Liking my job

…even though it leaves me no chance to hang out in front of the computer and blog.

Last week I went to Limerick (where I nearly died) and Galway (where I did not). Tomorrow is Waterford, then I come back, sort through pictures, and blog like a maniac. I have in the meantime added another data point to my theory that beginning knitters can start with whatever techniques they want, provided they are interested enough in the results.

For now, I will leave you with another free pattern I released in a flurry of work a couple weeks ago, Ho(o)t Coffee (Ravelry link). You can download the pdf straight from here, even if you’re not on Ravelry. It’s a mug cozy based on the super-popular Owl cable, and it was my toss-off contribution to the local Owls knitalong. (The cable appealed to me, the jumper did not.)

Of the people who’ve knitted it so far, no one’s been absolutely thrilled with it. I don’t think I’ll be rewriting the pattern, but the lessons I’ve learned from reading people’s comments will certainly guide me with future projects.

Behold, the zombie blog

The results of my experiment are in: I am a lazy blogger.

As it turns out, I am only a slightly less lazy knitter. While the blog slept, I designed, knit, and wrote up three patterns. I’ve also taught over a hundred people to knit and been interviewed by a celebrity. And that’s just the knitting stuff.

For now, I leave the blog with the first of my free pattern offers: the Lava Flow Cowl. This started life as an idea for a möbius cowl with reversible cables, and grew from there. It’s written for the luscious Mirasol K’acha, but could be worked in any single ply yarn. Choose something soft so it feels nice against your neck.

My attempt at a mobius strip.

As written, this uses two and a third balls. You can use slightly larger needles and probably still squeeze a cowl out of three balls without having to go into a fourth. You can check out the pattern page on Ravelry, or download it directly from this link. You don’t have to be on Ravelry to download directly — how cool is that?