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Yarn never gets boring

Ebb & Flow knit lace scarf pattern by Color Energy Designs
Finally getting organized!
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There are so many things I enjoy about knitting - the patterns, the shapes, the history, the yarn, the community. And it never gets boring which is a huge bonus for me. I know it seems like I get bored for the amount of WIPS I currently have but the truth is I get so excited when a new yarn or a new pattern crosses my sights that I have to stop what I'm doing and cast on right that second. I do cycle back around to those less sparkly projects....eventually.

Right now I'm enjoying a Craftsy class (Lace Shawl Design with Miriam Felton) and you know what that means - more projects! And with any luck, more patterns for my Etsy Shop. Right now I'm midway through a simple lace design scarf project. Ebb & Flow is knitting up in a nice rustic wool yarn in burnt orange. It's going to be perfect for the autumn.

As I'm taking the course I can't help but look through my handspun yarns. The worsted weights are nice but I'm still trying to decide how to incorporate some negative space in future knit pieces. There's so many stitches, so many yarns and just plain not enough hours in the day. But that doesn't stop me from absolutely filling as many minutes as I can with yarn. And you know what? I'm never bored. :)

The Color Cure for the Winter Blues

Recently I have been from one extreme to the other - painting, knitting, spinning, dyeing, wire-wrapping - I'm suffering from a lack of focus. At least I felt that way until I started looking at my individual projects: coral baby booties, lime-green snuggly socks, turquoise mesh bag, copper and brass pretty dangly things (to name a few).
I'm not suffering from a lack of focus - I'm suffering from the end of Winter lack of color! And today I found the cure. While adding an item to my Etsy store, I happened to see a blip on the side of the screen about creating a Treasury. Treasury? I clicked - it sounded...different. It's a bit like Pinterest but all in one neat little package on the same site.
Etsy said I could pick 16 items for my treasury and at first I thought it would be impossible to fill those 4 by 4 squares but then I went on my color clicking mission. I highly recommend the exercise at least once - you won't believe how much fun it is and it won't cost a thing - unless that vintage frame and boho bag just can't be turned down. (You're going to shop - why not support an Indy?)

There once was a girl with a golden curl .... the middle of her forehead.
When she was good - she was very good.
When she was bad - she was horrid.

Years ago my mother made similar hats for my younger sisters. Sadly, both she and her crafting room are no longer available for advice or patterns. My sisters and I have looked high and low for the original pattern without success. Then we decided why keep looking when we can just make one. (A benefit of craftability - no, it's not a word but it should be!)

Girl with a Curl Bonnet

Materials used - Red Heart Super Saver yarn in yellow & white plus a very small amount of blue and pink. (This was all from my stash basket but certainly everything was less than one skein)

This was made in two pieces. The back was made by working rows of single crochet and the bonnet part was made by working a long rectangle of loop stitches. I attached the bonnet to the back using a whip stitch and then embroidered the curl and face on the back. Voila! Craftability once again to the rescue.

Unfortunately, I did not write this down as I was working but I think the crafty person can tailor this to their needs. Here is a link to the youtube video I used for the loop stitch tutorial (lots of fun!) Crochet Loop Stitch

© 2013 E. Stilson-Ouderkirk

Adirondack Hat - My Mountain Design contest submission

Recently, I opened a Vogue Knitting email to read about the My Mountain design contest and they were giving away balls of Schachenmayr yarn. Giving it away and all I had to do was ask? I clicked on the email link and had a design forming in my head before I was even aware of conscious thought. The pattern below was my submission.  I hadn't previously tried the yarn but I am a huge fan of it now. If you haven't tried it - you need to. It's soft and bulky and warm and just everything you would want for a winter hat. Visit the Schachenmayr web site for yarn information and free patterns! (

Adirondack Hat/Cowl

2 skeins Schachenmayr Boston Style
Size 8 circular needle (16")
Size 7 DPN

K = knit
P = purl
K2T = knit 2 together
YO = yarn over
PM = place marker

Cast on 56 stitches using the long tail method.

Set up row: PM; join and knit each stitch around, being careful not to twist row.

Row 1:  *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2:  K all stitches.

Repeat rows until piece measures 8", ending with Row 1 of pattern.

Next row: *K2T, yo, K4. Repeat from * to last 6 stitches. K6.
Next row:  K all stitches.
Next 2 rows: repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Bind off loosely.

Using the double point needles knit a 3 stitch I-cord 22" in length. Lace through openings at top of hat/cowl. Make pom-poms or tassels for the each end of the cord.

To wear as a cowl, simply slip it over your head. As a hat, pull the cord tight and tie it up.

© 2013 E. Stilson-Ouderkirk

Daisy Napkin Rings

Who's ready for Spring? I was ready long before the first flakes of snow ever hit the ground last October. I really want to see some color (other than white) so I decided to make my own flowers. The festive colors are a welcome change from this northeast winter and the white landscape outside my kitchen window.  I'm already thinking ahead to placemats, cozies and some new curtains with some colorful daisy trim. I am determined to have a one season only kitchen! Get rid of the winter blahs - add some color!

I'm offering the Daisy Napkins Rings pattern as a free download - just sign up to get my newsletter. And don't worry - I only post about once a month (I don't want to take away from your yarn time).

© 2013 E. Stilson-Ouderkirk

Fearcorbda Capelet

Two things interest me: genealogy and fiber art history. I am fascinated by fiber art history in particular. I've spent a great deal of time in yarn shops, taking in all the colors, the textures, the endless possibilities! I can't help but wonder at the contributions our ancestors made for us and find myself asking questions. Questions like how did they arrive at the process of spinning fiber, who was the first person to discover the process, why did they take two sticks and a ball of string to make something? Sadly, we will never have the answers to these questions but we can certainly take the time to acknowledge their contributions. And we do, every time we dive into a dog-eared pattern book with needles and yarn stash at the ready.

My love of genealogy was the inspiration for the name of this pattern. Fearcorbda of Alba (also known as Scotland) resides in the distant branches of my family tree. The only information I have been able to find to date is that she was born in 677 and died 723 AD. Fashion of the day for that region was practical-oriented and probably would not have included a capelet. But I'd like to think the women of that era would have taken the time to make something fancy for themselves because "they're worth it"!

 The Fearcorbda pattern is now available as an immediate download in the store! Don't forget to create an account while you're there and you'll always have access to your file.

Annabel Lee Arm Warmers

I love knitting and now I've discovered a new passion - designing! This design for arm warmers reminds me of the Victorian era, so with homage to Edgar Allen Poe, I've named them Annabel Lee. I hope you have as much fun making them as I had designing them. 

Yarn: Red Heart super saver, color 4321 - spa blue fleck, 1 skein 

Needles: 1 set straight, size 7 & 1 set dpn, size 6 

k = knit
p = purl
k2t = knit 2 together
yo = yarn over
sl = slip 1
psso = pass slipped stitch over

Using straight needles co 39 st. Work one row knit (counts as wrong side) then turn. 
Switch to dpn, knit next row spacing the stitches evenly, join to beginning. 

Next round (counts as Rnd 3): place marker, knit around. 
Rnd 4: purl around. 

Rnd 5: k5, yo, *k3, s1, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1, yo. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches: k3, yo, k5. 

Rnd 6: knit around. 

Odd Rnds 7-17: repeat Rnd 5. 
Even Rnds 8-16: repeat Rnd 6. 

Rnd 18: (decrease Rnd) k3, k2t, knit around to last 5 stitches, k2t, k3

Odd Rnds 19-25: k4, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 7 stitches: k3, yo, k4.

Even Rnds 20-24: repeat Rnd 6. 

Rnd 26: (decrease Rnd) k2, k2t, knit around to last 4 stitches, k2t, k2.

Odd Rnds 27-33: k3, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 6 stitches: k3, yo, k3.

Even Rnds 28-32: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 34: (decrease Rnd) k1, k2t, knit around to last 3 stitches, k2t, k1.

Odd Rnds 35-41:  k2, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 5 stitches: k3, yo, k2.

Even Rnds 36-40: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 42: (decrease Rnd) k2t, knit around to last 2 stitches, k2t.

Odd Rnds 43-45: k1, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches: k3, yo, k1. 

Even Rnds 44-46: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 47: (increase for thumb gusset) Inc 1 in 1st, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 4 stiches: k3, yo, inc 1 in last st.

Even Rnds 48-60: repeat Rnd 6.

Odd Rnds 49-59: continue in established pattern increasing 1 st before first yo and increasing 1 st after last yo of Rnd.

Odd Rnds 61-63: k8,  yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 11 stitches: k3, yo, k8. 

Rnd 62: p7, k1,  yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 11 stitches: k3, yo, k1, p7.  

Rnd 64: bind off 7 purlwise, k1,  yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 11 stitches: k3, yo, k1, bind off last 7 purlwise, break off yarn.  

Odd Rnds 65-67: join yarn,  k1, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, k3, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches: k3, yo, k1.  

Even Rnds 66-68: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 69: purl around.

Rnd 70: knit around.

Rnd 71: bind off purlwise, break off yarn and weave in ends.



© 2013 E. Stilson-Ouderkirk