I was forced to take an internet break on Wednesday because ATT broke my phone service. Earlier in the week I was just too busy to get focused enough to do a blog post–and now it is Friday! How does this happen?
This photo is of a swatch hanging in my bathroom this week. I have a bathroom outside my home office that isn’t usually used for bathing, so I can use it for things like drying swatches. The yarn is Passion from Claudia Hand Painted Yarns and I am swatching for a couple of shells that I am resurrecting from my not-currently-published-patterns-stash. Wendy came across these two shells and noted that they come in a huge size range (one is in 19 sizes, the other in 15 sizes has not ever been published as a stand-alone pattern) and I have a significant number of handouts from a knit along I did a few years ago. So we’ve been looking for yarn and here it is! Now I’ve swatched and we can begin to modify the patterns for the new yarn.
One shell is done flat, with seed stitch and Stockinette; this one is done in-the-round and has an easy cable pattern. There are other variations in the design and execution that make it useful to make both. When I do the knit along for these I’ll be adding in how to add bust darts.
In other found yarn news, I am a big fan of Provence from Classic Elite. So it isn’t really found yarn, but another found pattern. I forget about what I’ve done, or I just am not often thinking about what I have completed because I’m thinking about what I’m working on. But a month or so ago I was looking through my summer knitting projects and decided I should resurrect Boardwalk Bag. Which is made from Provence. It is a featured pattern on Ravelry for the remainder of May, and I will be doing a knit along in my Ravelry group beginning June 23. But why am I a fan of Provence? Lots of colors (38), nicely twisted, mercerized cotton with good yardage. Straight forward. I have lots of it from doing a cardigan with six colors of Provence, so it is my go-to waste yarn. The size of the yarn makes it useable for almost anything that needs to go on waste yarn. Did I mention the colors?
Tomorrow I am going to the Maker Faire at the San Mateo Fair Grounds to help supervise knitting and crochet instruction. This is not the sort of thing I usually do, and it is totally going to screw up my shopping if I don’t get up early enough to get to the farmer’s market first, so I am not sure why I said I would do it. But I said I would, so if you are at the Maker Faire, stop by. I am going to take some yarn that was gifted to me, that I will never use, so at least it will take care of that.
Boardwalk Bag is available on my website, on Ravelry, and on Craftsy. The pattern will be updated with improvements and additions I plan to add for the knit along and, I am fairly certain that the price will increase at the conclusion of the knit along in July. Classic Elite has committed to providing a grand prize, so sign up for my newsletter where the rules for the grand prize will be spelled out–or go to the Ravelry group.
The Fitting Shells Knit Along will be announced in the near future.