Monday, March 30, 2009

June Apple (pattern)

• June Apple Ankle Socks
Published in Yarn Forward Magazine, Issue 12, May 2009
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June Apple Inspiration
I tend to approach my knitting with much the same attitude as I do music; less can be more and space, or silence, speaks loudly. The inspiration for these socks came from a desire to remove “extra” lines (i.e. the angles of traditional gusset decreases) and focus on rolling function and style into one whole. Instead of having more going on with the gusset decreases along the side of the foot and the main pattern on the instep, why not combine the two elements? For June Apple, the decreases occur in the standard sets of two on every alternating round. However, I moved them away from the heel to be used instead as a decorative element on top of the foot. In doing this you can also see that as long as stitches are removed at a steady rate they can be taken from anywhere in the round. It is possible to utilize this method of decreasing with any stitch pattern where two stitches of every other round may be taken away until the original number (or desired number) is reached.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sourwood Mountain (pattern)


Published on Knitty.com

Knitty Spring '09 is alive! ;o)
Sourwood Mt. was designed while on the road gigging in Massachusetts. The gloves really are perfect for fiddling in (I've put them to the test). And the yarn... I might have fallen a little bit in love with Rowan Wool Cotton during the knitting of this design. It's soft, light from the cotton, and still has a spring to it from being 50% wool. The 6 buttons closing the glove's cuff are small Starstruck from Dad's Etsy shop (Roosterick Designs).

Sometime last Fall I decided I really wanted to start applying myself to the idea of being a designer instead of just continually talking about it. The Sourwood Mountain pattern was the first to be born after this decision. I am happy to say that I enjoy the designing process just as much, if not more, than I had initially thought I would. Even the deadlines make me happy. Hopefully my life continues in a path where this all remains possible. Happy knitting, everyone!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sleepless

It was one of those nights. Sleepless. I was out at knitting group last night, but left early enough to be home and snuggled up in bed plenty early, but no.... I brought another pattern into being yesterday and was addicted to it. You know how it goes, just another row.... one more repeat... I just have to see what this looks like there.... and so it stretched on past midnight. By that point I was overtired (and I haven't checked my knitting for late-night brain-dead mistakes yet, my fingers are crossed), which meant that my mind was still racing at the casual speed of about 100mph.

I can't blame my knitting for keeping my mind racing, that was all life stuff. What ifs... how comes... if onlys.... a tangle of thoughts both tormenting and beautiful were fighting for my attention. As long as I kept my hands moving with my stitches there was an outlet, or a distraction. Knitting is my refuge. In the past few weeks I have noticed firsthand how knitting can be so soothing. The rhythm of the stitches and the steady click of needles are calming. Everything that has been written on this subject is true. When in pain, and doubt, and stress don't set aside those needles. Knit through everything. It gets better. Really.

"Love the life you live, live the life you love."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Raven's Gap Corset Scarf (pattern)

May I present to you...... [drumroll here]
Raven's Gap!

$4.50 USD



Raven's Gap is corset-laced scarf worked with different cables on each side so there is no obvious front a back! The “main” side features a 3 stitch mock cable. The reverse side sports smaller twisted stitch cables. Each end of the Raven’s Gap scarf is slightly flared. Ribbon is laced "corset style" in a series of "X"s through eyelets running the length of the scarf.

Materials:
  • US size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles
  • 4 skeins Knit Picks Swish worsted (110yds ea.), or 440 yds worsted weight yarn.
  • 9 yards of 5/8" ribbon in color of your choice