The District 12 Cowl – Another Pattern!

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L30292.html?utm_source=Patterns20131231_Dec31;utm_medium=Emails;utm_campaign=NewPatternsAlert;utm_content=Link-KnitDistrict12CowlWrap

This is another version of the cool cowl that Katniss was wearing in Catching Fire.  Of all the versions I’ve seen, I think I prefer this one:  http://kathatravelling.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/katniss-cowl-tutorial/.  Have fun.

Fashion trends and project ends

I had a good quick read finding out that hats will be the new IT for next year!  For those of you who will be working the craft fair scene this is good info.

http://blog.lionbrand.com/2013/12/23/knit-and-crochet-and-yarn-trends-for-2014/

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Casually laid out.
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On the hanger, trying to look important!

On the other hand, I finally finished my sweater.  After all the anxiety, the hair-pulling frustration of an oddly written pattern and plain old time and energy spent on this one project, it came out way too big even for the oversized fit I was expecting.  I had to think carefully about what went wrong, and it wasn’t long before I realized that between a pattern of a beautiful sweater written by a novice and my well-meaning-ed modifications, the project was doomed.  Well, not doomed.  All but one of my alterations was actually good for me.  What brought my hard work to a marginal product was the size of needles I used.  The author called for such small needles to work worsted wool and my propensity for slightly tight tension led me to believe it would be wiser to use larger needles for the same results.  The gauge swatch was close enough, so I carried on.  Obviously, not close enough when applied to a much larger area of finished fabric.  Oh, well.  I’m throwing pics of my finished behemoth and the link to the pattern.  I would advise using finer gauged yarn than she recommends!

http://www.abc-knitting-patterns.com/cgi-bin/cart/store.cgi?action=link&sku=1006

Oo-la-la!

Worn with a rakish tilt!
Worn with a rakish tilt!
Cable detail
Cable detail
Top detail
Top detail

I was so pleased with how quick and easy this beret was to make!  It was hardly what I would call a project it went so fast, even when I had to restart because I got twisted in the round.  Now that I have finished this, I hope I have enough yarn to make some cabled finger-less mittens.  This particular yarn has been used for several different items and it keeps on going.  I didn’t have a color pattern in mind when I started; just kind of changed when I felt like it was time.  It’s organic cotton and probably not the best fiber for a hat, but there you have it.

I have attached the link to purchase the pattern; alas, it’s not a freebie, but well worth the small investment!

Weekend Cable Beret

It Begins Again

DSC_0056-1As most crafters know, the completion of one project invariably leads to another.  This one will be more challenging as there is a lot of sewing.  I’m a bit worried about that, as I don’t really sew, but I want this purse!  And I chose a nice bright red color so everyone will be able to see it. ;-p

Dedication

Dedication

I like to think I’m fairly serious with my fiber arts, but this person takes that to a whole new level.  I adore the concept of color swatches, but the reality of cost and time involved makes this just that for me…a great concept!  This looks like a tool a professional designer would use.  For those of you deadly serious about color matching, or even just a little curious, I recommend perusing this article.  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!