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I’m very excited to be able to share my latest design, the Carved Lines Armwarmers! This project has been in the works for several months and is finally ready for release.

Inspired by the sinuous shapes that skiers and snowboarders leave in the snow as they carve down the mountain, the Carved Lines Armwarmers are meant to close the gap between your jacket and your gloves, keeping the snow off your wrists and keeping you out on the slopes longer! The slipknot cast-on and sewn bind-off are stretchy without being floppy, giving neat finished edges to your work.

~~~~~~~~ IMPORTANT NOTICE ~~~~~~~~
Through August 2015 the Carved Lines Armwarmers will be available at a discounted price of $1.49.
On September 1, the price will go up to $1.99. Get your copy today!
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Check out the Carved Lines pattern page on Ravelry or click the button to purchase the pattern:

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YOU WILL NEED: A set of five US 4/3.5mm double-point needles (or the size needed to get gauge for your particular yarn), and a darning needle to weave in ends. Optional: stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: The stitch pattern has some stretch to it, and should fit hands 7 to 7.5″ around.

YARN and GAUGE: Approximately 1.5 skeins (160 yards) Jo Sharp Classic Wool DK, or any DK-weight yarn you like, to get a gauge of 26 stitches to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette. To make a larger size, a light worsted weight such as Cascade 220 and US 6/4mm needles is recommended.

Important Copyright Information: The Carved Lines Armwarmers knitting pattern is © 2015 Knitting Pirate. You may not sell or otherwise distribute copies of this pattern, but you may absolutely sell the armwarmers you make, and Knitting Pirate would very much appreciate it if credit is given for the design. If you have any questions about what you can or can’t do with this pattern, please feel free to contact the Knitting Pirate.

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You know that phenomenon where you have a hobby or interest, but you skip a few days at it, and then a few days turns into a few weeks, and before you know it, months have gone by? You think, “gee, I really should do that thing I used to do all the time,” but you’ve gotten caught up in life and other interests, and some more time passes. And then one day you realize, “hey! I miss that! I’m going to get back to doing that!”

I have two socks (of different pairs) in progress, but I haven’t been working on them. One is right there in my coffee table, staring at me every night. The other gets carried around with me in my purse, for goodness’ sake. And there’s the armwarmers pattern, which is written up and ready to go, if only I had good pictures to paste into the pattern. I need to take pictures of some of the yarns I’ve spun recently, too. Not to mention the other projects and ideas which are languishing… sigh.

This morning I realized that it’s already the end of May, which means it’s only five weeks until the Tour de Fleece begins, and I really want to do that again this year. And THAT means that in the next five weeks, I need to clear my bobbins – which should be easy, since there’s just one lace single that needs to be wound off and fulled, and only one half-done spin in progress: this rust-and-cream coloured merino/tencel blend.

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Spinning the other half and then plying it shouldn’t take too long; the fibre is wonderful to work with. It drafts so smoothly, I barely need to look – so I might bring the wheel downstairs tonight and attempt to spin while watching the hockey game. (Let’s go Rangers!) This may or may not be productive, depending how exciting the game is… but we’ll see! If the spinning doesn’t work out, I’ll work on a sock instead.

My consolation to the sad thought that I haven’t been knitting or spinning lately is that I haven’t brought anything new in yet this year. I’ve gotten rid of some yarn; the “Starry Night” handspun went to Mom so she could knit a hat, I sold some sock yarn that I wasn’t getting around to knitting, and I crocheted a washcloth, knitted a hat for my brother, and finished Stef’s armwarmers. So there’s already a thousand yards of yarn already gone this year, with none brought in to replace it. I suppose that’s not too bad after all.

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Some time ago, I promised to knit a pair of armwarmers for my friend Stef. She asked for a charcoal gray yarn that would go with her office clothes, and I chose KnitPicks Andean Treasure, a 100% alpaca sportweight yarn – and of course, took the opportunity to create my own pattern while I was at it.

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Unfortunately, the fuzziness of the alpaca yarn masks a lot of detail in the stitch pattern, but it’s there! I’ll be refining my notes and knitting a pair for myself in a smoother yarn that will better show the stitches, and then publishing the pattern for everyone to enjoy.

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Last Sunday on the Remrants forum, we were taking pictures of pictures of pictures of looking at our mornings, much like the Infinite Cat Project. I can’t take pictures without a particular spotted cat showing up. “Pictures? We’re taking pictures? Oh boy oh boy! Can I be in the pictures? Can I get really really close to the camera– or should I just stare from across the room?”

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The greatest part of doing this is that I grabbed the only knitting in the living room at the time for the picture – the grey armwarmers that have been languishing in the cabinet for months, while I felt more and more guilty about not working on them. Then the project was right there on the table in front of me, so I finished knitting the first of the pair – hooray! I need those DPNs to do the decreases on the hat I’m designing, which I hope to finish knitting over the weekend so I can write up and publish the pattern.

After that, I can knit the second armwarmer… and write up that pattern for publication as well, though it will be necessary to knit a second pair using a yarn with better stitch definition for the photographs. This first pair is made of KnitPicks Andean Treasure, which is a lovely soft yarn… but between the fuzz of the yarn and the dark grey colour, it’s really hard to see the stitch pattern.

I’m looking forward to sharing both of these patterns soon!

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