NEW Pattern: Mainspring

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DesignerRachel Henry

Available:  $6 on Ravelry, or $12 for the Clockwork Collection

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Iachos in Windmill and Kyoto

Boing! Mainsprings provide the principal impulse that drives motion and activity. This shawl is inspired by the clockwork rhythm and bounce of mainsprings.

This curved shawl alternates between wedge sections and straight sections. Short rows create pools of color and fabric. Each row uses one color at a time – no stranding! Slipped stitches and shorts rows do the heavy lifting in this design.

Mainspring is part of the Clockwork Collection. Each of three shawls in the collection can be made with two 100-gram skeins of fingering weight yarn. Look for Flywheel and Cogwheel.



NEW pattern: Pendula

Introducing Pendula!

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Interesting story … you may have noticed a distinct similarity between the main motif of Pendula and Flywheel.  If so, good eye!  Some fellow knitters at the Hub Mills knit night admired Flywheel, but bemoaned its general triangularity. They opined that a rectangular version featuring the first motif on Flywheel would suit them most admirably. I agreed to adapt the pattern for them, in return for their mad sample-knitting skills. Thus, I bring you two versions of Pendula, thanks to Jane and Kim — for the first time ever, I didn’t knit the sample for one of my patterns!  (I did knit an enormous swatch to make sure the charts worked, natch.)


DesignerRachel Henry

Available:  $6 on Ravelry

YarnCEY Firefly in #7734 Vivid Violet and #7774 Parakeet Lagoon

This stole is worked in two halves beginning in the center with a provisional cast on. A series of dramatic pendula extend towards the edges, culminating in an explosion of lace. This pattern is easily adapted to almost any desired width and length. Complex patterning and several unusual stitches make this an interesting pattern for ambitious intermediate knitters.

Pendula is fully charted; no written translation of the charts is provided.



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NEW pattern: Acht the Octopus

PatternAcht the Octopus

DesignerRachel Henry

Available:  $3 on Ravelry

YarnCEY Seedling Hand Paint in #4565 Lagoon

This quick one-skein project makes a great baby shower gift! It makes the most of hand-painted yarn like Seedling.

Legs are worked sideways, with clever use of short rows to make life-like tentacles. Reverse stockinette curls back an itself, so no need to sew up the legs. Body is worked in the round from picked-up stitches. Use safety eyes or embroider eyes with scrap yarn. A small amount of fiberfill gives the body form.

I designed Acht for an upcoming “101 one-skein wonders” book.  Luckily the contract allows me to release the design as a solo pattern, even before the book comes out. Yay for octopus toys for everyone!

CO Monday: All The Knitting

Ok … so I did actually finish a few things.  And I ripped out one project that wasn’t behaving.  But, I also bought a new #5 needle so I could cast on ALL THE THINGS.

Here’s what I’ve started in the last week or so …

A crochet shawl using  Llyr (Lord Darby’s Missing Locket):


A quick bulky cowl using my Blue Moon handspun:


A trilobite hat using some Ella Rae


A lace shawl using my gradient set from Miss Babs:


A cabled cape in Fresh From the Cauldron:



And, last but not least, the fifth (and final!) pair of socks that I owe my mom, in Claudia Hand-Painted:



CO Monday: Catching Up

It’s been a while since I posted!  There hasn’t been much new for me — mostly recovering from the road trip to Atlanta for Stitches South, then working hard on finishing up some new design prototypes.

SPEAKING of Stitches South … we had an absolutely delightful time meeting lots of knitters and crocheters and sending them home with lots of Kate’s gorgeous yarns.  We ate at Waffle House every morning, and at Ruby Tuesday’s every night. The drive down and back was super fun and super exhausting … the highlight for me was seeing lots of wildlife at dusk on Skyline Drive.

In between hawking yarn from A Hundred Ravens, we took turns checking out the marketplace.  I had a few specific things I was looking for … and I’m pleased to say I found them all!  Would you like to see???

Let’s begin with the not-exactly yarn stuff:


On my new spinning stool (yay!), you can see a notions bag, antique brass Victorian buttons, a glass sheep pin, a Waffle House giant Christmas mug, a new bead for my Pandora-style necklace (orange and yellow like a Georgia Peach), and some unrefined pure Shea butter (good for skin, doesn’t rub off on yarn).

The sheep pin is just SO CHARMING I can hardly stand it:


The brass buttons are un-used, authentic Victorian … each has its own little scene, but I lie the ducks best:


The notions bag is actually three nested bags — a gift for Jane, who made me a bunch of perfect stitch markers to give away in the Flywheel M-KAL:



There were several Trindle dealers at the show, and I found one (Gale’s Art) that had tiny Trindle shafts, and fossilized coral spheres.  It is so light and spins so well!  I bought some terrifically silky  Chocolate Alpaca/Silk top in my favorite colors — it has EXTREMELY long fibers that allow for extra-skinny spun singles. I played with my new toy at the show — couldn’t keep my hands off it.




On to the yarn!  My biggest purchase was six skeins of Fresh From the Cauldron Opilio, destined for a cabled cape.


From Miss Babs, I got a 7-skein gradient set of Yummy Toes and a Yowza in “Gal Noir.”



From the Buffalo Wool Company, a single skein of Sexy.  I bought it to make a pattern on display … and lucky me, I even had needles to cast on AT STITCHES.  That’s right, I brought my US6 signatures along, just on the off chance I’d have the perfect project to cast on, and I did! :)  So there’s some actual “Cast On Monday” for you.


Last but most definitely not least, please meet my new yarn bag from Namaste….



I owe a big thank-you to Kate for encouraging me to check out the sale bags at the Namaste booth — between the markdown and the vendor discount, I got this bag at an unreal price. And I love it! So there.



NEW Pattern: Cogwheel




DesignerRachel Henry

Available:  $6 on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Tyche in Asphalt and London

Click! Clack! Kerchunk! Cogwheels mesh to transmit torque. Rotational simple machines inspire this design.

This crescent shawl begins with the toothed edging, worked sideways. Two-color garter stitch alternates with lace wheels, all worked as you go. The body is worked from picked-up stitches, creating the crescent shape with gentle decreases. Slipped stitches continue the look of the edging, providing interest for the knitter and support for the shawl.

The edging is charted — full written directions for all charts are included in the pattern. The body has written directions only (no chart needed).

Cogwheel is part of the Clockwork Collection. Each of three shawls in the collection can be made with two 100-gram skeins of fingering weight yarn. Look for Flywheel and “Mainspring.”