Rhinebeck Sweater & Jill Draper Empire

I have this amazing skein of yarn and a little over a month.  Can it be done?

tealempireThis is Jill Draper Makes Stuff’s Empire yarn and it is amazing.  Go see.

I thought I really had this figured out but after talking to Chawne this morning about the properties of the yarn, I’ve got so many new ideas. This yarn is very sturdy and chubby, so I’m going for something jacket-y. I want a big tall neck, but do I want a cardigan or pullover? I think I want 3/4 sleeves. Symmetrical fronts or not? A big neck or cardigan would make it easy to put on and take off, and since I’m making outerwear, that is important.

Contenders/Ideas from Ravelry:

And Ideas from my Woolen Thoughts Pinterest board:

Damn, I love sweaters. No doubt, I’ll just make something up as I go along and hope I don’t get carried away and run out of yarn.

 Are you going?  Are you sweatering?  Do you have one of the coveted gigantic balls of Empire and know what you want to do with it?

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Eternity Scarf

I love these things. I’ve made a bunch. This is my favorite, though, and it’s because of this yarn. Oh, this yarn. Crispy, crunchy, hand-dyed a crazygood color. It has the kind of body I want in a cowl that has the job of keeping me warm. It stands up by itself!

Eternity Scarf

Pattern: Michele Wang’s Eternity Scarf
Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mini Empire in Straw into Gold colorway
Needle: 8US
Size: 58″ (measured in center section) x 9″

I made the large size on a larger needle than the pattern calls for (and if you were to do the same, you’d probably want to go bigger as I am a super loose knitter), as this is a heavier yarn. I had to cut the stockinette section short as I ran out of yarn. It’s still awesomely massive.

Eternity Scarf

I mean, seriously, look at that yarn.

My End of the Coffee Table

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New Pattern- Pointy Pointy Mittens

The fall issue of PLY Magazine has been released and I have a new handspun mitten pattern in it.

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Triangles, zigzags, chevrons, BIG triangles, triangular stripes, triangles for your head!, and generally pointy designs. They’re everywhere! I want them all. I want them to be mittens. I want them to be handspun. So, when Jacey asked me to write a pattern around the use of color, triangles happened.

The mittens shown above are knit from handspun semi-solid Spunky Eclectic “Dijon” on Shetland and Hello Yarn “Gobbler” on Cheviot, but the world is your oyster as far as choosing colorways for these. The simple patterning will look great in subtle colors as well as super brights. I have been loving spinning 2 ply striping yarns lately and the pattern covers how I split and spin fiber for 2 matching striping yarns (1 for each mitten) from one 4 oz. bag of fiber.

I chose these particular fibers because I wanted a springy, squishy yarn. Shetland and Cheviot are crimpy and puffy yet strong- perfect for these mittens where I wanted the graphic patterning to be softened somewhat by both the color and the slight fuzziness of the fiber.

PATTERN INFO:
Size: Adult S (M, L, XL)

Actual Measurements: 8.5” (9”, 9.5”, 9.75” ) circumference and 10.25” (10.75”, 11”, 11.25”) long

To Fit: Choose a size that’s about an inch larger than your hand, measured around the widest part, not including the thumb. When in doubt, go larger. My 7.5” hand is equally at home in 8.5” and 9” mittens.

Gauge: 6.5 (6.25, 6, 5.75) stitches and 8 (7.75, 7.5, 7.25) rows per inch. Stitch gauge is more important than row. No one wants a tight mitten!

Needles: size 2 (3, 4, 5) US for mitten body, size 3 (4, 5, 6) US for thumb, if desired. Finished mitten size is determined by gauge/needle. I find that my knitting is tighter in very small circumferences, so I use a larger needle for my thumbs. If this is a problem for you, too, going up a needle size helps a lot.

Yarn: 120 (130, 140, 150) yards of each of 2 colors. I’d recommend spinning 2 oz./ 174 yards of each in case you need to do any yarn surgery to make the mittens match.

For now, the pattern is only available in PLY Magazine, so snap up an issue! It’s a great magazine.

EDIT:
I received my copy of the magazine today and discovered an illustrative photo on page 89 wasn’t the correct one. My instructions to spin from “the numbered end” make a lot more sense if you see this, instead-

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