New Design! Meet Stream of Consciousness

This summer has been a giant heap of crazy for me. If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter, you’ll know both my kids are heading away to college this week (my son to JMU, as an incoming Junior, and my daughter to Duke), my husband and I are in the process of splitting up, and I’m not yet sure where I’ll be come 2019. So, big changes! It’s all scary-sad-exhausting-exhilarating. Such a gamut of emotions going on over here these days.

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There were times this summer when I was so frazzled and exhausted, I couldn’t even knit. When I did, I needed something relaxing and uncomplicated, something that would keep my hands busy while my brain could do it’s own thing. This scarf is the result, so I’ve aptly named it Stream of Consciousness.

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Stream of Consciousness is designed in sections of garter stitch and striped garter stitch, with sections of textured stitches mixed in. It’s knit on the diagonal, so the only “hard” part is remembering to increase on one side and decrease on the other, every other row. And pay a little bit more attention in the textured stitch portions.

I’ll admit I even messed that up here and there. Forgot to increase or decrease, knit too many rows of one color here and there …

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But it’s a forgiving design, so I just adjusted and kept going. There are even a few places in my scarf where I didn’t follow the pattern, but the beauty of this pattern is that it doesn’t really matter.

Stream of Consciousness is all about having fun. Knit too many rows in a section? It’s no big deal, just keep on going. Switch sections up if there are some you like more than others, and knit until you run out of yarn. Use one, two, three, four, or even more colors! Use up all your leftover scraps! Leave sections out to make it shorter if the length is longer than you like. Swap out the DK for fingering weight for a lighter weight scarf, or choose worsted or bulky to knit a more substantial shawl (just be aware yardage requirements will change if substituting yarn).

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Can I just say, good grief, I’m going to miss seeing this face every day. We’re off to Duke tomorrow.

This design is meant to be a starting point for your own unique accessory. You can even leave the end a diagonal for a different look, and not worry about the final decrease section. It’s all about having fun with your knitting, relaxing, and putting your own unique spin on it.

I think it’s a perfect pattern for knitting while watching kids’ Fall sports, play practices, and other activities. Also perfect for watching TV or any activity where your attention is split, and you don’t want to be knitting something you need to be constantly looking at or checking. And it’s definitely perfect for when you want to be knitting something, but you don’t have the bandwidth to give it enough attention. With all the complications in life these days, I’m all about comfort knitting.

And, of course, I’ve dyed up a bunch of Andromeda so you can knit your own. As designed, it takes two skeins each of two colors, but I’d love to see it knit in four colors, or with all kinds of leftover scraps. So many options for this pattern; you’re imagination is the limit.

When you’re done, you’ve knit yourself a soft, cozy, warm hug.

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July Subscriber Inspirations!

July Subscriber Inspirations are now live!

This month’s inspiration photo came from Amy, a longtime customer and knitting friend, who is also the podcaster behind Hudson Valley Knits. Amy sent me a photo of the pretty bits of glass she’d found on her walks along the Hudson River.

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I loved the soft background glass, and the subtlety of the colored bits. Since last month’s colors featured green and orange, I decided to downplay these a bit and focus on that soft blue and amethyst.

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I pumped the amethyst up to a darker, richer plum-pink-amethyst to create a better contrast with the other two colors (artistic license is so freeing, right? 😀 ). “Bottle Glass” is the blue on the left, “River Walk” is the soft gray with subtle speckles at center, and “Beach Treasure” is the plum-pink-amethyst on the right.

I really love how these colors turned out, and how they play together. Of course they’d each be wonderful on their own, and all three look great together, but they also work in combination of any two of them – either tonal solid with the speckle, and the two tonals would also look great together in a colorwork project.

There are so many fantastic patterns using multiple colors these days. I absolutely love working with two or more colors in fair isle, stranded, striped and other patterns.

The July Subscriber Inspiration colors are available on STF Philomena (four ply fingering weight superwash Merino, 438 yards per 100g skein) and STF Selene (three ply DK weight 100% nonshrink wool, 255 yards per 115g skein).

Some of my favorite pattern for finger weight yarns like Philomena are:

Clockwise from upper left (click on the following links to go directly to the Ravelry pages for these patterns, where they can be purchased): 3 Color Cashmere Shawl by Joji Locatelli (which I adjusted to add more of the third color), Breathing Space by Veera Valimaki, Sipila by Caitlin Hunter, and one of my all-time favorite designs, Ravello by Isabell Kraemer.

These are just a few possibilities for these colorways dyed on Philomena – check out this Ravelry search for hundreds more.

And, of course, loads of possibilities for multi-colored DK weight patterns for these colors dyed on STF Selene.

These colors will be available for pre-order on my website until July 25, 2018, or until they sell out!

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