Sometimes life throws you for a loop and you just have to take a break. So, I did.
Since my last post so many moons ago, I have started selling my patterns on Craftsy
! These are my top 5 best selling patterns.
I love this site and what they have to offer. I decided to take up Rigid Heddle "Looming" and took a class on Craftsy to get started. And yes, I am calling it looming, instead of weaving. I like the way it sounds.
I am hooked and will share some projects with you soon. It's a whole new outlet of creativity with yarn and I am intrigued by the techniques you can use to produce different fabrics. I am also really excited to make fabrics that I can then sew and turn into something else like maybe a skirt. The possibilities are endless and as with any new craft, it is overwhelming in the beginning, but also super exciting!
Author: bluegirl - Date: 25 Sep 2013 16:03 - Tags: bluegirl knits designs
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Author: bluegirl - Date: 16 Mar 2013 18:46 - Tags: bluegirl knits designs
I think it is obvious from the picture what inspired this hat! Thank you winter.
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Fiber Fest was lots of fun!
I had a surprise for everyone in my brioche classes, which was a 2 color brioche hat pattern that they could knit after class. Here it is.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 16 May 2012 14:26 - Tags: bluegirl knits designs
The 2 color brioche is knit from side to side and then joined with the Kitchener Stitch. The top of the hat is picked up along the brim and knit in the round. I used Cascade 220, because of the infinite number of color combinations and possibilities. The pattern is being test knit now and will be available as soon as possible.
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Rasta, Rasta, Rasta
. What can I say about you?
The final design in the Harvest eBook
was knit with Rasta. Rasta is an amazing super bulky rovingesque yarn in the most beautiful color palette. I love knitting with bulky and super bulky yarns, because at the end of the day, I am a project knitter. I love an end result. I love completing things. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and finality that is lacking in my professional life otherwise. The bigger the yarn, the sooner the accomplishment and sometimes that kind of instant gratification just feels good.
The Autumnal Vest was such a fun knit. I wanted to create a super bulky garment that did not feel super bulky, so off with the arms and on with a vest. I also wanted a longer style and cut away, so that all that big fabric did not just hover around the hips. I also decided to add a leaf motif up the fronts extending around the back of the neck. Voila.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 31 Oct 2011 09:48 - Tags: bluegirl knits designs
Pattern: Autumnal Vest
Yarn: 5(5,6,7,8) sks Malabrigo Rasta, #868 Coronilla
Needles: US 17 (12.0 mm)
The Harvest trunk show is currently visiting Tangled Purls
in Salem, Oregon and then is off to Twisted
in Portland. I am looking forward to getting it back, so I can wear this cozy fall item!
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What can I say about this capelet? Plenty
After designing the Piece of Pi Hat
, I knew that I wanted to use the same short row circle technique to create some kind of shoulder draping thingy. That is a technical term by the way. I had also just finished knitting this
and was completely enthralled by sticking beads into my knitting.
When designing, I usually start with a swatch and see where that takes me. My swatch for this capelet was huge. It took a bit of fussing to get the circle the way I needed it and it took a bit of fussing to get the beaded edge just right and it took a bit of fussing to get the lace to continue seamlessly over the short rows without interruption. Here is what all the fussing was about.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 22 Oct 2011 16:40 - Tags: bluegirl knits designs
Pattern: Harvest Capelet
Yarn: 3(5) sks Malabrigo Silky Merino, #76 Manzanilla Olive
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
The thing that I really love about this capelet is that it is so easy to modify the size. If you want it to come in more in the front, then knit another wedge, if you want to adjust the length, then the pattern tells you where you can easily adjust the stitch count. I will definitely be wearing my capelet around this fall!
Last up- Autumnal Vest
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