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Triumphs and Tribulations

So I was very pleased with my latest creation.  It’s a reversible scarf, suitable for men and women. It came out of a variety of influences.  I made some socks that had a zigzag pattern on them.  I took that pattern and made it less angular so that it would resemble images of rivers in Japanese woodcuts and watercolor paintings.  I’ve also been looking at other knitting designs and I’ve been struck by the beauty and simplicity of just using basic knit and purl.  I wanted find something a way to work with that simplicity. 

Finally I realized that most of what I make is very, very girly.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but I do know several men who knit and it hardly seemed fair to not offer anything for them. So I’m trying to think about what men might want to knit and what anyone might want to knit for men.  I think this one is a nice first step. 

So that’s the good part.  What’s not so good?  Well, I still can’t photograph very well. I’ve done research and it’s partly the equipment.  I desperately need a tripod, and I very much want an SLR.  Maybe Santa will be good to me this year.  (See Santa, I differentiated between want and need, that’s good right?).  Mostly I need to get better with the details.  I shot the following pictures quickly, when I realized the light was good one afternoon.  But that meant I didn’t take the time to really lay things out well and double check the front vs. the back of the piece. I know I said it’s reversible but there is a subtle variation. Maybe you can’t tell, but I can. 

So anyway, here’s a preview of the scarf.  I’ll try to get better pics soon.  That way we’ll be all ready to post a pattern.

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Finally!

So I did not go to Rhinebeck, much to my dismay.  Yes it seemed the entire knitting world descended on Dutchess County New York to frolic amongst the fiber and fun.  Alas, I was not one of them.  So what’s a girl to do instead?  Why, head out on her own fiber field trip fun of course!  My friend Lucy and I spent Sunday heading out to Bainbridge Island for our monthly pilgrimage to Churchmouse Yarn and Teas. As usual we carefully chose What To Wear.  After all, if you’re heading to a destination LYS you can’t exactly pop on a store bought sweater can you? Lucy wore not one, but two lovely hand knit sweaters. Her red ribbed one and the brown cabled cardigan she just finished. (I’m terribly sorry, I can’t remember the yarns—I’m bad that way—and I have no pictures). I’m especially envious of the cardi.  I took the opportunity to debut a couple of new items from my own patterns.

One was the Snowball Muff.  I had submitted this one for consideration for the Winter issue of Knitty.com, but this one didn’t make the cut.  Amy Singer (the editor) writes the nicest rejection letters, and she invited to put together a proposal for something specific for the Summer issue.  So all is good there.  This also means that I could release the pattern for the muff in plenty of time for Holiday knitting.  I was surprised how useful it was.  It has a little pocket so it doubles as a purse.  When I needed my hands free, I just slid it up my arm a bit and could pet all the yarn I wanted.  When my hands were cold I just snuggled them inside it. 

I also wore the matching cape. Together the look is a bit over the top, but I’ve never been one to dress normally, so I was okay with the looks I got. For the most part people would look twice, then get that “awww” look and smile. 

This is Lucy modeling the cape and muff for me.

 

I posted the pattern for the muff and managed to get the matching headband/earwarmer up as well. It’s a freebie on Ravlery.

 And see

 

It really does have a pocket. You can find them, as always, on Ravelry or at www.letonbeau.etsy.com.

As for other knitting news—I finally made it over to the Capitol Hill Knitters hook up.  I was really glad I did. Everyone was really nice, and I even scored some yarn.  Valerie of www.valutree.etsy.com was unloading some bamboo. I couldn’t resist.  Besides yarn that supports local artists is perfectly justifiable—really.

Well, a proposal is due to KnitScene.  I better go work on that. Wish me luck!

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Patterns are up–Boo!

I set a little goal for myself. I want to post an average of a pattern a week to Ravlery and Etsy.  For those of you who don’t have access to either of those I’m also trying to set up a download process through my website, but that’s another blog post.

 So while I haven’t been terribly good about chatting here, I have actually been doing a reasonable job of getting patterns listed.  So without further ado, here’s the latest. 

Leaves and Vines headband and Coffee cozy. (Doesn’t Lucy look great?)

 

Bath Mitt.  In all fairness I did have this one up on Etsy before, but now it’s on Ravelry too, and it has a new low price in both places.

 

The next two are my Halloween offerings.

First  the Crochet Cauldron.  It has feet and handles and everything!  I’m pretty proud of it.

 

And Crochet Pumpkin or Jack O’Lantern.  I was working on the Jack O’Lantern by the local elementary school and a little boy was absolutely captivated.  “What are you doing?” he asked.  I patiently explained and even let him have a turn at a couple stitches.  Then he asked “Why are you making it?  We just buy ours!”  I tried to tell him, in little kid terms, about the pride and joy I get from creating instead of buying.  I think something got through, because he said he wanted to come trick-or-treating with me this year.

  

As always you can find the patterns at www.LeTonBeau.Etsy.com or on Ravelry under Le Ton Beau Designs.

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