Jul 102012

Warning: it is impossible to wear these gloves or mitts without feeling the need to wildly wiggle your fingers!

This is such an addictive pattern.  Seriously, I’ve knit three versions and I still want to make more.  It’s one of those where you finish one and immediately want to start another with new colors.  Oh, who am I kidding, I was already planning the next before I’d finish the first glove of a pair.  I never, ever take commissions to knit things but I have already accepted one for these since the person who suggested them came up with a really fun version that I was eager to attempt.

The background and palm-side consist of an easy to memorize four row repeat while the back shows off the kraken whose tentacles are your fingers!  The fingerless version works best when the kraken color is close to your skin color, allowing the two to blend together.  For this reason, I highly suggest Jamieson Shetland Spindrift or Knit Picks Palette, both of which come in an array of neutral tones.

The pattern includes four charts.  There are separate left and right charts for two versions, one for light colored kraken and one for dark.  There are also instructions for working a full glove or the fingerless version.  Two different sizes use the same charts, the sizing determined by the needles and gauge.  Lots of room for customization here!

And hello there, little baby cephalopod on the thumb gussets!  Try to hide but you are oh-so cute that you are hard to miss!


The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The samples above
    are shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  164-240yds, depending on size and version.
Gauge:  30sts/ 34rows = 4″  for Small and 28sts/ 30 rows = 4″ for Large in stranded pattern
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the Small, US size 3 for the Large, plus one set of
    smaller needles for the ribbing

Price: $6

Find this pattern on Ravelry!

 July 10, 2012  patterns Tagged with: , , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Jul 052012

I am just beaming here!  The recent issue of Mollie Makes has a feature about crafty designers and their singer/songwriter fans.  Well, the wonderful Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits, who is a beautiful singer when not creating the most amazing knitting patterns, was kind enough to pick me to be with her in this piece!  Our pal Katy took some great photos at her house which is just about the most adorable little place EVER.

Yes, that’s a TWO PAGE spread!

There were so, so many incredible photos from that day.  I wish you could see them all!  I might have to go through and share some more of the cute ones.  There was a lot of hula hooping and belly laughing that day!

I can’t wait for this issue to arrive stateside!!  If you can’t wait for the paper version, you can buy the iPad/iPhone version here and the digital download here.  Or if, unlike me, you are patient, Joanns and other local craft places will have these in stock in a few weeks!  Really, go out and buy it because there is some really cool stuff in this issue!!

Thanks, Mollie Makes, for including me in this fun set of designers!


 July 5, 2012  interview Tagged with: ,  5 Responses »
Jul 032012

As promised, here is an update of the paper piecing quilt!  Still a long way to go, but it’s getting there.  And it’s still fun!

I have already received fabric from three family members and three friends, and there is still a lot more fabric to collect.  I now understand the joy of being able to just buy quarter yards of amazing fabric, the small amount lessening the guilt of the cost.  I’ve also discovered a few select thrift stores where I can get cheap nice fabrics.  So fun!!

I’m only about 1/5th there, if that, but plugging away!

 July 3, 2012  quilting, Uncategorized Tagged with: ,  2 Responses »