Friday, January 27, 2012

Teenie Tawn's Postal Mittens

My baby sister is currently working as a postal carrier and she needed a pair of sturdy fingerless mitts to help her get through the day with warm hands. I designed a quick pair out of Lamb's Pride yarn which is great for felting in the color Orchid Thistle which is aptly named for the thistle ranch I am running. The felting happened yesterday and they came out perfect, a bit of a boxing glove feel to them, but I think that will help in a rough and tumble working environment. The headband is made of the remaining yarn, but I will leave that up to my sis as to whether or not she would like it felted.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow Day in PT

Postal mittens are in the design works, but I had a serious hiccup today and have to start over!
There is nothing quite like snow in the Northwest. It disables everything, for example, they have to close schools because I am certain kids come in their Converse as they own no boots (we only get snow once or twice a year).
As I was wandering through the woods, which is very dangerous right after a snowstorm (the branches become heavy and break off and are referred to as widow makers). I noticed this broken down tree and matched it with my pernambuco knitting needles. I have first hand experience with widow makers... when I was a kid, there was a wind storm and a branch fell and broke through the metal roof of a U-Haul my parents had rented.
The thing that really gets me about this picture is the perfect alignment of the needle on the right side to the tree next to it. I did not do this on purpose, but because I am an architect by trade parallel alignment is I guess innate at this point.

Beating the snow on Sunday I wandered over to Churchmouse Yarn and Teas and bought myself a skein of Rowan fine tweed yarn. Very bad picture, but isn't it a lovely color? Designing is in order!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Great Chunky Scarf knitting pattern

Great Chunky Scarf

Break out the Flexible Flyer, it is snowing here in Port Townsend and I've finished writing up the pattern for the Great Chunky Scarf. A simple historic Shetland Lace pattern.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Big Chunky Sweater

This sweater is on my todo list.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fishy Mittens

Goldfish mittens have got to be the best present ever to make for a little kid! The pattern is available for free on Ravelry. Savory Knitting

Great Chunky Scarf

The Great Chunky Scarf is from my designing past. Currently I am working up the pattern, it will be a little bit wider, but the same shetland lace.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Quince & Co

This simple little sweater keeps popping up. First I saw it HERE and I assumed these cute Agnes sweaters were designed by the Shetland Trader, but it is in fact a design by Melissa LeBarre for Quince & Co. the pattern can be found in their Wool Book One. The thing I like about this sweater is that it is cutely cropped and the neck is such that if made of scratchy wool, a simple t-shirt could be worn under it and not be noticed too much. The alternate colored lined pockets are pretty cute too.
I am so impressed with all of the talented designers, photographers and dreamers out there!! They make knitting fun.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Montana Tote Crochet Pattern

I am reposting some of the patterns that I currently have for sale on Etsy.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Botticelli and Capriatti

Today I was parusing my library of Vogue Knitting magazines and came across this Rowan add in the 2008 issue. The styling reminds me of historic paintings which I find inspiring for both knitting and painting.
This is a bouquet of greens that I found on a walk behind my house today. I have entitled it Capriatti's bouquet as the trails are named after a man with that name. Although I have been wandering these trails for about seven years now, today I got lost. I wandered up a steep hill passed an old red car door and ended up in someone's yard on a dead end on the side of town I hadn't known connected to the trails. Truly I was turned around, actually a lot of fun.
Rachel's Bobble Cap

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rodarte Crochet Tops

Rodarte Crochet Top
Ella crochet pattern by Marie Wallin
Mission crochet pattern by Marie Wallin
A while ago I posted about Rodarte and some crochet tops they had in their runway show. It is on my design list to come up with my own designer crochet top, but in the meantime I found these two patterns by Marie Wallin on the Rowan website. My personal favorite is the design called Mission.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Shetland Trader

I found a new designer on Etsy who has used an e - book to sell 10 patterns at a time. I love her pictures and the colors in her designs. Find her Shetland Trader

Monday, January 2, 2012

Rachel Ruysch Flowers in a Glass Vase

Under the Christmas tree was a pack of Art Cards. It is a kid's game similar to go fish or concentration and this was one of the paintings. I am currently in love with this female painter from the 1600's Dutch Golden Age of painting. Love it, love the bugs and intend to try painting in this fashion.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Captain Jill outfit

This I called a Captain Jill outfit and would go perfect in the Northwest, casual, not too assuming, warm and dry. I would probably change out the shoes for some Danskos (feet stay dry in Danskos).