There’s plenty of time to make a new top for spring!
Designer: Rachel Henry
Available: $6 for the single pattern, or $16.95 for the 10-pattern e-book (Homestead)
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns
Here’s what the pattern page says — I think it sums things up pretty well:
Mesa works up delightfully quick in this pretty scoop neck summer top with lace edgings at hem and cuffs and princess waist shaping for a flattering fit.
I finished the blocking on my Flywheel prototype (it is AMAZING btw and I am so excited for this M-KAL! you should be too!), so I cast on for the 2nd shawl in this series. Clockwork Collection Shawl #2 is “Cogwheel” — it uses 2-color garter stitch interspersed with lace motifs, and is inspired by gears (well, at least a little bit).
I actually knit a big section of the prototype, then ripped, then started again, then ripped — the proportions weren’t quite right at first (or second). Here’s hoping the third time will be the charm :).
I also started a Morvarch shawl for myself. I had the pleasure of shopping for yarn for this pattern, since I don’t actually have that much laceweight around the house, and what I do have is committed to projects. I ended up buying hand-painted Vail (so soft, so pretty). It’s actually light fingering-weight, but I’m persuading it to behave like a sturdy laceweight for this project.
(Yes, I am on a bit of a color kick! How nice of you to notice :).)
My cast-on finger was itchy last week, so I started a new shawl for me! The first few rows kicked my butt (probably because I tried to do them at home, while riding in the car, at Chili’s, and at knit-night); however I have tamed them and everything is going well now.
I’m using two skeins of Verdant Griffon Traveller in “Rhinebeck” and “Vitebsk” to make a Portsmouth, NH scarf (by Emily Peters).
Kudzu has been refreshed and re-released in Issue 330 of the CEY web-letter! Of course, you already know this, because you subscribe to the web-letter, right? (What? You don’t? Go sign up right now! Free patterns every week, designed for awesome CEY yarns, delivered to your inbox!)
I’ve always felt grateful to CEY for taking a chance on me when I was just getting started. Kudzu was instantly my most popular pattern on Ravelry, and it has held that position without serious challenge ever since. I’ll admit I was a little sad when the original yarn was discontinued. I’m so glad that CEY decided to have Kudzu re-knit in the soft and beautiful Cerro.
The fiber in Cerro isn’t new — it’s been around as Mountaintop Canyon for about a year. Canyon comes in four natural un-dyed colorways. Cerro takes this fantastic base to twelve lustrous spring colorways — really delightful.
So … last week I got my hands on my special-order Aesir from A Hundred Ravens. I had a specific project in mind, and I asked Kate to dye a batch of Aesir in “mostly Bree, but less orange and more tonal in general.”
She took a look at the project I was planning, and made this for me:
And, here are the first two gears of my Torque Scarf!
A Hundred Ravens can be found at the Wayland Winter Farmers’ Market most Saturdays! Snugged in amongst the plants and, um, garden decorations you will find a wide variety of delicious local food and other neat stuff. Kate sells hard copies of many of my patterns, and has lovely samples worked up in her yarn. The butter-yellow Levade in Llyr is one of my favorites.
It’s even better on a dinosaur.
(The raptor is a yard ornament. That you can buy. To put in your yard. And terrify people.)
So I have this pretty-pretty yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts — Socks That Rock Lightweight, from the Nov 2012 shipment of the Rockin’ Sock Club.
I’ve wanted to make something with it for AGES — I’ve assigned it to patterns, then changed my mind, etc.
Then, last week, I saw a call for submission from BMFA — for their upcoming sock club, no less! I loved the yarn and patterns I received as a sock club member, and it would be SO COOL to have one of my patterns go out to club members, so of course I started brainstorming right away.
I can’t reveal details, naturally, but I think I can tell you I’m submitting something for the “not a sock” pattern, and that it has nifty construction and a sweet stitch pattern. If BMFA doesn’t take the pattern, rest assured I will definitely be self-publishing this one.