Monday, July 7, 2014

Live Event July 8th at 8pm EST!

Chai Latte is so very excited he wants everyone to see how much he loves lace weight yarn and internet events...  


I am doing a live web-event with Beth, from Planet Purl, tomorrow evening.  Here is the LINK with details about joining the event. We will be talking about New Vintage Lace and knitting in general. Please join the conversation!! 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Vintage Lace!

As many of you know, I have a book coming out in June 2014!  I am most excited!!!  Here is a link to Interweave Press, my publisher.  In the next month I will be posting about the individual projects in more detail, but until then, you can read a bit more here:

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Into Infinity: the Moebius


Our Winter project has just launched, with a small "practice piece" called Driftwood Infinity Necklace.  It uses a true Moebius cast-on, called the Chain Infinity Cast-on (the tutorial for this special cast-on, along with this project file, is already posted at the winter group.)  We are discussing various options for casting on a Moebius project and selecting materials.

BadKitten was kind enough to make these two short videos, describing what is unique about a Moebius Strip.  In the first she just explains the difference between what happens when you just cast-on and join in the round with a twist, and make a true Moebius cast-on.  It is all about having one continuous edge.  In the second video she just geeks out a little as she talks about what makes the surface of a Moebius unique.  I shot these using my digital camera and although the images are good the sound sucks.  Turn your volume up and accept my apologies!

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You can read oodles more about what a Moebius is here.  If you are intrigued and want to know more about my winter group project, check out this post, or send me an email: BadCatDesigns@verizon.net

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Into Infinity...

Is everyone ready for winter?  I am ready for lots of knitting, and lovely wool yarn.  I am not ready for trying to get to work in the snow or wind chill.  This project will see you through the cold, dark months and back out into the light!

If you are ready for the knitting part of winter, join me for my Winter 2014 Group Mystery Project. What mystery???  There is a photograph, right?  Well, consider that just an appetizer!  Let me tell you a little more...

As many of you know, BadKitten, my model and fiber co-conspirator, left for college in September.  But I think very few of you know that she is studying math (among other things.)  She always finds ways to combine craft and math, and so this entire group is about infinity.  
\sum_{i=0}^{\infty} \, f(i) = a
The sum of the infinite series converges to some real value a.  So as I see it, the sum of this infinite amount of love and now seemingly infinite amount of knowledge will converge to be BadKitten, the young woman and no longer the child.  And the possibilities are infinite...


How in the world does this relate to knitting?  I am so glad you asked!  And it is more than just wanting to have an infinite amount of yarn, OK?  There are two different project sets: 

The first is all about the Möbius strip or Möbius band (UK /ˈmɜrbiəs/ or US /ˈmbiəs/, also Mobius or Moebius.  BadKitten actually knit one of these before I did and totally turned me on to the potential, from a design point of view.  Dare I say, it is infinite??  There will be four projects in the set.  Two use one skein of special sock yarn (Malabrigo Sock and Hidden Brook Farm Painted Glitter Sock, But many other options are possible.) One project uses one large skein of Soft'n'Single ColourWave from Lara's Creations and the fourth uses one skein of Linen from Marks and Kattens.  We are using two different moebius cast-ons, one of which I think I made up!

The second project set is all about fractals.  This is a modular project, and I will be showing a blanket and a stole or shawl as options.  You can make the blanket any size you like.  I am showing options using KnitPick's Fingering Chroma and Wisdom yarn's Limerick, but there are oodles of other choices that we will discuss.  These designs work well using a yarn with very long color repeats.

All told, the group will cover 6 different projects, at a minimal, with an infinite number or possibilities!  Did I catch your attention?  Here is the fine print:

The group will begin enrolling now.  We will discuss techniques and materials.  The first project will be posted January 1st, 2014, and we will continue on until the spring.  As with all my group projects, we will use YahooGroups and I created a unique group for this project.  All project files will be posted at the group as PDFs and you will be in charge or downloading any files you want to save.  Although this group is not attached in any way to Ravelry, I will add the project pages there, for anyone who wants to add their projects, and we can open a discussion forum there if anyone would like that.  The cost for access to the group and all the project files is $16 (US dollars) payable through PayPal.  This is payable to badcatdesigns@verizon.net, via PayPal.  If you need me to send you an invoice or have any other questions, please send me an email request with Infinity in the subject line.  Once payment is received, an invitation to the BadCatInfinity group will be sent to you and you can join and introduce yourself!

It has been a little while since I had a nice, big group project and I am really excited.  I hope you can join me!

Andrea

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Winter Extravaganza Wrap Up!


At long last, I am sharing some finished projects from my Winter Extravaganza project.  I would like to thank everyone for a great group and especially thank those who sent me there photos to include here!  If you would like to see all the project details, check our this link!

If you would like to buy a copy of the pattern, you can do that right here: 


If you want to see all the finished projects on Ravelry: check them out here!  You will be able to see the yarns people used and how they customized the piece for themselves.

Without further fuss, and in no particular order...
From Dawn
Yarn:  Kaido Lame
Beads:  Silver-lined gold #8 Japanese seed beads


From Gala!


From Jean
I missed the instructions to move the start of the first 39 or so rows one stitch to the right so I substituted YO/K2tog for the double YO/double central decrease to  make the start easier. It produced a lovely flower,  
Yarn: Classic Elite Pirouette Color: Caribean Sea 3.5 skeins
 Beads: #8 silver lined seed beads
Blocked size 66 x 23




From Cynthia
I blocked it to the same measurements as yours, on a size 4 needle.  The yarn was YarnArt Kid Mohair Transparent, Color 3.  It’s 60% Kid Mohair and 40% Acrylic.  I was terrified it would block horribly.  My fears were unjustified.  It was wonderful.

From Sue
I used Iridaceae lace yarn, Iridae, in Emerald
US 4 needles
Emerald 8.0 beads

Did a garter stitch instead of ribbed borders



From Sheila
Yarn is Crystal Palace Kid Merino, color, Ultra Blues, 6 skeins
Beads are dark amber or root beer ABs 8/0 - chosen for their complimentary contrast to the yarn.
I made a tapered sleeve and added more beads to the corners and sleeve details.



From Mary Rose!

Ouida, at STITCHDRAGON is offering the Winter group a lovely prize for three winners (a circular needle of the winner's choice!)  Names drawn from BadCat's hat, the three winners are: Sheila, Cynthia and Jean.  I will be sending you an email with details!  Also, all gallery participants will be getting a gift of the Ravelry pattern file for The Winter Wrap, so keep an eye out for the link.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lucy's Gift


I released a new pattern today. It is free and available on Ravelry.  Just follow this link to get yourself a copy of the file.


You can make this small shawl in any yarn you choose.  Here is what I did:
I used one ball of Einband yarn.  The yarn is produced in Iceland, using Icelandic wool, by the Alafoss (Istex) company. Each ball weights 50 grams and is 273 yards.  The sample used just one ball, in a color that matched Lucy’s eyes, but feel free to use more if you want a larger piece.  Lucy was actually as soft as cashmere and had a double coat.  Icelandic sheep also have a double coat, but are not particularly soft.  They are very rugged and can survive the Icelandic winter in style.  We took to calling them BadAss sheep on our recent trip and Lucy shared that same quality.  Small package, big attitude, strong will.  I might knit a second sample in fine, gray cashmere and use a few purple crystals, because she would approve…
-I am working on a second sample in Malabrigo Silky Alpaca and will share photos once I finish.



This piece was inspired by the Hallgrimskirkja church, which I visited recently while traveling in Iceland.  The church has long, clean lines and sits high on a hill in Reykjavik.  It can be seen from off shore for quite a distance.
 


I dedicate this project to my darling cat, Lucy (affectionately known as LucyFur) who died on March 26th, 2013.  She was my constant companion, lap warmer and blocking assistant and she will be terribly missed.  She was a tiny kitty, weighting in at just over five pounds, but her purrsonality was enormous.  Please consider making a small donation to the Humane Society of New York if you enjoy knitting this project.  You can make the donation in Admiral LucyFur’s memory, and they accept PayPal.  Meow on sweet gray girl…



Sunday, February 10, 2013

BadCat's Winter 2013 Extravaganza

At long last, I can announce my winter project!  And not a moment too soon, because we just got the snow storm of the season...


Champagne Powder, if you have ever been skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  This project is all about the process.  I wanted to get back to the process, which is really why I love to knit.  I wanted to lose the rules, the stitch counts, and just have some fun.  I promise that all lace knitters will find something lovely here, but it might not be the same thing for each of you.  If you are feeling frisky and creative, and you trust me not to lead you too far astray, please join me!  Project options include a fairly simple stole, and a winter wrap.  The wrap is really an unstructured jacket, with sleeves and a collar of sorts.  There will be some nice lace work, just a little bead knitting and lots of choices.  If you are looking for a pattern to simply follow, step away from the monitor.  I might make you sad.  If you are willing to let go a little and frolic in the snow, come on in.

This project is worked in a lace weight kid mohair blend and I suggest you use a similar style yarn for the wrap.  I have a table with many options ready to share at the group site.  Each knitter will take their own measurements, and use a generic recipe and their own measurements to make a unique wrap.  If you are hesitant to jump in with both feet, you can work on a stole while the project unfolds. Most lace weight yarns will work well for the stole and we will discuss yarn choices at the group.

This project will be like all of my previous group projects, based at a dedicated Yahoo Group.  Once you pay me I will send you an invitation to the group.  You must be willing to have a Yahoo account and use the group in order to participate.  All the project files will be posted at the group's file section.  The files will be PDFs and you will be able to save them to your own computer.  A new file will be posted every 1-2 weeks, as the group works together on the project.  The project will be posted in sections over about 6-10 weeks.  All discussion will take place via email through the group.  We can share chat and photos on Ravelry but all discussions will take place through the Yahoo Group.  Once the group is finished you should save all your project files to your own computer for future use.  The pattern will be available on Ravelry at a future date but is not included in the group project.  If you are joining just to have that pattern file please come back in June (about) 2013 and it should be available through my Ravelry page.  If you want to come play in the snow with me and join the winter group, you can either send me a PayPal payment (directly to my email address if you are familiar with the process) or send me a request for an invoice.  The cost is $11 US.  I apologize but I can't take other currencies.  PayPal can set you up with a US dollar payment.  If you have any questions please feel free to email!
  
BadCatDesigns@verizon.net  is the email for payments, requests for an invoice or questions!  Please use Winter 2013 in the subject line for my immediate attention.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sangria Gallery Post!!

We are finally wrapping up the summer project (and not a moment to spare, as the winter project is coming very soon!)  The summer group is closed but the pattern file is available at my Ravelry pattern shop now.  Here is the link!

Without further ado, enjoy the work of the summer knitters!  Details about each project are below the photographs.

Cynthia Peek

Ravelry name:  Femknit

Yarn and how much yardage:  Lara’s Creations, Starlight Entrée, in Berry Smoothie, most of 875 yards

Beads and how many:  Less than half a tube of size 8 8R203 Gold Lustered Pink from Beads at Dusti Creek in Portland, and a small amount of size 6 Czech glass beads in Amethyst Copper from Jo-Anns.

Needles size and finished size of project:  Knit Picks size 3, 70 inches across the top, and 47 inches to the center point

Comments:  This is another beautiful creation.  The simple designs are very effective, and the recommended yarn was delightful to work with.
Cara
Ravelry name:  Stamax
Yarn and how much yardage:  Posh Yarn, Sadie 2 ply lace weight
Beads and how many:  Silver lined Amethyst 8/0 and 6/0
Needles size and finished size of project:  US 3,  finished size 27 x 70 inches
Comments:  Beautiful design and delightful to knit!  
Cindy/KS

Ravelry  dcharrison

Yarn  Ruby Slippers Sparkle (lace weight) from Sheepy Time Knits - yardage: used

Beads  from Charlene's Beads
        Silver Lined 8/0 #8-11B (MA) Ruby Rose
        Rainbow 6/0 #6-256A (MI) Champagne

Needle size:  US 3 (3.25 mm) ChiaGoo needles

Finished size:  62" wide x 32" deep (approximate based on 2nd shawl - forgot to measure this one before sending it off)

Comments:  Lovely knit, unfortunately or fortunately I chose nearly the same color as another shawl had been done in & given to the same intended recipient - so I got to do a 2nd Sangria!
Name  Cindy/KS

Ravelry  dcharrison

Yarn  Earthen Ruins (lace weight) from Sheepy Time Knits - yardage: used

Beads  from Charlene's Beads 

        Silver Lined 8/0 # 8-4A (MA) Dark Golden Amber
        Rainbow 6/0 #6-256A (MI) Champagne

Needle size:  US 3 (3.25 mm) ChiaGoo needles

Finished size:  62" wide x 32" deep

Comments:  Another lovely knit!
Dolly Donhauser

Ravelry name: dollydonhauser

Yarn  and how much yardage: Anzula Cloud in Candy Apple, 119 grams

Beads  and how many: Fusion Beads: SB2843 Size 6 Silver Lined Ruby Red Rainbow Round Japanese Seed Bead, 30 grams

Needles size and finished size of project: size 4, 55" wide by 27" high
Mary Rose

Ravelry name, marydear

Yarn  and how much yardage:  Bernat Baby (the old style with no nylon in it)

Beads  and how many: none for this one

Needles size and finished size of project: US 4

Comments:I am not sure of my yardage as I used up lots of partially used balls of baby yarn that I had in my stash, and had to scramble at the end to come up with enough for the edge!

Mary Rose

Ravelry name: marydear

Yarn  and how much yardage: Lara's Creations Starlight ColourWave in Sangria

Beads and how many: 3 different types and LOTS

Needles size and finished size of project: US 3

Comments:  Andrea, you did it again...another really fun design to knit!  I had a ton of fun knitting it, and as soon as I steal it back from The Drama Queen I am sure I will have as much fun wearing it!


Jeri Riggs

Knitbird on Ravelry

Yarn: Eileen Fisher Linen chain yarn, don't know how much. Size 6 needles.
Size 38in. around chest
No beads

Comment: I adored making this vest and especially loved Chart A. When I got to the end, I felt it wasn't long enough, so I added the extra tier of ruffle using the final Chart again. I couldn't bear the thought of ripping it out to make it longer, so I thought a ruffle might be fun. I used silver toned buttons every 10 rows to add some flash. Thanks for a delightful knit, Andrea!

Nancy

Ravelry name: spinnerj

Yarn  and how much yardage: Handsome Fibers Moll Flanders (80% BFL/20%silk) in the California colorway. Just under 100grams (875 yards per skein)

Beads and how many: Fusion Beads size 8 transparent light amber round Japanese seed beads

Needles size and finished size of project: size 3 needles
Thank you Andrea for doing this!  I am not sure of the finished size since I sent it off before I measured it.

Jean

Ravelry Name: Cali1951

Yarn: Lara’s Creations Starlight Fairy Blue
Needles US 3 3.25 mm

Beads: TOHO silver lined aquamarine 8/0
TOHO silver lined crystal 4mm cube

No extra repeats of any of the charts
Finished size 68” x 33”


Jean

Ravelry Name:  Cali1951

Yarn: Brown Sheep Legacy Lace (about .7 of skein)
Needles US 3 3.25 mm

Beads: #8 Toho Gold lined Crystal beads
            3mm Toho Gold Lined cube beads

No extra repeats of any of the charts, but all rows of Chart D completed
Blocked measurments 72” x 36.5”
As usual a FANTASTIC design. There is enough variety in each section to keep from getting bored and yet
Each section flows so naturally into the next. 
Thanks Again Andrea for such a great design.

Name: Catherine

Ravelry name: Isis

Yarn used: Hand Jive Knits Nature's Palette Silk and Wool Laceweight
How much: about 1145 yards

Beads used: 8/0 Triangles TR8 401FR Matte Black AB  from the Beaded Frog, a local shop (286) and 6/0 Dark Peach Lined Crystal AB from Earthfaire (47)
Needles used: US 4

Size of project: 70" across the top x 

Dawn Gayer

Ravelry name:  dawnadair

Yarn:  Posh Yarn Gretchen Lace - less than 875 yds.   

Beads:  Size 8 seed beads - purple with an irridescent finish

Needles:  US 3

Comments:  I only did one repeat of Chart B and did the full number of repeats of Chart D.  This was a fun project, and I enjoyed knitting along with everyone.  Thanks, Andrea, for another lovely pattern!


Cheryl Barnett

Ravelry name: Cheryl219

Yarn and how much yardage: I used JojoLand Melody, 3.6 skeins, 792 yds, 724 meters

Beads you used and how many: Beads were supposed to have been size 8 (Czech beads on a hank) but they were certainly much smaller - I even broke the crochet hook trying to add them...no clue how many I used
Needles size and finished size of project:US size 5, 3.75mm
Forgot to measure the finished shawl and now it's with my daughter

Comments: LOVED this knit!!! It was involved enough to keep me from getting bored but not nearly as intricate as Sugar Plum Fairy which I had just finished before starting this. I loved the flexibility of making it larger or smaller, depending on what you wanted and the yarn available.

Another fabulous pattern from Andrea...

Ellen

Ravelry name:  eblitz

Yarn  and how much yardage: Lara’s Creations Starlight Entrée, 875 yards, 100g

Beads  and how many:  Miyuki Size 8  #4220-Duracoat Galvanized Eggplant for body of shawl (perfect match), Czech Glass Size 6 Amethyst for edge

Needles size and finished size of project:  Size 6 Chiagoo Lace circular needle, size:  62” wide, 28” deep

Comments:  A beautiful pattern and very interesting to knit.  
Sue in CA

Rav name:  Monksqueedunk

Yarn:  Skein Vintage Lace in color "cherub"
            Used about 800 yards

Beads: from Stash. I had 20 gms but used about 10.  No color available
 
Needles:  US 3