It’s #MittenMondays around here in September. I’m going to be releasing a new mitten pattern each Monday, all month long! I’ll have some tutorials, and some giveaways. To kick things off I’d like to introduce the Jabbish Brook Mitts – fingerless mitts, totally appropriate for the last summer heatwave that’s rolling through New England right now.
A stream of reverse stockinette stitches run up the wrist to the thumbs, and these are totally reversible. The sample was knit with Valley Yarns Franklin in the soothsayer colorway, but if you have 175 yds of fingering weight sock yarn in your stash you could have a pair done by the weekend, when the chilly autumn weather is supposed to settle back in!
The pattern is in my Ravelry shop now but comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a kit to make your own pair! Comments must be posted by 11:59 EDT on 9/13/15 and the winner(s) will be announced Monday 9/14.
In the meantime, I’m off to see the Milk Carton Kids with my oldest tonight and then I’ll be getting ready for the next 3 mitten releases. LOTS to share with you this fall, both knit and crochet, so get ready.
I certainly do. A couple years ago I found this quirky lady doing these fantastical drawings on Flickr under the name Obey Crochet. Every couple of days I’d check in and laugh at her sarcastic, and totally on point illustrations and I loved all of them. I loved the style, the simplicity and just how crochet-centric they were. Admit it, the yarn industry leans heavily towards the knitters and and it’s really nice when we feel the crochet love.
After talking myself out of it for a whole week I finally just popped her an e-mail and asked if she’d be interested in designing a logo for me. Shockingly she said YES and now I have my beloved little ChickenBetty in her nest of yarn.
Well now you can own a small piece of Obey Crochet, if you can get your hands on a copy of issue #25 of Simply Crochet magazine. It’s published in the UK but it is available in the states, I’ve seen it at Barnes & Noble. In issue #25 you’ll find an Obey Crochet 2015 Calendar and STICKERS! Freakin stickers!
Go show my friend Stephanie some love at Obey Crochet. She’s straight hookin’, yo!
Lots doing in ChickenBetty Land lately! The new book comes out in just over a month and I have a plethora of new things in the works for late 2014 and 2015.
Before too many big things pile up on my plate I’m working to clear away a few little things. Storey Publishing is looking for pattern submissions for their latest 101 One Skein Wonders series of books and this time it’s crochet for little ones. I’ve dug out an older pattern that I never published and revamping it in gorgeous madelinetosh sock, as well a playing with another idea. You can see the baby bonnet here, it will be part of that set, and the gradient yarns (Freia Fine Handpaints sport and Louisa Harding Amitola that I can’t decide between) will become something else.
If you have a crochet pattern for babies or kids consider submitting! They are happy to accept previously published patterns.
I also scored a great old, but new to me book, that might help me make sense of long draw spinning. Here’s hoping.
The granny square project continues, I have enough yarn to keep going in until maybe mid-September, we’ll see.
Annie, myself, Kirsten and Amy, Team Designing Women!
Some friends and I pulled together and competed in the Fleece to Shawl competitions at the Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair. We came in 2nd place but had a wonderful time and the shawl is so beautiful!
We warped my little 22″ loom with Harrisville Highland in some bright stripes and spun a lovely Romney fleece from Barberic Farm during the competition – thanks to Peony the sheep for growing it.
But once I was home from the fair I just couldn’t stop weaving. I made the next 2 scarves on my daughter’s 10″ Schacht Cricket loom.
First with Valley Yarns BFL fingering. I used Sherwood Forest for the warp and most of the weft and a bit of Neptune for stripes at one end. This scarf is SO soft! I love it.
Then I went stash diving and dug out a super old, partial skein of Noro Taiyo Lace and paired it up with some 10/2 bamboo. This freaking thing – I WANT TO MAKE SO MANY MORE! It’s gauzy and soft and beautiful drape and the colors – OH the colors!
AND I might have written a book. :)
For those of you who can’t come take classes with me at WEBS you can have a volume full of ME on your bookshelves! I’ll have more details in the summer but it’s up for pre-order now.
Madeline Tosh sock in color Molly Ringwald. Squares are a standard 3 round granny square with a round of single crochet. Each is turning out to be roughly 3 inches side-to-side and about 4 inches from corner-to-corner.
Crochet madness, my friends, and I’m not fighting it. This has got to be one of the most happy and productive times in my life. I’m going to make a concerted effort to be here at least once a week going forward. Facebook and Twitter are great but limited, though you can follow me there as well.