Thursday, May 21, 2015

X Hoody

I finished a hoody (rav link) for my son back in April. Of course, it's been so warm he won't really get to wear it until next fall. Good thing I made it extra long!

His sister is wearing the one that I made for him a couple of years ago out of Tosh DK. I really love this pattern from Debbie Bliss's Design It! Knit It!: Babies. It's really easy to modify, which I definitely had to do both times I knit it. The first time I made it longer. This time I used handspun I spun during Spinzilla, so the gauge was a bit different. I used Naturspun Worsted as the accent grey. Now, I can't wait for cold rainy days so they both can get use out of their sweaters!

Tonight I am speaking at the Tigard Knitting Guild at the Tigard Senior Center. If you are a member, I'm looking forward to seeing you tonight!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Knit Night

One of the things that's been keeping me busy is these mini events:

I took my yarn down to Knot Another Hat for Knit Night a couple weeks ago. This was the setup, which turned out very lovely. It was so nice that Sarah, the owner, asked me to keep it up over the weekend, so I did that. Only, I had Learn to Weave on Sunday, so I had to figure out how to get all of it and my loom into my van to get it all home. A big thanks to my friend Janeann who helped me get it all in!

I'm planning on having a similar setup next week when I give a talk at the Tigard Knitting Guild at their monthly meeting. If you are a member, make sure to stop and say hi!

Right now I'm picturing some time in July is when I'll be less busy. So, I'll try to pop back in here when I can for updates. I have lots of fun things I've been working on, but not enough time to photograph them all. I have a list of things to share, so we'll see when I can get to it!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother Daughter Socks

I can't believe how busy I have been lately. It just seems like there aren't enough hours in the day. However, I have been able to eek out a new knitting time during the children's bed time. My husband reads them stories every evening. So I have started taking advantage of it, by knitting something for the kids. First off the needles is a pair of socks for my daughter (rav link). These went so fast with her tiny feet. Look the pair I made myself back in August of 2006! I just had to get a photo of them both together! She loves them! Now to knit a pair for my son!

Edited to add: I realized going back through Ravelry that I never added these socks on there. So I just did and there is now a rav link

Monday, April 27, 2015

Stars & Stripes Towels

I just posted a new weaving pattern up on the website for my new Stars & Stripes Towels (rav link):

I made them out of Cascade Venezia Sport yarn, which is 70% Merino Wool 30% Silk. This yarn is so smooth and soft it is absolutely ideal for weaving towels. I stocked up on a bunch of it at Knot Another Hat's March Madness Sale, so I can make even more towels! Love them!

I'm teaching this class at Knot Another Hat Sunday, May 17th. The class is almost full, so make sure you sign up right away! If you aren't in the area, or can't make it to the class, don't worry, if you have woven a few scarves then you can tackle this project! I have the pattern up in the shop with step by step instructions to walk you through everything you need to know to make these towels. 

If you make them, please let me know! I would love to see your finished towels!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Shetland Gradients

Shetland Gradients are coming soon!

They should be ready just in time for Knot Another Hat's Knit Night, next Wednesday, April 28th, 5pm - 8pm. Come and check them out!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Studio

I had a lot of fun setting up my studio for the Open Studio Day. Here are a couple of photos from in the morning before people arrived. 

You can see the rest of the photos here:

If you missed out on the day, don't worry you can come and visit me any time! Simply email me at lavendersheep (at) gmail (dot) com when you'll be in the area and I'll be happy to open up my studio.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Faux Log Cabin Woven Placemats

A couple of weeks ago I taught a class on Color & Weave. For it we did a simple pattern to learn the basics. While I was developing the class I put together a step by step pattern that walks through making the placemats. So, I thought it would be fun to make the pattern available on the website!

The reason it is called "faux" is because it isn't quite a true log cabin pattern. A true one has an extra thread every repeat. For simplicity in teaching warping on the warping board for the first time, I omitted the extra thread. However, I did include a true log cabin draft in the back of the pattern, if you would like the extra challenge. 

This pattern is written for a Rigid Heddle Loom, but I include directions suitable for shafted looms, because those are what I was trained on first. My patterns are meant to teach someone how to use any loom whether it is a Rigid Heddle or a more traditional loom.

I just love the simplicity of these placemats. I can't wait to put them to use on my table. The yarn used is 2 colors of Zooey (a cotton/linen blend). Though any sport weight yarn or yarn around 18-20 wraps per inch (WPI) would work wonderfully too! Find the pattern on the website here:

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Mini Skein Rainbow

I have wanted to put together a full spectrum of my yarn for sometime. Thanks to a rather large order from Knot Another Hat, I can do it in Mini Skeins. All of these and many many more will be delivered to Knot Another Hat this afternoon!