Tag: ravelry

The Closest Thing I Know To Being Pregnant • The Cobbler Cowl Pattern Release

I feel like I’ve been pregnant these past few months. I was creating something special. There were days when I felt stressed and frustrated. Sometimes, I felt worried. But other days, a strange bout of confidence and euphoria would take over! These last few days felt like the final hours in the hospital bed. I wanted to scream and pull my hair out. I wanted those who were supporting me to be close, and yet I could feel myself squeezing their hands. Today, my baby is welcomed into the world. Today is The Cobbler Cowl pattern release day. Congratulations, it’s a…cowl?

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I began this concept back in January, out of the fed up-ness of trying to make things for other people. I wanted to make something for myself. Strangely enough, not a lot of planning went into the original version. I just started knitting. I liked it, and other people liked it too. While I do alright with likes on Instagram, I started noticing more people leaving comments. Strangers in public who normally minded their own business began asking questions. It felt like a winner, thus it was destined to be shared.

So, I drafted up the pattern. I edited, and I revised. I scrapped entire documents to start over multiple times. My yarn friend Kate was supportive enough to not only test knit the pattern in its early stages of being constructed (mostly through math and visualization), but chose a wonderful colour combination of her yarn and allowed me to use it as the sample for the official pattern. It has certainly been a dream to be collaborating on a project like this, as if releasing my own pattern wasn’t thrilling enough.

I managed to recruit a few more test knitters to test the math on the other sizes. Lucky me somehow drew the interest of another fairly popular yarn dyer. She was a fantastic tester. She chose amazing hand dyed yarns and posted well-crafted photos with captions and comments that generously promoted me. I later found out she won’t even get to wear the cowl because it’s not cold enough where she lives! Seems like she’s using it as a display piece to showcase her yarn however, which again works out in my favour.

Alas, I present to you, The Cobbler Cowl. Now available in the shop and on Ravelry at a discounted rate for the first week only! Furthermore, the first 25 buyers will receive a 20% off coupon code for Fidley Dyeworks yarn!

Get the pattern on Ravelry, or in the WWK Shop.

And, don’t forget your yarn!

Make sure to Instagram your projects with #wintersweatherknits and tag me @wintersweatherknits so I can see them!

 

“That’s the beauty of it. You’ve got the rest of your life to knit them all.” • Pay It Forward Shawl

The days are getting longer, and I’m beginning to wake up to sunshine. Looking out the window, you could assume Spring is here. Only the keen observer would notice that the trees are bare, and the dew on the grass was frost just a few hours earlier. What exactly does one do in this rather confusing situation? Well, you make a Spring-inspired shawl, of course!

A little while ago, I got my hands on a skein of merino sock yarn with this lovely pink and green speckle, and a skein of tonal army green to match. Looking at them in my stash gave me butterflies (and not just because of the Spring colours)! I browsed so many amazing patterns, but struggled to commit to just one. I sought reassurance from Kate and received an unexpectedly wise response: “That’s the beauty of it. You’ve got the rest of your life to knit them all.”

Alas, I settled on Pay It Forward, designed by one of my favourite local designers, Wolf and Faun Knits. While I had originally planned to knit a shawl with open lace and floral designs, this was the pattern I could imagine knit up with my yarn. The majority of the shawl is a simple garter stitch, with the occasional row of eyelets. The uniqueness comes from the asymmetrical drape and the picot edging.

Of course, I gave the shawl my own WWK twist. I used needles 2 sizes up from the recommended size in order to achieve more drape. Also, I wanted to maximize the use of my yarn, so about halfway through I went rogue on the pattern and made up some extra rows of striping. I believe my final product is a fair bit larger than the pattern intended. It turned out beautifully though, and I still get butterflies when I look at it. More so, it’s lovely to support local in the both yarn and pattern departments.

I’m going to be rocking this shawl everywhere while the weather is in this perfect Winter-Spring transition state!

((On a frustrated and grumpy sidenote, I’m so upset that the quality of the pictures I have been uploading for the blog is so terrible! They look beautiful when I export them, but the minute they get uploaded they turn blurry and gray. I have been trying so hard to figure out why and modify appropriately, but nothing is working so far. So, sorry. Even Instagram is maintaining the quality of my photos better, so most likely I’ll be uploading more photos there and reducing the number of photos included in the blogs. If anyone has suggestions, please share.))

Pender Cardigan (#wip pt. 3/3)

Glad to be getting back into weekly blogs. In the time I’ve been away, I’ve completed quite the number of projects, which you would have seen if you’re following me on instagram. If not, no worries! I will be rolling out new posts for old projects over the weeks to come!

First up is the final post of my Pender Cardigan wip…It’s complete!! I had originally intended to have another check-in post before the final product, but I got swept up with the website move and completed the cardigan without stopping to take photos.

I did take the time to note down my thoughts as I worked through it though, so here they are. To see the final product, skip to the bottom of the page.

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As I get closer to the end of a large project, I start to get nervous as to whether or not it will turn out like I imagined, particularly with knits that need to be blocked. It’s the point where I’ve already committed so much to it, that any changes that need to be made may involve significant backtracking.

After attaching the sleeves to the body as instructed in the pattern, I found it difficult to work with the rest of the garment because it became quite bulky. I have suspicions my sleeves ended up too long for my body, so I removed them and started putting together the collar first. I also ran into some issues with picking up stitches on the collar, so I went ahead and modified to achieve what I wanted (yet again, I have failed to complete a pattern the way it was instructed…oops). After trying it on at this point, I’ve fallen in love with it all over again! The stitch definition is looking so good and it is holding its shape incredibly well.

Here’s how it looked without the sleeves and hem. It looked so amazing I was almost tempted to leave it as a vest instead!

I went on to add the bottom hem, which I also shortened both length and widthwise to give a shorter and tighter look. Halfway through the hemline, I tried it on and got chills!

Full disclosure, I actually finished all the components within 3 weeks of starting, but left it sitting for another month because of my pure hatred of seaming. I found myself more enticed by other knitting projects that I never sat down to tidy up. Blocking was a whole other ordeal. I finally committed to finishing when my custom made ceramic buttons were finished. They really tied the piece together (literally.) so it was a perfect finish.

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Alas, all the coziness in a coat. It definitely turned out to be more of an outerwear style jacket than a cardigan. I’d love to remake the pattern in a worsted weight to see what it would look like. I do also wish there was one more button up top to close the neckline a little more. This just means another Pender Cardigan is in my future for 2018!

Ceramic buttons by One Bear Ceramics.

Get the pattern for yourself on Ravelry and check out Lindsay’s Instagram page for other amazing knits.

Pender Cardigan (#wip pt. 2/3)

Pender Cardigan (#wip pt. 2/3)

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This cardigan is working up much faster than I anticipated!

All of this past week, what got me through the day was knowing I was coming home to this project. Even after a long day of work, I somehow still had the brain capacity to decipher chart instructions.

I just got through the largest and what appears to be the most difficult part of the pattern, the back. Now I can see the cardigan coming together! I have just casted on the first sleeve, feeling much more confident about what I am doing.

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The design on the back of this pattern is just dreamy. Without planning it, my last row happened to fall on the point of the diamond, which absolutely thrills my OCD mind. I was also a little bit concerned about the stiffness of the swatch because of my gauge, but now that the piece is so large, it’s actually turned out to hold its shape with just enough squishiness.

Next up, the sleeves and collar!

Pender Cardigan (#wip pt. 1/3)

Pender Cardigan (#wip pt. 1/3)

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I’ve been dreaming of this cardigan since the first photo I ever saw of it surfaced on Instagram. All the teasers and promotional pics really got me, and I anxiously awaited the pattern release at Knit City 2017.

The pattern was written over the summer by Lindsay of Standard Knits for the Hinterland Straits collection. Lindsay was one of the first local knitters I started following when I discovered the world of makers out there, so it seems fitting that her pattern be one of the first I ever buy and follow to a T. I’m notoriously bad at following other people’s patterns because I get so distracted by my own ideas and end up making alterations or creating my own design altogether. The amount of technical skill involved in this pattern forces me to stick to the instructions!

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So far I’ve already had to frog 2 pocket linings and half of a front panel because it took me THAT long to realize I was reading the charts wrong. I have avoided chart work through my entire knitting career, and every time I have attempted to learn, I gave up and managed to find some sort of written pattern instead. This time there is no escape. The second time through I already had an understanding of the concepts, so reading the charts became almost unnecessary, though now I can match the actual design to the chart to hopefully help me understand the rest of the cardigan. I should add that at this point I am only reading a 2 line chart… The learning curve is steep.

I have also had to frog another 8 rows or so because I missed a decrease in the pattern simply due to lack of attentiveness, and it took me awhile to realize why my stitch count wasn’t adding up.

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Now I’m back on track and will have an entire right front panel by the end of the day!

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Pattern: Yarnivores

Pattern: Yarnivores

My little monsters have an official pattern…and a name!

These creatures have been living in my head for some time now. I had made one a long time ago during a stressful exam period to try and de-stress, but I never really took the time to note down my procedure…until now!

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Each monster is based on some creature in the animal kingdom, with sharp-toothed underbites and a zombie-like gaze. While they don’t have arms, they have long dangly legs that are super cute when hanging off the edge of a shelf or similar piece of furniture. Mine also wear socks as a tiny homage to The Sidewalk Sock Project.

The official pattern is up on my Ravelry webstore if you are interested in purchasing it. The pattern includes step by step instructions for the basic features with lots of photos. Additional features are up to your creativity but I have found hearts, pockets, bows, and bellybuttons very cute.

A few little tips for my blog visitors:

  • Make a heavy bean bag!
    • The heavier, the easier it will be for the monster to sit without falling backwards because of his legs. I personally also prefer the heavier feel. It kind of reminds me of carrying around a little sack-of-flour-baby (a school project I never got to do)
  • Always consider if you will need to sew the piece you are working on before you fasten off.
    • It is way neater (and easier) to leave a long tail when fastening off than using a whole new piece of yarn to sew pieces together
  • When attaching limbs and other features, use your darning needle to pull the extra tails left over in through the body and trim on the other side, hiding the tail inside.
    • Not exactly a secret, but learning this technique was super helpful when I was a beginner!
  • If you can knit, I like to make the face panel in a simple stockinette stitch, and the teeth using the beginning row of entrelac.
    • It gives a nice contrast to the crochet body.
  • The socks I made are just shorter versions of the legs with an extra increase round so they are just a tiny bit bigger than the leg.

We had some guests in our photoshoot. (L) A little toothless baby version of my original. (R) Curious puppy.

Summer is the perfect time for amigurumi! I hope you enjoy the pattern. (:

Reyna Shawl

Mom: “I think I like triangle scarves.”

Me: “Oh yeah?”

Mom: “You know they are in fashion this season…everyone is wearing them.”

Me: “I think they’ve always been in fashion…I remember wearing triangle scarves a few years ago. In fact, I thought they were in fashion then…are you sure they’re still in fashion now?”

Mom: “Of course!!! Remember how I wore my scarves when we were in California? I think I’ve gotten over cowls. I like the triangle shape now.”

Me: “I still like cowls…but triangles are nice too!”

Mom: “Yeah, I don’t want to wear cowls anymore.”

Me: “Okay, I’ll make you a triangle scarf.”

This is one of my better quality projects. I used this pattern from Ravelry and had my first experience with eyelets (and knitting a triangle…from the middle of an edge?! Blasphemy.).

Momsy’s happy. Joey’s happy. Win-win. (:

Ravelry

For those wondering, the website where I get most of my knitting/crochet patterns from is Ravelry. I have an account which allows me to look through patterns and save the ones I like, though I believe you can still access (at least some) patterns without an account. Some patterns cost money, but many are free!

I love it because it has a very user-friendly set of search filters for finding the perfect pattern. It also has descriptions, tips, and photos left by others who have tried the pattern and made their own projects.

Another feature I use often is the yarn search tab, where I can research a type of yarn to see what others think of it and get project ideas based on the type of yarn I have. I usually have balls of yarn sitting around waiting to be made into something because I bought it without any specific project in mind. Sometimes when shopping you just see nice things you love so much you have to have it, right?! I have also become labelled as “the knitter” among my peers, so it’s quite common that people will see yarn in a store and buy it for me knowing that I will create something with it.

My crafting process goes something like this:

  • Get inspired by something//Have a cool idea
  • Look up pictures of similar ideas or concepts
  • Go to Ravelry to look for pattern
  • Adapt pattern to suit my needs
  • Google or Youtube any specific techniques listed in pattern that I don’t know how to do
    • Youtube is really a lifesaver when it comes to all things DIY. I find it super helpful to be able to see someone doing the step rather than just reading about it or looking at pictures.

Hope you found this little post helpful! Good luck crafting (: