Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tinker, Knitter, Octopod

This year Tri'Coterie has been running a steampunk inspired yarn club called Tinker, Knitter, Octopod.

So far we've sent out Octopod.
This included a skein of deliciously soft alpaca/merino singles (DK). This was a new base for us, and is very soft and lofty - perfect for neckwarmers or scarfs, anything where you want super soft against your skin. Also included as the 'swag' were some octopod and knitting charms (and a mini skein to make an icord bracelet), and some octopod tattoos. With each package we've also been writing a little short,short story (200 word drabbles) to set the scene. The pattern accompanying this was for a Victorian snowflake cowl. Here's the one I made (in the club yarn) as a test knit for the pattern.

The second package was Tinker. We also sent a new base - this time a 'manly' Donegal Nep Tweed in a lovely semisolid brown. The pattern was designed by me - men's fingerless gloves with a steampunk finish. My prototype made in a DK Tweed:

I'm pretty pleased how these turned out - I like the look of the military buttons and I think the buckle band just gives it something a little different. We sent the 'hardware' as the swag so people can start knitting their gloves straight away. 

And due to be sent this month is Knitter. I love the pattern for this one, more details soon.

The club has been a really fun one to put together - from writing the little stories, to designing a steampunk pattern - my first 'manly' pattern too - and helping put all the pieces together. We've got plans for my clubs this year, so keep your eye out at the Tri'Coterie group on Ravelry. We also have a facebook page now, so if you'd like to keep in touch with the happenings like our page and choose 'show in newsfeed'.

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