Monday, October 20, 2014

Brownie Knits and The Village Yarn Shop!

Hello everybody!!! I'm very excited to share that The Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville Indiana will be hosting my trunk show in November. I will also be hanging around on the evening of 11/13 to meet knitters, catch up with the local knitting scene, and answer questions about my designs. We are still finalizing plans for Saturday 11/15, but it looks like I will be teaching two classes that day. Super excited to drive down the road a bit and deliver the trunk show! Hope to see you there!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Button Up Honey Cowl Pattern on Knit Picks!

Hi everybody! The Button Up Honey Cowl pattern is now available from Knit Picks. You can get the pattern, yarn, and everything else you need from the KnitPicks.com site at this link. They are running a 10% off the entire site right now if you enter the code extraten. I'm biased, but I think these cowls would make great holiday gifts.


My favorite sample version of this design uses Knit Picks City Tweed DK.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brownie Knits Podcast Episode 1





Hi everybody! Episode 1 of the Brownie Knits podcast is up on YouTube! The video is linked here and the the direct link to YouTube is here.



Show notes:



Welcome to Episode 1 of the Brownie Knits podcast. In this episode I share some needlefelted pumpkins, zebra socks, and a few new Brownie Knits designs. We also take a trip to the pumpkin patch! 

Resources:

Pumpkin Needlefelting kit (for the small pumpkins) from Sheared Bliss

Vanilla Socks (toe up and afterthought heel) pattern by Carle' Dehning (free in Ravelry)...I used Regia Zoofari yarn for the zebra print.

Delphia Cowl by Brownie Knits, available for purchase in Ravelry and from BrownieKnits.com. Also available on Craftsy and the Brownie Knits Etsy shop.

BRAND NEW!!! Button Up Honey Cowl by Brownie Knits, available for purchase in Ravelry and from BrownieKnits.com. Also available on Craftsy and the Brownie Knits Etsy shop.

Pumpkin patch is Russell Farms in Noblesville, Indiana

Remember to join in the conversation on the Brownie Knits Ravelry board and introduce yourself to enter the October/November 2014 giveaway!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Button Up Honey Cowl: A New Pattern from Brownie Knits

The Button Up Honey Cowl is the perfect accessory to keep your neck cozy! Knitted in the round, the cowl features a honeycomb pattern in the main body of the neck and a Stockinette stitch panel to display some decorative buttons. The pattern provides instructions for both fingering weight and DK weight yarn and works great for men and women. You never use more than one color in a round, so the knitting is fun and fast! Grab two coordinating yarns, some buttons, and your needles and settle in for a little knitting. The pattern is available on the BrownieKnits.com site, as well as in Ravelry, Craftsy, and the Brownie Knits Etsy shop. 
Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Yardage: 200 yards/183 meters of DK or 250 yards/229 meters fingering weight yarn for the main color and 100 yards/92 meters of DK or fingering weight yarn for the contrasting color


Peppino and Madelinetosh Tosh Sock

3 to 5 buttons in any size

Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted and Knit Picks Stroll Tweed

Gauge: DK weight version: 5 sts / 7.5 rounds over St st = 1 inch Fingering weight version: 6.5 / 10.5 rounds over St st = 1 inch

Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Knit Picks City Tweed DK

Needles: 
DK weight version: US 6 (4mm) or US 7 (4.5mm) 16- or 20-inch circular 
Fingering weight version: US 3 (3.25mm) or 4 (3.5mm) 16- or 20-inch circular or size needed to get gauge


Note: This cowl is designed to be loose fitting on the neck. If you prefer a snug fit to the neck, adjust your needle size down one size.








Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big Boo Pumpkin

During a recent visit with my in-laws, my MIL saw my little needle felted pumpkins and was nice enough to give me some roving she had and wasn't going to use. I immediately thought that I wanted to make a HUGE white pumpkin. I followed the same concept as for the little ones, but just on a larger scale. It turned out to be about 10 inches in height and, well, it is bigger than my head! I love it!!!


Materials: bag of white roving, needle felting needles in a larger gauge and a finer gauge, 50 yards of 100% wool, needle felting pad


I followed the instructions from Sheared Bliss for the "body" of the pumpkin. Then, I grabbed some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes out of my stash and felted that on the pad until the pieces were shaped like a stem and leaves. Then I felted those in place. The Big Boo Pumpkin has joined the Kanouse pumpkin patch!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rays Crackerjack Update

The end of baseball season meant sadness for Patrick, but it also meant that I could finish up his Crackerjack cowl. This is a conceptual project. Basically, you pick out four colors of a yarn and assign them to Home Win, Home Loss, Away Win, and Away Loss. From there, you decide how long you want the cowl to be and divide that by the number of games and that tells you what to do. You can get the pattern and worksheet from Ravelry for free.


I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in...
Home Win Betty Draper's Blues
Home Loss Farmhouse White
Away Win Cobalt
Away Loss Doctor Zhivago's Sky

Needle size US 7



I did put in a special slip stitch for the game with a grand slam by Kevin Kiermaier. (Can I say he made watching all those baseball games MUCH more enjoyable? What a cutie!) Excuse the fan in the photo and I promise to snap better photos of this project as we are out and about in the natural sun. It is really handsome!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Socks: Can You SEE Me Now?

In August I finished up these socks and then failed to post about them! I'm sure not to be missed in these bright socks. This little pair followed the newest trend in NOT matching up your socks. Although, I admit that was not the intention. I knit the first sock following my normal stitch count, cuff down, and gusset/toe decrease. Then I pulled apart the ball to match up my color for the second sock. All went well in the start of the cuff and then there was a knot and a tie on in the middle of the ball that COMPLETELY changed the order of the colors for the rest of the darn thing. So, I went with it and accepted that my colors wouldn't match. Then, I was distracted by my oncology tests and results and, well, totally changed up the gusset and toe without realizing it on the second sock. (Your mind really does go elsewhere when you are knitting and thinking about stressful things.) I still ended up with the correct stitch counts in the key places, but I took a different road to get there. They both fit well and I made the leg portions on these a bit higher than I normally do. Nice and cozy and they will be in use soon!


Right now my sock knitting is this pair of zebra print socks. 


These socks are a bit different for me because I'm trying out toe up and an afterthought heel. The pattern is Vanilla Socks by Nurturing Fibers and the yarn is Regia Zoofari in color 5868. (You can find the yarn for purchase at Simply Socks online.) I can really see the appeal of knitting socks this way. After the quick toe portion, it is lots of just knitting without thinking. Sure, there are a few minor things here and there, but they are just a few rounds. The rest is turn off the brain and enjoy! I'm curious about how trying it on and fit will work around the leg portion, but that's what the first pair is all about... 

These socks are also special in a few other ways. The most important being that they are a zebra print and will be the socks I wear for NET Awareness day on November 10th. I hope that you will join me in wearing some zebra that day to bring awareness to neuroendocrine tumors and cancers. 

AND...I've been wanting to knit a pair of socks during IU basketball season that will reflect the outcome of the games. I knit PK a Crackerjack cowl (blog post coming soon) for the Rays baseball season and wanted to do the same for me, but not a cowl. I think with toe up and afterthought heel socks, I can make this happen. My zebra socks will tell me exactly how many rounds I need to fit my foot. I can then divide that by the number of games to figure out how many rounds I will need per game to reflect a win or loss. Then, I will knit the heels to be one of each color. Can't wait to cast those on!!!