Mystic Junction

On August 14, 2015, in KAL, Mystic Junction, by Anna

As summer draws to a close and fall starts up with all its new activities, schedules and general craziness, I thought it would be nice to have a new and relaxing knitting project to fall into.

Me, I have 3 kids, each of which comes with a busy, busy schedule. There’s school, hockey, piano, jiujitsu, friends, birthday parties, school sports, etc, etc. So September is the time to hit the ground running, so to speak. And see how we can puzzle all the schedules together into something that works for the entire family. And an important aspect for me is to have a good knitting project to amuse me and ground me.

Mystic Junction came about because Kim of  indigodragonfly picked out two gorgeous skeins of  Chameleon Sock for me. The colours are called Sargasm and Sage Fright.  And I started mulling over the whole idea of s(t)agefright. The feeling of stepping straight out in front of people but really just wanting to veer off to the side. And I thought that at that time you’re really at a junction, or a turning point. What will you do? And how can you make things work?

That was the start of this design. It’s a rectangular stole with an unusual construction. And there’s a small nod to the idea that if you only have limited amount of time, do the important things first, then the less important things, in order of priority. Like the story with the man filling his jar first with goofballs, then pebbles, then sand, and then water.

Mystic Junction starts on Aug 28, 2015 and consists of 3 consecutive clues.

The pattern is available for $6 until the release of the first clue.

 

2 New Mystic KALs

On August 10, 2015, in KAL, Mystic Junction, Mystic Sea Witch, lace, pattern, by Anna

I’m super excited to bring you not one, but TWO new Mystic KALs.

The first one is Mystic Junction which is a rectangular stole knit in two contrasting colours of Chameleon Sock from indigodragonfly
Mystic Junction starts on Aug 27, 2015 and consists of 3 consecutive clues.

And then on October 27, 2015, the first clue of Mystic Sea Witch will be released. Mystic Sea Witch is a circular shawl (which can also be knit as a semi-circular shawl). And the exciting thing with this one is that I have teamed up with Yarn Fairy to bring you a fabulous kit with yarn and other goodies. That’s why the lead-time is a bit longer than usual.

The patterns are available individually for $6 until the release of the first clue. But if you purchase them together, they are further discounted to $10 for both (no coupon code required).

Mystic Junction ($6.00)

Mystic Sea Witch ($6.00)

To purchase both together for $10, follow this link to Ravelry and please put both of them in your cart and check out.

 

Nobody Nose

On June 11, 2015, in Nobody Nose, lace, pattern, shawl, by Anna

We’re all drawn to the amazing multi-coloured skeins of yarn when we shop, but nobody really knows what to do with them when it comes to knitting lace. ?In Nobody Nose, a colourful skein of crazy coloured “Party Girl” is tempered with a skein of “Frosted Teal” and combined into an asymmetrical lace shawl with garter stripes and delicate lace.

The shawl uses approx 90 g (450 yds) of the solid colour and 25 g (125 yds) of the multicoloured yarn.

The pattern includes both charted and written instructions.  It’s available as a PDF download for $7.00 USD.

As an introductory offer, it can be purchased for $5.00 USD for the first week (until midnight, June 18, 2015)

 

Today marks 5 years since I released the Eyjafjallajökull Shawl. After all the amazing images of the erupting volcano in Iceland, I just kept thinking about it, and next thing you know, it became this.

The pattern was inspired by some of the amazing pictures of the erupting volcano, with lava streaming down the sides of the mountain.  Here, the lava streams starts at the centre of the shawl and streams outwards towards the edges and pool there.


The shawl is about 160 cm (63?) in diameter and is knit with fingering weight yarn.  Because of the (relatively) thick yarn, it actually knits up fairly quickly.  For me, this was one of those rare designs that just flew off the needles.  Once I started, there was no stopping it.  Come to think of it, I guess that’s rather appropriate for a volcano.

The Eyjafjallajökull Shawl is one of my favourites, and I often wear it at shows and events.

The pattern is available as a PDF download here:

 

Vanilla Project Bag

On April 28, 2015, in Vanilla Project Bag, bag, pattern, project bag, by Anna

I just designed and knit a felted project bag that is just the right size for a smallish project like a shawl, or mittens, or socks.  I made two versions – the blue-and-yellow (can we call it Swedish?) version seen above was knit in worsted weight yarn (Manos del Uruguay maxima), and the natural coloured version below was in Aran weight yarn (Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica).  The bottom of the bag is flat and square so it can stand up nicely while you knit

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The base of the bag is worked first. Stitches are then picked up around the bottom, and the sides of the bag are worked in the round.  Since the project bag is felted, it is important that the yarn used is NOT superwash, but 100% merino.

The drawstrings are i-cords, knit with leftover fingering weight yarn.  In the blue-and-yellow bag, I used some Rock Paper Lizard Scissors Sock from indigodragonfly, and in the natural coloured bag I used Tyr from Raventwist.

The pattern is available in PDF format for $3.00

The Rapunzel Infinity scarf is now available as a kit on Craftsy.

Rapunzel Infinity is a completely reversible infinity scarf. It features lace and reversible cables, and is knit flat and grafted together at the end.  Rapunzel’s braid is shown in the centre of the infinity scarf, surrounded by thorns on both sides.

Rapunzel is a German fairy tale in which an enchantress has imprisoned a young girl in a tower. Rapunzel has long, golden hair, and she lowers her braid from the tower so that the enchantress can visit her. One day a prince pretends to be the enchantress, visits her and they fall in love. They plan her escape, but the enchantress finds out and casts out Rapunzel. She then pretends to be Rapunzel, and the prince climbs up to meet her. When she tells him he will never see Rapunzel again, he leaps from the tower in despair and is blinded by the thorns below.

The pattern is also available in PDF format, both as a single pattern for $5.00

or as a part of the Fairy Tale Lace collection, which contains 7 patterns all inspired by fairy tales.  The Fairy Tale Lace e-book is $20.00 and is also available in PDF format.

 

Mystic Cabin II

On April 17, 2015, in KAL, Mystic Cabin, lace, shawl, by Anna

The signups for the Mystic Cabin KAL are now open, and I’m really looking forward to sharing this new adventure with you.  And while the nature of mystery knitalongs is such that I can’t show you what the final piece will look like until AFTER the KAL is completed, I thought I’d just add a little teaser here.

The Mystic Cabin shawl is really cozy, and I look forward to wearing it once the mystery is unveiled.  While designing it, I was imagining myself at our cabin, where we spend the summers.  It’s a small little cedar log cabin, right on a lake in the Ottawa valley.  During the days, I sit down by the water, knitting.  As the day turns to dusk, we often light a camp fire, and grill hot dogs and toast marshmallows.  We see the fireflies start to come out and soon the night has fallen.  If there are no clouds, we can see millions of stars, and even the milkyway spread across the sky.  Summer is coming, and I can’t wait!

 

Mystic Cabin KAL

On April 13, 2015, in KAL, Mystic Cabin, lace, pattern, shawl, by Anna

Mystic Cabin is a cozy shawl to wrap yourself in, when a warm summer day turns into a cool summer night, and you’re sitting by the camp fire, looking into the dancing flames and listening to the crackling fire.

The little log cabin in the picture is located in the woods behind our cottage.  It’s a perfect place to go, to enjoy the stillness and marvel at the magnificence of nature.  It’s rustic, cozy, and absolutely beautiful.

This new Mystic Shawl is a triangular shaped shawl, published in mystery KAL format.  The design was inspired by little log cabins in the still woods, and I look forward to bringing my shawl with me when I go out there this summer.  To knit it, you will need approx. 630 yards of fingering weight yarn.  The shawl is designed for the gradient kits from Black Trillium Yarn (see below for details), but can also be knit in two contrasting colours of fingering weight yarn.  The size is adjustable, in pattern.  My Mystic Cabin Shawl is a fairly generous size, but you can make yours smaller (or bigger) to suit your preferences.

YARN REQUIREMENT
1 gradient kit of Pebble Sock from Black Trillium Yarn (100% super wash merino, 635 yds/165 g, 5 shades of one colour) or similar yarn

FINISHED (BLOCKED) SIZE
wingspan: 170 cm (67 in), height: 94 cm (37 in)
adjustable in pattern (although if you make yours larger, you will need more yarn, naturally)

KAL START DATE: Apr 28, 2015
Clues posted every Tuesday for 3 consecutive weeks.

The PDF pattern can be purchased here for $5.00.

The KAL is available at this price until the first clue is posted on Apr 28, 2015. At that point, the price will increase to the regular pattern price.

 

Rockslide

On March 8, 2015, in Rockslide, lace, pattern, shawl, by Anna

The Rockslide Shawl is a fully reversible lace shawl. It uses old Shetland motifs to create an airy shawl with rolling river rocks on the body of the shawl, and a more solid row of diamonds separating the body from the edging with peaks and valleys.

This versatile shawl can be worn as a lacy accessory with an evening gown, or with jeans and a top for a casual look. There’s no need to worry about having the “right side” showing, as the shawl is completely reversible.

Rockslide is worked in several different directions. It starts with a provisional cast-on for the body. Then stitches are picked up for the diamond border, and the shawl is finished with a knit on edging.

The pattern is available in downloadable PDF format for $7.00

 

Vogue Knit Live vs Hockey

On January 20, 2015, in Mystic Light, Mystic Shawls, book, by Anna

Vogue Knit Live took place this weekend in NYC.  I’m sure it’s a fabulous show, and I would have love to go.
Cooperative Press was there, sharing a booth with Dragonfly fibers.  And while I wasn’t there in person, my books were there.

Here’s Shannon Okey of Cooperative Press, with a nice stack of Mystic Shawls.  The photo is taken by Simone Kereit of OwlCat Designs who was at the show with her new book.

And if you look closely, you’ll see that Shannon is wearing a gorgeous Mystic Light (knit for her by Christina, in Dragonfly yarn).  I’m not sure that I’ve seen a two-colour Mystic Light before, but I really like that golden colour, and the effect it has as edging.

So what, you may ask, was I doing that I couldn’t make it to VKL this weekend?  I was actually at a hockey tournament with one of my sons and his team, in the great metropolis of Brighton, ON.  It was a lovely weekend spent mostly in an arena, with this view.

The end result was a very happy boy and a silver medal.  So, all in all, a great weekend!