Monday, February 20, 2017

50/50 Micro-Farmed Angora/Organic Luxury Wool Batts


I've listed a bevy of beautiful 50/50 Micro-Farmed Angora/Organic Merino, BFL, and Polwarth Batts in my Etsy shop. These are so soft and fluffy and luxurious! All of the angora in these are from a rabbit I raised named Gracie, who now lives a loved and respected life on a micro-farm here in Maine.



And here's a skein I spun up with two of the 50/50 Micro-Farmed Angora/Organic BFL Wool 2oz batts in "Lilac". My 4oz skein is about 260 yards of DK weight - scrumptious!


StarPainter Shawl Kit



I’ve teamed up with the wonderful designer, Susan Elizabeth, to create kits that include a free download of Susan’s amazing StarPainter Shawl knitting pattern.  Along with Susan's beautifully written pattern, you'll also receive two skeins of your choice of either my 80/20 Organic Merino/nylon Sock or Holistic Merino Fingering in my colorways “Starry” and “Night”. 




Susan was inspired by Van Gogh’s painting, “The Starry Night”, and asked me to create colorways based on the sky and the village below. Her design is amazing! Find the kits in my Etsy shop.




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bovary Socks

I dyed up a bunch of new colorways last fall for the SolidSocks December Knit-Along. This is a great group of knitters on Ravelry.com, and I've sponsored one of their KALs before, last spring. Because I hand paint all of my yarn, it's a bit of a challenge for me to dye semi-solids that fit their guidelines of no multiple colors, pooling, or intentional striping, but I was happy with the colors I came up with to fit their purple theme. This is Bonibel, Black Raspberry, Wild Lilac, and Wild Grape:

























Along with sponsoring the KAL, by donating a couple winner's choice prize skeins, I also joined in! I decided on the free pattern, "Bovary", by General Hogbuffer for mine, with my Morning Bright Organic Merino/Nylon Sock in Wild Lilac. I love them! Beautifully written pattern, and a perfect fit. I highly recommend!

























I'll be back to sponsor a SolidSocks Mystery Knit-Along in May/June. I'm super excited for that one, as I've never participated in a mystery KAL before. Hope some of you can join in!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dawnland Hat - Free Pattern!

Here's a free hat I've recently published on Ravelry.com! Happy New Year, everyone, and thanks for another great year of having the privilege of painting yarn for you! The Dawnland Hat is a relatively quick knit using less than 100 grams of bulky merino yarn. The suggested yarn is an ultra soft two-ply that works up into a warm, comfy, close-fitting cap that’s not too tight, but stays put during activity. Worked in the round from the bottom up, this is a pretty and simple basket-weave hat with a twist.



Thank you to my beautiful daughter, River, for modeling for me. The idea for this hat was inspired by her Mi’kmaq ancestors. These First Nation people of northeastern North America are renowned for their amazing traditional basket weaving. Part of The Wabanaki Confederacy, they are known as the “People of the Dawnland”.

You can also find this pattern as a free download on Ravelry.com.


Difficulty: Enthusiastic beginner - the pattern is simple, but the twisted stitches take some agility.

Size: Ladies - fits most tweens, teens and adult women. Approx. 21” (53cm) diameter brim, 8” (20cm) tall from cast on edge to top of crown.

Materials: Morning Bright Holistic Merino Bulky (109yds/100g).

Gauge: 14 stitches and 23 rows over 4” (10cm) in stockinette with larger needles, unblocked.

Needles: US size 10 (6mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles or dpns, US size 10.5 (6.5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles or dpns. And US size 10.5 (6.5mm) dpns or circular cable long enough for magic looping for the crown.

Notions: stitch marker, tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
st(s) - stitch(es) pm - place marker k - knit
p - purl
k()tbl - k(given number) of sts twisted back loop, separately. With yarn in back, insert right needle into back leg of next st and pull yarn through, repeat for given number of sts.
p2tog - p two together. With yarn in front, insert right needle into next two sts purl-wise and pull yarn through.
k2togtbl - k two together twisted back loop. With yarn in back, insert right needle into back leg of next 2 sts together and pull through.
CDD-p - center double decrease-purled. With yarn in front, insert right needle into next 2 sts together purl-wise and slip to right needle. Purl next st, and pass the two slipped sts over. CDD-ktbl - center double decrease-k twisted back loop. With yarn in back, insert right needle into next 2 sts together through back loops and slip to right needle. K next st twisted back loop, and pass two slipped sts over.
k2tog - with yarn in back, insert right needle into next two sts together knit-wise and pull yarn through.

Note:
I like to use the "Alternating Long Tail/German Twisted Cast On" method for ribbed hat brims. If you already know how to do a German twisted cast on, then simply alternate that with the long tail method (the German twisteds will be purled in the next round, and the long tails will be ktbl). If you don’t know how to cast on with the German twisted method, you can find lots of instructions with a google search, or check out my demonstration on youtube.com at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI59jpQJAZI. For this pattern: make slip knot, then cast on one long tail, and then one German twisted. Continue alternating the two methods for the required number of cast on sts (you’ll end with a long tail).

Instructions:
With smaller needles, CO 70 sts with your favorite stretchy CO method, pm, and join to work in the round.
Next round - *P1, k1tbl - repeat from * around.
Repeat this round 5 more times.
K 1 round.

Begin body of hat: Switch to larger needles. Block A - *k4tbl, p6 - repeat from * around. Repeat this round 5 more times.
K one round.
Block B - p5, k4tbl, *p6, k4tbl - repeat from * around until last st, p1. Repeat this round 5 more times.
K one round.
Repeat Blocks A and B one more time.

Crown decrease rounds. Switch to dpns or magic loop when sts get too tight on needles: Round 1 - *k4tbl, p2, p2tog, p2 - repeat from * around. (63sts)
Round 2 - *k4tbl, p5 - repeat from * around.
Round 3 - *k1tbl, k2togtbl, k1tbl, p5 - repeat from * around. (56sts)
Round 4 - *k3tbl, p1, CDD-p, p1 - repeat from * around. (42sts) Round 5 - *CDD-ktbl, p3 - repeat from * around. (28sts)
Round 6 - *k1tbl, CDD-p - repeat from * around. (14sts)
Round 7 - k2tog around. (7sts)
Cut yarn leaving an 8” (20cm) tail and weave end through remaining sts with tapestry needle and pull to inside of hat. Weave in ends.

Finishing:
Hand wash your hat gently and reshape and dry flat to relax and even out the stitches.

Cheers!
Becky Robbins, 2016
morningbrightyarn.com

ps. Please feel free to use your finished hat for pleasure or profit, but remember that these written instructions and photos belong to me and cannot be used or transferred without my permission.




Monday, July 25, 2016

Speakeasy Bag


"Woolly Bully Bag" - free pattern by Lori Puthoff. Knit and felted with my Holistic Merino Bulky in "Speakeasy". Very fast and fun and adorable! This was my first ever knit/felt project and the results are great thanks to this super well-written design.

Smudge the Cat


Meet Smudge! Just finished this little fellow - super quick and easy. The design's by Amanda Berry and I knit mine with my Holistic Merino DK in "Blue Tabby" and "Sand Dollar" and some new unnamed pinkish color I mixed up for the nose and whiskers. The pattern includes instructions to make another cat that's similar but lies down instead of sits. Her name is Ginger and I think I'll be knitting her next Find the pattern on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/proje…/BeckyRobbins/ginger-and-smudge

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Seashore Sweater


"Seashore" pattern by Isabell Kraemer, knit with my hand painted Morning Bright Holistic Merino Fingering in "Chambord" and "Night". Ultra-soft and beautiful to knit and wear. I highly recommend this pattern!