Knitting

I’d Rather Be Cruising!

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Sometimes a pattern takes an unexpected turn on you. After ‘Sandy’, which was beautiful but complex, I really needed a turn-your-brain-off knit. I was also feeling super inspired by a skein of Cosmic Blue Label that Tanis had sent me for her colour shifting scarf. It looked so fun and glittery to knit with, and a design started to grow in my head.

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A generous sized shawl, with a straightforward stockinette body made speedy by aggressive increasing and sparkly yarn, accented by lace I could do in my sleep. Something that made use of colour, but was equally lovely in a 1-skein, 1-colour option. Something to take on vacation, and thus “I’d Rather Be Cruising” was born!

Price: $5.00, If you’d like to go cruising through a shawl, choose an option :)
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Here’s the official blurb:

Sometimes you need a relaxing knit. A TV knit, a vacation knit, an I-don’t-feel-like-thinking-too-much knit.

“I’d Rather Be Cruising” is just that; there are 2 rows to remember for the body, and 2 rows to remember for the lace. The pattern is provided in both written and charted form, and is a great pattern for novice knitters. To keep it easy, I give tips on how best to use your stitch markers, how to block it, and row by row stitch counts for the main body to help you keep track of your place. The sparkly Cosmic Blue Label is delicious to knit with (and I firmly believe that sparkles make knitting go faster!).

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Directions are given for both a 1, and a 2-skein version. The large needles result in great sized shawls, no matter which version you knit. You’ll cruise right through it!

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My lovely assistant designer conceded to model both shawls for me, and I’ve got to say, even though it’s one of my simplest patterns ever, I’m super proud of it. It’s relaxing, gratifying and beautiful. Just what I needed. And the big shawl? It’s really big. 5’2″ knitter for scale =D

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Sneak Peek number 2 :)

Looks like “I’d Rather be Cruising” will be ready for release Tuesday morning :) What’s better than the easiest shawl ever? A shawl that comes in both 1 and 2-skein versions. Like choose your own adventure books, except prettier.Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 11.44.35 AM

I’d Rather Be Cruising – sneak peek!

I’m just working out the test knit for the single skein version, and then this baby will be available :) 2 rows to remember for the body, 2 rows to remember for the lace, 2 skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts, and a delicious 70″ wingspan. What’s not to love?3V8A3648

Sneak Peek – I’d Rather Be Cruising!

My latest design; simple, mindless, but super lovely. 2 skeins, 2 colours (and therefore generously sized, no neck kerchief this time!), 2 rows to remember for the body, and 2 rows to remember for the lace. You can cruise through this thing while watching TV, or going on vacation. Hence the name ;)

Sample is in Tanis Fiber Arts Cosmic Blue Label Sand and Blue Label Deep Sea.
I’m knitting up my sample just as fast as I can!

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How to work lace on the wrong side of your knitting

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In my latest design, ’Sandy’ the lace pattern is worked on both sides of the piece. This can sound intimidating, but working lace on the purl side is really quite easy, promise :) I shot photo tutorials for the pattern to help folks navigate the lace.

On the front of ‘Sandy’ I use yarn overs (yo) left-leaning decreases (ssk) and right-leaning decreases (k2tog) on the right side. On the purl side, yo becomes ‘yarn around the needle’, the left-leaning decrease is a ‘slip, slip, purl’ (ssp), and the right-leaning decrease is a ‘purl 2 together’ (p2tog). Grab some needles and follow along, it will open up a whole new world in lace patterns!

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Purl 2 together (right leaning, wrong side decrease)
1. Insert the right-hand needle as if to purl, making sure you go through 2 stitches, as you would for a knit 2 together

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2. Wrap the working yarn as if to purl

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3. Slide both stitches off

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Yarn around needle (wrong side increase)
1. On the right side you would normally bring the yarn forward, but it’s already forward! What to do?

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2. Wrap the working yarn around the right hand needle, counter-clockwise

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3. When you work the next stitch you will see the yo increase. Easy!

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(This yarn over works on the wrong side of the work, or anytime you find yourself performing a yarn over between 2 purl stitches on the right side. )

Slip Slip Purl (left leaning, wrong side decrease)
1. Slip one stitch as if to knit

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2. Slip another stitch as if to knit

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3. Return these stitches to the left needle in their new, twisted orientation

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4. This is the only tricky bit, reach around to the back and Insert your right hand needle into the back loops as if to purl

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5. Wrap the working yarn as if to purl

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6. Slide both stitches off

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Wrong side patterning is used on only 4 rows of the 28-row repeat, but it really adds a lovely touch to the lace, and it’s a handy thing to know!

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Celebrating with Sandy

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Happy March 1st!

To celebrate the beginning of the month that, sooner or later, heralds the end of winter, I am happy to announce that ‘Sandy is finally ready for release!

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For months you guys have seen sneak peeks of my latest lace piece. Tons of test knits and tiny adjustments have resulted in a shawl that I am truly proud of. The base is Tanis Fiber Arts Silver Lable Mulberry Silk in the gloriously summery ‘Papaya‘.

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Here’s the official blurb =D

Sandy is named after my mom, because my mom loves bright, tropical colours, and silky, luxurious textures. This feminine shawl is light-as-air openwork, worked all in one piece from end to end.

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Sandy is given in charted form only. The ability to read your knitting will be very helpful, as there is patterning on both sides (don’t be intimidated, it’s only 4 rows out of the 28-row repeat). On pages 7 & 8 you will find photo tutorials on how to increase and decrease on the wrong side of your knitting.

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Tanis Fiber Arts Silver Label Mulberry Silk is the perfect yarn for Sandy, giving you a piece that is both delicate and luxurious with incredible drape, but can totally be thrown on over jeans or a sundress to keep the sun off your shoulders.

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The 500 yard skein results in a generously sized piece at 62” x 12.5”. Instructions are given for adjusting the size of the piece on page 2.

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I have written up and shot photo tutorials for the wrong side increases and decreases, which I will release to the blog in the near future as well. I truly hope you enjoy this piece, and if you start soon, you’ll have something beautiful to drape over your shoulders when the sun returns!

Off the needles!

Proper FO shots, (and the pattern!) for Sandy are coming shorty, but I had to show off the final, blocked piece. It blocked out to a delightful 62″ x 12.5″ with about 5g (<23 yards) of yarn left over. I can’t wait to get it off the blocking wires for a shoot!

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