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Happy October!

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October is my favorite month of the year. There’s a few big reasons, my birthday being one of them, but also I think it goes back to growing up in the Bay Area. In the Bay, October often ends up being the most consistently nice month of the year. With temperatures in the 70s, and the sun still going strong, it’s hard to complain about the weather.

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For the past couple years, it’s been fairly busy around my birthday, so I haven’t done much for it. This year, I decided to do it a bit differently, and work up a few different ways to celebrate!! The first is the Chuck Mitts KAL. This is being done exclusively on Instagram, as it’s the easiest way to collect all the submissions in one place. If you decide to join in, remember to use the #chuckmittskal !!

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I’m a bit late in announcing this here, but it’s such a quick knit that you’ve got plenty of time to finish up a pair in time!

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And, just in case you needed extra inspiration to pick up the pattern and join in, I’m having a birthday sale! The sale is good on any of my self published patterns (excluding e-books). The sale will run from now through Nov 10th!

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The last thing I’d like to mention is that I’m currently testing this fun pattern! I’m so excited about this one. It’s got a fun secret that I’ll post about sooooon!! Watch out for this one to release on Nov 1st!!

Pattern Releases: Maclure, Nabesna, and Kaiyo!

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Hello!  And with that month-long of silence, I bring you... three new patterns!  :oD  All done in collaboration with some fun people!  

First up is Maclure!  Maclure is a part of Stranded Magazine's Cold Weather 2016 issue!  This ski bonnet is knit from the top down, and includes details like a folded over brim featuring a contrasting color!  I love it in the natural colors here, but I think it would also look amazing done up in bright neons!  The yarn used here was Imperial Yarn Columbia.  

Next up is Nabesna.  Nabesna is also a part of Stranded Magazine's Cold Weather issue (this online magazine is one to watch out for, a bit more information about them at the end of this blog post!).  The fun part of this cute little muff here is the thrums!  While muffs are super cute and cozy always, I just imagined how much cuter and squishier it would be if it were thrummed!  If you've never done thrums before, I'd highly recommend trying it, it's actually quite easy and a lot of fun. 

Those extra fiber-y bits inside keep your hands toasty, while the optional strap makes sure that you won't lose your muff while you're just hanging out.  :o)  Again, the natural colors makes this a great knit suitable for all coordinating clothes colors, but my brain wonders... what would this look like in black or dark brown and a rainbow of thrums sprinkling about?  :oD  The yarn used for this pattern is Bartlett Yarns 2-ply, and the thrums were using the same company's roving.

The last pattern release is Kaiyo, a combination poncho and cowl.  This pattern was designed for Yarnbox's Classic Box December 2016.  The yarn is a luscious merino, alpaca, milk blend by Feederbrook Farms called Milk and Honey.  It is available in the Yarnbox, as well as in my Ravelry downloads.  Enjoy!

A quick note here about Stranded Magazine.  Stranded was formed by Andi Satterlund, Erin Birnel, and Monica Kirby.  The magazine first released earlier this year (2016) and now has three issues live.  The patterns in the issues are only available in the magazine for 1 year, then the rights revert back to the designer and can be individually downloaded.  

I have to say that I've found each issue to be well curated so far, and I've loved the feature articles included (only available with the full magazine purchase)!  In addition to the knit patterns, you can find a feature on a variant craft, and a recipe.  It's been awhile since I've had a magazine that I was eager to see each issue release, but Stranded has currently filled that spot.  :o)

(Oh, and yes, that is me modeling the patterns found in the issue!  It was a lot of fun to not only have some patterns included, but also be more involved by modeling for them!  In addition, I think it inspired one of my best hair colors to date.)  ;o)  

WIP Wednesday: Hipstamatic and Marion

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I've taken some time off of designing for a bit here, and am working on some gift knitting and selfish/UFO knitting.  I'm attempting something a bit on the crazy side, but I'm hoping to knit up hats for all of my coworkers at the optometry office.  On the less crazy side, they will all be Hipstamatics.  I'm using a range of bulky weight yarns, and discovering just how different "bulky" really can be!!  Here's my current one in progress (with mystery bulky weight that has been sitting in the stash for awhile:

And my other project that I'm actively working on is Marion by Andi Satterlund.  My gauge is fairly far off, but I did some calculations that indicate that it will be just fine post blocking with some negative ease built in.  :o)  The yarn is Bumblebirch Forage in Fog.  This one I'm calling a UFO, even though it hasn't been sitting around as long as some others, but I started it in May, and then got distracted before I could finish it up.  

I can't wait to get this done and blocked to really show off the fun cables along the front!  Also, it's kinda the perfect weather these days around here to wear this over dresses.  I used to wear this one white cropped sweater with all my dresses, until one day, I finally had to admit that it just wasn't truly in great shape anymore.  I've been on the search for a replacement, when I finally decided that I had to just go ahead and make one (or maybe a bunch...).  I'm going to be so excited when this guy is completely off the needles!  :o)

What is everyone else working on?  Anyone else trying to get some Christmas knitting done?  

Pattern Release, and Testing: Mayu!

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It took a bit longer than I was hoping to get Mayu fully formatted and everything, but Mayu is now ready and out!  Mayu has been fully tech edited, but I'd love a couple people testing it out for sizing purposes.  I'd love for people to be able to see what the different sizes fit like in different eases.  For that reason, I'm going to offer it out for free to testers for a limited amount of time.  You do have to contact me on Ravelry (rav id:  norichan) in order to qualify, and you have to be able to fit into my criteria for normal testing (it's not too difficult, but I do have a few qualifications).  :o)

Here are the pattern reqs:

Sizes:
Bust Circumference: 36 (39.75, 43.25, 47)” 91.5 (101, 110, 119.5) cm
Length: 22.75 (24, 25.25, 26.5)” 58 (61, 64, 67) cm

Gauge: 11 sts x 16 rows = 4” x 4” 10 cm x 10 cm, in st st, in the round on larger needles.

Materials: 
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Paloma Tweed (50% alpaca, 30% wool, 14% acrylic, 6% rayon; 71 yds/50 g) 
MC: 8 (9, 10, 11) skeins
CC: 3 (3, 3, 4) skeins

Needles: US 13 and 15 - 24” circular needle and DPNs. Or size to obtain gauge.

Notions: 
5 st markers (1 unique for beg of round m) 
cable needle
tapestry needle
scrap yarn (for holding sts)

As far as testing reqs go, you do need to be a member of Ravelry, have some projects on Ravelry with pictures, and be able to finish your project by the end of February.  I do ask for you to link your project to the Mayu project page, and post pictures of you (or whomever you prefer) modeling the sweater.  I would love it if you are able to say what your ease is, so that people have a good idea about how they might like to size their own Mayu!  I can't wait to see yours!  :oD  Please head here to sign up to test!  

Teaching at Gauge Knits

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I can't believe how quickly time has passed by this month!  In fact, I just realized that I need to prep for the classes that I will be teaching at Gauge Knits!  Gauge is one of my favorite LYS in Austin, Tx.  I used to frequent them quite often.  ;o)  Last year, in April, I did a class with them for Aviary, and it was a blast!  I am *so excited* to be getting to teach again this year; this year, it's not just one class, but two!  

I will be there Feb 6 and 7 (so close!!), and will be doing a project classes for Marika and Viola on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.  If you are local to Austin, I'd love to see you there!  Please learn more here.  

For the Marika Class, I will be talking a bit about my inspiration for the shawl, as well as help you get started on your shawl.  This lace panel is very simple, and this could easily be a first time lace project!  I will also teach you how to get a nice and clean edging on garter stitch.  :o)  This shawl, as mentioned before, is the perfect comfort knitting.  Ideal for this time of year, and I hope everyone enjoys making it along with me.  

For the Viola Class, there are a number of skills I can help you obtain.  While, I would encourage you to be comfortable with doing cables already, I can definitely help you learn how to do cables for the first time!  In addition, this is a charted pattern, and so if learning how to read charts is something you'd like to learn, that could be a fun, new technique, as well!  Lastly, I will be teaching how to make this hat by doing a cabled swatch done in the round.  This was definitely something that took me awhile to learn (heck, learning that swatching was important to do was a skill that took me a number of years), and so I can't wait to help everyone learn this skill.  This class is really filled with all the arsenals that you will need to take on this hat!  :o)

I'm excited to see familiar faces and new ones, too!  As always, I'm also super psyched about getting great food, and getting together with friends from my last home.  I'm betting for a good number of food related instagram posts in the not too far future.  ;op  

Pattern Releases: Marika and Lady Olivia!

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Aaaahh!  This week has been a wonderful week.  For one thing, I finally got a day off after working 14 days in a row at my day jobs.  I also managed to bust out the pair of bulky weight slippers in the below post.  ;o)  I'll write a final review of the pattern and how I like the slippers in a later post... but after all of that, I had not one, but two patterns release this week!!  :oD

Here is Marika!  A fun and simple shawl done for Quince and Co's Scarves, Etc 5 Collection.  :oD  A mixture of garter stitch, and simple lace; it combines some of the best things for comfort knitting.  It is done in Owl, an alpaca and wool blend, that compliments the pattern beautifully.  

The Owl was such a pleasure to work with.  It is a somewhat new yarn for me, and I can't seem to get enough of it.  I love how the alpaca adds some depth to the color, which adds to the rustic feel it has.  I actually can't wait until I can get my hands on some more and knit myself a Marika for myself to enjoy!

And here is Lady Olivia, the third pattern in my Twelfth Knits collection.  This textured knit was a well needed thing for me this winter.  My pair of Rivolettos were just not keeping my hands warm enough!  While great for the spring and early fall (or winter in Austin), they just couldn't cut it for the colder climate in the Pacific NW.  Lady Olivia is a long worsted weight mitt that goes higher on the thumb and fingers for some extra warmth!  I made the ribbing extra long so that it could be folded back in case a bit of extra dexterity is needed.  ;o)  

These mitts take about 170 yds of worsted weight yarn (Shepherd's Wool Worsted used for sample), and US 7 [4.5mm] DPNs.  

And now for some more pretty knitting pics!  (All pics of Marika were taken by the lovely and talented Pam Allen.)

Testers: Mayu

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Hello!!  I am finally ready for another test phase!  I am almost done grading this pattern, and am sending it to my tech editor.  The testing phase will begin once I get the pattern back from her.  :o)  

Pertinent information:

Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Paloma Tweed; for the 39" bust 8 skeins of the white was used, and 3 of the tan.

Needles:  US 15 and 13 in 24" circulars and DPNs.  Or size to get gauge.

Gauge:  11sts x 16rows = 4" x 4"

Rough sizes predicted:  30" (33", 36", 39")[42", 45", 48"]  still grading, depends on feasibility of raglan shaping with these sizes.  I hope to be able to do all of these!

This is a top-down raglan style sweater that is roughly tunic, or just shy of tunic length.  I am wearing the 39" bust with about 2-3" of positive ease.  Even with the positive ease, there is some shaping to help keep the style flattering!  I, personally, wanted an oversized, comfy sweater, but I think this sweater would look great anywhere between -2 to +2 ease!  

I am looking for 1-2 testers per size.  The test will be run here!  :o)  Yarn substitutions are not a problem, as long as you can get gauge!  

Introducing: Viola and Cesario!

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These hats were supposed to come out two weeks ago, but life sometimes has a way of just saying "no" to things.  >.<  Still, I'm glad that things are more back to normal, and that I was able to get these hats up on Ravelry.  :o)  

Yes, Viola and Cesario are named after the characters of the same name from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.  I do realize that technically, Viola's true twin is Sebastian, but I felt that Viola and Cesario made a better match for these hats.  Don't worry, though, I have a few more plans set aside for the future for some of the other characters in Twelfth Night.  In fact, I have already created a discount for purchasing both hat patterns, as they are both going to be in my Twelfth Knits collection as the patterns start to be released throughout the next year.  :o)  No code necessary, just add both hats to your cart, and the discount will be taken automatically.  The discount will be good for previous purchases, also, so if you're just feeling one of the hats for now, the discount will be honored if you ever decide to purchase the other later.  

I think my favorite pictures always end up being the outtake photos.  ;op  So, here are a few of those for you guys.

Where am I even looking in that last picture??  Ah, well.  Whatever it was, I've already forgotten about it.  :op