Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Socks are like 'Staples' everybody wears them

In between bigger knitting projects, such as sweaters, cardigans, and even ponchos lately, there is always time to sneak in making a pair of socks.
In the many ways socks can be constructed it is always an adventure to me. Well, I make it an adventure, anyway.
If you want to follow some of them, here are the last 2 sock designs.

Prickly Pear are top down with a basic heel flap socks. The yarn is the very warm Fibre Co. Cumbria fingering weight wool/mohair mix. Yes, you read it right, there is mohair in it to make your feet toasty warm. One of the features, the bottom half of the foot are purl stitches. That makes sure the smooth side is inside the socks, hugging your feet.
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/prickly-pear-socks-2

These socks are published in the current issue of I like Knitting, available at News Stands everywhere, and Barnes and Noble stores.


In my own ravelry store you will also find a new slip stitch sock pattern. I named them Dotted Ladder Socks. These are top down socks with an integrated heel, so you can make both socks at the same time on a long circular needle.



HAPPY KNITTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Laine Issue 7, what's next

Now, 1 week after the Laine Issue 7 release, which features one of my designs at the same time and next to Stephen West and Nancy Marchant, some of the top designers today, everything is back to normal.


But, what is that NEW NORMAL?



Since all my retired life is not even 2 years old, there actually is no NORMAL yet.
It is however extremely funny, I think, that I live in a Neighborhood in San Diego that is called NORMAL HEIGHTS. That is right, it's no joke.

Normal Heights is such great neighborhood, with a little Bank, a Post Office, a Grocer, a Pharmacy, and many Bars, Restaurants, Hair Salons, and Specialty Shops. We have Art, and love Art.

Back to topic, the NEW NORMAL. 
Normally - I think of patterns to knit most everyday.
Normally - I put together knitting ideas and submit them to websites, yarn companies, and publications every week. Some are accepted, YAHHHHH.
So here is the after Laine Issue 7 Release schedule. Since most of the releases are based on 'secret or previously unreleased' designs, I can't show them yet, but the release dates can be shared with some details about the projects.
Nomadic Knits Issue 3, American South West will include my Ranchita Ruana, a stockinette stitch ruana, with a 5 color intarsia design on the back and both fronts. The entire ruana is framed by a sections of all colors - knitted sideways. From that, beginning and ending yarn strands are used for fringe. A most efficient way to do intarsia, where there are many ends to sew in, all of the ends from the sideways stripes are used for the fringe and are part of the final design. Release date is not published yet, but I am guessing April 2019

Knotions.com Special Shawl Issue, will include my Impressionist Fields Shawl. This narrow triangle shaped shawl is special to me. It is made of basic garter stitch, timed increases on both edges, but with additional short rows on just one edge. The amazing-nes of this shawl is that another color is used to knit rectangles vertically into the horizontal fabric. Everything is basic garter stitch, but the resulting fabric will turn heads.  Release date is not published yet, again I am guessing April 2019

KnitCrate Sock Membership program, I have received a skein of color last week that matches the circus theme. That is all I can share at this time. I have already swatched and shown the design to the KnitCrate folks and they loved it. Once the Crate is revealed I will blog about it. Expected release July 2019

Knitpicks Socks Special Collection, Basic socks was the call and my Rosemarie's Socks were the perfect fit. Made up of a 2 color 1-row slip stitch pattern, the socks look marled and complicated, but they are as easy as any basic sock. Release date is July 24, 2019.
I am just now finishing up my pair.

Fiber Seed Yarn Co, Swifties program, Later this year the Fiber Seed Yarn Co is going to send me a skein of yarn, and I have agreed to provide a scarf design tailored for this specific colorway. I am to receive the yarn in April, so expected release might by sometime July/Aug.

Knitpicks Gansey Special Collection, my Gansey knitting tradition researched landed me this acceptance. The Jetty Pullover is packed with tradition all wrapped into one fully reversible, even inside-out reversible, pullover. I am finishing up the pattern this weekend and can't wait to see this pattern modeled and in print. the sample looks extraordinary. Release date is September 4, 2019

KnitCrate Membership program, Later this year knitcrate also contracted with me to design a shawl made form 2 skeins of their yarn. The theme is Peru, that's all I know so far. scheduled release date October 2019

Making Stories, Issue 2, a design that has the pattern already written, but I am still waiting for the actual yarn. Coming from the UK, it has me waiting, and waiting. I am sure it will be worth it. Stay positive Renate.....the seelenwarmer jacket will be mostly stockinette stitch, but with a wide 2-color brioche shawl collar. Stunningly simple and cozy, perfectly timed for an October release.

What could possibly be next?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Texture Knitting

Last Year, one day in January ( I don't remember exactly which day it was ) I had decided to make a new vest for my husband Ruben. I searched for some good warm wool and knitted along, just nicely. It did not take long at all. The vest had some knit/purl patterns in it, not much to post about.

I have to say 'had' because after the first wash ( now here you need to know that Ruben washes all clothes ) the vest has shrunk so much that even I could not wear it anymore.

Time to make another one, a promise is a PROMISE.

For the next version I had a different idea. My ideas just come out of nowhere and, lucky for me, I have the time and yarn to translate the idea into something wearable.



The next vest was smarter, had a texture to it and some cables.
He calls it 'Elvis' because of the collar.

This little vest has become a basis for a few of my recent published patterns.

The cables and collar design is mirrored in the sweater named Turfside.






It is published by knitpicks as part of the Crossings collection.





Single pattern link: Turfside



Crossing link: Crossings Collection










BUT WAIT, there is more!!!!!

I liked the way this simple textured panel knitted up. I mean, I liked the rhythmic K2 - P2 on one side, work the stitches as you see them on the other, and then switch to P2 - K2 on one side, and again work the stitches as you see them on the other. All I had to do was hang a marker on the right side of the fabric to remember if it was time to switch.
I was not the only one that liked the looks of this texture. The women that put together Laine Magazine liked it as well. In their Issue #7, released February 15, 2019 my Laemmin Vest was included.

 The entire fabric is made of these texture stitches. Knitted in one piece, from the bottom up, the vest is truly amazing, I think.

I might be biased, a little. The knitting experience is what is drawing me to make this vest over, and perhaps over.

Featuring I-cord edging on the front and the sleeve openings, and a slip stitch hem and collar, the Leammin vest is still easy to make.

I will help anyone that asks.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Ideas Abound

With my new 'Retirement' status a bulk of available time appeared. For a knitter that means more time for KNITTING.
I had planned way ahead, a few yaers before I retired, to make sure I had enough money to support my knitting habit. At least, that was the plan when I started writing a few patterns from my knitting projects.

What I did not know was if my plan actually works. If I could succeed or not, I tried not to think about it or worry about it. All I tried was to create from ideas, I had.

My husband would say the plan is working, since he had to assemble and place in the house several cabinets already that now all contain yarn, and will hold more yarn in the future. I must agree, I don't think I had ever seen that much yarn in one place, other than a yarn store.

I am now making plans about future projects to knit from the yarn in the cabinets.
A yoke sweater,
at least 2 hats,
some child dress or poncho,
a brioche-fade-wrap project,
a long cardigan (duster) with pockets,
an alpaca shawl.                                   Those are just a few.
Alpaca shawl Idea

Yoke sweater - optional short or long sleeve
 My Ideas, just looking at the yarn are endless......

Until I have the ideas sold, the samples knitted, and the projects published so I can share the pattern with you, I will just sit and knit, anywhere.


Today, I am waiting for more yarn and Santa Claus, or Nikolaus, as we call him in Germany.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Vitality Wrap Pattern released

A new Digital Pattern Collection from KnitScene is now released on Interweave and Ravelry.
The collection is named Knitscene Accents 2018 and contains 20 knit patterns.
Knitscene Accents 2018 Digital Edition

My Vitality Wrap is among those special knits, perfect for any knitter, beginner or experienced.



••This shawl is worked back and forth in rows
from the bottom up.
••When working the brioche rib, two consecutive
right-side rows and two consecutive wrong-side
rows are worked by sliding the stitches from one
end of the circular needle to the other.
•• In brioche stitch, when counting stitches, each
slipped stitch with its companion yarnover
count as one stitch. When counting rows, one
visible row counts as two rows.
•• Do not break yarn at color changes. Carry
unused color up the side of work until it is needed
again. Bring new color under color just used.
•• Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in front.



This project was a joy to knit and wear. The yarn is a squishy soft dream. Try it, you will see what I mean.

My modelling before the shawl was shipped to the Magazine




Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bailiff Scarf Pattern

Alpaca fibers are somewhat new to me.
I always thought of wool being scratchy. I just could not wear it. Throughout my many years of knitting the fibers I worked with where mostly cotton, or some kind of poly-amid/wool mix. A few years ago I have read somewhere that alpaca fibers are without some of the 'hooks' that makes yarn scratchy and felt easily. It made sense to me after I also found out that the absence of these hooks makes items knitted with alpaca tend to stretch over time. No hooks in the fiber = no hold of the fiber = stretch.
For the Bailiff Scarf the design was optimized to keep the shape and reduce the natural tendency to stretch by using the yarn 2 strands held together. This 2-stranded knitting also allows the play with color combinations and produced the fabulous marled look.
If you never have entered the world of fisherman's rib knitting, you should. The new Bailiff Pattern is perfect for the first try, or the fully experienced fisherman's rib knitter.
For approx $32.00 dollars (small version) this scarf can be knitted. For yourself, or for your favorite man (husband, boyfriend, friend, buddy). It is super cuddly because the entire scarf is worked 2-stranded which makes the already cushiony fisherman's rib double soft. Alpaca warmth and then double stranded makes this the go-to scarf for keeping deep winter temperatures at bay.
Bailiff Scarf








Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A year "CHOCK-FULL" of Pattern Releases

When I stepped into my first retirement year I had hopes and dreams. My ambition was to create knitwear that knitters will find interesting enough to make.
I have self published some patterns on ravelry.com for a while now, but to reach more knitters and draw attention to my designs I had to learn a lot more.

First step:  I had to get the attention of some of today's most popular knitting publications.
Second step: Learn how and where to present my ideas
Third step: Learn about yarn. Oh there are so many possibilities
Fourth step: Knit a good sample
Fifth step: write the pattern and adapt it to the particular magazine's style
Sixth step: Don't show picture, keep it secret, don't talk about it.
Seventh step: FINALLY, a pattern is ready to release.

Take a look at Apple Cider Scarf. just released in Creative Knitting Magazine
Pretty Presents



Now I can talk about the project, show my own pictures and feel proud of being a published knitwear designer.