Meet the Brookfield Cowl

Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield MA

Living in New England, Fall is a highlight.  The beauty of the trees softens the blow of the impending chill that follows it.  While the temperatures are definitely cooling, the sun can still warm a day beyond its potential.  

Dressing for fall can be a challenge on days like the one pictured above.  These day call for layers; and often, less is more.  I find that a warm neck more than compensates for a jacket.  This cowl is designed to be that go-to accessory for fall days and it will carry you through to winter.  The wide cable panel is reminiscent of fall days spent meandering through leaf covered trails.  


I am happy to release this unisex pattern featuring Miss Babs Yarns new aran weight BFL, Northumbria Aran, a 3-ply 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester wool.  The yarn was wonderful to knit!  The long staples of the BFL make the yarn lustrous and very silky smooth.  The BFL takes the dye so beautifully that I found myself slowed by the number of times I stopped to admire my work, or rather, Miss Babs’ handiwork!  The 3-ply gives the cables just the pop they need!

Brookfield Cowl

Pattern:  The pattern is both written and charted.  While it is one size, the pattern is easily altered to make the circumference smaller or larger.  The cowl uses i-cord cast on and bind off to create nice finished edges.

Yarn:  1 skein of  Miss Babs Yarns “Northumbria” Aran, [3-ply 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 100 grams 188 yards).  The colorway shown is Luna Granite, a lustrous grey with a hint of lavender to it in some lights; just stunning!

Needle US Size 8 (5.0 mm) 16 inch circular needle or size to obtain gauge. (I used the new Knitters Pride needle and loved the 16″. )

Finished Measurements after blocking:  circumference: 22 inches  [56cm]; height: 7.5 inches [19 cm].

If you are on your way TKGA in Greensboro, NC or Fiber Space in Alexandria VA this weekend or New York Sheep and Wool in Rhinebeck, NY  in October, find Miss Babs and grab a skein of NU Aran.  You won’t be disappointed! 

(P.S. matching mittens are coming too! grab a bonus skein for a matching set!)


Virtual Sock Summit

I seem to be telling my kids a lot this summer, that “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  And this week I choose to heed my own advice.

Although I wish I were in the left coast Portland for Sock Summit, I am not.  I am however choosing to be actively engaged in “virtual sock summit” on Ravelry and with many friends, virtual and real. Nartian, Tapmouse and Disco to name a few!

To make matters even better, Laura of Knitifacts sent me these awesome markers that I had been drooling over!  She sent the nicest note too, telling me that I would be there in “spirits”.   Spirits, haha, get it!  These markers are such high quality they seem more like jewelry for my knitting! (Booth 403…just sayin’)

And because a girl can change her mind, I remembered that I had another skein of Sock-a-licious in this beautiful shaded blue.  I will be knitting Bubblicious  in  Blue Mist now.  Casting on tonight!

Look how well it matches the pretty bubbles we blew!

And lastly, if I were in Portland, I would miss an event I have been anticipating for over a decade.  This is the first time since that these 2 hydrangeas, given to us as a housewarming present 12 years ago, have bloomed!

See?  Lemonade.

PS. Special thanks to all the bloggers, especially IrishgirlieKnits for her extra special blogging efforts (3 am, really?), for keeping us jealous informed on all the Sock Summit fun!

Blowing Bubbles

I thought I would share a few of the fun photos I took for my new Bubblicious Socks pattern.

My youngest just couldn’t wait to play with all the bubble toys.  We tried them all!


 

 

 

 

My son waited as long as he could restrain himself before joining us to show us how to blow bubbles.  We must have been doing it wrong?

 

 

 

But the best part was probably the Silly String that made it’s way into the bag of fun!

 

 

 

Then the novelty wore off.  I only had to explain why I was blowing bubbles by myself to a few neighbors.  Eventually, they’ll stop asking.  Hehe.

And while not blowing bubbles or sobbing that I am not at Sock Summit 2011 with my BFFs Debbi  and Carrie aka IrishgirlieKnits this week, I am participating in Kollage Yarns Virtual Sock Summit. (it’s here on Ravelry).

I’ll be knitting my Cotuit Sands Infinity Cowl out of Kollage Yarns Riveting in Storm Denim (serious love for this color) and a pair of Sock-a-licious Bubblicious Socks.  (I wish I could capture the true color of this red, it’s a bit orange-y and totally stunning.)  Nartian is joining me on this one!

What are you knitting at Sock Summit or Virtual Sock Summit?

Bubblicious Socks

Life is about fun and what’s more fun than blowing bubbles?  With 4 kids, I’ve blown a lot of bubbles in my days.  Have you ever blown bubbles until you were dizzy?  Well, this pattern reminded me of those tiny bubbles clustered at first and then one always manages to drift away with the wind.  It’s really a simple pattern, easily memorized, to show the beauty of hand-painted yarns and that one little bubble that got away.  

I am happy to release this pattern today in celebration of Sock Summit 2011.  I am doubly excited since this is the first sock I ever designed.  That was over a year ago but I was waiting for just the right time to release it!

Bubblicious Socks are fun and provide just the right amount of detail to keep you interested.  Bubblicious socks are a great match for today’s beautiful handpainted yarns.  I love the beauty of the colors themselves but somehow always feel I should be knitting a really intricate sock.

What I like about Bubblicious is that it gives the colors of the yarn a chance to shine through in the stockinette portions of the sock while allowing the individual colors to pop through in the patterned areas.  In a solid or semi-solid yarn, the texture of the stitch pattern and traveling stitches are so crisp!

Did I mention the heel?  This eye of the partridge heel is subtly stunning.  I love its simplicity and checkerboard look.

Bubblicious Socks

Pattern:  The pattern is available in 3 sizes,  is charted and easily memorizable. The bubble  pattern is clustered at the cuff and then travels down and across the sock to the toe.  The pattern is provided  for 2 socks as they are mirror image. 

Yardage:  350-380 yards of fingering weight yarn such as BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight, Spirit Trails Frija, Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock, Fleur de Fiber Arden, Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering, Valley Yarns Charlemont or Charlemont Kettle Dye, Kollage Yarns Sock-a-licious, Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon Fingering, Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga.

Needle US Size 1 (2.25 mm) long circular or double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge.

Finished Measurements:  foot circumference: 7½ (8, 8½) inches  [19 (20.5, 21.5) cm]; leg length: 6 (6, 5 ¼) inches [15 (15, 13) cm].

The socks shown are knit in BMFA Lightweight Peek-a-boo Peony (the pink and yellow) and Spirit Trails Frija Blue-Green.

So if you are on your way to Sock Summit, stop in the Marketplace and pick up a skein of yarn to help you be a kid again…if you can’t be a kid, knit like one!

Cheers to a Happy Sock Summit!