A Hop and a Skip

Over the weekend I finally had some time to block my Hop Brook Shawl.  I finished this shawl at the end of December, and it was just one thing after another getting in the way of me blocking it.  I’m planning on taking some photos in it later this week so you can see it with better lighting!

The pattern was so well written, and I loved the mix of garter stitch and the lace edging.  Plus, the subtle v-shape of the shawl is so wearable.  If you’re used to wearing scarves, and are not sure how to style a triangular shawl, this pattern is the perfect way to dip your toes in.

The yarn was Elsawool Cormo 2ply fingering in white.  I used just a little over 1 skein as I worked the increase section a couple times more than called for in the pattern.  The wool is soft, squishy, and quite warm, it was a treat laying it in my lap while knitting.  After being blocked, it bloomed magically.  I will definitely be using this yarn again!

So what’s next?  I think it’s about time that I finish up my Newsom Cardigan don’t you?  I’ll be bringing that project with me to knit night on Tuesday, with any luck I’ll be able to finish it up!

The 2016 Knit Plan

As I mentioned last week, I really want to bring a cohesive design to my patterns in 2016.  I want repeatable themes, and color palettes that work well together.  Based on projects that I’ve already started, I think the following will get me pretty close to what I’m trying to achieve.

Design Mood Board

I love the muted color palette with the lavender, taupe, cream, and brown, especially with that bold purple up top.  All designs will feature some aspect of cables or lace, and some very casual texture details perfect for daily wear.

This may be overly ambitious, but I’m really hoping to finish two projects each month, one self-published design, and one project from my ever growing Ravelry queue.  I’m anticipating that this list will be quite fluid (especially since the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team is launching another collection mid-January!)

What are you planning on knitting this year?

2015 Year in Review

After seeing all the other Year in Review posts out there, it really made me reflect on all the knitting I’ve accomplished this year!

I was fortunate to have several designs published in 2015, pushing me to think harder about my design style, and how I approach pattern writing.  I had to think a lot about my style & aesthetic, design choices, and what makes my design a “Klever Knits” design.  I really hope that I’ve made some progress in that regard, and I hope to keep fine-tuning my designs in 2016.  Later this week I hope to build a post of the color palette & silhouettes that I’m leaning towards this new year!

New Year, New Knits

I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year’s!  I spent my holiday with my fiance & friends snowboarding in Park City.  Now that we’re back home, back to work, and back to the realities of life, it felt like as great a time as any to work on my knitting goals for 2016.

I still have a few commission pieces I need to work on, so those are first on the list to finish:
Knit Now Winter Issue – Waverly – a open front cardigan worked in Sublime’s Extra Fine Merino Wool in Julep
Holla Knits – Ancon, Camden, and Bale – Remember that design contest I had you all vote for a few months ago?  I’ve been working on knitting up the samples, and Ancon is about 85% complete, and Bale is 25% complete.  I’m hoping to get started on Camden real soon!

 

On our flight to Park City, I made a very simple pair of fingerless mitts, and very quickly was requested to make some for the other girls on the trip.  So expect to see a few more mitts come out of me in the next few weeks!  Check out the one I made on the plane up above!