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Turning the page

The day has finally come that I can announce the release of two new designs. After turning the page on the calendar in anticipation of a new month, upon logging in to Ravelry this morning I discovered that Classic Elite Yarns has posted their new February pattern booklet “Sunny Day.” I am fortunate to have two designs in this collection, both in beautiful shades of blue yarns chosen by Classic Elite for these designs.

One of them appears on the pattern booklet cover, a poster and in a YouTube video! This is Abelona, a lacy sleeveless top knit in CEY’s sumptuous new yarn Cerro — an-oh-so-soft blend of pima cotton and alpaca. I had a fantastic time creating this piece:

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The gorgeous model was featured on this poster displayed in the Classic Elite Yarns booth at the recent TNNA winter trade show in San Diego:

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Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

The second garment is Nahara, a crocheted tunic that features lacy flower motifs down the front and back. I had so much fun designing and crocheting this one in my fave yarn from Classic Elite, the soft mercerized Egyptian cotton yarn Provence:

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Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Here are some other views of the garments before they were sent off for their day in the fashion photography spotlight:

Abelona top

Smock Top 1

Nahara tunic

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Once again, I am grateful to Classic Elite Yarns for the opportunity to contribute designs to their inspiring pattern collections. I hope you will enjoy all of the gorgeous options in the “Sunny Day” pattern booklet. There are so many to choose from!

If you missed the January booklet “Oceanside“, one of my designs appears in that one as well. This is Ambu, a colorful knit chevron-patterned top in Provence:

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But now it’s back to blue with the release of Abelona and Nahara. Happy February!

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White

White. Such a clean color. Crisp, fresh, soothing. Much of the nation is covered in white at the moment (snow is drifting down from the sky here) but indoors I’ve been seeing white in yarn and thread.

DD’s birthday is almost here. For the past few years DH and I have been away at a favorite ski resort during her birthday week, as DH prefers to ski in the off-season after the holidays. Unfortunately the week-long trip always interfered with DD’s actual birth date so we were either on the road or just returned when her special day arrived. But this year was different.

Because there is another trip planned for later this spring (a trip to Walt Disney World with Disney-loving DD and hubby as our personal tour guides) the annual ski trip was omitted. That meant we were finally home to celebrate DD’s birthday together, so we arranged a family lunch at a local restaurant. I ordered a special cake for the occasion to match her fave Disney-theme pattern: white polka dots on a red background, as seen in Minnie Mouse‘s dress fabric.

A few weeks ago, DD bought some white yarn at Michaels and requested a long straight scarf. I knew just what would be the perfect pattern for her yarn choice: my SOS (Special Occasion Scarf).  I knit, wrapped and kept it a secret until the day came for the birthday celebration lunch. When she opened her gifts after the meal, she immediately wrapped the scarf around her neck and wore it through the rest of the celebration. Since the scarf has been receiving “likes” and “faves” on Ravelry and the Designs by KN Facebook page, it seems there are others that love the scarf as well!

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The yarn DD chose was Lion Brand Yarn “Vanna’s Glamour.” Due to the light weight of this particular yarn, I went down to size US 6 (4.25 mm) needles and increased the stitch count to 38 for width. After blocking, the scarf measured 6″ wide by 64″ long.

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Here’s DD wearing her new scarf while opening a gift: red & white polka dot accessories that fit the Disney theme!

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The birthday cake featured white polka dots too

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After the festivities were over and our weekend houseguest (DM) returned home, I was too tired to do much more than browse through craft books in my personal library. For some reason I kept returning to the thought of the number of balls of bedspread-weight, size 10 cotton thread accumulated in stash over many years:

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I ended up browsing page-by-page through various titles that featured thread projects, titles such as “Better Homes & Gardens White Crochet“, “McCall’s Needlework & Crafts Country Crochet“,  and “Reader’s Digest Crochet Gifts for the Home.” At one point my eye fell on a crochet motif for a tablecloth. Since I was too tired to do much else, I decided to try stitching just one motif before falling asleep. I located my crochet hook organizer that holds steel crochet hooks, some of them vintage ones passed down to me from my paternal grandmother, a master thread crocheter in her day:

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Pulling one ball of thread from the shelf and armed with a size 4 steel hook, I proceeded to work up one motif:

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The next morning I started another:

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I doubt I will ever complete an entire tablecloth like the one shown in the “Country Crochet” book, but for now it will serve as an interim project to work on while the snow flies outside and I wait for public release of new DBKN designs scheduled for publication in 2014 (speaking of snow, I just noticed that this particular motif resembles a snowflake!)

Here are some other white project ideas from the DBKN files:

Chain of Love Bookmark

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Twisty Lace Basket Trim

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Touch o’Ruffle Table Mat or Dishcloth

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Vintage Wheel Squares in thread (with multicolor centers)

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Lacy Baby Hat

Lacy Baby Hat TLC Amore white flat

Beaded Pulse Warmers

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Holiday Motif as an ornament

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Even though today’s post is about white, I’m still looking forward to release of a new design (coming soon) in the color featured in the previous post: blue!

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Something blue

Something old …

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Our senior cat Bill (age 16) modeling Knit Hat (for anyone!)

Something new …

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A pair of C.O.O.S., just completed

Something borrowed …

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A blanket borrowed from DM’s closet, to place at the foot of the “grandma bed” when she stays overnight at our house  (Note: I did not design this one but it appears to be a large square in a simple pattern (one row dc, one row sc repeated throughout), crocheted in Lion Brand Yarns “Homespun” on a large hook.)

Something blue …

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Easy-Crochet Poncho, one of the earliest DBKN designs from the past — pattern newly revised & updated

No, we aren’t aware of any upcoming weddings in the family but the ages-old good luck phrase intended for brides-to-be “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” seemed apropos in anticipation of a new pattern release that will be coming soon. While I can’t reveal details, I do know that it will be shown in a beautiful shade of blue. And with any luck, it may even appear as a “cover girl.”

Stay tuned!

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Orange & Blue

Well, they did it. DH and I were hoping for a good result for the Denver Broncos in today’s playoff game, but one never knows what will happen. Today they won so that means there will be another playoff game in Denver next weekend. Since the whole city is “united in orange” in support of the team, let’s see what projects from the Designs by KN pattern database might be suitable for knitting or crocheting this coming week. The following ideas fit in with the color scheme that Broncos fans have been sporting all over Colorado:

Knit Hat (for anyone!)

Knit hat for anyone orange w blue stripes flat Knit Hat for anyone orange on C 2

Ear Sweaters

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Cat and the Hat Beanie

Cat and Hat Beanie orange flat

C.O.O.S.

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Ridgewood Beanie

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C’s Birthday Scarf

Cabled Seed Scarf on C 1 crop

Summer String Bag

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Easy-Crochet Poncho

Easy Crochet Poncho flat new fix

Shell Point Cloth

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Twist Mitts

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12″ Football Team Colors Square

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That ought to keep football-fan knitters and crocheters busy until next weekend’s game (if you’re rooting for other playoff teams, just change the colors.)

But in our case, it’s Go Broncos!

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By the sea

It’s funny how life takes you here and there. No matter where you are, sometimes you wish you were there instead of here. Years ago I lived in San Diego, CA and wish I was there this weekend. As mentioned in a previous post, the TNNA Winter Trade Show is taking place. The reason I’d love to be there is that one of my designs might be appearing in the Classic Elite Yarns booth. I wish I could be there to see it in person but will have to settle for being there in spirit. It just seems funny that at the time I lived and worked in San Diego I wished I was living in a mountain setting instead of near the ocean. Many years later here we are, along the front range of Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, covered in a wintry blanket of snow and feeling the blast of icy cold temperatures now and then. The weather is certain to be much nicer at the TNNA convention by the sea!

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Although I can’t reveal the newest design until it becomes publicly shown, I can dream about strolling along a beach wearing a version of the recently-released Ambu top, as the model is below. In fact, the booklet it appears in is called “Oceanside“, the January publication from Classic Elite Yarns:

Ambu

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Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Because I’ve been concentrating on stash-busting lately, I decided to make another version of the top in “gifted” yarn. A friend found bags full of never-used, brand-new balls of a cotton yarn in three different colorways at a Goodwill store and gave them to me. I have been working my way through the haul, using it for the various projects shown below. Even after all of these, there was still plenty left for this version of Ambu and more projects to come:

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Cuddle Cable Baby Blanket

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#24 Crocheted Sun Hat

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Seeded Rib Eyeglass Case

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Summer String Bag

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My Grandmother’s Slippers

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Fresh Air Bag

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Knit Hat (for anyone!)

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Bunny-Ear Blankie

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Vintage Wheel Square Table Topper

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Easy-Knit Tee

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My Fave Dishcloth

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Another funny thing … when I lived in San Diego my chosen hobby was sewing. Every night after work and on weekends I would sew (this was before marriage when it was just my little dog and me), shop at fabric stores or enjoy oceanside visits to Shelter Island, Harbor Island and Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma.

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I sewed all of my own clothes then but over time switched to crocheting and knitting. As I said at the beginning of this post, it’s a funny thing how life takes you here and there. I’m happy to be here in the Rocky Mountains now but for this one weekend I would like to be in San Diego again to watch the sun rise over the water, dine out at favorite restaurants, and get a peek inside the TNNA show!

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New new

New year, new calendar, new pattern … new new! Who knew upon awakening this morning that a new pattern entry would appear on my Ravelry designer page? I didn’t anticipate seeing it so soon and was pleasantly surprised. Discovering these fresh, colorful photos of my design was just what was needed to brighten a wintry day and landscape that is currently covered with snow here in Colorado:

Ambu in Classic Elite Yarns January pattern booklet “Oceanside

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Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

I had so much fun designing this top. When I received the lovely ‘Provence‘ yarn in the assigned colors Beddeford Shrimp and Hot Pink, it made the project even more exciting as I knit the two-color chevron pattern, enjoying the colorplay throughout. The chevron theme is echoed in a subtle lace pattern that graces the bodice of the tank.

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I love everything about this project and extend my sincere thanks once again to the staff at Classic Elite Yarns for making it all come true (this is the first of several more to come in future CEY publications.)

What a great start to the new year, even if it is sharing news about a breezy summer top in the middle of a bitterly cold winter!

P.S. You can see another view of Ambu and all the designs in the “Oceanside” collection in this YouTube video (the last garment shown, at 1:48.)

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Done

Well, I did it … took down the tree and all the Christmas decorations the day after the holiday was over (see previous post.) The house seems so much cleaner now and even has a touch of “spring fever” about it, although I know winter is far from over. Although my family thinks it’s weird that I clear out the Christmas clutter so quickly, I was heartened to learn that a local weatherman’s wife does the same thing! The weatherman reported on the evening news that he went out for a walk and when he returned home his wife had taken down the tree and all the decorations and they were done for the season. Moving on.

One project I started just before Christmas Eve and worked on while waiting to travel to DM’s house on Christmas Day was this scraps-from-stash version of Wooly Wave Scarf:

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I had a bunch of leftover balls of black yarn sitting in stash and began knitting them up one by one, interspersing with scraps of teal and off-white, changing colors as each little ball was used up. Speaking of scarves, I gave DM two for Christmas to coordinate with her new green coat, one red (store-bought) and one green (hand-knit). Fortunately she really liked the green one! It was knit in Universal Yarn “Classic Worsted Holiday”:

Bias Scarf

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With just three business days left in the year, I thought I would recap on the Designs by KN Facebook page some favorites that were released in 2013, specifically three designs that appeared as free patterns in the Classic Elite Yarns Webletter:

Design #1: Magnolia Vintage Capelet

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Design #2: Fresh Air Bag

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Design #3: Ridgeline Kerchief

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Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Even more designs are scheduled to appear in various CEY pattern booklets and the Webletter in 2014. I’m very excited about one of them that will be featured on a poster on display in the Classic Elite Yarns booth at the winter TNNA trade show in San Diego in January.

Since I’m done designing for this year and looking ahead to the next, I might as well recap all of the other DBKN designs that were released in 2013 (my busiest year yet):

Bold Button Neckpiece

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#23 Mesh Cape

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Photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com, copyright Vogue Knitting/Soho Publishing

#7 Lace Panel Shawl

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Photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com, copyright Noro Knitting Magazine/SoHo Publishing

Colorfully Comfy Leg Warmers

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Photo copyright Annie’s

Alice

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Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Emerald Isle Lap Blanket

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Photo copyright Sixth & Spring Books

Maxime

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Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Chrysalis Poncho

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Photo copyright Willow Yarns

Bulky Ribs at Play Hat

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Chunky Honeycomb Hat

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Diamond Mountain Hat

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Saltwater Taffy Cabled Hat

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Photo copyright Joe Hancock

Thanks to everyone who made it all happen. On to 2014!

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Red & green

My family thinks I’m weird in that I can’t wait to undecorate after Christmas. For the past few years I’ve taken down the tree and packed away the ornaments, the wreaths and the knick-knack decorations immediately on the day after. The family knows that, when faced with any task, I like to “get it over with”. Now, after weeks of being bombarded with everything associated with the holiday shopping frenzy, I am ready to put away the red and green and move on to a new year. Winter’s white landscape and the promise of spring are what I look forward to as soon as the holidays are over (this time around I’m looking forward to the new year with even more anticipation as new patterns I designed will be published in spring and summer 2014.)

But since it’s still a couple days before Christmas, I will share some seasonal red and green projects, in case you’re working on last-minute gifts as I am:

Chesapeake Bottle Gift Bag

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Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Better Late Than Never Beanie

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Ruffly Coasters

Ruffly coaster red w tea fix

Apple & Pine Tree Dishcloths

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Pine Tree cloth single closeup green

Old World Scarf

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#34 Wristlets from Knit.1, Winter 2007

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Pretty Little Baby Hat

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Holiday Gift Bottle Decor

Bottle decor and hats

My Fave Dishcloth

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Emerald Isle Lap Blanket from book “50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving

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Photo copyright Sixth&Spring Books

Tweed-look Pom Hat

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Renaissance Neck Jewelry

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Holiday Motif

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Ton o’Fun Toboggan Hat

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And my current work-in-progress …

Bias Scarf for the holidays (a last-minute gift for someone special)

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Have a wonderful Christmas full of joy … and if you’re like me, look forward to taking down the decorations on Thursday!

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Fast

For the first time ever, DH and I attended a national hockey league game last night. What a totally different experience than a major league baseball game! It was a blast, both visually and audibly, with light and sound systems cranked up to high levels and lots of fast skating on the ice. How do they do it? The players and referees are amazing in their ability to skate every which way while chasing the little puck and slamming into boards along the edges of the rink, not to mention each other:

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Watching all that fast skating got me thinking about the relatively fast knit and crochet projects accomplished this week:

Vintage Wheel Square Lapghan

(info & more pics here)

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Old World Scarf

(info & more pics here)

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scarf red 5

Easy-Knit Shawl

(info & more pics here)

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Knit Hat (for anyone!)

(info & more pics here)

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All of these projects are destined for gift-giving or charitable causes. The best part is they helped with progress toward my stash-busting goal.

Or as the announcer yelled every time the team scored last night: GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!

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Note for future: we would advise anyone attending a Colorado Avalanche hockey game at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado to wear earplugs!

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Classic

When you’ve been crocheting and knitting as long as I have, you tend to accumulate a lot of books, patterns and yarns which eventually grow into a sizable stash of classics. Besides the odd balls of yarn collected over the years, some of the books in my personal library have become classics too. Lately I rediscovered two knitting volumes from the fine staff at Classic Elite Yarns and enjoyed the experience of looking through them one more time. Coincidentally, a new Classic Elite Yarns Web-letter issue came out the same week. It featured a classic sweater design from years ago, designed by Susan Mills and updated for modern fit. Something about it must have percolated in my subconscious, as a few days later I found myself casting on to knit the sweater (it’s been a very, very long time since I actually knit a whole sweater to keep for myself!) Although it would have been preferable to make it with the classic ‘La Gran‘ mohair yarn called for in the pattern, immediately available in my vintage stash were two balls of a similarly soft, fluffy yarn that worked to the same gauge. Remarkably, one ball even matched the color in the Web-letter photo! Certainly the quality of the Red Heart ‘Symphony‘ yarn I had on hand for the project was different than the suggested yarn, but it produced a lighter-than-air sweater similar in appearance to the original. Since there was only one ball each of the yarn in stash, I decided to color-block the sweater to use the available yarn creatively:

My version of the Drop Stitch Pullover

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Original version of Drop Stitch Pullover in CEY Web-letter, Issue 320

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Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

As stated in the pattern, due to the fuzzy yarns used in this drop-stitch fabric, you have to “help” the stitches drop down to create the design.

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It wasn’t difficult and once the stitch arrangement was memorized I enjoyed the knitting, completing the whole project in just four days. Now I have a new sweater to wear!

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Classic Elite Yarns produces beautiful classics, as in the two books on my bookshelf that inspired me to knit a sweater this week. Check them out at your local library or through another source:

Knitting the New Classics

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Knitting Today’s Classics

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Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

When I first started crocheting in the ’70s and knitting in the ’80s, it never occurred to me that one day I would be creating my own original designs, let alone seeing them published in magazines, books and yarn company pattern collections. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute designs for Classic Elite Yarns and am very excited in anticipation of new ones scheduled for release in 2014. Until then, here are some I’ve created so far:

Maxime in #9245, Belle

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Alice in #9229 Spectrum

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Ridgeline Kerchief from CEY Web-letter, Issue 296

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Fresh Air Bag from CEY Web-letter, Issue 292

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Chesapeake Bottle Gift Bag from CEY Web-letter, Issue 271

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Firefly Diaphanous Shawl from CEY Web-letter, Issue 252

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Sunscreen Stripes Cap from CEY Web-letter, Issue 249

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Majestic Tweed Slouch Hat from CEY Web-letter, Issue 268

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Provence Summer String Bag from CEY Web-letter, Issue 139

CE Provence summer string bag

Magnolia Vintage Capelet from CEY Web-letter, Issue 276

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Montera Cob Toque from CEY Web-letter, Issue 107

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All photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Speaking of classics, it’s that time of year. Here’s a Santa hat version of Ripple-Band Hat:

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Ho ho ho!

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