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Asteroidea, Brueghel, Tanis Fiber Arts Club, a Yarn App and Pies. Oh My

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm preparing the full turkey dinner today. For yesterday's meal we were a large group and since no one in the family has the space for such a crowd, we opted to have Thanksgiving in a restaurant. The meal and company were wonderful, but there is nothing like a Thanksgiving meal cooked at home. Anders will be coming to join us along with one of his roommates.

Before I start baking pies I thought I'd write a quick post. I've had several things that I've been wanting to post about so I thought I would combine them here.

First on the list is Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Yarn Club. Tanis's yarns are a dream to design with. I adore both her colors and the base yarns that she uses. For 2011 Tanis offered club subscriptions for the first time and I happily agreed when she asked me to create a design.

Asteroidea 6
If you missed this year's club, there's still time to join for next year. I'll be creating a design again for her 2012 club and I am humbled to be among the group of designers she's chosen; Julie Crawford of Knitted Bliss, Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, Hilary Smith Callis of The Yarniad and Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed!   Head over to Tanis's website to sign up.

Asteroidea 1
For Tanis's 2011 club I created a slouchy hat, Asteroidea in Blue Label Fingering Weight. The top of the hat reminds me of a starfish, so I named it Asteroidea which is the class that starfish belong to. For now Asteroidea is exclusive to club members. It will be available to everyone else in January.

Asteroidea 2

Speaking of yarn clubs, a pattern that I created for the Loopy Ewe 2010 club is now available to everyone.

Brueghel is a cuff down sock worked in twisted stitches and lace. The stitch pattern reminds me of little spades so I named it Brueghel for the the sixteenth century Dutch painter Pieter Brueghel who is best known for his paintings of peasants. It was his painting “The Hay Harvest”, that inspired me to name the pattern after him.

Brueghel 2


Sizes: M[L] (shown in size M)

Measurements: 7[8]” circumference at foot and leg, the foot length is customizable.
Gauge: 34 sts and 50 rows = 4” in “Harvest” stitch pattern

Yarn: Fingering weight, approx. 400 yards. Shown in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, 100% superwash merino wool, 395 yards/361 m per 114 g skein, 1 skein

Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s or size to obtain gauge

Additional Materials: Stitch Markers, Tapestry Needle, Cable Needle

Price: $6.00 US

Now before I go bake those pies, I have one final item. I was recently sent a promotional copy of Yarn U to try out on my phone. This handy little app has a database of yarns with details on fiber content, price, distributors and mini reviews of the yarns along with finished project photos for inspiration. For someone like me who spends a lot of time knitting away from home this is a great resource to help you choose the right yarn for your next project.

Thanks for reading. It's time for me to go peel some apples. Have a great weekend.


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I can't wait for January to knit that hat- it looks fantastic! I love the knit column on the side of the feather and fan pattern, it came out looking very cool.

Thanks for the review, Kirsten. I appreciate it! Next version will include Twitter handle for manufacturers...and there will be soon be an Android version!

WOW, that sock is gorgeous. I love the pattern and the color.

Lurked here for a while after finding your link under a Sandra Singh site and a pattern for "Sophie's Slouch Hat".
Thank you for sharing your beautiful designs.

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