I’m proud to present my first pattern in-print, Multnomah Falls.  Here’s a link to the preview on the Yarn Forward website, where you can see one of the amazing photographs from the magazine.  Here’s the Ravelry link.

This long-sleeved sweater with alternating cascading waterfall-like cables and dropped stitches has unique construction. The body is worked bottom-up with 1 by 1 ribbing that gracefully leads into meandering flowing cables. The top of the sweater has a square neck with 1 by 1 ribbing along the neckline and the sleeves are knit starting out with matching 1 by 1 ribbing that flows into alternating cascading waterfall cables and dropped stitches. The sleeves are worked bottom-up in the round until the underarm, and are bell-shaped, worked evenly until the upper arm increases. They are then worked back and forth, across the upper back, like a shrug, and grafted together at the center back, after the appropriate stitches are dropped. When binding off stitches for the neckline, armholes, and just before grafting the sleeve join at the center upper back, the center stitch of each reverse stockinette stitch section between cable panels is dropped, creating an open airy garment. The stitches on either side of the dropped stitches are twisted on every round, creating a nice crisp edge on either side of each dropped stitch.

And here are a select few of the 209 photographs R took of me on the beach and in the Eucalyptus forest (plus bonus photos of the dogs!) right off of the beach in Watsonville, just south of Santa Cruz.  My parents happened to be in town just before I had to mail the sweater to the UK, and they thought it would be nice to go to the beach one day with the dogs, so we went.  It was blisteringly hot in the South Bay that day, so it was nice to escape from the heat, but it was freezing cold on the beach, so it really was too much of a change, because we got a late start and by the time we got to the beach, we could see the fog rolling in.  It was super windy, as you can see in many of the photos, and combined with the fog, it made for a brutal damp cold.  We ate our picnic lunch in the shelter of the Eucalyptus grove, took a brisk walk on the beach with the dogs, and took some quick photos.

Here’s my mom attempting to cover up with a tiny towel during lunch. She remembered she also had a blanket in the car at some point during lunch, so she swapped them…

Here are some photos of Helix during lunch. It was very dusty and dust and dead grass clung to him. He’s kind of like a large mobile dust mop…

Here’s my parents’ dog Herta:

And here’s Mojo, looking at me off-screen, standing juuust out of reach…

Here you can see how windy it was, even sheltered by the Eucalyptus…

Here I am twirling around in the Eucalyptus grove…

When we headed to the beach, my mom had Helix’s leash and Herta’s leash and my dad had Mojo and Tek’s leashes. Somehow Helix got very tangled in his leash…

And here are some more photos of Multnomah Falls, on the beach:

I wanted to show that the sweater goes well with both a skirt and jeans, so I changed from my skirt into my jeans on the beach.  R continued to take photos, as he thought this was amusing…

Apparently, my parents’ dog Tek thought this was interesting as well… Here’s a closer look at Tek:

Here I am in jeans on the beach:

I will leave you with a photo of Mojo on the beach:

You can see more photos of Multnomah Falls on flickr here.

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For those of you waiting for Part 7, it’s a quick one!  I finished my Esmerelda earlier this week, so I’ll be posting the last instructions, Part 8, sometime soon!

Part 7: Right Sleeve Trim
Work sleeve trim as for Part 5.

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For those of you who haven’t been keeping up, Part 5 can be found here, and here are links to Part 4, Part 3, Part 2, and Part 1. You can find all of the instructions together on Ravelry in the Fiber Fiends group here. And you can find photos of my Esmerelda-in-progress on flickr here.

Now, on to Part 6, the Right Sleeve!

Right Sleeve

Place 20 (28, 27, 36, 34, 43, 42) held sts onto DPNs. Pick up and knit 31 (28, 34, 33, 40, 38, 44) sts. Knit 8 (4, 5, 17, 18, 14, 15) held sts in stockinette stitch. Place mkr, work Centered Cables pattern once, place mkr. Work remaining sts on holder in stockinette stitch. Rearrange 51 (56, 61, 69, 74, 81, 86) sts evenly onto DPNs.

Rnd 1: Work in pattern as established.

Rnd 2: K until mkr, m1R, sl mkr, work Centered Cables pattern, sl mkr, ssk, k to end of rnd.

Work Rnd 1 and Rnd 2 alternately. Decrease every 12th (10th, 10th, 8th, 8th, 7th, 6th) rnd 7 (10, 9, 13, 13, 16, 19) times. Sizes 30 (38, 42, 50): Decrease 1 st every 12th (10th, 8th, 7th) rnd once. 36 (36, 42, 42, 48, 48, 48) sts.

Decrease Rnd: K until 2 sts before mkr, k2tog, work in patt until 2nd mkr, sl mkr, ssk if on Rnd 2, ssk third and fourth sts after mkr, k to end of rnd.

All Sizes: Work in pattern until sleeve measures 17.25 (17.5, 17.75, 18.25, 19.25, 19.75, 20.25)” / 44 (44.5, 45, 46.5, 49, 50, 51.5) cm, or 1″ / 2.5 cm less than desired length, rearranging sts on DPNs as necessary.

Here’s a photo of my Esmerelda (Ravelry pattern link) through Part 7.

You can find more photos on flickr here.

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The Corsica pattern errata has just been updated both at FiberFiend.com and on Ravelry. If you purchased the pattern as a Ravelry download you should have automatically received a link to download the updated version.

In other news, be on the lookout for Esmerelda Part 6, the Right Sleeve, in the next few days!  I just worked the last decrease on my sample’s right sleeve, so hopefully I’ll get in a photo to show you as well.

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Aaaaaaand the winner is…….Jeanine Militello! (Who apparently has a Husky who looks remarkably like Siena.) She chose Corsica (Ravelry link) as her favorite pattern. Random.org picked number 6 (I took R out of the running)! Thank you to those of you who became fans of my Facebook page and entered the contest. Look for more pattern giveaways here on my blog, on Facebook, in the Ravelry Fiber Fiends Group, and on Twitter in the future!

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As I started working on Part 6 of Esmerelda (the right sleeve), I realized that I forgot to write out the decrease round instructions for Part 4 (the left sleeve), so I just added those to Part 4. I hope that wasn’t too confusing for anyone.  As always, you can find all the parts together in the Fiber Fiends Ravelry Group forum here.

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Part 5 is a quick one, after a long Part 4… AND as a bonus and perhaps an incentive for some of you, I have photos of my finished sleeve for show and tell!

NEW ABBREVIATIONS:
C2B: Sl next st to cable needle, hold to back of work, k1, k1 from cable needle.
C2F: Sl next st to cable needle, hold to front of work, k1, k1 from cable needle.

NEW STITCH PATTERN:

Baby Honeycomb Cable & Rib (worked in the rnd over 6 sts):
Rnd 1: C2B, C2F, p2.
Rnd 2: K4, p2.
Rnd 3: C2F, C2B, p2.
Rnd 4: As 2nd rnd.

Left Sleeve Trim:
Work rnds 1-4 of Baby Honeycomb Cable & Rib pattern 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8 ) times around sleeve. Work rnds 1-4 of pattern again. Bind off in pattern.

And now, to present my Esmerelda through Part 5…

You can see more photos in the flickr set here.

If you haven’t caught up, or you don’t know what’s going on, you can find Part 4 here, Part 3 here, Part 2 here and Part 1 here! You can find it all together on the Ravelry Fiber Fiends Group forum here!

Also, don’t forget the Facebook Page Pattern Giveaway! If you haven’t entered yet, all you have to do is head on over to the FiberFiend.com Facebook page, become a fan, and tell me what your favorite FiberFiend.com pattern is for a chance to win before September 1st!

Last night we had another Veggie Box Co-Op dinner. Spinnity, her husband, Seltsame, R and I get together every other week at either Spinnity’s house or my house and try to use up veggies from our CSA boxes from Two Small Farms. It was Spinnity’s idea, and R suggested we invite Seltsame to have more eaters than we would normally have, so we tend to use up more veggies, since it’s hard to use them all up in any given week with just 2 people. Whoever hosts makes the main dish, and the other couple brings a side dish or salad. Seltsame brings something to round out the meal. This week, I made beans and greens, stuffed hot peppers (stuffed with cheddar cheese, raisins, and almond slivers), corn bread, and asian pear pie with asian pears from my garden. Spinnity brought a delicious turnip side dish. And Seltsame brought some wine. I didn’t remember to photograph until dessert, but there were a few stuffed peppers left, and of course, the pie!

Stuffed peppers

Asian Pear Pie (made from my aunt’s apple pie recipe)

Of course they insisted on taking a photo of me and my pie…

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It’s time for a pattern giveaway! I’ve decided to host a pattern giveaway on my FiberFiend.com Facebook page.

Here’s what you have to do to enter: Become a fan of the FiberFiend.com Facebook Page. Leave a comment on the wall with your favorite FiberFiend.com pattern before September 1st to win!

On September 1st, I’ll choose a random number from all the comments as the winner (repeat comments will be deleted so each person only has one entry). That winner will get any pattern of their choice from FiberFiend.com.

Good Luck!
-Margit / Fiber Fiend

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I have bad news and good news. The good news is that I cast on my own Esmerelda a week ago and have caught what I believe to be all the mistakes in the pattern so far, and from now on, I’ll be knitting and designing the instructional steps before I release the new instructions, so Parts 4 through the end should be error-free. I also have Part 4, the left sleeve, for you today. The bad news is that when I finished knitting Part 3, I tried on my shrug and the armholes seemed a bit tight. I have skinny little arms, and I needed help to get the shrug off, so I measured and calculated, and decided that I needed to rip back the 3.5″ of the back piece that I had knit so that I could cast on more stitches for the underarms. I had followed a simple top-down raglan recipe that called for casting on 1″ of stitches for the underarms for all sizes, and that leaves the armholes undersized in all sizes. I’ve done all the calculations so that the armholes come out to the proper sizes, and the corrected instructions are at this link. I’ve also made minor corrections to the instructions for Parts 1 and 2. The total number of rows worked was off on Part 1, and Part 2 was missing a purl row (WS) before starting the cable pattern (RS).

And now on to Part 4!
NEW ABBREVIATION:
DPNs: Double-pointed needles

I measured my cable pattern gauge, and got one pattern repeat, 16 sts by 24 rows = 2″ unstretched, 3″ lightly stretched wide, by 3 3/4″ long.

Centered Cables (worked in the rnd over 16 sts, as on sleeves):
Rnd 1 (RS): K1, p2, (k2, p2) 3 times, k1.
Rnd 2 (RS): K1, p2, (k2, p2) 3 times, k1.
Rnd 3: T8B rib, T8F rib.
Rnd 4: As 2nd rnd.
5th to 14th rnds: Rep 1st and 2nd rnds 5 times.
Rnd 15: T8F rib, T8B rib.
Rnd 16: As 2nd rnd.
17th to 24th rnds: Rep 1st and 2nd rnds 4 times.

Left Sleeve
Place 20 (28, 27, 36, 34, 43, 42) held sts onto DPNs. Knit 8 (4, 5, 17, 18, 14, 15) sts in stockinette stitch. Place mkr, work Centered Cables pattern once, place mkr. Work remaining sts on holder in stockinette stitch. Pick up and knit 31 (28, 34, 33, 40, 38, 44) sts. Rearrange 51 (56, 61, 69, 74, 81, 86) sts evenly onto DPNs.

Rnd 1: Work in pattern as established.
Rnd 2: K until 2 sts before mkr, k2tog, sl mkr, work Centered Cables pattern, M1L, sl mkr, k to end of rnd.

Work Rnd 1 and Rnd 2 alternately. Decrease 2 sts every 12th (10th, 10th, 8th, 8th, 7th, 6th) rnd 7 (10, 9, 13, 13, 16, 19) times. Sizes 30 (38, 42, 50): Decrease 1 st every 12th (10th, 8th, 7th) rnd once. 36 (36, 42, 42, 48, 48, 48) sts.

Decrease Rnd: K until 4 sts before mkr, k2tog, work in patt until 2nd mkr, sl mkr, M1L if on Rnd 2, ssk, k to end of rnd.

All Sizes: Work in pattern until sleeve measures 17.25 (17.5, 17.75, 18.25, 19.25, 19.75, 20.25)” / 44 (44.5, 45, 46.5, 49, 50, 51.5) cm, or 1″ / 2.5 cm less than desired length, rearranging sts on DPNs as necessary.

Hopefully I’ll have a photo of my Esmerelda to share with you soon! (And all those other photos I promised to share!)

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Daebee noticed that the Part 3 instructions I posted for Esmerelda last week started with the wrong side (right instead of left).  I just corrected them, including switching the stitch counts around, because those were correct.  See this post for the updated instructions.  Since I’m not knitting the shrug as I’m designing it, and I’m used to designing things bottom-up instead of top-down, I got confused about which side you end up on after finishing a WS row.  Sorry about that!

In other news, I went to Sheetal‘s wedding over the weekend.  It was lots of fun, and she looked amazing.  The only bad part was that it was an outdoor wedding and right as she she started down the isle, the sky opened up and dumped profuse amounts of rain down on us, and continued to do so throughout the ceremony.  R and I found shelter under a tree just behind the seating area, where we kept mostly dry and still had a decent view.  There was a lovely lunch afterwards, and then a nice gap during which Spinnity and I (and our spouses) walked to a LYS (where I picked up 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden in a creamy color) and then I got to take a nap (because I was up until 3am the night before finishing knitting Sheetal’s stole for her evening outfit) before speeches, dinner, and dancing in the evening.  It was a super quick weekend, with lots of time spent on planes and in airports (our flight last night was delayed 1 1/2 hours so we spent about 5 hours in Dallas), but it was definitely worth the trip!  I’ll have to share some photos of the wedding, and of Italy… soon, I promise!

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