Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Owlie Stitch Markers and Valentine's Day Sale!

I've just entered these cute little owl stitch markets into my Etsy shop.  They are large, 12 mm stitch markers that can fit up to a US 17/12 mm needle.  The picture below shows them on a US 11/ 8 mm knitting needle, so you get an idea of how well they work for chunky and bulky knits. 

They also work equally well on smaller needles- I used a similar pair successfully on US 8/ 5 mm needles with sport weight yarn and knitting went beautifully. 

Oh, and the sale- enter "ART01" into your Etsy checkout cart for 10% off until Valentine's Day this Saturday. :)

Happy arting!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Rosewood Cowl is Live!

I have finally had my Rosewood Cowl pattern tested and tried, and it is live on Ravelry for $3.00 USD!  The pattern has two downloads, one for the pattern proper and a step-by-step photo tutorial for the rosebuds, which are extremely easy to make, just difficult to demonstrate by words alone.

-210-340 yards DK or worsted weight yarn in main colour (testers' yardages varied wildly depending on the yarn weight used)
-60-100 yds yarn for roses (some testers used 40-50 yards), and about 40 yards for the leaves in DK, worsted, or aran
-gauge unimportant, just need flexible motifs.  Testers used hooks from 4.00mm-5.5mm.  I recommend using a slightly smaller hook for the rosebuds and leaves than you did for the cowl proper
-about 3-4 days to make.  The pattern is beginner-friendly but interested enough to keep an experienced crocheter (like me!) challenged

If you want to see the other blog posts I made regarding this pattern, see Of Wood and Roses (WIP and initial design concept sketch) and Roses, Cream, and Yardage (pre-blocked cowl).