Header Headband

Header Headband

Sometimes, people in your community need tangible care and comfort but they live too far away to bring them groceries or do their laundry. Header is designed to be that little something that’s easy to mail to your long distance community. As a fun cabled knit with a pop of color, you can easily raid your stash and whip it up over the weekend in time for the mail on Monday morning. Once your package is safely on it’s way, you’ll have time to create one for yourself, too.


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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

{mood board} Color Shot Mitts

We all could benefit from being kind to ourselves. This season can be hard and difficult to navigate, so cozy and comforting choices are necessary to see ourselves to Spring. Click the image above to see the full mood board inspiration for my Color Shot Mitts

Fog Along 2018 COLORS

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Color Maven, present and accounted for!

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Below, you will find some of my favorite indie dyers who offer lace and fingering weight yarns. The image only shows my personal favorite pairing, so be sure to click on the image to go to their website and explore.

If you need help sorting through options online or in your stash, head over to Ravelry and let me know! 

Fog Along 2018

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Let's kick knitting ennui together

When melancholy overtakes us, it can feel impossible to pull ourselves out into the sun. Working up a soothing pattern for a shawl that can feature colors that awaken your soul is a time tested, knitter approved option to rediscover joy again.

Let's build community together

No one should do this alone. Why don't you join me and other lovely individuals for a knit along over on Ravelry. We can all Fog Along together with my free shawl pattern called "Fog: A Shawl Recipe". The beauty of this pattern is its versatility. You knit until you're ready to change things up, then you switch to the next section. You can't knit it wrong. It looks lovely as a shawlette as it does a giant public approved wearable blanket! If you join in over at Ravelry, you'll have a built in community to cheer you on every stitch of the way.

Let's pick color together

Fog is worked in fingering and lace weight held together. It's the perfect stash busting pattern OR the ideal enabler to order from that one amazing dyer you've been eyeing f o r e v e r. Over on Ravelry, you'll find your personal color maven who is willing to help you through every potential color pairing you're considering. Also, check out this additional blog post for our favorite indie dyers.

Let's Fog Along together

There's a lot more to discover about this KAL. Prizes and online hangouts are outlined on Ravelry. Be sure to keep an eye out on social media under #FogAlong2018 for all those visual updates we love.

I hope to see you soon.

xoxo 

Knit Circus GIVEAWAY

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These two 50 gram skeins of yarn from Knit Circus are on their Ringmaster base in the colorway "I'm a Lumberjack...".

It can be on YOUR needles if you are subscribed to The Violet Pie's newsletter by 02/11/18.

Giveaway has ended and we're waiting to hear back from the winner! Still be sure to subscribe to the newsletter below to keep up to date on all the new and exciting things happening here at The Violet Pie! xoxo

Winner will be announced via blog, email, and social media and winner has 48 hours to respond with mailing address before alternate winner is drawn. Open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. 

Color Shot Mitts

COLOR SHOT MITTS

Dark winter days filled with bitter cold, not even a sliver of blue sky can be found. Ennui sets in and tints everything in an film of gray. Picking up the knitting needles can be a challenge and the only solution to shaking off the angst is bright colors worked into an quick gratification project. 

Color Shot Mitts meets all those requirements and also offers a variety of modifications, creating an almost "Choose Your Own Adventure" environment, certain to chase away apathy and gloom.


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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

{mood board} Geopoint

Throwbacks, geometric shapes, bold stripes, and contrasting points inspired everything about Geo Point. Be sure to click on the image above to enjoy the moodboard inspiration for the hat. Don't forget see how all of this translated into becoming a hat over at the post about Geo Point!

Geo Point

Geo Point

Hat band is knit at then joined in the round with Three Needle Bind-Off. The hat is then picked up along the slipped stitch edge and worked up in the round through the colorwork chart and decreased to a charming point.




Project Highlights

{sunday inspiration} #placesyoucanknit

I know I've asked this in the podcast, but I'd like to explore the question again.

Where do you knit?

Knitting in itself can be transportive; combine it with a beautiful locale and its downright dreamy. It's one of the things I love about vacation knitting. 

But sometimes knitting is a "bit of something to do" while you are getting from one place to another. In these situations, its all about the knitting and not about the where. You can focus on the rhythm of the needles and the movement of the yarn through your fingers; meditative and sometimes serves as escapism.

So, where do you knit? Will you tell me? Leave a comment below with your favorite place to knit. Or you can show me! Use the hashtag #placesyoucanknit on Instagram, and tag @thevioletpie too, I would love to see! The image above links to the pinterest board where you can find many other knitters and their #placesyoucanknit. 

Underline

Underline

Crisp laid lines, close set buildings, and twisting city traffic, this cardigan parallels them all. Reflected here is the industrial monotone that is always underlined in color. Bold lines of a newly striped street, pops of vibrancy in a flowered window box, these and more are echoed in the slash of color provided by the Underline ribbing.

Worsted weight and top down construction ensures this design will be a gratifying knit. Since the set in sleeves are worked in short rows without seaming, you’re done when you bind off! Pockets are optional but always encouraged. This cardigan is a beautiful fixture and carries you flawlessly through your days as life bustles around you.


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Project Highlights

{mood board} Odetta

A little sassy, a little sweet, sometimes irreverent, and always doing her own thing. 

Odetta is the little sister that just simply won't go away, but you don't really want her to. She has found herself and her people. Makes you think of fashion in an utterly different way, and works so well with a leather jacket. 

Check out more of what makes Odetta tick on the Pinterest board

 

First Edition

First Edition

The gentle high low hem of First Edition dips perfectly in the back to wear with leggings, if pants feel like oppression on any given day. Cozy sleeves and a texture pattern echoing classic book end papers, the asymmetric neckline tops off the piece with a quirky touch of perfection.


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Odetta

Odetta

Odetta is a sassy, feisty lady. After growing up in the country, she lives a life in the city amongst loud crowds and tall buildings. She’s found her people, those who accept and embrace her quirks with fondness. These mitts are in honor of her: edges softened with love and perfect for chasing chickens down city streets.


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Project Highlights

Interview with Rachael!

Rachael, known as Telfordswife on Ravelry, is one of my go to testers and one of my all around favorite internet friends. She knits exclusively in non animal fiber due to severe allergies and she has the most beautiful finished projects. Her Juxtaposition Shrug is a stunning neutral wardrobe foundation! She was kind enough to offer some thoughts and answers to questions I had about knitting with non wool yarn and I wanted to share it with all of you. xoxo

What fibers are you allergic to?

All animal fibers are problematic for me, and that includes silk (it comes from silk worm cocoons).  Silk is actually the worst for me, I get raised welts.  

What fibers can you work with? What about natural fibers like, silk, linen, and cotton?

I can work with plant-based and man made fibers.  Acrylic, nylon, cotton, linen, rayon, etc . 

Do you have a favorite yarn weight or dyer?

I am a sucker for worsted weight yarn.  The instant gratification is such a boost.  

I'm the kind of person who will find one dish from a restaurant that I love, and rarely deviate from it, so I do stick with brands I know.  I really like the options that Lion Brand has for non-animal fibers, and the quality is good for the price.   I eespecially love the Heartland line, which has a lot of depth to the color and washes up beautifully.  I can think of at least ten things I have knit from it.

Are you able to find all the weights in types of yarn you can work with? 

I struggle to find sock yarn that is well priced and not wool.  You can find yarn that isn't that weight, but it tends to become brittle very quickly and you get holes.  I have some no-wool sock yarn which is 7% PBT, a spandex like material.  I'm excited to give that the try, but I have two more sweaters to go if I want to make my goal of doing 12 this year.   Oh, and lace weight yarn is hard because blocking acryilc stuff is tricky anyway, but also, what's available to me always looks a little cheap, in my opinion. 

Have you heard of the milk protein yarn? 

I have worked with the milk protein yarn. I made my daughter a sweater dress with it a few years ago, and it is lovely to work with.  I don't remember the brand.  Banana tree bark fibers are really fun, too.  

What’s your favorite FO? 

Right now, I am living in my Armande Sweater.  It's made from the Lion Brand Heartland, and I goofed up the gage, so it is oversized instead of fitted like the pattern is written, but it's so cozy that I don't care.  It works, it just requires a different styling.   Other than that, I made each of my kids and my nephew a Flax sweater, also from that yarn, each in a different color, and i'm really proud of that.  We're going to get pictures out in the fall leaves soon. 


Do you have big box store yarn recommendations? 

Lion Brand Heartland is pretty accessible in fabric stores, and it surprises people when they learn that it's acrylic.  Bernat Satin is also decent, and I am always pleasantly surprised by the worsted weight Caron Simply Soft, though I didn't like the quality of their lighter weight acrylic.  None of those will have that awful squeaky feeling you get from some cheaper acrylics.   What I wish more would get are things like Cascade Ultra Pima, nice mercerized cotton, not dishcloth type cotton. 

If you're going to order online, The Tatamy Tweed yarns are really nice.  It's a cotton acrylic blend.  You can get them in a DK weight or Worsted, While the Heartland Yarn is great for drapey, cozy stuff, the Tatamy yarn is good for things that are more structured- cables look amazing in it.  It's another acrylic blend that looks like wool because of the depth and subtle variegation in color.   From Knit Picks, the Shine is a really nice cotton/modal blend and drapes like a dream.


Do you have a favorite fiber, or fiber mix, or does that change depending on the project?

Price is usually a determining factor, but I try to meet in the middle when it comes to price and feel of the yarn. Because Heartland isn't ideal for structured knits, I'm hoping that the simply soft will work well, but if not, I'll switch to using the Tatamy.  I'd rather get something I can touch in the store, but I'm comfortable with how that has turned out for other projects that I feel okay about ordering online.

Behind the Design

Have you ever wondered about where my designs come from? How they get from my brain to my needles to you, and if there were any stops along the way? Well, that's what this Behind the Design feature spotlights! With words and images it will give Patrons an intimate look at my designs.

Bobble Paw Shawl - Whats up with the bear?

Juxtaposition - Transitional garments and why they mean so much to me.

Etta - A 5 color sweater that doesn't look like a random patchwork....can it be done? 

Weathervane - Inspired by yarn, and music.

Did you know that every design has colors, sketches, words, feelings, images, and even occasionally quotes and memes associated with it beyond what you can find highlighted on mood board Mondays? I can't wait to show you everything Behind the Design!

Sign up to be a Patron here!

 

 

Weathervane

Weathervane

As the fields turn golden in the late season sun, a strong breeze will build into a chill wind, forcing the weathervane to creak into a new direction. This change in weather, going from pleasantly warm to cold always catches me by surprise and I’m left scrambling for something that will provide protection from the chill. Weathervane is the perfect blend of quick and beautiful; A weekend knit that will work with whatever you have in your stash. Solid, variegated, or tonal, it will be the perfect canvas to showcase your yarn.




Project Highlights

Flasback Friday: Fog

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In last week's podcast, I referenced my first ever shawl design. Fog: A Shawl Recipe was written as a labor of love and an attempt to create a pattern that enabled a knitter who was struggling with migraine fog to be successful in a project. It also incorporates (or enables?) those single skein impulse purchases we all buy and then are left wondering what we're going to do with it.

Another goal I had was to help knitters realize that THEY are the ones in control of the design. I may write the pattern but ultimately, the knitter has the power to make changes and trust their gut. So the shawl produced a format that's more of a recipe than a strict row by row pattern. You work certain sections until you get bored or run out of yarn, then you switch to the next section. Nothing is set in stone and it's all up to the imagination of the creator. 

This format has created a glorious and beautiful FO compilation. The look and feel between projects varies dramatically based on the knitters and their personal visions. I love each and every one of them! 

 I hope you cast on your very own Fog soon! Be sure to tag me in your progress pictures or drop me an email so I can cheer you on.