Taking Care of Business!

Ok, I have taken the first step and started a new Ravelry group for the KAL.  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/dark-of-the-morning—kal—letissier-designs

I was so thrilled with your response to my idea!  Thank-you so much for your quick responses and enthusiasm for the project!

Bearfoot and Malabrigo Sock, Just before sunrise and sunrise!

After much thought, mostly at around 4:00am, I have decided to name the KAL, Dark of the Morning, due to the time of day when my thought processes seem to work best, much to my dismay!!  Also after much thought, I decided to create a Ravelry group – Ravelry offers me the best and least expensive method of getting the charts to you as free downloads.  You will be able to download the charts – there will be five in total – directly from my Ravelry pattern sales site.  They will be available as free downloads until 2 weeks after the last chart is released, after that I will turn this into a traditional retail pattern.

First date to watch for will Jan 21st.  I will release the schematic for the scarf then.  This will give you an idea of the options available, depending on how you use the charts.

A late arrival - Artyarns grape, just too pretty not to consider.

Yarn choices – I have decided to use a 4-ply weight of yarn.  You will need 400 yds in total.  So dive into your stash, or head to your local yarn store – I know one that is having a great yarn sale!  LOL!! – and find yourself some wonderful yarn.  The finished scarf should be about 6inches wide and 4.5 to 5 feet long.

For myself – I am considering three different yarns.  I will make my final choice once my new beads arrive.

Yesterday I went stash diving and came up with two possibilities – Bearfoot Lilac, 400 yds or Malabrigo Sock Archangel (850), 440 yds.  This morning I added another possibility – Artyarns Silk Rhapsody Light grape (H24), 400 yds.  You will need approx 1200 to 1500 size 8/0 beads as well and a 4mm needle for your scarf.

These are my default bead - they will go with anything!!

Yesterday I went and checked out my beads, I have a large collection of size 8/0’s.  I didn’t like any of them!  The problem being I had recently worked with some Matsuno Dyna-mites.

These 8/0’s are perfect in size and shape and have great holes.  I wanted more of them.  I went on-line to FireMountain Gems and ordered 8 colours (I wanted choices!!).  The shipping is cruel – they are in the States – but the beads are worth it.  Those of you who have bead stores close to you, take in your yarn and check out the colours in person, it will be much cheaper – I promise!

Entrelac and Welted Cowl - third option for the retreat! This is knit with the Retreat yarns, 2 shades of Vintage DK. The cow is shaped from the bottom to the top by reducing the size of each square.

The Retreat Projects are going along great.  I am more than 60 % through the third project and have the yarn for the 4th.  I start writing the patterns this week.  This year has gotten off to a very creative start!

I have lots of other idea, swirling around in my head and look forward to year of planning, creating, knitting and painting!

Happy Knitting

4th project for the Retreat - A welted Moebius! Koigu Kersti and Diamond Luxury, Mulberry and Merino! The colours just sing!


About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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9 Responses to Taking Care of Business!

  1. “I know one that is having a great yarn sale! LOL!! ”

    New to your website and I do not see where you sell yarn online. So where would this great yarn sale be?


    • Hi Karen,

      I do not sell yarn, but I do work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns in Nanaimo, B.C.! We are having our annual sale – it lasts the month of January and there are some great deals!!

      Not many hand-dyes on sale as we wait too long for them! But lots of other great yarns, so if you are in the area….

      Happy Knitting

      • )-; Not in area. Austin, TX USA
        Joined your Raverly shawl group and need more yarn ideas posted there if possible.
        I will check out Mad About Ewe …

      • Hi Karen,

        Any of these yarns would be suitable! – Debbie Bliss – Rialto 4-ply: Rimu Fingering: Any sock yarn with yardage of approx 200yds to 50grs: Malabrigo Sock, Madelinetosh Sock (She is from Texas!): Madelinetosh Merino Light: Socks that Rock Light! Drops Alpaca: or Even Lace weight mohairs like, Kidsilk Haze by Rowan: Doucier et Soie by Knit 1, PUrl too: or Pirouette by Classic Elite.

        I hope that this gives you a few good ideas!



  2. Thank you so much … and for answering me on a Sunday!
    This is a huge help …

  3. Darlene Carolsfeld says:

    Hi Lynette,
    Can you tell me about how many #8 beads per package or per gram? I was looking at Fire Mountain Gems glass beads but I don’t know how many packages to order for the scarf knit along.
    Thanks for your help.

  4. Amy L says:

    Lynette, your love of and talent for colors shines through every post. Really enjoy looking at the pictures. Must. Return. To. Knitting.

    • Hi Amy,
      Yes – I love colour! It and texture really so influence all of my designs and even the way I see the rest of the world. As for your knitting, why not head to your LYS and pick out a luscious yarn and just knit up a simple scarf. Something silky perhaps, not too warm, just something that feels great – and see how the knitting feels! Returning is easier than you think!
      Happy Knitting

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