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New Pattern "Time Crunch Hat"

We just released our very first hat pattern, the "Time Crunch Hat" on Ravelry. It is free until October 1, 2016 when it will then be sold for $1.50.

 This easy beanie style hat knits up in a flash using DK weight yarn. 

The use of simple geometric Fair Isle shapes allows the knitting to be interesting, without being too complicated. The floats from the colorwork form an extra layer that will keep your head toasty warm, even on the coldest of days.


Materials List: 
Yarn Geek Fibers Maven DK 80% domestic Targhee wool, 20% silk yarn, two colors. 
Two full 230 yard skeins will make at least two hats. (MC) Lise Meitner and( CC1) Virgina Apgar are used in the picture.)

US Size 6 circular needles or double points or size needed to obtain gauge.

Tapestry Needle, Stitch marker (optional)

Size: S(M,L), 19 (21, 23)” circumference, shown in size M, 21”

Gauge: 22 sts/32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch


What I Did Last Summer (A Back-To-School Flavored Post)

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic this morning. There are a myriad of things to be done before the World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in Bethel MO this weekend, from the mudane to the really important. Blogging falls somewhere in the middle. Perhaps it's the perfect place to start because of that. As I sit here listening to Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" (Sorry about the ad) I'm wondering what exactly has happened to the summer. Here's a Midsummer's summer make a list of goals to accomplish, and then go to it. It's not like this summer has been exactly fruitless. Here's a list of things I did see to fruition:

1. Knit TARDIS tablet cover

2. Knit a Doris the Hedgehog for Mr. Yarn Geek. Using the pattern from ClaireClutterbug.

3. Knit a Cush using the pattern written by Susan B. Anderson

4. Knit another Wingspan by maylin Tri'Coterie Designs.

5. Finish up the long-neglected Triinu Scarf from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia

6. I also made quite a few dish cloths for an experiment using Hemp yarn. (More on that in a later post)

7. I've also been working on the YarnGeekFibers fiber database so you all can enter your fibers into your stashes more easily. You're welcome!

Hmm, it looks like I've done more than I thought. All this in addition to getting ready for, and attending, several fiber shows. There are only 2 more scheduled for us this year.

1. World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in Bethel, MO August 31 - September 1, 2013. There is a special treat on Saturday after the show closes. A spin in will be held for a few hours in the old gymnasium. Come on over and enjoy pizza, refreshments and fun spinning games for prizes. A lovely time will be had by all.

2. Strange Folk Festival in O'Fallon, IL just outside of St. Louis, MO. September 28-29, 2013 This is a handmade goodies paradise. Two days of music, great people, unique items, tasty food and all out fun.


My First Ravelry Pattern

Please scroll to the bottom for Errata. The pattern now reflects the changes as of 1/2/2013.

I'm stepping out on a limb here and trying something new. Today I am putting my very first pattern on It is nothing really complicated, but for a first pattern, I feel it should be very easy. The term "winging it" comes to mind here. I am suddenly filled with trepidation. Will it be good enough to put out there where everyone can see it? What will people think when they see how simple it is? Good Lord...did I remember to count the yardage? Gosh, how do real designers do this? OK, enough panicking, time to get over there and make this thing happen.

OK, several hours later and a lot of fretting, here it is, and I feel pretty good about it. Please let me know what you all think of it because I am pretty excited to know. *squee!*

Presenting, the

Puff Rib Cowl

The Puff Rib Cowl is meant to be roomy and non-binding. It works up quickly, so it is an excellent last minute gift. The simple Puff Rib stitch adds an interesting texture that imitates cables without the extra bulk.

The fabric is very stretchy when worked in wool. It has not been test knit in cotton or silk, so the results in a non stretchy fiber are unknown for now.

If you desire a closer fit, cast on fewer stitches by reducing the stitch count in multiples of three. Conversely, if you want a larger cowl, to pull down over your shoulders perhaps, cast on more stitches in multiples of three until you reach your desired width. If a longer cowl to cover both your head and neck is what you want, just keep on repeating the Puff Rib pattern until the optimal length for you is reached.

17 stitches and 20 rows to 4 inches in the Puff Rib pattern with the DK yarn held doubled. (This is actually a Bulky gauge. If you want to substitute Yarn Geek Fibers Dyed and Plied, just cut the yarn amounts in half.)


K (or k) = Knit;  p = Purl;  YO = Yarn Over;  K3tog = Knit 3 stitches together

You will need:
275 to 360 yards 550 to 720 yards of DK weight yarn or sport weight yarn
24 inch US Size 8 circular needles (or size to make gauge)
One stitch marker

The cowl in the picture here has been knit with 315 yards 630 yards of DK Weight yarn. It measures 30 inches in circumference and 6.5 inches tall. The instructions for it is as follows:


The yarn is held doubled for the entire cowl.

Using US Size 8 needles, cast on 87 stitches using the long tail cast on. Join the ends to begin knitting in the round, being careful not to twist your work. Place marker to indicate the beginning of the round.


Puff Rib (Worked in the round over a multiple of 3 sts)
Round 1: Yo, k1, yo, p2 to end.

Round 2: K3, p2 to end.

Round 3: K3, p2 to end.

Round 4: K3tog, p2 to end. K3, p2 to end.

Round 5: K3tog, p2 to end.

Work Puff rib pattern a total of 5 times.
Bind off