Episode 11 Vogue Knitting Live!

This episode is all about Vogue Knitting Live. I’ll show all my new purchases and spend the second half of the podcast talking about my favorite parts of the event. Enjoy!

Here’s Links:

Artisan Lockspun Yarn from Wunsapana Farm

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus Goldenrod and D Train Dreams

Superwash Merino Cashmere by LionBrand Slate, Wine, and Green Tea

Hedgehog Fibers Sock Yarn Wildflower Ooak

Loop Bat  Earth Mother

 

Lost City Knits

Foothills Fingering in the color Vintage

Twin Canyon in Cirillos and Silver Bells for my Guardian Of Air Shawl

Episode 9 Snow Day

Episode 9  Snow day

What I’m wearing:

Icelandic Yoke Sweater “Design 9& 19” by Katrin Andresdottir

Today I will have

News:

GAL KAL – Only a few days left so post your pictures!  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.

check the thread in the Ravelry group for details.

Love for Our Seniors – 100% cotton washcloths that I will collect towards the end of the year. The goal is 200 wash cloths to be given to Seniors living in homes during the next holiday season.  I have set up a FO thread and a chat thread in the Ravelry group. If you have some cotton in your stash just knit up your favorite stitch pattern! There will be prizes to be announced.

 WIPs:

Vanilla Socks for Joe using Patons Kroy sock yarn

Against the Current Shawl by Me using Mad Tosh Sock in Worn Denim

Cambio Cowl by Laura Nelkin in Vertigo Colorway

Carson Throw by Romi Hill

Event Horizon Pi Shawl by DonnaDruchunas Drew Cooness

FO: None this week

 Spinning – I learned to chain ply!

Also spinning Targee from Spirit Trail Fiberworks

 New to the Queue:

I have agreed to test knit socks for an IG friend. She is amelia_put on IG

New Stash:

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies Kit

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

I Don’t Have a Puckering Problem

Show notes for Nov 23,2013Welcome!

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What I’m wearing:

Icelandic Yoke Sweater “Design 9& 19” by Katrin Andresdottir

My apologies for the noise from the wind.

Today I will have

  • News
  • WIPs
  • FO’s
  • New Stash
  • New in the Queue
  • Mini Review

News:

I’m on iTunes!

Hudson Valley Knits Ravelry Group – Please join!

When we reach 100 I will do a pattern give away – up to 53 people!

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

Rules

  • Must be a member of our group
  • Can double dip with other KAL’s
  • Show a  picture of recipient with gift
  • Can already be started
  • Have until January 8 because that is Elvis’ birthday.
  • Can be a gift for any occasion

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

Living in Yarniad bag

Basic ribbed hunting hat for my BIL made with Plucky Knitter Trusty

Against the Current Shawl by me using Mad Tosh Sock in Worn Denim

Living in Fat Squirrel large bag

FO’s

Wooly Wormhead 2013 Mystery KAL

Laura Nelkin gift swap is done but I can’t show you! I will be sending it to her Monday and after she receives it I’ll ask her to send a picture 🙂

New to the Queue:

Fairy Snow Cap by Rosemary (Romi) Hill will use my Six Paca Farm Sapphire Super Royal

Cambio by Laura Nelkin

New Stash

Cambio Kit

Ribband kits in 2 colors, Silver and Ruby

Cheerio kit in Velvet

Project Bag from JoAnna at Knit Spin Farm be sure to check out her video blog too!

Mini Review:

Creative Effects in Sock Knitting Op-Art Socks by Stephanie Van Der Linden

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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.

Vogue Knitting Live!!

I live in a prime location for access to some of the most fun knitting events in the country. As a matter of fact, so much goes on around here that I have to pick what I will go to. Of them all there are 2 I would never miss; Rhinebeck and Vogue Knitting Live. I love spending the day in New York City with my friends, shopping from some of the best vendors, classes with the best teachers and fashion shows exhibiting knits from some of the top designers in the world!

I went with some great friends. Here we are waiting for the fashion show to begin:

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I was excited to meet one of my favorite bloggers and podcasters Maria from Subway Knits! She was super nice and took the time to pose for a picture with me.

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There was an amazing amount of vendors to explore and so much beautiful stuff I wanted to buy. Needless to say I could not afford everything I wanted but there were a few things I went there wanting to buy. One was one of the Soak kits with the nail polish and skein of Lorna’s Laces. I chose the light pink one.

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I also wanted to get some fun project bags and ended up getting these bags by YarnPop. I love the holes for the yarn to feed out of. This will come in real handy when I’m doing color work. I bought 2 bags with one hole and one bag with 2 holes for the color work. The fabric designs were all beautiful and it was hard to decide. I ended up with the Giraffe one because I have a thing for giraffes. I also got a small one with cute owls on it and the larger one with this nice black and white print on it. Can’t wait to use them!

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I also found some knitting tools that I have needed like these flexible blocking wires

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These will be a great help when blocking shawls.

I also grabbed a couple of ChiaoGoo needles at the Knitty City booth. I really don’t need more needles but I have been wanting to try them for a long time. They are very nice and pointy which I like but the cable seem kind of stiff. I’ll knit my next pair of socks with them and see how they are to knit with.

The big purchase of the night was at the Plucky Knitter. WOW! pictures don’t do these yarns justice. The colors are just beautiful and I already have ideas on projects for these yarns.

For now here’s some pictures I took with my phone. That is my husband taking pictures of my new stash for me. His pictures are way better and I will add them later after he gets them to me.

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My friends and I ended the evening with some Turkish food. It was super yummy and we had a great time talking about knitting over delicious food!

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We lucked out with the weather. It was a nice balmy 50 degrees out that day. I didn’t think I could have a funner weekend but it actually got better! My husband and I got to share a rare day together today because we are both off for MLK day. We had a beautiful day together. Pure magic! I’ll get more into that next post.

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Here are some pics of the amazing things we saw at VKL! Enjoy all the beautiful art!

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Inspiration Tsunami

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I have so many things going on and there is so much to write about but not quite time. I will say that I am really excited about publishing some of my designs and am taking the time to make sure the patterns are well written. I have my collared cowl out being test knitted and will be sending the ptn off to a tech editor before publishing. I also have my Against the Current Shawl to submit and my Robins’ Nest cowl which will be a free pattern. I also will write out a pattern for my Guardian of Air shawl.

If you don’t already know, my patterns are inspired by Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot Deck. I am a Tarot reader as well as a knitter and use Joanna’s deck often for readings. I started thinking of knitted items I would make the people in her deck and started making them but not writing up the patterns.

I don’t currently have any published patterns and this is all new to me. I will put the patterns up on Craftsy and Ravelry and maybe look into other places like Patternfish. I need to learn how to set up a store here on my website as well.

Here are some pictures of my patterns thus far.

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The Forest Habitat Cowl

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Against the Current Shawl

World’s Largest Swatch

Getting ready for winter knitting and pulled out my husband’s fisherman’s sweater which has been put away for quite a while. The sweater body is coming out a lot smaller than my gauge swatches led me to believe. I knit all the different patterns separately when swatching so it’s possible they were off. I had Marc try it on and it is very tight all around yet I calculated it for 4″ of ease! I also should be starting the armholes but I still have a couple of inches before I get there. This really bites.

Marc says he doesn’t care, but I don’t want him wearing something that looks like crap. To be sure I don’t mess it up again I gave it a soak and hung it outside to dry. Now I am measuring 15 inches across all the cable patterns and my seed st on the edge is 3 1/8″ for 10sts. So there you have it. The world’s largest swatch!

PS Learn from my mistake and don’t try to save yarn when swatching. You really need to repeat the pattern a couple of times in each direction to get a correct gauge. Lesson learned.

Lovin the Craftsy Platform!

I don’t know about you but I have become a Craftsy addict! I love their set up and there are so many classes to choose from! One of the classes I joined was Designing your own Lace Shawl taught by Miriam Felton.  I thought the class was phenomenal and was inspired to create a shawl that I call Against the Current.

I plan on publishing this pattern and already have all the charts made up. Just need to write up the pattern. Oh, did I mention they have a class for writing a pattern? It is called How to Say It taught by Edie Eckman. It can be monotonous but is full of useful info if you are planning on writing up patterns. Here is the first pattern I am writing up. I am calling it the Forest Habitat Cowl and it is based on a cowl I knit for my Mom last year. I mad a few changes and wrote up the pattern. I plan on sending out to a test knitter soon and am still in search of a good tech editor. If you know one let me know. Here is a shot of it “on the block”

 

If you have been debating on taking one of the Craftsy classes I highly recommend them. They are very well done and worth every penny.