Hello 2015

I'm up to my elbows in work on a new book.  It's my first solo book, all previously have been collaborations.  This is still collaborative, I've pulled together a wonderful team of talent, but I sit alone in the driver's seat.  I'm feeling ready for the challenge, creating with purpose and stumbling into happy accidents.  You can follow the adventure on instagram, I look forward to sharing snippets with you all along the way!

Finished: CustomFit Featherweight Cardigan

A few months ago Amy Herzog added my popular design Featherweight Cardigan to her CustomFit catalog.  If you aren't familiar with this amazing tool Amy has created for knitters, you should check it out.  She has a growing number of patterns you can purchase directly from the CustomFit website.  But CustomFit is designed to work hand and hand with any knitting pattern.  You enter your gauge, your detailed body measurements, and her website outputs modifications you can apply to your pattern to make it fit your body perfectly.  How cool is that?

In the case of the CustomFit Featherweight, it differs from the original Featherweight in the sleeve cap and added waist shaping which is worked in the back.  Instead of a raglan sleeve, it is a set in sleeve.  I wondered about this change, if it would read true enough to the original design.  Now that I have knit one for myself, I can say it does in fact hang and feel like the original!

A very cool thing about the CustomFit Featherweight, as with all Amy's CustomFit patterns, is that you enter your own gauge and it generates a pattern for you based on that gauge.  So that meant I could knit a worsted weight version, which was good news as my knitting time can be limited these days.  As much as I wanted to knit a fingering weight version, I was happy be able to complete my worsted weight version in a month.  It fits perfect and I know I will get a lot of wear out of it!

If you're curious about the CustomFit Featherweight, there has been a knit-a-long happening HERE on Ravelry.  You can join in anytime and knit your very own whether you're working from the CustomFit version or the original pattern!  I'll be adding a gallery of finished CustomFit Featherweights to the CustomFit Featherweight page on my website if you'd like some inspiration! 

Simple Hat KAL: Yarn & Color Inspiration

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We're all going to knit ourselves and perhaps our loved ones properly fitting hats, right?  Together!  

So what should we all cast on with?  Hats are a great way to experiment with color, and if you're able to knit several you can rotate depending on your outfit  or mood.  I find if I knit a comfortable hat in a neutral shade I wear it ALL winter, and I mean all winter because I usually keep it on indoors, too!

Here's what I'll be casting on with for myself - a new yarn company, YOTH yarns, sent me a skein of their Big Sister yarn in the most beautiful shade of gray called Black Mission Fig.  If you are a gray person, they have an entire pallete of grays, feast your eyes!

 YOTH yarns in Black Mission Fig

YOTH yarns in Black Mission Fig

Here are some other ideas...head to the Knitbot Simple Hat KAL group to share pics of your yarn and color inspiration!

 The Knitbot Simple Hat pattern features Quince and Co. Chickadee, Lark and Osprey.  I especially love these gray heathers!  How about Kumlien's Gull?

The Knitbot Simple Hat pattern features Quince and Co. Chickadee, Lark and Osprey.  I especially love these gray heathers!  How about Kumlien's Gull?

 The Simple Beret features yarns by The Fibre Company, including Acadia.  How about this beautiful shade called Poppy?

The Simple Beret features yarns by The Fibre Company, including Acadia.  How about this beautiful shade called Poppy?

 Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney in Fig is so rich!

Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney in Fig is so rich!

 Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Meteorite - I love how this color is neutral and colorful at the same time!

Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Meteorite - I love how this color is neutral and colorful at the same time!

 A beautiful "farm to needle" yarn from SNOQUALMIE VALLEY YARN, can't you just smell the wool?  

A beautiful "farm to needle" yarn from SNOQUALMIE VALLEY YARN, can't you just smell the wool?  

 Imperial Yarn Erin in Rain, a beautiful worsted 3-ply, don't you think?

Imperial Yarn Erin in Rain, a beautiful worsted 3-ply, don't you think?