Monthly Archives: October 2013

Even less information…

So, I have lots to talk about. Lots of goodies to share. But right now, it’s ten after midnight, I have to work tomorrow, and I have a warm fuzzy purring kitty laying on my chest…so it will have to wait a bit more. But I’ve stayed up this late to finish a new project, so I thought I’d celebrate by sharing a photo. Hopefully I’ll have this pattern (and a few others) up soon!

And a wee hint

The hat in those sneak-peek photos is finally done and correctly charted, and now awaits only photographing. But that means no more photos until I have my staff photographer* retained.

But I will give a wee hint as to what it is: a colorwork tam (as if you hadn’t deduced that already) inspired by the uninspiringly-named “Reservoir Bridge” at West 94th Street in Central Park–or, as it is more commonly known, the Gothic Bridge.

Run along to the link above and be inspired, too.

*A.K.A. my doting husband.

New FREE Pattern: Franklin Slouch Hat

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Another new pattern! This time, a hipster-y slouchy hat named Franklin.

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Franklin is a slouchy toque with an interesting seeded rib brim and a subtle textured geometric motif running up one side. The seed stitch triangle pattern was inspired by geese in flight, seen flying overhead as fall turns to winter, and this easy, relaxed hat is the perfect topper to take you into the colder months.

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Franklin was designed specifically for a skein of gradient handspun in my stash, but a commercial worsted-weight yarn (preferably with some silk or bamboo for extra drape) can be substituted.

Get the pattern on Ravelry HERE!!

Please feel free to contact me at franklinfiber [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions or comments!

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Fine print: Your purchase of these patterns constitutes your agreement to use them only for personal, non-profit use without specific written permission from the designer. Items made from these patterns may not be sold, nor may the patterns themselves be copied, sold, or distributed in any way. You may print one copy for personal use but may not print multiples to distribute, nor may you share the digital file with others.

Another peek?

Okay, so this design has been taking up all of my free time. Well, my free crafty time. I’ve also had time to bake an apple crisp and make apple butter and maybe drink a bunch of wine while engaging in said appley-projects. But I’m still plugging away at this hat; I’ve tinked back so much my eyes well up just thinking about it, but as this is my first homemade charted colorwork design, I want it to be just perfect. So here is another peek at the progress–inside only, so as to not spoil the big reveal!

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I’ve also got another pattern waiting for pictures–another freebie hat.  It’s finally dry (the yarn soaked up the Soak-y water like a sponge!), and now I’m just waiting for the weather to do the same so I can get some outdoor shots. (In case you couldn’t tell from the iPhone photos I’ve been posting now and again, even though our apartment is on the 19th floor, it faces north and gets practically no sunlight.)

Free Pattern: Colette

I finally did it! I finally finished my first actually-completely-written-and-tested-and-photographed pattern!

I have been making my own designs for some time, but this has mostly consisted of “winging it” and/or taking careful notes on the back of a receipt and promptly losing it. This time, I wrote it down, made multiple versions of this hat until I got it just right, and then made multiple more to make sure my instructions were correct. (Note to everyone I know: You are all getting berets for Christmas. Deal with it.)

A casual, sophisticated beret, “Colette” is a quick & simple knit that highlights alpaca’s lush texture and perfect drape. “Colette” would be a perfect gift for that friend who always seems to be effortlessly chic–but be warned! If you’re like me, you’ll need to make another for yourself!

This pattern was designed to use Arrow Acres Farm Yarn, a 100% alpaca worsted weight yarn from a farm local to my area. If you don’t have a local alpaca farm (check online–you might!), Berroco Ultra Alpaca makes a fine substitute.

Finally, don’t be scared off by the tubular cast-on! You’ll find a link to an excellent video tutorial in the pattern, and once you get the hang of the rhythm, it’s no more difficult than a standard long-tail cast-on. But it’s so much stretchier, and gives a much more finished-looking edge!

Fine print: Your purchase of these patterns constitutes your agreement to use them only for personal, non-profit use without specific written permission from the designer. Items made from these patterns may not be sold, nor may the patterns themselves be copied, sold, or distributed in any way. You may print one copy for personal use but may not print multiples to distribute, nor may you share the digital file with others.

The pattern is available for free (fair, I think, because it’s a simple design, my first published one, and it wasn’t professionally tech-edited.) It’s available on Ravelry HERE. Enjoy!

And feel free to contact me with questions/comments/complaints at franklinfiber [at] gmail [dot] com.

A little peek

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Burning the midnight oil trying to finish up my sample for this particular pattern. I can’t believe I have yet to upload a single pattern–I have two all written waiting in the wings. I just need to find someone to help me photograph them (who won’t flake out).

Soon! Soon, I promise! This shall not be a pointless blog!