Monday, November 13, 2017

Attention Test Knitters!

Ok, you guys...  Here it is!  FINALLY!  I have only been talking about it for one million years. I am posting these pictures for potential test knitters, so if you are interested in a Thanksgiving Day cast on (or Nov 23rd for the non-Americans), please email me! KnittymcpurlyATgmailDOTcom.

If you choose to test knit, the pattern will be emailed to you on Thanksgiving Day and, after publication, gifted to you in your Ravelry library. This will be a tech edited version of the pattern which I hope will be mostly error free! Thank you SO much for your willingness.  Your support means the world to me! Scroll down for pics, gauge info and yarn reqs.

Please cut and paste this questionnaire into your email to me:


Are you willing to knit most/all of a fingering weight sweater between Thanksgiving and January 4th?

What yarn do you plan to use? What is the fiber content?

D]o you have any interest in "fading" your sweater? (By this I mean using several different colors to create a color gradient.)

What size do you plan to make?

Are you willing to take pictures and post them on Ravelry AFTER the pattern is published?

Are you willing to keep quiet about this design until Jan. 4th?

Are you willing to email me with comments if you find any errors?

What should we name this cardigan???


Madelinetosh Twist Light (75% merino/25% nylon; 420 yd (384 m)/100 g skein)
Color: Cactus Flower

6 (6, 7, 7) [8, 8, 8, 8] skeins
Or 2280 (2430, 2690, 2830) [3010, 3210, 3280, 3390] yds  / 2090 (2230, 2460, 2590) [2760, 2940, 3000, 3100] m of a fingering weight wool/wool blend

32-inch US #3/3 mm circular needle or size required to get gauge
DPNs US #3/3 mm (set of 4)
Removable stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Swatch Gauge
25.5 sts/34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch
23.5 sts/35 rows = 4” in garter stitch
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the test knit.  Thank you so much for considering this!

Devin  :)  :)  :)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Episode 18: Knit for Fun Retreat Recap

Hello Knitters!

I hope I have fixed my website so that the podcast doesn't play automatically when you open it.  Argh - how annoying!  I apologize for that - hopefully it's fixed now.

Happy One Year of Podcasting to me!!!  I hope you enjoy this rambly episode... Next time I promise to be more theatrical and organized.

So, what do you think of these Pairfect socks?  I'm not sure what went wrong with the dye.  I'll keep you posted on how the second sock looks.  Maybe that one will be right!

I meant to include the interview with my daughter at the end, and I FORGOT! I feel really bad about it, but I will include it next time for sure. Wow... this next episode sounds like it's going to be awesome.  I'm just saying...

Watch the blog and the podcast group on Ravelry if you are interested in test knitting! Or just email me.  :) Enjoy!

Show Notes

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Episode 17: The Sweater Hole Mystery Solved!

Hello Knitters! Thank you again for joining me for Episode 17! I hope you enjoy this episode on your commute or while you're knitting on the couch!

What do you think of my latest design?  It is SO squishy and warm! Now I just need it not to be 85 degrees and raining outside... (Take a look at more pics here if you want to.)

Show Notes

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Episode 16: How to be a Patron

Hello Knitters!  I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope you'll be a patron of my podcast by sending me a message and being my friend.  :)  Nothing is more motivating to a podcaster than contact.  It keeps us podcasting.  See how it's only been 2 weeks since my last episode?  Thanks to you.  :)

See below for the Show Notes and happy listening!

Show Notes

Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Designs

Hey there, Knitters!

Here are a few of my latest designs for you to peruse.

This photo shoot was so fun.  This is what it sounded like:

Devin: Does this look ok?
Husband: Yeah, just don't make your face look stupid.


Devin: How about this?
Husband: Clothing should not take this long to arrange.


Devin: (smiling)
Husband: (backing up) I need to back up to get your ridiculously long arms in the frame.


Devin: Can you edit this to make my arms look muscular?
Husband: Sure. There are weights in the basement.

So, I'm smiling a lot because he cracks me up.  I have to laugh at myself a lot, but that's ok. I don't mind.

This is the shawl made from Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Hayloft, Tartan and Fossil colorways.  I talk about it in episodes 14 and 15 of my podcast. It is completely reversible, including the cable!  What do you think?

Here is the colorwork cowl with the geometric rhombus-y pattern. I love how it turned out but my husband doesn't like the color palette. I was thinking it would look awesome in GRAY. Maybe black, white and a few shades of gray.  Tell me what you think!

These patterns will be out sometime soon! Stay tuned and let me know what you think!  :)

Also, here are the uninspiring WIP pictures of the shawl for my daughter and my new cardigan design!  Squeeeeee!

Above is the child's size shawl in Barrett Wool Wisconsin Woolen Spun fingering in the Birch, Blushing and Rain Shower colorways. Her birthday is sooooooooon!

And THIS. This is my new baby. This is the back of the sweater in squishy, delicious garter stitch.  See those short row panels?  LOVE.  I will be looking for test knitters in mid-October!  :)  :)  :)

Episode 15: Knitting Fantasies

Hey Knitters!

I hope you enjoy this latest episode where I give you permission to have knitting fantasies.  It's ok. You can do it. I encourage it, even. What are YOUR knitting fantasies?  Do share them with us.

The Isabell Kraemer sweater I love is called ARWEN.  Not Antwerp. Or Azula.  Why don't I write these things down?

Sorry there's no cute Knitty picture this time.  Not sure what happened there... But the episode will still play if you click it and you can find all that stuff I mentioned on the podcast (and some I forgot) below.

And click here for pics of the new designs I talk about in this episode!

Show Notes

Friday, August 11, 2017

Episode 14: On the Joys of 100% Wool and Knitwear Design

Hello Knitters!

In this episode, I SAY that I'm going to give my opinions on the pros and cons of two woolen spun yarns, but upon reflection, I don't actually give my opinions at all. I present the facts and leave you to form your own opinions. Isn't that democratic of me?

Also, I forgot to mention that one of my favorite podcasters is knitting my Gigi sweater!  Tracie of the Grocery Girls podcast got her kit from Barrett Wool in the Sherwood colorway and will be casting on soon.  If she talks about it on the podcast, I might bust from joy. (I'm such a nerd...)

P.S. Madelinetosh Tosh Sock is 100% merino wool and is a superwash.  Just as I suspected...

See below for links to the stuff I talk about here. I hope you enjoy this episode, and feel free to drop me a line if you want to. I love hearing from you guys!  :)