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This weekend I managed to start working on my Summer Cabin design idea, in between painting Jason’s new apartment.  I haven’t gotten very far, but the pieces are starting to come together!  It will be nice to see the completed square once it’s been blocked in to shape (so expect that photo in the next few days…

The inspiration for this sweater came from looking at several quilting squares on Pinterest, and while I’ve never had the desire to quilt, I can’t deny that I enjoy looking at the arrangements of the colors and fabric.  Plus, I wasn’t feeling up to the task of knitting a blanket during this insane heat wave of ours, so I needed to figure out another way to incorporate the square.

Eventually, I came up with the idea to knit a summer sweater with some light, airy, cotton yarn.  I purchased several skeins of Cascade Yarns’ Ultra Pima Fine in 6 different colors and after several attempts, I finally found the color combination and quilt square design that appealed to me most.

Can i just say that I am in love with this yarn.  I’ve used Ultra Pima before, for my Silver Peplum, but I really love this sport weight version.  For Summer Cabin, I’m using size 5′s to keep it open and airy.  I’m also using Pima Fine for another design on size 3′s for a much tighter knit.

Once the center square is done, I’ll be knitting a sweater around it, in a delicate, but easy to remember lace pattern.

The Yarn:  Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine in Soft Sage, Sage, and Ginseng
The Needles:  Size 5 US straight

Summer Cabin – Started

This weekend I managed to start working on my Summer Cabin design idea, in between painting Jason’s new apartment.  

Summer Cabin – Started This weekend I managed to start working on my Summer Cabin design idea, in between painting Jason’s new apartment.  

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Knit News - New Yarns

Knit News – New Yarns

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I had to share this email I received yesterday announcing the launch of Classic Elite Yarns’ Mohawk Wool, as it looks so amazing!  I’ve been dying to work with some wool again (as much as I enjoy knitting with cotton and linen during summer, it’s nice to feel warm, soft wool between your fingers as you knit).

And I quite love all those beautiful naturally colored hanks, there is generous yardage…

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I am happy to report that I have finished all the knitting of my Rippled Cardigan, and now it’s blocking, and patiently waiting for buttons and a chance to be photographed!  I love the way the vertical lace panels look now that they have been blocked.  (Note: in the picture, the fronts are flip flopped, the design actually has the point starting at the center front and increasing out to the sides)

I’m expecting to be able to publish the pattern by the first week of August.  Normally it doesn’t take me that long to push a pattern live, but I’ll be camping beforehand, and won’t have access to my laptop.

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While I wait for this to dry and for my buttons to arrive, I’ll be swatching for a pattern I’ll be calling Summer Cabin, using those lovely shades of Cascade Ultra Pima Fine above!  More details on this design soon!  At the same time, I’ll be taking a chunky break, and starting the Campus Jacket.

The Last Waves of Summer

I am happy to report that I have finished all the knitting of my Rippled Cardigan, and now it’s blocking, and patiently waiting for buttons and a chance to be photographed!  

The Last Waves of Summer I am happy to report that I have finished all the knitting of my Rippled Cardigan, and now it’s blocking, and patiently waiting for buttons and a chance to be photographed!  

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I have always been a small needle knitter; my favorite projects tend to be those with either fingering or sport weight yarns on Size 3 – 5 US needles.  And, most of my designs through Klever Knits are fine gauge projects as well.  Clearly, these projects take a long time to knit, but I am always so satisfied with the amazing fit that can be achieved with a small gauge.

That being said, I have been recently drawn to some thicker knits, using worsted, aran, and even bulky yarn.  I find these projects to be alluring for a few reasons.  One, the are quite quick to knit (at least compared to the projects I normally take on!)  Two, they just look so incredibly comfortable, something that you want to throw on during the coldest months of the year.  Or, if you live in California like me, they are great for fighting off that office chill!

These designs have all been added to my queue, and hopefully I can cast on for one of them soon.  (I think Campus Jacket will be the first, considering I already bought yarn for it!)

Tempted Tuesday – Thick Knits

I have always been a small needle knitter; my favorite projects tend to be those with either fingering or sport weight yarns on Size 3 – 5 US needles.  

Tempted Tuesday – Thick Knits I have always been a small needle knitter; my favorite projects tend to be those with either fingering or sport weight yarns on Size 3 - 5 US needles.  

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Submissions and Stashes

I started a new job about a month ago, and I have just discovered that there is a yarn store right around the corner, Knit Schtick.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to stumble upon their little shop.  When you work 8 – 6, it’s nearly impossible to find a store to visit after working hours, but this is just a quick 3 minute drive on my lunch break.

So of course, new store, new yarn!  First, I…

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Now that the excitement of my Elemental Linens launch has quieted down a bit, I’ve had some time to refocus my energy on my Rippled Cardigan.

I’m so happy with how this is turning out so far, I love the color, and I had bought the skeins literally days before we took our trip to Belize and saw beautiful ocean water that looked just like it.

You have all heard about my struggle to create a pattern that did the yarn justice, and I am so happy I came up with this idea.  I can’t wait to get all the pieces blocked to truly show off the lace accents at the waist.  Stay tuned!

Making Waves

Now that the excitement of my Elemental Linens launch has quieted down a bit, I’ve had some time to refocus my energy on my Rippled Cardigan.

Making Waves Now that the excitement of my Elemental Linens launch has quieted down a bit, I’ve had some time to refocus my energy on my Rippled Cardigan.

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GIVEAWAY WINNERS !

Congrats Kim!  You have been randomly selected as the first place winner for the Elemental Linens Giveaway!

You have won a copy of the pattern, and a skein of Louet Euroflax Sport Linen in the color of your choice!!

Email me at kfkleverknits@yahoo.com so we can coordinate your color choice!!

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Second Place Winner:  Congrats to Jessie!  You have won a copy of the pattern!!

Third Place Winner:…

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Giveaway Winner Announced Tomorrow!

Giveaway Winner Announced Tomorrow!

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It’s your last day to enter to win a copy of my Elemental Linens Pattern and a skein of Louet Euroflax Sport Linen in a color of your choice!

Entrance details:

1.  Comment on this post!
2.  Tweet your favorite Louet color name with #elemental and @kleverknit
3.  Instagram a photo of your kitchen table with #elemental and @kleverknits

Bonus: If you do all 3, you get three entries!

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Giveaway - Elemental Linens

Giveaway – Elemental Linens

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I’m excited to announce that I am hosting a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a copy of my pattern, and a skein of Louet Euroflax Sport, in the color of their choice.  2nd and 3rd place winners will each win a free copy of the pattern.

Entrance details:

1.  Comment on this post!
2.  Tweet your favorite Louet color name with #elemental and @kleverknit
3.  Instagram a photo of your kitchen…

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Everyone, I am so pleased to announce that my latest design for Holla Knits goes live today!  This home collection is so great, from the intarsia wall art to the accent pillows!  I’m happy that I finally get to show off my design, Elemental Linens.

Elemental Linens is a table set consisting of a table runner, 4 placemats, and 4 coasters.  When I had originally sketched this concept, the placemats were going to be knit in the round from the center out and formed into a square.  But, while knitting these placemats over and over again (took about 6 tries to get these puppies just right!) the linen was just begging for something cleaner, simpler, more angular.

So I went back to the drawing board, and now you are seeing the results of all that knitting and re-knitting.  I hope you enjoy making them for your home as much as I did mine, and I can’t wait to see all the color choices pop up on Ravelry!

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*Top slideshow features Louet Euroflax Sport Linen
**Bottom slideshow features KnitPicks CotLin

Happy Knitting!

Holla Knits Home 2014_Live!

Everyone, I am so pleased to announce that my latest design for Holla Knits goes live today!  

Holla Knits Home 2014_Live! Everyone, I am so pleased to announce that my latest design for Holla Knits goes live today!  

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