Nuclear Fission (splitting the atom): In nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry, nuclear fission is either a nuclear reaction or a radioactive decay process in which the nucleus of a particle splits into smaller parts (lighter nuclei).
If you are a knitter or survival enthusiast, you may already be aware that Alexandra Tinsley has a book coming out with Cooperative Press next month titled Doomsday Knits: Projects for the Apocalypse and After.
What you might not have known until just now is that I have a pattern in the book.
Fission is a fingerless mitt pattern that will keep you warm in the nuclear winter. The fabric background suggests corrugated iron. Cables travel across the back of the hand, come together, and then split. (Get it? Fission.) The cables end in i-cord ties.
See them on Ravelry.
I didn’t originally design these for the apocalypse. In fact, I originally intended them to be kinda steampunky. I came up with the idea in response to a call for submissions for a steampunk knitting collection, but it didn’t quite fit there.
I considered a few other possible homes for the pattern before deciding to self-publish. Beth at Lorna’s Laces kindly supplied yarn for me, and I had gotten as far as a preliminary chart when Alex put out the submissions call for Doomsday Knits. I couldn’t resist, and threw together a quick proposal. Lucky for me, she saw the same potential I did, so I knitted the gloves and sent them off for photography. (I think you will agree that photographer Vivian Aubrey did an AMAZING job!)
See the rest of the Doomvember blog posts! There is a list here, and you can see yesterday’s post, about the gorgeous green hat that appears above, here. The book will be available next month–more information here.
Look, I don’t really like Sondheim. But his shows have the BEST titles, and since I used a yarn color called “Night Magic” I just had to pun it up a little. Who wants night music when they can have night magic?
Also, Grace will eat you if you try any funny business. (Funny business includes but is not limited to: trying to feed her anything other than pepperoni pizza, refusing to read Spot Bakes A Cake for the eighth time in a row, and basically everything else.)
A Little Night Magic is a child’s skirt pattern, written for sizes 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.
I’ve got a new pattern coming out! Should be up on Ravelry in the morning. I’ve been informed by test knitters that it’s an “addicting” knit, and by the model that she needs another one, please.
(I’m just kidding, she didn’t say please.)
Guess what! I just released Dorothy Cloche, that hat I’ve been talking about the design process of over the last..um…year and a half.
Photo by the lovely and talented Leah Coccari-Swift.
Catch up from the beginning:
Inspiration | Swatching | Rough Draft | Starting (almost) From Scratch | Too Many Samples?
I was inspired by this gorgeous image.
According to this blog, the image is from 1923, by Ernesto Cabral, a.k.a. “Chango,” and was a magazine (?) cover.
I swatched and knitted a prototype. I lost my notes. Time went by. I began a new prototype. I made a lot of mistakes. I reknit it. More than once. I came up with a better way to work the short rows. I redid the brim and grafted it to the hat (only a crazy person would do that, probably). I wrote the pattern, had it tech edited, and did a photo shoot with Leah. I sent the pattern to a couple of friends to test knit.
And today, I release it into the wild.
If you’re inclined that way, you can add to cart or
I have a knitting pattern out today!
I first conceived of this pattern in December of 2010. I knitted a prototype exactly two years ago, but I got a few things wrong and set it aside. Last fall, Alex put out a call for the Malabrigo Quickies program, and since I knew Rios would be the perfect yarn, I submitted a proposal. I am crazy in love with the end result and wear the finished hat all the time! (I just need to knit another one in teal for myself! Leah’s head is smaller than mine and I knitted her size.)
Ginger is knitted from the top down, so you start with only 4 stitches! I found it easiest to manage with magic loop, but you could certainly use DPNs. The brim is knitted with short row shaping and more increases to give it an asymmetrical flare. The whole thing is knitted at a very tight gauge to mimic felted fabric, and should be worn with a wee bit of positive ease. I’ve included sizes from 16.75 inches (baby) to 22.85 inches (adult large).
Ginger is $5 on Ravelry. You can add to cart or
We had a great day.
Christmas Eve was a blur of homemade pizzas and A Christmas Carol (both The Muppets and Orson Welles with the Mercury Theater), and then putting presents out once the children were in bed. We assembled the tent, and when Sam got up this morning (at 4:30 in the morning) he saw it and said, “I don’t believe it!”
One of my New Year’s resolutions last year was to publish 12 patterns. I didn’t quite make it–the year is closing out with 10 published patterns, but I do have two more completed and waiting for publication (one in a book and one by a yarn company) so I’m not complaining. I am looking forward to my design break and knitting 13 shawls (and a cardigan) in the new year!
To close out 2012, I am offering all of my self-published patterns at Buy One, Get One. Just add any two patterns to your Ravelry cart and the discount will be automatically deducted. Treat yo self! (I really wish Donna and/or Retta was my friend.)
I am really, really, really happy with my newest knitting pattern (which is my last self-published design of the year). Grace and Lucy did such a great job modeling, and the sweaters came out just right! Stephania of Three Fates Yarns custom dyed the yellow yarn for me, which you can order from her shop (the color way is called Rubber Ducky–if she doesn’t have any in stock, I’m sure you can message her to arrange for it!).
I named Olga for designer Olga Buraya-Kefelian, whose love of the “grellow” (grey and yellow) color combination partially inspired this sweater.
Knitted in fingering weight yarn at a slightly loose gauge, there are two length options and two sleeve options, plus the option to use a contrast color for the trim and inside the pocket. This pattern does have some finishing–i-cord trim, sewing the pocket, and small underarm seams for the sleeved version–but it does not take long and is worth the effort.
Sized from infant to 6-7 years, with positive ease so each size fits comfortably for a while.
Available on Ravelry:
I’m trying something new. While I finish the last details of pattern-writing, my newest pattern will be available for pre-order at 25% off the final price. In theory, this will enable me to pay for tech editing and advertising. (In actuality, there is no way of knowing whether any pattern will be successful. I’m hoping!)
Navy Pier is a unisex, slightly cropped cardigan for babies, toddlers, children, and tweens from newborn to 12 years. It’s knitted in two shades of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, one variegated and one solid. (Obviously you could substitute any worsted weight yarn that will get you a gauge of 18 stitches over four inches, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want to use anything but Shepherd Worsted. It is SO LOVELY and I am mildly obsessed with it right now.)
After I knitted the Grace-sized sweater shown above, I knitted a Sam-sized version. I am planning the photo shoot now, and should have something to show soon! The colors are OMG AMAZING (go figure, more Shepherd Worsted), and I just need to decide on buttons.
I am seeking two or three more advance/test knitters for this pattern, so please email me if you’d like to knit it early, for free! I would ask you to try to finish by a certain date, and to give me feedback.
If you’d like to knit it in a more leisurely fashion, you may buy now and get the discount price. A PDF with yarn and gauge information will be available for immediate download, and on November 1st you will receive an update with the complete pattern.
Photos by Leah Coccari-Swift
Summer seems like a good time to knit accessories, don’t you think? I like small projects when it’s hot–no heavy fabric sitting on your lap like there is with a sweater or baby blanket (guess what projects I set aside recently) and a quick return on your investment. One summer I knitted four pairs of socks. My feet were very happy.
Up there are my Gracefully hat and Lux Cowl. Gracefully comes in five sizes, from preemie to adult, and is knitted in Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe. Lux Cowl is one size, but would be easy to adjust if you wanted a larger loop scarf; it’s knitted in SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Aran. The patterns are $5 each if you are into that sort of thing, and there is always a 15% discount if you buy any three patterns in my Ravelry store.
…and now back to your regular, non-self-promotional programming.
Psst…the person I knitted this baby sweater for is reading this. Wait. The person I knitted this baby sweater for is inside someone who is reading this. It might be you! If you have a person inside you!
I also wrote it up as a pattern, because I do stuff like that sometimes. I’m calling it Welcome, Baby and you can buy it on Ravelry if you are so inclined.
I’m also having a trunk show of my designs tonight at Knit Culture Studio on West 3rd Street. I’ll be there with Leah from 6-8 pm and there will be cake. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll come by.