I’m fancy free darlin’

;) – So who shall I start with

New Summer patterns are up at Webs!

Math for Kathy, Hill Log Cabin blanket, Bartholomew’s Cobble vest and my favorite, The October Mountain cardigan.

This sweater went through SO many changes from idea to garment but I am thrilled with how she came out.

Rav links are all here.

I’m also really happy to finally show you my current favorite sweater. Kirsten was designing this as I was getting my feet wet with spinning. I decided to spin my own yarn so I could make one. I spun up 8 oz of Kangaroo Dyer Merino and 8oz of Louet Merino and Silk and plied them together.  I love the color!

I knit and knit until all that was left was scraps of yarn for seaming and sewing on the buttons.

I am over the moon for this sweater and I wear it all the time, I’m wearing it now.

I’m hip deep in Fall design work now but I reward myself with mini spinning breaks. The bag of sample nubbins that I got at the 2011 MSWF from Into the Whirled is filling this need perfectly.

Alright, I’ve got a pattern to get typed up and a class to finish packing up supplies for. Next time I’ll have a garden update and a free pattern for you :)

Toots

Got your hands full now baby

;) – Aw, ya better believe

Happy Blogiversary to me! WOW, 4 years sure has gone by fast.

I just wanted to put up a quick post today to show you what I’m currently working on and to tell you to make sure you come back this Friday – I have a super special somethin’ in store for ya.

Tonight I start teaching the First Crochet Cardigan class at WEBS. We’re using Julia Vaconsin’s Summer Petals cardigan (Rav Link) pattern

I swatched 7 different yarns for this before I decided on the one I wanted to use.

(LtoR, top to bottom) Blue Sky alpaca silk, Noro silk garden lite, Webs Everett silk(long since discontinued cone), Rowan scottish tweed 4ply, Classic Elite soft linen,  and Rowan wool cotton)

In the end I settled on Zephyr by Jaggerspun, a gorgeous merino and tussah silk blend on cones. One problem, seemingly, this stuff is lace weight and the pattern calls for a dk. All you have to do is swatch and block, people! I give you the before and after swatch.

Stitch detail before and after blocking

Half of the back of the sweater before and after blocking

I love how this moves through my hands and how warm it is even as it sits in my lap like a cloud!

Alrighty, back to putting the Friday surprise together, you’ll want in on this one!

Toots