Natessa

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06-Natessa Whenever I design something new, I always have a favorite part. That up there? That's my favorite part. The little place with the lace comes together and then you work a triple yarnover and everything fans out in perfect little yarnover column petals.

I'm not describing it very well, am I? Maybe this flat blocking picture will help.

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And now you want to see the whole thing?

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It's huge. I'm actually going to wear it, with that dress my mannequin is borrowing at TNNA. It's wrap around all floaty red cloud of love huge. 75" along the top edge and 26" deep at the center spine. I'm totally in love with it. It's worked from the top down with 6 sts added on every right-side row to achieve the heart shape. And it's finished off with a crochet loop bind-off.

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It's worked up in the one of the best reds I've ever seen. And I love me some red yarn. This is 2-ply merino laceweight from Dyeabolical Yarns in Fire Red. 875 yards to 100g. Soft and squishy and blocks like a dream as you can clearly see.

Needles & Hook: Size 5 needles (3.75 mm) and size D/3 hook (3.25 mm)

Yarn: Dyeabolical Yarns 2-ply Merino Laceweight in Fire Red, 875 yards to 100g

Gauge: 18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: 75″ wide and 26″ deep

The Natessa Shawl is available to purchase for $6.00 USD

Munchkinland Socks

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A long time ago Woolgirl contacted me about doing a sock club pattern for her. Let me just say, working for Woolgirl is awesome. She sends me gorgeous yarns to work with and she always has the neatest themes going for her clubs. Anytime she comes asking, I say yes! And if you haven't had  a Woolgirl club package, well you are missing out. It's not a pattern and a skein of yarn. It's all the fixings. She finds the most amazing people and each package has different little extras, all geared towards the theme and always amazing. So last winter she sent me this:

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This being some Smooth Merino Fine from Kitchen Sink Dyeworks. Beautiful, yes? So soft and so pretty. The colorway is based upon the descriptions of the book, and in the book Munchkinland is decidedly blue. So I got some of that, and I sent her back some of this:

This being the Munchkinland Sock. I wanted something a little different. I didn't want a plug and play sock, so this sock is chart heavy. There are written instructions too, but trust me, it's easier to use the charts. It's got all sorts of details that make me happy. Like the way the patterning comes to a point on the instep:

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And the way the lace pattern extends all the way to the back of the heel. These are great socks to wear with clogs:

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There is no heel flap, no short-row heel. The gusset has an insert panel that does all the increasing for you so everything stays all pretty and organic:

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And here's the beauty part. The skein of yarn that you see below? It's an extra! An extra that I'm giving away to launch the public release of the Munchkinland socks patterns. And sadly, Kitchen Sink Dyeworks is out of business, so this is like a collector's item! All you have to do to be entered to win is comment with your favorite Wizard of Oz character.

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So comment to enter, and you could win this skein of Munchkinland Sock Yarn, and a copy of the Munchkinland sock pattern. The winner will be chosen on Monday, March 19th. Or pick up a copy of the Munchkinland Sock pattern, which is now available for purchase. The details:

Needles: Size 2 needles (2.75 mm)

Yarn: 400 yards of fingering weight yarn, sample is shown in Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Smooth Merino Fine, 100% Superwash Merino – 400 yards

Gauge: 30 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette in the round

Sizes: Small/Medium (64 st) and Medium/Large (72 st)

Munchkinland Socks are available to purchase for $6.00 USD

 

Sixpence

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Something oldSomething new Something borrowed Something blue And a sixpence in her shoe

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Ok, so she's not wearing any shoes. But she does have a Sixpence Shawlette wrapped around her shoulders. This project was so much fun. The lovely bride was knitting up some Kataras for her bridesmaids and I told her I would be honored to design a wedding shawlette for her in exchange for some pictures.

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We actually even had a "client" meeting. Ok, we met at Panera. And had lunch. And I showed her stitch dictionary elements I thought she might like. It was totally a professional meeting. Um, ok. It was lunch with a friend and we talked about knitting. Wait, that covers most of my lunches. Are all my meals with friends tax deductible?

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The shawlette is worked from side to side with a stockinette body. The top edging is simple and the bottom more ornate - per her request. It's worked to be a bit shallow so it doesn't obscure the back of her dress too much.

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And it's available now on Ravelry.

Needles: Size 6 needles (4 mm)

Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon's Little Traveler

Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Notes: Worked from side to side – offered in written & charted format.

Sixpence Shawlette – $6.00 USD

Auber

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Can you believe that five songs have been sung? I can't, and I'm the one making them come to life! Today, I have for you the fifth song - Auber. I've been wanting to do something with a diamond motif ever since I started this project, and I finally got the diamonds in tune. auber-beauty

The shawlette is worked from the bottom up from a cast-on of only 3 stitches. The garter-diamond border is worked at the same time as the body of the shawl. Named after the French composer Daniel Auber and his Les diamants de la couronne, for the beautiful diamond motifs in the pattern.

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The diamonds in the center panel are filled in with what I call little Estonian stars. Just a lovely bit of texture that shows off the subtle semi-sold shading of the gorgeous Ever After yarn.

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And the shawlette is finished along the top with a sweet applied border - no super long row to bind off here!

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And it's now available as one of the Seven Songs. Five of the songs have been sung, with only two more songs to go.

Needles: Size 6 needles (4 mm)

Yarn: Classic Fairytale from Ever After Yarns in the “Doctor's Tardis” Colorway

Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Notes: Worked from the bottom up – offered in written & charted format.

Auber Shawlette – $6.00 USD or the Seven Songs Collection - $21.95 USD

Delius

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This pattern started with a tweet. Before I had completely formulated the plan Liberty's Yarn was offering yarn support. And when I received the gorgeous yarn, I knew there was a gorgeous leafy motif I wanted to incorporate. And so it went. IMG_4354

We won't speak of my math-impaired brain or how I frantically knit the sample for this in a 2-day coffee-powered Doctor Who haze. The shaping on this is simple and works quite nicely and makes a wide crescent shaped shawlette that is easy to wrap around around you. The small size is 60" wide and 12" deep. The large size is 72" wide and 15" deep.

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This shawl is named after the March of Spring by Frederick Delius. I went to my favorite used book store - Chamblin's Bookmine - to see if I could find any books about Frederick Delius.

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I stood in front of the composers section at the book store. This is the biggest, best bookstore I have ever been in by the way - 55,000 square feet of books. Miles and miles of aisles of books. Every sort imaginable. If you want it, they have it. And they have the best employees - true bookworms - who can always help you find what you need. But I stood there trying to find something on Delius. He's a bit obscure, so nothing jumped out at me. Until I saw the word "Samarkand" on a book spine. We listened to a great fantasy story a while back about the Amulet of Samarkand. So that was the very first book I pulled off the shelf.

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Yep, Frederick Delius. I stood there in amazement, and I think I must have been talking to myself in amazement because the lady next to me gave me an odd look and scurried away. Knitting this shawlette was an adventure, and with Liberty's gorgeous Bluetopia yarn I loved every stitch.

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Delius is the second of the Seven Songs. It's available in the e-book for $21.95 - and there are five more patterns coming. Or you can buy it individually for $6.00

And with this song there is a special bonus. Liberty kindly sent me two skeins of the Absinthe Bluetopia, so you have an opportunity to win a skein! Comment on this entry and you will be entered to win your very own skein. I will draw the winner on Friday!