Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Unraveled


We've made it to the end of October! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey - I'll be quick today. So, a giveaway! Either on this post or on Facebook, let me know which pattern was your favorite - in a week or so I'll randomly select a winner to receive a set of my very favorite Heidi and Lana snagless stitch markers. Also, the discount code write31days is still good through tomorrow  at midnight (November 1st) - find the full list of patterns here.


This is day thirty one of my series 31 Days of Unraveling Designs - check here for intro and post list!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Unraveling Gratifying


Ending on a bright note! When I spotted a happy basket of mini skeins at my favorite local store, a few called out and asked for me to take them. Since the yardage was so low, I chose a simple stitch pattern that wouldn't be disrupted by a color change, or by running out and needing to bind off.

So Gratifying is primarily a study in color, and good travel or TV watching knitting - find the pattern free here, and check back tomorrow for a wrap up post and giveaway.


This is day thirty of my series 31 Days of Unraveling Designs - check here for intro and post list!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Unraveling Dash of Spice


From big to small. Before Brooklyn was born, I decided to attempt a baby sweater. I rarely make garments for anyone but myself, and hadn't ever made anything without having access to the person (or pet) it was intended for.

But I took myself to the Craft Yarn Counsel's sizing standards and decided to trust someone else's numbers. Since I was already deep in uncharted territory, I went ahead and added some short rows (something I'd never done before) as a little detail on the neckline.

Lo and behold, it worked, and fitted her nicely enough - enough that I've made several since as gifts. They go fairly quickly, and are a good use for sock yarn, left over or otherwise. Find Dash of Spice here, and get it free through the end of the month with code write31days - and check back tomorrow for the story behind Gratifying.


This is day twenty nine of my series 31 Days of Unraveling Designs - check here for intro and post list!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Unraveling Beorn's Bees


Despite living in the South, where a dusting of snow through people into a panic and closes schools, and a horrifying percent of people think that "four wheel drive" means "four wheel stop" and are surprised when they slide on ice, I like to be cozy.

Since I have minimal application for full-body woolliness in the form of sweaters (doesn't stop me from having a few, though - just have to wear short sleeves under them!), I tend to indulge that preference with giant triangular scarves.

This particular giant triangle (one of a series) was a worthwhile exercise in patience. The rows just kept getting longer, but the finished result was delightful and suited to its inspiration - the giant bees kept by Beorn the skin changer in my favorite book, The Hobbit.

Find Beorn's Bees here, and get it free through the end of month with code write31days - and check back tomorrow for the story behind Dash of Spice.


This is day twenty eight of my series 31 Days of Unraveling Designs - check here for intro and post list!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Unraveling Pacific


One designer that I've always admired is Jared Flood - aka BrooklynTweed. I was very excited when he released his own yarn line, less excited that it was available at so few stores (and none of them near me), and delighted when I happened to be traveling near one of them. Without a clear idea of what I wanted to make out of it, I got enough Shelter to make something.

And then I carried it with me for six years. Last fall, I decided it should be a sweater - I had originally been thinking of a skirt, but decided it was too pretty to sit on. I wanted something cozy and comfortable - a sweater for introverting in.

I feel that Pacific rose to that standard excellently. It went quickly, with the worsted yarn, and the color blocks kept me from getting bored. Find the pattern here, and get it free through the end of the month with code write31days - and check back tomorrow for the story behind Beorn's Bees.

Yarn note: as much as I love the BrooklynTweed Shelter I used to make this, a good (and more readily available) alternative is Blue Sky Fibers' Woolstok.


This is day twenty seven of my series 31 Days of Unraveling Designs - check here for intro and post list!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Unraveling Ace of Diamonds


One of the very first things I made after I learned to knit was a rolled wrap bracelet. I had just learned how to make a button hole and wanted something small and gratifying to test my new-found skill on. The first one used some sparkly silver yarn that I had, and went on to live on the shift stick of the vehicle of someone who thought it was more fabulous than it probably deserved.

As I learned more, I also became fascinated with beading. While I haven't written a lot of patterns with beads, I've made quite a few things with beads, and it never fails to delight me.

I decided to revisit that simple rolled bracelet, and see if I could dress it up a little by adding beads. It ended up being a great way to practice beading, as well as producing a wearable object in the course of an evening - and since it only took a few beads, it was a perfect use for the leftover beads from a larger project.

Find Ace of Diamonds free here, and check back tomorrow for the story behind Pacific.


This is day twenty six of my series 31 Days of Unraveling Designs - check here for intro and post list!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Unraveling Dune


A more recent adventure in fabric distortion was Dune. I like the look of twisted rib and things of the nature, but sometimes my tired mama brain can't handle having to shift my stitch pattern over every row or two.

I had a single delicious skein of yarn that I bought from a friend (and therefore couldn't match the dye lot on if I needed more), so I decided to see if it was enough for a cowl - and while I was at it, to attempt a spiral fabric that shifted the fabric instead of the stitches.

This time I was the one who wasn't sure it would work, but I gave it a shot, and I'm glad I did - it turned out perfectly, skewed the way that I wanted but with nice straight sides and top. I was also able to use all but a few yards of the yarn, which was my primary goal, since I wasn't having to try to finish a pattern repeat.

Find the pattern here, and get it free through the end of the month with code write31days - and check back tomorrow for the story behind Ace of Diamonds.


This is day twenty five of my series 31 Days of Unraveling Designs - check here for intro and post list!