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Houses Slipover Pattern Preview

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This post is in celebration of the last row of Houses, a simple slipover knitted in the round, and the last line of Close Knit, the novel I have been writing for National Novel Writing Month. I wrote my 50,000th word while wearing the newly finished and blocked Houses Slipover (or vest if you prefer), and I can vouch for its cosiness. It is knit in 4 ply wool, as I have mentioned before, which makes it thin and drapey, while warm, and perfect for layering. I am in love. I have yet to finish writing up the pattern, mainly because I started thinking about pattern design, but it will be available very soon. Subscribe to the blog via Bloglines or Google Reader or email to be updated when it’s available. In the meantime, here are some photos (more will soon be available on Flickr), and some basic information.

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Houses Slipover / Vest Pattern

  • Requires 3-4 balls of Rowan Pure Wool 4 ply.
  • Worked from the bottom up in the round.
  • House patterns on a reverse stocking stitch background.
  • Garter stitch square neck.
26th November, 2008  // Houselock // tags: , , , , , .

Snug as Houses

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I’ve almost finished my first pattern for the first Laylock collection. It is a vest/slipover knit in Rowan Pure Wool 4 ply. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Meanwhile, I loved Lara Cameron’s (of Kirin’s Notebook & Ink & Spindle) post on tips for starting a small craft business. Especially the secret pricing formula. Oooh! I love Lara’s work. One of my secret wishes is to design fabrics one day.

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15th November, 2008  // Houselock // tags: , , , , , , .

How My Knowledge of Fiber Saved My Life

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Last night I was sitting on the sofa by a lovely roaring fire, typing away at my blog post. My boyfriend had gone down to the pub with his friend, and I was all alone in the small Welsh cottage. As I got up to get myself a mug of tea, I glanced at the woodburner and noticed that the candle that had been left on top of it (note use of passive) looked a bit lopsided, so I thought I’d better take it off there and put it to one side. The saucer was full of hot melted wax though, so it was rather tricky to do, and I noticed that the flames were licking away at that side of the burner, making it even hotter. Not knowing a whole lot about fires, I opened the woodburner door to try to rearrange the logs. Woosh! The flames licked out of the hinge and one side of the woodburner caught fire. It finally clicked that there was hot hot wax dripping down that entire side of the woodburner. In a few brief moments, many thoughts ran through my head:

– My God, the fire is outside the woodburner.
– Maybe if I leave it, it’ll just burn up.
– I can’t call my boyfriend.
– How am I going to tell him I burnt his house down?

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10th November, 2008  // Yarn // tags: , , , , .
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