Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Celebrations of sorts (free pattern copy--today only)

Fat Tuesday, a free pattern giveaway, a St. Patrick's Day project...Puff, puff, puff, and an announcement at the end.

You might have heard this already from yesterday evening's post, but I am gifting all of my readers a free copy of my Mardi Gras-inspired socks called "Carnival Socks" (Fat Tuesday was known as "the Carnival" in the Medieval age--you can read up about it on the pattern page) TODAY ONLY, so hurry onto Ravelry and redeem the pattern HERE. Type in the coupon code: MardiGras2014. You can even gift this to your sock knitting friends. Enjoy!

For those who observe this day, it is a day filled with little celebration things like food, drink, beads or just wacky clothing because the day after Fat Tuesday marks a solemn or reflective period of time for Christians.

I also want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with you as well, for reasons that will be discussed at the end of the post.

 I filled the weaving loom with a wee bit of fun.
I finally get to try out my mammoth shuttle sticks that I ordered a while back. It's not that much larger than my 15'' Cricket loom. I think it was 20'' long?
I never tire of these types of photos. I love the intricate details that variegated yarn gives off while woven with another color. I used Hobby Lobby's "I love This Cotton" in Irish colors.

Warps (59): 13 white, 5 Irish, 9 white, 5 Irish, 9 white, 5 Irish, 13 white.

Originally, I meant for it to be a decorative hanging towel.
But it looks so cute as a placemat. I plan on weaving another one because I still have another skein left.

So, on for the announcement. I know I have been really good about posting more regularily now, and it's great for me to be back in the blogging world (I enjoy sharing my adventures with you), but the reason why I am posting about St. Patrick's Day this early is because of what I have decided as my Lenten meditation or goal, if you will: to go the whole Lenten season away from social media. I really feel like (at least Facebook) social media has been consuming my time, and has distracted me from various things in life. Unfortunately, blogging is a form of social media, so I can't give up one without the other. Consider this a fasting of technology to be refreshed. It's a small glimpse of how it used to be in the early 90's. The most internet I will be getting now until Easter is checking my email once in a while (I can't ignore it as a teacher) and paying my bills (that would have been a good excuse for an extension of time, right?). Feel free to email me if something is dire, but don't message me through Ravelry, since I won't be on.

In the meantime, I will be finishing up my shawl, I have yarn on the way for Ysolda's Pumpkin Ale Sweater that I can't wait to get my hands on, I will be spinning a little, and doing bits of things in the background. I plan on refocusing my energies on my family and away from my phone and laptop which is so easy to be on all the time as a stay-at-home mother.

Please feel free to browse older posts, podcasts, tutorials or leave me *happy thoughts* while I'm gone. When I return, it better be Spring! I promise I will be back in April. There will be so much to share. :)

Enjoy the free pattern.

Anna Maliszewski

Monday, March 03, 2014

WIP: Forget Me Not Shawl (lace border underway)

The "Forget Me Not" (a.k.a Amore Shawl) is undergoing border control. I have labored for a few days to come up with the perfect border, but no matter how I tweaked it on excel, and a zillion swatches later...sometimes you just have to face the cold, hard facts: yarn weight can turn something beautiful into something distorted. I'll just save the border for another shawl project. It obviously prefers something with a heftier weight.

I was so excited to get the provisional cast-on off after years of it waiting patiently to release that first row. I'm not sure if I'm just plain weird for getting giddy at this sort of thing, but it's an odd and pleasant sight to see it gone, and I was getting nostalgic with every unraveled stitch. It's been with me at various important occasions.
I plan on doing something simplier for the border. Actually, the same thing I envisioned in the first place before I got all excel-happy on something that didn't pan out. The pattern is so recognizable, and simple, but beautiful in it's simplicity and a breeze to remember. Who wants fuge a 724+ stitch border anyways? You heard me right.

I decided to go steal from my own store stockpile since I needed 8 stitch markers, and I wanted them to all match because I was in such a good mood. They haven't been on Etsy in a while anyways.
Choices, choices.
 I think the hearts were a good choice for a heart shawl. I love the vintage green beads. :)

I have a small weaving project that is finished and will be posted tomorrow, and for all of my loyal readers, I am gifting a *free pattern* of mine to you at the start of tomorrow to kick off Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)! It's only valid tomorrow. The coupon code will be revealed in tomorrow's post. ;)
Off to write tomorrow's post early. . .

Friday, February 28, 2014

The quest for a border

I've completed the main body of my lacy heart shawl (previously called "Amore Shawl" when I mentioned it on this blog) that I believe will be coined "Forget Me Not" for sentimental reasons mentioned in my Podcast episode #1. With that reason, the quest for a suitable border is all the more important to get "just right." 

I've searched through all of my stitchonaries, checked out additional books from the library to merge a couple of ideas together for what  I envisioned for this shawl. It hasn't been easy, but I think that I have come up with a game plan. I've been mulling over this for quite some time now.

My challenge now is that I have to fit this 16 row border perfectly with the row and stitch count of this shawl. I'm working with an excel chart to (visually) help me turn the corners accurately in this border so that all corners look the same because I haven't done a rectangular shawl border before. Triangular  borders-yes, at least three times, but not a rectangle. If you've never done this either, you normally need to knit into certain stitches more than once around the corner area, so that the edging bends with the curve. I'll show and explain more about that later, but in the meantime, wish me luck!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

FO: Frozen River Slouch

Another hibernated project off the needles! You're looking at a cabled slouchy hat that resembles frost marks on a pool of water. I've named the pattern "Frozen River Slouch" and it was started in 2010. 

Pattern: Frozen River Slouch by Anna Maliszewski (KUAS original)
Yarn: 1 ball Wool-ease in a blue heathered colorway
Needles: Size US9 circular (16'')
Started: 2010 (hibernation)   Completed: February 20, 2014

On the base of the slouch is a cabled braid, and other finishing touches is a crochet slip stitch border above the braid edging for a nice, clean finishing touch, and also a little cute I-Cord nub at the top.
Optional little I-Cord adornment
 It's a very slouchy hat. I'm thinking of making another version that is less slouchy and with a different type of yarn that is less fuzzy for better stitch definition. I was destashing before, but this might lend itself nicely to be published? No?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KUAS Podcast Episode #2: Saucy

This is the podcast that was recorded yesterday, but I ran out of time to post it the same day. Let me know if I'm doing something right, because it is a little time-consuming.

Podcast & music by Anna Maliszewski. Copyright 2014.

Episode #2: Saucy
1. Work-in-progress knit: Frozen River Slouch by Anna Maliszewski (KUAS Designs).

2. Tutorial on how to cable without cable needles using the stitch "2-st RPC (tbl)" and "2-st LPC (tbl)". Materials needed: 1 plastic stitch marker with a slit in it + your project that you will cable on.
You can find a video of just this tutorial under my tab "Video Tutorials."

3. Frogging & spring cleaning of WIP's.

4. Hot Sauce: Wing Master Buffalo Wing Sauce in the "Garlic Parmesan" flavor from the Pepper Palace (www.pepperpalace.com). $7.99.

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Give me a shout-out if this no-cable trick has been handy!
Sorry for the haziness, this was done at night!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

KUAS Tutorial: Knitting without cable needles

Here I will demonstrate how to do the 2-st RPC(tbl) cable* and 2-st LPC(tbl) cable using a stitch marker with a slit in it, instead of using a cable needle because it is faster and easier.
         *TBL= knit through the back of the loop

Tools needed: a stitch marker with a slip in it, plus your knitting work.

Row 7 example: P1, RPC (tbl)-2x, LPC (tbl)-2x, p1

Project demonstrated on:
Frozen River Slouch by Anna Maliszewski (KUAS Designs).

My computer is slug-slow right now from making these podcasts and tutorials today. I have a podcast from today all but compiled into one video, but it is darn late...it will have to wait! Come back tomorrow!

A Bientot!
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Friday, February 14, 2014

KUAS Podcast: Episode 1 (Valentine's Day)

OMG, made it! I'm literally just getting done with this podcast episode, having started it yesterday (while working all day on it) only to have to redo the whole thing (and it still gave me trouble). Basically, the files were too large and I had to find a program to compress them. The good news: I compressed and edited them. The bad news: it left their company watermark on it (which is annoying) because they want you to buy the program, and I would have to scrub the whole V-Day thing because there's just not enough time to redo it all. Hopefully this episode is enjoyable. Let me know what you think. Working in front of a camera makes me feel a little silly. :)

Podcast Episode 1: Valentine's Day
Holy Toledo, there are a  lot of FO's shown!     * denotes KUAS pattern

Throwback knit outfit: Punk Rock Tunic*

FO's as seen on Podcast:
1. Large Pink Scarf*
2. Vintage Plum Sweater*
3. Amore Tanktop*
4. Cabled Hat*
5. Ear Warmer*
6.  Pink 3X1 Cap*
7. Snuggles Fingerless Mitt*
8. Candied Hearts Socks V.1*
9. Candied Hearts Socks V.2*
10. Sweet As Candy Baby Cardigan*
11. Wedding Shrug*
12. Berry Clutch*
13. Rose Shrug*
14. LT sock *

WIP's as seen on the Podcast:
1. Purple LT sweater with Paton's Lacette*
2. Ysolda's "Follow Your Arrow" shawl KAL
3. Hi Low Sweater*with Berroco Ultra Light Alpaca yarn
4. Amore Shawl*

Dyed KUAS Yarn:
1. Candied Hearts (fingering weight yarn)
2. Twilight Colorways in various yarn weights

Question on the podcast:
What have you knit for Valentine's day, or like to knit for people for Valentine's Day?

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