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Spring Cleaning and Organization

I've been doing some major Spring cleaning the past few days. Sadly, it hasn't been of the housework variety. I should be tackling that soon though. It's definitely overdue. Instead, I've been organizing my pattern collection. Oddly enough several things have also conspired to help this take place. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I've been seeing the number 1111 every time I look at a clock. I've also been seeing the numbers 222 and 444 a great deal too. It's got to mean something right?

Anyway, the other day I was checking my Twitter account and stumbled upon a tweet posted by a fellow designer. What he said summed up exactly what I had been pondering just the day before. I was afraid that I had been coming across as a bit scattered since I publish both knitting and crochet patterns. Also, some designs are significantly different than others in terms of style and color scheme. Frankly it concerned me quite a bit because I noticed that some designers have a specialty yet I just create whatever pops into my mind at the moment and usually use whatever yarn I have on hand at the time.

Well, this designer's tweet expressed the concern that when he put out a crochet pattern he was neglecting his followers who preferred to knit and vice versa. I too feel that way sometimes particularly when it comes to crochet, especially since the name of my business is Acts of Knittery.

I think it's great to be able to put out both types of patterns and craft in whichever medium the design calls for but that's just me. It's the best of both worlds. All of this also prompted me to start organizing my patterns into categories on my own site and separate the knitting ones from the crochet, the cowls from the hats etc. At the very same time Ravelry rolled out a feature called "bundles" that enables you to categorize your patterns in much the same manner. I absolutely love this feature and used it yesterday. Here's my newly organized profile on Ravelry.

I also have my patterns organized on my own site under the Patterns tab here.

Here's to organization and life's weird synchronicities! :)


Introducing: Mesh Cowl with Flower

This easy to crochet Mesh Cowl with Flower will add the perfect touch to your wardrobe without adding extra warmth this Spring and Summer. It has chic feminine style and and several different wearing options.

I made this cowl from lovely Malabrigo Sock yarn shown in the colorway Light of Love. You can use any Light Fingering, Fingering or Sock weight yarn you wish though. You might also want to try making it in Sport or DK weights. Keep in mind though that you'll get larger holes in your mesh fabric and the flower will become larger as well if you use a thicker yarn.


 

The cowl can also be worn without the flower...
And even as a headband...

Find more information about the pattern on Ravelry here or


Introducing: Split Edge Cowl


The calendar says it's Spring but Winter still has a hold on us in my neck of the woods, the Northeast USA. In fact, we're getting snow (again!) tomorrow. It's not time to put away your wool or warm cozy neckwear away just yet.

The Split Edge Cowl is knit on circular needles, is seamless and features a unique seed stitch split edge and Garter stitch panel over a Stockinette stitch background. The cowl in the photos was knit from one skein of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica in the colorway Prairie. This yarn is amazingly soft with an interesting thick and thin texture that gives the piece a cool rustic look. All of their colorways are also to dye for (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist that one) if these warm brown tones aren't your thing.

The pattern is available on Ravelry here or you can