Saturday, October 04, 2008

Decision Made

For some time now, there's been something on my mind, something I've been trying to decide. This morning, I've made a decision.

Those of you who follow my blog will know that, for a while, I was writing patterns, designing a few things. I've made most of those patterns available for free on my free pattern site. You'll also know that there have been a few patterns I felt were worthy of being offered for sale, and I did sell a few of them through the yarn store I was working in. Well, it's been over a year now since I've been working in the "industry" and those patterns are not really moving (at least, I've received no new orders). For the past few months, I've been debating with myself whether or not I still want to sell the patterns. This morning, I decided I will no longer be offering patterns for sale. Over the next while, as I have time, I will be posting those patterns on the free site.

I could put them there all at once, but where's the fun in that?

One of the patterns that has been quite popular has been the Baby Cable Wrist Warmers. Today, I'll make that pattern available. For the moment, it does not appear on the freebies website, but will in the next day or so (I'll let you know). Right now, you can download it here on the blog.


The link (it's a pdf, incidentally... if your machine, like mine, doesn't like opening pdfs online, right click to save it to your system before opening it) is here.

So, on to other things... what's on Ev's needles these days? Well, the dress is still slowly making progress. I'll be working on it some more this afternoon. Having been under the weather this week, I didn't trust myself to work on anything that demanded that kind of concentration.

I did knit this...


The pattern (found here) is from Drops, #86-10. I used the ubiquitous Malabrigo in a gorgeous variegated purple. The yarn is so cushy and soft with not a rough fibre to be found. I used 4.5 mm needles and followed the pattern as written. I think it would be fair to say that this headband will get lots of use this winter.

I've also been working on the project I teased you with last time. It is the Waves of Grain scarf from Knitty.



I'm using a fingering weight hemp yarn from Lanaknits Hemp for Knitting, on 4.0 mm needles. The pattern on Knitty is ranked as "tangy". I'm finding it a very easy knit, at this point almost mindless. It's been my tv knitting this week. The two halves of the scarf are knit from the bottom up and then grafted together in the middle. I'm making each section about 30" long (before blocking), so the finished scarf will be 5' pre-blocking. The hemp is nice to knit with and, from what I've been told and read, will soften up nicely with washing.

Right now, I'm not sure whether I'll keep this scarf for myself or whether it will become a gift for someone in my family. Just not sure.

Now, it's time for me to get some quality knitting time happening. There's a dress waiting for progress, and I've rambled on long enough.


  1. The Waves of Grain scarf is so pretty! I suck at grafting, but even so, I think that pattern is going on my list ^_^

  2. The Waves of Grain is lovely - especially with the glimmery beads. I do my blog-reading in the morning which is why I didn't know about your progress when we were chatting last night :)

    Thanks for the wristers pattern - it's very cute! I eagerly look forward to seeing the rest of the patterns, as you see fit to contribute them!

    Have a great week, Ev!

  3. Your scarf is really beautiful. I've never used hemp for knitting yet, so it's nice to read what you think of it. I will put that away in the back of my mind, and one day I may need it to encourage me to give it a try too.

    I really like your headband too. There must be something odd about the shape of my head. I've never been able to wear a headband. They simply will not stay on, but the slide off the back of my head with no problem. I've given up even trying anymore. And now my hair is so short I don't need to bother. But something wider, like what you have just made, sure would work nice to keep the Winter chill from my ears and keep the head warmer too. I guess I need to try again......LOL
    Take care. :)

  4. great headband!!! I would love to make one for myself sometime!