Cheers to 2015!

Happy New Year! I’m sorting through my stashes (and stashes) of yarn I’ve collected over the past year. Who knew you could collect so much yarn yet have so few projects to show for it? Oh well. I think it’s the endless options of patterns I could make from my stash that makes me happy to keep it. That being said though, 2015 is my year to put it to use!

My Berroco collection alone (a hint of which you’ll see below) could yield some really great projects. Hats became my thing in 2014, so I’m wondering what it will be in 2015. Will I take on another smaller accessory? I’m dying to make a striped shawl/scarf out of the tan/cream/turquoise yarns. And I think pompom garland may be my solution for those ends and odds of yarn I can’t throw away. But I also want to challenge myself to do larger projects, like another sweater or maybe even a blanket.

So here’s to 2015 and a brand new crafty start!

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Christmas Sale!

There are only 10 days until Christmas, and if you’re like me, you’re still knitting up gifts. My gift to you this season is a Christmas sale – Buy 1 pattern, Get 1 FREE – in my Ravelry shop!

Just visit my Ravelry Pattern Store, add 2 patterns to your cart, and the discount will be applied automatically.

The sale begins today, December 15, and ends December 25 at midnight, so get shopping!
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Sneak Peek

My hands are cold all the time. I don’t know what it is, but whether I’m typing, knitting, or driving, they just can’t stay warm. Those hand warmer packets they sell at stores are a lifesaver if I’m going to be outside for a long period of time (I even have a microwaveable set stashed away somewhere), but there has to be a better solution, right? And I can’t be the only one with this problem, so I wanted to design a new knitting pattern to help those cold-handed people out there! So where to start…

Gloves are great, but no one wants to knit all those fingers one by one. And no one’s fingers are the same length anyway. Mittens would be easier, but I always forget how much of a hassle it is when I have to take them on and off throughout the day to answer the phone and do normal tasks.

Enter fingerless mitts!

They’re fast to knit, don’t hinder your hands, and they’re WARM. Your fingers may be exposed, but trust me, having the rest of your hand and wrist covered in wool makes a huge difference.

I’m still making a few tweaks, but here’s a sneak peek at how they’re shaping up!

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There’s no overall shaping needed with fingerless mitts. The ribbing on the wrist and at the top near the bind off edge provide enough shaping to stay on your hands. And this is the easiest thumb gusset you’ll ever do.

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It’s a matching set for my SVEA slouchy hat pattern! Just stockinette stitch and ribbing on each – it’s the simple colorwork that really makes the set stand out. I’ll be working on finishing up the pattern for these fingerless mitts in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep those cold hands warm!

Casting On

Welcome to Knit Julep!

Knitting is what I love to do, and I’ve been waiting for this day to share my projects and patterns. My name is Kimberly, and I started designing some of my own knitting patterns a few years ago, but didn’t really find my groove with it until this summer. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right timing, the right inspiration, or the right season.

In this space, I hope to share what’s on my needles, which of my ten thousand unfinished projects I’m considering circling back to, my latest original designs, and what’s inspiring me in the knitting world.

Take a look around, and visit my pattern shops on Etsy and Ravelry! My patterns are made with beginner to intermediate knitters in mind. I find I’m much more likely to actually finish smaller projects that don’t require too much focus while knitting them (because let’s face it, we’re all multitasking when we’re knitting), but that really look impressive when finished. Simplicity is key to a good pattern, and to so much in life. So join me in this knitting adventure, and give a nod to handmade living!

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

-Henry David Thoreau

Happy knitting!

-Kimberly