A Taste of Fall

Woke up this morning to low humidity and the temp around 60.  It was wonderful and I even grabbed a cardigan because who knows what the a/c would be doing at work.  I love this time of year since all of the fall patterns start coming out.

It’s gotten me inspired to stop working on my patterns and work on some or the sweaters I have for myself.  Working on an Icelandic one at the moment.  My cat keeps trying to make a bed out of the body when I have it draped in my lap.  Which is cute for a few moments and then I have to work it out from under him, which makes him leave in a humph.  I have a feeling I’m going to have to store it somewhere special so it doesn’t get stolen.

On another note got the final version of a new pattern that should be out Friday.  Looking forward to it!

The Gray Lady’s Cloak

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So getting started with the actual posts here.  I figure that I’ll also do some of my older patterns but I’ll start with one that just came out which is The Gray Lady’s Cloak.  I designed it for Interweave’s The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits.

I didn’t notice this call for entries, but when the Jane Austen Summer edition for this year was combined with the fall I found out about it.  Harry Potter, really!?  In some way it’s great inspiration with all of the magical elements and memorable characters, but then it almost becomes open ended because there is soooooo much choose from that it was a little overwhelming for the first day to think of a design.

I had been playing with a cloak pattern in my head for a bit, so I naturally led myself to making a cloak of some sort.  I also wanted to make a design that was more Hogwarts inspired because all these people walk thru it’s halls, but it remains.  The two main features that enchanted me about Hogwarts were the ghosts and the paintings.  So you can see where I’m going…

The mock-up that was part of my original submission is fairly close to the finished results


The original yarn I swatched was Kidsilk Haze held double.  What I got was Classic Elite Yarn’s Giselle which was a lot of the same features, but is thicker.  I did try knitting it with two but it ended up super thick and stiff.  Another change from my original idea is that I did it as a yoked cape versus pie wedges.  Ultimately I am happy with the results.

hp©Interweave Press, 2013

Personally, I think I’m making one for myself that is just the cape, and I may use it as an opportunity to try Rowans new Angora Haze.

I have 3 more patterns coming out in the next month I look forward to sharing with you!

First Post

So…. a new blog.  I’ll be opening this up before I even finish my template so don’t be surprised if you come here and things look a little wonky ;).  I hope to be sharing my designs and general thoughts on life.