Oct 312013
 

These mittens.  I am so smitten with these mittens.  For one, this colorwork design was the rare variety where every single step of the way was enjoyable.  I look at these and I don’t even know where they came from, like I made them in a dream.  The design just kind of fell into place.

Second, I am so very glad to have had a chance to work with the folks at Cephalopod Yarns.  I’ve been familiar with them for a while but feel totally and completely head over heels for them when I saw their booth at Stitches West last winter.  Their yarns simply SING!  The Skinny Bugga brings Medusa to life here! Sarah at Cephalopod says that the Chester Cricket colorway (the yellow/green) is their signature color and I can see why.  It’s such a unique and shade and really plays well with the deep, intense jeweled blue of the Charaxes Tiridate.  I think I’ve found my go-to yarn for amazing colors!
 

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga. 

Yardage:  About 150yds MC, about 130yds CC

Gauge:  36sts / 40 rows = 4 ” in stranded colorwork 

Suggested needle size:  US size 1 for the body, US size 1 for the cuffs

Price: $5

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 October 31, 2013  Uncategorized 2 Responses »
Oct 312013
 


Oh, Pandora, the trouble your curiosity caused! You couldn’t re-trap the evil you let loose but the moment of its escape is captured on these mitts.  Simple clean garter stitch lines the cuffs and edgings, leaving your fingers free to open mysterious boxes at your own risk. Both the right and left mitts are fully charted.


These were such a blast to design.  This was a fun collaboration with Christa at Nerd Girl Yarns, one yarn dyer who I’ve been wanting to work with for a while.  Her colorways are so inspiring and so much fun to knit up.  If you don’t know their yarn, you should remedy that.

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Nerd Girl Yarn Bounce & Stomp.
Yardage:  About 110yds of MC and 90yds of CC
Gauge:  34sts / 42 rows = 4 ” in stranded colorwork
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the body, US size 1 for the cuffs

Price: $5

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 October 31, 2013  patterns, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
Oct 282013
 


Sisyphus, king of Ephyra, was condemned by the gods to roll a boulder to the top of a hill for all eternity, only to have it roll back down every time he got near the top.  The idea of this constant, fruitless struggle translates well to colorwork but the theme has no bearing on the actual knitting.  The dead simple geometric images make for a super easy knit, even for knitters who have little to no experience with stranded knitting.  These are an excellent pick for those who are just cutting their teeth on colorwork!

The sample is knit with Knit Picks Palette, which comes in a bazillion different colors to choose from.  I love the sunset feel of the Cornmeal and Forest Heather seen here!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  About 110yds of MC and 90yds of CC
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: $5

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 October 28, 2013  patterns, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
Oct 012013
 

 I’ve got a little freebie for you as my gift for the beginning of fall!

Fallback is my celebration of having fall back! Hooray for scarf weather!

Fallback is also a great scarf for, well, falling back on. This makes a perfect little scarf for rolling up and keeping in your bag or car, for those days you’re kicking yourself for forgetting your outer wear.

Truth be told: this isn’t really a scarf, it’s a vehicle for fringe! The fringe lines one entire side of the scarf for maximum frill. Tapering garter stitch is joined by tapering dropped stitches for an easy to memorize but attention-holding pattern.

The Details:

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn, shown here in madelinetosh tosh merino light (gray) and SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sock (blue)

Yardage: About 360yds

Gauge: 25 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

Needles: US 5 – 3.75 mm

Price: Free!
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 October 1, 2013  Uncategorized No Responses »
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!

 May 10, 2013  Uncategorized Tagged with:  12 Responses »
Feb 202013
 

Need some fancy adornment while trying to make a decision? Great for when flipping a coin or drawing straws just won’t do!

I am loving these new mitts.  I love making fingerless gloves that make me giggle and flash a huge grin.  This has turned out to be quite a conversation piece.  Take these babies on the bus and make instant friends!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The samples above are shown in Knit Picks Palette and Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock.

 

Yardage:  About 105yds of MC and 70yds of CC

 

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

 

 February 20, 2013  patterns, Uncategorized 3 Responses »
Sep 252012
 

I swear the city of Prague glows at night.  Unlike many western cities with their neon and eerily green-blue nights, central Prague radiates this love with its warm lighting.  It’s so welcoming and cozy, like the illumination itself is wrapping you up and keeping you warm.  This sensation is what inspired this cowl.

I have two pet peeves with most cowls for winter-wear: 1) looseness in the neck makes them drafty and 2) my lower chest often feels unloved and naked unless I have my jacket zipped.  This cowl was my answer to both.

Praha is worked flat then seamed in the back. Ribbing creates a very elastic cowl, allowing no need for closures. Short rows give it a close fitting shaping.


The Details:

Yarn: DK weight yarn. The sample above is shown Tosh DK

Yardage: Approximately 150yds

Gauge: 26sts and 25 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in k3p2 ribbing, unstretched

Suggested needle size: US size 7 and 8

Price: $4

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 September 25, 2012  patterns, Uncategorized, Year of Color Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Sep 052012
 

To me, this is the best ever time of year.  Pumpkins, soups, sitting in the sun without sweating, but most importantly, the return of wool accessories!  Oh, such a relief to allow my hands to no longer be naked.  To celebrate, here is the first of the hand-related Wattsolak patterns of the fall.

This is my second pattern based on a drawing of my husband Daniel’s (the first of which was Bean Monster).  The original drawing was for a show poster for his band In Better Senses.

I love the early 20th century horror film feel to the poster.  You can almost hear Orson Welles’ voice in the background.  When I first saw his sketch I knew this had to be translated to colorwork!

I’m quite happy with the end result!  I know this is partially due to the Malabrigo Finito of the sample.  Drool.  I can’t wait to nest my hands inside these on snowy days.

There is also a special significance of the release date of this joint creative project: today is our 9th wedding anniversary!  Hooray for us!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of
   fingering weight yarn.
   100% wool will work best.
   The sample above is
   shown in Malabrigo Finito.
Yardage:   180-225yds of
   the darker color, 75-95yds
   of the lighter
Suggested needle size:
   US size 1 for small
   US size 2 for large

Price: $5

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 September 5, 2012  Uncategorized 3 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 »