Steamy

Okay, I put this one off hoping it would be up on Ravelry soon, but I am tired of waiting! The final pattern in my series with Salt River Mills is a two-fer. The pretty lace cowl Steamy comes with bonus boot toppers! This is another fairly quick knit, working up in as little as a weekend.

steamy cowl

The deceptively easy dropped stitch pattern adds fabric quickly, and really shows off the fuzzy halo of the Suri-angora yarn. It’s also quite stylish!

steamy toppers

For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the pattern pages on the North American Suri Co. site. When it is finally up on Ravelry, I will update this post to include that link too.

Tangled

The next pattern in my series with Salt River Mills is the fun cabled cardigan Tangled!

tangled front

This great, slightly retro sweater is completely covered in awesomely tangled cables. Combine cables with the textured aplaca yarn, and you have one fabulously warm cardi. While its yarn twin Furrowed is ideal for beginning knitters, this one is designed for the more adventurous set.

tangled back

For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the pattern pages on Ravelry and the North American Suri Co. site.

Ice Blossoms

The next pattern in my series with Salt River Mills is a gorgeous lace scarf called Ice Blossoms. Ice blossoms (aka frost flowers) are a natural phenomenon that occurs when thin ribbons of ice are extruded from pores in the soil or cracks in plant stems during the coldest parts of winter. There’s nothing quite like a shiny “flower” in the dead of winter, whether they’re from ice or a cozy Suri-silk blend!

ice blossoms detail

The best part about this elegant lace scarf? It’s completely reversible! I am a serious sucker for reversible scarves, and reversible lace in particular. For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the pattern pages on Ravelry and the North American Suri Co. site.

ice blossoms close

Furrowed

The first pattern in my Salt River Mills collection is Furrowed. This quick and easy headband is great for a beginning knitter or someone just venturing into alpaca (or boutique yarns) for the first time.

furrowed

It’s knit in a great textured Suri yarn, and works up with less than one skein in as little as a single afternoon. It makes a great “palette cleanser” during a longer, more intense project or a perfect last-minute gift! Be sure to check out the pattern page on Ravelry for more details and photos.

Salt River Mills Collection

If you follow my designs on Ravelry, you’ve no doubt noticed a few new ones popping up this week! Salt River Mills has begun releasing their new collection, which includes four patterns by me, just in time for TNNA! The patterns will all be available on Ravelry, as well as from the North American Suri company and I believe several of the alpaca farms they work with. I will post here over the next couple days with some basic info on each!

tangled detail ice blossoms detail

Updates

So I suppose ya’ll are wondering where I’ve been lately, huh? Well, the biggest part of that answer is…work. Not the fun designing kind, but the (usually also fun, but currently exhausting) kind that pays the bills. I won’t bore you with the details. Instead, here are some more exciting things that have been keeping me busy.

strawberries

The garden is in full swing, with newly ripe strawberries every day, and plenty of blossoms on the blackberries and peppers. My tomatoes always seem a bit behind the rest of the garden, unfortunately. Last night we had some seriously unseasonable cold (although not frost, thank jeebus) and I had to get quite creative covering the more tender plants, most of which have been in the ground a good two weeks already.

shawl

Here also is a peek at an upcoming shawl design I’ve been working on. It’s deliberately smooshed and low quality, but you can probably get a good idea of just how lacy it is. It’s quite an involved little sampler of a project. I’ve also been back and forth a lot lately with the publisher and tech editor of that pattern collection I worked on all last summer and fall. These sort of things take an obscene amount of time compared to self-publishing, but it’s in the final stages now!

Now that test-prep is pretty much done with and it’s really just full on test-mode for the rest of the school year, I’m not bringing home quite as much work and am thinking again about KALs. There hasn’t been much input in the polls thread, so if you’d like to participate in a Feel Good KAL, please chime in! Likewise, if you’re interested in donating a prize I’d love to hear from you too. I have a few possibilities in mind already, but more is never a bad thing!

Hepatica

Well hi there strangers! I can’t believe I haven’t posted here since the last time I published a pattern. I suppose that’s the hazard of testing season. :-(

In any case, I have a fun springtimey hat for you today!

hepatica hat

Hepatica features a beautiful floral motif that is perfect for spring. Its elegant, lightweight silk blend and lacey pattern make it ideal for bridging the gap between cold and warm seasons.

hepatica flat

Named for a common spring-blooming wildflower, this hat is knit top down and features both charted and written instructions. It’s a great one-skein pattern that knits up quickly and makes an ideal weekend stashbuster. I hope you’ll try it!

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