Saturday, January 24, 2009

2009 Fiber Resolutions and an FO!

OK, I'm normally not so good with sticking to New Year's resolutions, but maybe, just maybe, I can stick to some fibery ones. :D

So here's my list:
  • I’d like to get my WIPs under some sort of control.
  • Make a least one sweater/cardigan thingy for Me ME MEEEEE!!!! And crochet/knit for me more in general! LOL
  • Learn knitted fair isle/stranding or at least attempt learning it.
  • Start Christmas gifts NOW!
  • Write and offer at least 3 new patterns.
  • Spin more!
Seems totally doable...right? :D

I'm even off to a good start! I've already published one pattern for this year! YAY! And, I've recently completed my first official FO for the first pair of adult sized socks (and they're for ME!).

The pattern is Garter Rib from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. I used 1.45 skeins of Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in the Crush colorway and 3.25mm (US 3) DPNs and made these socks 2-in-1. I wasn't even trying to match stripes, but I got pretty close! :D They're a little big (apparently I have odd sized feet) but I still LOVE them! They are really comfy!

I've also been working on the Daisy Sweater for Thing 1 (my 2 yo DD). It just lacks one sleeve (they are knitted on) and taking care of some ends. The sweater for Thing 2 (my 2 yo DS) also lacks one sleeve...but it also needs to be blocked before I can assemble it. Hopefully, I'll make LOTS of progress on these and maybe even have at least one more FO to show next time! :D

As always...Happy Crafting! :D

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Pattern Available!

I thought I'd start my blog off this year by releasing a new pattern! Daniela - Spiral Rib Crocheted Fingerless Mitts is now available for purchase from Ravelry. If you're on Ravelry, you can go here. If you're not on Ravelry yet, there is a way you can purchase it too...I just haven't figured that part out yet, but I'm working on it! That's part of why this post is a few days late. I'm having troubles figuring out how to make the linky things work on this blog.

Anyway, here they are...

The pink ones are done in DK weight Spa. The others are done in worsted weight Country. All are nice and squishy, comfy and warm. :D

I consider this an Intermediate level crochet pattern. It requires skills with post stitches, spirals and chainless foundations and is written using US crochet terms.

Included in the pattern are instructions for both DK and worsted weight yarn and a tutorial for the chainless foundation. The pattern is written to fit my hands, which are 7.5” around the palm and 6” around the wrist, because they were the only adult female hands I had available at the time. However, the pattern is adjustable and I have included notes for how to easily re-size them to suit your needs and preferences.

The pattern itself was inspired from last year's Pretty in Pink Swap over in the Village Hopelessly Overcommitted (on Ravelry). None of the patterns I wanted to do for my partner worked out, for various reasons, so I took a shot at designing my own. I loved the result of my very first attempt! I contemplated submitting it for publishing in a magazine, but realized there was no way I could wait till next fall or later to show you, so I decided to make it my first self published pattern available for purchase!

I'm excited about it and I hope you enjoy it as well! :D

Happy Crafting!