All in all, a successful holiday season. Etsy sales were good, the Bellingham Farmer’s Market was fun, and the indie craft fairs were very profitable. I don’t think I sat until the end of each day at Urban Craft Uprising. Crafty Wonderland was also super busy-twice the number of shoppers as UCU actually but the venue is so large it didn’t seem as crowded. My sweetie was a first time vendor at Crafty Wonderland and he totally rocked. Sold all but 4 or 5 of his cutting board and made twice as much moola as I did. Congrats to him…I was just a wee bit green with envy.
Rather than rehash all of the busy season, I want to talk about my love of deep winter. Dear readers, I am actually relaxing! Over the past few years, January and February have become a treasured period when I receive a much needed break. There are no farm interns to meet with and direct, there is very little necessary farm work to accomplish, not much in the way of outdoor chores, and our visitors are few and far between. I am able to sleep in a bit, have a leisurely morning, spin for hours while homeschooling the little girl, tuck into bed with a good book which I can read until the wee hours of the morning if I care to, and I am actually able to knit for pleasure. I am working on a handspun vest for my sweetie, the pattern is found in a darling book called Literary Knits. At this point the pattern has confounded me, due not to complexity but rather to poor pattern writing. I think. I may have to get back to you on that one. I have finished one size 13 sock (also for my sweetie) made from handpainted yarn. I’m about 2/3 done with a giantastic Gryffindor scarf for the big girl. I have ordered some commercial yarn and patterns to begin Valentine’s Day sweaters for both of my girls. And I may just get to make a new sweater for myself!
I’ve also arranged a knit night at the local food co-op in hopes of starting a knitting group. I want to hang out with inspiring women and have interesting conversation and make amazing things.
Some of my readers may know that I co-founded a burlesque troupe back in 2002 and was heavily involved for about 6 years. I used to blog about it, and about all of the more colorful aspects of my life but this is a G rated (alright, maybe PG-13) blog and you’ll get none of that here. I often miss that part of my life for a variety of reasons, but I think that one of the most pressing reasons is that I long for the connection and collaboration of a core group of amazing women. Burlesque may have been a fairly glamorous way to meet that need, and although I can skip the glamor I have realized that I can’t do without the community. Maybe the knit night will do it for me and maybe not, but I think that one of my goals for the new year needs to be about building collaborative friendships with amazing ladies.
I’ve been promising some patterns for a while, so here is both a knit and crochet version of a Mobius cowl made from one skein of my art yarn. As you’ll immediately see, the pattern is absolutely simple but must be knit very very loosely. You can use a drop stitch—not the type where you intentionally unravel a series of stitches, but rather where you might wrap the yarn several times around the needle instead of once to create a much longer stitch. I knit in the European style and use my middle finger to elongate the yarn (this is also possible to do using American style). I will try to post a video using this method very soon. Anyway, here are the patterns:
Knit Art Yarn Mobius Cowl
2 Knitting Needles size 17 or larger
100 yards of Yarnarchy Art Slub Yarn
To get the best effect with this yarn and pattern, knit very very loosely.
- Loosely cast on 10 stitches
- Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) very very loosely in a drop stitch method. If you can’t seem to get it loose enough, email me at email@example.com and I will send a link to a video with some tips. .
- Repeat 10 stitches in each row until the flat piece measures approximately 48 inches long and you have a couple of yards left of your yarn. You will basically just knit to within 2 yards left of the skein.
- Give flat piece a twist by flipping one long side over at an end, then seam short ends together. You may use Kitchener stitch, crochet, or other preferred method, weave in ends.
Crocheted Art Yarn Mobius Cowl
Hook-extra large size Q (used often for rag rugs)
100 yards of Yarnarchy Art Slub Yarn
To get the best effect with this yarn and pattern, crochet very loosely!
Row 1: Double crochet into the fourth chain from hook (three skipped chains count as first double crochet). Double crochet in each chain across for a total of 10 stitches.
Row 2. Ch 3, turn, double crochet into the second double crochet and in every dc stitch from the previous row all the way across. (10 stitches)
Repeat pattern for 10 stitches in each row until the flat piece measures approximately 48 inches long and you have a couple of yards left of your yarn.
Give flat piece a twist by flipping one long side over at an end, then seam short ends together. Matching stitches across the last row and foundation chain, working through double thickness, slip stitch in each st across to top edge. Fasten off and weave in ends.