Quilted Lattice Hat & Mitts

Introducing new pattern Quilted Lattice Hat & Mitts.  This one is using Craftsy's new yarn line Cloudborn in Highland Fingering--2 skeins have enough yardage to cover both hat and mitts in all sizes. 

The kit, with enough yarn for both hat AND mitts,  is currently available through Craftsy for the low, low price of $21.60.  This kit is perfect for holiday gift knitting.  The pattern is also available in my pattern store.

On a personal note…I thought I'd share with you my new goal—to get moving.  During my younger life, I'd consider myself a diligent (not avid) exerciser.  However, a couple of years ago, I thought to myself, "Hey, you're almost 50 and you knit for a living—now would be a great time to eliminate physical activity from your life".  A trip to Costco was the most strenuous part of my week. 

So I am making the plunge—I am going to start tracking my steps.  I have this new really cool Jawbone UP3.  I like it because it could easily pass for a piece of jewelry.  My last tracker was black rubber and screamed, "I am a pathetic old lady, who is trying to pass off grocery shopping as exercise!" 

Why am I sharing this with you (I can already see the "unsubscribes" rolling into my In Box)?  Because I am not very accountable to myself.  Well, actually I am, and here is what a sample conversation sounds like…

Me:  I haven't run in 2 weeks, and I said I was going to run today, but I have this pattern that needs editing.                                                                                                                                  

Self:  That sounds like a good reason to me—in fact why are we even having this conversation?                                                                                                                                         

Me:  My thoughts exactly—I'm going to take a shower now and that doughnut looks pretty good.

So I promise I won't drone on and on about my daily step count, if you hang in there with me.  This is just my effort to be transparent and possibly shamed for my lack of motivation in this area.  Stay tuned…

Crochet Challah!

I have received many requests for crochet versions of my patterns.  Well, crocheters, here it is--Crochet Challah, pattern translated by my pal Janet Brani of OneLoopShy Designs.

Like the knitted version, this one is done in the same 3 shades of Malabrigo Merino Worsted.  It's so lofty and soft with a totally different feel to it.

This is actually pretty momentous for me, so to celebrate I'm offering Challah Crochet PDF pattern for the low, low introductory price of $4 (reg. $7), good through Friday 10/30/15.  Use coupon code CHALLAH upon checkout.  Offer good only on purchases from pampowersknits.com, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

Next week I will be at the Annie's Craft Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 30 - November 1 where I'll be selling kits, notions, patterns and books in the marketplace.  If you're in the area, please stop by and say "hi".  In fact, I am giving away a free class courtesy of the nice folks at Annie's.  To enter the giveaway, post a Fort Wayne fun fact comment by 6:00 pm PST on Tuesday and the winner will be picked via random generator.  Please enter only if you are able to attend the class in Fort Wayne.

And finally, if you want some more good news for knitters (and crocheters!)--read this article Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Happy Fall!

Yesterday it was 102 degrees here in So Cal.  Despite that fact, Fall has arrived as far as fashion is concerned.  I've been seeing so many fun trends--plaid, borrowed from the boys.  Picked up a couple of my favorite Japanese fashion mags yesterday--Liniere and Fudge.  Hey if anyone can get me that Harris Tweed metal-frame bag, I would be willing to do some serious trading.

Also, my Japanese Weave Wrap pattern is now available.  This woven wrap is a lot easier than it looks. The technique involves working the strips together, then working them separately and re-positioning them to make the "weave" pattern. A very comprehensive photo tutorial is also included in the instructions.

The technique is similar to a cable, and the pattern can be manipulated by changing the order of the stitches.

The yarn used is Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky which is the perfect combination of heft and drapey softness for this type of stitch pattern.

Sectional Knitting and the Georgia Fiber Fest

I will be taking part in the Georgia Fiber Fest on September 10-12.  I am honored to be speaking at the dinner Friday night and I will be teaching two 3-hour workshops on Saturday on Sectional Knitting. 

Sectional Knitting is the technique of taking a flat, knitted fabric, sectioning off stitches to be worked in separate strands, then bringing them back together again to be knit as one fabric.  This method creates interesting dimension and texture, using simple stitch patterns such as stockinette, ribbing and seed stitches.


This is the Japanese Weave Wrap that will be covered during Session 2 and will be released as a pattern next month.  My inspiration was this beautiful tile by Daniel Ogassian.

Session 1 will be covering the techniques used for Challah and Triple Plait Infinity Scarves.

I will also have a booth in the Market Place.  Speaking of which, we are working diligently on getting the new web store up and running.  Very soon we will have kits and fun notions available for purchase.

Summer Happenings

I've been busy--I mean really busy.  Obviously, not blogging.  I received a big Madelinetosh shipment earlier this month (feeling Tart-ish?) and put together what seemed like a million kits to take down to San Diego for the TKGA show.  I also sold printed patterns, buttons, scissors and other goodies.  

I am hoping to have kits available for purchase soon on my website, but for now I am headed to Boston to pick up Claire at Boston Ballet where she's been for the last 5 weeks and do some sightseeing. 

New Pattern Hugs & Cables Wrap

I just released a new pattern--Hugs & Cables Wrap.  This is truly a luxurious lounging piece made with heavenly soft Big Bad Wool Weepaca in the palest shade of gray and generous built-in pockets and collar created by increasing, traveling cables that are folded back.

The wrap is seamless, knitted in one piece that starts from a Provisional Cast-On in the center that is worked out in either direction.  The body of the wrap is worked flat with increasing cables, then folded back and joined to work in the round for the pockets.  The base of the pockets are closed off with a 3-Needle Join of the front and back sides, then finished off with ribbing.

I used buttons to secure the pockets to the sides, using the cable openings for button holes.

Special introductory offer: Hugs & Cables Wrap pattern download, half price (reg. $7), good through Saturday 6/13/15.  Use coupon code LOVE.  Offer good only on purchases from pampowersknits.com, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.