A finished, handspun Ginseng cowl.

This cowl was knit using a half-skein of chain-plied handspun from a braid of Malabrigo Nube (probably colorway Glitter. Not sure, though). It’s off gauge–a little bit bigger than the original, because the yarn is more of a heavy fingering/sportweight, and the sock yarn was much finer. handspun-ginsengI haven’t really done an official blog post about the latest patterns! They are both wave samplers, and available already.

Ginseng is the cowl version. It is pretty nice in my opinion.

Ginger is the hat. It is also pretty nice, though it is very lightweight, and it’s got lace eyelets, and I’m sure half the people who think about these things think it is ridiculous to have a hat with holes in it.


There’s a little bit of news:

  • I remain terrible at blogging.
  • awkward is running a tiered sale for January.
  • awkward will in fact probably end, or rather close down temporarily to give me time to revamp my approach to indie knitwear (per tentative plans) by March/April 2016; I’ve been uncomfortable with the name for a long time, and have grown more uncomfortable with my approach over the past couple of years. It is really no big thing, but I am running pretty steep (for handmade) discounts to try to clear out as much of the existing inventory as possible, so there’s that.
  • I’m not sure what is next, but I am pretty sure there needs to be a next, even if everything about it is the same except for my approach to it. IT IS TIME TO PUT DOWN A MARKER THAT INDICATES MOVING FORWARD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
  • The pattern side should continue apace; I have a pattern for every month this year in some stage of development; some are even completely finished & tech edited and just need better photos and formatting.
  • Also, I got a wooden bowl for putting yarn in so as to take a moody photo; it’s pretty rad. DSC_0027 (1) (1024x686)


a thing I’ve been meaning to do.

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Some summer yarn pictures, and a sale in the shop

I used this handspun to weave a scarf.

A couple of weeks ago I did some quick math to figure out, using a pretty nebulous average materials cost, how many scarves I would actually have to make and sell at $X price point in order to afford what I think (rightly or delusionally) would be the ideal fiber arts studio set up. The answer was 220-260, depending, and on one hand this hardly sounds that bad – I like weaving, and I like the results, and I like to spin for it; I like packing up my scarves in crisp plain paper with small touches of ribbon or string; I like pretty much the whole thing – but it worked out, even then, to slightly more than one scarf per day for the rest of the year, even if you generously include the ones I’ve made but not yet sold.

And then I got very unwell-feeling with allergies. (I am allergic to one kind of grass, here, or at least it seems that way – but it blooms or sheds pollen or whatever grass does for two weeks continuously. You think it is done, and then you wake up because it’s tough drawing a comfortable breath. Not in a sense that would make that a very big deal, but enough to be uncomfortable physically and uncomfortable because you feel fairly gross and other people have to be around you. And enough of a misery that the dog worries. And the dog is a stoic.) It put me right out of commission for a while – I’ve been very very slowly knitting a cardigan. But hardly able to even focus on that. 

But I’m feeling better now, and back at it – I pressed the four (4!!) scarves I wove or finished weaving in that first burst of energy (why not accept a challenge, even if it’s absurd? why not accept because it’s absurd?) but the weather stopped cooperating before I could get rough photographs. So I pressed a pile of linen cloths I wove maybe eight months ago, before I really had much idea of how to hem them. I thought I’d figure something out, and I did, eventually – but the down side of that approach is that all the supposedly square cloths ended up as long rectangles instead, because there’s not quite enough room for a decent hem. And I have a warp on the loom for a bag, and of course there’s a bunch of big knitting projects taking time, but all the same, I think I’m going to chase after 220-260 scarves sold just for the quixotic feeling of the thing.

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Anyway!  At midnight tonight, the 2015 summer sale is on at awkward! All things – even the yarn and patterns this time – are 20% off through July 8th.

Mending Stitch.

June’s mouse army handknitting pattern is called Mending Stitch Shawl. 

mending stitch 007 (1024x678)Mending Stitch is a traditional shawl-shape with an unusual non-lacy design – it’s got a subtle texture pattern instead of the usual lace! It knits in only about 420 yards of luxe fingering-weight yarn – I designed it for a variegated colorway, but it looks gorgeous and luxurious in nice fingering-weight handspun, too, so it makes a great spinning project for any style. (Spin for it in one continuous 420-yards-ish skein, or approach it as a takealong spindle project, choose 4-5 oz of nice fluff, and spin for it as you go.)

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I’m currently testing more yarns to go with this, so I can add more yarns to the project page for those who don’t currently spin their own yarn – as soon as my current Mending Stitch shawl is done (a big one, in heavier handspun around a sportweight, with two extra repeats in it), I’ll be winding some Malabrigo Mechita for the next test.

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The pattern is brief and well-crafted, coming in very light in terms of pages. (I like pages. I like to go on a bit. That’s why Leif Evolver is a book-size project, really. So it doesn’t mean a pattern from me is more difficult if it weighs in at a shocking 20 pages – what a 20 page pattern from me would be is probably full of extras and digressions organized separately from the main pattern instruction pages; I have not written a 20-pager yet –  but it does meant that this one is very concise because I was worried about being concise.) So that’s Mending Stitch!