Darkwood Cardigan

It’s nearly November, but doesn’t mean you don’t have time to knit yourself a new layer.  The Darkwood Cardigan is worked seamlessly with super bulky yarn.  If you start now, you’ll sure to have a new addition to your wardrobe before Thanksgiving.

The yarn I used, Rowan’s Chunky Print in Rage (100g/110 yds; 100% wool), is now discontinued, but you can work this pattern in a similar weight yarn, you will still have excellent results (12 sts = 4 inches in St st on US 13 needles).  This cardigan is sized for Small (Medium, Large), [36 (40, 44)” bust] and is available through Ravelry, here.

*Pattern also available through my Etsy shop.

Insanisocks

The weekend started with non-stop rain and so very grey.  So grey, in fact, that it had reminded me of a little bit of color I had waiting in one of my knitting bags.  When did I start my Bazaar Socks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts?  Eh, who cares, this turned out to be an “in between projects” project, though there was an long pause in August.

I will not deny that these socks taught me an unbelievable amount of focus.  I can now make things explode with my mind. 

I used Knit Picks’ Palette in the three solid greens and purples (one of each).  There’s enough left over to make another pair…  Maybe I’ll be able to bend time and space itself after another pair of these.

Saturday turned out to be decent, if a bit soggy.  We live close enough to the Savannah Wildlife Preserve that when we’re feeling cabin feverish, a quick drive allows us to take in some lovely views.  (Psst!  Even though it’s just a black blob, there’s a little sneak pick at my newest pattern.)

We even met a raccoon family, walking along the trail.  This is the only shot I was able to get as they seemed determined not to socialize today.  Mama raccoon looked quite grumpy wrangling her three not-so wee babies.

Domestic Arts, I haz ’em

I cannot eat another bite, for the rest of my life.  The past two days have been devoted to food.  Not just any food, though, Greek food.  Thanks to Savannah’s annual Greek Festival, I’ve eaten more baklava than any one person rightfully should (and spanakopita… and dolmathes…).  I must have been Greek in a previous life and the love of their food has carried on into this one.  I’m not complaining.

It wasn’t all Greek.  Tonight, I made a special little dish:  Cherry Tomato, Bocconcini, and Zucchini Pie…

Nom nom nom (if anyone is interested in the recipe, just leave a comment and I’ll be glad to post it).  We topped it off with (what was left) fresh Greek pastries (couldn’t be helped)…

Note to self – Run an extra mile or two tomorrow morning, possibly Monday, too.

I should add hand calisthenics to my exercise routine, because my knitting has been non-stop.  I’m working on The Yarn Bearer pattern booklet, exciting, yes?!  It will be just a small collection, a handful of various patterns by me, hopefully out by January. 

I’m aware that not everyone wants to purchase an entire booklet, therefore the individual patterns will also be available via Ravelry.  I’m quite fond of the option to do so these days.  Why spend $15-30 for one pattern (and others that you don’t want) when you could just spend $5 (or more, seems like individual prices are going up a bit lately) to get what you want.  Hmmm, it’s late, I’m babbling, and there’s entirely too much sugar in my blood stream so I’ll leave it at that.

Tangled Web

After staring at the other design for three days straight, I ended up ripping it out completely.  I was frustrated and had lost my mojo, sometimes the only thing you can do to move on is to destroy let it go.  Perhaps I’ll get back to it another day, but not today.

This gave me a chance to squeeze in a small project, inspired by the fact that mercury is in retrograde (probably the reason why my knitting went all funky-like) and things seem to be falling apart for a lot of people these days.  I designed the Tangled Web hat.

Dropped stitches and spider web lace make a lovely combination.  I made this in a fingering weight handspun I had been given a few years ago, but you can substitute just about anything in a similar weight.  The pattern is available on Ravelry and 100% of the profits from the sale of this pattern will be donated to a family in need.