Monday, July 29, 2013

was photo day.  

Remember that big box of Plucky from earlier this summer?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I know, I got this new blog and now I'm just ignoring it.  I promise it's only because I'm busy knitting.  For designers like me, Fall is just around the corner.  And for more organized designers who are better planners that me, Fall is already in the bag.  So, things have to be done and patterns need to be writtten by the time August gets into full swing, and the only way I can make that happen is to ignore the internet a little.   Or try to, anyways. 

Plucky Bello up there.  Pretty, huh?

Two more weeks with the girls in camp and I'm taking advantage of every minute I have the house to myself before they are back here and August really hits.  Because when that happens, not only will this joint be full of kids, but there will be a whole list of Back To School Things to deal with, a bunch of We Have to Do This Before Summer Ends Things to squeeze in, and Craig will be officially out of his downtown office, sharing this space over here.  Every day.   Love will blossom, right?

So I'm going to get back to this project I have on the needles now, and try to fit one more chart in before 2:45, but please know that the lack of content over here is a good thing for you guys!  And that the Bello up there is about as soft and wonderful as yarn can be, so I highly suggest stocking up on a skein or two if you find yourself in a position to do so.

I'll have a pattern for it in a few weeks.  And all you need is a skein :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

 The weekend isn't over yet. 

Introducing Rolling Rock, a light Henley-style pullover, worked seamlessly from the top down.  It's knit in the Plucky Knitter's Traveler Sport, an unexpected mix of merino, silk, and yak.  The balance of fiber here is perfect, creating a delicate fabric with a just hint of sheen and a touch of halo.  I think it adds the exact hint of femininity I was going for, but still keeps things simple.  

The silhouette is casual, with just enough ease for an comfy fit.  The drape in the fabric and the shaping in the pattern give the sweater a feminine shape that skims your curves nicely without clinging to anything.  

I wanted to play with the lace in a way that hadn't been done before, so the panel on back has an interesting slant that keeps it separate from any other shaping elements  (making it easy for you to add modifications for fit if needed).  The bottle motif is simple and geometric and textured, which makes for a nice design element.  Plus, it's called bottle lace, so it was the perfect match for this!

The neckline is a variation on a Henley, with a little added shaping.  I wanted the collar itself to begin lower on the body and for the sides of the Henley to remain open in a V above the buttons for a more flattering line at the collarbone.   I think it feels more summery, and I like the look of it this way. . 

The sweater is knit seamlessly from the top down, using a contiguous shaping method, so you get the look and fit of shoulders and a sleeve cap, without that pesky seaming.  If you haven't tried this kind of construction yet, Rolling Rock is a perfect first project on which to try it.  I've done my best to explain the shaping as you work down the yoke and keep it as straightforward as possible.    It's actually pretty fun, and the result is very cool.  

The pattern is available here on Ravelry for $6.50.  All the information is on Ravelry, but some details are listed below: 

Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, 325 yds per skein.   1000(1100,1200,1300,1400)(1500,1600,1700,1800, 1900)yds. Color shown is Back 40.
Sizing:   32.25(34.25,36.5,39.5,42.75)(44.25,46.5,48.75,52.25,54.5)” Actual finished bust size.  
Shown with 2.5” of positive ease.
Gauge:  5.5 sts, 8 rows per 1 in stockinette.  In lace, each 10 st repeat = 1.5” wide, about 1.5” tall. 
Needles:  US#4/3.5mm (long circs for the body, DPNs or short circs for sleeves) 

Happy Summer! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Right?  I've been hinting at all the things going on behind the scenes around here these past few months, and am finally able to start sharing a few of them.

The first one is this new website, designed by the charming Carrie Bishop (aka Carrieoke).  Things are now a bit more organized, and we've added a bunch of new features that better allow me to have fun with the content on the site.  There's a new drinks page with rotating recipes and a feature page which I can update whenever I have something to share in photo form.  The blog continues,  and we've added an improved pattern section where you can get to all my designs without scrolling two miles down the sidebar.

Plus, I have the ability to add more things as the Fall goes on and the rest of my projects get finished up.  But, while many of those aren't yet done, this one's just about ready to share. 

My latest design -- Rolling Rock, will be available this Sunday!  

I've partnered once more with my favorite person in the knitting universe and have come up with this delicate summer sweater for you guys out of Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport.   In this lovely dark green which reminded me of a familiar green bottle from Latrobe, PA.

Once again,  we have put together a whole rainbow's worth of  Plucky Knitter/BabyCocktail kits, so you can custom order a sweater's worth of Traveler - or maybe Primo - Sport in the color of your choice, and download the pattern at a kit discount price.  

Kits will be available Sunday, 6pm Eastern Time.  I'll do another blog post then with ALL the info and the link.  In the meantime, available colorways are popping up here.

If you already have your yarn on hand, the pattern (without yarn) will also be available for purchase.  


I know you like to have your info before the updates, so below are sizing and yardage details:

Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, 325 yds per skein.  
1000(1100,1200,1300,1400)(1500,1600,1700,1800, 1900)yds. Color shown is Back 40.
Sizing:   32.25(34.25,36.5,39.5,42.75)(44.25,46.5,48.75,52.25,54.5)” Actual finished bust size.  Shown with 2.5” of positive ease.
Gauge:  5.5 sts, 8 rows per 1 in stockinette.  In lace, each 10 st repeat = 1.5” wide, about 1.5” tall. 
Needles:  US#4/3.5mm (long circs for the body, DPNs or short circs for sleeves)  


See you on Sunday!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

So I don't know about you, but I need another drink recipe. 
Something super refreshing.

Paloma Fresca

1.5 oz tequila
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
lime slice
dash of grapefruit bitters
 ice cubes
Fresca  (yep, Fresca!)

Pour tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and grapefruit bitters in glass
add ice cubes

Pour Fresca to top off, add lime slice. 


Stay cool! 

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

If you really want to be patriotic, you should just pour a drink to toast the Founding Fathers.   

At a time when the majority of Americans were farmers and some - if not all of these farmers distilled homemade spirits and beer using their own apples, corn and wheat, a little booze was definitely part of the day for the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington made rye - he was likely the largest whiskey distributor in the nation at the time of his death in 1799 - and Jefferson was a bourbon man.   Harvard had its own brewery in the 1600s, and John Adams started the day with a draft of hard cider.   After reading this article, I'm thinking there was a great deal of drunken bravado involved when the Colonists got riled up enough to challenge old King George and create the US of A.


Anyways, in a more sober twentieth century, both creativity and moderation have entered the fold, and you guys expect an actual cocktail, right?  I dug this up from my blog archives - it's from waaaaay back in 2010.   Who knew I'd have blog archives?  Funny.

Independence Day.

Fill glass halfway with black cherry soda.
Add 2 oz vanilla vodka
Add black cherry seltzer almost to the top
Slice lime and squeeze, add two cherries
Add ice cubes and stir

The mix of the soda with the seltzer allows you to make this a bit less sweet, and if you want to take it back a notch further from Dr. Pepper, you can use regular vodka.  We, however, were going for a Dr. Pepper thing.    And I did like this one. 


I've gotta be honest, though.  For me, a hot day outdoors and a night at  the fireworks means beer.  I'm not worrying about ingredients when I'm out in the world and a cooler is involved, so something that comes in a bottle or can already is in order.

And in the heat, I want a light easy beer - like a Rolling Rock.

Just another week or so. 
My Rolling Rock is knit in Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, color = Back 40.

Have a great holiday weekend and stay safe :)