Thursday, March 31, 2011


Vagabond Fingerless Mitts

Vagabond Fingerless Mitts, pattern coming soon by me. This will be my first ever published pattern, whee. You may remember an earlier version of these mitts that I knit in the fall. They were made of Shetland type wool and the "sore" thumb was making the pattern spiral around the hand, which kind of bugged me.

chevron mitts

For the new version I redesigned it with a double thumb gusset, so that it has shaping above and below the thumb for a perfect fit, and the top and bottom patterns stay put. There are stripes on the palm and it is knit out of sock yarn.

Vagabond Fingerless Mitts

The hand chart comes from Turkish socks (from Kenan Ozbel's amazing Knitted Socks from Turkish Villages), the thumb gusset is based on Scandinavian mittens (I’ve never seen a double gusset before but I hear they exist), the cuff chart is a Fair Isle peerie, and the braid Latvian, a true global mashup.

Vagabond Fingerless MittsVagabond Fingerless Mitts

The one on the left is knit out of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga and are really lovely with the touch of cashmere. The ones on the right and the orange ones at the top are knit out of Madelinetosh tosh sock.

Vagabond Fingerless Mitts

A couple of friends and kindly offered to test knit these for me and I hope to have the pattern out soon. Thank you Michelle, Tomo, and Benedetta!

The lyrics to the T. Rex song Get it On are apparently not “Get it on, vagabond, get it on”, as I’ve thought for years. But I would like to think that glam rockers would wear these mitts. I leave you with T Rex, bang a gong, get it on, (vagabond).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

rechargeable batteries

quilt by the Siddi Women's Coop, IndiaWind and rain on 1st on the upper west sideCentral Parklunch with Kim and Rebeccalunch at Eisenberg'scaught up with Yvonne and KIm in ChelseaDetail of a crocheted dress by Xenobia BaileyColumbus Circle and Broadway
lunch at Eisenberg's

A little collage of my trip down to New York last week, click on any photo read a caption on flickr. There was wind, rain, sun, great food, friends, work contacts, shopping at Purl, a party with the Huz, a trip to the Museum of Arts and Design, a huge amount packed into just three days. The quilts from India and crocheted Zulu Queen Harvest Coat by Xenobia Bailey were on display at the Museum of Arts and Design. There is a nice interview with Xenobia Bailey where you can see her crocheting here. I saw Yarny Old Kim, Sayschnicklefritz, and KnitwithMe. There are so many other friends and photos that I didn't have the chance to take. I came back absolutely exhausted but with my battery re-charged in a professional, crafty, and emotional way, it's a price worth paying

Below is a photo of my score at Purl. The new shop is lovely although I almost walked by because I thought it was a kids clothing shop, since they had little sample dresses in the window. Three skeins of Alchemy Juniper (the pink, oh the pink, and the one that's the color of infant poop, it's just right) and two cute little cross stitch booklets. The booklets appear to be reproductions of old French ones by Sajou.

my score from Purl

I haven't had a lot of knitting to post because I've been busy working on publishing my very first pattern (biting my nails). I have knit 4 different pairs of them at this point. They're a pair of colorwork fingerless mitts called Vagabond. I have two friends who have volunteered to test knit them, if you're interested let me know.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

what I do the rest of the time


That's pretty much how things go around here. On my blog I mostly talk about my knitting or whatever other crafting I'm up to, but I spend a lot of time doing my graphic design work and Ashtanga yoga which blends all the crazy elements of my life together and gets me out of my chair.

I recently updated my book design portfolio, check it out.

For yoga I go to Yoga East. Thanks to them I have made more progress in my practice than I ever thought possible. Below is a video of a couple doing Ashtanga yoga, I hope someday my practice will flow as easily as theirs:

Or have a wee bit of the joy of movement that Anne Marsen has in this Girl Walk // All Day video.

Girl Walk // All Day from jacob krupnick on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


A long overdue post. I drove up to the Spa with Michelle and had a wonderful time. She taught me how to crochet a granny square which I've been dying to learn how to do. I saw Ellen and Mary Jane which was bittersweet because I didn't find them until the end. Only going for the day seems rushed when everyone else looks like they've settled in to spin and knit for the weekend but I still consider myself lucky to be able to go and it was a good day. I bought a gnome project bag by Jessalu from Spunky Eclectic and one skein of yarn from Sereknity, I was the model of restraint and as usual the fiber fumes gave me total camnesia.

Meanwhile I finished a giant scarf/wrap/shawl and didn't have time to photo it because the kids have been on winter break and the Huz sick, but finally managed to take some pics this week.

when in doubt BELT IT

Clan of the Cave Bear anyone? The Huz has dubbed this GUS, which stands for Giant Unusable Shawl. It is kind of unwieldy. I was planning on naming it Hudson after the blanket, not Jennifer or Kate, but I'm afraid Gus is sticking. He also says that in this photo I'm coming out of my lair after having hibernated knitting this thing all winter. Let me tell ya folks, the when-in-doubt-belt-it rule definitely worked in this case.


These photos were taken at the Audubon Center at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a magical place, chickadees and nuthatches were actually landing on our hands to eat seeds. We saw tufted titmice and a woodpecker too. It was also colder than a witch's tit and I almost got frostbite posing for the pictures.



For the shawl I cast on 51 stitches with Thaki Montana, which is a bulky weight yarn and size 17 needles. The yarn is wonderfully light for a bulky weight, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and bought it with a gift certificate from my awesome MIL, thanks Roberta!! I considered all kinds of patterns to knit with it but decided to go with something very simple to show off the big juicy stitches and big, bold stripes like a Hudson Bay blanket. I did 8 rows of seed stitch at either end but none at the sides, wanting some curl. Turned out there was too much curl so I ended up running a crochet edge along the sides which minimized the curl. I almost wish I had knit something large enough to be a giant robe, with any luck I might look like this: