Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Deveraux Tank

I had the best summers growing up, and I love to reminisce and think about those hot sticky days when the non-existent phrase of my current lifestyle "I'm bored" was so easily tossed around. How wonderful it would be to be bored again. To pass the time, we would fill up our super soaker water guns and the wars would commence! Truces would be declared at the first sound of the ice-cream truck on our street. We would hurry to beg Mawmaw for ice-cream money, and then run as fast as we could to catch him before the music faded. Mawmaw and I would always get the fudgsicles, and I would happily sit drenched from our water gun fights and eat my cool delicious treat. Some days, Mawmaw and Pawpaw would bring us to our aunt's house, and we would swim until dusk only breaking for sustenance and the reapplication of our sunscreen. Other days, we would go fishing at various ponds and rivers and lakes, and Pawpaw taught us how to properly bait a hook with crickets and worms. You have to do it just so, or the bait will squirm off or the fish will nibble it right off your hook before you get the chance to set it. We would have fish fries in the afternoon with our day's bounty, and if we happened to not catch enough to feed the family, Mawmaw would run to the local Winn-Dixie to buy more. We had many lazy wonderful summer days, and I have mainly my grandparents to thank for that. So this design is dedicated to them, and all the wonderful summer memories they gave me. 
The Deveraux Tank is a sweet airy top made with Purl Soho's Linen Quill yarn. Linen Quill is a new Purl yarn, and I must admit, I was infatuated as soon as I saw it. I hurriedly purchased three skeins to experiment with, and this tank is what resulted. It was such a pleasure to work with, and has a wonderful drape about it with an ever so slight halo. And OH THE COLORS. So many beautiful colors to pick from (which they just so happen to have restocked!). 

Deveraux is worked in single crochet stitches with a split ribbed hem. The bust and straps are worked first, then the yarn is reattached to the bottom, and the piece is finished working down to the ribbed hem. The tank is worked in the round, so the only seaming is a few stitches to connect the straps at the top. I love the fit of the tank and how the fiber gets softer and more comfortable with each wear.

The approximate size of this tank is a medium (36-38" bust), however if you need to make it larger or smaller, simply adjust the foundation chain row by about 20 chains per size. I'm having a few technical difficulties with getting the design page up and running on Ravelry, but as soon as I can get the page corrected, I will update this post and provide a link.  I really hope you enjoy making and wearing this piece often. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions! Also, a huge thanks to my beautiful dear friend Elizabeth for modeling.  

DEVERAUX TANK
Designed by Ashlyn Holmes

YARN
Purl Soho Linen Quill
50% Fine Highland Wool, 35% Alpaca, and 15% Linen
439 yards / 410 meters per 100 gram skein
3 (3,4,4) skeins

FINISHED GAUGE
28 stitches and 22 rows = 4” in single crochet stitch

HOOK
·         3.5 mm

NOTIONS
·         tapestry needle

·         scissors

FINISHING
Weave in ends, and wet block 

PATTERN                
Bust
Chain (ch) 200 and join your yarn to the first ch made with a slip stitch (ss) being careful not to twist. Single crochet (sc) in each ch around. Sc into the first sc made, do not join. Continue to sc around until piece measures 9.5 inches long.

Straps (worked in rows)
Row 1: With your yarn still attached to the bust piece, sc in the next 20 stitches. Turn and ch1.
Rows 2-9: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 10: sc decrease (dec) in next 2 sc. Sc across to last 2 sc. Sc dec in last 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (18 stitches)
Rows 11-13: Sc in each sc aross. Turn and ch 1.
Row 14: Repeat row 10. (16 stitches)
Rows 15-17: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 18: Repeat row 10. (14 stitches)
Rows 19-21: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 22: Repeat row 10. (12 stitches)
Rows 23-25: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 26: Repeat row 10. (10 stitches)
Rows 27-39: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 40: Repeat row 10. (8 stitches)
Rows 41-54: Sc in each sc across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 55: Sc in each sc across. Fasten off and weave in end.

Attach yarn 34 stitches over from the end of the first strap and repeat rows 1-55.
Attach yarn 26 stitches over from the end of the second strap and repeat rows 1-55.
Attach yarn 34 stitches over from the third strap and repeat rows 1-55.
Line up the tops of your straps and seam together. 

Attach yarn to any stitch on the neckband of the tank top, and sc around 3 times, doing a sc dec at the corners of the neckband each round to round out the neckband.

Attach yarn to any stitch on one armhole and sc around 3 times, doing a sc dc at the corners where the straps and tank meet to round it out. Repeat on other armhole. 

Waist
Attach your yarn to any ch stitch at the bottom of your tank. Sc in first ch stitch and in each around. Do not join. sc around making two sc increases (inc) in each round until you have added 20 additional stitches to your tank.  

Once the increases have been completed, continue to sc in the round without joining until your tank top length measures 23 inches, or your desired length. 

Hem (worked in rows)
Row 1: With your yarn still attached, half-double crochet (hdc) in the next 110 stitches. Turn and ch 1.
Row 2: (Front-post hdc (fphdc) into the next hdc, back-post hdc (bphdc) into the next hdc) repeat across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 3: (bphdc into the next hdc, fphdc into the next hdc) repeat around. Turn and ch 1.
Rows 4-6: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off and weave in end.

Attach yarn to the sc stitch directly next to the end of the front hem row with the right side facing.

Row 1: Hdc in the next 110 stitches. Turn and ch 1.
Row 2: (Fphdc into the next hdc, bphdc into the next hdc) repeat across. Turn and ch 1.
Row 3: (Bphdc into the next hdc, fphdc into the next hdc) repeat around. Turn and ch 1.
Rows 4-10: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off and weave in end.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Garden Tomato Galette


"Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the 
back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the
tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was 
a thousand colors in a parched landscape..."
-Harper Lee


Growing up, the only part of my diet consisting of tomatoes were of liquid form. Ketchup and spaghetti sauce sums up my interaction with tomatoes as a child. Slowly over the years, I've come to appreciate them. They are so forgiving of new gardeners, growing so easily and making you feel accomplished. The smell and beauty of a fresh tomato with it's little specks of brown dirt and plump fleshy skin is unlike any other. And the wonderful feel-good taste you can only truly appreciate right in the heat of summer, with rosy cheeks and tanned skin. Our little tomato plants have been good to us this year. After spending the evening in the yard, this little galette is a simple and delicious summer supper. 

Ingredients

3 creole tomatoes
1 sheet of puff pastry
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
Fresh thyme
1-2 TBSP olive oil
salt
freshly ground pepper

1. Roll out the puff pastry sheet and place on a greased baking pan.
2. Slice your tomatoes and arrange them in a single layer in the center of the puff pastry leaving about an inch on all sides.
3. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper them.
4. Remove leaves from a few sprigs of thyme and sprinkle over tomatoes, and add a few sprigs of thyme in tact to the top as well.
5. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and then fold in the edges.
6. Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Linen Grand Isle


Another version of my Grand Isle Cowl in Quince and Co's Sparrow. This linen is BEAUTIFUL and the perfect fiber for summer. I used two skeins of Sparrow, and it was just enough to finish the cowl. This version has much more drape than it's silk/wool twin, and I love it. I've already worn it several times in the past week, and I know this will be a summer staple for me. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Goat Cheese Omelettes with Sun-dried Tomato Spread

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day Weekend! I am so grateful for all who serve and especially those who have lost their lives or loved ones. My heart aches for the families who are separated, and I pray all of your loved ones make it home safely to you. I spent the weekend with family and friends, mostly over meals. A lot of BBQ and SO much watermelon. On Saturday morning we had a few friends over for brunch at our house, and I served some simple goat cheese omelettes with sun-dried tomato spread alongside fresh zucchini bread. Perfect for summer weekend mornings.

Ingredients:

Eggs
Goat Cheese
Salt + Pepper
Jar of Sun-dried Tomatoes

To Make:

1. Whisk 2 eggs together in a small bowl, and add 2 tablespoons of water and salt and pepper.
2. Pour into a medium sized skillet and cook until just about done, lifting the edges and draining the liquid egg to the bottom of the omelette as it cooks.
3. When the omelette is almost done, add about a handful of goat cheese to one half of the omelette and fold the other half on top. Cook for about 30 seconds, flip and cook an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat and serve.
4. For the tomato spread, simply add the jar of sun-dried tomatoes with the oil to a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are very fine. Top your omelettes and enjoy!

If you are making multiple omelettes, and need to keep them warmed, heat oven to 200°F and place cooked omelettes in an oven safe dish with a damp paper towel on top.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Grand Isle

I am over the moon to share that the Grand Isle pattern I designed for Quince and Co. is now available! Quince yarns are some of my favorite, and I have peace of mind using their yarns knowing they were made ethically and with so much love. This week, they dedicated the whole week to just crochet designs, and I love them even more for that. Crochet doesn't get a lot of love in the fiber community, which makes me glum sometimes being that crochet is part of my soul. I think people don't see the beautiful and modern designs that can be created using crochet, and I am honored to be able to share one of my very own creations. This design is perfect for all levels of crocheters, even ones who have never picked up a hook before. If that's the case, I hope this can be your first, and that you get hooked, because crochet really is a wonderful, relevant, therapeutic, feel-good centuries old craft that is certainly not lost. Head over to the Quince Blog for more about Grand Isle and to see the other lovely patterns from Crochet Week!

All photos by Quince and Co.