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Pulling Threads

Pulling Threads

Issue No. 4,   April 08, 2012

Welcome to the fourth issue of Pulling Threads, the official newsletter of Picklesnot Design. Pulling Threads is a monthly publication intended to be a comprehensive look at what is going on with PsD.

Learning Curve

After the snag with the Little Bo Peep shrug I wanted to make absolutely certain that the knitting pattern I was writing up earlier in March didn’t suffer from the same issues. Not only have I sent it to off to someone to go over the numbers; I have also asked someone to do a test knit. And because I am a glutton for punishment, I am knitting a second sample from a different yarn (One that is widely available.) in a larger size than the original sample. This will enable me to showcase the differences that fibre can have on a design even though the yarn is the same weight.

I am also learning that I really shouldn’t set a solid deadline to release these patterns. It’s clear that I am underestimating the time it is taking me to get anything done. I’d really rather take my time in writing a clear, concise, and complete pattern than release something shoddy simply to meet a deadline (of my own creation).

Designs in the works

This beautiful tweedy red yarn by Alpca with a Twist is destined to become the sweater based on the shrug pattern talked about above. I fell in love with the color the moment I saw it. It only took me a moment to close my eyes and see the sweater in my minds eye. And I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing this design unfold once the shrug is done.

The sweater has already taken on a life of its own making significant changes from the initial idea phase. For now though I am content to simply pet the yarn and keep the design in my head as I finish the shrug pattern up.

A Fibre affair

The DFW FiberFest was March 30 – April 1 this year. This was the third year that I attended. While the classes and meet-ups are wonderful, my favorite part of the Fiberfest is going through the vendor booths.

Not only is it inspiring, but there is so much fibre! There is something for everyone. Crochet, Knit, Spin…even Weaving. For the second year in a row I marveled at the Orenburg Lace of Skaska Designs and vowed that I would one day have the courage to tackle such a project. I petted Buffalo fibres ready for spinning from The Buffalo Wool Company. And resisted purchasing many an ounce of Alpaca fluff (as well as Bamboo!)

These two balls of yarn were gifted to me with the sentiment that no one should walk away empty handed from the Fiberfest AND it had my name written all over it colorwise.

This yarn is from Germany and was part of a De-stash from one of the vendors (I can’t remember which one! Oh noes!) The variegation seems to be fairly long and I think it might stripe up beautifully for a slinky hat.

You know you want it

Interested in my patterns, free or other wise? You can find them here. When purchasing a pattern it will take you to Ravelry to finish the transaction and the pattern will automatically be emailed to you. Please remember that all patterns are in PDF form and require a PDF reader.

PsD’s Etsy Store still has some wonderful things available for purchase. Don’t forget that I take commissions as well!

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A Fibre Arts Enthusiast, a writer of fiction, a would-be foodie, and a collector of champagne glasses...Owner of Loose Endings Studio.

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