Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 7- the toddler who video-bombed


SHOW NOTES

WIPS
Abrianna by Berroco

SPINNING
“Midnight Tides” sport and worsted weight yarn, approx. 670 yds, 2-ply
WIP- Pink and multicolored yarn, 2-ply

STASH ENHANCEMENTS:
Frabjous Fibers Hand-dyed Blue Faced Leicester “Daffidil” roving, 4 oz.
Opal Sweet2 & Spicy2 yarn Rotkohl, fingering weight; Partie 1000
Eucalan’s No-Rinse Wool Wash samples in “Grapefruit” and “Eucalyptus” for gifts

HOT IN THE MOMENT:
Twinnings Pumpkin Spice Chai
Better Homes & Garden “Vanilla Cedar Glow” candle
WIP: Abrianna


670 yds of "Midnight Tides" 2-ply sport-worsted weight handspun yarn.



New dress at a party smile.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 6- An Irish Quickie

Note: I have extended the give-away until 12pm (CT) 3/18.


KUAS Podcast Episode 6: "An Irish Quickie" 
Copyright 2015 by Anna Maliszewski 

SHOW NOTES

 WIPS: 
Office Socks by Anna Maliszewski 
Shades of Gray Shawl by Anna Maliszewski 
Abrianna by Berroco 

Spinning: Midnight Tide double-ply yarn (worsted weight) 

 Hot in the Moment: Teavana's "Mahaja Chai Oolong" 

Stash Enhancement: Classic Elite's Montera Yarn, 6 skeins

Bookworming: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 5- Spring is Here!

PODCAST SHOW NOTES:
FO:
Bohemian Inspired Woven Cowl for Leah
15'' Schacht Cricket Weaving Loom

WIP:
Office Socks by Anna Maliszewski

Spinning:
430 yds of "Midnight Tide" worsted weight yarn, 2-ply, merino wool
49 yds of "Merriment" worsted weight yarn, single ply, merino

Knitter's Review: 
Boye's Yardage Counter: 3 of 5 stars
Pros: easy to use, inexpensive, "mostly" accurate
Cons: needs a better suction, produces an annoying squeaking noise
Bohemian Inspired Cowl for Leah
Shades of Gray Shawl by Anna Maliszewski
Wrap-less Short Row Shaping
"Merriment" single-ply yarn, merino wool, 49 yds
"Midnight Tides" Roving, 8oz.
Two skeins, 430 yards spun so far. Worsted weight (more or less).
I am SMITTEN. Yum, yum, yum. It makes me want to spin more! (Oh, wait, I have to! I still have 73g left to spin up of this, for a total of about 700 yds when everything is said and done.)

If you have enjoyed the podcast and such, please go to Youtube and "like," "share," and/or "comment" to spread the goodness. :) Many thanks!

Oh, and by the way...I just found out that on March 9th, my Thrummed Rainbow Mitts were featured as a favorite on Craftster.org. Sweet!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 4- Spin Fling


SHOW NOTES: 
FO: Sand Dune Slouch by Anna Maliszewski

WIP: Office Socks by Anna Maliszewski
Drop-Spindle: 
 Green and natural browns Alpaca Roving
Spinning Wheel: 
Blue roving from LittleBarn, 8oz.

Eye candy mentioned in Podcast: "Merriment"
Hot in the Moment:

News:
Interview for piano accompaniment job
twins swimming.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sand Dune Slouch (Original Pattern)


I'm keeping up with my tradition on my KUAS Facebook Group page: one free pattern give-away to the first commenter on the announcement post every time there is a new release! (Only group members eligible). Like I said before, it's my way of thanking you guys for keeping up with my crafting life.

Anyways, meet the "Sand Dune Slouch." It's a lightly-slouched hat that resembles sand dunes.

I've always wanted to knit up a lightly-slouched hat that had one main cable panel for interest. I came up with this dune-like cable pattern that intertwines garter stitches with twisted stockinette stitches. The main body of the hat has a textured garter stitch pattern that resembles sand.


PATTERN NOTES: 

Pattern: Sand Dune Slouch  by Anna Maliszewski 

Construction: Bottom-up, worked in the round.

Sizes: Preemie, baby, toddler, child, teen and adult.

Gauge: 11sts=2’’ and 22 rows=2’’ in pattern.

Materials:
-Under 175 yards of worsted weight yarn. Pattern seen in Bernat -Satin Solids.
-Set 5 of dpns in size US 6/2.75mm, or 40’’ size US 6 circular needle (for “magic loop”)
-1 cable and 1 darning needle.
-2 stitch markers
-Optional: 3 buttons

I've actually written up the pattern for 6 sizes! Preemie, Baby, Toddler, Child, Teen & Adult. It took a little time to tweak the instructions to fit smaller sizes, but I came up with a good solution. For the smaller sizes, I shortened the brim, depending on the size, and the smallest size has one or two less repeats. 
It's not knit with luxury yarn, so I can only imagine what it looks like with a super-wash merino wool, alpaca, or a nice blend of something in worsted weight. This was a stash-buster project, so I stuck to my guns and decided to finish a pattern and re-knit it with natural fiber at a later date.
I think I am planning on doing a podcast tomorrow afternoon. This isn't the only thing I worked on this week, and I have plenty to share with you. Did you like the last one (Episode 3)? I thank you for your feedback. I have plans on categorizing my future podcasts into segments: FO's, WIP's, Spinning, (weaving, if any), Pattern updates, Stash enhancements, Hot in the Moment, etc. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

KUAS Podcasts: Episode 3- A Revitalization




KUAS Podcast Episode 3: A Revitalization
Copyright 2015 by Anna Maliszewski
Music: "KUAS Jingle" by Anna Maliszewski

PODCAST EPISODE NOTES

FO's:
1. Rippled Reading Afghan by Anna Maliszewski

2. Pumpkin Ale Sweater by Ysolda Teague

3. Thrummed Mittens by Joan Janes

WIP:
Office Socks by Anna Maliszewski

Star-Edged Socks (KUAS Original Pattern)

Ravel-Me
Drum roll please, the "Star-Edged Socks" pattern is finally available for purchase! It is an easy to follow pattern, complete with a visual tutorial on the last page that you can choose to print (or not to save ink) if you wish.

I am excited to share this pattern with you, because I know you will love utilizing the "afterthought heel," as well as decreasing both toes and heels in  star-shape...because it's trippy! This pattern works well in any type of yarn colorway, but I think it actually might work best with a variegated or striped sock yarn.
Picture this: working the leg of the sock in stockinette or in a nice cabled pattern and barely missing a beat when the heel instructions come around.

If you haven't seen my Complete Afterthought Heel Tutorial, check THIS out!  Here's a little quote from the online tutorial:

"Step 4: Upon the following round, you will knit over the waste yarn and will forget all about the heel until after the completion of the sock, so continue on with your merry knitting way, doing whatever you need to do until you have decreased the toes and grafted the remaining toe stitches together. Try to snicker a little bit like you "went around the system" and are doing something scandalous. It's more fun."

The tutorial has an example of the heel decreases, but it is not the same as this pattern.


 Pattern: Star-Edged Socks by Anna Maliszewski
: Fingering
: 8 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
: US 2 - 2.75 mm
: 385 - 400 yards (352 - 366 m)
: Narrow, Regular, Wide 
 
 I have written up instructions for three sizes: narrow, standard and wide foot. There's even a chart of guided foot lengths for each shoe size, because I cringe every time I see the instruction "knit to desired length" in sock patterns. Gee, you're so helpful!  ;)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FO: Take Two! Diagonal Rainbow Thrummed Mittens

Seeing doubles? That's because I have doubles!

This time, I knit up my Thrummed Rainbow Mitts in a diagonal pattern. I used the magic loop method again, and things went pretty smoothly since I charted the pattern ahead of time.
This time, you are meeting goofball Jake. This kid has the craziest smiles.
I had to retake this cute photo because I realized that he had two different mittens on!
The boys really enjoy wearing the mittens, and I think it made them feel special because they saw me knitting it the whole time, and I would say that I was knitting it with love for them. I couldn't have finished them at a better time, since it's back to feeling negative 20 out again. I am just scared whenever they wear them out because I haven't attached the cords yet. Eek! I need to do that, stat!
If you saw my first post, you already have seen the pair on the bottom, where the rainbow works vertical. My second pair was worked diagonal this time (see top mittens). I know they are both cute, but which do you prefer?

I have gotten a crazy amount of compliments on Facebook, in person, and have also started receiving requests for me to make their kids a pair! Honestly, I still have to make my, and my husband's pair still.
By the way, I am still laughing over the photo below. LOL. This is what happens when you tell the 4 year olds to pose how they want. Oh, Jake!
Pattern: Thrummed Mittens by Joan Janes      
 Size: Child
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers Worsted Weight Wool, less than 1/2 a skein used.
Roving: Red, orange, yellow green, blue
Method: Magic-loop
Needles: Size US 5
Started: February 12th, 2015     Completed: February 15, 2015
Mods: 1x1 ribbing, 1 more increase for thumb, less decreases for mitten shaping
 As usual, everyone was dying (or dyeing) to see the insides! It's like a dark, dirty secret waiting to come out.

Have a good Wednesday. I am starting the revision of a sock pattern that will be re-released.

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