New Pattern: Elevensies Shawl

Sometimes an opportunity knocks and you just gotta open that door! One of those opportunities actually went into my Spam folder in June of this year and nearly got missed! But thankfully, I always check my Spam folder before I do a mass Delete, and because I did, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with two awesome teams: The Yarnover Truck and Space Cadet Yarns!

The Yarnover Truck, which, if you're unfamiliar, is similar to the current food trend - food on trucks driving to specific locations and selling their wares - but with YARN! And their latest brain child is a collaboration Yarn Club with Space Cadet Yarns. In each Yarn Club box that arrives, you'll receive not only a skein of yarn, but both a knit and a crochet pattern, never before released, designed specifically for the colorway and base provided in the shipment. So cool, right? 

Welp... I got to design for their second shipment, just last month! The Space Cadet base, Maia, was full of luscious, luscious bamboo and the colorway was inspired by Palm Desert. The end result was a simply shaped shawl, perfect for a bamboo-rich base, that highlights the colorways created by the dyer! This pattern is now live on Ravelry, HERE!

Elevensies

The Story

Whether it’s 11am or 11pm, you’re going to want to wear this Palm Desert inspired shawl with your favorite summer wardrobe. The lightweight fabric, created by a combination of eyelets and garter, in partner with a gorgeous bamboo-based fiber, is perfect for any time of day, and can be worn multiple ways: as a kerchief, shawled over your shoulders or even as a sarong cover-up for those pool side excursions. The simplicity of the pattern truly allows any variegated or multi-colored yarn to shine!

Materials

  • Space Cadet Maia (fingering weight; 80% bamboo, 20% superwash merino wool; 400 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein ‘Palm Desert’
  • US 4 (3.5mm) 32” circular needle (or preferred length)
  • Removable stitch marker (optional)

Finished Dimensions

55 inch wingspan by 14 inches tall (additional dimensions provided in the schematic on Page 3)

Gauge

23 sts and 48 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch after blocking

Notes

  • This shawl is an asymmetrical shape and worked flat. Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the shawl.
  • It is recommended to clip a removable stitch marker to the RS of the work to differentiate from the WS as this is a garter knit shawl.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • This shawl best fits a 32” circular needle however the user may substitute longer or shorter needles for comfort.
  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage. The pattern, while written for a 400 yd skein of yarn, also includes instructions on how to use the maximum amount of yardage in any size skein of fingering weight yarn.

Book Review: Fall with SweetGeorgia Yarns

I'm probably somewhat biased as I share this review of the latest offering of garments and accessories from SweetGeorgia Yarns because I'm lucky enough to have my own design in the collection this time around, but all that aside - this pack of perfection is just that: Perfect!

Seduced by Sweaters

Because I'm all about wanting to knit ALL THE SWEATERS right now, I have to share my absolute favorite from the collection. And how psyched am I that I can actually knit and wear something this wooly now that I live in a place with an actual winter? SO EXCITED! The Galatea by Tabetha Hedrick is my bag, baby! The worsted weight in Cocoa is classic, and would knit up nice and cozy. I think I'll make on in every color, right?! And I feel like this style would be amazing on a huge range of body types. That collar?! Come. On!

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

There are 3 other sweaters in this collection, both in solids and variegated, with and without cables. Speaking of cables... check this out! The Amara by Linda Marveng? It's MARV-elous! See what I did there? 

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Wrap Yourself in Luxury

There are, of course, shawls, and scarves and cowls, oh my! The one that steals the show, for me, as a brioche-aholic, is Adamelo by Kristen TenDyke. Not only is the color perfect for fall, but the scale of it is just cuddle-worthy. Seriously - don't you just want to be wherever this model is wearing exactly what she's wearing? Me, me! I do! 

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Oh, and I forgot to mention the mitts! These cutie patooties look so ridiculously soft. They pretty much scream to be wrapped around a coffee mug, or holding the next great novel: Vignette fingerless mitts by Meg Roke. Just wow. They colors are pretty dreamy, too! Apricot and silver? I can't even!

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Top it all off!

Ok, and I totally saved the best for last. As I said, I'm 100% biased in sharing this but I'm so excited to see this beanie come to fruition. The Dapple hat (by ME!) features a new colorway, Hemlock, in the Superwash Sport based and is pretty much my favorite hat ever. It's simplicity lets the yarn shine, but is so comfortable I never want to take it off! 

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

What a collection, right? I hope I have time to cast on all the things this fall. To see more of the collection, check out SweetGeorgia Yarns post, http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/2016/09/fall-with-sweetgeorgia-vol-2/

How about a prize?!

Since you stopped by to check out this amazing collection, leave a comment below, along with your Ravelry user name, telling me which pattern from the collection (either those I included in my post or found on SweetGeorgia's page, is your favorite. I'll randomly choose one lucky winner on Monday, September 19th and that knitter will receive a copy of their favorite pattern via Ravelry!!! Sounds like a pretty good way to start off your fall knitting doesn't it? 

Thank you for stopping by! Happy FALL knitting!!! 

New-for-fall shawl KAL: Peepaloo

Oh baby, oh baby, it’s time to get ready for a fun start-of-fall shawl KAL: the Peepaloo shawl featuring Peepaloo Fields Skinny Mini Sock in 2 colors!

Oftentimes there aren’t words to express the love between two people. But in my opinion, knitting is a physical representation of love in every stitch. The colorways created by Peepaloo Fields for this shawl design represent 4 real couples, all who love each other, and who have touched our lives in one way or another. Each combination of color is named for the location across the US where each couple now lives: Mesa, Littleton, SoCal and PDX.

This KAL will be hosted here, and on Instagram (by me, @notsorryknitter, using #peepalooshawlkal)! The KAL will run from Thursday, September 1st until roughly Thursday, October 13th. This is a fun KAL so there’s no hard and fast deadline. I just like to wrap a shawl project in 6 weeks or so, so I can wear it. And by mid-October, methinks we’re all going to want a shawl!

To join in on this awesome KAL, say “hello” in the Peepaloo shawl KAL forum on Ravelry. Then! Download a copy of the pattern, Peepaloo, on sale for $5 (regular: $5.95). Next, jump on over to Peepaloo Fields on Etsy to get your kit yarn. Then come back to the forum and tell me what color combination you've chosen! 
**Note: all yarns ordered the first week (by August 6th) of the KAL will ship by August 25th as these skeins are dyed to order.

The Peepaloo Shawl

The colorways that Shari came up with are pretty phenomenal, IMO. And the yarn? It's so beautifully soft. Shari chose a single ply 100% superwash merino so not only is the shawl nuzzle-your-face-in-it soft, it's light weight! Check out these beauties: 

Here's a few more details about this shawl that'll help you get prepared to knit along with us! There are a few video tutorials in the shawl pattern to get you on your way and, of course, I'll be there the whole time chatting you all up and cheering on your progress! 

Materials

  • Peepaloo Fields Skinny Mini Sock (fingering weight; 100% superwash merino wool; 400 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein each color: Color A modeled in “Meaghan” (yellow) and “Big Al” (Loose Change)
  • US 5 (3.75mm) 40” circular needle (or preferred length)

Finished Dimensions

59 inches wide by 21 inches tall

Gauge

24 sts and 52 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch before blocking

Notes

  • This shawl is a half-circle shape and worked flat. Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the shawl. 
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • To save on yardage it is recommended to carry the colors loosely up the side of the work in the Cast On & Setup and 2-Color Garter sections rather than breaking at each color change.
  • This shawl best fits a 40” circular needle however the user may substitute longer or shorter needles for comfort.
  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage. 
  • It is recommended to use Color A to swatch for this project as it uses only about 300 yds of a 400 yd skein to complete the project.

We hope you'll join us in September! Be sure to get your yarn order in by August 18th to ensure your yarn arrives on time to cast-on! Until then, happy knitting!!!