Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pattern Fishin'

Fiddle Knits Designs is now available on PatternFish!
Patterns are going up a bit slow, but soon they should all be there. They'll be in good company too. PatternFish is a wonderful online pattern store that currently boasts 3620 pdfs (and is growing steadily!) from designers around the world. Go on over and give it a look. :o)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gift Knitting?

Are you ready for gift knitting? Have you already started? I've been saying for months that I should be starting my Christmas knitting, but have I? Nope. Not even close. It's a good thought though. They do say it's the thought that counts. Right? Typically I only knit gifts for my immediate family. Mom and Annalee both love either socks or sweaters. Dad always gets a hat. This year I have a few more people on my list that would really appreciate some hand knits. Better get clicking pronto.

Next week, probably near the end of the week, a perfect little gift knitting pattern will be hitting the Fiddle Knits Designs site. It's a hat pattern. It's cute, and pretty classic. The sizing in the pattern works for Women and a smaller Men's size. To size it up for a larger Men's head I'd recommend playing a little with the gauge. As written the pattern uses DK weight yarn on size 4(3.5mm) needles to get 5 sts to an inch. Move up to 4.5 sts = 1" and you have a 21" head circumference.
Stay tuned! It'll be up as soon as I get the second colorway knit!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Patterns Galore!

Knit, knit, knit! September should be a good month for Fiddle Knits Designs. There are 3 designs very close to being finalized and published, and then I had this brilliant (ok, so I might be patting myself on the back a little) idea of making one of those 3 patterns into a set (think mitts and hat). Actually I think Chris spurred on that idea, although indirectly.

My actively in process knit, which hit the needles yesterday, is a simple, classic kind of pattern. I'm enjoying it immensely because of that fact. It's a very quick knit (if you're ambitious you could finish in a day, but a weekend is definitely achievable), and would be perfect for holiday gift giving. Gotta love those little knits like that.

One skein September is coming up! Everyone ready? If you're in the market for a good one-skein project check out the Funky #7 hat that was recently published. (A little shameless self promotion right there) ;o)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Funky #7 -- Pattern

• Funky #7

$4.50 USD

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Pattern Details
Suggested Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool 1(1) skein;
Knit Picks City Tweed DK 2(2) skeins

Yarn Weight: DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)

Gauge: 22 sts & 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch on smaller needles.

Needle Size: US size 3 / 3.25mm; US size 5 / 3.75mm

Yardage: 192 yards

Sizes Available: Small/Women's, Medium/Men's

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Coming Soon!

It's been busy around here in the past couple weeks. The band has been gigging a decent amount, so there's been the practicing and running around in relation to that. Also, I got a kick in the butt that made me start thinking about creating Fiddle Knits Designs a better Web site. I'm only a few days into the redesign process and so far I'm having a really good time with it. Unfortunately my actual knitting productivity is going to suffer for a while. (That might be for the best right now. One of the next designs you'll see appearing here uses an alpaca blend yarn that I thought my hands could handle, but apparently not because after some prolonged exposure my hands broke out into a rash.) The new and improved FiddleKnits.com will feature a separate page for each pattern, and "Add to Cart" button (vs. just a simple "Buy Now" link), a section for photos of finished knits made from my patterns, links to online fiber resources, and probably some other things I haven't thought of yet. Once everything is up and running I'll be back over here making the announcement, so stay tuned!

Dad has decided to start a blog of his own to document the travels and adventures of The Homegrown String Band. You can find it at: http://HomegrownStringBand.blogspot.com
Go on over and say hi!