Final Prize

The final stop on the tour had to be cancelled due to technical difficulties. That means, all stops have been posted! Make sure to send your questions and answers to hzoppetti AT gmail DOT com by Friday to be eligible for the fabulous prizes!

The final prize is a sampler pack of yarns used in Everyday Lace! This includes one skein each of the following + signed book.

  • Regia Silk
  • Quince & Co Sparrow
  • Madelinetosh Pashmina
  • Swans Island Organic Worsted
  • Imperial Yarn Tracie Too
  • Manos del Uruguay Serena

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More Prizes!

I announced two prizes the other day, here are two more!

How do you win? Turn in your hunt questions and answers by Friday the 19th to be entered in the drawing. E-mail them to hzoppetti AT gmail DOT com.

Pack 3: Engleside Kit – 4 skeins of Renew Wool + signed book. 4 skeins makes the smallest size of this sweater. This yarn is fabulous, but alas, discontinued. If you don’t want to make sweater, I’m sure you will find another great use for it!

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Pack 4: Hat Pack – 2 skeins of yarn + signed book. One skein each of Crabapple Pizzazz and Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone. These yarns will be perfect to make each of the hats in the book.

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Scavenger Hunt Prizes!

Are you playing along in the Everyday Lace Scavenger Hunt? It’s not too late!

Here are the first two prize packs…more to come!

Pack 1: Sock pack – two skeins of sock yarn + a signed book. The sock yarns included are Baah LaJolla in a vibrant purple and Crabapple Pizzazz in sparkly green. With these, you can make both pairs of socks in the book.

sockPrizes Pack 2: Cover pack – a skein of the yarn used in the cover sweater + signed book. One skein is enough to make the first two sizes! If you don’t want to make the sweater, or need more yarn, you can still enjoy using this Findley for shawls, scarves, and other lacy creations.

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Tune in later for more prize pack details!

How do you win? Turn in your hunt questions and answers by Friday the 19th to be entered in the drawing. E-mail them to hzoppetti AT gmail DOT com.

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Smitts – a tutorial

Today I was at the grocery when the girl1 bagging said she loved my “gloves”. Then I told her how they are made…from socks. Her eyes lit up and she vowed to go home after her shift and make a bunch of them from mismatched socks.

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So, I thought perhaps others might be interested in a tutorial; it’s quite easy.

First, what are smitts? Smitts are fingerless mitts made from socks. I fabricated the word in light of swants2.  I wear them for two three reasons. 1) They keep my arms and wrists warm, 2) they protect my kt tape3 edges from rolling, and 3) they only cost $1 and take 2 minutes to make.

Without further ado…

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IMG_7276Step 2: Cut the toe open.

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Step 3: Cut the heel open.

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Step 4: Insert arm.

IMG_7283You can further adjust the opening for the thumb. If you don’t want a lot of fabric gathered between thumb and hand, trim more.

For longer smitts, you can use a knee-high, however, you won’t get the nice hemmed top like for an ankle sock.

1She was quite a hip girl, and so I took this as a compliment.
2Smitts are way cooler than swants.
3I tape my wrists to prevent my tendonitis from flaring up during long knitting sessions.
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Socks from Everyday Lace

Do you like knitting socks? Socks are the perfect traveling project. Stick them in a project bag and you’re ready to knit anywhere. Socks are also a great way to try new things, like lace, because they give you a smaller canvas to work with.

Everyday Lace has two sock patterns, Millway and Swatara.

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Millway is worked from the toe up, and Swatara from the cuff down. I wanted to include one of each as to not leave any sock knitters out of the loop. I love socks either way, but I know some knitters who have very strong opinions one way or the other!

Swatara starts with twisted rib and mirrored lace panels.

At the ankle, the side lace panel splits with half going down the sides of the foot, and half framing the flap.

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I used my favorite heel, eye of the partridge, because I love how it looks speckled with this kettle dyed yarn. (You can see the in-progress Manheim sweater in the background of this pic!)

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The toe is a simple wedge closed with kitchener stitch.

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Millway, of course, starts at the toe. The stitch pattern is fancy, but is easier than it looks!

I’m a fan of the gusset and heel flap, so I chose to use it on these as well. Working from the foot up, I chose to go with a slip stitch heel flap.

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The top of this sock ends with a pretty picot hem. Isn’t this orange lovely?

millAs you can see in the photos, I chose to use magic loop for both of these projects. I’m not sure why, maybe my dpns (my fav method) were being used on other socks… However, the patterns are written without specifying the needle type, so it doesn’t matter if you like magic loop, dpns, or even two circulars—you’ll be able to knit these however you like!

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Want to win some sock yarn and a signed book (prize hint!)? Make sure you check out the Scavenger Hunt! Today’s stop is Picnic Knits!

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Secrets of Pequea

Here’s another look at a project from Everyday Lace, Pequea. This was one of my favorite projects to both design and knit.

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© Joe Hancock

Pequea is pronounced: PECK-way. Like all the projects in the book, it’s named after a place in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Also, this tank is hiding a secret. The Ravelry picture only shows it from the front, which is a mistake. The back is where the party’s at!

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© Joe Hancock

Unlike most projects, this tank came out exactly as I imagined. Here’s the original sketch.

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Knit from the bottom-up and in the round, this project is a breeze. It calls for Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Fine, a scrumptious blend of wool and silk, my favorite! I chose the bright and juicy Dutch colorway.

The straps flow up from the back over the shoulders and are joined to the front with kitchener stitch. The only finishing is a simple crochet border to keep the edges from rolling.

Here are some in progress photos:

IMG_4080 IMG_4197Tomorrow, the Scavenger Hunt continues on Stephannie Tallent’s Blog. Make sure you stop by and check it out!

 

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Behind the Scenes: Ephrata

As the cover sweater of Everyday Lace, I expect the Ephrata camisole to get a bit of attention. Here’s some behind-the-scenes photos.

I first started with a beautiful orange ball of Juniper Moon Findley that I had in my stash. I knew I was using this yarn, but in a different color. Before the yarn came, I swatched.

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Once the yarn arrived in the color I picked, I got started. Isn’t this a beautiful color? One ball is enough to make the smallest two sizes of this tank.

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The piece starts with a long edging that becomes the bottom of the tank. I don’t have a picture of this, but the knitting goes fast because it’s narrow. Here it is on the needles. Like most lace, in progress things look rather blob-like.

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After you knit the border, you pick up stitches and knit the body in the round. At the top, you bind off back stitches to create a low back. Keep the bind-off loose or it won’t allow the lace to open during blocking. Look how wavy this loose bind-off is.

Here’s the piece pre-blocking on the mannequin.

IMG_3244And a blocking shot.

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I really love blocking and often get carried away with the pins. But I think it really does make a better finished piece. This one was so good, they put it on the cover!

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Want to WIN a ball of this gorgeous yarn and my book? Of course you do! Make sure you check out the scavenger hunt for your chance to win!

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The Making of Kirkwood

Today I thought I would share with you a little behind the scenes peek at the Kirkwood Vest from Everyday Lace. This was one of my favorite projects to make because it’s easy, clever, and fun.

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First, I started with gorgeous yarn, Silky Merino (my favorite fiber combo) by Malabrigo. The color, Teal Feather, is the most deliciously saturated teal-blue-green.

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The entire vest is worked in one piece from the left front to the right front using a fun reversible stitch pattern.

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Armholes are “afterthought” and don’t disrupt the knitting. As you can see, it’s really just one big rectangle.

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Armholes are opened up and bands are worked. This is just like adding an afterthought heel to a sock, but without the heel…

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A little garter stitch and we have the finished piece (ignore those ends sticking out).

IMG_3245With garter stitch edges and a reversible stitch pattern, the entire piece is completely reversible. Which is pretty awesome when you grab this on your way out the door—you won’t have to worry about which side is out. Pin it with a shawl pin, or leave it to drape open, this versatile piece can be worn all year.

Don’t forget to visit the blogs on the tour! So far two have been posted, Crabapple Yarns and Talitha Kuomi. Hunt for and collect those answers for your chance to win prizes!

 

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Scavenger Hunt Tour Schedule

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For those of you going on the Scavenger Hunt, here is the schedule in progress. There could be more popping up, so check back often!

8/19: Crabapple Yarns
8/20: Talitha Kuomi

Between here and the next official stop, I’ll be posting some behind the scenes posts here on my blog.

8/27: Stephannie Tallent
8/28: Corrina Ferguson
8/29: Rohn Strong
9/1: Donna Druchunas
9/2: Tanis Gray
9/3: Nutmeg Knitter
9/4: Tabetha Hedrick
9/5: Hunter Hammersen
9/8: Jersey Knitter
9/9: Debbi Stone
9/10: Sweet Georgia Yarns
9/11: Rock+Purl

Remember, you want to collect all the questions with your answers to be eligible to win some yarny prizes at the end!

Check out these prizes and directions on how to enter!

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Everyday Lace Scavenger Hunt

Yes, that’s right, a Scavenger Hunt!

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Instead of the typical blog tour, I decided to make my tour a little more fun. On this hunt you will be traveling to various blogs and collecting fun facts about the blog and Everyday Lace.

At each stop along the way the blogger will post two questions—one about themselves, and one about Everyday Lace. Your mission will be to find the answers. You can use their blog, my blog, Ravelry, Amazon, Google…whatever to get your answers. Write them down and collect them all into a single document.

At the end of the tour (launch day, 9/11) if you turn in the complete list of questions with your answers, you will be entered into a drawing for some yarny prizes! (Who doesn’t love prizes?!?)

The first stop on the tour is Crabapple Yarns. Amanda will post her review tomorrow August 19th. Don’t miss it!

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Everyday Lace

So, I’ve been working on this big project for the last two years…and now it’s finally coming to fruition! Presenting…my first published BOOK!

Over the next few weeks I will be blogging about specific projects, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the development process. For a quick preview, you can see all the patterns on Ravelry.

You can order it now from Interweave in either print or digital formats. You can also pre-order it from Amazon.

I will be attending various book signings and trunk show events in the near future. Check out my teaching schedule for details!

Be sure to follow my page on Facebook to keep up with the latest events and signings.

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Cowls – Knit now, Wear later!

One of my favorite yarn shops, The Knitter’s Edge, has a saying “Knit now, Wear later” — I LOVE this concept!

During the summer months, it’s hard to think about knitting winter accessories. But this is really the best time for small knits; cowls, mittens, hats, and socks are all things that won’t make your lap warm.

Get those winter woolens ready for the cold. Before you know it holiday knitting time will be here. If you start gift knitting now, your holiday could be that much less stressful.

Here are two cowl projects perfect for knitting now and wearing later.

Fiammata is knit with my new yarn, Yellowstone. It’s worked from side to side and closed with 6 buttons. This construction makes it easy to adjust it for width or height. Using just one skein of super-soft Yellowstone, this is would make a great gift for your closest friends, or for yourself!

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Gemello is a double-knit cowl using Road to China Light. The pattern has links to youTube videos for both a tubular cast-on and bind-off to give your cowl a professional finish.

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Both of these patterns are just $6 and available now in my Ravelry store. Keep cool this summer by thinking wintery thoughts while knitting now to wear later.

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Spring 2014 Manos del Uruguay Collection

Now available, five new patterns created especially for Manos del Uruguay that celebrate the beauty and versatility of the yarn. With a variety of stylish designs, everyone will find something they want on their needles! You can see the whole collection on the Fairmount Fibers’ website.

The first pattern is Flan.

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Flan is a lace shawlette made with Fino, a fingering weight merino and silk blend. This makes for a warm wrap with nice drape and the luxurious touch of silk for the lightest bit of sheen. This shawl can be dressed up or down. It will be at home over a t-shirt or sweater while walking in cool evening air, or accompanying an evening dress for a night out on the town. Special thanks to my sample knitter Barb, who did an excellent job!

Ricardito is a fun cables and lace cowl that shows off the super soft Maxima to great effect.

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© Fairmount Fibers

The cables and lace really pop thanks to this squishy round singles yarn. The 100% merino wool will keep out the chill of both fall and winter days. Wear it long as an infinity scarf or doubled up for a fantastically cozy cowl. The creative cable design will make knitting it a fun and rewarding challenge.

Bizcocho uses two yarns to create an elegantly simple pullover with a touch of color.

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This sweater is created with Silk Blend, a brilliant DK weight merino/silk for the body and Lace, a luxurious alpaca, silk, and cashmere for the inlaid accents. To minimize finishing, Bizcocho is knit seamlessly from the bottom up and features a round yoke construction. Once off your needles, you’ll have a gorgeous sweater ready to wear with anything.

Dulce de Leche is knitted in my favorite yarn, Serena.

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© Fairmount Fibers

Serena is an interesting combination of alpaca and cotton. This cap-sleeve tunic will be light and soft. Lace side panels add a touch of charm peeking out from under spring coats as well as waving in a summer breeze. It is knit in the round from the bottom up and features set-in sleeves and a swingy a-line shape that will flatter all figures.

My final pattern is Tarta, a color-blocked cardigan with contrasting collar and buttonbands.

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© Fairmount Fibers

Created from the same Silk Blend yarn as Bizcocho, Tarta will become your favorite go-to sweater. Simple color-work transitions between blocks of colors keeping this classic silhouette looking sophisticated no matter when you wear it. There are so many beautiful shades of Silk Blend, you can make sweaters with all your favorite color combinations!

Do any of these patterns speak to you? I love seeing my designs knitted up–be sure to share any of your finished projects with my Ravelry group!

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State Fair & Verchères

The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits is now available. On first inspection you might notice the sweater on the cover is a classic henley in a beautiful rusty orange and…oh my — that is my design! Yup, my first cover!! Can you tell I’m excited?

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The cover sweater is the Verchères Pullover. It is knitted in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate. This is my first time using Sportmate, and I have to say, it will not be my last! I absolutely love this yarn. It is the perfect weight and the “Outlast” (temperature regulating magic stuff) is something so cool…you have to feel it for yourself.

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This boyfriend-wear inspired henley is knit in pieces from the bottom up. It features set-in sleeves for the perfect fit. Its contoured collar and small placket is flattering on all body types.

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This is a sweater that you will wear all winter and well into spring — a go-to piece that you will favor for years to come.

Not to be overshadowed, the State Fair Cardigan is also in this issue!

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© Interweave Press

This cardigan features Imperial Yarns’ Erin, a lofty 3-ply perfect for cables. This yarn is so squishable!

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Cables run up the fronts as well as down the back. Worked in pieces and seamed, this sweater also sports set-in sleeves.

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I hope you like these designs. They were both incredibly fun to design and knit. Go pick up your copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2014!

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SHAWLOWEEN

Yes — I’m hosting a mystery KAL!

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I have always wanted to do a mystery KAL, but have not had the time to plan one. What’s more fun than Halloween??? SHAWL-oween!!

Join me for my first mystery shawl knit-a-long. We will be making a shawl (obviously) using two colors of sock yarn. Grab your needles, your yarn, and get ready!

Pre-order now ($6) — the fun starts Monday, October 21st!

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Start Knitting Lace

Earlier this summer I had the privilege of traveling out to Colorado to shoot a video workshop: Start Knitting Lace! with Interweave. What better topic than lace? I absolutely love knitting lace and it is a technique that I am passionate about teaching.

I also had another mission, to deliver the samples for my book. Somehow it felt better hand delivering these items than leaving them to the whims of UPS.

Leading up to departure there was much swatching, planning, practicing, and fretting over materials. Teaching in the local yarn shop is very different than teaching to a video camera. My biggest concern was not having the student feedback during class to propel me forward. Instead, these questions and comments needed to be anticipated and addressed without prompts.

My journey began at the tiny Lancaster airport. This is the plane as seen through the gate. I did not even know that our little airport had commercial flights.

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And the inside of the plane. I’ve flown before, but never on such a small craft. I was incredibly nervous.

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The flight was…scary. I was one of only three passengers. Before boarding they ask you how much your bags weigh. Then they ask you how much you weigh. Now is not the time to lie about your weight, it could throw off the balance of the plane!

During my layover I made sure to guzzle some nectar of the gods coffee in order to regain my strength, and my nerves.

IMG_4668Of course I had travel knitting with me. I started this sock with the intention of making toe-up knee highs.

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After arriving safely in Denver, I met my friend Tabetha for dinner (I do not have any pictures of our dinner since my phone died on the way to the restaurant).

Next I drove up to Loveland. Everything is so flat and straight, the speed limit on the highway was 75 – my kind of driving!

The next day, I headed into the office.

IMG_4675The “office” is actually divided into multiple buildings but the main one is in this old bank. Isn’t it beautiful?

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I had a day to hang out, to meet people that I have worked with, and to set up. I really love this little downtown area. So many cute shops! I had time to poke into a few. My favorites were the kitchen gadget store and the used bookstore.

Meeting people whom I have only had contact with via e-mail was exciting. Putting a face to a name is always surprising (people never look how I expect). Everyone wanted to take me out to eat. I think I must have gained at least five pounds while there.

Between meetings I wandered around downtown and hung out in the local coffee shop. My friend Joanna Johnson even invited me to join her knit night – what a fun time!

Filming took place all in one day. Here is Anne Merrow arranging the set:

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I had all my swatches and charts laid out for segments:

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So many lights! The sheer amount of equipment in this room is overwhelming — cameras, monitors, microphones, lights, and wires.IMG_4689

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Before I knew it, filming was done and I was headed home. As soon as I left, I missed Colorado. The lack of humidity alone was enough to make me desire a longer stay. I hope to have the opportunity to visit again.

The result, a brand new video workshop: Start Knitting Lace! The beautiful scarf on the cover was knit by my fabulous friend Connie.

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There are three different ways to purchase this video. You can download either the standard or HD versions, or you can order the DVD.

Check out the preview here (if the video does not load, you can view it via this link: Preview Start Knitting Lace):

For the curious, this is how far I got on my sock.

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Zentangled

Because I am not busy enough, I decided to try something new. Zentangle was something interesting that I noticed other people posting on Pinterest and Instagram, so I checked it out.

Basically it is doodling…but more. Why more? Because it is mindful. Doodles happen anywhere at any time, and usually while doing other things. A Zentangle is something that you purposefully sit down to do. There is a ceremony to it. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and produces a beautiful, one of a kind, tiny, piece of art. I am not very good at explaining it. I’m not a CZT, or Certified Zentangle Teacher, so I will leave that up to the experts.

Like knitting, Zentangle does not require any fancy supplies to get started. I bought a set of pens (mainly because I love pens, not because what I already had would not work), grabbed a sketchbook and pencil, and got started.

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My tangles tend to be organic. They grow out of their initial string boundaries and I like that. I am not fond of hard boundaries, so this makes sense. I am especially drawn to the natural shapes like leaves and flowers. Flowing and soft.

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Finished page on the right, close-ups on the left

Here is one I tried with circles. I had this great vision, but after laying them all down, it was too much work to fill them all in. I had limited myself too much although, I think it still looks nice.

Many friends commented on how nice this would look as a fabric. However, I am not sure how well these would scale. Each of my first tangles is only about 3″ wide. The circle piece is in a 3.5″ x 5.5″ (9x14cm) notebook.

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On an A5 pad

The hardest aspect of the process is letting go, and that is the zen. These are drawn in pen. The pencil is used only as a starting string and as final shading. That means for the most part there is no erasing, no second guessing, no going back. There are no mistakes. If you make a “mistake”, it simply becomes part of the piece. Each pattern is made out of easy and repetitive strokes. Like meditation, it is calming and relaxing; you feel centered and at ease.

Loved them so much

Love them so much

As shapes and forms grow out of your fingers and into the ink, magic happens. Anyone can create these little pieces of magic, no artistic ability is needed.

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My favorite Books

I love reading. I love reading almost as much as I love knitting, which is quite a bit. I love reading so much that I taught myself to knit while reading so that I wouldn’t have to give it up in favor of knitting.

Here is a list of my all time favorite books (in no particular order):

Are you a member of my Ravelry group? If not, you should join! Check it out: I’m starting a book club. There’s a poll up now, we are picking our first book to start. Voting closes on Tuesday!

I belong to a local reading group as well. So far we’ve read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Night Circus, and now we are reading The Blind Assassin.

What are your favorite books?

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Allodola

I know it’s been a long time…but I have a new pattern! Allodola is a two color shawlette which is perfect for using one solid and one variegated colorway. Shown here in the always beautiful Baah! Yarns’ La Jolla.

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The solid color is Maldives and the multi is Cape Cod.

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The slip stitch pattern pulls the variegated yarn into pleasing chevrons which reminded me of bird feathers.

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A subtle ruffle on the edge keeps things feminine and flirty.

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Another fun way to wear this shawl is to wrap the long ends around and secure in the back.

Here are the details:

Size: One Size
Measurements: approximately 66” wide and 12” deep
Yarn: Baah! Yarns, La Jolla (100% superfine merino; 400 yds
366 m/100 g): maldives (MC), cape cod (CC), 1 skein each
Needles: US #6 4 mm
Gauge: 29 sts and 32 rows = 4” in Lark st, BLOCKED
Notions: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

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10 on Tuesday: Movies

Here are 10 movies that I watch over and over and over again (in no particular order). I love watching familiar films while knitting because I don’t feel like I have to keep my eyes glued to the screen. What are your favorite movies?

  1. Moulin Rouge
  2. Memoirs of a Geisha
  3. Clueless
  4. Empire Records
  5. Center Stage
  6. Walk the Line
  7. Little Women (with Winona Rider)
  8. Pride and Prejudice (any version)
  9. Kill Bill vol 1
  10. Kill Bill vol 2
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