28 November 2008

Knitting Daily Pattern Store Sale

A Thanksgiving treat from our friends at Knitting Daily: Pattern Sale. Once an issue goes out of print, the good folks at Interweave Knits now offer the patterns for sale online. Prices are reasonable ($5.50 less 20% through 1 December), and you have the joy of instant gratification via PDF.

21 November 2008

News: Popknits, Winter 2008

Popknits preview for Winter 2008 is up here.

Fayfay looks like a nice project for that yummy skein(s) of Kidsilk Haze you have marinating in your stash.

FO: Big Sister Aran

Pattern: Aran Pullover from Knitting for Baby [Ravelry Project Page]
Size: 24 months for my niece Frances
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Bone
Mods: just subbing the Organic Cotton for the superwash wool called for

Like the model? She really did pose for this one, which is actually for my niece rather than Isobel, though Miss Is wants one now. I just don't think I can knit another cabled sweater in cotton for a while, though, so I will have to find another yarn. My gauge wasn't spot on, but that's OK. This is a sweater to grow into and then out of (my niece did so with her first one, which is now being worn by her baby brother). Great pattern - this is the fourth time I've made one. Can't wait to meet my nephew and hope to get a picture of both kids in their Aran Pullovers over Thanksgiving.

Free Pattern: Cable Luxe Tunic

Lion Brand is starting their next KAL, and it's with the Cable Luxe Tunic. You can find the free pattern here until 27 November 2008. I've had this one in my queue since February, so I'm excited about this, though I'll have to wait until after Christmas knitting is finished. (And there's a lot of that at the mo'.) Have to decide what yarn to use, perhaps some stashed Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed, though I'd probably have to tweak the numbers, since it's a DK yarn. But folks on Ravelry have found this yarn to grow upon blocking, so maybe. Or I have some O-Wool that's been marinating in the stash for a while, just not sure it's enough, but the cables would certainly pop in that yarn.

Anyway, go download that pattern while you can, but be sure to read it the whole way through. Lots of folks on Ravelry had issues with it because they hadn't read ahead.

14 November 2008