General, Life Updates, Uncategorized

Spring is finally here!

I’m so excited that Spring is finally starting to show up here. My redbud trees are blooming out and are looking better than last year. Hopefully my dogwood will start blooming out soon too.

With the arrival of Spring comes the outdoor activities that tend to interrupt my knitting. For example, last weekend we had a family Jeep invasion down at Robber’s Cave. Did I take my knitting with me? Yes I did. Did I accomplish much knitting? No I did not. I also had envisioned finishing up a new pattern that I wanted to publish this week as well, but alas that also did not happen.

Also, a new adventure that we are taking on as a family that will slightly impact my knitting time (though it will no doubt create some amazing places you can knit photos) is kayaking. We bought three kayaks for our family and are looking forward to some fun adventures on the water. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for excellent dry bags for my knitting pass those along! My kayak has a “water proof” storage, but I don’t know how much I trust that.

Here is a picture of the kayaks for my daughter (orange) and myself (green) on top of the hubby’s Jeep.

I’m working this week and this weekend on finishing up the pattern for a new brioche cowl (very basic and beginner friendly) that I intend to release for free in my Ravelry shop, hopefully next week (fingers crossed). Keep an eye out for that.

Other items on my to do list for spring is to get my design studio cleaned out and cleaned up. I have some major decluttering and organizing ahead of me for that. Right now it looks like two tornados hit it! Once I get it organized I have a lot of ideas for decorating the walls to make it a really creative and inspiring place.

I have so many ideas and plans for my fiber arts passion, there is a lot of planning and work going on behind the scenes here. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me in the fiber arts world.

Right now I am tied up in brioche knitting. I am working on a hat and cowl set for my daughter, and I started a second colorful hat just because.

Keep an eye out for two free patterns to be released as soon as I can get the pattern writing wrapped up. I also have a sweater pattern that is in the middle of the design process and a tunic/tank design that is at the beginning of the design process. I’m super excited for these patterns and cannot wait to share them with you!

~Happy Knitting~

Jess

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Pattern Design, Published Design

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!