Monthly Archives: November 2010

Folha Luz

Folha Luz - FINISHED

So excited to announce that I published my first pattern, Folha Luz, today! It being my first design, I am hoping that not only will people like it, but that it will be a fun knit to boot. πŸ™‚ I know that I loved knitting it up and have been wearing it every chance I get – it’s so soft and cozy in the gorgeous Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock!

Folha Luz - FINISHED

Folha Luz - FINISHED

Folha Luz - FINISHED

Here are some of the specs for the shawlette:

Pattern Description:
Folha Luz means Light Leaf in Portuguese. As I began knitting up this shawlette I had in mind leaves flowing up from a base of ruffles but when I finished I kept seeing candle flames with long wicks. As leaves are dependent on light to survive, I thought the name Folha Luz was more than appropriate for this pattern.

The shawlette is knit in a heavy fingering weight yarn from the bottom up so every row you knit gets smaller and smaller as you go. Although it is a quick knit and is mostly composed of garter stitch, Folha Luz has a lot of elements at play during any one row so you will never be bored with it! It is a perfect accessory to layer on during the Winter months and to keep you warm on chilly Spring and Fall days.

Pattern includes 5 pages of written instruction and one chart, a schematic to make knitting the shawl easier, and tips on how to cast on, cast off and block. It has been extensively test knit (thank you to my wonderful test knitters!) and edited.

Size
Small: 67” x 7.75” shown in Cranberry Bog
Large: 70” x 8.5” shown in Winter Rye

Yarn
Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock 1(2) skeins or any other fingering weight yarn 400(500) yds
Note: although the small size used only one 375yd skein, I only had a few yards left after bind off using a heavy skein

Needle
US6 (4mm) circular needle, 24″ or larger

Notions
Stitch markers 9(12), locking stitch markers, tapestry needle, cable needle

Gauge
6 st/7 rows in 1” of garter stitch (gauge is not important for this pattern, but it may change the size of the shawlette and the amount of yarn needed)

Buy it here!

Folha Luz - FINISHED

Folha Luz - FINISHED

Although the shawlette is mostly garter stitch, it is definitely not boring as there are multiple elements going on at any one row. The small is great for single skeins of sock yarn and the large is the perfect size to keep you warm on colder nights. I’m looking forward to seeing other projects made in different colors and yarns!

And if you like the design, be sure to vote for me in the Fiberphile Design Contest by clicking the Love button on my entry post! πŸ™‚

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners and a Pattern

Although I emailed the winners of the blogiversary giveaway right after the contest was over, Thanksgiving preparations caught up with me and I was never able to post about them here! I’m very excited to announce the ten people who have gorgeous yarn heading their way as I type. πŸ™‚

1st – Joan – Gaia’s Colours Thalassa Seasilk in Korrigan
2nd – Fridica – Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Thyme
3rd – Vonda – The Plucky Knitter 100% Merino Fingering in Indiscreet
4th – Sokike – Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Rocky Top
5th – Jackie – Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle in Fliederbusch
6th – Lilie – Sknitches Syncopation in Planetarium
7th – Mooncalf – Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in Pond Scum
8th – Beautyredefined – Sereknity Yarn Perfect Sock in Macintosh
9th – Claire – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Baltic
10th – Nanajudy – Mackintosh Yarns Celtic Sock in Papaya

Congrats yet again to all the winners! πŸ˜€

I’ve been totally busy lately with knitting up Christmas gifts, which I sadly can’t show you as most of the recipients read this blog! But there is one thing I can show you… an upcoming pattern of my own design!

Folha Luz - FINISHED

I decided to enter the Fiberphile Design Contest because I’ve always wanted to try my hand at designing something and figured this was the best time to try! After a TON of work with amazing test knitters who helped me out a lot, I am almost ready to publish! Probably by tomorrow or the day after, so stay tuned and I will share more details with you very soon. For now I’ll leave you with another picture of the new shawlette, Folha Luz.

Folha Luz - FINISHED

Happy 2nd Blogiversary Photo.Knit.Dog!

Yes, I am late on my Blogiversary post. I’m not really happy about it, but what can you do? Life catches up with you sometimes and the blog was placed on the back burner for the past few days. That being said, I’m very excited to say that Photo.Knit.Dog is two years old! Woohoo! It has been an amazing experience sharing my life with you all and I’m so happy to have made friends through here and to read your own blogs as well. I definitely wouldn’t be able to keep writing if it wasn’t for everyone who comes here, reads, and leaves comments. You all are the best! πŸ˜€

So what would be a Blogiversary post without a Giveaway? I’m not sure as I love Giveaways and I love sharing my yarn goodies with you readers! I think I may have a problem with this as I always tend to go overboard on the amount of goodies, LOL. But I’m sure that doesn’t bother any of you one bit, no? πŸ˜‰

For this Blogiversary Giveaway there will be ten winners of ten gorgeous yarns! Don’t believe me? Take a look:

Giveaway

On the big pile we have:

The Plucky Knitter 100% Merino Fingering in Indiscreet
Plucky Classics LBD

Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle in Fliederbusch (just one skein… the other is mine!)
Wollmeise 100%

Gaia’s Colours Thalassa Seasilk Lace in Korrigan
Gaia's Lace

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Pond Scum
Socks That Rock

Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Rocky Top
Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock

Mackintosh Yarns Celtic Sock in Papaya
Mackintosh Sock

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Thyme
Madelinetosh Merino Light

Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Baltic (again, just one skein)
Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted

Sknitches Syncopation in Planetarium
Fingering Weight - Syncopation

Sereknity Yarn Perfect Sock in Macintosh
Sereknitty Yarn and Fiber

How do you enter to win? Well, as much as I adore all the yarns I have (and I have a ton!) I’m always on the lookout for new indie dyers that I may not have heard of before. With that in mind, leave me a comment by Thursday, November 18th, 11:59pm EDT with the name of an indie dyer that you love and I will use a random number generator to pick 10 winners from the bunch! Make sure to also put in your top 3 wanted skeins from the Giveaway in order of preference. Just like that your name will be entered in the contest. It’s that easy!

Oh and this contest is open to any and everyone who wants to join (no matter where in the world you live). The skein might take a while to get to you if you’re far away from NYC (yes, I will probably use cheap-o shipping) but I’ll ship out to those of you outside of North America, so comment away!

In addition, if you want more chances to win, blog it, Facebook it or Tweet it and come back here and tell me you did so with a link to your post, tweet, etc. An extra chance for each one of those (leave a separate comment for each if you do it on different places) and your odds are looking pretty good, I’d say!

Good luck to everyone! πŸ˜€

Knit Photography

Esperanza Scarf

So lately I’ve been doing a few knitwear photography shoots and I am more than happy with this! I love doing this and hope to help designers get their sales up by showcasing their gorgeous patterns! πŸ™‚

The Children of Lir shawl that I test knit and did the photography for is now available on Ravelry if any of you are interested!

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

And a little while ago I did the photoshoot for Talitha Kuomi for her new pattern Esperanza (rav link).

Esperanza Scarf

Tali lives in Massachusetts so she mails me her samples and I photograph them for her… Esperanza is such a gorgeous little scarf, though, that it was hard to let go of it after shooting it, let me tell you!

Esperanza Scarf

I can’t wait to do more knitwear-based shoots! So much fun! πŸ˜€

Sunniva

Sunniva - FINISHED

I am so excited to share this sweater and test knit with you! I just love how well this one turned out and how beautiful it is!

Sunniva - FINISHED

It took me just under a month (one day less than a month) from start to finish and I’m more than happy with the outcome! The Wollmeise in Granaptafel just sings color and I love the little lace collar (made in Malabrigo Lace)!

Sunniva - FINISHED

I love the fit of it too! I plan to wear it by itself during Fall/Spring and with a shirt under it in the Winter.

Sunniva - FINISHED

Sunniva - FINISHED

I can’t say enough good things about the sweater, the pattern (my first top-down sweater and it was very easy to follow!), and the yarn (of course!). My husband loves it, I love it and I can’t wait to be wearing this one all season long.

Sunniva - FINISHED

Pattern – Sunniva by Kristen Hanley Cardozo (project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle in Granaptafel (rav link | store I used) and Malabrigo Lace in Simply Taupe (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US2.5 (3.00mm) and US3 (3.25mm)
Cast on – October 8, 2010
Cast off – November 7, 2010
Modifications – Only for fit at waist and more decreases at sleeves to get a tighter fit on the forearm. If I were to do this over again I would make fewer hip increases as I didn’t need quite as many as I wound up with.

I totally recommend this pattern for everyone! Such a satisfying knit with gorgeous results! πŸ™‚

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