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the huntleigh cowl

My first attempt at writing a crochet pattern and I’m hooked. heh. I’ve always loved crocheting and I like to have a long-term project in the works, usually a blanket, while I spend most of my craft time knitting.

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When we were at the market at the beginning of this month, we talked to a number of crocheters asking about our yarn and patterns and it suddenly occurred to us that it would be nice to have a pattern to go with one of our yarns.

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We decided to the pair the new pattern with our DK weight. It’s a superwash merino and so incredibly soft to wear.

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I looked at different crochet stitches and found this one that I really liked. What drew me to it is that it has lots of texture, is a simple 2-row pattern, and suited the style I was looking to make.

This is so simple. It’s a rectangle. No shaping needed. It worked out perfectly with 100 grams (230 yards) of DK weight. It would also work in worsted and I’m going to try it in bulky later today.

Since this is my first attempt at a crochet pattern, I’m offering it free on Ravelry and we will have it printed up for the market on July 30th to pair with our DK-weight yarn.

The Huntleigh Cowl

1 skein of DK-weight yarn (100 grams/230 yard)

1 hook, size 4.5mm

Happy crocheting!

:)

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Knitting Along the Silk Road

A couple of people have asked if the Silk Road Wrap pattern could be knit in fingering weight and I had been wanting to try myself in fingering weight, so I dyed up 2 skeins that I had in my stash, a merino/cashmere blend, and got started. Not everyone wants to take on lace-weight yarn and knitting the wrap with the fingering weight … well there is the bonus of less stitches to cast on!

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I sat down and knit a swatch, did some math to adjust for a different gauge and knit through this sample. I love how it came out and the size is pretty much the same as the lace version. I felt victorious!

The pattern is now updated to include both versions. So how about an informal knit along?

While we were  visiting the LYS Tour shops last weekend, our friend Julie suggested that I might want to start a KAL for the wrap and I think it’s a great idea! Now, I’ve never hosted a KAL and I’m leaving next week for a 3-week road trip, so let’s keep it really casual! But there are probably some issues and questions that will come up with knitting this and I think with an informal KAL group we can help each other along and encourage each other when the double-stitch rows seem endlessly long, and show off our wraps.

So yes, I will be knitting it again. I think it will be the 8th version. BUT…. it’s in this gorgeous Black Trillium yarn in charcoal that I got last weekend at All Wound Up. I’ve been wanting to try this scrumptious yarn for a while now. It’s their Lilt Sock in Superwash Merino and Mulberry Silk … 405 yards per skein. The fingering weight version of the wrap takes approximately 700 yards.

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I have updated the pattern to include directions for both Lace Weight and Fingering Weight. The link is HERE.

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The KAL will start now and I’ll be knitting it on the road. The husband and I are driving across the country to visit our daughter in Toronto and then down to Ohio for a family reunion and then back home through some pretty national parks. So I’ll be knitting in the car and then checking in with Ravelry in the evenings.

The pattern will be free until June 1st and then it will be $4.00 on Ravelry. The KAL forum is HERE and I hope you will want to knit along with us!

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Puget Sound LYS Tour

Last week I went down to my sister’s in Washington for the Puget Sound LYS 2016 Tour. Five days and 28 shops were participating. We made it to 6 and spent 3 days volunteering at our favourite shop, All Wound Up. It was so fun to meet so many knitters and crocheters and I’m amazed at the ones that made it to all the shops! That’s a lot of driving and ferries and the traffic was particularly bad last week!

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We went to 5 shops in the central area: Fiber Gallery, Weaving Works, Bad Woman Yarn (all that i’ve been to before) and two new ones for me: The Tea Cosy and Acorn Street Shop. This was the first year that All Wound Up participated (their one-year anniversary is coming up this summer) and I was so happy to see so many good comments about it. The owners, Leslie and Nona (mother and daughter) are so fun and welcoming and really make it a place where you want to hang out at all the time!  Not to mention making a crazy face in the sheep  :)

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I bought lots of yarn and have too many projects I want to do all at once I did whip up this cowl, Greenwood Cowl by Malaika Gabriel, the free crochet pattern offered at All Wound Up. It should be available soon on Ravelry. It came together all in an evening, even with us taking time for dinner and a bottle of wine.

IMG_1184When I crochet, I never want to put it down. I’ve always been that way… it’s just such an addiction for me. Next stitch… next stitch… next row… more more more… I made mine in this gorgeous red. The yarn is Nanostitchlab’s Kinetic DK, all named for female scientists. I’m in Marie Curie.

Besides the yarn shops, Melissa and I had a dyeing day and we got some gorgeous colour ways dyed for the Edmonds Saturday Market (July 2 & 30, info in sidebar). We’ve got new colours in the superwash merino worsted weight and new Ripple Wave Mitt Kits in a merino/cashmere blend.

I had such a good time and now I’ve got lots of yummy yarn to play with!

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