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.

Knitted Terrarium Hanger

Growing up in the '70s, our house was filled with macramé plant hangers.  I noticed a resurgence of these--even Anthropologie has made their contribution.

So I decided to combine my new-found love for the succulent terrarium with the plant hanger.  But,  I must admit, I was not on board for learning a new craft.

Hence, the Knitted Terrarium Hanger.  I used inexpensive, natural cooking twine.  I don't have an exact yardage, but I probably only used about one-third of the cone on size US 8 dpn's.  I don't think gauge matters on this--you're just slipping it around a 6" glass bubble bowl.  I tied off the top around a metal O-ring you find at a hardware store using a slip knot.  There probably is a nicer option to the slip knot, but again, not really into learning about knot tying.

Making the terrarium is pretty fun and simple--just be careful if you're using little miniature cacti.  I used those little ice cube tongs to place mine after getting some pretty nasty stickers in my fingers.

Knitted Terrarium Hanger pattern can be found here. 

Happy Mother's Day!

Sweet Paul Makerie

It's been a month since I last posted, and there's been a whirlwind of activity going on.  Let's start with a couple of weeks ago.  I traveled to Philadelphia to attend the Sweet Paul Makerie after being invited by my friend Susan Holding of Little French Bakery.  As I look through my photos, it's really hard to narrow it down to just a few, but here are some of my fav's...

Day One was held at the nursery, cafe and historic buildings of Terrain.  The grounds were so beautiful and charming.  The family-style meals were spectacular in true Norwegian Sweet-Paul style!

My first class was Extraordinary Embroidery in the "Mushroom House" taught by the talented Adriana Torres.  Needless to say, I will not quit my day job, but I had a lot of fun getting to learn a new needle art.  Adriana also makes these incredibly cute amigurumi animals.

If you happen to live in So Cal, the Traveling Trunk Show is currently at Zoe's Knit Studio.  And if you're racing through Indy, check out the trunk show at Knit-Stop.

Clair de Lune and Goin' On's

This is the Clair de Lune Shawl done in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, colors Cove and Paper.  It differs slightly from the original version with a few more contrasting stripes thrown in.  I will be selling these kits at Vogue Knitting Live Pasadena,  April 17-19.

This Thursday, March 26th at 9:00 am Pacific Time I am honored to be the featured guest on Marly Bird's podcast, The Yarn Thing.  Please tune in!

For those of you in the SoCal area, the LA Yarn Crawl is happening March 26 - 29.  I will have a trunk show at Alamitos Bay Yarn Co. featuring samples from my book as well as other good stuff.  My book will be available, including a free project bag with purchase.  On Saturday, March 28th, I will be doing a book signing from 11:00 - 6:00.  Please stop by and say "hi"!