Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dairing DL-2 linen

I dropped in to Dairing (Teresa Dair's unique fibre and knitwear studio) yesterday at lunchtime, and discovered a 20% off sale. Hooray!

I had a birthday voucher to spend, so I picked up some DL-2 linen to play with. Couldn't wait to play with it, so did a little swatching on my train ride home. It's a very interesting texture. I'm going to wash the swatch now and see if it ends up more drapey, or if it continues to hold its shape.

Exciting to play with some new fibres - so many possibilities!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Free at last

The last four subjects that make up my library Masters are now complete ^_^

Finishing these last few subjects while full-time working highlighted how much I enjoy my job, how lucky I am to have it, and how almost everything I do at work is more enjoyable than writing uni essays :p

I haven't received any formal documents yet but hopefully that part of things should go through smoothly. More time is available now for sleep(!) and for crafting ^_^ I can't say I'm using my time very effectively at the moment *cough Skyrim cough*, but I'm planning some new pattern writing soon.

My quest for a proper graduation hat is still unresolved, due to my first university having no-hats for undergrads, my second university holding their graduations in an unappealing massive stadium, and my third university holding their Graduations in Albury. I've resolved to make my own hat from paper to celebrate.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ruins pattern - now free

To celebrate the release of Chiaroscuro, my Ruins pattern is now available for free.
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Download free pattern
(free as of 9 Nov 2014)

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“There, down the roofless wall did glow
The zun upon the grassy vloor,
An’ weakly-wandren winds did blow,
Unhinder’d by a door”
(The Castle Ruins - William Barnes)

Dreaming of castles in the mist, and adventure? Ruins is an intermediate pattern, written for a knitter comfortable with a circular needle and the magic loop (or two circular needles).

With three sections using different techniques (stranded colour work, basket weave and layers) this pattern is perfect for the restless wanderer who quickly tires of repetitive patterns.

Alternatives are provided for the first two sections if you are finding the techniques too tricky.

Many thanks to those who purchased this pattern while it was available! Profit generated during the last year was donated to charity.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Chiaroscuro fingerless gloves

New pattern out today!
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$2.50 - All profit donated monthly to charity.


Pattern details - Chiaroscuro fingerless gloves 
Chiaroscuro - in painting, photography and cinema - strong contrasts between dark and light serving to achieve a sense of depth and volume... 

This pattern was designed to feature metallic yarn (or other specialty fibres) without the commitment of a full garment. The delicacy of the metallic yarn will affect the durability of the project for every-day wear, but will also produce an individual creation depending on the yarn combinations chosen, like a small work of art.

The gloves are knit from the bottom up, in three sections. The first and third sections involve creating two layers for a shadowed appearance; the middle section involves a cable on the back of the hand creating a vignette effect. This pattern is rated as challenging - due to the nature of the delicate yarn, and the fiddly-ness of having two magic loops available simultaneously.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Julissa sweater - twin leaf version

Finished a couple of sweaters over the last few months - but have got behind on the blogging!

For this sweater I decided to use the pattern Julissa (scoop neck version) by Vanessa Smith as a base for a cardigan (as I had heard it was very well-written) - but then decided that the cabling might not be quite enough to keep me entertained - so somehow ended up replacing the cable with multiple Twin leaf lace patterns and just using Julissa as a base.

Perhaps a bit of a silly way to approach such a project with so many great cardigan patterns out there, but it worked in the end.
I was hoping to knit the Twin leaf lace stitch top down, but after a little testing, I believe this is one of those lace patterns that can’t be reversed - so the leaves ended up facing downwards instead - not quite as leaf-like unfortunately.


The yarn is Skein DK in the Quill colourway. This is the only DK weight sweater that I've made so far that seems easy to wear. I think the cardigan-ness makes it much easier to put on than a pullover - but unfortunately the button band is a bit thick and droops a little. Still fairly happy with this creation :)



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bendigo sheep and wool show 2014

This year the Australian sheep and wool show became a special weekend away with my Mum. Sadly my usual crafty companions weren't able to join us, so Mum had to endure a couple of hours of wool admiration amid our weekend away.

As the largest collection of indie yarn/fleece sellers available in Victoria, this show is always an exciting one to attend. We had nice weather this time around - if a bit chilly.
We took a little time out to wander into the wool-judging sheds and see some of the prize sheep (and accompanying tiny lambs). 
Not too many purchases this year. My favourite shop was 'The purl box'. Here I found one skein of Oyster Yarns' Superwash BFL 4Ply in the Elliot colourway (on special), and two skeins of  Eden's Blend in the 'Sealer's Cove' colourway (love the name!).
The only other purchase was a skein of Mayhem and Chaos's LolliSox (Rav | Etsy) in the Sunrise Sunset colourway. This skein has already become some Rick socks, and Bex fingerless gloves.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Would you like to be a tester? - Chiaroscuro fingerless gloves

A new pattern has recently been brewing... 
The idea was to create a pattern that featured metallic yarn without the need to knit a full scarf or garment.
The gloves are knit from the bottom up, in three sections. The first and third sections involve creating two layers for a shadowed appearance; the middle section involves a cable on the back of the hand creating a vignette effect. The pattern skill level is likely 'challenging' due to the need to manage two sets of magic loops in the round, and to the fiddly-ness of metallic yarn.
If you'd be interested in being a tester for the pattern, I've still got one spot left - head over to the Testing Pool on Raveley, or email me at pixelatedmushroom (at) gmail.com

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