Friday, September 23, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 38

Happy Autumn Equinox! It's a cliche to say the summer flew by, so I won't. And actually, working on my Stitch Journal project each day has made me realize the summer doesn't fly by at all. The stitching that I did back in June seems like quite a long time ago now. The summer was indeed long and full and rich. Aside from the drought here in Massachusetts, and only a few spells of high heat/humidity, it was a really beautiful and comfortable summer. I have no complaints!

This week's colors: orange and yellow, for maple leaves; green for flora rejuvenated by refreshing rain; pale peach, for the undersides of leaves blown to the ground by rain; grey-brown, for a squirrel burying nuts; tawny beige, for fading nasturtium leaves.

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If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

New Pattern: Nested Knots Hat


The new holiday edition of Interweave Knits is landing in stores (and also available online), so I can finally share a project that I had to keep under wraps until now: the Nested Knots Hat.

This hat knits up quickly—always a good thing for last-minute holiday knitting, right? Worked in the round from the bottom up in Aran-weight yarn (cushy Quince & Co. Osprey), it features traveling stitches, bobbles, and a plush pom pom. There are three sizes, so you can make it for kids as well as adults.


Interweave Knits Holiday 2016 has something for everyone—kids' knits, accessories, socks and stockings, blankets, and some stunning heirloom lace designs (for those lace projects, it's really great the magazine comes out this early!). There's also a tutorial by Knitscene editor Hannah Baker on how to make pom poms using any household item.

Last year, I was finishing up gifts at the very last minute, which was a little stressful and also hard on my hands. I definitely want to start earlier this year. What about you? Have you begun thinking about your holiday knitting? Or maybe even started? 

Photos courtesy F&W Media/Interweave Knits/Harper Point Photography

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 37

Stitched this week: more light brown/beige back stitch, for wilted and crumpled nasturtium leaves. Brick red back stitch, for sumac leaves turning scarlet. Sheaf stitch in grey-brown, for tree trunks in shadow.

And a couple of different greens, on different days (sheaf stitch and running stitch) for leaves that haven't turned color yet. Green is still the dominant color in the landscape, but there's a feeling of diminishment in the air. The hummingbirds are gone and the tall Joe Pye weed and Jerusalem Artichokes have stopped blooming. I'm trying not to mind the later sunrises and the cooler mornings, but I can't help feeling sad. I hate saying good-bye to summer!

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If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Stitch Journal, Weeks 35 and 36

Sorry about falling behind, with no Stitch Journal post last week! This is an extraordinarily busy month, with a lot of work to be done on fall knitwear designs. But even on the busiest days, I've made time for stitching—it's a treasured part of my early morning routine.

The greens and other bright colors of August have given way in the new September piece to the tawny colors of dry grass and fading leaves. There's still plenty of green in the landscape, of course, but I find my eye and interest leaning towards fall.

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Here is the back of August:
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If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Shawl Weather

It was only 57F when Snickers and I went out for our backyard walk early this morning. Brrr! I grabbed the nearest shawl, which happened to be Notch.

Here is an approximation of how I styled it:

Notch Shawl

Trust me, you don't want to see a picture of me wearing it today. For one thing, my hair's still wet from the shower, and for another, I'm wearing old "around the house" clothes while I do laundry. Not a high fashion kind of day.

It's Labor Day, a holiday in the U.S. and the "unofficial" last day of summer. I'm working on pattern writing and knitting the sample for a fall design. So I'm working, but trying to work in a relaxed, holiday frame of mind. 

Snickers succeeds every day at being relaxed. She's way better at it than I am:

Snickers, August 2016

A couple reminders: today's the last day of the Neckwear Sale in my Ravelry pattern store (it ends at midnight). And on Wednesday, the Third Annual Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL kicks off. You don't have to cast on Wednesday, if that doesn't work for you—join us anytime between September 7 and October 12.

If today's a holiday for you, I hope it's fun and relaxing!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Neckwear Sale

Blue Peninsula Neckwear

Announcing a four-day neckwear sale! Through Monday, September 5, save 20% on individual cowl, scarf, and shawl patterns in my Ravelry shop. Use the coupon code NECKWEAR to get the discount. The code can be used as many times as you like.

The third annual Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL starts next Wednesday, September 7. Any of my scarf, cowl, or shawl designs can be knit for this KAL. It continues through October 12, with several lovely prizes to be awarded. I hope you'll join us!

Pictured above, left to right:  Conklaree, Deephaven, Shallows, Hop Brook, Birchleaf, Skipperling, Notch, and Sweetdrop

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 34

Colors stitched into the Stitch Journal this week: golden yellow, for zinnias; lots of greens, for the grass and leaves; tawny ochre, for leaves beginning to change; orange, for jewelweed. 

I find myself focused on listening to the yard recently—cicadas, crickets, chickadees and goldfinches, hummingbirds, chipmunks, distant hawks, katydids—trying to take it all in and preserve it, to "put it by" so I can come back to all this richness during winter's silence.

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If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Neckwear KAL Prizes

Today I'm excited to share the prizes for the 2016 Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL—I hope you like them as much as I do. The KAL starts September 7, so there's still plenty of time to decide on yarns and patterns.

Prize #1: Three skeins of Louet Gems Fingering in Linen Grey, enough to make my Notch shawl:
Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL 2016 Prizes

Prize #2: A skein of Luna Grey Fiber Arts Celeste in Razzmatazz, 400 yards of fingering weight superwash merino:
Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL 2016 Prizes

Prizes #3 and #4: Notions Notecards, designed exclusively for Ravelry by Jill Zielinski/Knitterella:
Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL 2016 Prizes

The yarns will be awarded to projects finished by the end of the KAL. But the cards will be awarded to posts in the discussion thread—once at the end of the KAL and once midway through. This way, even if you don't finish your project, you still have a chance to win a prize. It's my way of saying "thanks" to everybody who participates. 

Of course, just making something you love is reward in itself. But maybe these prizes will provide a little extra incentive to join the fun!

I hope you're enjoying these last few weeks of summer. It's been mostly hot and humid here in Massachusetts, not the best knitting weather. But the other day, while I was knitting next to a lake at lunch, something about the breeze and rustling leaves whispered, "fall." 

And early this morning, in the backyard, I spotted this:
Notch Shawl Detail

I'm sitting in front of a fan as I type this—it feels 100% like summer today. But it won't be long before I stop using my Notch shawl as a photo backdrop and start wearing it, right?

How's your end-of-summer knitting going? Are you gearing up for fall projects?


Friday, August 19, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 33

This week yellow, orange, green, dusty rose—the colors of August—filled my stitch journal. A few leaves on one of the maple trees have already turned red, but I haven't stitched these hints of fall yet. I will, of course . . .  but for the moment, I'm holding fast to summer.

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy Shop to help support it. Funds are needed for stretchers, professional photography, and a website to serve as home for this project and my other artwork.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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