Back Pain won. Unfortunately, I’m doing much worse this week. I saw my doctor on Monday and he poked around to see where exactly the pain is the worst and since then I’ve been pretty much constantly fighting off the urges to black out and be sick. As such, I’m taking the next 2 weeks off work and I’m not going to be able to make it to Lambtown.  I’m really bummed and frustrated.  If you’re looking for me, I’ll be in my IKEA Poang chair.

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Many of you have already received this pattern on a postcard at a fiber festival from me, but I ran out of postcards, so I decided I would create a pdf of this pattern so anyone can download it for free.

You can find the pattern written out and a link to the pdf on my blog here!

You can also find the pattern on Ravelry as a free Ravelry download here!

Enjoy! It’s a hat I designed to be knit up in my Fiber Fiend Bulky Handspun Superwash Merino yarn. It will work with the Bulky handspun Corriedale I spun up and will be spinning up as well. Or you can use any super bulky yarn!

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Since I mentioned it yesterday, I thought I had better have a proper post about it! My Trees Baby Sweater is an easy fair-isle sweater knits up quickly in worsted weight yarn! It’s the easiest of the three baby sweater patterns I have (the other two being Lizard Swirl Baby Sweater and Ladybird Baby Sweater), because all of the fair-isle is done in the round on the body of the sweater instead of back-and-forth on the yoke.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: 0-3[3-6,6-12,12-18,18-24] months

Gauge: 17 sts/24 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch

Skills: fair-isle, decreasing, picking up stitches

Shown in size 6-12 months, in Lion Brand Cotton Ease,
Colorways: Lake & Taupe

You can see more pictures in the Flickr gallery here. The Ravelry pattern link is here!

Thanks to Pauline for initially test-knitting and using her grandson as an adorable model, although as I told her she could, she gave the sweater to her irresistible grandson so I’m knitting a new sample!

I should also add a not about the buttons: you can wear them in the front or the back.  I designed all three sweaters with the intention of the buttons being in the back, but all four mothers I gave sweaters to put them on their children with the buttons on the front.  Who am I to tell people how to dress their children?  But I must say as a designer that I recommend you dress your child with the buttons in the back to avoid any potential choking hazard.  There, I said it.  =)

(Note: This pattern was first published at Stitches West 2008)

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I’m going to have a booth at Lambtown in Dixon, CA next Saturday July 19th, so if you’re in the neighborhood or up for a road trip, come on by and check it out! I’m hoping to have 2 new Fiber Fiend creations to debut: a felted cabled purse design called Wanda knit up in Fiber Fiend Bulky Wool in the Woods colorway (Ravelry Link) and a bunch of new hand-sewn sock needle cases! Of course I’ll have all of my other patterns on hand with samples as well as all of my hand-dyed yarn and fiber, hand-sewn project bags, handmade soaps, and my Fiber Fiend tote bags, t-shirts, and lapel pins. I’ll have two different kinds of Louet drop spindles as well.

Here’s a sneak peek of Wanda unfelted:

The cable detail:

And the seed stitch bottom (and side panels) for extra reinforcement:

There are more photos in the Flickr photo set, and you can find my Ravelry project here!

Perhaps even more exciting is that my mom, an oil painter, painted three small oil on canvas scenic paintings and three small acrylic on paper comical paintings of sheep for me to sell and I’ve made greeting cards from all of these sheep paintings to sell at Lambtown and later online! I don’t have pictures of those to share right now, but maybe later!

I’ll leave you with a photo of my Trees Baby Sweater sample body, since Pauline gave the sample she knit to her adorable grandson (in the photo below)!

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I just added links to the Flickr Galleries and Ravelry pattern pages to the last 3 patterns I posted.  Sorry I forgot about those when I first posted about the patterns!  I’ll try not to forget in the future!  =)

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So far I don’t have any entries, so if you want a free Corsica pattern or know someone who does, pass on the word and guess Helix’s weight on July 1st by leaving a comment on this post!
P.S. I’m up to 193 copies of Corsica sold, but I’ll hopefully sell quite a few at the Lambtown Fiber Festival in Dixon, CA (near Davis) on July 19th!

P.P.S. For those who might be wondering, I’m in WAY more pain after the lumbar epidural, and can hardly stand here, but I’m really hoping that will change soon.  Ok, time to go sit in my IKEA Poang chair again… with some ice, vicodin, & a muscle relaxer… oh, and some lunch…

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My top-down sock pattern Shake Your Fishtail uses a delicate short lace repeat that’s easy to memorize for a fun quick knit! Knit up in Fiber Fiend Panda Sock [60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon; 382 yd per 100g skein], it’s a great summer knit!

I know right now I only have one color left in stock of Panda Sock, but I have 9.81 lbs. of it sitting in my guest room waiting to be skeined and dyed as soon as my back heals. I also have about 10 lbs. of Shiny Sock (currently sold out) waiting to be skeined and dyed and I have about 6 lbs. of a brand new (!) Superwash Merino DK yarn waiting as well. Here’s hoping tomorrow’s lumbar epidural goes as well as all those other epidurals I hear about! 😉

Shake Your Fishtail
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: Women’s Medium
Gauge: 8 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Skills: Decreasing, Knit, Purl, Yarn Overs, Grafting
The above sock is shown in Fiber Fiend Panda Sock in the Amethyst colorway
Thanks to Jill for test knitting!
(Note: Pattern first published at Stitches West 2008)

[Added later] I forgot to mention that you can find more photos of Shake Your Fishtail in the Flickr gallery, and you can find the pattern on Ravelry here!

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Knit up one of these cuties for yourself or a child you know or a baby on the way! This fun Customizable Monster knits up quickly with wool and a furry novelty yarn held together. Choose a round nose or a long one; worsted or bulky weight wool; vertical or slanted oval eyes.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Sizes: 18″ tall (worsted) or 15″ tall (bulky)

Gauge: 14 sts/20 rows per 4 inches in stockinette stitch with bulky yarn and eyelash held together
18 sts/22 rows per 4 inches in stockinette stitch with worsted weight yarn and eyelash held together
20 sts/ 26 rows per 4 inches in stockinette stitch for nose

Skills: k2tog, ssk, kfb increase, m1L and m1R increases, short rows, knitting in the round

Shown in Cascade 220 Wool color: Christmas Red with Crystal Palace Yarns Fizz Variegated color 9401
Shown in Crystal Palace Yarns Iceland Solid colors: Glacier Blue and Thistle with Crystal Palace Yarns Fizz Stardust color: 4196

(Note: Pattern first published at Stitches West.)

[Added later] I forgot to mention that you can find more photos of the Customizable Monsters in the Flickr gallery, and you can find the pattern on Ravelry here!

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My top-down sock pattern Willamette, knit in Fiber Fiend Shiny Sock [50% Superwash Merino / 50% Tencel; 363 yd per 100g skein], combines lace with mini 2-stitch cables to create a delicate fun-to-knit sock

The above sock is shown in the Fern colorway. Thanks to Lisa for test-knitting!

(Note: This pattern was first published at Stitches West 2008.)

[Added later] I forgot to mention that you can find more photos of Willamette in the Flickr gallery, and you can find the pattern on Ravelry here!

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As of this morning I have sold 191 copies of Corsica. Whoever buys the 200th copy of the pattern will receive 3 free pattern pdfs of their choice! I have 17 other (non-free) patterns to choose from, with an 18th on the way in the next 2 weeks. Also, in honor of the 200th copy of Corsica sold, the 201st copy will be given away free!  All you have to do to be in the running is leave a comment on this post guessing how much Helix weighed yesterday (15 1/2 wks).

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