One more thing!  Here’s a $2 off coupon for the market!  Hope to see you there in booth 832!

Also, I finally put together the pattern for my Burana Jacket, so if you want a hard copy, stop by and pick one up, and if you want a pdf, you can buy one here now!  I’ll get the Ravelry download ready next week. You can queue it on Ravelry here.

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What a perfect thing to knit for Vestuary (Knitting vests in February) (Ravelry link) (Flickr Group)!  Not much time left, though!

My Textured Argyle and Diamond Vests just came out in the Knotions magazine Spring ’09 issue yesterday! You can find the vests on Ravelry here. I thought I’d share some extra photos for your viewing pleasure… Some of my favorites didn’t make it into the issue.

First off, the Textured Argyle Vest knit in my Fiber Fiend Yumm, in the Into the Woods colorway (which I will have a bunch of at Stitches West, in booth 832)!

Then we have the Textured Diamond Vest, knit in Knit Picks Main Line, in the Dusty Lavender Colorway.

Project details can be found on Ravelry here for the Textured Argyle Vest and here for the Textured Diamond Vest.

P.S.  I haven’t been feeling very well lately, but I do look forward to seeing some of you at Stitches West this weekend.  Look for me in booth 832!

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I had to edit the first Esmerelda instructions a bit in order for the stitch counts to work out right for the cable pattern in this next step…  I don’t think any of you should have to rip out more than two rows to adjust to the new instructions…

Here’s the sketch again, if any of you are new, so you know what I’m talking about. I’m designing this shrug as a knit-a-long and posting the instructions here on my blog and in the Fiber Fiends Ravelry Group.

And now, for the second installment….

NEW ABBREVIATIONS
K2tog: Knit two together
Rep: Repeat
RS: Right Side
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
St: Stitch
T8B rib: Sl next 4 sts onto cable needle, hold to back of work, k1, p2, k1 from left-hand needle, then k1, p2, k1 from cable needle.
T8F rib: Sl next 4 sts onto cable needle, hold to front of work, k1, p2, k1 from left-hand needle, then k1, p2, k1 from cable needle.
WS: Wrong Side

Sizes 30 (38, 54)” / 76 (96.5, 137) cm: Next Row * K until 1 st before mkr, k2tog, k1, sl mkr, k1 ssk, rep from * once, k until 1 st before mkr, k2tog, k1, sl mkr, k to end of row, slipping mkrs as you come to them. 96 (128, 192) sts.
Size 34” / 86.5cm: Next Row: *K until 1 st before mkr, m1L, k1, sl mkr, k1 m1R, rep from * 2 times, k to end of row, slipping mkrs as you come to them. 128 sts.
Size 42” / 107 cm: Next Row: *K until 1 st before mkr, m1L, k1, sl mkr, k1 m1R, rep from * 2 times, k until 1 st before mkr, m1L, k1, sl mkr, k to end of row. 160 sts.
Size 46” / 117 cm: *K until 1 st before mkr, k2tog, k1, sl mkr, k1 ssk, k until 1 st before mkr, k2tog, k to end of row, slipping mkrs as you come to them. 160 sts.
Size 50” / 127 cm: Work one increase row. 192 sts.

All Sizes: Purl 1 row, removing mkrs. Work rows 1-24 of Centered Cables pattern 6 (8, 8, 10, 10, 12, 12) times around shrug. See chart or instructions below.

Centered Cables (worked back and forth over 16 sts):
Row 1 (RS): K1, p2, (k2, p2) 3 times, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P1, k2, (p2, k2) 3 times, p1.
Row 3: T8B rib, T8F rib.
Row 4: As 2nd row.
5th to 14th rows: Rep 1st and 2nd rows 5 times.
Row 15: T8F rib, T8B rib.
Row 16: As 2nd row.
17th to 24th rows: Rep 1st and 2nd rows 4 times.

Expect the next instructions sometime around mid-March! =)

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While going back to work has been pretty much the same disaster it was in October, and I left today in tears, I do have something new to show you!  (Or, new to you!  I knit these two vests in September, actually, so I’ve been wearing them throughout the fall and winter, and they’ve kept me nice and warm!)  The Spring Knotions Preview is out, and while you can’t see much now, you’ll be able to see both vests from all angles on Monday when the full issue goes live.  What you can see here is a peek at the Textured Argyle Vest, knit in my Fiber Fiend Yumm, in the Into the Woods colorway.  The other vest is a variation on the theme, a Textured Diamond Vest, argyle without the lines, knit in Knit Picks Main Line, in Dusty Lavender.

I’ve always had a fascination with argyle, but I’ve never knit it because I have an aversion to intarsia. In comes the Textured Argyle Vest: the best of both worlds! It’s an argyle pattern, but it’s all texture, no intarsia! The combination of my hand-dyed yarn in the Into the Woods colorway with the argyle texture really reminds me of the forest, which I love. However, the argyle pattern is subtle, so if you want something more bold, go for the Diamond Vest, knit in Knit Picks Main Line. Both vests are knit bottom-up in the round with feminine waist shaping and overlapping square ribbed shawl collars. At the neckline and armholes, the vests are divided into three sections: left front, right front, and back, which are worked separately and then grafted together at the shoulders. They’re a quick knit and great to toss on over a crew-neck or a long-sleeved shirt.

Sizes: 28.5 (32, 35.5, 39, 42.5, 46.25, 49.75, 53.25)” to fit 30 (32, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” bust

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Argyle or Diamond Texture Pattern on US8/5.0 mm needles

Uses 410 – 738 yards worsted weight yarn

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After checking out this video, about Althea Crome, the woman who knit all the itty bitty sweaters for the movie on ridiculously small needles, I’ll have to pay special attention to the detail of the garments! Have you seen the pattern on Ravelry for the adult sized Coraline star sweater? Jenn Jarvis wrote it and published it on the Coraline movie website. I guess our very own Bobaknitter Tika, from Largely Unrepeatable, also wrote a pattern for adult sized Coraline gloves (Ravelry link).  Maybe this weekend I can make a trip to the movies!

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Here is the first installment of instructions for the Esmerelda shrug I’m designing as a Fiber Fiends Ravelry Group knit-a-long. I decided to also post the instructions here on my blog, as I think you have to in order to post the pattern as an official pattern in Ravelry, plus then those of you who haven’t joined Ravelry can also have access to the pattern (although why haven’t you joined Ravelry? It’s awesome!) I haven’t had time to start knitting my shrug yet, so let me know if you find any mistakes!

This piece is the yoke part of the shrug, knit top-down with raglan shaping, until just above the cable. See the sketch below for clarification. The cable and rib trim will be added last.


Esmerelda

by Fiber Fiend
Difficulty: Intermediate

This cabled shrug has a unique twist, with spiraling cabled sleeves. Esmerelda is worked top-down with raglan construction until the sleeves. The sleeve stitches are then put on holders while the back is worked back and forth. The sleeves are then worked top-down in the round until the desired length. Lastly, the trim is applied around the edge of the shrug, creating a shawl collar around the neckline. Esmerelda is made to fit tightly with minimal ease.

SIZE
30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches
Length: 12 (12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5, 15) inches

MATERIALS
Approximately 350 (350, 400, 450, 450, 500, 550) g worsted weight yarn
Shown in Fiber Fiend Yumm (100% fine wool; 250 yd / 229 m per 125g skein); color: Into the Fire; 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins, 750 (750, 1000, 1000, 1000, 1000, 1250) yd
1 set US #6/4 mm double-pointed needles
1 24-inch, 29-inch, or 32-inch US #6/4 mm circular needle
Stitch Markers of two types / colors
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Tapestry needle
Cable needle (optional)

GAUGE
20 sts/29 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

ABBREVIATIONS

K: Knit
M1L: Make 1 Left. Lift strand between st just worked and next st by inserting left needle from front to back, k through back loop.
M1R: Make 1 Right. Lift strand between st just worked and next st by inserting left needle from back to front, k through front loop.
Mkr: Marker
Sl: Slip

PATTERN
Yoke
Cast on 45 (50, 53, 57, 59, 64, 69) sts. Knit 2, place mkr, knit 8 (9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12), place mkr, knit 25 (28, 31, 33, 35, 38, 41), place mkr, knit 8 (9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12), place mkr, knit 2. Purl 1 row.

Increase Row: *K until 1 st before mkr, m1L, k1, sl mkr, k1 m1R, rep from * 3 times, k to end of row.

{I had to edit these next instructions a bit in order to make the next part work…}
Work increase row next row and every right side row until piece measures approximately 2 (2.5, 2.75, 3.25, 3.5, 4, 4.5)” / 5 (6.5, 7, 8.5, 9, 10, 11.5) cm, ending with a WS row. 7 (9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16) increases worked; 16 (20, 22, 26, 28, 32, 34) rows worked; 101 (122, 133, 153, 163, 184, 197) sts.

I can’t wait to see what some of your shrugs look like!

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I went back to work last Thursday, because my long-term disability claim was denied, and I was starting to feel somewhat better.  I had gone 3 days without migraines, and as it turns out, that was about the breaking point.  I’ve only had one migraine since I returned to work.  I reduced my pain medication dosage last Wednesday, and again on Monday, so I think and hope that my migraines have cleared up to only be occasional from now on.  The bad news is that my back pain returned to being constant and pretty intolerable on Friday, after two days at work (and I can’t take any extra pain meds).  The chairs there are just not comfortable.  So, yesterday morning, R took one of our chairs in from home for me to try out at work, since I’ve been spending a decent amount of time sitting in it at home and I didn’t seem to have too much pain.  I’ll see how it goes…

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I really need to finish posting about TNNA, because it was so amazing, but in the meantime, I’m going to tell you a little bit about Stitches West, because it’s coming up soon! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much — I’ve been super busy and I’ve had a lot of migraines. So, here’s the scoop!

If you’re local to the Bay Area, or if you’ll be in town sometime during February 26th through March 1st, stop by booth 832 at Stitches West and say “Hi!” There’s a show preview for people taking classes on Thursday night from 5-8pm, and the market is open to the general public on Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm, and on Sunday from 10am-4pm. For any of you going to the Fashion Show, Sicily and my Burana Jacket will be shown, so keep an eye out for them!

All my inventory will be with me in booth 832, along with pattern samples for each of my patterns! My inventory now includes: my entire line of original knitting patterns, my hand-dyed yarn and fiber, my mom’s framed original oil and acrylic paintings and greeting cards made from them, my hand-crafted soaps and hand-sewn project bags, Fiber Fiend tote bags, t-shirts, & lapel pins, Louet octagon and top-whorl drop spindles, & even more!

You can find most things that will be in my booth on my website. It doesn’t have the T-shirts/Tote Bags/Lapel Pins, Drop Spindles, Paintings or Greeting Cards, but I hope to have that stuff up on the site sometime soon.

I hope to see many of you there, and some of you with your Esmerelda shrugs in progress! Unfortunately, since I’ve had so many problems with my health recently, I only think I’ll be able to get 2-3 sets of instructions out before Stitches, but that should be enough to have some people with some interesting work to show! I should have the first instructions out in the next week or so.

Cheers!
-Margit

P.S. You can RSVP for Stitches West on my FiberFiend.com Facebook page if you scroll down on the main page on the right hand side you’ll see Events, and there’s only 1 event, so click on Stitches West, Booth 832 under Events, and you can RSVP to let me know you’re coming by the booth!

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