Monday, November 20, 2017

Black Friday WEEK pattern sale!

There's a BOGO deal happening ALL WEEK! Buy any KUAS pattern $3.99+ and get any ONE of the 21 KUAS Designs patterns for free! This might be the perfect time to stock up on the new "Beacon Hill" Scarf & Mitt pattern or the "Roundabout Shawlette" pattern that just came out. Psst...."Mr. Cratchit's Convertible Mitts" are a FABULOUS unisex fingerless glove/mitten pattern, by the way!

KUAS Designs Pattern Store

The sale runs 11/20-11/27 at midnight CT. No coupon necessary. Simply add both items to your cart (there's a "add to cart" button option on the sidebar of the pattern page) and the checkout will take care of the BOGO for you. Multiple  BOGO purchases allowed and welcome, but you have to purchase it in another transaction for the sale to work. :)

Check me out on Craftsy! My sale is listed on their Black Friday Deal post!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

FO: Sven Scandinavian

Well hello, little Sven Scandinavian. You are looking mighty warm and cozy in all of your colorwork knits. Can I have your sweater and hat?
Since we've last talked, his stocking cap has been completed, along with a cute little pom-pom. I used the smallest pom-pom from my Clover Pom Pom maker set.
Sven Scandinavian by Carol A. Anderson
Needles: US 3
Yarn: mostly Paton's Classic Merino Wool leftovers I had in my stash. His hat is my sock leftovers from Regia's Design Line yarn by Arne & Carlos in their "Summer Nights" colorway.

Notes: you can only buy the hard copy through Cottage Creations. This is an older pattern, and I read somewhere that once she sells out on this pattern, she doesn't plan on re-printing it anymore! Go grab a copy while you can. 

I added oil pastel on his cheeks to him a a little blush. His bead is a mixture of Lopi and bulky baby alpaca scraps from my stash. His stocking cap is 64 sts on US  with a 2x2 rib for approx. 2.25 inches.

Sven couldn't wait to play in the real leaves. He got out there just in time before the first frost of the season began today. You can find my post about the knit leaves here.
I think he's rather dashing, don't you?
We'll have to find him a missus in the future so he isn't lonely. I heard Solveig would make a wonderful bride.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

KUAS Podcasts: Episode 11- For the Love of Fall

Episode 11- For the Love of Fall 
Copyright 2017 by Anna Maliszewski
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"Roundabout Shawlette" #3 by KUAS Designs (pattern on Ravelry)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport Multi "Arbor Lodge"

"Sabi Hat" by OlgaJazzy
1 skein Zealana Performa Rimu DK yarn
US 5 needles only, no switch-over to 6 Worked 3 pattern repeats, plus 3 more rds before decreasing

"English Oak Leaves" by
US 5 needles
KnitPick’s wool, TreeFrog sport and WoolEase

"Veined Leaves" by

"Sven Scandinavian" by Carol A. Anderson
Mods: Needles US 3 and yarn weight Paton’s Classic Merino Wool, Willow Rustic for yellow & baby alpaca and Lopi yarn for beard, Regia yarn “Summer Nights” for the Hat

"Strange Brew" by Tin Can Knits
US 3 and US 6 needles
Berroco Vintage DK , 4 skeins white and 2 skeins red

Wish Knits list:
"Holly Jolly Steps" by Drops Designs

"Wolfpup" by Tiny Owl Knits

Fiddlehead Yarn Store (Kenosha, WI): Berroco Vinatage DK - 6 skeins
Heart Stitch Markers
No-Rinse Wool wash with jasmine
Encore Yarn- Red and white yarn for mittens/slippers

Announcements: 2 new Book give-aways in next podcast
Dyeing self-striping Xmas colorway by KUAS Yarns

MISC: "Nature's Shield" (similar to Thieves Oil)in diffuser

Monday, November 06, 2017

FO: Knit leaves

Fall is in full swing at the present. The air is cool and crisp, leaves are turning orangish and brown, and it feels like the time to cozy up with a hot cup of tea or coffee while wearing woolen socks and sweaters. You can even bust out your knitted hats and shawls that have been waiting patiently to be worn since you casted off during the summer time. It's a knitter's favorite time of year!
It's alway fun to knit little toys and decorations. These leaves won't rot or loose it's shape and texture, and it's a quick knit!
US 5 needles
Green: Wool-ease yarn, Yellow: Tree Frog sport weight yarn, Orange: Knitpicks' Wool of the Andes yarn (?)
Mods: for both of these types of leaves, start with the I-Cord stem first, regardless of what it says.

 Oops! Sven, you just photo-bombed!
Sven Scandinavian is diving into my leaf pile as we speak, since he needs something to do while I finish knitting his stocking cap. Off da! More on him later...

FO: Sabi Hat

Yarn: 1 skein of Zealana Rimu Yarn (Performa Series); DK
Needles: US 5 only
I ran out of yarn early, so I could only knit 3 zigzag repeats, plus 3 more rds before working the crown decreases. It fits fine, but I would have loved a more slouchy hat. 

The yarn for this hat is 60% merino and 40% Bushtail Possum. What?!

Apparently, bushtail possums are so invasive to New Zealand because of the lack of natural predators that working their fiber into this yarn is a service to the environment and the animals the Bushtail Possums invade. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. Do they kill the possums? They say they are taking part in the "responsible management" of these animals. 21,000 metric tons of flora and fauna are consumed each day by bushtail possums, and the ecosystem is taking a toll. You can read more about the Zealana yarn story here.

Nevertheless, the yarn is soft and has a mohair-like halo effect. Plus, the yarn is machine washable. This Sabi Hat project is easy, and I recommend this pattern if you are looking for something fresh and exciting.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fo: Regia "Summer Nights" Socks

My Regia socks are off the needles and are perfect for the chillier nights in the house. This colorway is so wonderful, I'm going to have to say that these are my new favorite knitted socks!
 Who doesn't love instant colorwork?

Pattern: plain vanilla socks with an aftertought heel
Yarn: 2 skeins of Regia's Design Line yarn by Arne & Carlos in the "Summer Nights" colorway
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Started: March 17th, 2017 (I've been very casually working on this)
Completed: October 9th, 2017 
Notes: toe-up method, 64 sts, 1x1 ribbing, 6'' leg and foot (US 7.5 womens)

 I used the afterthought heel method, that is like knitting two sets of toes per sock. It's a great sock method, if you are ever feeling a need for a change, or you don't want to break up your colorwork (in my case).
This makes me want to plunge down the rabbit hole and do some real colorwork mittens! I will start with Tin Can Knit's Strange Brew sweater formula and create a white/red Christmas sweater. Then maybe Shelbu mittens?
 Have you tried any of Regia's "Design Line" yarns? If so, what's your favorite one?
Have a great week everyone. Another podcast is coming your way in a few days. Stay tuned.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Release! The Roundabout Shawlette!

Here's the third and final KUAS Designs release for October (can you hear me huff out of breath?):

the Roundabout Shawlette PDF

A shawlette is a smaller-scale shawl that resembles a scarf. This shawlette is quick and easy, with a clean I-cord edge and pretty lace border that is conveniently knit on one side of the shawlette. If you take care to block the lace edging out after you finish, the edging should resemble roundabout road paths.

Skill: intermediate

Yarn: Less than 375yds or 150g of sport weight wool yarn.  Note: Solid or tonal colorways will look best. For blocking purposes, use a blend with real fibers.
Pattern seen using Knitpicks’ Hawthorn Sport Multi Yarn in “Arbor Lodge” and “The Pearl.” Needles: US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles and a darning needle.
Notions: 2 st makers, 150+ Blocking pins, a blocking mat, 1-2 oz of no-rinse wool wash & a towel

Gauge and measurements:
Garter stitches: 20 sts= 4’’ 39 rows= 4’’
Prior to blocking: 53.5’’ long and 7.25’’ at widest point
After blocking: 78’’ long and 8’’ wide at the widest main body section; Roundabout lace edging width: 2.25’’ wide

This blue one marks my third time knitting this shawlette! Let's just say I did my fair share of test knitting it, along with other test knitters the past month or so!

Let's take a look into the past:
(the one that started them all, but had a crochet edging around the lace)
 I will be giving away these two beauts tomorrow to the person who I gave #1 to (she commissioned me to knit two more since she loved hers so much). So I photographed them as much as I could as they will later be out of my hands. I should think they look rather cozy next to eachother, no?
I find that the lace pattern is simple, yet mesmorizing in it's own way.
The sunlight can catch all of those beautiful eyelets surrounding the main garter roundabout section in just the right way.
Which color would you choose for this shawlette? 
I look forward to my next pattern writing endeavors (mittens? hat?). Until next time, happy knitting. Another podcast is coming your way soon.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Release! Beacon Hill Mittens!

My Beacon Hill Mittens have just been released on Ravelry this afternoon, and I am stoked to share this one with the knitting world. The texture is so lovely! This photo was taken on the Boston Tea Party Harbor, in case you were wondering. If you look at my KUAS Podcasts: Episode 10, there's a slideshow of Boston at the end.

Beacon Hill Mittens PDF

15% off now until 10/15 on both Beacon Hill Patterns! No coupon needed!
Beacon Hill Mittens  are a quick and easy pattern that is knit seamlessly from the cuff to fingertips. You will find that the Beacon Hill St pattern can be easily memorized within a couple of repeats!
This pattern was inspired by a 19th century Boston Gilded Age mystery series by P.B Ryan that I absolutely adore.

There are complete mitten charts and written out instructions for your convenience.

Pattern Notes:
Sizes: S(M)(L)
20cm(21.5cm)(23cm) hand circumference while worn.

Yarn: Size S: less than 165 yds/80g of worsted weight wool (recommended: Malabrigo Rios Yarn); Size M: less than 175 yds/85g of yarn; Size L: less than 185yds/90g of yarn.
Needles: set of five dpns, or one 32’’ circular needles:
       Small: US 6 (4mm)
       Medium: US 6 (4mm) and US 7 (5mm)
       Large: US 6 (4mm) and US 8 (4.5mm)
Notions: darning needle, 1 BOR m, 1 thumb m
Stockinette Gauge Swatch
       US 6—21 sts and 29 rds= 4’’
       US 7—20 sts and 28 rds= 4’’
       US 8—19 sts and 27 rds= 4’’

Ribbed Cuff (all sizes): 6.5cm wide flat; Fits up to a 19cm diameter wrist – lower/raise needle size to adjust width
Small: 8.5cm wide flat; Fits up to 20cm circumference hand; 25.5cm long Medium: 9cm wide flat; Fits up to 21.5cm circumference hand; 26cm long Large: 9.5cm wide flat; fits up to 23cm circumference hand; 27cm long

It was such a pleasure knitting this up in Malabrigo Rios yarn. It was was so smooth and buttery, compared to the wool I have been knitting with lately.

 Here's size large. I plan on lining this with fleece, as it's very spacious.
Pair it with the Beacon Hill Infinity Scarf and you have yourself a wonderful ensemble!