit a small drawer) full of handknit socks, some that rarely get worn, and I’ve come to the conclusion that my sock knitting should be for other people. At least for a little while. I’m making the dude a pair of striped socks, and meanwhile I’m coveting yarns from gynx and Spun Right Round for imaginary pairs to grace the feet of the people I love.

I also ran across this stunning sock again on Ravelry today and wanted very much to cast on a pair for myself even though I have 3 WIPs on the needles right now, and entirely too much to knit before Christmas.

To celebrate my deep and abiding affection for the humble handknit sock, all of my sock patterns are 15% off through my Ravelry Store (and this site which uses Ravelry’s cart system). Just add the patterns to your cart, and check out. No coupon needed, the discount will be automatically applied.

Mrs. Crosby & Broadwyn Giveaway

Satchel GiveawayMrs. Crosby is lovely, as is her yarn. Satchel, which I used for the Broadwyn Shawl, is a buttery Superwash Merino Wool Fingering Weight. It was a difficult decision which color to pick for Broadwyn, but in the end, I am a sucker for gray, and it would photograph well. So I chose Greystone.

But Mrs. Crosby’s yarn fairies were kind enough to send me 3 skeins of Satchel in “Green-Tailed Grackle”, a deep and glorious mix of greens for a giveaway! I’ll throw in a copy of Broadwyn (for you or for a gift if you’ve already bought the pattern) to make the giveaway complete.

So… here’s the deal… leave a comment on this post telling me where you would wear Broadwyn and I’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, September 26.

Yay! Looking forward to hearing from you!
M

Update: Out of 56 comments, the Random Number Generator picked #12, which is Sara! Congrats Sara! I sent you an email! :) Thanks for participating, everybody!

Broadwyn Shawl

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Broadwyn is an asymmetrical triangle knit from the short end, with decreases on one side & a lace panel on the other to make a long scarf-like shawl. With i-cord all around (an i-cord cast on, then inline i-cord edging), it is a modern & dynamic addition to any wardrobe, no matter how you drape it. Throw it on, toss the end around, and enjoy! I’ve also posted an I-cord Cast-On tutorial to support this pattern. You can check it out here in my YouTube Channel

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Yarn: 875 yards of fingering weight yarn. Shown in Mrs. Crosby Satchel (100% Merino Wool, 370 yds in 100g) in Greystone.

Gauge: 22 sts & 36 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in garter stitch after blocking.

Needles: 3.5 mm (US4) needles for flat knitting

Notions: tapestry needle for grafting and weaving in ends, 2 stitch markers.

Finished Size:80 inches (203 cm) long & 23 inches (58.5 cm) wide at the widest (cast-on) end (see schematic)

Techniques Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, kf&b, sl1 k2tog psso, yarnover, p2togtbl, slipping stitches with yarn in front and with yarn in back, markers, grafting.

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The Art of Slowing Down

This poor blog, once created as a way to connect with the outside world, and basically neglected for the last few years.

It’s been over year since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. 4 months of getting worse while I was participating in a drug trial (and by all indications on the placebo), and 9 months of trial and error with supplements, medication, exercises, and foods trying to find a place where I can be both happy and healthy.

I seem to have found a good place (but what works today could stop working tomorrow), and I have started being able to design again. And I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to feel even remotely like myself.

I’ve learned a lot in the 9 months though, and learned what boundaries my new normal has set for me. I won’t be releasing a pattern every month like I did when I started doing this full time. I can still teach or go to events, but I need a week afterward of doing absolutely nothing to recover. And I’ve learned the importance of writing things down. I simply can’t trust my brain from moment to moment to remember what I need it to remember. If I don’t write it down, I won’t remember it when I need it (My Bullet Journal and how I use it will be a topic in a future post). I’ve started to look at resting and down time as a necessary part of my day-to-day. And I need to take time for myself.

Self-care has taken many forms for me. I do a sun salutation every morning (daily yoga and stretching help with the pain and muscle weakness), I eat less but more frequently (I found that I get sick and exhausted after eating when I only eat 2 or 3 times a day), and I can’t afford to block out or ignore what my body is telling me anymore. When my body tells me I’m tired, I need to take a nap. When my sleep has been less than restful, I need to plan an easy day.

All of this has led me to learn to slow down. I still want to do ALL THE THINGS, but I’ve learned what I can do, what I can’t do, and what I need to do RIGHT NOW. And it’s a much slower pace of life than I’m used to. But it seems that in slowing down, I’ve also started to see a lot of things I didn’t see before. I stop at regular intervals to pet my cats, instead of waiting until they demand my attention. I have found the pleasure in washing my face instead of just feeling like it was something that had to be done in order to get on with the day. And being home so much has helped me realize ways that I can shape my space to make me feel the most comfortable and at ease. You see different things when you walk a trail than when you ride a train past it.

I feel the turmoil in my brain slowing, and it’s really nice. I’m hoping that the lack of brain-on-a-hamster-wheel will help me to bring back this whole blogging thing. Taking the time to plan and type a blog post might even prove therapeutic. Another thing that I can do to occupy my mind while resting my body.

Hopefully more from me will be forthcoming :)

M

Breccia Cowl

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Announcing my first crochet pattern! Simple crochet stitches, with an easily memorizable repeat make this cowl a quick and fun project. Work it in a drapey yarn for a sophisticated look. If you want to learn to crochet, check out Kim Werker’s online class, Crochet Basics & Beyond.

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Yarn: 220 yards of DK weight yarn. Shown in Anzula Vera 65% Silk/35% Linen, approx. 365 yds in 4 ounces in Storm.

Gauge: 18 sts & 8 rows = 4 inches 10 cm square in pattern after blocking.

Hook: 5.5 mm I/9 or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: 2 stitch markers, waste yarn or spare needle to hold stitches. Tapestry needle to sew seams and weave in ends.

Finished Sizes: 22 inches 28 cm circumference & 10 inches 25.5 cm tall.

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Stitches Used: chain, slip stitch, double crochet, single crochet, double crochet increase, single crochet increase, double crochet decrease, single crochet decrease.

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Monthly Sale: Cloisters Wrap

Hey everyone! I’m trying to do more promotion of my back catalog patterns. You’ll see some oldies but goodies pop up in the blog, and every month an older pattern will be on sale. If you’d like to be notified of the sale every month you can sign up for the Knitter’s Newsletter.


For the month of August, the sale pattern is the Cloisters Wrap. To get the pattern at 15% off, just purchase it before the end of the month! The discount will be taken off during checkout.

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Cloisters recalls the architecture of the buildings that housed monastic communities of women. Delicate traceries of lace recall the ornate grills that separated the cloister from the public in visiting parlours, while peaked arches mimic graceful spires and alcoves.

Check out the great finished version on Ravelry! And check out EraLunaris’ scarf version!

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Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows per 4 inch (10 cm) square in Chart 2 pattern after blocking.
Finished Measurements: 24 inches (61 cm) wide, 80 inches (203 cm) long.
Yarn Requirements: 1100 yards (3.3 ounces) laceweight yarn. Sample shown in Shivaya Naturals Merino Lace in ‘Sunset’
Needle Size: 3.25mm (US 3) straight or circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, yo, k2tog, p2tog, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, Centered Double Decrease.
Other Details: This wrap is worked from one short edge to the other with no grafting and joining in the middle. The border patterns are designed to be similar enough to match, but not exactly the same.

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