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Lagertha Cowl Pattern Published

I finally published a new pattern to my Jess Knits Ravelry shop. Lagertha is a nice a squishy cowl pattern knit in the round with sections of lace and garter stitch. I’m so very pleased with the way this pattern turned out. It’s also the first pattern using my new pattern template with my new logo on it. I’m super excited to share it with you!

You can check out the pattern page here

I used 2 skeins of Malabrigo sock yarn. Yes, I am a Malabrigo junkie! Their yarn is so soft to knit with and really comes alive when you soak it for blocking. Wet Malabrigo is as soft as butter! I love it! I used the Eggplant color for the garter stripes and Botichelli Red for the lace. I really think those two colors complemented each other really well. Kind of rustic. 

This was a summer time knit, so I’ll have to get some pictures of me wearing it this fall. I really hope those who choose to purchase this pattern enjoy knitting it. As always comments and questions can be emailed to my jessknitsdesigns@gmail.com email address. 

Happy Knitting!

In Progress

What a long week that was…..

I don’t think I have ever been more thankful for a Friday than I am today. I’m not sure what was different about this week but it has left me mentally exhausted and weary. Most nights after work this week I didn’t even have an ounce of energy left to knit. It becomes a pretty sad state of affairs when you don’t have enough energy to do one of the main things that helps you relax and destress. I’m hoping to gain my knitting mojo back over the weekend. 

Side note, the LCD screen I ordered to replace the broken one on my laptop arrived the other day. I was really excited until I learned that it was the wrong one. Apparently I should have let my hubby double check the model before I actually ordered it. So that one will be shipping back tomorrow. Hubby ordered the correct one, which hopefully will arrive tomorrow. Live and learn, I guess. In the meantime, I am improvising with my iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard. On the updside the keyboard has a backlight and I can choose from 7 colors! I am currently enjoying a teal color. 


I can even multi-task and watch an episode of Arrow while typing up this post. As frustrating as technology can be I have to admit that I love my little technology gadgets. 

I have been able to do little bursts of knitting during lunch at work a few times this week. And I did do several rows this evening. I’ve made it to my third color on my Fade Shawl. I am seriously loving these colors.   I am definitely in a mint green / teal mood here lately. I want everything to be in mint and teal colors. They just calm me. They are refreshing to my eyes. I think I will make some fingerless mitts with the leftover yarn from the Fade shawl project. 

Here’s the latest color, it is another Madelinetosh color called Nassau Blue. It’s a nice teal color with hints of green in it. This is the color meld section going from Glass Bottom Boat to Nassau Blue. It’s a subtle difference between the two colors. But one is just a hair darker than the other.

 

 I don’t know if I will get another post in next week or not. My baby is turning five on May 10th, and we have weekend birthday celebrations planned. I cannot believe it has been five years since I brought my baby girl home from the hospital. She has been such a joy.  She is basically my world, and while I am happy to celebrate her 5th birthday I am also a little sad that she is no longer a baby. She is just growing up so fast my heart aches just a little. 

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend fully of yarnie goodness. 

Jess

General

For The Love of Technology

I know, I know. I launch a new website for my kniting designs, make one blog post and then nothing. I think I have mentioned before that I work outside the home as an IT Project Manager, which takes up some of my time. Being mommy takes up the rest. I have set my goal of one blog post to my site a week. So far I have not met thar goal. 

I was all geared up this weekend to write a post and finish typing up the pattern for a new design. I opened my laptop to find that at somepoint in the last three weeks my lcd screen was destroyed making my laptop unusable! Lots of anger and frustration occurred over the weekend. 

Fortunately, being in the IT field, I know it can be fixed. I found a replacement lcd screen, I just have to order it. The installation is the easy part. Waiting, not so much. To pass that time I’ve set up my ipad to do blog posts and content editing. 

Oh yeah, I’ve also been knitting! I have two new designs that I am in the process of knitting. One is a 1920’s inspired cardigan and the other is a pair of fingerless mitts to match the cowl pattern I am typing up. I can’t share photos of those at this time. But I can share photos of my Find Your Fade Shawl that I am currently knitting. Enjoy!

The yarn for this project is:

Madelinetosh sock in Havana, Glass Bottom Boat, and Nassua Blue.

Manos Del Uruguay Alegria Sock in Tahiti.

Malabrigo Sock in Aniversario.

Pattern: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Find it at Drea Renee Knits on Ravelry! 

Pattern Design

The new designer in town

I decided it was time to create a website and blog to go along with my pattern design hobby. Even though my passion for knitting is a lifestyle, I still classify it as a hobby at this time because I work outside the home as an IT Project Manager. My goal for this site is to chronicle my journey into pattern design with the blog and share my designs. At this time I have 4 patterns available in my pattern shop on Ravelry. I have several designs in the works at this time and one design that just needs to have the pattern typed up and test knitted. I’m very excited to be on this journey and look forward to sharing my designs with everyone.