Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New 2-Color Shawl: Eastham Shawl
Eastham Shawl
Do you have a TON of variegated sock yarn in your stash? The Eastham Shawl is the perfect way to use them up! Just add a contrasting color for the edging.

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As you might have guessed, I am in love with raglan shaped shawls. This style is my favorite to wear because the raglan shaping allow the shawl to sit nicely on the shoulders without constantly falling off.

The inspiration came from a weekend getaway to Eastham, Cape Cod. Even for just a weekend, packing crochet and knitting projects is important and I don't want it to be my main focus. I want to be able to enjoy the scenery and engaging in conversation while on the 3-hr drive.

Eastham Shawl is a great go-to shawl to make and to wear. This 2-color shawl is perfect for relaxing knitting. Lately, I’ve been drawn to simple designs that embrace the idea of miles and miles of plain stockinette with short bursts of mindfulness. As life gets increasing more hectic and demanding, I find I need projects that are quick and easy, and fit my style and lifestyle. The Eastham Shawl embodies this concept, perfectly.

The shawl is worked from the top-down in St st with raglan style shaping in the main color down to the color change eyelet section and lace edging. The body is simple stockinette to allow for mindless knitting and then finishes with a lace edging requiring a bit more mindfulness thoughts.
Eastham Shawl

Skill Level: Advance Beginner/Intermediate
Finished Measurements: About 68” wide and 20” deep (blocked)

Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 218 yards/100g; Main Color – 2 skeins, Contrast Color – 1 skein)
Needle: US 6 (4.0 mm) or size to obtain gauge Extras: Yarn needle, stitch markers
Gauge: 22 sts and 38 rows = 4” in St st (blocked)

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  • PHOTOGRAPHED SAMPLE USES: Main Color – Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces, 1 skein, 436 yards/100g in color 409 Rockwell. Contrast Color – Valley Yarns Huntington, 1 skein, 218 yards/50g in color 24 Mustard  
  • Don’t play “yarn chicken” on the edging, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE or work in contrast color.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pattern Designing and Its Worth

Creating designs and writing up the patterns take a lot of work. In a lot of cases, the costs to produce a pattern, from yarn to swatch and making the sample, all the way to tech editing and photography, can significantly outweigh the returns.

Designers are not getting rich from publishing $5 patterns.

Some are not even making a living wage with their designs.

Why I do it? I do it this designing thing, because I LOVE it. I love the process of creating something new, of exploring interesting concepts and constructions, and seeing where it takes me. I design for the huge thrill I get from teaching new and interesting techniques. To be able to experience the successes and accomplishments with the crocheter and knitter. Sometimes I see the finished objects on Ravelry, sometimes I get private emails, and other times there are public feedbacks posted like these:


Sometimes designing doesn't seem to be worth the cost.

Designers offer so much value for so little acknowledgement and appreciation.

Many makers in the fiber industry depend on designers. However, I feel like what I do is treated as less valuable and an afterthought. Would the yarn industry be so vibrant and rich without the pattern support? Would stitch marker and bag makers be relevant without us, the pattern designers? Probably not.

Without pattern designers, yarn companies would have nothing interesting to show off their beautiful colors and interesting fiber combinations. Without pattern designers, crocheters and knitters wouldn't have a need for stitch markers or project bags. Having access to quality designs is helping to push the industry forward by attracting new crocheters and knitters, and revitalizing long time fiber artists.

There seems to be a disconnect in the fiber world when crocheters and knitters will spend $30 on a single skein of yarn and balk at paying $5 for a pattern that took months to produce.


"OMG...She wants $5 for that sweater pattern?"

Yes, $5 for a sweater pattern! You should be outraged at how much you are getting for ONLY $5. This cost is not an exorbitant amount, especially when the yarn used will cost well over $100.

THINK ABOUT IT: The $5 sweater pattern is less than 5% of the cost of the total project (excluding the hooks/needles, notions, project bags, etc. The pattern % cost drops significantly if those items are included in the total project cost) if the yarn cost $100 and the pattern is only $5. Actually, that is a bargain, especially when it's offered in a wide range of sizes, sometimes beyond a 60" chest measurement.


My designs are not FREE

because it took A LOT of time and work to produce 

and that is worth something! 

Please don't degrade what I do. I don't save lives with my designs - I'm not a doctor - but I offer value to this industry. I offer designs that allow crocheters and knitters to explore their creativity and individual style

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Vactaion Knits - Volume 1: Summers in New England (Shawls)

Summers in New England (Shawls)

Vacation Knits - Vol 1: Summers in New England (Shawls)

Vacation Knits - Vol 1: Summers in New England (shawls)  is a collection of 4 shawl, mostly small shawlette patterns (Mashpee Shawlette, Sunapee Shawl, Okemo Shawl, Aquinnah Cliffs Shawlette) you will want to make. I love this area (New England) and I am sooooo thrilled to be able to share with you!

Each pattern uses only a single skein of 400 yards or less of your favorite fingering weight yarn.

Each pattern is inspired by and named for some of my most favorite spots to visit around New England. The first three shawls features garter or stockinette bodies with knitted-on lace edging worked sideways.  Then there is the lace edging that adds a little challenge to the knitting.

You can easily interact with company, quickly put down and pick-up your work without worry.

I love this techniques of knitting the body mindlessly, then working the edge sideways along the bottom edge because this type of construction makes it super easy travel knitting.

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The fourth shawl takes a sharp turn with its all-over pattern, making it perfect for a stay-cation where you can have your pattern and chart at arms length throughout the project.

Each pattern is available individually for $6 or you can purchased the whole collection for $17 - that’s a 30% OFF SAVING!!!

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