Sunday, January 31, 2010

Squam Art Workshops!

Hey what are you doing in June?
Looking for a fun filled artsy retreat by a lake in the woods?
Come to Squam!
I'll be lucky enough to be there as a teacher this year and I'm very excited! I'm offering a class on the Traditional Hap Shawl and also a class on my Aestlight Shawl.

There are many other wonderful offerings from many other wonderful teachers.
Jess and Casey will be there to host a Ravelry party and Stephanie Pearl McPhee is also going to be hanging out!
Registration for classes opens tomorrow....go and check it out!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

....and here's something I made earlier!

I signed on to Ravelry this evening and saw that this had been added to my design page! I did indeed design it for Classic Elite several months ago but didn't know it would be out already.
I'm particularly proud of this one.....and I love Soft Linen!

ETA: I made the sweater below at the same just showed up today on my Ravelry page!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Conway Cloche

My friend Jenn's birthday is on the 24th of December and for a several years now I have always knit her a hat as a present. This year I even designed one especially for her (she's a very good friend). I've been drawn to the cloche style recently and decided this would suit her too. I chose to use the same ribbing as seen in my Tanit's Jacket. This texture is wonderfully dense and therefore creates a really cozy layer, which is much needed in my neck of the woods at this time of year!

I admit that I was also taking my own considerations into account when designing this, knowing that I would be making one for myself too. One of the major things when it comes to hat wearing for me is to have my ears nicely snuggled inside. It ruins a winter walk for me if my ears get exposed! So the Conway Cloche is nice and long in the body. The folded brim also adds to the length and even has a nice little contrast of colour on the inside which I find very pleasing to the eye!

You even get a choice of whimsy to add for decoration!

21-inch circumference at brim of hat. To fit head size 21-24 inches. The ribbed pattern is very stretchy!

215 yrds of worsted weight yarn. Shown in Berroco “Vintage” yarn in blue and Berroco “Ultra Alpaca” in red.

US 7/4.5mm 16-inch circular needle US 7/4.5mm set of DPN╩╝s US 8/5mm 16-inch circular needle Small amount of scrap yarn (in contrasting colour to hat yarn) Stitch Markers
Tapestry Needle Button (optional depending on which flower is added).

20 sts and 35 rows = 4 inches in ribbing pattern on US #7/4.5 mm needles. 19 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st on US #7/4.5mm needles.


All proceeds of this hat pattern will be donated to MSF for their relief work in Haiti from now until the end of January.