Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A little selfish knitting...

It's the time of year to be busy knitting gifts, but I got caught up doing a little selfish knitting. The sweater is "Hermine" by Astrid Schramm, the hat is "Sockhead Hat" by Kelly McClure.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shop Update Preview and a Coupon Code

Next shop update will be tomorow, Friday the 15th at 1PM central. So many new goodies will be listed, I'm not sure if my shelving will hold them all!

Are you ready for a pre-holiday sale? Through Nov 18th, spend $30 or more take 10% off with coupon code "TAKE10", spend $60 or more take 20% off with code "TAKE20", spend $100 or more take 30% off with code "TAKE30". Happy Holiday Knitting everyone!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kid n Ewe 2013

Are you having fun at Kid n Ewe this year? I certainly am. There are almost too many lovely goodies to choose from! Okay , who'm I kidding... You can never have too much yarn and fiber. Sock yarn doesn't count as stash right?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Free Pattern Friday: FauxPurl Cowl

 A simple no-purl cowl worked in rounds. The faux-purls are created using short row techniques, but with working in full rounds after wrapping and turning. Cowls pictured use the random method as described below.
2-5 oz of Worsted or Aran weight yarn (bulky yarn may be substituted at a looser gauge) Small cowl can be made with about 2 oz of worsted wieght yarn
Size US 8 / 5 mm circular needles (16" needles, longer DPNs or 40" or longer for magic looping) two stitchmarkers

9 stitches / 2 inches in garter stitch knit flat
10 rows / 2 inches in stockinette

Size: Small, Large; 20" (40") circumference

For a larger cowl cast on more stitches, For a cowl worked in bulky weight yarn you may wish to cast on fewer stitches and work at a looser gauge.

CO - cast on
K - knit
BO - bind off
pm - place marker
w&t - wrap and turn
Note: do not pick up wraps on rounds following the w&t, they will be hidden nicely in the purl bumps of the following row.

CO 90 (180) sts.

Join for working in the round being careful not to twist your cast on row.

1. K1, pm, k to last st, pm, k1, w&t. (Note: You will now have two stitchmarkers, placed twos titches apart, one just after the first stitch of the round, one just before the last stitch of the round. The begining of the round is right in the middle of the two markers.)

2. k1, sm, k to marker, sm, k1, w&t.

Repeat round 2 until piece measures 1" from cast on edge.

3. K around, slipping markers as you go.

Planned Method: Work round 3 five times total.
Random Method: Using a random number generator, pick a number beteween 0 and 9, and work round 3 that many times.

4. Turning Round: k1, sm, k to marker, sm, k1, w&t.

Using either the planned method or the random method, work rounds 3-4 until cowl measures 1" from desired width.

5. k1, sm, k to marker, sm, k1, w&t.

Work round 5 for 1"

Bind off loosely.