Subtle blog changes lately- I've been cleaning up my WIP and recently finished list on my sidebar... that WIP list doesn't really get smaller... finish one thing, pick up another, and on and on and on...
While I was busy messing around with my sidebar, I decided to add a new section to the blog- free patterns, anyone? The first one, a simple capelet with lace rows, is available now. I have made several of these capelets for myself and as gifts- I do so enjoy any excuse to work in the round on Kidsilk or Douceur et Soie. If you are interested in making it, here are a few pattern notes:
The gauge for the capelet is 12 st/4", a very open gauge for this yarn. Even though the gauge would allow you to use a much bulkier yarn, the capelet really is prettiest in a fine, delicate, spiderwebby yarn.
Do take the time to check gauge- you will be casting on at the bottom edge, and you want it to fall gracefully over your shoulders, yes? Also: cast on loosely.
If you want to adjust the pattern to make the capelet larger and more poncho-esque, or smaller and cowl-ish, just add or subtract the numbers in the cast on row in multiples of 10. You will then be able to follow the lace rows and the decreases as written. If you add numbers to the cast-on row, you may want to get an extra ball of yarn. If you just want to make it longer by adding one more block of stockinette/lace rows before you begin the decreases, you should be able to get away with the two balls required.
Hope you like it... if you email me a picture of your finished capelet, I will post it- indeed I will! If you have any questions, just go ahead and email me using the link on my sidebar.
In non-sidebar news, last night I had the good fortune of meeting Mason-Dixon Ann, when she stopped by Knit Cafe while in LA visiting her newest family member. I forgot my camera... so did Julia... not Ann, though! A friend took a camera phone picture for me, so I can post Real and Actual proof, at some point, that all of our blogs did indeed collide. Ann is so lovely, and though I was across the room teaching a class during most of the time she was at the store, it sounded like the group was having a nice rowdy time. The Fern sweater in person is so beautiful- I have been admiring it online since the beginning of the project, and I loved it even more in person. The weaving in of the ends, my gosh. I saw a huge pile on the table at the end of the night... Ann, my goodness. When I'm comtemplating knitting something, the prospect of that many ends to weave in is a deal-breaker. You are strong and mighty, and clearly a much, much better person than I! It was truly lovely to meet you- I hope the rest of your trip here in LA is a blast.