Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Roxborough  This combination of yarn and pattern is pretty much what I knit all summer.

I started with the cardigan in my head.  I had a small pile of skeins of O-Wool in this gorgeous deep navy blue (Lake Erie), the desire to play with some Shetland lace motifs, and the need for a wear-everywhere sweater.

Some sketching and math and the knitting went fast. Before I knew it, I was binding off!  It went TOO fast. I had forgotten what stockinette and #8 needles will do for your speed, and I was seriously addicted to both the feel of this gorgeous wool and the rhythm of the lace detail.  So I decided a bit more yarn was in order.

It's never hard to pick a few more colors in Jocelyn Tunney's O-Wool, but these two shades - Pearly Mussel (soft, icy lavender) and Wood Dove (the palest of pinks) were too pretty to pass up.

The lavender was destined to be a giant, cozy shawl using the same lace and rib elements - now named the Roxborough Shawl.  The color makes it feminine, but the details are all bold and simple (which means easy knitting, right?).  Diagonal lines, the same Shetland lace, and a deep garter edge play off that pale color for a shawl I know I'll be wearing everywhere. But again, it was super quick to knit - especially on #9 needles, so I was glad to have a few more skeins in reserve.

With those two remaining skeins, I figured I could manage a Hat and Mitts. I decided it was time to play a little more with the ribbing on these.  Both at the crown shaping of the hat and at the brim, the lines are the star, and in the lovely pale yarn, they pop pretty nicely.  But the knitting is still easy and straightforward - and the soft warm yarn will keep me so cozy come Winter...

I still worked in a little of the lace, as I wasn't entirely finished with my obsession.

Jocelyn's O-Wool comes in a ton of gorgeous colors and is available on her website here -- unfortunately she JUST got picked for Jury Duty yesterday, so be patient with her if you email with anything specific.  She's quite unhappy to be trapped out of the studio all day and will send off your yarn or a reply each night as soon as she's out of the courtroom :(    Trial just ended!  She's out and ready to send you yarn!

The pattern collection is named for the Roxborough neighborhood in Philadelphia. O-wool is based in Philadelphia and has ties to both the Kensington and Germantown neighborhoods where the original textile indsutry was in the 1800s.   Roxborough is where many of those mill owners lived, and invested in the community to create the schools and parks that exist today.  Roxborough is also rumored to be named for Roxburghshire, Scotland - where Andrew Robeson, one of the very first settlers of the area, was from.  Given O-Wool's committment to textile history in Philadelphia and the use of the Shetland bead lace from Scotland, this seemed like the perfect name, right?

However there was no Roxborough cocktail, so we came up with our own Roxborough Cocktail last night:

.1 oz Scotch Whiskey
.5 oz absinthe
.5 dry curaco
dash of orange bittters

Shake in jigger with ice and strain into small cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.  Drink while it's still cold and frothy!


As for the patterns, all the info is here on Ravelry - they are available in an e-book as the Roxborough Collection for $16, or as individual (hat and mitts are combined) PDFs for $7 each.  (I'll add them to the blog pattern pages soon, but for now they are available for purchase on Ravelry!)

And if you do cast on, don't forget to join our KAL in my Ravelry group.....  (there may even be an ebook discount code in the KAL thread....)

Friday, September 09, 2016

It's time, isn't it?

I finally have more than an hour or so ALONE in my office and am doing all the planning and knitting things I've put off for summer.  I spent all day yesterday organizing an e-book I'm working on, fixing edits in a test knit, swatching and casting on for new things - and filling out financial aid forms for college applications, and it felt SO good (except for that last bit...)

I'd love to get a KAL going, and I want to encourage you guys to bring a friend along this time! For those of you who haven't Knit Along with me before, my KALs are a bit mellow, and we don't have so many hard and fast rules.

The important part is the knitting and the sharing.  It's not about finishing and you don't even have to start something new, you just need to be working on a BabyCocktails pattern and you need to participate in the Ravelry thread! 

It's about enjoying the projects and the company, so feel free to grab your needles, and maybe a friend and just join on in.

The first prizes will be awarded next Friday, 9/16, and the KAL will go until Oct 21, allowing me to get some great goodies at Rhinebeck for that final prize pack.  Timing is flexible, so feel free to join in anytime - you will be eligible for prizes in any week that you are posting/participating.


To join in:

 - The only real rule is that you add your new or ongoing BC project(s) to Ravelry, be sure to link to the pattern, and post photos/conversation in the BabyCocktails FALL KAL Thread on Ravelry.  If you are in the thread, you are in the KAL.

- If you want, invite your knitter(s) friends to join us, and have them link to your Ravelry name in their WIP posts. This is totally extra but I'll be looking for those links and at the end of the KAL, there will be additional prizes for bringing in new faces - depending on how many new faces/enablers are out there,  Since this is a new piece, I'll see how many prizes I need for this as we go.

- You don't have to finish your project(s), as I said above.  You just need to be knitting and moving your WIPs along, adding pics and posting as you go.

- The more projects you post, or friends you refer the better your chances of winning prizes, as winners will be chosen from the new posts and images in the thread each week.

- And yes,drink ideas and discussions are always welcome.


There will be random prizes, free patterns, and a proper prize package each week with both yarn and things, plus some fun stuff at the end!

I'll start with a straight 15% off ALL my previously self published patterns, just to grease the wheels a bit.  From now until the end of day on Monday 9/12, the Rav code FALL gets you the discount.

Hope to see you on Ravelry, right HERE!