I thought I’d posted about the new patterns I’ve listed and yet I check in to see that I have not.
The first is the Impressions Neckwarmer. To be fair it’s been up for a while. I listed it during a heat wave last summer. The timing could have been better, but someone made a request and I had no reason to wait. It is shown in Malabrigo Aquarella and Gruesa.
The yarn reminded me on Monet’s Water Lillies. I wore this for most of last winter. It goes with the Impressions Mitts and Impressions Headband Patterns.
It’s time to pull them all out again. Today it was down to freezing and I need cozy wool to keep me warm I like neck wraps better than scarves because they have less for me to keep track of when I’m wearing them, but are still cozy warm. I also tend to get bored in the middle of knitting a scarf, so I like projects with enough interest to hold my attention.
All of the patterns are in Bulky to Super Bulky weight yarn. Do you need to whip up some last minute gifts? These could be just the thing.
It’s Ghandi’s birthday. He believed that every person should spin thread for 30 minutes a day. He felt peaceful structured work would promote peace in the world.
Why he thinks spinning cotton is peaceful is a bit perplexing though. I find I say LOTS of bad words when I try it.
School started up again yesterday, and in its honor I created a free pattern. This Eraser knits up quickly and can be tossed in the wash when it needs cleaning. Make one for your favorite student or teacher.
Pattern available for download on Ravelry and below.
Sugar n Cream [100% Cotton; 200 yds/184 m per 113g skein]
1 ball (Far less than that really. I used leftovers from another project)
US 7/4.5 mm
Sponge approximately 3” by 4” by 1/2”. Cut in half to make 2 pieces 3”x2”.
20 sts = 4″ in stst
Cast on 6 stitches.
Work back and forth in stockinette for 2 inches—knit the right side rows and purl on the wrong side rows. Then along one long edge, pick up and knit 8 stitches, continuing around pick up and knit 6 stitches and then pick up and knit 8 stitches along the opposite long edge. Work in the round as follows:
k6, p8, k6 p8
Repeat these 2 rounds until the piece measures 3 inches long.
Slip the cut sponge into the pocket you’ve made. Then working back and forth on the 6 stitches on a short side—
sl1, k4 k2tog (the k2tog will use one stitch from the adjacent long side). Turn and
Sl, p4, p2tog (the p2tog will use one stitch from the adjacent long side).
Turn work and repeat these two rows 7 more times, or until all the stitches from the long sides are used up and only the 6 stitches on each of the short sides remain. Using one stitch from one of the short sides, and 2 from the other, work in i-cord for 5 inches (k3, slide the stitches to the other end of your DPN and k3 again). Then starting with the 3 stitches from your i-cord and using Kitchener stitch graft the two short sides together.
© Le Ton Beau Designs 2009–All rights reserved worldwide For private, non-commercial use only.
1) I finished Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I highly recommend it. He mentions evolutes, and icosahedrons (favorite toys from college) and keeps talking about people discussing math and philosophy in cloisters. I want to live in that book.
2) I made a new pattern. It just needs a little last bit of polish and some glamour shots before getting out into the world, but the testers have blessed it and I’m wearing mine right now. Here’s some pictures to tease you before the real thing gets out there.
And my favorite bit about those two things? I named the pattern Cloister before I even started the book. I love coincidences like that.
Ok…technically it’s the second girliest camping. One of our campers told us about a trip she did that involved formal gowns and a porcelain bathtub while camping. Even so, this is how I like to get away.
1) Get your knitting group together
This is a few of us from the Capitol Hill Knitters of Dooom. I’ve mentioned them before.
2) Find a lovely farm for camping.
This is Rodstol Farm, our host for the weekend. It’s a wonderful place with great events throughout the year. You should check them out when you’re in the area.
3) Make sure there’s plumbing in the area.
4) Let someone else do the cooking
Cynthia made simple, gorgeous, incredibly delicious meals with an emphasis on local ingredients.
7) Dye yarn over the campfire
8) Go home.
Ok, I didn’t like that last one so much. I could have stayed there forever.