Tag: knitting

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.

Feral Goblin Cat hat pattern Instant Download

Knit your own Feral Goblin Cat hat.

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.

 

Feral Goblin Cat knit hat pattern

This is my Feral Goblin Cat hat. I created this pattern in 2015, sold the hat and then got wrapped up in that year’s Kickstarter and forgot to share it.  ooopppsss.

All the #PussyHat knitting going on reminded me that I had this tucked away in a notebook somewhere.

This hat is knit on double pointed needles using the Seed Stitch. There is no shaping for the ‘ears’. I used a 3 needle bind off to close up the top. The colorway shown is Swamp Thing on worsted merino wool.

The Seed Stitch gives it nice scaley  goblin texture while making warm and squishy.  It’s a simple knit that works up fairly quickly, even for slow knitters like me.

Where to buy this pattern:

Ravelry

Etsy

Yarn Coven

 

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.