Tilting Ribs Scarf Update

Hello! I’m happy to announce that I have finally edited my chart for the Tilting Ribs Scarf and have included it with the PDF pattern.  If you purchased it on Ravelry the update is ready to download right now! Happy knitting! -Marie

Download the update or purchase the pattern HERE.

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Tilting Ribs Infinity

Tilting Ribs Scarf

Tilting Ribs Scarf

Vogue Knitting Live 2014

VKL2I know I should be concentrating on Thanksgiving but I am starting to get excited for Vogue Knitting Live NYC! Its still nearly two months out, but you all know how time flies. Florrie and I have signed up for classes, a lecture and we have our marketplace passes ready to go.

Our Schedule looks like this:

01/17/2014
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adding and Inventing Colorwork Patterns – NEW!
01/17/2014
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lecture: Journey Inside the Great White Bale with Clara Parkes
01/18/2014
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hand-Painted Yarn: Customizing a Palette with Natural, Botanical Dyes – NEW!
01/18/2014
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Secrets to Writing Your Own Sweater Patterns  

So excited! The color work class is with the Color Work Queen, Mary Jane Mucklestone. (I have just dubbed her this… I’m fairly certain that she doesn’t go around introducing herself this way) the class is about incorporating color work into design.The class notes said to bring 3-8 colors of wool to work with.  Florrie and I promptly bought 8 shades of Cascade 220,  you know we don’t do things by halves.

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I can’t wait to see what we come up with. I have always loved color work, but find it a bit daunting. The few times I have tried it it didn’t work out so great (getting the tension of the travelling strands was trickier than I thought!).  So my hopes for this class are that it will demystify the process for me and help with my design work.

We’re also taking a foray into hand dying yarn. That is something that Florrie and I have been chomping at the bit to try for years now. This class will focus on natural dyes, its pretty incredible what you can do with plants and minerals. Our last class is all about sweater design. I have been sketching sweaters for ages and I can knit one for myself but the idea of grading sizes to fit a multitude of body shapes scares the pants off me so I have my fingers crossed that I will get the courage to plunge in after taking this class. Bring it on, sweaters! If your classes don’t scare you at least a little bit, they aren’t the right classes, in my opinion.

Our lecture is the Yarn Whisperer herself Clara Parkes. We are especially excited about this lecture because its something that we have been thinking, planning and dreaming about for a couple of years now.  Wool. More specifically production of wool into gorgeous, squashy, lovely skeins for hand knitting. I’m just saying… its a very exciting prospect.  Don’t you think so?

Hurry up January! I can barely wait. Will we see you there?

-Marie

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Free Pattern : Steinway Hat

Note 01/03/2014: There has been a wee bit of confusion with a few readers on how to get the pattern so I am making it the link super clear at the top of the post.

Please click   **HERE**  to download the pattern directly.

If you would like to go to Ravelry and save it to your library click **HERE** .

If you are still having technical issues,  please feel free to send me an email at florriemarie@gmail.com and I will get the PDF emailed to you right away.

But please try downloading it first.  Thank you so much!

Please read on if you would like instructions for the optional PomPom.

DSCN0118Oh, Hi Steinway Street!  Since I was making this hat for myself to replace the one that I had lost, I decided to name it after a place in which I find myself frequently.  The Steinway St. stop on the R & M line is my little slice of the MTA.  Twice a day, five days a week, and sometimes more! The blue of the yarn I used also reminded me of the blue tiles and pillars.

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I have long admired the accordion-like ‘Mistake Rib’ stitch. Its squashy, springy, and very forgiving if you can’t get your gauge just right. Its like regular ribbing on steroids. Its super stretchy, and knit in a worsted weight wool its even stretchier. It creates a lovely, thick, warm fabric, with deep valleys and high peaks made by alternating rows of knit, purl and a surprisingly simple combination of each.  Excepting the decreases at the crown, the pattern is only two rows. It honestly doesn’t get much easier than that.

Now that we are getting deeper into November and the winter winds have begun to blow in earnest, a warm squashy hat is something that we all need. Especially me since I had left my old one in a cab!  This hat is very versatile because its pretty much unisex. The texture of the ribbing adds interest but its not overtly masculine nor feminine. It can be glammed up with color to make it more bold, or made in a subtler hue for more conservative types. DSCN0134

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But my favorite part of this pattern? Its got interchangeable… POMPOMS!  You can make pompoms in whatever color suits your mood, matches your outfit or makes you grin! And when you want to shake things up, changing it out is as easy as opening and closing a safety-pin.

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All you need is a darning needle, and a small safety-pin.  When you make your pompom (I used a clover 65cm pompom maker) and are ready to tie it off,  just cut a length of yarn that’s about 12 inches long. After tying it, don’t trim the ends. Instead thread them through a darning needle.

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Use the needle to thread those ends through the little hole at the top of the hat. Pull them all the way through and flip your hat inside out. Steinway_Hat10

I tie my ends off into a big bow, just the loopy part, I skip the first overhand knot to make it easy to untie later. Then I pin the pompom to the hat, making sure I get the pin through both the hat, and through the middle of the knot. You don’t want that baby falling off mid commute.  Steinway_Hat11

And there it is! You can pompom it, or wear it plain. Make matchy pompoms or contrasting pompoms. Big silly pompoms or multiple little ones. Its really entirely up to you.

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The Blue Sky Worsted is such a fat snuggly yarn, I can’t even describe how warm it is! It’s nearly the perfect wool.  If only alpaca didn’t make my nose tickle. lol At least it only does it while I’m knitting. Steinway_Hat13You can download your copy of the pattern on Ravelry

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE PATTERN.

Happy knitting!  -Marie

The Fiber Festival of New England

A couple of weekends back I took a roadtrip to Springfield Mass.  They were hosting the 4th annual Fiber Festival of New England. There were plenty of vendors selling their gorgeous yarns and some even had their livestock with them. It was lovely meeting the source of the yarn I was about the purchase.

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The yarn on the left is Reflections at Roclans, a 100% superwash merino from Roclans. It’s soft and cosy and will probably be turned into something for Cobra Commander. The yarn on the right is soooo deliously squishy and in person the colours are so stunning. The photograph doesn’t do justice to the subtle colour twists.

This is from Long Island Livestock Company, they offer limited quantities of their yarn. The one I bought is number 5 of just 18. Needless to say say this will be knitted up into something I’ll be keeping for myself. I’d eyed this at Rhinebeck but didn’t purchase it, so jumped on it in Springfield.

What I’m possibly the most excited about is this;

Lincoln fleece

A 4 1/2 pound bag of Lincoln fleece. The natural colour variations remind me of the sky just before a thunderstorm.

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It’s so soft, and the variations are just beautiful. This is the beginning of a new and hopefully exciting, no doubt stressful journey into Yarn Making. I’ll keep you up to date on Lincoln’s progress.

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April Scarf

20131028-100405.jpgI know its October, but I wanted to show you the April Scarf.

April Scarf

April Scarf

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I wrote this up a couple of years ago, but recently it got a little makeover and I reformatted the pattern and made it a little more concise and easier to read.  By no means did I invent the chevron stitch, its got many, many, many incarnations in the knitting-verse. But this is my little version of a classic.  I really enjoy how the zig zagginess lets a delicious ombre or variegated yarn really shine. The colors get to play along the hills and valleys and the very simple stitch looks great but it doesn’t require strict attention.  Its great for hanging out with friends and chatting or watching your favorite season premiere while your fingers stay busy. If you have already downloaded this pattern I hope you find the few changes helpful. If its a new pattern I hope you’ll enjoy knitting this slinky beauty up! Download the FREE pattern here.

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Postcards from Rhinebeck

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Maple cotton candy and fat squishy skeins of wool… It really doens’t get a lot better than this!

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Llamas and Alpacas. I firmly believe that they are the silliest of farm animals.

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Oh October. You are so beautiful.

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I mean really… show off.

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The incredibly gorgeous wool for our Leaf Kerchief giveaway.

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Florrie reads the map, we must find Melissa and her gorgeous buttons!

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Saturday evening walk in the woods. Dusky autumn beauty.

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Our totes were over-flowing with wooly goodenss!

We had a great time at Rhinebeck this year.  The weather was cool and the days were sunny. It did rain, but luckily it was just overnight on Saturday. But MAN, did I sleep well. We bought way too much wool and saw so many great vendors and so many silly llamas and alpacas and sheep. We were tempted by Melissa Jean’s button stash. We stood in line for the wonderful Miss Babs yarn and found the most gorgeous colorway for our Leaf Kerchief Giveaway. Make sure you comment on the post before Friday for a chance to win. You’ll get a FloMa canvas tote, knitting notions, the kerchief pattern and enough of Miss Babs beautiful yarn to make your own.

We’re dreaming big for next year! Can’t wait!