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New Pattern! Velma

Velma!

Velma!

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A new collection of Holla Knits launched yesterday and in it was this cute pattern I designed for my cat! Meet Velma, the sweater version.

Sleeping Velma

Sleeping Velma

Sleeping Velma

Sleeping Velma

... still sleeping Velma!

… still sleeping Velma!

Pain in the Ass Velma!

Pain in the Ass Velma!

Barely Awake Velma

Barely Awake Velma

And of course you know my cat Velma. She gets a lot of play around here because she’s my one true love.

Sweater Velma!

Sweater Velma!

You see the resemblance I’m sure!

Pattern Intro: Crazy cat lady? Well, I certainly love my cat Velma. We’ve been together for over 11 years, and she’s just as ornery as she was when I plucked her out of a barn in West Michigan all those years ago. She’s a tiny, beautiful furball that only I can love, and we like it that way. Velma the sweater is cat-like in the simplest way – furry details but not remotely costumey. This sweater is sure to be your best friend, without having to worry about it eating you if you unexpectedly die in your apartment.

Finished Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 50, 54)” bust circumference. Pullover shown in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in 36″ and in Knits in Class in size 40”.

So Pretty!

So Pretty!

Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed, 80% Peruvian Highland Wool, 20% Donegal Tweed; 110yds/50g: Brass Heather, 9 (10, 12, 13, 16, 18) skeins.

Yarn Knits in Class Worsted Single Ply, 100% Merino Wool; 250yds/4oz: Ruby, 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins.

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). An extra size 7 24” cir for Three Needle Bind Off. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Back Seam!

Back Seam!

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Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

Notes Construction starts with the front middle Chevron Stitched panel and the body of the sweater is picked up and worked side to side around the body from there. Stitches for the sleeves and collar are held and finished from there.

Pattern Giveaway!

This just happens to be the first stop in the Holla Knits Fall/Winter 2014 Collection blog tour! There is a yarn giveaway over at the HK blog, but here I’m giving away a copy of this pattern to one lucky commenter! Comment on this post for your chance to win. Since I’m headed out of town, winners won’t be chosen until Mon Sept 29th so you’ve got plenty of time to enter. Share on all social medial outlets to earn extra entries!

And keep your eye on all the great giveaways and collection reviews throughout the blog tour by following the schedule below. Good luck!

Sept 8: Launch
Sept 9: The Sweatshop of Love – pattern giveaway, SEG: 6 skeins KP WotA Tweed in Brass Heather
Sept 10: Klever Knits – pattern and skein of Rowan Kid Classic giveaway, SEG: 6 skeins KP City Tweed Aran in Jacquard
Sept 11: Berroco – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 12: Canary Knits – pattern giveaway, SEG: 1 500 yard skein of Mountain Colors 4/8’s Wool in Harmony Ice

Sept 15: Mountain Colors Facebook Page – SEG: Mountain Colors Perspectives Twizzle in Blue/Turq
Sept 16: Life on Laffer – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 17: Knits in Class – SEG: 1 skein of Knit in Class
Sept 18: Makewise Designs – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 19: Anzula – SEG all the Anzula yarn needed for the Beech Street Vest

Sept 22: Ruby Submarine – SEG: 3 skeins KP WofA Tweed in Thirst Heather
Sept 23: BoKnits – SEG: 8 skeins KP Swish DK in Indigo Heather
Sept 24: Under the Red Umbrella – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 25: DoogKnits – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 26: Cosmos and Cashmere – review and pattern giveaway

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FOs: From Norway With Love Hat and Mary Jane Slippers

I put my nose to the grindstone yesterday and knocked out two of the seven projects I had on the needles. I wish I could finish two projects like that every day! We knitters rarely get that kind of instant gratification.

From Norway With Love Hat

The From Norway With Love Hat is so freaking cute I can’t even stand it. I can’t wait to knit this hat again! And its stranded color work! I don’t even know what I’m saying!

Hearts On The Side

Even though it looks amazing on me, this hat is getting wrapped up and given to my sister in law, Emily. I’m sure it will also look amazing on her. She is easily distracted, too, with all those babies running around, so I’ll get to visit it a lot.

Hearts and Hearts and Hearts

When I knit this hat again I’ll use size 6s for the rib and switch to the 7s for the body of the hat. I’ll use the exact same yarn, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport, and probably the same colors! Sapphire Heather, Tidepool Heather, and Wonderland Heather.

I know I’m a little late for Halloween, but do you want to see something TERRIFYING?!

STRANDED!

THE INSIDE! GAH! LOOK AWAY!

Mary Jane Slippers

Also finished up yesterday were my Mary Jane Slippers. The yellow and gray combo is almost too easy, right? Instant cute.

Just a Tiiiiiny Bit Small!

My feet look like they are working overtime because they are. Since these are gifts, I made them a normal size and not a gigantic Dutch girl feet size. SO SMALL! I peeled them off and packaged them up for my friend Colleen.

Now I’ve only got 5 projects going! I’ll try my hardest not to cast on anything else.

Pattern: From Norway With Love Hat by Pickles

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport

Needles: Size 7 16″ circulars and DPNs

Ravelry Project Page

Pattern: Mary Jane Slippers by Lisa Gutierrez

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed

Hook: Size G

Ravelry Project Page

Work in Progress Round Up: MOREMOREMORE

Things are still pretty out of hand around here. I had six work in progress projects last week, and I’ve still got SEVEN this week. And most of them are new!

From Norway With Love

First up is a project you don’t see very often around here – COLOR-WORK! I’m knitting up the Pickles From Norway With Love hat for my sister in law Emily for Christmas. It’s a stranded heart stocking cap and I’m in love with it. I’m using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in three different blue-ish heathers and as much as I hate stranded color-work, this hat is flying off my needles. It must be the hearts!

Mary Jane Slippers

I taught my Mary Jane Slippers class last week, so I got started on another pair of these adorable slippers. I made a pair for myself this summer and knew they would make an amazing Christmas present for a friend. I’m using the left over yarn from my #25 Rib Yolk Topper, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed, so they look crazy-similar to my pair! They crochet up super fast so I’ll be done with these in no time.

Striped Something Something

Super abstract shot of something else I started this week! More on this later.

Entrelac Beret

And another amazing hat project! Remember my Entrelac Beret pattern I wrote for Lion Brand? I’m teaching a class on this hat this week so I’ve got one on the needles. Oh entrelac! I love you! Knit Picks Merino Style and Lion Brand Amazing are two peas in the pod of this hat.

Granny Squares!

Another mystery project: I’ve been granny squaring my little heart out all weekend and it’s going to be awesome! More later.

With all these projects working overtime, I haven’t touched my Ruffle Rose Pillow in a week, but it’s on the mind grapes. And, naturally, Aidez is happening, too.

Is it knitting intervention time?

FO: #25 Rib Yoke Topper

After lots and lots and lots and lots of problems, I finished my #Rib Yoke Topper!

Rib Yoke Topper

I can’t really believe it turned out so well! With the issues with the front shaping, and the issues with decreasing and the front inserts and the button holes, I thought it might be cursed.

$*(^%*(# Sweater!

The only other modification I made were to not add stitches to the neck pick up. I just picked up a stitch for every stitch I had at the back neck. It looked big enough! So I worked about 32 sts across the back.

Big Sleeves

I’m also going to seam the sleeve folds, because they are a bit floppy and not so cute. I like the sizing of the sleeves a lot, but they are meant to be folded up and held with the loop and button, but it’s just not working. I’ll seam it down and I’m sure that will do the trick.

Yellow Striped Fabric Covered Buttons

I picked out some fun yellow striped fabric for the fabric covered buttons I used, and it looks fantastic with the dark gray tweed. I LOVE how the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed knit up! It’s perfect for this big, cozy, fall sweater.

Hot Sweater!

You can tell in these pictures I’m not very happy with this sweater. None of these pictures are all that great, and my face kinda says it all. I’m hoping I have a short memory because I think the sweater turned out beautifully, despite all the problems, and it super wearable this fall! But right now I’m just mad at it.

It better make it up to me by being super hot!

Pattern: #25 Rib Yoke Topper by Anna Cohen

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Flagstone Heather

Needles: Size 7 and size 9 circulars

Ravelry Project Page

A Pillow, a Shrug, and a Sweater: WIP Round Up

The knitting content has been a little lacking around here lately. With yarn orders getting held up, a move, and a craft show – it’s because the actual knitting has been a little lacking!

Ruffle Rose Pillow

First up, though, is a crochet project I started a few weeks ago. For the first time ever I grabbed one of those free patterns that hang in the yarn aisles at Michaels and JoAnn, and it was for this Ruffle Rose Pillow. I immediately thought they would make fantastic holiday gifts, and I’ve got three of them on my to-make list this holiday season.

Ruffles!

On the pattern sheet I took from Michaels, it says this project will take 10 hours. That is the biggest crock of shit! It’s a 16″ pillow that goes up to something like 229 half double crochet stitches at the biggest round, AND THEN you have to go back into each stitch to make the first round of ruffle, AND THEN do it again! I’ve been working on the ruffle alone for 10 hours.

But it looks fantastic. I bought 3 Caron 1 pound skeins in white because I read on Ravelry that the pillow is a yarn suck, and as usual Ravelry was right. Now I just can’t wait to get done with that darn ruffle!

Wedding Shrug #2

Another project I’ve got going right now might look familiar. Remember the wedding shrug I was hired to knit back in January? The one that I hated knitting and hated the yarn and promised myself I’d never knit again? Well, my friend Rachel is getting married on October 2nd, and I said I’d knit her a little something to wear over her dress, and here we are.

Mohair? Yep.

The only redeeming factor here is that Knit Picks came out with a super kid mohair yarn called Aloft, and it’s lovely. It’s less than half the price of the yarn I used for the last shrug, and it’s the tiniest bit more sturdy, which makes it easier to knit.

(I also upped the needle size from 4/6 to 7 – don’t tell anyone)

#25 Rib Yoke Topper

But the project I’m enjoying the most? The #25 Rib Yoke Topper in this fall’s Vogue Knitting magazine, that I blogged about a couple weeks ago, and that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about! I cast this on during the first football game of the season a week ago today, and have been rolling on it since. Worsted weight yarn and size 9 needles and this top is flying.

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed

And this yarn is fantastic. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes I’ve used before, but the new line of tweed colors are perfect. It’s knitting up so pretty I can barely stand it. And I can hardly stand working on my other projects! I want this sweater. I want to knit it and I want to wear it. Immediately!

Alas. Rachel’s shrug needs to get finished before her wedding, so I’ll be working on that until it’s done. BUT THEN! Then, #25 Rib Yoke Topper, it’s just you and me.