Well 2019, you sure have not been dull I’ll give you that. I cannot believe that we are already half way through this year. I’ve made some good progress on some of my fiber arts related goals. I’m close to finishing up my first free cowl pattern that I hope to have released soon. I know soon is such a vague timeframe. I’ve written the pattern and putting the finishing touches on it. I just want to make sure the bind off instructions are clear and easy to follow and that I have all the necessary resources that a knitter might need to help.
My biggest project that I have been working on for well over a year, maybe almost two is my first sweater design. I’ve gotten one of the sleeves almost done and ready to start the cuff. I am so excited and proud of how this design is coming together. I still have a long long way to go to get this design ready. I still have to draft the pattern, grade it, and then a round or two of test knitting. Going into this I did not realize just how much effort that designers go through to publish those amazing sweater designs I had been knitting. I am determined to get this pattern out, I don’t know when, but it will be published.
In other news, it’s finally summer! YAY! Work is crazy busy, Alexis is in day camp for the summer that she is loving, and I got to break out the shorts and flip flops. It’s been a fairly rainy start to the summer, but that just means lot of knitting time.
What has everyone been up to? I hope you all are having a great start to your summers and finding time for lots of knitting.
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!
I’m going to be honest, I want people to knit my designs. I’m pretty sure that is one of the goals of all knit designers. Another honest moment, I started this pattern design journey but then I got away from the typing the patterns, taking the photos, and publishing the patterns. Sometimes life gets crazy and you have to let some things slide.
However, I am working my way back into it. I have three designs that I am working on typing up and editing. In the meantime I have a goal/desire to encourage more knitters to knit my patterns. I did some brainstorming and came up with the idea of offering one of my published patterns each month at a discounted price.
This offer starts today. For the entire month of April 2019, I am offering my Lagertha Cowl pattern 40% off.
You do not need a code to get the discount. All you have to do is add the pattern to your cart to get the discount. The promotion will run from April 1st through the 30th.
I’m very proud of this particular design and I wear it often in the fall and winter. The pattern features lace and garter sections which knit up quiet squishy and cozy.
For the sample I used Malabrigo sock yarn in complementary colorways. The lace sections are knit in Botichelli Red and the garter sections are knit in Eggplant. I absolutely love how this turned out!
I really hope you will check this pattern out and give it a knit! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to me on Ravelry (JessieLynn) or via email (email@example.com). I’d love to hear from you.
Tag me in your photos on instagram (@jess_knits) so I can see your beautiful Lagertha cowls!
Lets talk about knitted hats for a minute. I love a good hat pattern, bonus if it’s one I can knit on without having to have the pattern in front of me at all times.
A hat project is just the right size for lunch break and travel knitting. If the pattern calls for sock or fingering weight yarn you can easily fit it in a super cute project bag and carry it with you to all the places! Hat projects are also good for using up partial or leftover skeins of yarn.
I love all kinds of hat patterns, stranded, cabled, interesting construction techniques…. the possibilities are endless!
That being said, I want to share my go to easy knitting hat pattern. This pattern was written by one of my favorite pattern designers… Andrea Mowery creator and designer behind Drea Renee Knits. The pattern is called Harlow.
This hat pattern is knitted using the Brioche stitch. Now before you throw your hands up and declare that Brioche is too hard….I promise you can do this! Andrea provides links in the pattern to her amazing tutorial videos she posted on her YouTube channel where she demonstrates both brioche stitches for knit and purl and how to perform the decrease stitches for right and left slating decreases. You can find her YouTube channel HERE. She has great tutorial videos on a wide variety of cast on techniques and different knit stitches.
I know brioche can be intimidating, I had previously attempted to learn brioche a few times before I came across this particular pattern. I even bought a few brioche shawl patterns in the hopes of someday being able to actually knit brioche. Then I found Harlow. I loved everything about this pattern. It is unisex, I’ve knitted a couple hats for my husband with this pattern. It can be knit in two colors or a single color. It works well both with variegated and solid color yarns. It can be knit with leftover sock yarns. It is also reversible giving you two different looking hats if you knit it with two contrasting colors.
I’ve knitted several of these hats, and I have plans to knit several more. Once you get the brioche stitch down, it becomes a breeze! This pattern is just the right size for travel or lunch break knitting at work. It is also excellent for “places you can knit” pictures.
I really do love this pattern and how the end product turns out. Literally as I am working on this post, I finished one Harlow hat (see the last photo in the post) and immediately cast on for another one for my daughter. I highly recommend this pattern if you love hats, if you love brioche, if you want to learn brioche! It is very well written and Andrea provides so much support and information on how to do the stitches. I really feel like this pattern is a good beginner pattern for those who want to learn brioche knitting. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.
After knitting all of these hats, and falling in-love with the Brioche stitch, I now understand when Stephen West (another amazing knit designer) said “Brioche All The Things!”
Hello, my name is Jessica and I am a serial project starter. One thing has become very clear to me over this past year. I have way too many knitting projects on the needles. While I have not documented the exact number, off the top of my head I can thing of 3 cardigans (one is an original design I am working on), 2 blankets, 1 kids sweater for my daughter, 3 hats, 4 cowls (2 of them are original designs), a cotton market. bag which is going to be a Christmas gift, and a couple shawls. I’m sad to say I’m sure that is not all of it.
I get drawn in and carried away with the joy and pleasure casting on for a new project brings. I seriously do not have any self control when it comes to this. I’m currently fighting the urge to cast on the Fox Paw scarf kit I ordered from Craftsy on their Black Friday special. It’s a sickness I tell you! Adding to this sickness is my desire to learn and expand my knitting pallet by learning new techniques and skills each year. This year I mastered short rows and sweater construction. Next year will be the technique used in the Fox Paw scarf and steeking (which I am terrified yet determined to do).
I’m sure I am not the only knitter with the problem. I read posts on Facebook that other fellow knitters have posted about only being able to focus on one project at a time. I can’t decide if I envy them or feel sorry for them. I wonder how they manage to do it. Especially if they have lots of patterns in their library and the yarn to go with them.
I’m trying very very hard to not start another project until I have completed at least half of the projects I have on the needles. I know this will not be accomplished before 2018 rolls around. I am going to make it my first resolution of 2018 to complete all of my in progress projects before Thanksgiving. This is going to be a difficult task, but if I want to get my knitting under control and stop the feeling of drowning in projects I need to stick with it and get it done.
In addition to my knitting addiction, I also have my spinning wheel and weaving loom that demand attention. To be able to attend to those addictions, I need to get my craft studio all cleaned up and super organized. Another resolution for 2018. I have such grand ideas and plans for the new year. I’m looking forward posting about my progress throughout next year.
Anyone else suffer from the same affliction? I’d love to hear your story! I’d also love for you to join me in this venture next year to free ourselves from all of these partially done projects, so we can cast on for new ones!!!