Category: WIPS

Shawls are beautiful bastards.

I don’t wear shawls or anything designed to wrap around your neck and choke the life out of you, but I have a huge case of shawl envy.  They are beautiful to look at.

I’ve been knitting and ripping out shawls for months trying to come up with something easy, mostly mindless, but not completely boring. This is insanity.

I dyed up some practice gradients on my Charm base sock yarn. They didn’t come out well enough for me to put them in the shop, but they are perfect for me to play with. The one in the pic goes from black to purple to blue. I’ve been knitting on this shawl for over a week and have finally made it to the purple section.

I’m not doing anything fancy with this shawl, but it has been great for getting my brain to understand shawl shapes and mixing in stitches. This shawl has the perfect amount of mindlessness in the garter stitch to let my brain come up with ideas for other stitches I could work into it. It’s also helping with my fiction writing. Bonus!

This shawl has a small lace edging and tons of garter stitch. The pattern is easy to follow if you’ve never knit a shawl before. I’m calling it This Fucking Shawl or TFS.

The pattern, whenever I get it done, will be available to Yarn Coven members & then here & on Ravelry.

I do have plans for creating gradient yarns for the shop. Right now, I’m fresh out of yarns to dye! It’s really frakking sad.

But, I’ve been in contact with a new yarn supplier. They offer organic yarns process here in the states. Which I find pretty awesome. The downside it their minimum wholesale order amount is huge. At least for me. That means I’ll need to run another Kickstarter to be able to get any of their yarn.

Keep your eyes peeled for that. It’ll be the biggest Kickstarter I’ve ever done. It’s a little scary and stressful to think about, but one of the things I wanted to do with this biz is to work toward supporting local & US businesses.

I haven’t got the full plan for the Kickstarter worked out yet, but I will soon. I’m going to try and work it out so that yarns, if it hits the funding goal, start shipping in the fall. I probably will be launching it some time next month.

I’ll need more time for getting the yarn dyed and shipped out, because I’ll also have to wait for the supplier to process the fiber into yarn.

This will be the biggest thing I’ve done since starting this biz. I think I’m ready for it. My kitchen might not be, but I am. lol.

Crochet Feral Goblin Hat in the works!

Working on the request for a crochet version of the Feral Goblin Cat hat pattern. #crochet #wip #crochetersofinstagram

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I’ve been asked for a crochet version of my Feral Goblin Cat hat. Since the Survival Gear boxes are done, I finally have time to work on it.

I’m crocheting this hat in sock/fingering weight yarn. It’ll be light and better suited for Spring/Summer weather. I’m less than half way done. I should have the pattern ready sometime in May.

Also coming in May is the chance to order Summer Survival Gear boxes! I’ll be announcing the dates for that here and on all my social media.

What do you have planned for your summer knitting or crocheting?

New colorways and hat patterns are on the way!

A finished thing!

I was really starting to worry about getting this hat & pattern done.

This is the Phoenix Hat. The pattern is going out in the Spring Survival Gear boxes.  After that the pattern will be available on Ravelry.

I love how this hat came out. It has a super simple lace design that looks a bit like rippling flames.

The photos show this hat worked up in my new colorway Phoenix. It’s fire, ash, and bright new beginnings.

My display head is a little small so the hat doesn’t fit quite right on it.

The hat is sized for 20/21 inch brain pans. It fits comfortably and has a nice slouch to it.

This pattern will be available for purchase later this month.

I’ve started on the next knitted hat pattern, which is a beanie with some cable work.

Just a tiny bit of cabling.

You don’t even need a cable needle if you don’t want to use one.

What else is in the works?

The sample hat for the Hello Sweetie pattern needs reknit & photographed. I’ve had some requests for a crochet version of the Feral Goblin Cat hat pattern. As soon as I get the Spring Survival Gear boxes shipped out, I’ll be working on that.

I’m thinking about working out matching cowl patterns for these hats also. We’ll see how things go.

 

I’m always done with baby afghans about halfway before I’m done with baby afghans.

I’m currently working on baby afghan.

It seems to be going on forever, but that is my own fault for choosing to make it in sport weight yarn.

For speed and ease, I’m making one big rectangle.

Normally I avoid stripes or anything that requires a lot of cutting the yarn & color changes, because I despise dealing with yarn ends (I’m considering getting my daughter to weave ends for me), but this blanket does look awesome.

I’m using Knit Picks Brava sport in white, clarity, sky, denim and solstice heather (2 skeins of each color). I chose this yarn because it’s cheap. I know that is a horrible reason to choose a yarn, but I don’t know how well this blanket will be cared for.

After working with my hand dyed yarn for so long making something with acrylic yarn is weird. I’ve used Brava for several projects and haven’t had many problems with it. It’s soft enough that it doesn’t make my skin hurt. Bonus. It does seem to slit easy.

I’ve been working on it daily for about a week. It feels like months. Yesterday, I crocheted an entire round in the wrong color and had to rip it out.

I’m almost done and there is something so wonderful about the end of a project being in sight. My brain is screaming about the list of other things I need to be doing. While there is no hard deadline for this blanket, I feel rushed to get it done.

A bit hurriedness is creeping into what should be calm and relaxing, because I’m not getting paid to make this and I have ‘work’ to be doing. Everytime my todo List rears it’s head, I focus harder on the stitches, feel the hook slip in and out of the yarn and let the rhythm of creating each stitch wash over me.

The blanket will get done. I have time. The things on my todo list will get done. I have time. I keep thinking about how a new little baby is going to be warm and snuggled. I smile and keep crocheting.

 

 

Hello Sweetie hat pattern in progress.

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Planning out hat patterns or any patterns can be a challenge. A challenge that I’m finding I really enjoy. They are like mysteries or puzzles to solve.

I started planning a different pattern, made a chart and everything. Then I didn’t like knitting the design stitch at all. So I scrapped it and went back to the drawing board. Thank the gods for pencils and graph paper.

I’m a big fan of Doctor Who ( if the Doctor Who colorways weren’t a big fat clue). I don’t have cable TV or anything so, I just watch the DVDs I have over and over. Sadly I’m a little behind (Dear Santa…).  This hat design is the result of my latest Doctor Who binge.

It features an X’s & O’s cable and a wandering wibbly cable. I’m calling it Hello Sweetie. I’m knitting it in my T.A.R.D.I.S. inspired colorway, Blue Box.

This pattern will be released sometime next year and be available on Ravelry. Yarn Coven members will get first grabs at it. Click Here to join the Coven.