Monday, August 24, 2015

Symphony in E (Encore, Encore!)

Here are another two tests of the Symphony pattern, both made from Plymouth Encore worsted weight yarn--some solid colors, some the self-striping Colorspun, and some heather (see below).

This teal, yellow, and white one was donated to Maryvale for one of their graduates this year.

The pattern is now available as a PDF download on both Ravelry and Etsy.  You can also ask your local yarn shop to order copies (at wholesale prices) through ICG Crafts (quality printed copies) or through Ravelry as a PDF download.

Remember:  detailed written instructions and a photo tutorial included!

And as you can tell from the pictures, this pattern is Bear-Bear- and Little-Bear-approved!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Symphony in C (Chunky)

Here's the Symphony Blanket pattern tested in chunky yarn--that's James C. Brett Marble Chunky to you!

I only had about one and a half balls of this color (#MC32) at the time, so even though there are 341 yards in each brand new ball, this blanket turned out preemie sized.  Just experimenting anyway, not aiming for a full-sized blanket yet.

Because the pattern creates so much texture, and crochet tends to be heavier than knit anyway, this version confirmed my plan to make the final blanket in worsted weight.  But everyone who has seen this one live and in color has loved it.

And it is clearly Bear-Bear approved!  What more do you need to know?

How about:  there are picots, front and back post stitches, and various other fancy-schmancy stitches going on, so it is for the more advanced crocheter.

The pattern is available here (retail) and here (both retail and wholesale).  Happy crocheting!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Pattern: Symphony Blanket

I wanted to beta-test this baby out the wazoo, because it is an advanced crochet pattern (available here), and the written directions need to be ultra-clear.  The pattern includes seven pages of written instructions and a detailed color photo tutorial.

I tried doing this a couple of different ways:  crocheting the border at the same time as the center, versus doing the center first and then the border.

I settled on the latter technique, as pictured above, so that you can use a different color on the border to frame the center if you prefer.

Every time I edited the pattern, I retested it.

I tested it with scraps.  I tested it with chunky yarn.  I tested it with worsted.  I tested it with more scraps.  So I have several of these blankets lying around, waiting for their ultimate destinations to be determined.

Pictured to the right and below is my First Symphony, using leftover scraps of James C. Brett Marble DK, and crocheting the borders at the same time as the center.

I just love the interplay of colors the Marble yarn creates.

Plus, it is Bear-Bear approved!

Sign up to follow my blog and be first to know when I post a new pattern!  Some of them are free!  But not this one.  You can buy it here.  It is also available both retail and wholesale on Ravelry here.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOM: Bear of the Month

Our quilting guild does a Block of the Month (BOM) mini-challenge kinda thing for every monthly guild meeting.

If you make a block and turn it in, you can put your name in the running, and you might win all the blocks.  I've only participated once before, but this time, I not only liked the concept, I had time to make one!  There's a winning combination right there!

The challenge this month is:  any design, 12.5 inches square, using only red, white, and black.

I had lots of ideas, but settled on a traditional Bear's Paw.  I think it's very effective with these colors, and there's a bonus in that it goes with the scrappy Underground Railroad blocks I'm slowly but surely making.

So I made two blocks.  I'll turn in this one:

And keep this one:

All together now (so far):

A part of me would love to win all the blocks, because I want to make a queen-sized quilt for my bed out of these colors, and extra blocks would make it easier and quicker.  But a part of me wants to do all the blocks myself.  So, I win either way.  I would like to carry that attitude into all areas of my life!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Sublime Symphony

Made with Hearthside Fibers DK yarn
Exciting news!  The Symphony Infinity Scarf pattern is now available in print form at a wholesale price from ICG Crafts.

If you prefer a hard copy rather than a PDF digital download from Etsy or Ravelry, you can ask your local yarn shop (LYS) to order the pattern for you!

The shop pays a wholesale price, you pay retail, and you get a high quality, printed, color pattern, complete with photo tutorial, that you can hold in your hot little hand.

Without having to print it out on your home printer!

My minimum order?  One copy.  I'm trying to make it easy to order.

I will be uploading all my patterns to ICG soon, so they will all be available at wholesale prices, POD (print on demand.)  Ask your LYS!!

I made another one of these scarves with some Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK I happened to have.

In fact, I had enough yarn for a sweater, for the size I was about eight years ago, when I bought the yarn.  In other words, now it would be a sweater for someone else.  Which I would probably not make, being selfish when it comes to sweater-making.

I made this scarf longer than the one in the written pattern, crocheting a starting chain of 220 instead of 180.  Including the edging, it took about 3.5 balls of Sublime (127 yards each, so you'll need a good 450 to 500 yards to make one this length.)

It measures about 60" total circumference and about 8" wide.  It's nice and drapey!

As mentioned in a previous post, however, while I was making the "Sublime Symphony," Hearthside Fibers contacted me with their irresistible yarn support offer, and sent me their wonderful Polwarth and Silk DK--no slouch in the yarn department either!

So I finished this gorgeous thing first:

I get lots of oohs and aahs from friends who see these.  Very gratifying!