An ever so brief introduction to the blog. This personal blog space has been around in one form or another since 2010. It focuses on making, creativity, and clothing. Thank you for being here with me. - xo, Holly

24
Aug
2010
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Baby’s Magic Blankie

Baby’s Magic Blankie is now available for purchase as a download, for $6.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking this buy now button.

If you like this pattern you may also wish to purchase A Study in Grey, the shawl pattern that inspired this blanket.

You can buy both patterns at the same time for $9.00 total, either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking this buy now button.

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Based on the shawl A Study in Grey, this blanket has the same fundamental elements, but is knit on larger needles with a heavier yarn for a faster knit. This pattern also calls for a machine washable yarn, to make it as household friendly as possible. Available in two sizes, the baby size is perfect for bundling a baby up in, while the adult size is great for pulling around yourself while watching a movie and knitting, or reading a good book.

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If you like this pattern you may also wish to purchase A Study in Grey, the shawl pattern that inspired this blanket.

You can buy both patterns at the same time for a reduced price of $9.00.

Yarn: 1000 – 2100 yards (914 – 1920 m) of Knit Picks Stroll, or another fingering weight yarn

Needles: 1 set of US size 5s (3.75mm) circulars, and 2 US size 5 DPNs

Notions: 8 stitch markers
1 row marker

Gauge: 6.5sts/inch; 8.5 rows/inch in stockinette stitch

Blocked Dimensions: baby (37″x37″); adult (37″x74″)

Skills Used:
provisional cast on
knitting and purling
slipping stitches
picking up and knitting stitches
grafting
weaving in ends
blocking lace
knitting 2 and 3 stitches together
yarn over
slip, slip, knit
knit 2 together- through the back loop
slip, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over

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24
Aug
2010
0

A Study in Grey

A Study in Grey is now available for purchase as a download, for $6.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking this buy now button.

If you like this pattern you may also wish to purchase Baby’s Magic Blankie, a blanket (available in a baby as well as adult size) pattern inspired by this shawl.

You can buy both patterns at the same time for $9.00 total, either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking this buy now button.

Knit out of 100% baby alpaca, A Study in Grey looks great carefully draped over an elegant evening dress for a dinner party, casually thrown on over jeans and a shirt for a day of running errands, or wrapped around your shoulders to combat the air conditioning in a too chilly office building. The garter-based, knit on border lends a nice contrast to stockinette-based body, while the field of small and simple drops that make up the main body contrasts with the triangles which make up the base for the border. Yet the very subtle diagonal lines present in both stitches holds the piece together. All of these features combined create and air of Victorian inspired elegance.

Though this piece is knit on small needles using lace weight yarn, the easy to memorize pattern makes this shawl a good beginners lace project, and a relaxing project for the more experienced lace knitter. The main body of the stole is knit in one piece, beginning with a provisional cast on, then the border stitches are picked up, and the stole ends with a knit on border.

This download comes with a “printer friendly version” of the pattern, as well as a “normal version.” The idea of the “printer friendly version” is for the knitter to have a much smaller file, with all of the essential pattern information, but without the very large color intense photos. Along with a larger file, with the pattern and lots of photographs, as well as a description, and spacious formatting.

If you like this pattern you may also wish to purchase Baby’s Magic Blankie, a blanket (avalible in a baby as well as adult size) pattern inspired by this shawl.

You can buy both patterns at the same time for a reduced price of $9.00.

Yarn: 1700 yards (1554 meters) of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, or another lace weight yarn

Needles: 1 pair of US size 2s (2.75mm) circulars, and 2 US size 2 DPNs

Notions: 8 stitch markers
1 row marker

Gauge: 10sts/inch; 12 rows/inch in stockinette stitch

Blocked Dimensions: 25″x56″

Skills Used:
provisional cast on
knitting and purling
slipping stitches
picking up and knitting stitches
grafting
weaving in ends
blocking lace
knitting 2 and 3 stitches together
yarn over
slip, slip, knit
knit 2 together- through the back loop
slip, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over

15
Aug
2010
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The Front Without Changing Pictures

On the pattern writing, and 10kH front (or the front without changing pictures), last Friday a friend and I did a 2 hour long, 10 piece photo shoot. Outside, in the middle of the afternoon, in the middle of August. That was an experience I hope never to repeat (though I probably will), but we had been trying to schedule this all summer, so I wasn’t going to let a little heat get in the way.
Next in the pipelines pattern wise is lining up test knitters for the Dancing Girls Scarf. I’ve got two test knitters, and am still looking for a third.

Dancing Girls Scarf

I’m hoping to have the Dancing Girls scarf done and out to testers today or tomorrow. Once I’ve gotten okays from all of my test knitters for A Study in Grey and the blankie, I’ll proof the patterns, get photos of the blankie, and publish the patterns, hopefully by the end of the month. The pattern release for Dancing Girls will probably follow a week or two behind Study in Grey and SiG, because I’m only going to ask my testers to knit a handful of repeats before I release the pattern.

I’m finding that there are some days that I do nothing, or close to nothing, but then there will be a string of days when I’ll work for 5, sometimes 6 hours, towards my modified 10kH. It feels like there are getting to be fewer and fewer days where I’m working for an hour or so, and more days when I’m putting in at least 2 or 3 hours. I’m thinking that this might be because I’ve started including more of a variety of activities as counting towards the 10kH.
Looking back on my first post originally the goal of the 10kH was (ignoring the art part, which has since dropped off the face of the earth), to “work on knitwear design paperwork for one hour everyday” I’ve decided revising this statement to “work on knitwear design for at least an average of one hour everyday” would be more accurate, and productive goal. Yay productivity!!!

And so ends a very long update, in two parts.