Episode 25 Designer Interview

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. I hope you enjoy my chat with colorwork Designer Deborah Tomasello of PatchworksByDebi at the end of a podcast. She is donating a pattern to give away!

News:

I’m going to come right out and say it. I need more test knitters. I only have 2 so far and would like at least 2 more. There is a thread with all the details in my Ravelry group so please go check it out if you are interested in test knitting. I knit my shawl with Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering which is a beautiful Merino/Silk blend with 500yards per skein. Lost City Knits Foothills Fingering 100 Merino wool at 560 yards per skein. Another luscious yarn that is little less expensive but still beautiful. 

Senior Love Along is getting closer!  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! Check out the chat thread to see pictures of all the lovely prizes!

Knitting:

WIPs

Marc’s cable sweater knit with Bainin by Virtual Yarns. Designed by me with the help of Craftsy class Custom Cable Pullovers by Carla Scott

Canadiana Sock with Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana 

Wee Cria by Ysolda using Cashsoft DK by Rowan

All other WIP’s on hold until Marc’s Rhinebeck sweater is done.

FO

Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn.

Mitered Crosses Blanket square

Spinning – 

FO’s: 

Nadda

WIPs:

Still working on the Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty in the Spring, Sprang, Sprung color way. Slowly but surely….loving the process

Rolags from Blue Barn Fiber on Etsy. Colorway Kansas Merino and Baby Alpaca blend. Not liking these rolags at all. Getting tangled up in themselves and not carded nice. All clumped up and dare I say slightly felted in some spots. Spun on my Lendrum 

Just got some punis from On The Round of Angora and Merino blend. LOVE this fiber and the wonderful and friendly service from Rachel. spinning up so beautifully on my Greensleeves Spindle http://www.greensleevesspindles.com

Shash Enhancements:

Angora and Merino punis from On The Round in natural colors

Canoe project bag from Jan Smiley’s Esty Shop

Pattern Giveaway! Donated by amazing color work designer Deborah Tomasello you can win a copy of her InfiniTam pattern which is really more like a mini book! 31 pages long you can make in infinite number of unique tams using the different pattern selections she gives you to choose from. To find out how to win check out the thread in my Ravelry group. Also check out her huge Ravelry Group ColorworksByDebi

You have to be a member of the group to win.

Episode 14 Huffing Wool

Hi everyone! Thanks for watching Hudson Valley Knits Podcast!

This week my friend Sandy joined me! We had so much fun but it also made for a long show. I’ll post links to her stuff and mine.

Little warning. I know my voice came over very soft. I have to work on remembering to speak louder. Sorry!

News:

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

WIPs

Vanilla Socks for Joe using Patons Kroy sock yarn

Krokatoa Socks by Amelia Putri Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo Candombe

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Washcloth

Carson Throw by Rosemary (Romi) Hill using Cascade Eco

Guardian of Air Shawl pattern

Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering in Cerrillos and Silver Bells

FO: Cambio Cowl by Laura Nelkin

SpinningLoop Bullseye Bump in “Earth Mother” Merino and Tussah Silk

ITW 50/50 Merino Silk 2 oz

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Sandy’s stuff:

knit1weavetoo is my ravelry name

FINISHED PROJECTS:

kusha kusha scarf

moonkoosa boots

cloche hat

green wrap I was wearing

yellow coat

poncho Amy was wearing

circle blanket

yarn for flower hat

yarn for scarf with green balls and:   http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/ozark-handspun-ozark-opulent

WIP:

argyle cowl

ten stitch/ten year blanket

sunflower medallion hat

YARN STORES MENTIONED:

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/flying-fingers

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/knitting-nation

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/cornwall-yarn-shop

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/the-quarter-stitch-3

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/annie–company-knitting

NYC Bra Shoppe:

http://www.townshop.com/

Episode 8: Keepin His Tosies Warm

Show notes for Dec 29, 2013

Welcome!

What I’m wearing: Luskentyre Cardigan by Alice Starmore

Today I will have

WIPs

FO None

Stash Enhancement

Review of 2013

News:

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.

check the thread in the Ravelry group for details

Love for Our Seniors – 100% cotton washcloths

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 Vertigo Colorway

FO: None this week

Spinning – nothing new

New to the Queue:

oops forgot to mention this!

Brickless and Hitchhiker by Martina Behm

New Stash

Plucky Feet “I Feel Pretty”

Large JoAnna Spring project bag

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

In My Knitting World

Sometimes I feel like I am three different people living in three different worlds.

There is Amy the corporate woman. Blaa… Some people thrive at this type of life and love it. Me not so much. I never wanted it. I just had no choice. I was a single Mom with 2 kids to support. I do the absolute best I can, work with amazing people and am grateful to work for a great company that gives me good salary and benefits, but for me it is empty time. It does nothing for my soul.

Then there is Amy the Tarot Reader. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of being a fortune teller and reading cards for people. Why? because I wanted to know what I couldn’t see. I also wanted to give people answers that they couldn’t find. I also loved the mystery of it all. I have been reading and studying the cards for many years now and this is where I feel myself. I love it and will never tire of it. Unfortunately it’s hard to make a living off it. especially in my neck of the woods where the cost of living is so high.

And then there is Amy the Knitter. I’ve been knitting and creating things since I was a child. Grandma taught me to knit and crochet and I’ve always loved it. I love making things and giving them to people I love. It’s my love in a physical form. Often times I dream of becoming a knitting designer but Amy the Corporate Woman keeps getting in the way by hogging all my time.

My goal for 2013 is to honor Amy the Tarot Reader and Amy the Knitter by giving them more time. I’m not sure how I am going to swing this but I am sure going to try! Do you hear that Universe? I’m ready to make that change!

Meanwhile in my knitting world here are some of the gifts I made in 2012 to give to people I love!

I designed this shawl specially for my sister Lisa. She is one of the most beautiful people I know and I love her so deeply. It makes me so happy to see her wrapped up in this.

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I also snuck in a pair of Porifera Socks designed by Miriam Felton with the leftover yarn

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My sister Kim got this Gyllis Shawl in a Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn of the most beautiful colorway. It was perfect for Kimmy.

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that was for her birthday. I also knit her this Color Affection shawl for Christmas

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My husband still hasn’t gotten his Aran Sweater but he did get a pair of custom socks designed by moi.

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The kids got some things too. Joe got a nice slouchy hat. He wears it A LOT. I have even caught him sleeping with it on!

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Rachael got a nice warm cosy pair of Snowflake Socks to wear. These are a Drops design and I used their yarn as well. They knit up fast!

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My Mother in Law also got a special gift this year. I have to get a picture of her wearing this. I swear her eyes almost match the green in the shawl! It is so beautiful on her with her red hair! It is the Carson Shawl designed by Romi Hill. Love it!

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Next year my number one goal is to get Marc’s sweater done. I also want to publish some of my own designs.

I have lots of stuff I want to blog about in future posts. I have a lot to say about many of the Craftsy classes. I’ll let you know how Vogue Knitting Live goes this weekend! I will definitely keep you up to date on my designing aspirations. I so wish I had more time for that!! Sigh….