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Pattern release: Instincts

In designing, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on May 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm


Instincts is an expression of authentic emotions conveyed by colors that are outside the scope of aesthetically coordinated hues. This fair-isle hat is simple, yet makes a bold statement.  Be bold in your color choices.

Pattern is available via my new website: www.theknitterlyhooker.com 

Deed is Done

In knitting, portfolio on February 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm

With much apprehension and anxieties, I have done it.

Almost a decade being known as pinkcashmere1980 has ended (3.13.2009-2.21.2016).

From hence forthwith I am known as knitterlyhooker on Ravelry.

Not sure what the future holds, but I’m shooting for magnitude and perhaps this is the beginning.

On a mission

In community challenges, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on June 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

Since the start of ESK KAL, I have been as involved as I can be. With life happening, there has been very little knitting. I knit in the mainframe of my mind…planning and calculating. There’s loads of ideas! They say when you visualize something you want to do it will get done…so that’s what I’m doing. I’m saving that energy to jump start my knitting dreams, projects and goals. The in between time is frustrating…to not externally express my internal creativity.

I’ve mainly been making hats; specifically Sand Bank. One every couple months it seems like, but it’s something. It’s simple and relatively quick. I made this particular one from Dream in Color in Lipstick Lava. I used 2 balls, alternating a ball every row. I’ve never done that before, but I saw that there was minimal pooling and whatever else yarn does. It was gentle graduated blending of the colors. I had restart the cast on literally a million times…I counted. I swear! Lol I’m glad I was watching Marvels Daredevil…well, maybe that’s why I had trouble casting on! Even though it’s hot, I’ve managed to finish it for my Chunky Knits KAL achievement.

I’ve also managed to gain more badges and just requested 3 more, as well as submitted for 1 KAL. My badge patches are coming along and I couldn’t be prouder of myself!

So what’s my mission?
1. Try and get all the badges I set out to get.
2. Finish my knit t-shirt.
3. Make more knit time.

More to come.
#tkhknits

First in 2015

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on February 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Along with being first is a sense of pride and accomplishment. It means having done better than others…being distinguished. Being in first place means accepting a lot of praise and being exemplary. There is a lot of responsibility when one is first with an expectation to be great. A lot of unsung praise comes during the process of becoming first; a lot of work and dedication. It takes a lot not to quit.

I am pleased to announce my first finished object (FO) for 2015…Purl Soho’s Structured Alpaca Cowl. It was finished just in time for the NY cold weather.

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I started this in January 2015, but I had to rip back some and I used a lifeline because I was lazy, not because the pattern is difficult. It’s not a difficult pattern.

I used a new yarn I’ve never heard of called Woolfolk in the DK weight, FAR. I must say, it is the most scrumptious, affordable, softest, cashmere feel yarn that I have ever used! This yarn doesn’t pill because of it’s chain structure, but does have a nice, non obstructive halo.

Invictus

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on January 3, 2015 at 8:25 am
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Windschief by Steven West using Rowan Lima

Created during seemingly impossible circumstances, and time is but a dream, Invictus reigns. My focus is on my blessings, not my defeats. This project was completed around Thanksgiving 2014.

The pattern is Windschief, designed by Steven West, and though not particularly challenging, was an interesting bit of knitting. During this knit, I discovered that my favorite yarn is Rowan Lima (or any yarn consisting of chains as a base). I’m not a fan of repeat projects, but this may be the exception.

Hira is Here

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on August 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

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I am pleased to announce the pattern release for  my original design,Hira.

It is now available on Ravelry and on Etsy.

I’m offering a 10% discount using the code: HIRA7 (on Ravelry and on Etsy).

The code is good from 8/9/14 – 8/16/14

When you make it, I’d love to see it, so please #tkhknits on Instagram!

Design: Hira, the process

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on July 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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I started designing Hira on July 1, 2014. Inspiration for the stitch pattern came from blanket square I donated to La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe, for which the final product would be donated to Warm Up America. This stitch pattern is called diagonal grain stitch. There was something wonderful about doing this stitch pattern and I decided to take it to another level.

Many ideas flooded my mind, but I decided on a cowl. Once that was decided on, the construction quickly came to me. I knew I wanted a hem, because previous experience told me that this stitch pattern curls like the dickens! I would have preferred to make this in the round, but making the calculations to do so did not come to me (Perhaps when you do it, you can tell me how), so I decided on a flat construction and obviously that means seaming is involved. I was up for that.

A yarn shop went out of business and I thought what better time to buy “good” yarn for this design. So I bought 4 skeins of a Lang Viviene, but in hindsight, I realize I should have purchased 5 or 6.

I’m not sure how other designers go through their drafting or pattern development process, but as I knit, I wrote out the pattern….VERY carefully. I took really good notes. As I mentioned in earlier posts though, I was knitting late at night and I was tired, so I often woke up to several mistakes; ripping back a few rows.  My process was also slowed by the heat and work obligations, but I pushed through with the a/c and leaving work early (read: on time).

As the design progressed, I became concerned at how wide it was. When I “tried it on” on the needles, I kinda liked that gathered neck look so I shifted gears to do some decreasing.  I decided that the decreasing should go in the stockinette portion of the top hem.  Why? Mainly because I’m not good at “decreasing in pattern” and I hate math and wasn’t trying to figure it out. That’s the absolute truth!

When I began using the 3rd skein, I became fearful, that there was not enough. The 4 skeins were used up rather quickly, and when it came to binding off, I barely made it. I had 4″ to spare! Obviously, there was not enough to tack down the top hem or seam period, so I improvised and used embroidery thread.  I absolutely loved seaming with the embroidery thread as there was barely any bulk.  I’ll definitely be using this more often.

I don’t normally bathe and block my pieces, but I decided it was best practice.  I used a capful of wash and a bucket of lukewarm/cool water.  I let the piece sit in that for about 20 minutes.  Here is when my heart jumped out my throat….I picked it up and this had become so humongous! I panicked.  I decided that it was going to work out and roll dried and pinned it for the blocking process.

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While pinning it down, I discovered, what I then thought would be the back, had a nice heart shaped detail. With all this heat, it surprisingly took 3 days to dry! It was so large, and I thought it could be an oversize cowl.  It works as an oversized cowl, but I thought I could do better.  So I played with my design and soon discovered that my heart shaped back was better as a front and the body shimmied nicely down over my shoulders; so a capelet Hira became.

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I was just so thankful that this design became a reality. I took about 3 hours taking photos and another 2 editing them. Just a few hours to type up the design…and this was done on one of the days Hira was drying .

I am content with my pattern and I hope you all enjoy it when it arrives!

Almost there

In designing, knitting, portfolio on July 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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Hira is my latest design; a cowl. There are only about 5″ left. There have been minor delays but more progression than not and I am pleased. I feel like a proud mama!

Proud mama will return to post upon successful completion of Hira.

Hurray!

Ten inches, ten facts

In designing, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on May 27, 2014 at 6:15 am

I made some head way and the first portion of my design, lovelies, is complete! Ten solid inches of a brainless fair-isle pattern; so simple and so perfect. I absolutely love it and feel like I am on that road to having my dream realized!

Although I’m not yet ready to reveal my design, at least not yet (though, a clue is on my Instagram page) , I am ready to share with you some fun facts about it! Is that cool?

1. Technique that is needed is kitchener in the round. I found this video and it.is.amazing!

2. Because there are fair-isle elements, I suggest these yarn bobbins I absolutely love them. I found these tools too late in my toolbox and I have a lot of ends to weave in. I have the small bobbins, but soon enough I’ll buy the larger ones.

3. Fair-isle requires weaving in ends because you constantly out of colors and I found a few videos to be super helpful to me.

4. There are stripes in this piece and I hate jogs. There are several great videos on YouTube.

5. I suggest aran weight or dk weight yarn for this project.

6. If I had to do this project again, I would maybe use a natural fiber yarn. I am not knocking what I am using though, Caron Simply Soft is really nice!

7. The item being designed is trendy(at least I think so) .

8. The item being designed will definitely require blocking to flatten out the stitches some.

9. In truth, I was afraid I was going to have to pay someone to finish my designed item if I didn’t find the kitchener in the round video.

10. This design begins with a provisional cast on.

Finishing up

In knitting, portfolio, stash busting on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

Yesterday, for the first time in many weeks, I picked my needles up. I accomplished nothing major, but it felt good. I felt happy. I felt safe. I worked on my Fall project’s hem. Hem? Yes, I had to create a hem because it curled like crazy.  I had some advice on how to accomplish this and I purled 1 row on the RS and began stockinette stitch, beginning with a purl row on the WS. I continued in this way just about 1 inch and then binded off.

Did I ever mention that the whole sweater is already seamed together? I cannot wait to wear it! Anyway, I am going to buy some ribbon for reinforcement and aesthetic on the edges and major seams of the sweater; most likely the fronts, the shoulders, neck/collar and the pick up row for the skirt.

I have a few short weeks before a friends baby shower and I never started the gift I intended, so I’m going to go with a toy by Susan Anderson instead from her book Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. I’m pausing on my sweater and work on the toy.