Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Updated Pattern: Office Socks

Hey everyone!
I've been caught up in a whirlwind of family activities so I have been on the down-low around here. I was asked to re-publish the Office Socks, and so I have finally gotten my hiney in gear and done that. Here's a look at the pattern:
Office Socks PDF by Anna Maliszewski
I hope you all enjoyed a great 3-day Memorial Day weekend. Anyone do anything excited? My husband and I hosted a BBQ at our house for some friends (and their kids) and we had some amazing "smoked" ribs. Yum. There also might have been some Watermelon Mojito action going, and a bouncer and glow sticks for the tots.

Cheers,
Anna M.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Feeling Jipped.

I went onto to Knitpicks.com this morning to look for some more #6 interchangeable needles, and stumbled upon this "new" pattern published this Spring:
 If you've been following this blog, or even noticed my author photo, I designed and nearly published my "Punk Rock Tunic" in 2009 on Ravelry. In fact, that pattern page is still up and waiting for the pdf upload on Ravelry. Over the years, I've gotten dozens of requests to finally publish that dang pattern. Honestly, what stopped me from me doing so was getting pregnant with twins immediately after finishing the original, gaining 50 pounds, having infants with a lot of medical issues the first year, raising toddlers and never quiet being happy with my shape all the meanwhile. I intended to slim down before reworking it in a lighter yarn. I felt my own proportions were all lopsided, and the pattern photo would be underwhelming (to at least myself).

 I understand that this "River Walk" pattern is worked in a lighter yarn, and has ribbing instead, but I can't help feeling jipped. I feel frustrated that when I do publish this pattern, it will seem like I ripped off this other designer. And that feels horrible.



Sorry for the vent, but this was one pattern that I was pretty proud of (and still am). Thanks for listening, and for your support.

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. 

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