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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Rooted Collection

Each piece is knit with lovely family raised Alpaca.  Their story is here.

My contributions are :

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sweet Redux

This sweet little tank is back!

Enchanted  Evening 
An elegantly beautiful tank with a hint of glitter throughout, and the 
Shimmer of stars around the shoulders.

Sizes  30 (34, 38, 42, 46) inches / 76 [86, 96.5, 106.5, 116.75] cm
This garment is meant to be worn with zero or negative ease.  
All sizes, 1 skein each:
Silk Rhapsody- A,  260 yards [238 meters] 3.53 oz [100 grams] 90% Silk 10% Mohair
Silk Rhapsody Glitter - B, 260 yards [238 meters], 3.53 oz [100 grams]
Beaded Rhapsody & Sequins - C, 128 yards [117 meters], 3.53 oz [100 grams]
Stitch markers, assorted colors- 1 each of 2 colors for sides, 4 of another color.
3 Stitch holders or extra needles.
US8 (5mm)  24” circular needles - or size needed to achieve gauge
Size G (4.5mm) crochet hook, or size to correlate with needles used.

Gauge 16 stitches and 24 rounds = 4” [10cm] in stockinette stitch with Silk Rhapsody
Take time to check your gauge.

Photo by Judith Augustine

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Think Spring

Celebrating the Kismet Fiber Works April KAL 
All Month with 20% off any NellKnits patterns.

Shale Nouveau uses that gorgeous gradient set!
Shown here in Wink.

Fusilli takes just one skein of Sleek Fingering, 
shown in Santa Rosa Plum.

And Wheaten.  Beautiful in Soul.  

These are just a few of my favorite projects that are knit with Kismet's amazing yarns.   Simply enter the code thinkspring at checkout,
 starting the crack of April first 
(no fooling)

Good all month long.

Happy Knitting.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chutes + Ladders, revisited.

Chutes + Ladders was the first pattern that I published as NellKnits,
w a y   b a c k   in 2011.
Not really so very long ago.  However, my writing style has changed.  I believe that I have refined my style. And more importantly, as a knitter, I have grown so much!

One small goal that I have is to redo several of my own pieces; to replenish the ever in and out sample stock, and to go over some of the patterns, or update a discontinued yarn suggestion.

Quince + Co Chickadee is the yarn I wrote this for, and is what I cast on with once again.  Here it is in the beautiful shade River -  ready to go.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Make ( + ) Do

Make.  Do. 

My mantra - 2 words, one thought.

There's still room in the Seesaw Tee test group!

Knit with Dance Rustic Silk from Dragonfly Fibers - my size took just 2 skeins.
I have several ideas for small changes, to make this again and again.

Fusilli, newly beautiful, knit with Canopy Fingering.  

On the way to Artyarns - and then to Germany....

A redo of something sweet, Enchanted Evening.

 (Haley Parker, photographed in 2008 by Judith Augustine)

Finally, so much delicious food is made in our tiny kitchen.  
A favorite this week, made with incredible sweet potatoes 
of the most unbelievable shade.

 Purple Sweet Potato Soup in a beautiful bowl by Silvie Grantelli.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year.

We can say that for all of January, can't we?

I had planned a sentimental post for Christmas time relating to family & heirlooms and Santa.  A little belated, here is the highlight of what I wanted to share:
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have a fabulous Santa stocking, which was knit in the year of my birth by my maternal grandmother, Grams.

I searched for the pattern I found it was a kit.  Here is the front of the package!

My cousin Natalie, who was born the next year, also received a Santa stocking.  Hers had been set too close to a lightbulb and suffered a burn completely through in 2 places - It was delivered to me for care and repairs.

It was a challenge, which I enjoyed - but more than that it was a wonder that now, my needles were in that work that my grandmother had in her hands over half a century ago.  

Other work that has been in my hands includes this fun and fabulous rendition of the Old Shale stitch, in Kismet Fibers beautiful Gradient!

Rather than the 'just one more row',  it was more,  'just to the next skein'!  It worked up quickly and was an excellent companion while I listened to the podcast, Woolful and watched both seasons of Orphan Black (again!) and while I was in groups and meetings and carpool lines...

It is now on the way to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.  I wish I'd been able to deliver it...

Next up are some sweet little mitts knit from Nanos, dyed by Julie Asselin in the wonderful shade Birch.  

My resolutions for the year are minimal (as in make my life more so) and 
to teach out and about a bit more.  
I have a few things in the works and will keep you posted as dates are confirmed.  

As ever, all Happiness!

Monday, December 1, 2014


Some Newly Published Work :

Fervent, in Swans Island Worsted, 2 skeins for the set, in Raspberry 

Raked, in the Fibre Company's Canopy Worsted, Wild Ginger

Raked in the works, here in Malbrigo Worsted, Bobby Blue

Stilla Lace Poncho, KidSilk Aura

Ricochet in (2 balls of) Kid Silk Haze and (1 skein of) Tosh Merino Light.
Knit by JustCallMeHal

And Some Works in Progress :

Noctua in Malabrigo Rios, Teal Something 

Noctua in Shepherds Wool Worsted, Spring Green

King Bee Farm Alpaca Blend