A long overdue “thank you” for a stellar Cherokee Heights Arts Festival 2019! I got to spend the day with this lovely lady and a steady stream of art lovers that didn’t let up all day long. We had our best year yet! The planning committee and roadies did a superb job of making this a seamless and memorable experience (as always). Great music, food, drinks, and crowds with the most artists participating in fest history! We’re excited to see the momentum and enthusiasm for CHAF continue to grow while being a part of it all. We’ll see you there next year!
We got back from our yearly trip to the beach, but I find I’m still in a vacation state of mind – I’m not quite ready to tackle my next knitting design project. So instead, I’ve been using up all of my little scrappy bits of yarn left over from projects to create little pinwheel pieces that will someday become a patchwork afghan. If you’ve read this blog before, you may remember this project from last summer.
I ended up using the pieces I knit then to create a piece to donate to the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art yarn bomb installation, which is currently on display and will be up until September. I really liked how that piece turned out, so I decided to give it another shot and am building up a stash of knit pieces while depleting my stash of odds & ends yarn. A win-win!
I finished another pair of Cadence socks on vacation, too. Pictured below, the pattern is great and I love the color. I’ll keep going on the pinwheels for a while longer, then it will be back to the design drawing board.
This last weekend of April is a rainy one, but I have a quick round-up of my knitting progress for the month. My day job is still keeping me very busy, so knitting has been taking a back burner. I made the most progress on the Cuffed Zigzag Mitts revisions. The pattern was in good shape, so all I had to do was just add some charts and tweak the layout a bit. I also got to use my skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Mansfield Garden Party – a one-of-a-kind skein I picked up last year. It seemed like a good time to use it with all of the beautiful spring colors. It was so large that I was able to use it to make a final test pair of the gloves, a matching hat and another pair of gloves to send to my niece.
I also started working on the revision to the reversible rib hat pattern, but then got distracted by making a final piece to donate to the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Yarn installation project. At the last free workshop there was a mountain of donated yarn to choose from. I found a huge hand-dyed skein that I couldn’t resist, so I am making a fan lace piece that works well with the nubby texture and shows off the color variations in an interesting way. It took me a few tries to land on the right pattern, but I’m pleased with how its turning out. I’m giving myself until the end of the week to get as far as I can and then I’ll bind it off and donate it even if I haven’t gotten through all the yarn. (It took me 2 hours to hand-wind a center-pull ball that felt like a bowling ball when I was done!)
I have also been enjoying a beautiful spring here. We’ve gotten a good amount of rain this year and it has yielded one of the more beautiful blooming seasons in recent memory. Here are a few pictures – the cherry tree is in my front yard and never lasts long enough!
Projects have slowed down a bit after the flurry of knitting and pattern making that went into the ZigZag swirl hat. I took some time to try another lacey scarf pattern and created this great pattern from two existing patterns in my Vogue Stitch-a-day calendar you can see it here (if you scroll down, you’ll see the pattern chart).
I also went back to my stash and found I had a bunch of little balls of yarn left from previous projects using Lion Brand Amazing in Ruby and Arcadia. I decided to put these to use with the simple Interweave Hat pattern and made two nice organic striped hats.
Now I am starting on a new fingerless glove pattern to accompany the ZigZag Swirl hat. Look for another update soon.
Here’s a quick bonus pattern for you to download for free! I like making this with a worsted weight and a sock weight yarn knit together to create a custom marl/tweed. The box crown makes the decrease at the top really fast. Enjoy!
Updated pattern 01.24.13
After a few tweaks, I have finalized the last Gingerbread Icing pattern for the ear flap hat. This pattern knits from the bottom up starting with the ear flaps. They are knit flat, then connected with a cast on brim that knits in the round. I hope you enjoy!
Available at Etsy for $2.50:
Gingerbread Icing Ear Flap Hat Pattern
Also available on Craftsy for the same price:
I’m revisiting the gingerbread icing pattern one more time to create an ear flap version of the hat. I’ve made one or two of these in the recent past, but wanted to figure out the pattern and make it available to you! On this first prototype I’m adjusting the pattern on the ear flaps and trying out a rolled over brim for a cleaner edge. It will probably take one more prototype to finalize the pattern before I have it available.
Since finalizing the herringbone rib glove pattern, I’ve been exploring possibilities for a hat to go with them. My first attempt was an earflap hat. I still need to tinker with the proportions, but it makes a fun aviator style hat. Now I’m trying my hand at a watch cap. The first one came out a bit shorter than I had hoped, but I like the finished look of doubled-over edge. The second attempt will be longer. Check back for a progress report.
One of the new yarns I’ve tried this year is Classic Elite Yarn’s Liberty Wool. It comes in solids and some really interesting multi-color options. It’s fun to see how the colors knit up over the length of a piece. It knits up really smoothly and is washable. In designing some new fingerless gloves for myself, I’ve had some fun exploring new patterns.
Knitting has slowed down a bit this month, but I recently finished a beautiful baby blanket that was requested. I’ll have to keep the pattern and yarn in mind for future gifts. I also finished a few more pairs of fingerless gloves for the art festivals coming up soon.