A Pinterest Kick-start

Hi folks, I’ve joined the wide world of Pinterest!

Please give me a kick-start if you are already on Pinterest by going on to my page and following me ~~  I’d appreciate it very much:  https://www.pinterest.com/jenjoycedesign/

I will be pinning content on one mixed board mostly of my designs, and others knits of my designs, but also the wild places I go & relevant pins about rustic things,  interesting blog posts I’ve made, and other bits of life as I know it.

More posts soon to come of the building, the rafters are going up, but photos are so compromised by smoke from more California wildfires.

Thanks so much!   xxJen

Mini Tee: The Pattern


Remember the Mini Tee ?

Well it’s been some months flipped on the calendar since I mentioned making a pattern for the Mini Tee.  Last April I believe it was.  Well, EASY little wisp of a baby top that it is, barely a few rounds with i-cord edging is all really,  I decided to include it with the Pin-Striped Sweater Tee  just for fun. Updates have already been sent out for the Pin-Striped Sweater Tee Pattern, so if you already have purchased or been gifted the Pin-Striped Sweater Tee pattern, you have got it waiting to be picked up.  No worries if you are in the middle of knitting one of the tees, as nothing has really changed but a few refinements not worth mentioning, and of course, the addition of Mini Tee. 🙂

Where is the Mini Tee pattern?

Join in my Mitt Fiesta !

I have been blessed with a bunch of really helpful & friendly knitters to knit my two new patterns :

Jenjoyce’s Pin-Striped Fingerless Mitts 

Tartan & Tweed Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts

I would like to acknowledge all those involved in refining my first patterns, by throwing a bit of a fiesta!  I will be simply making a gallery page &  video slideshow of all photos , in process, finished, artfully modelled or otherwise, just any photo anybody sent to me with their mitt project.

If you have not yet, please email me your latest photos ~~ finished or unfinished ~~ to jenjoycedesign AT gmail DOT com or my other email address many of you have already by ~~  Monday April 8 ~~  so that I may include your project(s) in my little Mitt Fiesta Slideshow & Gallery !

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I’ve been busy lately with some knitting deadlines, but in between moments of ‘deadline’ equinox tees & birthday knitting, I have finished off a couple more mitts, testing the size ranges.  My Pin-Striped Fingerless Mitts were written ‘one-size’ with suggestions to use smaller/bigger yarn and needles to achieve different sizes .  I’ve since discovered Mini Mitts for a small child are achieved well  with  sock fingering yarn and size US#0 needles , shown here in blue next to the 7″ prototype mitt knit with Superwash DK yarn on size US#3 needles  ~~~

 Now I’ve got evidence that the pattern made with worsted weight wool and size US#5 needles, knit up nicely to a large-size  mitt.  I’ve made a pair !

Here they are, and they have been already sent off  to Argentina where they are in the onset of the Autumn season, and my professor friend Alejandro can work his equations in his frigid cold study now, wearing  ” professor mitts ” . . .


Here they are in contrast to my original one-size 7″ circumference mitt prototype…


I blundered badly and FAILED to measure them before sending them off to Alejandro, and he won’t be getting them for weeks .  I’d say that they are a good deal bigger in circumference and all around ‘bigger’ knit up with worsted weight yarn. They fit Jeff, who’s got big hands.


Both of these mitts were knit up with Knit Picks Superwash Merino “Swish” and are oh-so-soft.

((note of the mini-mitt, and this larger test-knit will be made soon on pattern page))

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So that’s business I just wanted to get out of the way so I can get on with my frivolous projects at hand , and post in continueing flurry of excitement.  I’ve got quite a few new ideas bursting out of my head !

Vernal Equinox

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Today is the Vernal Equinox, and  (pin-striped grey & purple) Spring Tee One is finished!

See how sheer it is when hanging in a light window? This is fingering weight ‘sock yarn’ knit up with size #6 needles, for a light , almost lacey feel (but thinking maybe I should have used #7’s).   I am elated to say that the yarn for Spring Tee Two came in today, so I can finish in time for the photo shoot with my nieces on Sunday !  Soon I will show them off in detail , but for this post  ~ just a silhouette.

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My Favorite Mistake

Now this is my favorite mistake .

I ask myself , how many times can I do the ol’  “accidentally grab the wrong needle end and knit backwards into the row the other direction” mistake ??? Obviously more times than I can count.  Yet each time it happens,  I’m a little dumbstruck that I just did it again. Then I laugh, and think to grab the camera and let you laugh too.  I’m glad *somebody* is getting entertained.

This sweater I’m naming “Berry Smoothie” for my eldest niece who asked for ‘light purple, and maybe also pink’.   The overdyed purply pink and pinkish purple,  I achieved on the yarns was by a very light dip in the dyebath.  No saturation what-so-ever.  The story reads this way:

For Purple : Woman dips grey heathered wool into dye, then yells  ” Oh blast !… this is waaaaaay too dark… quick, out with it ….. fast …. and rinse it out  !!!! ”

For Plum :  “Hmm… I wonder if this little bit of Jacquard Pink left in the container is enough for these five 50g skeins?”  Woman dips light blue yarn in dye bath… exhausts the dye-bath to clear in less than one minute.  Oops, not enough. Hence uneven dyeing and ~luckily~ interesting variegation.

Well, at least I did look at the colors on the dye packets, and I did pre-saturate the yarn in a diluted vinegar rinse before the dye bath dip.  Result was delightedly ‘unsaturated’ variegation of color. I normally prefer the ultra saturated dying, because protein fibers do that so well, and so well attain a depth of richness which exudes such sensuality (I think) and is unmatched by non-protein fibers.  A skein of wool (or silk) yarn only needs to look at a packet of dye to change color. Who said I am an Intentional Dyer?  Not me, the intention is never there.  At best I am a Hopeful Dyer.  I think I’ll write a book ” How to spin, dye, and knit completely by accident “.  Best-seller ?  Not.

But really,  I do love the color variegation !

A quick thanks to friends for  the comments of previous post, for setting me straight. I do think I’m going to do work on taking more thorough paper notes, and swatching, in the way of scrapbooking for a project, and maybe virtually too in some capacity ~ incorporating the old-fashioned and modern.  And, I think I will really work hard at learning to write the text for what I just knit (call it a pattern if you will)…. but…. I’m not going to lay down any rules !

Just doesn’t seem that important. I’m over myself today. Thanks friends !