May 102013
 

I’m super excited that not only is my Cryptid collection out this week but that it comes in so many varieties!  You can get the whole ebook or individual pattern downloads through Knit Picks, or buy yourself a real paper physical copy!  I KNOW, right?  I love digital patterns but the non-techie in me loves the paper version.  Luddites unite!

To share my excitement, I am raffling off one of these here books!

To enter the drawing:

1.  Leave a comment here or on the Wattsolak Design Facebook contest post telling me which Cryptid creature pattern is your favorite.  Sasquatch?  Krakens?  Who’s got the most love around these parts?

2.  Leave a comment on the Cryptozoology Contest thread on Ravelry, linking and telling me your favorite pattern.

3.  Tweet about the book or share the Facebook contest post, and then drop me a line letting me know.

Enter once, twice or thrice!  You have until noon MST, Friday May 17th to enter!  I’ll randomly draw a name that evening.  Good luck!

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May 082013
 

So, so excited to have this new collection out!  Cryptozoology - the study of and search for animals whose existence is not substantiated by mainstream science – is an homage to all the weird mythical (or not?) creatures that roam this planet.  Six patterns span the gamut of desert dwellers to arctic wanderers.

The cover shows the Neck Kraken scarf in Knit Picks Gloss DK.  This entertaining scarf has tentacles in place of fringe, plus a hidden loop on the underside to draw one end through and keep it snug around your neck.

My absolute favorite of the bunch is Bigfoot + Yeti.  These felted slippers come in six different easily customizable sizes.  These are done in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, then felted.  I can’t express to you enough how perfect fitting these things are.  There is shaping that makes these slip on your feet like buttah.

Sea Serpent Squish is a soft toy for the Nessie fans out there.  At a width of 19″, it would also make a super fun throw pillow!  This is worked up in Knit Picks Biggo.

Chupacabra Mittens feature the feared ‘Goat Sucker’ of Mexico and Central America.  El Chupacabra’s menacing face graces the backs of the hands while goats tile the palms.  Knit Picks Palette is used for these.

Knit Picks Stroll and Stroll Tonal blend for this easy colorwork Mermaid Cowl.  At a distance the image, like the mystical Mermaid, is hard to spot at first.  Upon closer inspection, you can see the tiled mermaid silhouettes.


Rounding out the Cryptid medley is the one closest to home for me, the Jackalope!  The Jackalope is a super cute jack rabbit with a twist.  This version is quite floppy and squishy.   This guy also uses Wool of the Andes Worsted.


Whew!  There you go!  These six are available on the Knit Picks website, as either individual downloads, an ebook, or as a physical book!  Check it out!

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May 062013
 


Browns Crossing is the old name of the Colorado town of Nederland. The tiny 1.5 square mile town is rich in characteristic Rocky Mountain charm but still retains much of the grit of the original 1800s settlement, a combination that I adore.

Like its namesake, Browns Crossing is beautiful without being cutesy, utilitarian without being pedestrian. A scarf-like length and width allows for it to be worn quite a few different ways for added versatility.

The yarn for this, Cephalopod Traveller, is incredible.  It’s super soft and the colors are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  When I was at Stitches West this February I was getting to the point of overload with all the yarns to look at and fondle, but when I came across their booth I was rejuvenated and excited, like I was seeing something entirely new.  I want one of every colorway they do!!

The Details:

Yarn: Cephalopod Traveller, 2 skeins in Gallifrey (how could I pass up yarn with that name??)

Yardage: Approximately 560yds

Gauge: 18sts and 24 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in Stockinette st

Suggested needle size: US size 10

Price: $5

Find this pattern on Ravelry!

 

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