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Oct 262011

Ruckowl Last Look | The Knitting Vortex

A slouchy cowl with textural ruckles, Ruckowl features a three dimensional tucked body and tidy turned hems. For a fun and warm matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch.
Size: S/M (M/L); 21 (24)” circumference, and 7” depth.
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size M/L shown in Paris Night.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Spare US 9 circular needle, for hemming brim; Stitch marker (1); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO and hem.
Gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.

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Ravenclaw Socks

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Oct 192011

Knitting has been slightly stalled during The Visit From The InLaws, but fortunately I’m back on track for WIP Wednesday.

As Harry Potter fans know, the game of Quidditch is essential wizard sport, as well as a chance to don House spirit regalia. And as knitting Harry Potter fans may know, the Ravelry Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup is a group of knitting, wizardly fans of all things HP. The House Cup, as we call it, is constantly evolving to provide more ways to knit stuff and be fanlike. This semester our lovely HeadMistress and tireless staff have introduced BROOMs as a new way to earn additional points for one’s house in the Cup; there are acronyms, secrecy and general role-play fun.

And in my case, there are Ravenclaw Socks:


Maybe I can get the second one started at Stitches East this weekend.

I Love Yarn!

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Oct 142011

The Craft Yarn Council has declared October 14 I Love Yarn day! Not one to miss a celebration, especially one involving yarn, today’s post is in honor of fibery goodness.

My yarn of the day is Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Lace, a luscious Merino Cashmere Nylon laceweight, in what is probably my all-time favorite colorway, Composition Book Grey.


Light and airy, yet with an element of luxury; and at 650 yards, just the thing for a laceweight Lumina.

The Craft Yarn Council suggests:

Show it off, tag with it, carry it, gather with friends. Declare your LOVE! Get involved.

  • Create an I Love Day Yarn badge
  • Teach someone to knit or crochet
  • Do something for charity
  • Wear a knitted or crocheted item
  • Give a gift of yarn
  • Take your yarn to work day
  • Host a yarn-a-bration party
  • Knit, crochet and craft in public

Although they dont mention “Buy Yarn,” that’s exactly what I intend to do tomorrow at Rhinebeck, thus extending my own personal celebration.

Yarn – what’s not to love? Happy I Love Yarn Day!

Ruckle Mitts

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Oct 122011

Ruckle Mitts Last Look | The Knitting Vortex

Casual fingerless handwarmers, the Ruckle Mitts have a built-in scrunchy tucked cuff, with tidy hemmed edges finishing each end. Fun to make and fresh to wear, they add relaxed chic to your outfit. For a matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch.
Size: S (M, L, XL); 6.5 (7.5, 8.25, 9)” palm circumference and 4.25 (5, 5.5, 6.25)” length from wrist. The cuff is approximately 3” long.
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size S shown in Azul Profundo.
Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 5 (3.75mm) circular needle for hems; Stitch markers (3); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO and hem; Stitch holder.
Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern. 

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More Ruckles?!

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Oct 062011

I did mention I’m into collections, right? I’ve made a whack of Ruckle hats, which I’ll show off a bit further along in this post. And the Mitts are in tech editing now, which means they’ll be released imminently. In the tradition of not leaving well enough alone, I’m also about to put the cowl out for testknitting.

I really prefer to shoot than model, but my favorite mannequin is away on her class trip, and time is ticking. Mr. Diva has a good sense of light, but alas, we differ in ideas of composition. Not to worry; the proto shots get the idea across.

One skein, semi-slouchy, and soft. After all, winter is coming.


And about those hats . . .


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Oct 042011

My son’s third grade art teacher approached me to ask if I’d be interested in helping with a knitting unit later in the year. Of course I said yes; it’s great to see fiber arts being given some play in the elementary arts curriculum. Her idea is to take the kids to see shearing and spinning, learn about how yarn is made, then teach them basic knitting and have them each make something. I consulted with some knitterly, teacherly friends, who suggested making our own needles out of dowels with decorative fimo clay ends, and knitting a little animal.


I read several instructions, and my first prototype is the GlitterBunny, so named because she is knit from Wool-Ease Chunky shot with a glitter strand. It’s hard to avoid bling, sometimes. Anyway, this is probably the first time in I dont know when that I’ve knit a square on straight metal needles (my dowel needles desperately need sanding before I can let them touch yarn).



She needs some tweaking, and some eyes, but I think she’s going to work out well.

Ruckling On

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Oct 022011

I admit that I tend to think in terms of collections, or variations on a theme. Maybe I’m even a little bit matchy-matchy. Once Ruckle was accepted for publication in Knitcircus, I immediately started to think about what else one might ruckle. Mitts? – check. The Ruckle Mitts are currently testing, and should be out soon.

And this month I’ve decided to write up a ruckle cowl; what better way to use my favorite Malabrigo Merino Worsted than on a next-to-skin-friendly, textural cowl?

The beginning looks promising.

Fall 2011 Pantone Color Forecast

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Oct 012011

Autumn is here, whether you live in a 4-season climate, or a place that’s less changeable. Here’s what you can expect to see in store, right now.

Pantone’s Fall 2011 Fashion color palette, presented back in spring when New York’s Fall Fashion Week unveiled designers’ vision for autumn, shows a painterly approach to fashion. I personally am drawn to the lower half of the palette, which is no surprise to my friends who describe me as liking “no-colors.” However, even I can see the beauty of the pop of a honeysuckle scarf in a deep teal and coffee outfit. And certainly for the circus ponies among you, there is no shortage of saturated fall tones, and no reason you cant mix them together.


A more detailed description, from Pantone:

Bamboo a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season. Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone. This dappled shade pairs dramatically with several of the top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.

Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the warmth of a glowing fire – the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall. Combine Emberglow with Coffee Liqueúr for a classic look, or with Honeysuckle for something a bit more retro. Add a spark with shoes or a handbag in Emberglow, or perhaps a patterned scarf combining purpled Phlox or Deep Teal.

Offering a sense of continuity from spring, dynamic Honeysuckle adds a bold punctuation point. This playful, reddish pink works with any other color in the palette, especially fall staples like Coffee Liqueúr and Nougat. To add some intensity, pair it with complementary Bamboo. Flirtatious and festive, Honeysuckle produces a healthy glow – great for cosmetics and holiday soirees.

Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding statement when worn on its own. Add Phlox to this season’s neutrals to create a bit of drama, or combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee Liqueúr for something extraordinary. To add even more excitement, pair Phlox with Honeysuckle or Bamboo against a Cedar background – a combination inspired by Mother Nature.

Evoking the freshness of a cool mist in a dark forest, Cedar is a versatile, mid-tone neutral green. It is a natural with Deep Teal, and sophisticated and timeless with Phlox or Orchid Hush. Deep Teal, a strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness. A great standard when used with Cedar, its color-wheel neighbor, Deep Teal is also a unique counterpoint to Honeysuckle.

Consumers continue to add stability to their wardrobes with neutrals. Rich, decadent Coffee Liqueur brings a sense of elegance to fall, and is a savory alternative to basic black. A deliciously warm camel tan, Nougat is tastefully embellished by Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle. Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones, blends well with any other color in the palette. Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains, as always, a practical, dependable staple.

And of course, men wear clothing too, thus there is men’s fashion. A bit more masculine doesn’t mean less vibrant, as Pantone describes thus:

Taking orange in a more masculine direction, Burnt Sienna serves as the standard, fall classic. Accent pieces including ties, scarves and pocket squares in this warm orange are a must. Providing men an alternative to Honeysuckle, Raspberry Wine has more sparkle than a merlot, making a statement with its vital red characteristics. The assemblage of Deep Teal, Cedar and Raspberry Wine is a spectacular composition. Cadet, the perfect marriage of blue and gray, is another indisputable classic, serving as a dependable backbone that can be worn from season to season. Magical purple Phlox blooms against a neutral background of Nougat, Coffee Liqueúr and Quarry.