Deyaneria on January 31st, 2014
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Deyaneria on January 29th, 2014

While I don’t normally do a post on Wednesday.  It was noticeably quiet around here on Monday. That’s because I have big news.

My deliciously soft  cashmere silk yarn has been reviewed by and they love it!

You can check out the review here

As this is a huge deal…I’ve decided to offer  4-ply cashmere silk in a larger selection of colorways.

You can check out the all the colorways here.




There is also a giveaway going on from Jan 29, 2014 through Feb 12, 2014. You can enter here.

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Deyaneria on January 24th, 2014
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Deyaneria on January 20th, 2014

I haven’t had much experience seaming knits. So I figured now would be a good time to get my skills. I’ve done enough Kitchener stitch seaming that I’m quite comfortable(with a little reminder card of course). However seaming shoulders and doing mattress stitch confounded me and quite frankly scared me almost as much as the thought of steeking (which I haven’t tried yet either).

After a talk with another knitter and a few youtube videos ( thank goodness for youtube!!!). I started with my seaming.


I did have to redo this sleeve as somehow I managed to have too many stitches on one side. Working with a diagonal seam can be a bit tricky.


I did finally get it right and the seams in the finished sweater barely show it was like real magic!!!!! I thought the only way to get an almost invisible seam would be to work from the wrong side of the fabric.


Here’s to Magic!!!!! and One finished sweater that fits!!!!!!


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Deyaneria on January 17th, 2014
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Deyaneria on January 13th, 2014

My newest marbles sweater is coming along nicely. I am cautiously hopeful that it will be exactly what I want. I’ve finished the front, back and one sleeve. The other one is still on  the needles. This sweater has been a long time coming.



In other news I have a new pattern to add to the Shop. These Aubergine Fingerless Mitts are adorable. They took about 70 yards of bulky yarn and about 4 hours knitting time.



Here is the link to this pattern….it will also be sold as a kit:)


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Deyaneria on January 10th, 2014
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Deyaneria on January 6th, 2014


Well I’ve been knitting away on my Marbles sweater. It seems that with the new gauge it just might work!!!! I’m carefully hopeful after so much sweater catastrophe in my past. Those of you who are newbies here can check out this post to see all the sweaters that went bad.



In other news I have a new hat pattern up for sale on the site. The texture of this pattern and the colors remind me of Autumn here in Maine cool enough to need a little something but not too cold. I’ve also made this one in two sizes one for the kiddos and the other for adults.

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You can find the new pattern here. I’m also selling this as a kit!


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Deyaneria on January 3rd, 2014
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Deyaneria on December 30th, 2013

I’ve been working or reworking the pattern for my  “Lost My Marble Sweater.” After the oversized tent I knitted a month or so ago. I went back to the drawing board and realized that  my gauge was off.  After checking out Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit Site I realized why my gauge was off and went back and rewrote my pattern using a different gauge technique.


First I have to say I was a “good  little knitter” usually knitting a swatch for every project (with the exception of scarves and washcloths). Using the old technique you would measure how many stitches fit into a 2 or 4 in area working with both the stitches and the rows using a ruler or one the lovely implements for swatching shown below. You would often end up with half and quarter stitches using this technique which makes it difficult  to figure out.




With  the new technique you are working with increments of inches which makes more sense. It is definitely easier to work with a quarter inch than a quarter stitch.

New gauge technique: knit a large swatch at least 6 inches wide and tall. If you are swatching in stockinette stitch use garter stitch edgings to keep the swatch from curling. Then wash and treat your swatch the way you would a the finished object.

After you have your lovely washed swatch square take some contrasting yarn and darning needle and sew a square inside of your garter stitch. Then take your ruler and measure the length and height of your square.  Jot down those numbers. Now count how many stitches across and rows high are in your square. Jot these numbers down as well.

Next we are going to do a bit of math. So I will show an example:

My sewn square is 5  inches across and 5 inches high.

I counted  26 stitches across and 28 rows high.

You take the amount of stitches/rows and divide by inches.

So  for stitch gauge 26/5 = 5.2 per inch but we want to make it for 4 inches to produce a proper gauge table… so 5.2* 4=  20.8

Then for our row gauge we will do the same thing.  28/5= 5.6 then 5.6*4= 22.4

You will want to leave the decimals in the gauge ( no rounding here). The reason for this is that when making a large project like a sweater it can make inches of difference in the finished object.

I’ll give an example  of this too…… Say I rounded the stitches per inch down to 5

I’m making a sweater with a 43 inch bust so to figure out how many stitches I would need at that point I just multiply 5 and 43…….. = 215 sts

Now I will do the math properly 5.2*43 = 223.6 Now that you have the entire circumference you can round to 224 ( I always round up numbers 5 and higher ). The difference is  9 stitches which is almost 2 inches in the circumference of the sweater. When it comes to fitting properly this can make a difference.


Now I used the same swatch I originally made for this pattern because I loved the fabric my chosen needle size created. However there was a huge difference in the amount of cast on stitches going from my original cast on of  262  for front and back ….. to 206 stitches total for the front and back cast on.

Original Sweater issues: My gauge was way off making it wayyyyy….to big. The other thing I noticed was when I stopped knitting in the round and had to knit back and forth for the armholes and the neckline there was another difference in gauge and texture…..

It was almost like the bottom of the sweater was smooth and even and the top  started texture right at the girls ….and was screaming loook here!!!!!! I decided to knit the modified sweater in parts ….makes for easier travel knitting anyway.



I think this is going to turn out much better.



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