Knitty Keen

Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

Drumroll please… April 26, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store — knittykeen @ 5:39 am

The Knitty Keen Etsy Shop is now open for business!


Dyeing to See it! April 18, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store,Yarn — knittykeen @ 3:04 pm

Yes, I’m going to work that pun for all it’s worth. I finally got around to taking decent pics of the yarns I dyed last week. I’m planning on doing a few more this afternoon so I can get the store stocked this weekend. Here’s what’s come out of the dye pot…

100% Merino Wool, DK Weight
Kettle Dyed
I really like the way this one came out. It was supposed to be a Morning Glory colorway, but I had way too much water in the pot so everything blended so nicely. The yarn is so soft and it’s hard not to stop petting it.

Morning Glory
100% Merino Wool, DK Weight
Kettle Dyed
This was my first attempt at recreating a color way. I like it, but not as much as my first morning glory skein so I’ll be messing a bit more with this.

Rouge et Blanc
100% Peruvian Wool, Worsted Weight
Hand Painted
When in doubt for a color name, go with a different language. This was a, “Let’s see what happens,” skein. I painted 75% of it with a dark, rusty red and at the ends it eases into pink tones before the cream. I’m looking forward to doing variations of this with different colors to see how it turns out.

Tropical Garden
100% Peruvian Wool, Worsted Weight
Hand Painted
I love the way the colors move on this skein – from a bright green to orange, yellow, medium green, dark blue-green and back again. I haven’t looked at any pictures, but in my mind’s eye it reminds me of a Bird of Paradise flower, or at least what it should look like. This one’s a keeper.

Wood Sorrel
100% Peruvian Wool, Worsted Weight
Hand Painted
This is my first attempt at mixing to make a specific colorway and I am very pleased with the results. I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show a while back and saw some purple wood sorrel and instantly fell in love with the colors. I’m planning on doing this colorway on some Merino/Silk fingering and some Peace Fleece tonight.


My most humble apologies April 6, 2007

Filed under: Pattern Erratta — knittykeen @ 9:19 pm

I was working up an Elegant Egg when I realized I made a glaring mistake in the pattern. I’ve fixed it and have uploaded a corrected version.


Elegant Eggs April 4, 2007

Filed under: Free Patterns — knittykeen @ 12:43 pm


No, it’s not the pattern I said was coming. What can I say, I am easily sidetracked. Someone on one of my message boards asked me to share this pattern, so here it is.

Elegant Eggs

Enjoy and tell me what you think!


Patterns and Yarn Galore! April 2, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store,Free Patterns — knittykeen @ 8:59 am

The Etsy shop stocking has been pushed back – with a bit of luck I’ll have everything ready to go by next Monday. In the mean time, I leave you with the following pictures of two new patterns that will be going live this week as free downloads…

Handy Dandy Towel

I just finished making these up for a friend of mine to use as burp cloths and I plan to make myself some to use as hand towels in my kitchen. It uses the ever popular “Ball Band” dishcloth pattern with a garter stitch border at the top and bottom and an applied I-cord at the top ending in a loop with a button closure. The models were knit with Sugar & Cream Cotton on US Size 6 Needles. As shown the towels measure 9.5″ wide and 13.5″ long. Truly a handy-dandy item to have around in your kitchen or nursery!

To Drool For – Infant Bib

Again, I knit these up for my friend’s baby. I got the inspiration from the Super Simple Bib pattern by Brandi Spray. I used increases rather than yarn-overs and incorporated a simple striping pattern. The bibs measure 7.75″ wide and 5.5″ long with a 10″ long strap with several button holes for custom sizing. The models are knit from Bernatt Cotton Mill Ends and Sugar & Cream Cotton on US Size 6 Needles. This is such a fast project and a great way to use up your odds and ends of yarn from dishcloth projects – give a bunch to a baby you love today!

That’s all folks – check back later for the patterns!