Episode 20 What Does the Rooster Say?

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast.

Friendly reminder that my Senior Love Along continues on this year.  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! I will be announcing prizes that I will provide very shortly and unashamedly ask for any prize donations. They would be very welcome and much appreciated!

WIPs

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies Designs. Love this cute little cozy. I bought the kit from Kate’s shop in the Madder and Cream colors. So close!!!

http://katedaviesdesigns.bigcartel.com/products

Hiroshima Peace Socks by Donna Druchunus. Double knit using Plucky Feet in the colors

Spinning – Spun up the batts I purchased at the Webs tent sale. One bat was practice for my long draw. Sadly too yucky to use for anything but I plied it anyway. I ended up using a hybrid long draw/short draw and I like the way it came out. I will 2 ply this.

Guardian of Air Shawl almost done with a sample and writing up the pattern. Anyone interested in test knitting?

The Teacher Cowl – Really quick and easy cowl. Great for using up any art yarn you may have in your stash. I will also be writing up this pattern.

FOs

Senior Love a Long washcloth

Shash Enhancements:

Got my Stories In Stitches 3 in the mail and will be reviewing soon!

Also purchased Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Workshop which I can’t wait to read!

Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway

Cast On, Bind Off by Cap Sease

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard

You can purchase a copy of Walkable Westchester at this link

Plan on banging out a couple more washcloths this month and also will start planning out Marc’s aran sweater (Round 2)

Episode 17 Vermont Writing Workshop

Episode 17 Writing Workshop

My Against the Current Shawl is available on Ravelry! Use coupon code HVKPodcast for 50% off all my patterns until April 16

Boston Marathon Scarf Project – I have a winner!

WIPs

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Collywobbles by Emily Estrada from Fibretown Podcast

Opal Socks

Gardian of Air Shawl

Stash enhancements:

Periwinkle Sheep Little Feet, color way Carrot Sticks

Color Me Warm Mitten Kit  with Peace Fleece Worsted Weight

Lorna’s Laces Honor Turtle Rodeo

Road to China Light in Lapis, Hematite, and Grey Pearl

Must Stash Yarns Perfect Sock in Chocolate Bunny Cake

Episode 16 WIPing It Up

Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits podcast!

Emily from Fibre Town has graciously hosted a fundraising contest on her forum – so thought it couldn’t hurt to ask if you could give a little love.  Maya (selkhet on Rav) and her sister are raising money for Team ASPCA for the TD 5 Boro Bike Ride in May, and along with Emily  are doing a little giveaway for contest for folks that pledge – details available in Fibretown forum. which I link in my group.  I am upping the anti with some Lorna’s Laces Solemate in the Rainbow color way!

Senior Love A Long #SrLovealong  – I am doing a year long KAL to make wash clothes for local seniors living in homes. I will collect them at the end of the year and gift out during the holidays. Please use 100% cotton, and any technique you would like to make your wash cloth. There are more details and a FO thread in the Hudson Valley Knits Group

Boston Marathon Scarf Project – There is a group on Ravelry. I am also starting a FO thread. Post your FO by April 1 and I will draw a winner! one scarf per person please! Crochet, weave or knit.

WIPs

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies

Event Horizon Pi Shawl by Donna Druchunas Stories in Stitches 2

Collywobbles by Emily Estrada from Fibretown Podcast using the Fish Lips Kiss Heal by Sox Therapist

Boston Marathon Scarf Project using Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer

FO: 

Krakatoa Socks by Amelia Putri Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo CandombeSpinning:

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Stash Enhancements:

Estate Sale finds

Fiber from Three Waters Farm.

Episode 6: Under The Weather

Show notes for Dec 15, 2013

Welcome!

What I’m wearing:
Color Your Own by Ann Bourgeois with Philosopher’s Wool

Today I will have
WIPs
FO
New Stash
News:
Hudson Valley Knits Ravelry Group – Please join!
We have reached 101!!

GAL KAL – I’m having a gift giving KAL/CAL I have started a thread in the group for chatting and one for FO’s
Post a picture of the recipient wearing or holding the gift for a chance to win a skein of Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Starry Night colorway. 280 yds Superwash Merino.
Make sure you see the thread in my Ravelry group for rules

I will be starting a Washcloth collection thread in the group. Details are in the podcast and in the thread.
WIPS

Herbaceous Socks by Emily of Fibretown Podcast Fancy Pants Fiber Gussied Up by Oohfancypants of Whatcha Swatchin Podcast for the Dynamic Duo KAL at the Craft Stash Podcast

Against the Current Shawl

Garter stitch cowl with my North Cabin Fiber Arts SW Merino spun to a bulky weight.

FO

Cambio Cowl by Laura Nelkin

Spinning – nothing new

New to the Queue:
nothing

New Stash
String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock in Teal
2 project bags from Tangerine Designs

My Humble Thanks

A little over a week ago I published one of my designs for the first time up to Ravelry. It is the Urban Village Cowl and I am thrilled to say that over 500 people downloaded it the first week. True I had promoted it with a free coupon but I tell you from the bottom of my heart I am so thrilled that so many of you made it part of your library. I look forward to seeing people cast it on and hope you all enjoy knitting it! So, THANK YOU!!!

Of course this wouldn’t be a knitting blog if I didn’t show you some pictures of knitty stuff so…… without further ado I present to you “Amy’s Knitting Bag” and the contents there of.

Knitbag

Keep in mind this is not everything I am working on. Just the stuff that has my attention right now.

Let’s start off with the Citron Project

Citron

 

And my February Sockdown Project for the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous group on Ravelry

Sock

 

I also have a design project in the bag.

NewDesign

 

and lastly my knitting idea notebook full of creativity!

DesignNotes

My First Published Pattern! Urban Village Cowl

I am so excited to announce that I have finally published one of my designs! It is called the Urban Village Cowl

To share my excitement I am offering it free for the next week. Simply use the coupon code urbanfreebie at check out to download this pattern for free. This will expire on February 16 so please go ahead and download.

This design started out as Christmas gift for my Mom a couple of years ago. I had made her a cowl but she didn’t like how it sagged around her neck and created bulk under her coat. To make my Mom super happy (because she deserves it and because it is really cold in upstate NY) I designed a cowl that would lay flat under your coat and has a collar to keep the neck warm. Using a bulky yarn makes it a quick knit. Choose your own style of buttons to give it your own unique look!

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Here’s Mom trying on her Christmas gift!

Here’s a few more pictures of my version

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Some really important thank you’s for this really important milestone

My husband Marc (AKA Happy Chef, check him out at chefblog.com) He took the great pictures you see above.

My good friend Sandy (knit1weavetoo on Rav) who did a test knit for me and gave me lots of great advise!

I also want to thank and recommend Eleanor Dixon (eledixon on Rav) the TECHsorcist for a great job doing the tech editing.