On the needles

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I finished a test knit last week of Monika Sirna‘s Cabernet shrug design. She plans to rename it but no idea what the new name will be yet. 🙂

I have quite a lot I need to have finished this week! Back to school rush gets me every time. This week my goals are to have: Roseberry test knit which I am 75% done now (or Cabernet shrug for me, waiting on how I should order them!), Sea Siren tank (45% done) for Ella and I have about 15% more to get into on the Lemonade Stand top to help give the designer measurements. SO. A lot. 🙂

I have two more new tests I asked to take part in before I cut myself off of test knitting for others for the rest of the year (there are always exceptions from time to time if I can gift an item) but I normally make a sizeable list and plow through 80% of it. Which seems pretty good to me because I have TOO MANY KIDS. Anyway, those tests are the Kapuzin hoodie and Brook. I started the hood of the Kapuzin and after a tricky start, put the middle bit of hood on a DPN (the rest of the sts were on circular needles) since my long size 6’s are currently sitting in a sweater. It split it up nicely and I was able to maneuver it better the farther I knit. Today’s goal is to finish the hood.

I’m not sure on the yarn I want to use for Brook. I have some pastels and a bit of grey sport yarn that will work as the accent color. If I make Alma a tee, I shouldn’t need much. I will start it late next week possibly.

In KnitKnots design news I have enough testers for Sea Siren to publish if all goes well on the planned date of August 20th! Eowyn is FULL and now seems to be going smoothly. I have a new sketch of the Blue Fairy shawl that I think better represents the actual design:

Testing for it is still open and I will take TWO more testers, I am really pleased with how quickly my test spots have been filling up, and for that I thank you! Upcoming tests for September include Rue, Henry, Lyra, a fun skirt pattern as well as a secret surprise! If these interest you, please join the Ravelry group or the test forum to express interest.

Test calls: Sea Siren, Eowyn and Blue Fairy

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I have THREE designs currently in testing:

 Éowyn Tunic/Dress

 Sea Siren

 Blue Fairy

I’ll be using some lustrous KnitPicks Curio and Enchant glitter yarn for my Blue Fairy Shawl…

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Feel free to join in with us as we work these up! Details can be seen by clicking the individual links listed above. Be sure to join the forum so I can email you the pattern. The testing forum also hosts discussion and helps with technical issues.

I also gave the blog a small makeover after the husband told me it was ‘too blue!’

On the needles

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In my efforts to become a better blogger, I’m going to begin to share the projects I’m working on and have finished. With a house full of kids and very little time I will do my best! I am quite excited for school to begin again, three will be out of the house during the daytime and I can (hopefully) get better into the swing of designing and such. Unfortunately, last week I found out I have mono so that’s been a time suck as well- lots of exhaustion and feeling utterly crummy. I can only wish that I will be better soon!

I have been knitting my heart out when I can. I recently finished this lovely test knit for the wonderful Elena Nodel, Queen of the Waves shrug which will be releasing soon…

Alma is wearing her shrug over her Ariel inspired Sea Siren tank, another upcoming design of mine for the Knitted Fairy Tales series, currently in testing. She just adores the super silky milk fiber (Viking of Norway Milk & Honey), lace cuffs, beads and sparkling buttons. The version of the Sea Siren she is wearing is the cropped, plain hem style. If you are on Ravelry you can see the project page for Sea Siren here. I am still looking for test knitters for this pattern, so please join the test forum for details and signup. I would like to release Sea Siren by late August and it’s a quick seamless knit, top down with no finishing- when you’re done you weave in your ends and that’s it! I will be working up my second prototype in a week or so with full length and the lace hem option.

I’m currently working on an embarrassing amount of projects but in design news I am working up the Henry prototype for my Knitted Fairy Tales series of patterns inspired by the TV show Once Upon a Time. Should be ready for testers in late August for an early fall release. I also have my second Éowyn (for my Bookworm Series) prototype (dress version) on the needles in some delightful Madelinetosh Tosh DK. I’m finalizing the math and adding the final touches to the pattern which will be ready for testing tomorrow if time allows. The first prototype (tunic version) can be viewed here.

Next up for release will be the Blue Fairy shawl & Owen hat prototypes (Knitted Fairy Tales) and the Rue cardigan (Bookworm Series) in early fall. I will post photos and details as they go into testing and release.

Tests, tests, tests, tests! I am test knitting quite a few things for various designers. I really enjoy the opportunity to edit patterns for others, as it gives me a nice break to my own design work. Keep your eyes peeled for the releases of these lovely and innovative designs!

Finally I have my relaxation project, one so simple that I don’t need to keep to a pattern every moment and can kick back and hang with the kids or watch movies as I work…

9cf326a4f9e911e2986122000a9f194c_7My super luxurious Daenerys knit with Colour Adventures Exquisite Sport (a scrumptious blend of merino/silk/cashmere) in Elena’s Watercolors colorway, a real treat. This is the Dragon’s Rest Shawl pattern. I am working the lace spine and body section currently and as the wing edges (or rather, the end of the knit) grows near I will use some Madelinetosh Merino DK in the Heuchera colorway. In my mind the violet matches Dany’s eyes to perfection and I just know that when I wrap myself in this beauty I will truly feel like a khaleesi!

Pinnae Princess Dress

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Finally live after a few minor setbacks (just family stuff and extending testing deadline) and available at Ravelry. It will soon be available at Pulling at Strings as well.

Part of my ebook Knitted Fairy Tales, the Pinnae Princess Dress is inspired by the dresses that young Snow White wears on the TV show, Once Upon a Time.

Photo copyright to Vexintricot @ Ravelry

The leafy branch of the fern is usually called a frond. The small leaflets that make up the whole frond are called pinnae.

With seed stitch accents and fern lace, this sweet princess dress was inspired by nature, fairy tales and vintage children’s clothing. A simple knit that is worked in the round, except for the very upper bodice where you are knitting flat to create the buttoned back fasten,

Photo copyright to kriekle @ Ravelry

This gorgeous princess- style dress is knit top down and different needle sizes are used for better fit and to make the fern lace nice and open. Blocking brings the lace patterning out to its full beauty.

There are three sleeve options available: sleeveless, short puff and puff with fitted long sleeves for a true royal appearance.

You will need:

  • 800-1500 yards of worsted weight yarn. NOTE- This is an estimate, you may need more or less! The pattern was drafted using Hobby Lobby I love This Cotton Spark and sz 3/4 took 7 sk.
  • 24” (28” for sizes ¾ & up) US sizes 6, 7, 8 circular needles- sz 6 & 7 DPNS for sleeves
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Darning/yarn needle
  • 1” decorative button (I get mine from Tessa Ann:http://www.etsy.com/shop/TessaAnn)

Let’s ‘dress up’

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May 1st is a magical day, my daughter Ella turns 9 and I am releasing a true royal treat; the Pinnae Princess Dress! Inspired by the beautiful dresses that young Snow wears in the TV series Once Upon a Time, this long and twirly dress also features cap sleeve options.

Here is a little sneak peek…

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Sweet Babies Updated

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I have greatly enhanced the pattern to include:

  • better graft instructions, better links and tutorials
  • better layout (numbered pages and new branding)
  • general pattern cleanup (Sweet Babies is one of the first patterns I ever wrote up!)
  • 6 different nature inspired cables found in my various designs and how to place them; per size
  • how to add feet to the 2 smaller sizes (NB/SM)
  • how to add a button down tab for newborns
  • more pictures! 🙂

The 6 cables are-

  1. The Twist
  2. The Braid
  3. The Owl
  4. The Wheatear
  5. The Antler
  6. The Air

I’m SO excited to see what everyone comes up with!

KnitKnots also has new branding with catchy little bird mascots; Chubby the crow and Moony the Moon Phoenix! The blog has been made over and there is now a testing forum!

Winter 2013 Semi Solids :: Fairy Tale Series

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The latest colors up my sleeve have been all about fantasy and royalty. Let me show you them!

The Princesses:

Aurora
Aurora on KK SW Merino Fingering

Merida
Merida on KK Merino DK

Rapunzel
Rapunzel on KK Merino DK

The Princes:

Charming
Charming on KK Chenille Merino

Valiant
Valiant on KK Chenille Merino

Hope you enjoy the eye candy and as always contact me either by email (empresspurl @ gmail) or message me (SavageRedhead) @ Ravelry for yarn ordering- each is hand dyed as individual special orders.

Autumn 2012 Semi Solids: Reds and Grays

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Cambridge

Quite subtly toned deep gray with a fair amount of hue variation.


Macintosh

Almost a true solid, this deeply saturated apple red is a staple color.


Kitten

Tonal grays with hints of pinks and black, purrrfectly girly.


Bloodied

Deep reds and hints of saturated black and deeper red make this semi a yarn to die for.


Gryffindor

In honor of my favorite author JK Rowling, this deep, dark red has hints of black and burgundy throughout. Truly reminiscent of the house color.

Need some of my handdyed yarns? Leave a comment with your email in the form and I will take your custom order.