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Posts Tagged ‘3-color spiral’

Catching Up . . . with Twists, Colors, and Caps

Posted by mtmom on May 23, 2010

Little baby aspen leaves mean spring is spring-ing here on the mountain!

I’ve mostly been working on the swatch for my Cast On pattern submission, but a few other recent completions somehow missed being documented here, so I think it’s time for some catch-up!

First, here’s the current state of the “real” swatch (vs my multi-colored swatch for trying out motifs and yarns):

3 wide and 3 narrow motifs to choose among

Due in Ohio by June 1, so I’ve got to finish it and pack it off very soon.

I have 2 ideas yet to try, one involves the lean of the twisted stitches, the other. . . is secret for now!¬† ūüėČ

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Latest progress on Fair Isle sampler scarf, motifs from Philosopher’s Wool.

And here are some recent give-away projects:

"3-Color Spiral Cap"

"3-Color Spiral Cap", top view

trying out Red Heart "Soft" yarn, colorway "Embers"

trying out Noro "Silver Thaw"; hat and short scarf with buttons

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Finally, some yarn “progressions” — groups of similar hue and saturation/purity, but a range of light/dark value:

Shetland blues, by value

Knit Picks greens, by value

Shetland oranges, by value

Shetland purples, by value

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Cap and Cat and the “Business” of Knitting

Posted by mtmom on April 18, 2008

So sorry, gentle reader, to have let the silence grow so long.  Not quite sure how it happened.

Teen-genius has just returned triumphant from a trip to Minneapolis where he and his LifeSmarts teammates represented Arizona in the national competition and won “the whole enchiliada”!¬† They each received lots of prizes, including an iPhone and a $1200 Savings Bond.¬† Plus, they had a Really Good Time (hooray!).¬† I have personally benefited from his haul to the tune of one¬†floral-designed totebag and several Band-Aids.¬† [Long story, involving a cat, a dog, a fence, and a dermatologist.]

I have spent some time lately in adding a broad range of sizes to my 3-Color Spiral Cap pattern.¬† The new version is not posted yet — still fine tuning and testing.¬† I am¬†working toward having¬†kits to sell online.¬† [That’s right — yes — for money!¬† A first for Mt. Mom.]¬† Teen-genius has been working on website design, and I’ve been winding yarns and assembling the kits for (so far) two colorways.¬† Since each hat requires 3 yarns, I thought some knitters might appreciate the convenience of pre-measured mini-balls.¬† One of the gals in my knitting circle is currently test knitting one of the larger sizes, checking the clarity of the instructions and the accuracy of the suggested measurements/stitch-counts.¬† [Ah, the business of knitweat design!]

Here MiddleDD models the “maritime” colorway.¬† Maritime cap on K¬†

Chloe finds it interesting too.  maritime cap w chloe 

But what she REALLY likes is. . .  cat with milk carton lid

Maybe you’d recognize that item in its pre-cat-toy state:¬† milk carton¬†

“Oops!¬† Darn thing got away from me!”cat reaches under closet door¬†. . . “can’t . . . quite . . . reach . . . .”

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8-Trick Pocket Hat is done! And more Beginnings.

Posted by mtmom on March 28, 2008

Spring is proceeding.  Remember the shot of daffodil leaves, a week or so ago?  Well, here they are again, only bigger.  daffodil shoots

We also have tulips coming up.  tulip shoots

I finished the 8-Trick Pocket Hat!  Here it is, just before I grafted the top shut.  8-trick hat, pre-grafting 

This hat has been FUN to knit!¬† The back-join (see TECHknitting — link in sidebar)continued to give me problems, eventhough I had 4 yarn-changes to practice it on, so I varied it for the last stripe and it worked better for me that way.¬† Went ahead and darned the ends in more securely than specified.¬†

I, of course, immediately cast on for another project.¬† This will be, I hope, a new colorway for my 3-Color Spiral Cap pattern (available free in PDF here and on Ravelry).¬† I’ll try for truer colors in future photos; this is navy with medium green and light turquoise.¬† “We’re in the Navy now…!¬† La da da di dat ti dah.”¬† top of maritime cap

[BTW, see if you can spot signs of my Little Helper in each of these knitting photos!]

On the sock-design front, I have 2 sock-tops in progress:  one as the beginning of a sampler to show Lord Scott some possibilities. . .  purple sock top

. . . and one for my next pair of knee socks — gotta beat the sag!¬† gold apple pie sock top

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