a preview of what i’m working on

Numbers have been crunched and recrunched (then recruched again) for the little crochet cardigan I’ve been working on in the lovely Anzula Milky Way. This week the project reached a new milestone, the second test of the pattern was started. Once I complete this yoke and triple check gauge, stitch counts, and grading (aka sizing) the pattern will be off to the tech editor.

Anzula Milky Way, crochet cardigan

Colourways: Bottom Charcoal. Top Meriana.

Diagonally is Poetry in Yarn

The Diagonally Scarf and Shawl by Lindsey Stephens offers a compelling stitch pattern that keeps you working just one more row, yet is simple enough to be a great evening TV project.

summer plans

My summer knitting plans involve these two yarn cakes of beautiful Corrie Sock by Happy Fuzzy Yarn. What do you think I’m designing?

Colourways Verdigris and Sulfur Springs.

2014-06-18-Brickless-BThe yarn is really really lovely.

I recently finished the shawl I’d been working on in Corrie Sock Tundra. This is the skein of yarn that was wound in my hotel room at TNNA.

The design is not mine — it is Brickless by Martina Behm.

The finished shawl is lovely even though it hasn’t had a proper photoshoot yet! It’s a different style than I normally knit (or wear) and it was a fun experience.

I’m also making progress on two designs in Anzula Yarns. I’m very excited about the crochet piece shown on the right.

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For fun knitting I’m trying really hard to finish my Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL Shawl by Ysolda Teague. It’s lovely but knitting solid brown during the long winter did me in. This is a gift for someone special to me, and I really want to finish it soon! The other fun project is a Verdaia Shawl by Jodie St. Clair. I’d first wanted to knit this project over 4 years ago! The yarn is very very yummy FAVE sock by Fiberstory Yarns. This skein was generously gifted to me at TNNA and I may have purchased more when word of her sale (though June 30th) reached me. 😉

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If that wasn’t enough, I’m also determined to spin more this summer. Buddy, the not-quite-so-kitten-anymore, loves watching and exploring my wheel, especially while I’m spinning. He thinks spindles are a toy just for him so we’ll see how this works as the summer progresses.
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My wheel is a Bee Travel Wheel. The spindles are a turkish one from my good friend teabird, a Bosworth, and a Golding.

I’m fostering kittens again. They’ve grown quite a bit since the first photos in the linked post. They’re now even harder to photograph than when they were so small as they’re now awak and eager to explore! I try to keep their Facebook page up-to-date.

What are your summer plans?

crochet pattern release – tail end (a cat toy)

Patterns often end up very different than how they were first sketched. My cat, Shadow, kept stealing from my production of partially made catnip-filled mice. I finally gave up after he tried to pull one from the crochet hook and finished off just the tail end of a mouse and tossed it to him.

Later that day he was still having fun flipping and chasing and carrying it around the house. That night I woke to find him playing with it in bed.

It took longer than expected to write up the pattern because he kept stealing the samples before I could photograph them and demanding snuggles while I tried to type.

I hope you enjoy crocheting them for the special feline in your life.

tail end
a crochet cat toy
skills: magic adjustable ring, working in the round, 3 strand braid
yarn: CYC Medium #4 (Worsted). samples shown in Lion Wool
gauge: is not important for this pattern
hook: F/3.75mm
notions: tapestry needle, stitch markers