What’s on the needles? Sun Kissed Shawl

Sometimes knitting math and coming up with design ideas can break your brain. I’ve been giving my brain a rest by knitting someone else’s pattern.

I’m working on a Sun Kissed shawl from YOTH Yarns. (Pattern Here.) It starts out fairly simple, carrying the yarn up the side for the stripes. Which I like because I hate cutting yarns.

I don’t normally work on shawls. I don’t wear shawls. At the same time, I’ve had this overwhelming urge to design and knit one anyway. It’s weird.

Not being a shawl person, I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around the math and shit.

I’m really enjoying working on this Sun Kissed shawl. It’s the perfect mix of I can watch TV & I won’t get totally bored.

In other news, I’m getting ready to ship out the yarn for Yarn Coven. Yarn Coven is my yarn club hosted on Patreon. I’m really excited to get these yarns out. They are getting a yarn base that I haven’t offered before. I can’t share anymore about it because spoilers.  You can find Yarn Coven here.

What are you working on?

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.


Snow, wind, no power and a lack of knitting or yarn

PSX_20151117_080607-01The fist round of snow showed up. Which means everyone loses their damned minds and forgets how to drive.

Then the power was our for 4 long dark days. Which means I did jack shit.

I did get out one of my beanies and wear it. Not because I actually needed a beanie, I have more than enough hair, but because it’s what you’re supposed to do in winter.

But the power is back on now and I’m doing my best to avoid going to the store during the Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s working out so far, but the kids are starting to grumble about food, the little beggars.

Since there is all the Holiday nonsense going on I won’t be shipping out any yarns this week. I’m happy to announce that there are only 5 Kickstarter rewards left to ship! I’m so excited to get them out the door. I’ll be shipping them out next week. As long as I’m not snowed it or sulking in another power outage.

With the Kickstarter stuff coming to an end, I’ve been thinking about next steps. I’m kicking around the idea of having a Patreon page for Apocalypse Friday. Patreon is a croudfunding site, but unlike Kickstarter which is more for single projects, Patreon is for on going things, like a monthly subscription. I’d be offering things like discounts, free patterns, and yarn clubs.  The funds would go toward equipment, dyes, new yarn bases and things like that.

My knitting gauge continues to be off and I’ve ripped out two hats. I really don’t know what is going on. It is very bothersome though.

20151125_120437-01[1]I started on a pair of fingerless gloves in some Hawthorne sock yarn I had left over from my birthday. It’s going well so far, but I only have about 2 inches of cuff done. At this rate, I might have them done by next spring. lol.

Hopefully I won’t have to frog them. I’m using my own basic pattern. If you are interested in the pattern comment below. If enough people ask for it, I’ll take the time to write it up.



My gauge is out to get me & I read The Friday Night Knitting Club


This damned hat  has been kicking my ass.
It isn’t  a hard pattern or a crap yarn to work with. It’s a beanie that I’ve knit like a billionty times. But for some reason my fucking gauge has been way off.
I’ve ripped it out 3 times. I’ve  downsized needles. Cast on fewer stitches.  And still the thing is huge.  Not in the cool totally in style slouchy sort of huge either.
I don’t know why I’m suddenly having this problem, but I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep knitting the damned thing until it fits. Then I’m going to wear it.  It was supposed to go in the shop, but it’s too late for that now. This hat is going down.  I’ll make another one to be the shop sample.

This hat is a simple  top down beanie.  When I get it done and fitting properly I’ll post my Top Down Hat recipe.

Friday Night Knitting Club

There was talk of knitting  novels in a FB group and I started to feel a little left out. I mean, I devour books,  but I tend to stick to certain genres.  Many of the people in the group were talking about this book.  I’ve read a few  mysteries that had knitters in them , so when I saw  The Friday Night Knitting Club at the library I grabbed it.
I read the entire thing last night.
Not because I was really enjoying it, but  because the aspiring novelist in me took over and was trying to see what people liked about the book.
It isn’t awful. It just isn’t my bag.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write any sort  of review for it.
If you want to read about ordinary normal people doing ordinary normal things, who also happen to  own/work/hang out in a  yarn shop, then maybe you’ll like this book.
If you read for  escape from such things,  maybe this book isn’t for you.
It also gave me a slight case of yarn biz envy.  Which maybe my real problem with the book and not the story at all.
There is a pattern for a basic garter stitch scarf and a muffin recipe in the back.

It  brings of  half forgotten dreams of novels with patterns for different items the characters wore. Kind of like my Mermaid’s Tale hat pattern is inspired by a short story I wrote.

Have you read any knitting novels?  If so share them in the comments.  I’m always on the hunt for something to read.