Friday, March 8, 2013

February in Review

Salty Dog Men's Hat
February was a very busy month in my knitting studio.  I started out the month by releasing Salty Dog Men's Hat.  Inspired partly by a request from my LYS for a men's nightwatchman style hat pattern and partly by my friend Bob, this pattern strives to provide a masculine staple with just a hint of character.  I'm delighted with the warm reception this pattern has received; feedback has been really wonderful.  As a result, I'm working up a preemie to child sized rendition appropriately named The Salty Pup.  This pattern is in the final Tech & Testing stages and I'm working toward a release date later this month. Anyone interested in testing this pattern?  Email me at jesse@jesseknits.com for details!

As part of my involvement in the HPKCHC Ravelry Group, I'm working my Transfiguration OWL this term.  I proposed completing 6 pairs of Socks between January 16th and March 31st.  Of these 6 pairs, 3 are new pattern designs.

Dance Lessons with McGonagall
Dance Lessons with McGonagall is a top-down pattern featuring an eyelet lace and heel flap.  This pattern is in the final Tech & Testing stages with a proposed release date in April.

Double Agent is a top-down pattern featuring a slip stitch rib, subtle hints of lace and a heel flap.  This pattern is in early Testing.

Cherokee Rose
(Please Note: NOT Shown in
Cherokee Rose colorway!)
Cherokee Rose is a toe-up pattern featuring a short row heel, mock cable, and floral lace pattern.  This pattern is in the final Tech & Testing stages with a Exclusive Release in cooperation with Hermione Jean Creations coming in October 2013.  Hermione Jean Creations will be offering sock yarn in the Cherokee Rose colorway as part of The Walking Dead sock yarn club.  Subscribers will receive my pattern as part of their purchase.  I'll provide more information as details become available.  This is a really exciting opportunity and I couldn't be more delighted to be working with Shannon Shaw (Hermione Jean Creations) on this project.  Her colorways are simply gorgeous.  Be sure to check out her Etsy store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hermionejean

I've been busy outside the studio as well.  I most recently taught the My First Shawl Class featuring The Villager Shawl pattern to an exciting group of knitters.  This was a really fun class and I've been inspired to work up a Hand Painting and Dyeing Workshop to offer in the near future.