Accessories

Loops Amore Shawl

When I was the Knit Doctor at the first-ever Loops retreat in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ross of Dye For Knitting created a colorway called Loops Loves Ann. I was so touched that I asked Ross to dye a semi-solid teal to pair with it, which is aptly named Ann Loves Loops.

This shallow crescent shawl begin with a 3-stitch tab around which stitches are picked up and worked in a parter-stripe pattern, which is followed by a classic two-color brioche rib, and ends with the colors reversed for the brioche leaf edging.

The shape is achieved by increasing 6 stitches (3 stitches at each end of the needle) every 2 rows in the garter-stripe pattern, and 6 stitches every 8 rows in the brioche rib pattern.

The Italian method (also known as K1, P1 Tubular method) is used for the smooth bind-off.

Wee Cluster Cowl

This delicately textured cowl features the Daisy Stitch from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, which is formed by working groups of three stitches together every other round. Because it’s easier to purl 3 stitches together than to knit 3 stitches together, the cowl is worked with the “wrong” side facing outward. However, both sides are attractive for a reversible cowl.

The super soft yarn used here is Super Silky (80% superwash merino, 20% silk) from Emma’s Yarn in the Sweet Magnolia colorway. The cowl shown used less than 85% of a skein, so it’s possible to make the cowl larger by adding 4stitch or 4-row repeats.

Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.

The cowl shown measures about 25″ (63.5 cm) in circumference and 7 1/2″ (19 cm) tall.

Warm Embrace Crescent

Every aspect of this shawl was designed to invoke the comfort of a warm hug. The crescent shape surrounds shoulders, this stitch patterns all involve groups or clusters of stitches, and the yarn color is called Group Hug.

This shawl begins with a narrow garter-stitch tab from which stitches are picked up around three edges. To achieve the crescent shape, two stitches are increased inside each edge every right-side row and one stitch is increased inside each edge every wrong-side row. A modified picot bind-off produces tiny points along the lower edge.

Both charted and row-by-row instructions are provided.

A KAL in Support of Alzheimer’s Research

As more of my friends and family become victim to Alzheimer’s disease, I find myself more passionate about the fight against it. That’s why I’ve registered to take part on The Longest Day this summer to raise awareness (and hopefully a whole lot of funds) for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Longest Day is the day with the most light (the summer solstice), which will be June 20 this year. It’s also the day that the Alzheimer’s Association calls on everyone to fight Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support, and research. For my part, I’ll knit from sunrise (somewhere around 5:00 am) to sunset (somewhere around 9:00 pm) Mountain Standard Time.

 

I’ve designed a special project for this event. The Fading Memories crescent shawl (available on Ravelry) represents the increasing holes in the memories of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s, in a colorway inspired by The Longest Day logo.

For every Fading Memories pattern sold, I will donate $5 to Alzheimer’s research.

 

 

 

The yarn I used is The Mystery of The White Plum gradient kit of 6 mini skeins specially dyed by indie dyer Schmutzerella Yarns. The yarn is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon; there are 92 yards (20 grams) of each color for a total of 552 yards (120 grams). The Fading Memories shawl uses nearly all of the 552 yards in the gradient pack.

For every gradient pack sold (click here to order), Schmutzerella Yarns will donate $5 to Alzheimer’s.

 

I’m delighted to announce that other indie dyers and yarn shops have join in the fight by producing other yarns that work equally well for the Fading Memories shawl pattern.

Sun Valley Fibers has created a merino/cashmere/nylon gradient set of six 100-yard skeins (600 yards total) called The Longest Day.

Kits will initially be available at The Longmont Yarn Shoppe, in Longmont, Colorado, and later at www.SunValleyFibers.com.

For every gradient pack of The Longest Day sold, $10 will be donated to Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Emma’s Yarn, based at Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven, Florida, has dyed a special Hella Hank (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 600 yards). The color, called Bright Spot, is a reminder to look for the positive in any unfortunate situation.

For every skein of Bright Spot sold, $5 will be donated to Alzheimer’s.

 

 

The Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop and Fibre Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington, is offering three yarn choices.
They will donate 10% of proceeds of each skein of the following yarns sold to Alzheimer’s if you mention the Fading Memories shawl.

Elemental Affects Civility (70% US merino, 30% mulberry silk; about 600 yards) in the special Fading Memories colorway.

Available at The Bazaar Girls Yarn Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington.

 

Colinton Lace Blends (80% unbrushed mohair, 20% silk; 250 yards) in the Slate Variegated colorway.

You will need two to three skeins for the Fading Memories shawl shown above.

Colinton Lace Blends are only available at The Bazaar Girls Yarn Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington.

 

 

Jorstad Creek has a three-skein set (600 yards total) of Ursa Minor fingering weight (75% superwash merino, 15% nylon, 10% silver stellina): 1 skein each of Silver, Lavendar, and Sapphire. The kit colorway is called Stardust Memories.

Available at The Bazaar Girls Yarn Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington.

 

On June 20 (the longest day of this year), I’ll knit another version of my Fading Memories shawl and track my hourly progress through Instagram posts. Follow me at annbuddknits. Better yet, join me in the knit-a-long and support these yarn shops and indie dyers while donating to a great cause!

Either way, please visit my fundraising page and make a donation. You don’t have to wait until June to give — funds are welcome right now.

Thank you.

Fading Memories Shawl

The Fading Memories shawl was designed as my 2020 project for The Longest Day, a fundraiser sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research. The idea is that participants engage in a favorite activity from sunrise to sunset on June 20, the longest day of the year. On this day I’ll knit another version of the shawl shown here and post my hourly progress on Instagram (annbuddknits).

This crescent-shaped shawl begins with a narrow garter-stitch tab from which stitches are picked up around three edges. To achieve the crescent shape, two stitches are increased inside each edge stitch every right-side row and one stitch is increased inside each edge stitch every wrong-side row. A modified picot bind-off produces tiny points along the lower edge.

The yarn shown here is a Morphing Mini 6-Pack dyed in The Mystery of the White Plum colorway by Schmutzerella Yarns based on the purple color in The Longest Day logo. The Morphing Mini pack grades from purple to pale gray to represent the fading memories of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s (kits are available for pre-order at www.schmutzerellayarns.com) The shawl is worked from the darkest shade to the lightest. The stitch pattern also grades from predominately stockinette stitch to progressively more eyelets to represent the increasing holes in those memories.

For every pattern sold, I will donate $5 to Team Ann Budd Knits at www.alz.org. For every kit of The Mystery of the White Plum sold, an additional $5 will be donated by Schmutzerella Yarns.

A number of yarn shops have agreed to donate the proceeds from sales of the following specially dyed purplish yarn to Alzheimer’s Research as well.
Jorstad Creek Ursa Minor in Stardust Memories (available at The Bazaar Girls in Port Townsend, WA)
Emma’s Yarns Hella Hank in Bright Spot (available at Four Purls in Winter Haven, FL)
Sun Valley Fibers Merino/Cashmere/Nylon Fingering in The Longest Day (initially only available at The Longmont Yarn Shoppe in Longmont, CO)
Colinton Australia Lace Blends in Slate Variegated (available at The Bazaar Girls in Port Townsend, WA)
Elemental Affects Civility in Fading Memories (initially only available at The Bazaar Girls in Port Townsend, WA)

A Year of Patterns

I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions (too much pressure), but I do find myself reflecting on my accomplishments at the end of each year. I posted nine (9!) projects on website and I’d like to celebrate that with you.

From now until midnight Sunday, January 5, you can receive 30% off the Ravelry purchase price of all of my 2019 patterns. Use the code 9in2019 when you check out with any (or all) of the following patterns.

1.Aubrey Cardigan                       2.Beach Cusps Cowl                       3.Dalton Cardigan

 

4.Florentine Filigree Cowl     5.Junior Goat Herder Pullover       6.La Jolla Shores Cowl

 

7.Mont Tremblant Cowl       8.Port Townsend Swing Cardi           9.Walker Baby Blanket

Multi Tasking

In the now-I’ve-seen-everything department, my soon-to-be brother-in-law sent me a link to a rocking chair that he thought would interest me.

No kidding!

Who doesn’t love to knit while gently swaying back and forth in a rocker? The Rocking Knit chair designed by Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex takes this concept to a new level. The chair is designed so that kinetic energy produced from the rocker’s gliding motion actually knits a hat as you relax and rock back and forth.

The gears at the top of the chair turn and draw yarn up into what looks like a giant spool knitters with every sway back and forth. As you read the paper, the chair knits a tube that can be turned into a  hat!

Just think — if you were to knit while rocking in this chair, you could produce two hats at once! If the knitting circumference were larger, you could knit a sweater body while knitting the sleeves by hand.

 

 

Go to this website to see the chair in action.

 

Advent Fun

My friends at River City Yarns in Edmonton, Canada, have put together another Advent Box for 2019. The box contains 24 individually wrapped gifts, marked with a do-not-open-before date. Each day of December you get to open a package to reveal a skein of River City exclusive yarn, a special pattern or project kit, a tasty treat, or an indispensable tool. Every year River City Yarns creates a new set of treats: so far, there are no repeats. The photo here shows a variety of knitted trees, just one of the gifts from a previous Advent Box. I can’t tell you how delighted I was last year to discover one treat included a skein of yarn and the pattern for my Peaks and Ridges Cowl. This year I’ve designed something new that will remain a secret until its designated date.

If you don’t live in the Edmonton area, you can order your box online at rivercityyarns.myshopify.com/products/rcyadventbox2019. The quantities are limited, so don’t wait. The boxes will begin shipping October 27; in-store pick-up begins November 9.

La Jolla Shores Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in La Jolla, California, The La Jolla Shores Cowl features yarnover increases and directional decreases in a modified Old Shale pattern. To me, the scalloped pattern represents clusters of flowers, which are all so abundant in Southern California.

The pattern repeats over 17 stitches and 12 rounds and is easy to memorize if markers are placed at the end of every 17-stitch repeat.

The fingering weight yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a bright pink colorway specially dyed for the retreat participants by Yarning For You, located in nearby San Marcos, California.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

Use the code LAJOLLA to receive 20% off the Ravelry purchase price of La Jolla Shores Cowl between now and midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, October 18, 2019.

La Jolla Shores Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in La Jolla, California, this cowl features yarnover increases and directional decreases in a modified Old Shale pattern. To me, the scalloped pattern represents clusters of flowers, which are all so abundant in Southern California.

The pattern repeats over 17 stitches and 12 rounds and is easy to memorize if markers are placed at the end of every 17-stitch repeat.

The yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a bright pink colorway specially dyed for the retreat participants by Yarning For You, located in nearby San Marcos, California.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.