There’s a new podcast at Yarncraft! I was interviewed by Zontee Hou of Lion Brand yarn. It was an interesting conversation about inspiration and creativity…really nice to chat with Zontee.

You can listen directly if you click here. (Opens right up, so check your volume!)

U-neck vest errata

OK, first, let me apologize for how long it is taking me to compile all of the errata.

Things have been hectic over here…I’ve transitioned from full-time scientist / part time knitter to part-time University instructor / part time knitter. For a while there, I was doing both a full-time job AND teaching, AND writing 2 books, AND getting ready for the baby.

I’m trying to compile all of the errata myself, with the help of the book’s technical editor, and get them all submitted to the publisher for inclusion in future editions of the book. It’s taking a while to go through all of the posts on all of the message boards, all of the comments on the blog, and all of the emails and figure out what’s really errata, etc., and get those pages updated. It’s an arduous process, but we’re working on it!

I’m finally getting caught up…

Here are the errata for the U-neck / back to school vest:

Upper front

Dec 1 st at beg of next 12 (12, 12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16) rows–68 (72, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 88) sts.

Front neck

Row 2: Bind off 24 (28, 28, 30, 28, 30, 32, 32) sts, work to end.

Upper back

Dec 1 st at each end of next 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9) rows–44 (46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 58, 62) sts.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, please let me know!

Petal pattern is now available.

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Stefanie Japel
Glampyre Knits

Sizes: 32-34(36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54)
Yarn: 675(750, 850, 950, 1050) yards Berroco Touche (50% cotton, 50% rayon) 89 yds (82 m) / 1.75 oz / 50 g (or other worsted weight cotton, wool, linen, silk, or blend yarn.)

Gauge: 5 sts, 6 rows / inch in st. st,
(Trim Gauge: 6 sts / inch)

US 8 (5 mm) 24″ or longer circular needle
US 4 (2mm) 24″ or longer circular needle




**This pattern has been tested by the Glampyre Knits TestLab. This time a whole Community College knitting class tested the pattern for us! The knitters were of varying ages, sizes, and skill levels and we took their input SERIOUSLY. We also included knitters from several different countries with different native languages and access to unique substitution yarns. Knitters found the pattern to be clear, and the worsted weight of the yarn easy to substitute.**

Mens' hat pattern?

OK, I’ve got a Christmas present to knit, and knit FAST, since we’ve got Thanksgivingmas in about a month.

I want to make a hat / scarf set for an 18-yr-old college guy. Who is into sports. Who would not like “funky”.

Last time I made him the Marsan Watchcap…and he’s been wearing it for at least 3 years.

Are there any new coolguy hat patterns I should be aware of? How about “guy scarves?” Something textural, but not color-heavy.


Yarn pics

Ok, so here are the fruits of my yarn-dyeing efforts.

home-dyed BFL "warm"

This BFL is so fluffy and nice! After dyeing and washing, it plumped up to be totally squishy and awesome. It was a little bit more compressed when I first got it off the cone.

Here’s the “warm” batch. With my gigantic swatch.

Hme dyeing experiment...swatch

I think I figured out how to dye so that the yarn doesn’t pool. I don’t *hate* pooling, but I’m pretty much over the psychadelic look that hand dyed yarns can take on. It can be really funky and nice, but on *me,* especially when I look like I have a basketball up my shirt, subtle is better.

Here’s what started out as the “cool” batch.

home-dyed BFL "cool"

Like said, the black turned to purple in the crock pot, so at first it was just a green and purple mess. Then I added the rust over the top of all that, and I like it a lot better. I haven’t swatched this stuff yet, it was just dry this morning.

I’m excited to see how it comes out, though.

Yesterday we went to the NMSU homecoming parade. Nathan was in marching band in high school (base drum) and I play drums, too…so we like to go to parades. And I’m somewhat affiliated with NMSU…I’m a professor there. I have one student in the band and one who’s a cheerleader. I’ll be honest, I didn’t recognize either of them in their outfits.

Here I am, beached on a big rock watching. Jeez. I’m enormous.


Poor Nate has the flu! Last night when we went to bed, he had a fever of 102. It’s coming down, so that’s good…but he’s definitely not doing well today. Poor baby. I think it’s the same thing I had, but these things always hit him harder than they do me. I had to cancel class one day…but he is just OUT of it. Poor guy.

OH! The bath bombs worked GREAT!! Despite having too much liquid, as one reader pointed out in the comments, they fizz, they smell GREAT, and have just the right amount of cocoa butter. The one thing I’d work on is how they look. Maybe color them or do different molds so the shape is better. Other than that, though, making my own is the way to go from now on. It’s fun, it’s cheap, and it feels great to do it myself.