12.22.2011

Warm Holiday Wishes!

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful Holiday Season!

I'm taking a wee break to be with family and friends, I'll be back after the New Year!

For those of you participating in the Kinetik Kal: No worries, I'll be checking in on my Ravelry group often... it is TOO fun helping you choose yarn and beads!

12.19.2011

Beaded Eye-Glass Cord: Tutorial

Need a last minute gifting idea? I shared this easy eye glass cord tutorial on over on whip up and I want to make sure you saw it too! Video tutorials are included for the tricksy beading steps so anyone who knows how to knit can tackle this project and get it done in a night!
Eye-Glass Cord
Beaded Eye Glass Cord

Materials
  • Approx. 20 yards of fingering weight yarn
  • Two Size 1 (2.25mm) double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Approx. 6 grams of Size 8 glass seed beads
  • Dental Floss Threader
  • Tapestry needle
  • Eyeglass Grips (I got mine here)
Notes:
  • Finished length: 27 inches (69 cm) long
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • If you want to lengthen or shorten your bracelet or necklace it is easy! There are approx 9 beads used per inch of i-cord, (3 reps of stitch pattern.) So, if you want your finished piece an inch longer add 9 beads, or if you want it shorter, subtract 9 beads.
Set Up:
Thread 225 beads onto yarn with dental floss threader.
(Wondering how to thread on the beads? There is a great video tutorial here)

Cast on 3 sts as follows:
Hold yarn ready to work a long tail cast on with at least a 8” tail.
*With rh needle or a crochet hook reach through center of one eyeglass grip grab long end of yarn and pull through, then cast on one st with long tail cast on (2 sts on rh ndl), lift first st over second st; rpt from * two more times. [3 sts on ndl]
Slide sts to other end of ndl.

You will now be working beaded I-cord on these 3 sts as follows:
K1, k1 w/ bead, k1. Slide sts to other end of ndl.
K1 w/ bead, k2. Slide sts to other end of ndl.
K2, k1 w/ bead. Slide sts to other end of ndl.
Rep these 3 rows until all beads have been used.
(Need help with this beaded I-cord? There is a video tutorial here)

Knit one row.
Bind off as follows:
K1, then pull yarn through loop on second eyeglass grip and place onto rh ndl.
Take first st on rh ndl and slip over the second st. [1 st on rh ndl]
Bind off 1 st.
Pull yarn through loop on eyeglass grip again and place onto rh ndl.
Take first st on rh ndl and slip over the second st. [1 st on rh ndl]
Bind off last st.
Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail, pull end through last stitch.

Weave in ends. Block if desired.
Eye-Glass Cord

12.14.2011

Korknisse in my Haus!

Over the weekend I took a break from deadlines to knit a wee decoration for the kitchen table.  As much as I've been talking about the holidays I realized we still had ghosts up from Halloween... whoops?
korknisse
These Korknisse have had a special place in my heart for some time and I saved a few wine corks this fall so I could finally make them!  As you can see on Ravelry... I am not the first to be afflicted by the Korknisse addiction!
korknisse
A special thankyou to Maya who let me invade her home at an ungodly early hour to use her yule log tray, I see one of these in my future!

12.13.2011

Shaved Brussel Sprouts

Well now, we've been making candy all weekend (this and this, if you must know).  To counter act all the sugar I decided to make my family's favorite veggie last night.  This is seriously one of the yummiest ways to eat a misunderstood vegetable....

Shaved Brussel Sprouts!
Shaved Brussel Sprouts
1 pound brussel sprouts
2 medium shallots, chopped
1 - 2 tbsp olive oil or herbed basting oil (if you have it!)
sea salt and pepper
squeeze of fresh lemon
aleppo pepper (optional... my man and i put this on everything!)

1. Clean off the sprouts by cutting off the bottom and taking off the outer leaves until there are no blemishes or dirt.  
 Shaved Brussel Sprouts!
2. Shave your sprouts.  I used my Cuisinart with a 2mm blade and just pumped them through.. this step would be ALOT more work if you had to do it by hand!

3. In a wok or other deep sided pan heat up your oil, then saute the shallots until soft and just a bit transluscent.  Then add the sprouts... turn up the heat a bit and start cooking them!  You actually want to "almost" burn them a bit.. stir often but allow to sit in between stirs.  Allowing them to get really hot actually draws the sugar out of them and causes it to caramelize a bit... part of why this dish is so freakin' good!

4. When they are done season with salt and pepper, squeeze on a bit of fresh lemon and serve!

We ate them last night with black bean burgers, roasted sweet potatoes and chipotle mayo... guess what I am having for lunch today?

12.08.2011

Final Adorn Pattern: Helleborus Scarf AND Cuff

Oh my, is Adorn really over?  Well, not really, but my designing for it is!  What a fun project this has been!  Thanks to all of you knitters who trusted me to deliver a pattern to you once a month for 8 months sight unseen... I have to say I really did love the challenge!  In fact this month, I designed you a simple lacey cuff and I just couldn't stop playing with the stitch, so you know what?  You get a scarf pattern too!  Sorry?
December's Adorn Pattern!
Helleborus is based on an offset eyelet stitch with beads placed strategically to create little flowers.  The big trick in this pattern is that the beads pop to the opposite side of the work, which means they are placed on WS rows.  The idea is that you can knit the cuff to learn the technique and make a present at the same time and THEN go on to the scarf!  Make sense?
helleborus_cuff_1
Helleborus is the genus of the winter rose or lenten rose, one of my favorite flowers at the end of winter, a very first sign of spring in my neck of the woods!!  The flowers go around your wrist on the cuff, but on the scarf they are placed to represent a Helleborus flower which has 6 petals.  It was great fun laying out this chart!
helleborus_scarf_half
Wondering what yarn I used?  The scarf is knit in Juniper Moon Findley.... I bought it to make Skywalker when I was in OK earlier this fall BUT when I started to swatch for this design it just BEGGED me to be used.  How can I refuse a yarn so sweet as Findley?  Findley is 50/50 wool silk laceweight that has the perfect twist, it could easily stand up tot he beads being slid along it.  It's not often that a wool silk doesn't start to bloom and show wear when you are working with beads, but Findley is finished in a way that keeps the fibers in line!   You want this yarn, really you do!
To highlight the flower further you will notice that the center bead is different from the outside ones.  I used Japanese glass seed beads for the circumference of the flower and one Czech crystal bead for the center... I LOVE these beads as they really catch the light and sparkle!  If you want to incorporate some into your Helleborus a large selection is carried here.  (Please don't hate on me for sharing that link with you... it might be a bead shopping rabbit hole!)

12.07.2011

Announcing: Kinetik Mystery KAL

Kinetik Mystery-KAL

Sign-Ups are open!  
For more information go here or to my Ravelry group here.

We had an unbelievably great time last spring when I  held my first Mystery KAL... and I cannot wait to get the party started on this one. 

This KAL has options for LOTS of beads, SOME beads, or NO beads.  You'll decide after you work the first clue which is for YOU!  I’ll be providing video technique support, laughter and whatever else you need to get this mystery KNIT!

Teknika Gloves: A new pattern for Knitty!

One of the many secrets I worked on this Fall is finally out of the bag! Phew!
Teknika Gloves
Teknika Gloves in Knitty's winter issue!
Teknika is a seemingly complex but deceptively simple colorwork glove made with only two yarns and some conductive thread sewn into the "controlling" digit! 
Teknika Gloves
What is Conductive Thread and WHY use it?
When you use a touchscreen with your finger, your skin acts as a conductor to send a low voltage message to your device that tells it what to do. If you are wearing gloves, the conductive property of your skin is masked and then your touchscreen can’t complete the circuit with your finger! Enter conductive thread, a material that conducts electricity at a low voltage. If you incorporate this into your knit fabric then you can use your phone and NOT take off your glove/mitten to do it!

Wondering where to get conductive thread?  I bought a batch of it and am selling it in my Etsy shop in case you NEED some too!
Teknika Gloves
The Yarn: 1 skein of Spud and Chloe Fine serves as the ground color, while one skein of Crazy Zauberball is the contrasting color... the Zauberball changes in long intervals allowing the gloves to look like I used LOTS of color in them!  It's no secret that I love the line of Spud and Chloe yarns, Fine is phenomenal for colorwork!
Teknika Gloves
When I first sent the glove idea into Knitty I though I was going to be using 4 colors, but I realized that I didn't want to knit them.  I was scared of all the ends that would need to be woven in before I even began!  I quickly changed my tune and found an alternative... do you know why?  Knitting is supposed to be FUN!
Teknika Gloves

12.06.2011

Final Adorn Sneak Peek!

The final Adorn pattern is almost ready and I want to give you a sneak peek....

December's Adorn Pattern!

12.02.2011

A Friday Round-Up

Oh my, I missed you yesterday... a whole day without blogging?  Crazy pants!
I've got a several fun things to share with you:
1. Susie asked me (and yes, I squealed out loud when I got the e-mail) to do a Holiday Gift Guide on the Juniper Moon Farm blog.  Go read all about some gifting ideas I have for this year and then enter the giveaway.  JMF will be running posts like this throughout the month of December I can't wait to see what ideas I am going to get from it! 
2. Tina at the Knitting Contessa, asked me to do an interview for Knitting Contrissmas.  I adored answering her questions... she is such a sweetheart!  Go take a peak and leave a comment, there's a giveaway there too!
3. My friend Hunter has released pre-orders for her new book, The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet.  The book will be out later in the spring... but for now you can go torture yourself by looking at all the gorgeous patterns that will be in it!
4. I bet you want to know who won that Ribband kit, don't you?  Congratulations to #2, GerryART!  Get in touch and let me know which color you want : )!

5. Want a hint about the next, and last *sniff*, Adorn pattern?  Juniper Moon Farm might just have something to do with it!  I've got a final photo shoot this weekend, so the pattern should be off to you next week!