Episode 28: Sad Sweater and Manitoba Fibre Festival

What’s New in Life?

Katie's goodies from Manitoba Fibre Festival

(mug is from StevenBE’s in Minneapolis)

  • Sarah:

Sarah's Goodies from Manitoba Fibre Festival

Patterns/KALs

  • Telephone Pole Fingerless Mittens, coming soon

 

Destination Achieved 

Are We There Yet?

 

Imaginary Knitting

    • Last time we discussed Line and Shadow – how to do it without mohair or alpaca?!?!
      • The designer listened to the episode, and updated the pattern page with suggestions. Thank you!
    • Silverleaf 
    • Iris by Melody Hoffmann – fingering, cocoon-style shrug – Instagram shrug in a wheatfield photo by Knitship (jennieship on Instagram)

 

Off the Knitted Path 

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Episode 27: Don’t Tell them About Knitting

What’s New in Life?

 

Are We There Yet?

  • Sarah:
    • Bobcats hat
    • +1 lace cowl 

 

On the Horizon

  • Sarah:
    • Ball Sack
    • Jolly Waves Cowl 
    • About to be a massive cast on party around here – Urban Creative Exploration with IndigoDragonfly and MediaPeruana single skein design, socks for Rainer, big wearable blanket/stole
    • PigSkin Party KAL – I’ve been ordering yarn. Want to order stitch markers, maybe bag.

 

Imaginary Knitting

 

On the Knitted Path

 

Off the Knitted Path 

 

  • Sarah:

 

Episode 26: Wearing My Bed in Public

 


What’s New in Life?

  • Katie:
    • Interstellar Rodeo and BECK
    • Adia Victoria
    • Aloe Blacc
    • Broken Social Scene

Patterns/KALs

  • Gnomes! Gnatasha, Gnicholas, and Gnorbert have launched
  • Xmas in July 
    • Winners! Contact Sarah please (imaginedlandscape on Ravelry)
      LauraKnitsPA for a gnome (#18) – Emelyn Mae Shawl fom Jennifer Lassonde
    • MacKnitsALot for another gnome (#12) – pattern of choice from me
  • Blueberry Brioche Cowl launching this week
  • Contest: Enter to Win a ticket to the Manitoba Fibre Festival here, deadline midnight Sept 3

Destination Achieved (FOs)

 

Looking Back Down the Trail, where are they now?

FOs from first episode

Are We There Yet?  (WIPs)

  • Sarah:
    • Swatching lots, like 3 designs, no… 4.
    • Little bit of blanket knitting

 

Looking Back Down the Trail – favourite FO of the last 12 months

Road Bumps & Detours – what are you saddest about not working out in the last 12 months?

  • Sarah:
    • Mitred Squares Blanket pattern

 

Imaginary knitting

  • Sarah:

Looking Up the Trail – if we only knit one thing before next anniversary, what would make us happy?

  • Sarah:
    • A pullover that I yearn to wear all the time

 

Off the Knitted Path (non-yarn things)

Gnew Pattern: Never Not Gnoming

I’m nutty about gnomes. It started innocently enough I’m sure. I knit a few, modifying, adapting, improvising. Then I kept knitting and knitting them.  I even started a ritual that made me happier about winter. I called them my Snow Gnomes, and I bring them out when the snow comes and leave them out until the last snow melts in the yard. They’re part of the season for the family now.

Then I realized that I’d played around with various patterns so much, adding little things to make it easier, faster, and – to my way of thinking – better, that I really had a new gnome on my hands. And that’s exciting, because I want to get the whole knitting world Never Not Gnoming.

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs

Ornament: 5” / 12.75cm high
Medium: 5” / 12.75cm high
Large: 8.5” / 21.5cm high

Gnicholas is an ornament, with a rounded bottom and a passion for birding and perfecting his homemade granola. Gnatasha is about the same size, but plumper, and she stands on her own. She’s from Gnew Zealand and likes artisanal pickles. Gnorbert, on the other hand, is a big gnome and he has a complicated history with triathlons.

These gnomish pals are knit from the top down, with body stitches picked up from the brim of the hat, and you get to avoid sewing the hat on.  It also means that you can easily play around with the size of your gnome.

There are two beard styles you can choose from: a vertical and a horizontal option for each size.

$5.75 CAD

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs

Perfect for scraps and mini skeins!

Approximate Yardage of fingering weight yarn: (with a 15% buffer)
Hat: small/medium 13 yds / 13m; large 27 yds / 25m – approximately 3 (7)g
Body: small/medium 24 yds / 22m; large 48 yds / 44m – approximately 7 (14)g
Bottom of ornament size: 3 yds / 2m – approximately 1g
White (beard/nose/hands): small/medium 8 yds / 8m; large 15 yds / 15m – approximately 2 (4)g

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs

Notions
•darning needle
•stitch markers
•small amount of stuffing
•poly pellets for medium and large gnomes

This pattern has been test knit. Seriously test knit. The interest and passion people had for this pattern was amazing to see, and there are dozens of versions for you to go and enjoy. The testers were so inventive and playful it was the most fun I’ve ever had ironing the kinks out of a pattern. There’s a Thorin Dwarf, a gnome with a leaf hat, jingle bells, attacks by cats, felted versions…

I’d love to see your version! Tag it with #ImaginedLandscapesKnits and #NeverNotGnoming on Instagram.

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs

Episode 25: Let’s End with Bruce Willis

Patterns/KALs

Luna Sol Wrap ~ a lace and garter stripe shawl pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. Fingering weight, 3 colours. Pomball Pop Hat - use one mini skein and one full skein to get a great slouchy hat with a matching pompom from Imagined Landscapes
Destination Achieved

 

Are We There Yet?  (WIPs)

 

 

 

 

 

Imaginary knitting

  • Sarah:
    • Marklee DK and the prospect of a fall sweater
    • large stockinette 2 colour or 2 weight stoles of my fever dreams
    • Biscotte Cup

Off the Knitted Path

 

  • Katie:

 

 

  • Sarah:

 

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Luna Sol: inspirations and process

This amazing picture is what Hilori sent me to convey her idea when I mentioned wanting to design something with 3 colours. It’s a stunning picture from a colour perspective. (It’s been messed with, though, since a moon can only be full if it is rising as the sun is setting and will therefore be at a different angle in the sky than the lighting on the wheat implies, but that’s just the moon-watcher in me…cough, cough)

As inspiration point it’s amazing for colour, but also for design. You see, I have a permanent sticky on a page of Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns on a pattern called Ears of Grass that I think is a fabulous lace pattern for wheat. In other words, I’ve been wanting to design with this stitch pattern since I first got this book, about 10 years ago.

I had the design all planned out. I knew how it was going to be. I could SEE it. It was amazing. The first time for me as a designer where the idea was so clear all I had to do was knit it. Better swatch, though, right?

It’s a crummy picture and I’m sorry, but it actually shows the pattern off better than it looks in real life. In the book, it’s an amazingly crisp pattern, full of detail and shape. Apparently I’ll need to keep looking for the right yarn for it; I’m not giving up. I did abandon it for this project. I searched my through my stitch options, looking for something that could convey a field of wheat. I ended up going with sinuous lace ribs. The wider lace rib reminds me of the way the heavy heads of wheat splay out, and the faux cable rib reminds me of the way winds shift through a field, creating a curling ocean of golden waves.

Design beginnings for the Luna Sol Swap from Imagined Landscape Designs

As you can see from the striped swatch and the sketch, the pattern is a parallelogram. It’s such a fun shape to work! Simple increases and garter stripes that feel crisp, satisfying, and easy. Then, when you’re bored of that, you switch to a lace panel, then more stripes, then lace in a new colour and you’re curious to see how that looks, and then it’s time to reduce the stitch count again and enjoy crisp, simple garter.

Luna Sol Wrap ~ a lace and garter stripe shawl pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. Fingering weight, 3 colours.

Now, what colours would you like to use? This silver and gold combination looks so fabulous with midnight blue, but you might be in the mood to convey a softer mood, a bolder mood, a more tonal mood.

yarn kit for Luna Sol from Hilori's Magical Yarnporium

yarn kit for Luna Sol from Hilori's Magical Yarnporium

Hilori has kits for you if you’re looking to hit a different note with the colours. Or you can mix and match your own colour sets. Or talk to her about what you want to bring to life. She’s got a great colour sense, obviously. The colours you see in these two photos are Stormin’ the Castle, Tiger Lily, and Humuhumu.

Want to see Luna Sol knit up in a few colours combos to get your creativity flowing? My test knitters are linking up their projects and the range of possibilities are really stimulating!

And don’t forget about the Flatlands Collection Knitalong! All of the patterns are 30% off until midnight August 6th..

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New Pattern: Luna Sol Wrap

A silvery full moon, a midnight blue sky, wheat the colour of gold swaying in the evening winds…Luna Sol captures the best of prairie evenings and transforms it into a stylish wrap that fits into your everyday life.

Luna Sol Wrap ~ a lace and garter stripe shawl pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. Fingering weight, 3 colours.

30% off until midnight, Aug 6

 

Garter stripes and wheat-inspired lace ribs dance across this shawl. Luna Sol is an unusual parallelogram shape that’s easy to work. Depending on how you wrap it, you can play with the two sections, showing more of one colour or the other, and that makes it twice as fun in your wardrobe. Knit from tip-to-tip, it’s easy to customize for length. The directions include a note on where to stop and check yarn usage so that you can add/subtract length as needed.

 

Luna Sol Wrap - a garter stripe and lace parallelogram

 

I’m really excited about this one – it’s been in the works since the depths of winter.  Luna Sol is part of the Flatlands Collection, a set of patterns from Manitoba designers using Manitoba yarns. I was lucky enough to work with Hilori’s Magical Yarnorium. I knew I wanted to knit a shawl or wrap using at least 2 colours. She came up with an inspiration photo and idea that gave me the seed for the whole design. Stay tuned for a post all about the inspiration and design process tomorrow.

Hilori has kits! And you can mix and match up your own combo, too. If you’ve got an idea, message Hilori – she’s got a great eye for colour and combinations.

This project is may look complex, but it’s secretly quite simple. You see, all of the shaping is done in the garter stripe tips, and that means that the lace sections are simple straight panels. The two lace patterns are also placed as ribs – set off by purls, they create their own clear lines. I didn’t need stitch markers to set the repeats apart once I had worked a few rows.

There’s a Knitalong. The Flatlands Collection is all about Manitoba makers, and that means you!

Luna Sol Wrap ~ a lace and garter stripe shawl pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. Fingering weight, 3 colours.

 

Size:

  • 75″/190cm tip to tip
  • 22″/56cm deep

Skills Used
•knit and purl
•k2tog, ssk
•yo, kfb
•CDD

Lace instructions are both charted and written. A checklist helps you track your progress and lets you know if you’ve worked a section the right number of times. You can check off the boxes as you work in the Adobe Acrobat app on iOS devices. On paper, of course, you can do that, too. :-)

See more photos on the Ravelry page. And check out the growing project listings as my testers link up their versions.

+1 Pop Knitalong

+1 POP KAL - a knitalong for mini skein lovers

With 7 patterns, different techniques, and a kazillion colour combinations to choose from, the +1 Pop patterns need a KAL, don’t you think? I do! Whether you’re looking to drool over other people’s projects, ask for colour advice, or need help with one of the patterns, come on over to the Ravelry KAL thread.

WHAT: A Knitalong for patterns in the +1 Pop Collection, including the Ancyra Cowl published in Knitty.com.

WHEN: From now until the end of 2017. The last +1 Pop pattern will be published in November, and I’m giving everyone until the end of December to get their projects knit and posted. Prizes will be drawn on January 1, 2018.

PRIZES? Yes, prizes. The grand prize will be a ‘fistful of minis’ from Sun Valley Fibers! The winner will get to choose 8 mini skeins and I’ll pay for them. Sweet! Also, there will be a few other prizes. Details to come.

No minimums or maximums. Whether you make 1 pattern, all of them, or 13 of one pattern, each one counts as an entry. It doesn’t matter if you started and/or finished the project before the KAL was announced.

The thread has explanations for how to enter (it’s simple), and I can’t wait to see you, your chatter, and your project pictures over there.

New Pattern: Pomball Pop

 

Pomball Pop Hat - fingering weight hat pattern that uses a mini skein and a knitted pompom to make you look fabulous

It didn’t take long after starting to play around with mini skeins for me to think of the idea that lead to my first pattern collection “Pomballs”. There was a match made in heaven, right? Right.

This hat has lots of subtle details that really please me: the way the two levels of ribbing point at the colourwork lines, the crisp contrast cast-on edge. But let’s be frank: the main bit of attention-stealing fun is that reversed colour pomball!

Pomball Pop Hat - use one mini skein and one full skein to get a great slouchy hat with a matching pompom from Imagined Landscapes

If you’ve never done a pomball before, they’re super simple – just a knitted ball lightly stuffed. But they’re also long-lasting. They’ll stand up well to use and keep coming back for more, which isn’t always true with pompoms.

$5.75 CAD

 

Sizes

  • To fit: 18 (20, 22, 24)” / 46 (51, 56, 61) cm circumference
  • Approximately Child (Small, Medium, Large)

Skills Used
•knit and purl
•knitting in the round
•stranded knitting
•k2tog, ssk
•M1L, M1R

Pomball Pop Hat - use one mini skein and one full skein to get a great slouchy hat with a matching pompom from Imagined Landscapes

Pomball Pop Hat - use one mini skein and one full skein to get a great slouchy hat with a matching pompom from Imagined Landscapes

Materials:

  • Approximate Yardage Fingering Weight: (with a 15% buffer)
    • MC: 163 (192, 240, 282) yds. / 148 (175, 217, 257)m
    • CC: 27 (33, 41, 48) yds. / 25 (30, 27, 44)m
  • darning needle
  • stitch marker
  • small amount of stuffing
  • needles: US 2 – 2.75 mm, US 4 – 3.5 mm, US 000 – 1.5 mm needles for working in the round (magic loop OR short circular + DPNs OR DPNs) or size needed to get gauge

Definitely check out the versions my testers made – lots of great colour inspiration!

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Episode 24: Sockpocalypse

Patterns/KALs

  • Urban Creative Exploration results – Wire Whisk-like sculpture aka “Bauble” was the winner, yarn from IndigoDragonfly and patterns from Kristen Jancuk and me to come in fall!
  • Xmas in July KAL: FOs thread now up
  • gnome in testing this week!

Destination Achieved

 

Are We There Yet?  

 

Imaginary knitting

 

Off the Knitted Path 

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