Monday, September 26, 2011

Sneak Peek: Caliper

I got the yarn for my Zephyr cardi and I really lucked out on that one! The skeins I bought from a friendly Raveler matched 3 of my 4.  Unfortunately I still had to rip back an entire skeins worth, but it wasn't all bad since I had wanted to try altering the shaping slightly.  It should be ready for a peek soon, just a sleeve and a half to go...and no finishing. After the Coastal Hoodie, I wanted something to be finished stitches to pick up, no pockets just sew on a few toggles and buttonloops then DONE!

Anyway, here is that look at my newest hat, Caliper.  It comes in two versions: a worsted weight beanie and a DK weight scrunchy toque with a fun draw cord loop and toggle (the same toggles that will probably end up on Zephyr, heh).  I am just finishing up the pattern now, hopefully it will be off to my testers in a few days :)


DK version.


Worsted version.

Currently I am trying to decide if I want to offer a hat eBook all at once, or release the patterns as they are ready and then create the eBook. Of course anyone that purchases one of the individual patterns before the eBook is released will get a discount off the whole kit n' kaboodle ;D

Oh, and I finally got a Lachesis and Co. facebook page (you can find the link in the upper right corner of this page) isn't really that exciting, I just post the blog updates there for now.  Hopefully I will get something exciting going there soon!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Disaster Averted.

After all of my rambling on last week about my wonderful rustic wool...I encountered an issue. My skeins looked pretty well matched so I didn't take the time to compare them in strong natural light. So as I was working in the second skein I noticed it was a bit lighter than the first...I am an old hat at alternating so I happily continued on.

Now the horrible part...I was adding the third skein when it finally hits me that the last 2 are quite a bit darker than the first 2.  I was so mad at myself, because I could've probably blended them fine if I had taken the time before I started, but NOOOOOOO...not me! I like to make my life difficult.

Anyway, I was completely crushed...start over >_< ...start over in a different yarn :*( ....or search the stashes in rav :) Oh yeah, I was so lucky to find a wonderful person that had the same color in their stash and was willing to sell me a couple skeins!  I ♥ Ravelry!

The yarn should arrive tomorrow and I am hoping that it will either be closer to my lighter skein or be in between the 2 shades so I won't have to rip a lot.  Said sweater has both RS and WS 2 stitch twists...not the most fun to rip and redo! Fingers crossed!

Monday, September 5, 2011

This and That.

Here I am, back again so soon!  I just wanted to share a few things that are making me so incredibly happy lately!

1. All the Coastal Hoodie WIPs! I adore going through and looking at all of the wonderful color combinations.  It is taking all of my self control not to go through and favorite and comment multiple times on everyone's project.  I don't want to scare anyone, but I am stalking and admiring all of your lovely projects. This happened too:

It only stayed at #5 for a few hours, but out of all the patterns and amazingly talented designers on Ravelry, I was in awe.  And...I squeed, loud enough that the dogs ran and hid in the other room.

2. Wooly wool.  I have been working with a lot of superwash and silk blends lately, so I am psyched to have some really rustic, domestically sourced (and spun!) wool back on the needles.  Here is the yarn (no WIP pics yet!):

Erin - Silver Fox

This is Imperial Stock Ranch's Erin hand-dyed by Madelinetosh.  Really lovely stuff with super subtle color variations and wait til you see the stitch definition! I have already separated the sleeves on my prototype sweater in this yarn so I will try to grab some shots soon.

3. Books. I am making myself read more, as knitting and spinning and dyeing and running have taken over every second of free time that I have! So now I am trying to read for at least 45 minutes to an hour everyday.  I am starting with Harry Potter, because I started a few times, but then the movies were coming out and was easier to watch than read >_<  I also got the new MochiMochi book, abso-freaking-lutely ADORABLE!!! Maybe I should make time to make a teeny-tiny everyday, too!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Another New Pattern!

Hey kiddos! I am so sorry that I continue to be horrible about keeping y'all updated.  Notice how I try to butter you guys up with a little southern drawl ♥ of course it is finished with that lingering touch of Jersey accent I still have after all these years ;)  But...I have been busy! I present Bubbles and Baubles:



This was an amazing experience for me.  I came up with the idea of this shawl over a year ago and was just waiting for my brain to be able to execute it.  Lots of math (or maths as the Brits say) and lots of charting, sketches and my extra large graph paper tablet helped bring it to life.  Of course, not taking the easy way out, the entire shawl is beaded...and yes, that is a looped picot edging!

Enjoy my lovlies and I promise to try to provide more regular updates! I am currently working on a mess of magazine submissions, a contiguous cardi and another eBook (or two)! Oh yeah, I am still marathon training too, so I hope that will be enough to earn your forgiveness...xoxo.