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I have a lot of knitting needles.

Like, 3 sets of interchangeable points, sort of 2 sets of double points in a mismatched way, a set of mini double points, and just about any size circular and straight needle you could imagine.  And so, today when I broke my size US4 wooden interchangeable points while working on a new design, I figured I could just grab a set of my metal points and go about my day.  I grabbed the last thing I was certain I had used my US4 needles to fiddle with and ... those are US5.  What about this one?  US6.  And the great needle search commenced.

I would like to say that at no point during this search did I have any sort of melt down.  I would like to say that I didn't cry because that would be ridiculous.  I would like to say I didn't get pissed at my husband, pissed at my laundry, pissed at my *always* dirty floors... but I did.  I did all of those things.  I also cleaned, organized, sorted, wound, stacked, stashed, and cleared out every box, bag, basket, and bin I have any knitting related items in.  I found every single missing set of interchangeable points except my US4.

On Spring

The thing is, as far as seasons go, spring is the sweet and sour season.  I do a bit of "spring cleaning" but really, autumn seems like a more appropriate time for those sorts of things - the great purging before holidays and searing cold set in, making it emotionally impossible to do things like carry boxes to the car for donation or clear out cobwebs and dust because, for heaven's sake, they might be providing insulation at that point!  And I do like a tidy house.  Which, I would like to add, is damn near impossible around here.  Which again, brings me to spring and the fact that it's been raining daily for what seems like a month (though it's probably more like a week? Two?  Has it been a month!?  Good lord!).  Which means every living creature that can, will track in as much dirt, mud, and rainwater as physically possible.  Fortunately, we have tile and wood throughout the house save the lowest level which currently houses glorified spill collection material (also known as carpet).

However, the cloudy skies seems less oppressive in spring than they do in Autumn - a real benefit to the psyche.  Clouds above but dandelions and lilacs and tulips and daffodils below nestled in clumps against nearly neon green grass, freshly revived and fully alive.  And a stray turkey.  

(Wait, what?)

After I dropped the kids off at school this morning, I came into the neighborhood through the small back street that probably has a name, but isn't the main entrance so I couldn't tell you much more about it......... but I saw this giant bird standing in a yard and I stopped because we like to look out for giant birds that might slaughter our chickens, right?  And then I realized it was a turkey.  A lady turkey and she was all by herself just sort of standing there, blinking.  She took a few steps toward the van and stopped, then slowly rounded the front to the driver's side and just stood there.  Blink.  Looking right at me.  I rolled down the window and was like, "Hey turkey, what-cha doin' out here all by yourself?"  She made a bubbly little lady turkey sound and took a few more steps - now planted squarely in the middle of the road and ... blink...  I shooed her off the road and called my mom because her nearby friend raises turkey folk and maybe she just, you know, escaped.

Later, on my way to get spring things like mulch and tree stakes, I saw the lady turkey just standing in someone's yard like a lawn ornament... but then, on my way home, there she was in someone's driveway, perched on top of their pickup truck.  Weird ass lady turkey.  

> As I was typing this, I got a text.  A video from the husband?  What could it be?  Him in his truck dropping off a load and... what's that?  A turkey!  Ha! <

Speaking of poultry, Blind Melon is probably my favorite girl right now.  She started laying at about 7 months old and gifts us perfectly peach little pee-wee sized eggs nearly 5 days a week.  And she's the lady Johnny Cash of chickens.  Ruby (our Welsummer) is Mae's favorite by a mile.  She came into my bedroom yesterday with Ruby under one arm and Blind Melon under the other declaring, "I have chickens!"  Yup, I see that.  Sigh.  But normally, it's just Ruby that she totes around the house.  We integrated our 2 month old babes to the flock a few weeks ago and all is harmonious in the hen house even though we were off to a rough start with the orpingtons who weren't keen on new house mates.... and we have two little week-olds to cuddle.  We source our chicks locally and different breeds are only available at certain times so we've been forced into staggering out the flock quite a bit.  May is our last round of chicks and we're done!  At that point we'll have Welsummer, Silkie, Orpington, EE, OE, Wyandotte, Black Copper Marans, Rhode Island Red, and Ameraucana hens.  The steady flow of fluffin-butted chicken nuggets is totally worth it.

We're also rounding out our trees and other various fruit-bearing plants, adding grapes, elderberry, blueberry, and apricot to the apple, raspberry, and plum we already had started in the fall.  I would still like to get some pear mixed in there though... ya? And I bought rose bushes.  White roses for my papa who I lost too many years ago to even think about.  I'm really gonna try to keep them alive and well.  I feel like I'm off to a good start though since they already have a lot of new growth (high five, me!)... oh, and it's been so great planting all this stuff in the rain.  But, it's raining all - the - freaking - time - so, those daily waterings have been a breeze! (she said sarcastically).

But in all honesty, I love that I don't have to keep watering all these things, that we have the sweetest little Silkie eggs to dye for easter, and that this year, our little chunk of earth will be another step closer to what we used to sit around and sort of try not to dream about too hard because it seems borderline impossible at the time.  I used to think I wanted it all - the sheep and the horses and the chickens and the trees and the gardens - but as my health continues on in the steady progression of Lupus, I'm really settling into what is really manageable.  Asking myself, what is my truth?  Truth. About as woven into the inner workings of my life right now as that lady turkey.  It just keeps rising up and saying, "Isn't it nice here?  Settle in and have a cup of tea."  Hubs is taking me in for another biopsy tomorrow and I am pretty much just over the whole thing.  Let it be Stage 1 and let it be a hysterectomy so that I can check it off my list of concerns.  We have uterine and cervical cancer in the blood line and I'd just as well say goodbye to it.

And believe it or not, I am actually working - the knitting flow has been steady enough and I'm in that between projects place with edits on one side and proposals on the other.  It's my least favorite place in the cycle.  And you know, being a designer isn't like being a knitter.  I can't just post knitting pics every day because the things I'm knitting?  They're secret and bound by contracts.  That's probably the only real crapy thing about what I do.  My editor is asking about a second book, too.  The kids screamed NO and my husband just sort of blinked at me like the lady turkey.  The first book was stressful, and a ton of work, and I was pretty much the worst version of myself afterward.  Have I learned enough and grown enough to jump back into those dark waters?  Maybe.  Not now but keep churning?  I have sketches and swatches and concepts galore.  I'll let them marinate a while longer.  I told her I needed to have a very crisp and tidy direction for not just the book but for each piece and that's the truth.  Until every single design has been fully visualized, I will wait.  There's no race.  There's no one running up at my heels. 

On 2016

My final pattern released in 2016 was the Arrowhead Stole (a contribution and cover girl for Interweave Press, F+W Media collection, Garter Stitch Revival).

It's a nice pattern to close the year with... simple and lovely... a piece that reminds me of summer's eventual return... a true warm weather stole knit in a crunchy, cool yarn.  In fact, it's a taste of my recent transformation as a designer.  I'm getting down to the bare bones of where I want to go with knitwear, how I want to approach design, and what feels appropriate for seasonal pieces.  Things I once would have thought nothing of years past (like Icelandic wool sweaters for spring) utterly repel me.  However, like any other period of growth/change, I become rigid in a new way of thinking and then soften again with newfound knowledge. But this is all looking ahead rather than back - back into 2016 - *the year of "persevere" when in reality, it ended up being the year of "hold-on-for-dear-life" 

Looking back, 3 things stand out - first, the year went by so quickly, too quickly, months and seasons tumbled over each other at such a rapid pace I could hardly keep up.  Second, from start to finish, people were divided.  Race issues, gender issues, political issues... every time I turned around.  It forced me off social media for the most part and aided in my already steady retreat inward.  Lastly, 2016 was a big year of change for our family.  Mae's Trichotillomania spiked, causing strife and periods of melancholy.  Alizah chipped away at her chrysalis to expose a glimpse at the gorgeous creature forming within (that girl is a force).  And we made huge strides toward our goals on the homefront, adding ducks, chickens, and fruit trees to our little plot of earth, along with the start of our gardens. 

In the end though, I knew '16 would be a tough one for this monkey girl (navigating a monkey year) and so I avoided conflict, stayed steady, and wore a lucky amulet every day.  Hubs, on the other hand, was destined for good fortune.  We couldn't see the path, but as always, time cleared the way for us and the path was revealed.  I was grateful for his promotions and ability to leap over adversity like a gazelle... it gave our family stability and balance.

There seems to be a general "good riddance" attitude toward 2016.  Even though I felt mostly under water for the past 365 days, I don't feel that beaming optimism for the new year.  I feel older.  I feel rooted.  I feel rushed.  I am, however, looking forward to breaking the spell of introversion that I sank deeply into.  I also look forward to getting my feet out of the mud and getting back into design with a new, fresh perspective.  Mostly, I look forward to making it to the other side with my family intact and my little homestead growing.  **At this point, I feel like anyone who really knows me, knows about my New Year's Mantras... this post still resonates with me as I was saying farewell to 2014 - here is a small excerpt:  

 I don't make resolutions, as some of you already know, but I do set a mantra for myself.  2014 was simply "stay steady" and 2013's "be brave". I haven't quite settled on one for 2015 yet, but the past two years have served me well and have been years of personal and professional growth, and unexpected adventures.  Truly, I want to continue on in this way - staying steady, being brave, and pushing those two tasks further than I ever thought possible... and I wish that for all of you, too.  #pushitfurther

But, I was on a high when 2014 closed.  2016 hardened me.  And since I've been setting a word, phrase, or general idea to lean on for years, out of necessity and creation, I notice that this year, the not-even-day-old-year of 2017, social media is all a buzz with everyone's "word for the year" and I'm realizing quickly that the mantra I set for myself weeks ago is going to be far more difficult for me to lean into than I could have imagined.

2017.  Open, Flex.

And yet, I'm leaning back into the feeling I felt most of 2016 (hide and lock doors!).  I wish I could talk to 2014/2015 Courtney.  I bet she would have excellent advice for me right now.

Horus Shawl {guided knitting pattern}

I've mentioned in the past that I approach knit design in two, but really three ways.  I say three because sometimes I design for a purpose - like a submission - and I'm guided by editors and mood boards rather than my own vision.  It's actually really inspiring to design in this way because it pushes me to think beyond my own parameters... but that's another post altogether!

My two main approaches are to design something I want to knit / design something I want to wear.  One almost outweighs the other and in the case of Horus, this was something I designed to wear, but keeping the stitches simple and manageable was important for me here.  Being bound to my notes or computer drives me crazy! I happily knit, going this way and that, starting sections and re-starting sections, until I managed to meander my way to the last stitch.  When I sat down and began writing the instructions, I realized very quickly that I just didn't feel like it!  I had knit Horus intuitively with an easy flow, but all of that easiness was thrown out the window when it came to putting it on paper.  I had written some knitting recipes a long, long time ago and offered them as free patterns... and I thought it was time to bring that loose recipe style back.  However, I can't really just throw out some basic instructions and expect the majority to wing it, so I'm calling this a guided tour.

If you're not feeling super confident about working in pattern for the Right and Left sides after the fully written center, you can simply work the body in St st and the border in Garter st!  Take on what you feel comfortable with and simplify the stitches how ever you'd like.

Ready?


HORUS SHAWL

Notes Worked from the top down for center section, then working each side separately using short rows to create wings.  Ears of Grass Lace will not repeat fully between each point of moving markers, simply continue in pattern.

Yarn DK (#3 Light); Shown: Rowan, Felted Tweed (50% Merino Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Viscose; 191 yds/50g): Color 157 Camel about 7-8 balls. - However, yarn isn't particularly important for this pattern.  A lighter weight will produce a smaller shawl and a heavier weight will produce a larger shawl.

Needles US6 (4mm) 21" cir for working a large number of sts; Gauge 5.5 sts & 7.5 rows = 1" St st worked flat.

Notions Waste yarn or spare needle, removable marker, yarn needle.

Stitches

Ears of Grass Lace (worked over 15 sts)

Rows 1, 3 (WS): Purl

Row2 (RS): *Ssk, k4, yo, k3, yo, k4, k2tog; rep from *

Row 4: *Ssk, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, k2tog; rep from *

Rows 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: *P7, k1, p7; rep from *

Row 6: *Ssk, k3, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, k3, k2tog; rep from *

Row 8: *Ssk, k4, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, k4, k2tog; rep from *

Row 10: *Ssk, k2, yo, k3, p1, k3, yo, k2, k2tog; rep from *

Row 12: *Ssk, k3, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, k3, k2tog; rep from *

Row 14: *Ssk, k1, yo, k4, p1, k4, yo, k1, k2tog; rep from *

Row 16: *Ssk, k2, yo, k3, p1, k3, yo, k2, k2tog; rep from *

Row 18: *Ssk, yo, k5, p1, k5, yo, k2tog; rep from *

Row 20: *Ssk, k1, yo, k4, p1, k4, yo, k1, k2tog; rep from *

Rep Rows 1-20

Garter Ladder Lace

Row 1 (RS): *Ssk, k1, [yo] 2 times, k1, k2tog; rep from *

Row 2: *K2, knit into the first yo, purl into the second yo, knit 2; rep from *

Rep Rows 1 & 2

PATTERN

CO 5 sts.  KNit even 12 rows, rotate work clockwise, pick up and knit 5 sts along garter edge between bumps, rotate work clockwise, pick up and knit 5 sts along CO edge - 15 sts.  Alternatively, use a provisional CO and knit last 5 sts from CO edge.

Row 1 (WS) K5, sl1pwise wyf, k1, sl1pwise wyf (this is the center stitch - mark with a removable marker), k1, sl1pwise wyf, k5.

Row 2 (RS) K6, yo, knit to center st, yo, k1, yo, knit to last 6 sts, yo, k6 - 4 sts inc'd.

Row 3: K5, sl1pwise wyf, knit to center st, sl1pwise wyf, knit to last 6 sts, sl1pwise wyf, k5.

Rep Rows 2 & 3, 6 more times - 43 sts.

Begin Ears of Grass Lace (EGL)

Row 1 (RS) K6, yo, pm, work EGL patt (starting on Row 2 of patt - See Stitches) working 1 repeat, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, work EGL patt (Row 2) working 1 repeat, pm, yo, k6 - 4 sts inc'd.

Row 2 (WS) K5, sl1pwise wyf, knit to marker, slm, work in lace patt to marker, slm, knit to center st, sl1pise wyf, knit to marker, slm, work in EGL patt to marker, slm, knit to last 6 sts, sl1pwise wyf, k5.

Row 3: K6, yo, knit to marker, slm work in EGL patt to marker, slm, knit to center st, yo, k1, yo, knit to marker, slm, work in EGL patt to marker, slm, knit to last 6 sts, yo, k6 - 4 sts inc'd; 51 sts.

Rep Rows 2 & 3, 13 more times, then rep Row 2 once more removing markers as you come to them.  Rep Row 1 - 103 sts.

Rep last 31 rows, 3 more times (283 sts), then rep Row 2 once more as follows: work as established to center st, purl into f&b of center st, work as est to end - 1 st inc'd.

Separate for Right & Left sides

K6, yo, k136, place remaining sts onto spare needles or waste yarn, continue over Left side only. 

Left side

Short Row 1 (WS) Sl1pwise wyf, knit to last 9 sts, turn; (RS) Sl1pwise wyb, knit to end.

Short Row 2 (WS) Sl1pwise wyf, knit to 9 sts before gap, turn; (RS) Sl1pwise wyb, knit to end.

Rep Short Row 2, 12 more times.

Next row (WS) BO 15, knit to last 6 sts, sl1pwise wyf, k5 - 127 sts.

Next row: K6, yo, knit to end - 1 st inc'd.

Next row: K1, purl to last 6 sts, sl1pwise wyf, k5.

Begin Floating Wings short rows along live stitch edge using Chart A and continuing edge sts as est.  Each RS short row increases by 3 sts.

Now, as you can see, this chart is short and has a red box around a small section for the pattern repeat.  This is where I cut you loose a bit.  You will continue on in pattern while increasing along the edge sts with a yo, and knitting 2 sts from the live stitch edge.  I've written the chart out so that the first stitch is slipped each WS row, and the two sts worked from live stitch edge are worked in St st throughout.  You will work a total of 13 Floating Wings lines (6 +1 full repeat as charted), then work even 4 rows in St st, increasing as est and ending on a WS row.  Need some guidance working in pattern?  Some help below!

When working in pattern, you'll notice that the RS rows start the floating wing patt on the Left side.  In the far left image, I've marked the center st of the floating wing from the previous repeat.  The left purl bump will be 6 sts to the right (as illustrated in the center image).  After the left purl bump, k11, then p1, k1, p1(as illustrated in the right image) - this is the foundation of the next row of floating wing patt. 

Begin Garter Ladder Lace (GLL) - These are not going to be full repeats of the pattern since they are still short row sections.  Simply work in pattern each row, increasing 3 sts every RS row.

Row 1 (RS) K6, yo, work Row 1 GLL patt to end, k2 sts from live edge, turn.

Row 2 (WS) Sl1pwise wyf, work Row 2 GLL patt to last 5 sts, sl1pwise wyf, k5.

Rep Rows 1 & 2, 7 more times.

Next Row: *BO to double yo, chain 2; rep from * and BO to end.  Break yarn.

Right side

Rejoin yarn with RS facing, sl1pwise wyf, knit to last 6 sts, yo, k6 - 1 st inc'd.

Next Row (WS) K5, sl1pwise wyf, knit to end.

Short Row 1 (RS) Sl1pwise wyb, knit to last 9 sts, turn; (WS) Sl1pwise wyf, knit to end.

Short Row 2 (WS) Sl1pwise wyf, knit to 9 sts before gap, turn; (RS) Sl1pwise wyb, knit to end.

Rep Row 2, 12 more times.

Next Row (RS) BO 15, knit to last 6 sts, yo, k6 - 1 st inc'd.

Next Row (WS) K5, sl1pwise wyf, purl to last st, k1.

Next Row: Knit to last 6 sts, yo, sl1pwise wyb, k5 - 1 st inc'd.

Begin Floating Wings short rows along live stitch edge using Chart B and continuing edge sts as est.  Each RS short row increases by 3 sts.

 You will work a total of 13 Floating Wings lines (6 +1 full repeat as charted) then work even 4 rows in St st, increasing as est and ending on a RS row. 

This time, when working in pattern, you'll notice that the WS rows start the floating wing patt on the Reft side.  In the far left image, I've marked the center st of the floating wing from the WS row.  The left purl bump is 12 sts to the right of the end of this row (as illustrated in the image on the left), but I was working all of the 2 extra stitches from the live edge in St st, so there is no purl bump 11 sts to the left of the left purl bump.  The following WS row, I will add a purl bump (as illustrated in the center image).  Now, there is purl bump 11 sts to the left of the p1, k1, p1 (as illustrated in the right image). 

Begin Garter Ladder Lace (GLL) - These are not going to be full repeats of the pattern since they are still short row sections.  Simply work in pattern each row, increasing 3 sts every RS row.

Row 1 (RS) Work Row 1 GLL patt last 6 sts, yo, k6 - 1 st inc'd.

Row 2 (WS) K5, sl1pwise wyf, work Row 2 GLL patt to end.

Rep Rows 1 & 2, 7 more times.

Next Row: *BO to double yo, chain 2; rep from * and BO to end.  Break yarn.

Weave in all ends and block well.

Pattern drudgery & a sneak peek!

It probably seems like I've fallen off, but there is much happening; the untold, secret life of design.  I decided to work up a small collection of patterns and self-publish - my goal was to have all pieces ready to roll out at the end of August, but mid-August seems to have come upon us and I'm still knitting one sample and finishing three patterns.  Sigh.  Such is life when life is being lived.  However, I'm excited to share these little darlings and so I've included some sneaky peeks at one of them here.

Knit in Zealana Air Lace using just 3 balls and large needles, this is a quickie.  

The #realtimesweaterproject sweater on the other hand is not a quickie.  And yes, it's going to be included in this collection also! If I can ever get it finished.  I'm on to the sleeves - and mostly done with the first one ta-boot, but you know... sleeves. Even though there is still much to do to get these patterns out, I'm already mulling over what I want to be knitting next.  Why not?  No matter how tedious a knit, as soon as its on the blocking mat I despair.  I'm a full-blown introvert and without busy hands and a busy mind, I might have to talk to people and we can't have that.

pattern release catch-up!

It's almost stupid to say (or think, or feel), but sometimes getting back into the world where my feet are planted and I can feel gravity pull is an enrichment.  Online life is big; sometimes too big.  Living without sharing the living has a catch, because I love looking back to remember the smells and feelings of days past... and so I seek balance in this as I do with all things.

I took a few months off from submitting design work because, again, I needed to feel gravity pulling me.  I needed to slow down and really feel it.  I'm one that can't have idle hands, so it was a challenge - but also because I knew how much potential income I was letting go of.  BUT, you see, that time off filled me up.  I'm ready to start moving again and reacquaint myself with a manageable pace. 

During my brief retreat, a few really lovely patterns were released.  First, my Cruz shawl in Interweave Knits Summer.

Next, I was so fortunate to have a design included in Berroco Portfolio Vol 2 - the Hoehne Vest.  I love this & Berroco is hosting a KAL, but they're asking for knitters to vote for the piece that will be worked!  HERE is a link to voting (closes Jul 19th)

Finally, I managed to have two hats in the new Interweave book, The Knitted Hat Book. The first is a simple lace beanie with a latvian braid band (Thistle Lace Beret); the other a delicate lace kerchief hat worked in a scrumptious silk (Sunshine Lace Kerchief).

There are still a few patterns queued up for release, but my next post will be completely knitting-free and full of obnoxious photos from our summer trip.  You've been warned ;)

Dorchester Pullover

Interweave Knits SPRING 2016 issue.  This pullover was such a departure from my usual design style/aesthetic, but I loved the process and the end product.  I'm not really one for knitting modular-style garments; it makes me think of the 90's vests worked up in variegated yarns and pieced together mitered squares... you know what I'm talking about.  However, we modern knitters have been knitting modular garments and accessories that are far from those "classics"!  I started with nailing down a shape to focus on as my small modular piece that would be my building block.  I wasn't too keen on the idea of a simple scallop, so I just threw in some simple stockinette triangles.  Bam. A new layer of texture and dimension was born.

The real departure for me though was the construction.  This pullover is actually SEAMED.  I know, shocking. The front panel of modular scallops is worked in once piece, then the body is worked flat in once piece from the bottom up, and the sleeves are worked in the round from the cuff up before continuing flat for the raglan shaping.  I wrote the pattern with a slipped stitch selvedge on the body and raglan sections and had initially included seaming instructions for the crochet join.  Somehow these instructions didn't make the final cut in editing.  Sigh.

So, why the crochet join?  It's fast.  It's sturdy.  It allows stretch and flexibility.  If you've never worked up a crochet join or if the word "crochet" makes your knitterly bones shudder, here is a link to a great tutorial.  The instructions for the crochet join are the very last post in the article, so scroll on down.  

Now, the sweater sample for the magazine is obviously worked in a single color - however, the way the piece is constructed leaves a lot of room for color creativity.  The first and easiest way to add a pop of color is to knit the modular pieces in one color and the remaining pieces in another.  What about using an ombre yarn for the modular pieces?  I doodled a little Dorchester Pullover and considered a 3 color version.  If you were so inclined to knit this sweater, and to use this 3 color concept, this is how it would be done:

First, use color A (in the sketch I used a gold color) for the modular pieces.  Then, use color B (peachy color) to cast on and knit the bottom hem of the sweater, and the cuffs of the sleeves.  Change to color C (poppy color) to knit the body and raglan sections of sweater and the sleeves.  Finally, after seaming, pick up and knit the neckline using color B (peachy color).

I look forward to seeing all of the Dorchesters that have yet to be imagined!

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Feel Good Yarn Co Designer of the month

Because life seems crazy right now, and I'm easing into a new, generally slower, and more thoughtful pace, I haven't found a moment to speak about a lovely new project that I was so honored to be a part of this year.  In case you haven't heard, Feel Good Yarn Co is taking on 2016 with a Designer of the Month program.  Each month will feature an interview with a designer, then follow it up with a pattern by said designer written specifically for SilverSpun yarn.

When Laurie first reached out to me about designing a pattern with one of her lovely yarns, I was pretty pumped to say the least.  I had written a review of the SilverSpun sock yarn a while back and was looking forward to another opportunity to not only get my hands on that stuff again, but to push the limits of the yarn further than I had before.  It was no surprise that the sample flew off the needles at a record pace - and now, I'm at the cusp of being able to share it with you.

Laurie has posted a brief designer interview (find it HERE) and tomorrow, the pattern will be available for purchase on Ravelry, and to FGYCo subscribers.  I'm so happy to be a part of her Designer of the Month program this year, but my joy is partly eclipsed by my excitement to see what is to come.  I've seen the designer line-up and.... it's going to be amazing.

Imperial Yarn Kit | Deb Newton KAL

If you've been following along on Instagram, you've seen me post the Chain Stitch Slouchy Hat (KIT, PATTERN).  I really enjoyed knitting up this pattern - and the yarn is perfectly light, soft, and warm.  The Deb Newton KAL will continue through the month of January so there's still time to join!! Check out my review HERE, and I hope to see your KAL contribution soon!