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FO Friday: Phoenix Sunset

Years ago, I was in a job I didn’t love which required me to travel to Phoenix for a conference.  After a long, dreary day under artificial, hotel conference room lighting, I stepped outside just in time to see a stunning sunset.

The beautiful browns, yellows, and oranges really lifted my spirit.  The colors were in contrast with the blues and purples I usually see in New York City sunsets.  I tucked that image away in my mind for a future project.

A few years later, Knit Picks was seeking designs for a collection that was heavily influenced by the same colors.  I matched my idea for that design with a really cool stitch pattern and submitted the design.  It wasn’t chosen for the collection, but Knit Picks provided me with yarn so that I could submit the pattern to their Independent Designer Partnership Program.

And thus, the Phoenix Sunset was born.

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I used one skein each of City Tweed Aran/Heavy Worsted in three colors.

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I crocheted it flat, so it could be worn as a scarf.  I decided to join the short edges to make a circle scarf/infinity cowl, since I tend to wear those more often.

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It’s so cozy and we’re experiencing a cold spell.  It was pretty tough to mail away the sample to Knit Picks (so they can add it to their pattern collection).  This is definitely a project I’ll be excited to see again.  I love the ripples and the texture, as well as the colors (which work well with my winter coat).

The Phoenix Sunset pattern is now available on Ravelry.

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The pattern uses chains, double crochets, increases, and decreases.  I’m including two photo tutorials – one for the front post cluster (the stitch creating those beautiful, textured v shapes) and one for the invisible seam if you want to make it into a cowl.

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Frantic Holiday Crafting: Finish 2

This is the second project I finished since I challenged myself to finish a project every two days in December.

OB hat

I crocheted this hat last night.  It’s for a friend of mine who bought one of my crocheted hats at a craft fair a few years ago.  We went to Smiley’s to shop for this yarn a few weeks ago.  She wanted a remake of the hat using black and grey yarn, and I held three strands of Patons Shetland Chunky together to make it.  It’s super cozy and made with a small brim, just as she requested.  I didn’t weave in the ends, though, because I’m not sure about the size and since she commissioned it, I want it to fit exactly as she wants.  (She lost the original before she could measure the circumference, and described the fit ans not too snug and not too loose.)  The next step is to schedule a fitting.

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FO Friday: My Mountain Crochet Hat Designs

I’ve mentioned the My Mountain Hat Design Contest, sponsored by Schachenmayr in their My Mountain yarns, on the blog a few times before.  I finished two crochet designs in the past week, but didn’t have a chance to take pictures of both of them until last night.

Boston Teal & Sage Green

Boston in Teal and Sage Green.

This hat started out with these three skeins.  I wanted to make something that had post stitches in different colors to create a textured look.

My mountain 3 top

I love the star pattern at the top, and I’m very fond of how the sides worked out.

My Mountain 3 side smile

This was a nice yarn to work with.  Boston is described as a “24-ply ‘millifilli’ yarn.”

My Mountain 3 top outdoors

It has a soft feel, and it’s also plump so it’s great for a hat.  It seems to fill in all the airholes, if that makes sense.

My Mountain 3j

This was my attempt at a self portrait.  I cut off some of the hat, but I think I look extra cheerful in this one.

The other design used alternating shells to create… a statement piece.  I confess that I would probably not personally wear such bold colors, but I like how they look nonetheless!  This hat started with these two skeins: Bravo Big in Neon Pink and Lumio in lime.

Bravo Big hot pink & Lumio chartreuse

I wanted to emphasize the pink, since I had already used the green in another design, so I used treble crochets to make the pink shells a bit taller.

My Mountain 4 top.jpg

It was pretty difficult for me to capture the true colors of this hat in the twilight.

My Mountain 4 look up

This one has a snugger fit around the head and a pom pom.

My Mountain 4 side2

Have I mentioned how much I love my pom pom maker?

My Mountain 4 smile

I’m open to suggestions for names for either design!

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FO Friday: Diamond Eye Beanie

Last week, I mentioned I was working on some designs for the My Mountain Hat Design contest using Schachenmayr‘s My Mountain line of yarns.  For my first submission, I used this skein of Bravo Big Color in Fire Print.

Bravo Big Color Fire Print

As many of my readers know, I’m a super slow knitter, so I knew the super bulky yarn would be perfect for a knit design.  I was actually able to finish the sample in a week’s time.

I wanted to make a unisex beanie because the color seemed perfect for men and women.  I also wanted to have an unusual traveling cable design, with something other than stockinette (or reverse stockinette) stitches inside of it, running up the center.  I decided to make the rest of the hat ribbed so it would be extra stretchy.  That way, it can be worn with a variety of hair styles without leading to “hat head.”

I named the pattern the Diamond Eye Beanie, and I made the sample in a men’s size (just to make sure there’d be enough yarn for a larger size).  I wrote the pattern to include a smaller, women’s size, too.

Unfortunately, MC wasn’t very excited about modeling a heavy hat in 80+ degree weather, so I took just one picture of him wearing it inside, protected by the air conditioning.

Unfortunately, MC wasn't very excited about modeling a heavy hat in 80 degree weather.

He was, however, happy to serve as my chief photographer, and snapped some great pictures of me wearing the beanie in front of Central Park on Sunday.

You can see it's a bit large for my head.

You can see it’s a bit large for my head.

Diamond Eye Beanie on Marie close up front1

I love the moss stitch (a.k.a. double seed stitch) detail in the center of the cable.  It’s a bit hard to see in the picture above because of the vibrant yarn color, but in person it’s more noticeable.

Diamond Eye Beanie close up cable

You can see the details of the cable and it’s center a little better in this closeup.

Diamond Eye Beanie on Marie side view

You could also wear the cable off center, but I tend to prefer symmetry.  (Boring, I know.)

Diamond Eye Beanie flat

Designers were asked to talk about our own version of My Mountain, “a goal that feels unattainable – right up until the moment you reach it.”  I’m proud to say that I’ve achieved a few of those type of goals in my lifetime – and have others planned for the future.

One that’s been on my mind lately was being the first person in my father’s family, and one of just a handful in my mom’s family (at that time), to graduate from college.  There were many times when that degree seemed really out of reach, but with persistence, faith, and hard work, I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree.  I’ve even gone on since to earn two Master’s degrees at night while working full time.  The best thing about achieving this goal is that now going to college and graduating is more common in my family, and my younger relatives don’t even see it as being unusual.

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FO Friday: Seafoam Scarf

Some of my regular readers know that I love to participate in swaps.  There’s something fun about meeting a new fiber friend and who doesn’t love receiving a package in the mail?

Right now, I’m participating in the International Scarf Swap‘s Wishlist Swap.  The main idea is to choose a scarf pattern from your partner’s Ravelry favorites and make it!  This is a secret swap, so can’t tell you who the lucky recipient will be, but let’s just say this scarf has a long journey ahead of it.

First, I dug deep into my stash to see what I had on hand to match her favorite colors, and I happened to have one remaining skein of Cascade 220 Superwash in Pacific.

Pacific

My partner had a great wishlist filled with all of these beautiful knit and crochet scarf, cowl, and shawl patterns.  I decided to make Ali Green‘s Seafoam Scarf because it looked simple enough to remember the pattern repeats without being boring enough to put me to sleep.

Seafoam progress 2013-07-05

For me, this was a quick knit.  I finished it in just 4 days (including a holiday and a weekend, but remember I’m a slow knitter).

Seafoam scarf blockingThis was something that definitely needed blocking to open up those dropped stitches.

Seafoam scarf long

I secretly hoped it might get a bit longer after blocking.  After all, it’s just a one skein scarf.  But my partner mentioned she sometimes wears scarves in the summer, and this seems perfect for that.

Seafoam scarf detail after blocking

I debated adding a button.  I like to have buttons on short scarves, but I didn’t find one that seemed to be asking to pair up with this scarf.

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