Wednesday, December 03, 2014

New Pattern: Fee-bee Mitts


I'm pleased to share a new pattern today, named after a song of the chickadee: Fee-bee Mitts. It's now available in my Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy pattern stores. 

Pattern: Fee-bee Mitts, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport in the Wooden Shoe colorway
Needles: US5/3.75mm and US4/3.50mm


They're easy and quick to knit up—an ideal holiday gift project. And they don't requite a lot of yarn either (about 130 yards). With the Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport that I used for the sample pair, you could easily get two pairs out of a skein. How I loved this yarn! With its merino/silk/yak fiber content, it is heavenly—cushy and soft, a dream to knit with.



They're knit flat, back and forth, then seamed, leaving a small opening for the thumb. A bit of shaping provides for a comfortable fit across the palm. The pattern gives instructions for a women's medium; the mitts are quite stretchy and should fit a wide range of hand sizes. The stitch patterns are provided in both written form and charts.


The pretty lace stitch on the cuffs reminded me of bird tracks, so I wanted to name the pattern after a bird. I settled on the lovely "fee-bee" song of the black-capped chickadee, the state bird of Massachusetts, where I live. They flock to my feeders all winter long, making the cold days so much cheerier. 


The pattern is on sale at a discounted price in my RavelryEtsy, and Craftsy pattern stores through New Year's Day. No coupon code required!

Heartfelt thanks go to my sisters Jenny (for editing the pattern) and Betsey (for taking time out of her Thanksgiving weekend to model the mitts). 

Thank you very much for reading!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Finished!

Looks like setting an intention works—I've finished the Couplets for my sister Jackie in time for Thanksgiving. The toe shaping and grafting went smoothly with the help of some chai ...



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Pattern: Couplet, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors sock yarn in the Chai colorway
Needles: US 1/2.25mm dpns

The Chai colorway is one of my favorites from Periwinkle Sheep. I also used it for Streusel, and I wouldn't be surprised if I end up designing with it again—it's that beautiful.


Fat snowflakes are falling as I write this—we're in for a big Nor-easter—and the morning of our June Couplet photo shoot at the Brookfield Farm seems far away. The season had just begun, everything was fresh and new and green. Yesterday, when I pulled into the farm's parking lot for my last pickup of the 2014 season, brown dominated the landscape.


This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful that I had the good fortune of enjoying another season at the farm—my 18th. The strawberries this year were the best ever! I'm grateful for my family, especially my three sisters, whose modeling and editing and feedback on pattern names make this whole knitwear design endeavor so much fun. And I'm grateful for the support of all of you who knit my designs and share them on your blogs and Instagram and Facebook and Ravelry ... you have no idea how much it means to me.

Tomorrow I'll show up at Jackie's with not only finished socks in hand but also these:


Heavenly Chocolates!—my favorite local chocolatier. It is hard to have these in the house and refrain from opening the box, but I shall persevere.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a beautiful holiday. Safe travels!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Pattern: Sawmill River Hat

I'm excited to finally be able to share a project I spent a good bit of time on last summer—my Sawmill River Hat. It's part of the latest Brooklyn Tweed guest designer collection, Wool People 8

 © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

This cables-and-texture hat is knit in LOFT, Brooklyn Tweed's fingering weight wool. It's worked in the round, seamlessly, from the garter stitch brim to the crown, which ends with a whimsical I-cord knob. 

 © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

The pattern provides instructions for two versions—a close-fitting cap and a longer, slouchy beanie. For each version, there are two sizes. And the hat knits up quickly, making it a nice choice for holiday gift knitting. 

 © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

It's such an honor to be included in Wool People 8! The lookbook is truly a work of art—in addition to sweaters and accessories by designers from seven different countries, there's the gorgeous photography we have come to expect from Jared Flood and thoughtful writing, including an essay about the Brooklyn Tweed yarns, which are entirely American made.

My Sawmill River Hat, at the Sawmill River in Montague, MA. I'm so excited and honored to be a part of @brooklyntweed Wool People 8!

I named the hat after the Sawmill River, which I see whenever I spend time at the Lady Killigrew Cafe and the Bookmill—both housed in a picturesque former mill in Montague, Massachusetts. In fact, I worked there yesterday in celebration of Wool People 8's release. With great WiFi, good food and coffee, and lots of light, it's my favorite "studio/office away from home." (Read more about the spot here.)

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Thank you very much for reading!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Setting an Intention

Couplet socks

I started a second pair of Couplets back in June as a gift for the Couplet model, my sister Jackie. During the summer, I was in no rush to finish them—after all, there aren't too many days in summer when you want to wear wool socks.

But today? We had our first snow! I need to get these off the needles. I'm determined to finish by Thanksgiving. I fully intend to show up at her house on Thanksgiving with the pair in hand. Blocked. Ends woven in.

A bit of Couplet knitting this morning. I am determined to finish them by Thanksgiving! #bluepeninsula #coupletsocks #knit #knitting #sockknitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram

I'm not allowing myself to cast on anything else (other than design projects) until they are done. That's my intention. I hereby state it publicly. I shall stick to it!

Have you set any knitting intentions for this fall or the holiday season? I wish you all the best with them!

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(By the way, Couplet is part of the Indie Holiday Gift-A-Long sale. It's 25% off on Ravelry with the coupon code giftalong2014 through November 21.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Who: Knitters and crocheters around the world
Where: Ravelry
When: November 13 (starting at 8 pm EST) through December 31
Why: Make holiday gifts, have fun, join KAL/CALs, win prizes, and save!

Thursday's the day: The Indie Design Gift-A-Long starts at 8 pm EST. This event was such a success on Ravelry last year that designers decided to do it again. During November and December, knitters and crocheters can join KAL/CALs to make holiday gifts, participate in games, and win prizes. Every designer has contributed at least five coupon codes for free patterns. Do the math—that's a lot of free patterns! There are also hundreds of physical prizes—yarn, stitch markers, gift certificates, and other goodies.

And if you'd like to save on patterns, you certainly can! Each designer is offering 4–20 patterns at a discount of 25 percent. From November 13 at 8 pm EST to midnight November 21, use the coupon code giftalong2014 to receive the discount.

For the KAL/CALs, you can make any for-sale (not free) patterns by a participating designer, not just those that are discounted. Check out the details here.

This year, 293 designers are participating, with a total of 3,822 patterns discounted. See all the designers here; see my own Gift-A-Long patterns here. I've chosen nine lace projects that would make nice gifts (or a treat for yourself, after the holidays).

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In the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group, we'll cheer each other on as we work our way through our holiday gift lists. Hope you can join us—and good luck with your holiday knitting!

Friday, November 07, 2014

New Pattern: Eastward

Temperatures are dropping, winter is coming ... the time is here for warm neckwear (not to mention holiday gift knitting). With that in mind, today I'm happy to release a new cowl pattern, called Eastward. It's now available in my RavelryEtsy, and Craftsy pattern stores.

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Pattern: Eastward, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Faded Quilt colorway

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A cozy cabled cowl, Eastward can be worn as a single long loop or doubled around the neck for extra warmth. It pairs a sculptural cable running the length of the cowl with columns of slipped stitches and a textured rib stitch. 

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It's knit in worsted weight yarn (about 410 yards). The cable stitches are not complicated, which makes it a good first cabling project. It also means the knitting goes quickly—so there's plenty of time to make an Eastward or two for folks on your holiday gift list!

For the sample, I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, a tweedy worsted weight yarn of 100% American-made wool. Shelter brings out the best in cables and textured stitches—it really seemed the ideal yarn for this design. The Faded Quilt colorway is my kind of blue, bordering on grey, subtly enhanced with lovely bits of turquoise.

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Eastward is worked flat (back and forth) from a provisional cast on. After blocking, the two ends are joined with a three-needle bind-off to create the loop. The pattern provides instructions for the crochet provisional cast on and three-needle bind-off, as well as helpful links. Stitch patterns are provided in written (line by line) form and in a chart.

The pattern was tech edited by Jenny Sennott (see this post for info about her woven goods and guild sale this weekend), and blocked under the watchful supervision of Snickers.

Cat naps, cowl dries #bluepeninsula #knit #cowl #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #knitting

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Thank you very much for reading!