2/18/13

Knitting Daily Calendar: One FREE pattern a day


Today I would like to tell you about my new project: Knitting Daily Calendar in a blog format.

The idea came when I was browsing for gifts right before Christmas in a local big bookstore. There were lots of different calendars .

One of them - Daily Desk Calendar, the kind that has 1 pattern for each of 365 days of the year.

So I thought - would not that be nice to have something similar, but in an electronic form?

One Free Pattern delivered to you every day in your blog reader, or RSS feed or e-mail. Just a picture, a little description and link to a pattern.

So - here it is: a Free Knitting Calendar
The patterns are ALWAYS free, they are available on the Web but sometimes are forgotten or not discovered yet.

By clicking the link on a pattern blog post you will be re-directed to a site where the pattern came from.


I'll tell you a secret: I have pre-loaded that blog for a year ahead, to be posted Monday through Friday.

At this point I honestly do not remember the sequence of the patterns - so for last 2 weeks it was fun to re-discover them one at a time. 

Let me know if you like this idea and as always - 
Happy Knitting!
Natalia

2/8/13

Finished Objects: Dunes and Waves from my readers

I have to confess:  nothing makes me more happy than seeing my design knitted by you, my readers. 
Today I would like to share three different Dune and Waves Shawls masterfully created by Vicki, Jenny and Anita.
Let's start with a very special one: Vicki made it for Deb, to wear as a wedding wrap - wow! What a sweet thing to do! Look at the quality of Vicki's knitting - it makes the intricacy of twisted stitches really stand out:


Do you like another  Dunes and Waves in white?
Here is one from Jenny. Thank you for a nice pattern review, Jenny!


And how about Dunes and Waves in greenish hue from Anita? She called it a Safari Scarf (she blogs about African adventure here).

Thank you all for choosing my patterns for your knitting projects- I really appreciate it and absolutely love seeing your creations.

Do you have a picture of FO made with one of my patterns? Email me (my e-mail is on the pattern!) - 
I would love to include it in my next month's Finished Objects post!

Happy Knitting everyone!
 Natalia

2/1/13

In deams shawl by Susan Pandorf

Last December I was commissioned to knit an "IN DREAMS" shawl by Susan Pandorf (you can find her full pattern under that link). 
The pattern calls for yarn from Unique Sheep and some 5000 beads... It was a challenge!

Let me show you my version first and then let you in on some details. 

In Dreams Shawl (as knitted by me):

and one more view:

The yarn was The Unique Sheep Peacock set (50/50 Tussah Silk and Merino, total~1300 yards). The yarn comes in 4 skeins that are "almost solid" colors and  compliment each other but definitely different. The shawl is knitted top down, so you can see that the fisr skein was in a green hue, followed by green-blue, then was blue-purple, and the final skein was in a purple-violet color wave. Below is a image of this yarn set from The Unique Sheep's website 


 Working with this yarn was an absolute pleasure, the colors, the quality, the feel - absolutely awesome!
 
The pattern however was a little scary - you can flip through my blog and see that I knit a LOT of lace - but this pattern was a definite challenge even for me:

For starters, it has 30 (!!!!) pages. 
Granted, most of it is a written version of 9 (NINE!!!) charts that make up this pattern. 
I am a chart reader, so I printed out only 9 pages. 

Secondly, the the pattern calls for 5000 seed beads that are knitted on using a crochet hook method . Basically you have to stop your knitting 5000 times to pick a bead on a hook, pick the stitch off the needle, transfer the bead onto a stitch and then place the stitch back to a knitting needle. 
Repeat 5000 time and you swear never to work with beads again!

There is also a very specific way the pattern directs to do a switch between two skeins of yarn....  
Let me stop here :).
 
It is my understanding that this shawl was developed as a mystery KAL over 9 months (knit along project when every month you receive the next "clue")  - that explains the 9 charts. 

This shawl is spectacular! It has a very dramatic flare - very, very pretty colors, 
but it took me over 4 weeks working exclusively and you can probably sense that I am sick of it. 
 I guess if I had 9 months to work on this project,  I might have felt differently.

Anyway, it gave me an opportunity to try the Unique Sheep's lace sets - and I loved it! but I will not knit another IN DREAMS for while... may be only in nightmares...

Happy Knitting!
Natalia