FO pics for Knitengruven

Every once in a while Denise – knitengruven on Ravelry – asks me to take a bunch of pictures of all her FOs (finished objects). She brings her XL Ziploc bag, overflowing with gorgeous knitting, mostly socks and shawls. Here are some of my favorites that we shot back at the end of May, before the kids got out of school.

Oak Ribbed Sock by Nancy Bush:

Photoshoot with Denise

Another pair from the same pattern:

Photoshoot with Denise

Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers (in cashmere!):

Photoshoot with Denise

Denise’s perfect version of my pattern, the Asheboro Hat:

Photoshoot with Denise

I couldn’t find this one on Denise’s Rav page! But it’s gorgeous, and has beads:

Photoshoot with Denise

Nefertem by Kirsten Kapur. This one is gorgeous, too:

Photoshoot with Denise

Taygete by Romi Hill, the one with the amazing edging:

Photoshoot with Denise

Perfect yarn + pattern combo, the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West:

Photoshoot with Denise

Another Romi pattern, the Live Oak Shawlette:

Photoshoot with Denise

And finally, the knitter herself in a black ruffle scarf:

Photoshoot with Denise

The Crystal Collection

Ametrine Hat

Ametrine Hat – $6
Yarn: Nature Spun Sport
Gauge: 7.25 sts = 1 inch

See the Ametrine Hat on Ravelry

Ahead of my trunk show last week, I quietly published my new eBook, The Crystal Collection! I’m back from visiting family in Buffalo and I finally have a moment to tell you about all the patterns!

The Crystal Collection includes three hat and three mitten patterns, all color stranded designs. They are matchy-matchy, and I hope you enjoy them! I’ve been working on these six patterns for a while, and I’m very excited to share them with you.

A note about pricing: The entire eBook, available on Ravelry here, is $18. You can mix-and-match two patterns from the collection for $9 (discount will show in your Raverly shopping cart), or purchase individual patterns for $6 each.

Crystal Collection – eBook with 6 patterns – $18

At the top of this post is the Ametrine Hat, named for a variety of quartz that displays both yellow and purple areas. The hat matches the Ametrine Mitts.

Ametrine Mitts

Ametrine Mitts – $6
Yarn: Nature Spun Sport
Gauge: 7.5 sts = 1 inch

See the Ametrine Mitts on Ravelry

The next pattern you might remember from a swap that I participated in over a year ago. For the longest time, they were known to me as the Swap Mittens. When I knit them in this beautiful shade of red, they reminded me of rubies. Corundum, a ruby when red, is a transparent mineral. Who knew?!?!

Corundum Mittens

Corundum Mittens – $6
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca Light
Gauge: 7.75 sts = 1 inch

See the Corundum Mittens on Ravelry

The Corundum Hat has the same allover pattern as the mittens, with five lines of decreases at the top and – like all the hats in this collection – a jaunty pompom. I can’t even help myself with the pompoms. Clearly.

Corundum Hat

Corundum Hat – $6
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca Light
Gauge: 8 sts = 1 inch

See the Corundum Hat on Ravelry

The third set of patterns from the collection is the Charoite Hat and Mittens, named for a rare purple mineral. These mittens evolved a lot over time. Here’s where they started, and you must click that link for a shocking illustration of yarn dominance in action. The end point for this design is quite different, but I wouldn’t have these pretty purple mittens without the struggle and frustration from the first version of this pattern.

Charoite Mittens

Charoite Mittens – $6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Gauge: 6 sts = 1 inch

See the Charoite Mittens on Ravelry

And finally, the Charoite Hat, with a small colorwork section and garter stitch accents. This hat is fun and quick to knit.

Charoite Hat

Charoite Hat – $6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Gauge: 6.5 sts = 1 inch

See the Charoite Hat on Ravelry

That’s it! I’ve listed more pattern details, such as color numbers, on Ravelry so be sure to check out the collection there. Remember, if you don’t want all six patterns, mixing and matching is allowed! When you buy two patterns from the collection you save $3. But get the best deal when you buy the eBook for just $18.

Crystal Collection – eBook with 6 patterns – $18

 

P.S. Wondering about my new knitwear model? THAT’S MY MOM! Thanks for helping Mom!

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

Check out my newest pattern! It’s the Water Street Cap, knit with two balls of Rowan Lima (luscious yarn) in a simple twisted stitch rib. The hat has a bit of slouch and is extremely stretchy. The finished size is 18.5″ (47 cm), and because of the ribbing, it will fit many sizes of heads. The hat pictured fits me (with my big old head) and Mallory (normal adult head).

Water Street Cap – $5.00

See the Water Street Cap on Ravelry, too, where you can queue, fave or share!

Why is it called the Water Street Cap? For almost a year I lived on Water Street in downtown NYC in a dorm room while I attended NYU. It was a good dorm. Actually, considering what most dorms across the country probably look like, it was a freaking amazing dorm. The room was so big you probably could have run the 50 yard dash in there, though we never tried. The first year I lived there, on the fourth floor I think, my window looked over the South Street Seaport. The next year I got to choose my room, and I was on the 28th floor.  And then the world changed and I left Water Street forever. But I have fond memories of the place nonetheless, and also? I think it’s a good name for a hat.

We should have some more pictures I think.

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

I’ve been knitting more in that last few weeks than I have in a while, and it feels so good! There will be patterns to show for it! I think I might even do an eBook that will have a small collection of – surprise! – hats and mittens. I have finally admitted to myself that I am NOT a sweater designer. I will leave that to the experts and stick with what I’m good at. Expect a bevy of hats and mittens that, unlike this new pattern, are colorwork.