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Remember when I was talking and tweeting about Operation: Two-Day Shawl back in September?

Well, I decided to reworked and redesign it. Only this time, I was not crazy enough to knit it up in less than 48 hours. I didn’t want to name it “Two-Day Shawl” because well, it’s a bit intimidating and not a very good name, IMO.  I asked my friends for suggestions and my friend Lydia came up with “Weekend Shawl,” which I thought was perfect.

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I released it on Ravelry on Monday and after some technical difficulties, also managed to list it on my website. Look for its Ravelry pattern page here and its page on my website here.  To celebrate its release, I’m offering it at a highly discounted price of $3.50 for just 1 week, until March 7. The regular price for the shawl will be $6.25.

Shawl Specs:

  • Pattern sizes: 6 sizes, 2 yarn weights (lace and fingering)
  • Pattern format: Written, tech edited, laid out nicely; Has lace chart but chart is also written out for those that don’t like charts.
  • Yarn used in sample: Sanguine Gryphon Gaia Fingering in Sundogs (red); Yummy Yarn Studio Alpaca Silk Lace in Indian Ocean (bluish-turquoise)
  • Samples: Fingering (red): I knitted it in approximately 3.5 weeks; Lace (blue): My sample knitter Denise Wilkinson knitted it in about 5 weeks.
  • Changes/differences from the original Operation: Two-Day Shawl:
    • The #1 difference: I didn’t try to do it within 48 hours at all!
    • I changed the increases to lifted increases instead of yarn overs because it flows much more nicely into the patterning
    • The second lace pattern (Sunday lace) was entirely reworked and changed.
    • I changed the background to Stockinette stitch instead of garter
    • The ratio/porportion of the Stockinette body and the lace sections were altered so that the lace, especially the Saturday lace was wider.
    • And of course, I knew not to use stash yarn and yarn that was too highly variegated for this. With Operation: 2-day shawl, I didn’t really have many options given the wackadoodle time line I gave myself.
    • There were also a couple of minor things that don’t affect the design.
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Sample of all the pages of the pattern.

I actually finished the fingering version very early because I had planned to wear and release it in January for TNNA (Needlearts trade show). However, I later decided that I’d offer additional sizing and options with a laceweight yarn. Thus, I had my sample knitter and friend make up a sample since I was busy working on 3 secret projects at the time. When I did wear the red one to both TNNA and Stitches West, I received lots of positive comments form people, including people who waved me down from afar to ask about it. Those sort of things always warm my heart and make me so proud for both my work and the yarnies that make the gorgeous yarns.

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Both yarns were a delight to work with (while I didn’t knit the lace weight sample, I handled the yarn quite a but and knitted up a swatch). I love the volume, sheen and softness of Gaia Fingering and loved every stitch of my knitting. I am so glad that Sanguine Gryphon was kind enough to offer me yarn support for this project, as I had been drooling over it and their colors for several seasons now (I’ve done some tech editing for them on their pattern collections and just couldn’t stop thinking about their yarns!) When I get the chance, I think I’d like to knit another one using Gaia Lace in a green-gray or a rich medium/navy blue.

As for Yummy Yarn Studios, Sam is a newer dyer based out of Canada and she obviously has nice colors as well, but in her own style. Another great example of her yarn is in the pair of socks she knitted for me!! I was saying how I don’t own any hand-knitted socks on Twitter and was about to hire someone to do it for me. I’m such a lucky girl!

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The socks that Sam made me is a pattern she designed called “Kisses” and can be found here. You can see the photo I took of me wearing them here. I love the lovely purple colors. I think the pattern will also work really well a nice honey color. I’ve already worn them several times around the house. I’m not wearing them now because I need to wash them.

And seriously, the Weekend Shawl… it’s only going to be $3.50 for a few more days so get it quick before it goes to its regular price. I’ve already received lots of sales on it since its release, so don’t be left out! And from the bottom of my heart, thanks to those of you who have already purchased it.


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It should be no surprise that my friends and I were all a little tired and pooped out Sunday morning.  I was especially tired, since I only had 2.5 hours of sleep prior to boarding my early morning flight on Saturday, and I didn’t go to bed until about 2am Saturday night.

Stumptown & Knit/Purl

Because Aubrey and I had been to Portland before, and Kristie had no classes Sunday morning, we played mini tour guides and took her to Stumptown for a cup o’ joe. And even after our incessant talking-up about Stumptown’s coffee, Kristie was not at all disappointed. Duh! It’s hands down, the. best. coffee. ever.

After coffee, we walked over to Knit/Purl to say hello to the wonderful ladies there.  I have met and usually talk to Sandi, who is also the main “face” of ShiBui at events and trade shows, but she wasn’t there since she was working the Knit/Purl booth at the SS market. I did, however, finally meet Darcy, the proprietor of Knit/Purl and the owner of ShiBui yarns.  I wore Amelia Earhart (a design due to be released in November) and was quite flattered by Darcy’s admiration and interest in it.  Of course I pointed out that Amelia Earhart was knit out of their yarn.

Anyway, Knit/Purl is a cute store that is very well lit and organized, with plenty of yummies to drool over.  Sunday morning, there wa some else extra to drool over: yummy sock-shaped donuts from Voodoo Doughnut!  Apparently, Knit/Purl gave Voodoo a sock-shaped cookie cutter and they custom ordered the yummies.

And of course we have to take goofy sock-donut-eating photos!

Sock Summit Shopping and Luminary Panel

After are mini field trip, we headed back to the SS market to do some more shopping and perusing.  I purchased some delicious bag of yak and tussah silk roving from Crown Mountain Farms for Zona.  It was SOOOOO hard not to get some for myself.  I restricted myself to purchasing the fiber for myself until I (a) resume spinning again, (b) get a little better and (c) use up the pounds of fiber that I already have.  The yak/silk was so petworthy that I almost did not give it to Zona, and aside from some extra fondling, I showed some restraint and did gift it to her.

Later in the afternoon, Aubrey, Kristie and I met up with Denise and attended the awesome Luminary Panel. The living legends of knitting were all present:

Except for one person, who I found to be a little attention-seeking and annoying, everyone on the panel was engaging, eloquent and just a joy to have the opportunity to hear what they have to say.  Meg Swansen was  quite funny and personable; Nancy Bush exuded this calm Zen quality and you just could not help but be captivated by every word she uttered; Oh, and Barabara Walker! The great and very accomplished Ms. Walker (wiki on her) also had a nice funny bone, was very humble, adorable and just superb. I could go on and on about all these very notable and wonderful women.  I am so very glad that I made the decision to go if just based on this experience alone.

The luminary panel, above, from L to R: Lucy Neatby, Cat Bordhi, Deborah Robson, Anna Zilboorg, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Tina of BMFA (moderator), Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (moderator), Meg Swansen, Barbara Walker, Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, and Nancy Bush. (click photos to enlarge)

Next Post: More about the Luminary Panel, Closing Ceremonies, some swag, and some yummy desserts.

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Guess who is going to sock summit?  I’ll give you 3 guesses…Me! 😀

I made a last-minute decision to go, and luckily was able to get a plane ticket thanks to Mr. CD’s miles. Otherwise, the tickets would’ve been a little costly.  I also managed to get a hotel room, though Aubrey (who’s coming down from Seattle) and I will have to snuggle on a king bed Saturday night, since the hotel doesn’t have a double for the nights we need. I called several others, but to no avail. I may try again later this week in case there are cancellations.

I will be arriving into Portland early Saturday morning and leaving Monday night. I really looking forward to walking the market to check out all the indie artists and vendors, as well as seeing friends and meeting new people. On Saturday night, I plan on attending the Ravelry meet-up, which should be nothing short of fun. So readers, if you are attending SS09 as well, please come say hi if you see me at the market and/or at the Ravelry meet-up. 🙂

This was my very first pair of socks. Made for Mr. CD. I handpainted the main yarn.

This was my very first pair of socks. Made for Mr. CD in 2007. I handpainted the main yarn.

Thanks to my friend Kristie who alerted me to another Raveler reselling her Luminary Panel ticket, I was able to snag it. The knitting legends in the Sunday panel are Cat Bordhi, Nancy Bush, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, Lucy Neatby, Deborah Robson, Meg Swansen, Barbara Walker, and Anna Zilboorg. Truly a once-in-a-knitter’s-lifetime opportunity!

The only thing that I’m bummed about is that I probably will not have the opportunity to gorge myself in a crab boil feast like I did during my last visit, but I suppose that’s good for my waistline. My metabolism has surely slowed since I’m now officially in my mid-30s. (btw, I don’t suppose people will believe me if I tell them that I’m 25 now either, huh?) I guess I shouldn’t be too disappointed though, because I plan to see my foodie friend Sherri, who never lets me down for good food and great company.

My 2nd pair of socks that I made and designed for my sister. Buccaneers Booty was a free pattern, but I pulled it to reformat and repackage it; progress has been slow.

My 2nd pair of socks that I made and designed for my sister. Buccaneer's Booty was a free pattern, but I pulled it to reformat and repackage it; progress has been slow.

Since I am no sock knitter (2.5 pairs don’t count), I thought, in my twisted mind, that it’d only be fitting if I start a project using a 40%cashmere/60% merino fingering weight yarn.  “What are you knitting?” you ask. I am designing and knitting myself a fitted cardigan! I realized that I dont’ really have one for myself. I have pattern samples, but they’re all traveling in fashion/trunk shows with Joe of SWTC, who has his own Where’s Joe group on Ravelry, or with Kristi Porter, author of Knitting in the Sun.

Yes, you can call me crazy for embarking on this project. I’m not that easily offended.  Zona calls me crazy almost everyday. She’s really worried about my sanity right now because she knows that I will want to finish it by the time I leave for Portland, and doesn’t seem convinced when I say that I only aim to get at least half of it done within the next few days, especially since I’ll have to do lots of short row shaping to fit my excess boobage. Hey, but it’s gonna be a short-sleeved, 1-piece raglan construction (no seams to sew), and the intarsia is just for the plackets, so it’s not that bad or unrealistic, right? (I’m looking for support and encouragement here people! Otherwise, Zona will probably change my category on her crazy-meter from “ha-ha crazy” to “crrr-raaay-zeh.”)

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OMFG. Anyone attempting this should get an award!  Brian of Skacel (the company that makes Addi knitting needles), is brave, to say the least.  I also love the way he organizes all those yarns. Read his blog post here.

I shudder at the though of knitting with that many balls of yarn. Pictures of me wrapped up like a mummy or me laying in a hospital with many broken limbs (from me trippig over the yarn of course) give me goose bumps!

Here is his video:

Maybe Brian should win a world record.

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If you are on Ravelry, it’s still not too late to join in on the Pfeiffer Falls knitalong. It’s a great way to get tips from other people knitting the pattern, and I check it frequently to offer support and assistance.  If you are not on Ravlery, you can check out the Tutorial/FAQ page for my pattern.

Photo taken by Aubrey during my trip to Seattle and Portland this past weekend.

Photo taken by Aubrey during my trip to Seattle and Portland this past weekend.

Pattern Name: Pfeiffer Falls (Interweave Knits, Winter 2008)

Project Details & Notes: I completed this sample to wear to TNNA San Diego in January. To date, according to the Ravelry member statistics, 184 projects are on the needles/are  completed, 818 people have queued this pattern and 917 people have added this pattern as their favorite.  Squeeee!

Yarn: Austerman Bambou Soft. Color: Burnt Orange, from Handicraft Café. I absolutely love this color – it’s the sole reason I chose this yarn despite the fact that the bamboo makes is much more drapey than I had designed the pattern to be.  I may have to make another sample in a fluffier yarn.

Tulip toes progress

For the last 2 months, I have been working on Tulip Toes at a glacial pace for my good friend Linh, who is expecting her first child. I actually put it off until the last possible minute.  Part of the reason is that I came across some errors in the pattern in the size that I’m knitting and just really didn’t have the desire to sit down to figure it out. I also had a competing project deadline for Knitscene’s Fall 2009 issue.

Pattern Name: Tulip Toes, Knitty Summer 2006

Pattern Detail & Notes: Size made: 3-6 months. Error in the eyelets for this size and towards the end of the petal shaping.  Alterations and modifications I made for this pattern included working the eyelets as a one-row buttonhole instead of the way it was written and I worked the top o fthe foot in Stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch.

Yarn: Main color: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock, color unknown.  Contrast Color: Zitron Trekking.  I love the way the colors work together.  I’m not much of a sock knitter so my friend Denise let me roll off a small ball of some of her lovely sock yarn for this project.

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I’ve been wanting to put all my patterns in an attractive layout, including my free patterns. So I asked my sister to design a simple but attractive layouts for my patterns. My sister is a professional artist (medical illustrator) and has done some lovely non-medical freelance work, including the logos for Sugar Apple Creations and Handicraft Cafe.

I’m still converting my patterns to the new layout and learning InDesign as I go along, but I do have one completed for your sneak preview. I converted Buccaneer’s Booty, which still lives here as html. The new pdf file has already been uploaded onto Ravelry as a free download. The link that the Raverly file is here. For those who aren’t on Ravelry, unfortunately, you won’t be able to access the download yet. My apologies to you. You’ll have to wait a little, but here’s a photo preview in the meantime:

If you’re interested in having your patterns laid out, I highly recommend hiring a professional to do it for you. It’s worth the investment for may reasons. It’s something you’ll be using over and over. You don’t even need a professional program. Initially, I had asked my sis to do something that I could do in Word, but then because I have lots of stuff and am starting business, I figured installing InDesign would be better. Anyway, my sis is a medical illustrator, so her site, Anaphase Studios, is a portfolio of that type of work. She hasn’t updated it to reflect other freelance design work yet.

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Ahoy! Being that today is talk like a pirate day (whoever came up with that??), I decided to go with the them and post my skull sock pattern that I designed for my sister.

I put in instructions for a men’s size, and although I think it’s correct, please be forewarned that I have not yet tested it.

I don’t think I possess any pirate energy in me, but perhaps it’s dormant. You see, after reading some historical studies on Taiwan, a part of me wants to believe that I am descended from pirates. Whether that can be really be established or verified is another issue. However, consider this: I belong to the 10th recorded generation, which would date us back to the 15th-16th century. Historical information shows that many pirates used the island during the Ming Dynasty and some had later settled. In the 1600s, after driving away the Portugese, the Dutch established colonial posts and ruled the island. Pirates still surrounded the island, so the Dutch entered a treaty to ensure the safety of their ships with a pirate leader. According to “Island in the Stream,” a pirate subordinate with my last name led a revolt with the people of the island in 1652.

I don’t know if anyone in my family will be able to give me more information, but I do like the idea that there’s a possibility that there are pirates in our past. I mean, saying that you’re descended from pirate explorers does have a nice ring to it – it’s exciting, isn’t it?

Pirate fantasies aside, my next fantasy is that Knitty will select my pattern for their winter issue. Maybe the third time is the charm. I can’t post a photo or the pattern that I submitted, while it’s being reviewed, and I don’t want to jinx it too much. But I guess it’s safe to say that I submitted a versatile knitting accessory that can be adapted for both men and women. I knitted it in one of my favorite fibers — an alpaca and silk blend. yum!

I’m also happy to announce that I recently sold the yarn swift that I had made for a joint Etsy and Instructables contest. A very lovely woman purchased it for her daughter’s birthday.

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